Steven Johnson
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Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson is the best-selling author of seven books on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience. His writings have influenced everything from the way political campaigns use the Internet, to cutting-edge ideas in urban planning, to the battle against 21st-century terrorism. In 2010, he was chosen by Prospect magazine as one of the Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future.

His latest book, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, was a finalist for the 800CEORead award for best business book of 2010, and was ranked as one of the year's best books by The Economist. His book The Ghost Map was one of the ten best nonfiction books of 2006 according to Entertainment Weekly. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Steven has also co-created three influential web sites: the pioneering online magazine FEED, the Webby-Award-winning community site, Plastic.com, and most recently the hyperlocal media site outside.in, which was acquired by AOL in 2011. He serves on the advisory boards of a number of Internet-related companies, including Meetup.com, Betaworks, and Nerve.

Steven is a contributing editor to Wired magazine and is the 2009 Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence at The Journalism School, Columbia University. He won the Newhouse School fourth annual Mirror Awards for his TIME magazine cover article titled "How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live." Steven has also written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and many other periodicals. He has appeared on many high-profile television programs, including The Charlie Rose Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He lectures widely on technological, scientific, and cultural issues. He blogs at stevenberlinjohnson.com and is @stevenbjohnson on Twitter. He lives in Marin County, California with his wife and three sons.

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Best Sellers

    • Where Good Ideas Come From

    • The Natural History of Innovation
    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: Eric Singer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 876
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 615
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 610

    What sparks the flash of brilliance? One of our most innovative, popular thinkers takes on - in exhilarating style - one of our key questions....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Ambitious

    • By Roy on 12-08-10

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Ghost Map

    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
    • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 902
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 596
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 595

    This is a thrilling historical account of the worst cholera outbreak in Victorian London and a brilliant exploration of how Dr. John Snow's solution revolutionized the way we think about disease....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding

    • By Cheryl Crane on 01-14-07

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Farsighted

    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: George Newbern, Steven Johnson - introduction
    • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 188
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 172

    There's no one-size-fits-all model for the important decisions that can alter the course of a life, an organization, or a civilization. But Farsighted explains how we can approach these choices more effectively....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyed it - Not what I was expecting

    • By William Coppage on 10-08-18

    Regular price: $28.00

    • How We Got to Now

    • Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: George Newbern
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209

    How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really good and interesting book

    • By CJFLA on 10-29-14

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Mind Wide Open

    • Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life
    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 549
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 124
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 125

    Brilliantly exploring today's cutting edge brain research, Mind Wide Open allows readers to understand themselves and the people in their lives as never before....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating, fascinating... but short

    • By Chris on 02-02-05

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Invention of Air

    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
    • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 261
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 135
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 137

    Steven Johnson recounts the story of the brilliant man who embodied the relationship between science, religion, and politics for America's Founding Fathers....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good scientific history

    • By Roger on 05-03-10

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Everything Bad Is Good for You

    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: Jason Culp
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 96

    From the author of the New York Times bestseller Mind Wide Open comes a groundbreaking assessment of popular culture as it's never been considered before....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • nice to hear "the rest of the story"

    • By stacey nelson on 03-17-18

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Wonderland

    • How Play Made the Modern World
    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: George Newbern
    • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121

    This history of popular entertainment takes a long-zoom approach, contending that the pursuit of novelty and wonder is a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It will delight you

    • By T. Leach on 02-09-17

    Regular price: $24.50

    • How We Got to Now

    • Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: Steven Johnson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    This adaptation of New York Times best-selling author Steven Johnson's adult book and popular PBS series explores the fascinating and interconnected stories of innovations - like clean drinking water and electricity - that changed the way people live....

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Future Perfect

    • The Case for Progress in a Networked Age
    • By: Steven Johnson
    • Narrated by: Samuel Cohen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 62

    Future Perfect makes the case that a new model of political change is on the rise, transforming everything from local governments to classrooms, from protest movements to health care....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Learn something new

    • By Mauricio E. Elizondo Perez on 03-12-13

    Regular price: $24.50

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