Reviews Made Derek Thompson’s Book a Best Seller

American Masters Lecture / Thursday, September 7th

Derek Thompson, the speaker for the 2017 American Masters Lecture, has a hit on his hands with his first book, Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction, and the irony is, the book is about the making of hits. Reviewers loved it, and the book shot to the top of bestseller lists. Here is what some had to say:

“Derek Thompson leaves no pet rock unturned to tell the fascinating story of how culture happens—and where genius lives,” said a review on

USA Today said, “the author puts meat on the bones of what drives contemporary culture and sales, how ‘freaks’ like Instagram and ESPN come to life.”

Kirkus Reviews described Hit Makers as “good reading for anyone who aspires to understand the machinery of pop culture—and perhaps even craft a hit of his or her own.”

Derek Thompson has been called “one of the brightest new voices in American journalism,” and is recognized for his work on economics, labor markets, and entertainment at The Atlantic, where he is senior editor.

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