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Justin Peters is the author of The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet, which was first published in hardcover by Scribner on January 12, 2016. The United States paperback edition, featuring a new afterword by the author, was published by Scribner on January 3, 2017. The U.K. hardcover edition was published by Duckworth Overlook on March 23, 2017. The Idealist was named one of the best tech books of 2016 by Backchannel, and one of the best biographies of 2016 by Steve Donoghue at Open Letters Monthly. You can and should order a copy.
"Peters captures Swartz flawlessly." - New York Times Book Review
"Riveting . . . Peters' book is a fascinating look not only at one of the Internet's most beloved whiz kids but also at the way copyright works and doesn't work in America today." - Los Angeles Times
"This is the first essential book on Swartz, and it may also be the last word." - Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Monthly
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What else is Justin Peters?
He is a correspondent for Slate, a contributing writer for the Washington City Paper, a former editor at the Columbia Journalism Review, and the founding editor of Polite.
He is an improviser and comedian who performs nationwide as the taller half of the duo From Justin to Kelly.
He is the co-founder of Countdown Theater and the Countdown Improv Festival.
He is one of the biggest money losers in game show history.
You can follow him on Twitter or email him at justintrevett at fastmail dot fm. His literary agent is Todd Shuster of Aevitas Creative Management.
His website looks this way on purpose.