Leroy Robert Ripley was a brilliant oddball--a lonely,
funny-looking kid who grew up to be a fabulously successful connoisseur of the
weird, the fantastical, the gross. Amazon Senior Editor Neal
Thompson channeled his own fascination with Ripley into A Curious Man: The Strange & Brilliant Life of Robert 'Believe It or Not' Ripley,
one of our Best of the Month Picks for May.
Thompson sat down with
his boss, Amazon Editorial Director Sara Nelson, to explain why.