Neal specializes in narrative nonfiction, biography, and overlooked Americana. His fourth book, A CURIOUS MAN, chronicles the hard-to-believe life of the eccentric world-traveling cartoonist, media pioneer, millionaire-celebrity-playboy Robert 'Believe It or Not' Ripley, considered to be the godfather of reality TV. David Shields says A Curious Man "constructs an elegant argument: the world Ripley created is the world in which we now live", and Ben Fountain says "anyone who wants to understand America needs to read this book."
A former journalist, Neal has worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the St. Petersburg Times, and the Baltimore Sun, and has written for Outside, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and Men's Health. He and his books have been featured on NPR, ESPN, the History Channel, Fox, and TNT. Neal lives in Seattle with his wife and two skateboarding sons. Since 2011 he has worked as an editor, reviewer and interviewer on the books team at Amazon.com, where he oversees the Best Books of the Month program (amazon.com/bestbooks).
Says Neal: "As an obsessive reader and writer, I've devoted my career to storytelling and the written word and, more recently, to championing great books and talented writers. While I'm passionate about my own stories, I'm equally inspired to support the works of other authors."
See Neal's stories and interviews at Omnivoracious.com/neal_thompson.html, and his reviews at Amazon.com/nealthompson. See reviews of Neal's books, as well as excerpts, photos, videos, and dozens of author interviews at NealThompson.com