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A book that explores the question repeatedly posed by every business, artist, producer and publisher: what makes a hit a hit?

With incisive analysis and captivating storytelling, Atlantic Senior Editor Derek Thompson puts culture in the spotlight and asks why certain products and ideas achieve extraordinary popularity.

Drawing on ancient history and modern headlines - from vampire lore and Brahms's Wiegenlied to Instagram and Fifty Shades of Grey - Thompson explores the psychology of hits and reveals how we can all become more intelligent consumers of culture. Though dozens of blockbuster films, Internet memes and number-one songs seem to have come out of nowhere, hits have a story and operate by certain rules.

From the dawn of Impressionist art to the future of Snapchat, from small-scale Etsy entrepreneurs to the origin of Star Wars, Derek Thompson tells the fascinating story of how culture happens - and where genius lives.

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  • Paperback

    9780141981598

    March 15, 2018

    Penguin Press

    320 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Hardback

    9780241216026

    March 15, 2017

    Allen Lane

    352 pages

    RRP $49.99

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  • Hit Makers
    Derek Thompson

    EBook

    9780241216057

    March 15, 2017

    Penguin eBooks

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