Amazon Dismisses Book That Claims to be ‘Definitive Biography’ of Company

And the owner’s wife, MacKenzie Bezos, gives the book a one-star review

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Amazon has accused Bloomberg Businessweek writer Brad Stone of cursory fact-checking and of taking what it says is an unbalanced viewpoint in his new book about the company, The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon.

In a statement sent to Business Insider, Amazon spokesperson Craig Berman says “Amazon facilitated meetings for [Stone] with more than half a dozen senior Amazon executives, during which he had every opportunity to inquire about or fact-check claims made by former employees. He chose not to.”

The statement followed a scathing review of the book written by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ wife MacKenzie Bezos on (where else?) Amazon. Among other things, she lashed out at Stone for passing off “speculation about [Jeff Bezos’] thoughts and intentions as facts” and driving home a one-sided thesis about the company’s culture.

Stone told Business Insider that “I talked to 300 people, many current and former Amazon executives. It’s a polarizing and secretive company.”

[Business Insider]