Jeff Bezos’s wife gives one-star review to Amazon book

November 5, 2013
Jeff Bezos and his wife, Mackenzie Bezos (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Jeff Bezos and his wife, Mackenzie Bezos (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Don’t like a book? Amazon lets anyone vent in its very democratic (small D) reviews — even writer MacKenzie Bezos, wife of Amazon founder (and new Washington Post owner) Jeff Bezos. Under the headline “I wanted to like this book,” she posted a 1-star (ouch) critique of “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon,” by Brad Stone, which has the tech world buzzing. There’s full disclosure: Bezos quickly notes that “Jeff and I have been married for 20 years,” then jumps into a spirited defense of her husband and his company. She lists a number of what she calls factual errors based on her firsthand knowledge of events, is dismayed that supportive employees are dismissed as “robots” and takes exception to the frequent speculation about what her husband thought or felt — even though he was not interviewed for the book. As of Monday night, “645 of 719 people found the review helpful.”

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