About the Author
John Schwartz is a reporter at The New York Times, where he has written about science, business, law, and many other topics that have taken him from the Mojave Desert to Moscow, and from Nanjing to Nashville; he has explored the devastation of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, tumbled in zero gravity, flown a jetpack, and reported stories from river dredges, helicopters, and sewers. He also writes a humor column on investing for the Times. A native of Galveston, Texas, John is married to Jeanne Mixon, his college sweetheart. They have three children and one surly cat.