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Fredric Alan Maxwell is a Portland, Oregon-based writer whose work has been widely published, including pieces in Newsweek, Harper's, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of Bad Boy Ballmer: The Man Who Rules Microsoft an unauthorized biography of Steve Ballmer (Morrow, 2002; HarperBusiness, 2003) which has been translated into six languages. While researching that book, Maxwell was not only investigated by Microsoft, but by the US Secret Service, the latter clearing him of a bogus charge of making a threat against George W. Bush (see New York Times, Spooked, April 27, 2003). Maxwell has described himself as a 'library activist', has testified three times before Congress about public access to our national Library of Congress, and has had several articles published in magazines and newspapers in support of libraries, along with being profiled in The New Yorker as "Bookworm." In 2005, Maxwell was the first to break the story of Steve Jobs biological father, in an article originally intended for Fast Company but pulled by that magazine prior to publication.