Search Results: "Stephen J. Dubner"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 1998

"His engrossing book will interest not only serious Jews and Catholics, but all whose lives have been torn by intrafamilial religions schisms. (Author tour)"
A deeply affecting story of three people's intense religious journeys: from Judaism to Roman Catholicism on the part of the author's parents, and the reverse for Dubner himself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 13, 2014

"Upbeat and optimistic, Levitt and Dubner hope that by thinking 'a bit differently, a bid harder, a bit more freely,' readers will be able 'to go out and right some wrong, to ease some burden.'"
Co-authors Levitt (Economics/Univ. of Chicago) and journalist Dubner (Super Freakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance, 2009, etc.) continue on their mission to get people to think in new ways in this lively book about decision and persuasion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 2015

"Opportunistic, to be sure, but the authors provide plenty to revel in if you haven't been keeping up with 10 years of freaky blog posts."
The Freakonomics guys return with another kooky and counterintuitive compilation of economic analysis that might appear wildly offbeat but just might be surprisingly spot-on.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CONFESSIONS OF A HERO WORSHIPER by Stephen J. Dubner
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 21, 2003

"Dubner's search may yield what appear to be crumbs, but they're crumbs with flecks of gold."
The search for a childhood hero comes to little, but the reasons behind it are illuminated. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 20, 2009

"Jaunty, entertaining and smart. Levitt and Dubner do a good service by making economics accessible, even compelling."
A sequel to the megaselling Freakonomics (2005). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"An eye-opening, and most interesting, approach to the world."
Why do drug dealers live at home? Levitt (Economics/Univ. of Chicago) and Dubner (Confessions of a Hero Worshiper, 2003, etc.), who profiled Levitt for the New York Times, team up to demolish conventional wisdom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON THE GRIND by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"'The mop-up,' says our hero as crooks, creeps and assorted bottom feeders finally surrender to the forces of good, 'was right out of a Bruckheimer movie.' Or a phoned-in Cannell novel."
Could it be that one of the LAPD'S fairest-haired boys is actually a dirtbag? Say it ain't so, Shane (Three Shirt Deal, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TIN COLLECTORS by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 13, 2001

"Lackluster plotting, paper-thin people, and slapdash prose."
A subpar thriller from veteran TV writer/producer Cannell (The Devil's Workshop, 1999, etc.) shows rogue cops conspiring against the one good apple in L.A.'s rotten barrel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The many ideas contained in Pyne's book alone will help that interpretation along nicely. (16 pages b&w photos, 3 maps, not seen)"
Intellectual and environmental history merge in a useful study of one of the world's great natural wonders. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUEST OF THE SHADOW FORGE by Stephen J. Bauer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 17, 2009

"For fans of eccentric fiction."
A fantasy novel about an adolescent with ADHD and a transcendent destiny. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VERTICAL COFFIN by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Action's been a reliable staple in the Scully series, but here Cannell gets the people right, too. A likable, believable cast makes this the best yet by the Rockford man."
Internecine warfare between feebies and sheriff's guys with the LAPD as peacemakers—could you believe—in this rousing bang-banger. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BOOKE OF DAYS by Stephen J. Rivele
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A stunningly mature novel of faith, violence, love, and loss that, while rooted in late-20th-century nihilism and uncertainty, remains scrupulously faithful to its period."
A historical saga of Pope Urban II's perverse ``armed pilgrimage''—that is, the First Crusade—brilliantly folds post- Vietnam cynicism and late-20th-century spiritual doubt into a bloody, muddy, horrifyingly surreal march to Jerusalem in 1096. Read full book review >