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 >

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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: 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

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: 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

NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 2001

"A dense and often exciting account, written in leisurely and mannered prose."
An exhaustive account of the fires of 1910, which destroyed millions of acres in four northwestern states and transformed American conceptions of forest maintenance and fire control. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FINAL VICTIM by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1996

"An unrelenting string of cyberbabble does not distract from his second novel's most serious problem: We've seen all this before. (Author tour)"
From veteran TV writer Cannell (The Plan, 1995), an unsuccessful psychothriller that reads like a hodgepodge of recent blockbusters in the genre. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOLLYWOOD TOUGH by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Once again, veteran writer/TV producer Cannell has concocted his special brand of reader candy. If you believe a word of it, there's this bridge you might be interested in."
Cop turns movie mogul to foil the Mafia, in a dopey but likable thriller by the man who made his bones with The Rockford Files. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 26, 2010

"A challenging but immensely rewarding read."
An environmental historian blends the past, present and future of exploration in a unique account of the Voyager space program. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VIKING FUNERAL by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"In these further adventures of the hopelessly derivative Sergeant Scully, more is worse."
By-the-numbers thriller about a money-laundering scam spearheaded by a giant tobacco company. Not a surprise in the carload. Read full book review >

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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 >