Search Results: "Steven D. Levitt"


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 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 >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2005

"To quote the Fabs: 'Dear sir or madam, will you read my book, it took me years to write, will you take a look?' No, thanks."
Yet another scribe takes a run at the Fab Four's legend and comes up empty. Read full book review >

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BEYOND THE FIRE by Steven D. Salinger
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 17, 1997

"A quick, breezy, confusing read that, despite its baggy plot, gratuitous sex, and ditto violence, shows the skills of a writer who is meant for finer things."
A dizzy whirlwind of a debut thriller that ultimately runs out of air: about the fate of an American soldier trying to return home 25 years after having been listed as missing in action. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

From Uncle Miltie to the moon launches to Wheel of Fortune, a briskly intelligent decade-by-decade analysis of the TV programs that have indelibly shaped American culture. Read full book review >

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WHITE DARKNESS by Steven D. Salinger
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"Salinger (Beyond the Fire, 1997) doesn't have it all together yet in the plotting department, but his good guys are thoroughly likable, and his bad guys keep the pages turning."
A fast-paced thriller that moves from Haiti's mean streets to New York's, all the while chronicling some high-octane lives. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET TO CLARA'S CALM by Tamara  Levitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Even for New Age parents and kids, Clara may be just too calm. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Mindfulness is the new hot topic in education, so this effort could be a timely addition to the "picture books for parenting" shelf. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"A heartwarming story that will hold appeal far beyond just animal lovers."
The close bond between man and dog is only part of this absorbing tale of love, family and dealing with disability. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 21, 2009

"Eye-opening reporting on America's largest and most powerful police force."
A veteran reporter chronicles rampant New York City police corruption during the administrations of Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. Read full book review >

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CARNIVORES by J.R. Levitt
Released: March 30, 1989

Revenge-melodrama in the sub-Death Wish tradition—with a couple of twists along the crude, lurid, implausible way. Read full book review >