Monthly Archives For February 2019

“Gang Leader for a Day” by Sudhir Venkatesh

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Everyone who read the most popular book by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt”Freakonomics” will surely remember one of her heroes Sudhir Venkatesh – a young and courageous American sociologist who in the late eighties had infiltrated the Black Kings gang. For several years of close communication with all sorts of “Hasler” (so called systemic offenders in America), Venkatesh managed to collect sensational material that turned all the ideas about the life of the city floor and formed the basis of the most famous “Freakonomics” headline – “Why do drug dealers continue live with your parents?”

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“The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson

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With regard to non-fiction literature, the phrase “reads like a novel” sounds like a cliché, but in the case of “The Devil in the White City” American Erik Larson, it is nothing more than a statement of the obvious. This book is not only read as a novel, it is, in fact, it is — however, a documentary novel. Everything that the author writes about happened in fact and in less skillful hands would have remained just a scattering of disparate facts, but Larson manages to isolate from the chaos of events and persons a powerful plot, which will be envied by the most seasoned fiction writer.

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“Green: The History of a Color” by Michel Pastoureau

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The small book of the French historian Michel Pastoureau is the long-awaited continuation of his series of works on history and color semiotics, begun by “Blue” and continued by “Black”. This time Pastoureau refers to one of the most controversial, not to say ambiguous colors – green, which has managed for many centuries to remain at the same time the color of youth, hope and spring on the one hand, and the color of the devil, envy and temptation on the other.

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