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'Double Down' a fun, gossipy read on 2012 presidential election

Bloomberg News, Daniel Akst
Nov 15 2013 - 4:22pm

Mitt Romney made fun of fat people. Michele Bachmann, after one stinging setback, wept in a car, calling herself a "loser."And Barack Obama feared he wasn't good enough at debating to match the Republican challenger. "I just don't know if I can do this," he said.

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'Floating City' treads familiar ground in NYC's underbelly

Sudhir Venkatesh is pictured at Columbia University in New York. He is the author of “Floating City: A Rougue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York’s Underground Economy.” (Paresh Gandhi/Penguin Press)

Bloomberg News, Daniel Akst
Oct 25 2013 - 5:15pm

Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York's Underground Economy. By Sudhir Venkatesh. Penguin Press. 287 pages. $27.95. A finishing school for young minority hookers. A Harlem drug dealer determined to crack the rich white downtown market. A socialite turned madam. A tortured academic struggling to navigate vicious...

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