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Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost And Found In New York's Underground Economy (2013)

by Sudhir Venkatesh(Favorite Author)
3.28 of 5 Votes: 1
1594204160 (ISBN13: 9781594204166)
Penguin Press HC, The
review 1: As a socioeconomic study, this book has very little or no merit at all. I grew up in Manhattan's Lower East Side, and I am very familiar with many of the other neighborhoods mentioned in this story, as well as the workings of the so-called underground economy. You can't bullshit a bullshitter, and this book is complete bullshit. If the author is willing to fudge one tiny fact in this narrative, and I KNOW he has.. That negates the ENTIRE work as a piece of nonfiction. I'm disappointed to say, this book is a complete load of shit. Mildly entertaining, but complete bollocks.
review 2: Flashes of interesting details about the underground economy of New York are present in this book, but they are few and far between, separated far too often by belly-aching, meaning
... moreless meandering, and indulgent writing. As the book goes on, the author loses sight of what the book is supposed to be about, and becomes a rather boring display of outright narcissism, in which the author's thoughts and concerns about himself overwhelm and take the place of discussion of the underground economy. Overall, a waste of time. less
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I felt the answer was so obvious, but he never figured it out. Disappointing.
Altogether an interesting book with insight, if not a little repetitive.
Not as a good as his other books. Seems disjointed.
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