Reviewing James Surowiecki Book ‘Wisdom of Crowds’ for Book Forum

I believe this is the only piece I ever wrote for Book Forum, and it’s a longy. Eric Banks was a guy I barely knew—he was friendly with Tom Nawrocki, who had been my editor at Worth magazine. I remember Eric invited us to watch the Kentucky Derby at his apartment once. He called me out of the blue to review this sort of Gladwell-ish book about how crowds are smarter than individuals and I remember really enjoying it. This ran in Summer 2004 and like about half of everything I’ve ever written, it demonstrates my obsession with the atrocities committed by the nazis.

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