Profile of Bradley Kreit
Bradley Kreit is a graduate student in Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego.
Articles written for the California Literary Review:
- Fool’s Paradise: The Unreal World of Pop Psychology by Stewart Justman
Posted on 10 Jun 2007 in Non-Fiction Reviews, Psychology
Imagine, for a second, that instead of claiming the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the Declaration of Independence promised happiness itself, whatever that might be, as a guaranteed right. In a sense, that subtle shift in language would be a promise of utopia—you will be happy—where the burdens and difficulties of life simply melt away.
- The Truth About Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What To Do About It – by Marcia Angell
Posted on 24 Apr 2007 in Business, Medicine, Non-Fiction Reviews
When AstraZeneca was on the verge of losing its patent to manufacture exclusively the $6 billion a year heart burn drug Prilosec, it put in place a bold strategy: it patented and gained approval for a new heartburn medication, Nexium, that was, in reality, the active ingredient in Prilosec without the inactive ingredient.
- The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges — and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates by Daniel Golden
Posted on 24 Apr 2007 in Education, Non-Fiction Reviews
Money dominates far greater a percentage of admissions than colleges—who are desperate to boost endowments to maintain rankings in national publications—like to admit, and that drive for money results in admissions preferences for legacy alumni and students of wealthier parents.
- Horsemen of the Esophagus: Competitive Eating and the Big Fat American Dream
Posted on 22 Apr 2007 in Non-Fiction Reviews, Sports
But rather than trace the rise of the institution of eating, Fagone focuses on the eaters themselves, and it is in extracting the details of eaters lives where he excels.
- The Great Risk Shift – by Jacob S. Hacker
Posted on 22 Apr 2007 in Business, Economics, Non-Fiction Reviews, Politics
After winning reelection in 2004, President George W. Bush made restructuring Social Security his top domestic priority.
- Collapse: How Nations Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
Posted on 11 Apr 2007 in History, Non-Fiction Reviews, Sociology
By the time the first Europeans visited Easter in 1722, the Island was nearly uninhabited, virtually barren except for the statues, and plagued by such a history of violence and cannibalism that in Island oral traditions, the most hostile insult a person could make was: “The flesh of your mother sticks between my teeth.”
- Blessed Among Nations: How the World Made America by Eric Rauchway
Posted on 10 Apr 2007 in History, Non-Fiction Reviews
Academics often say that there are two ways to use history: As a means to understand the past, or as a means to understand the present.
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