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"A deeply interesting and important book."
-- THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

"Profound."
-- LONDON EVENING STANDARD

"The Genius in All of Us has quietly blown my mind."
-- LAURA MILLER, SALON

"Beguiling...[The Immortal Game] has an improvisational dexterity that suits its subject."
-- THE WEEKLY STANDARD

"A bravura demonstration of the art of storytelling."
-- THE GLOBE AND MAIL (Canada)

Data Smog is the Silent Spring for the Digital Age."
— THE BOSTON GLOBE

Shenk's original term "data smog" was officially added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2004.

"David Shenk forced me to re-evaluate my longstanding faith in the intrinsic benefits of networking technology. "
— DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF

"The Genius in All of Us has quietly blown my mind."
— LAURA MILLER, SALON

"Shenk’s sentences are witty, often savagely funny."
— PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY

"I enjoyed so much your talk today. Your work rings so true and is so vital in today's toxic deterministic and parochial milieu."
— HYMAN SHWARZBERG, M.D., UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL OF BROOKLYN

"[The Forgetting is] intelligent and unusually circumspect."
-- THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS


"Riveting….superb….a must-read for anyone interested in the wretched ailment that is Alzheimer’s."
-- THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“For those of us living in Alzheimer’s shadow, I want to thank you for the wonderful gift of your book.”
— T. BANCROFT, SACO, MAINE

"The End of Patience is a very useful antidote to the endless praise lavished on the new electronic mediums. Read it slowly!"
— BILL MCKIBBEN

"David Shenk leaves an audience moved and much wiser." 
— PETER BRAUN, ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION

"We enjoyed Shenk's candor, his sense of humor, and his deep insights into the process that lay behind talent and intelligence."
— RONALD GROSS, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

"A great speaker...David will make you laugh one minute and think hard the next." 
— Jeff Ganek, CEO, Neustar, Washington DC

"Beguiling...The Immortal Game has an improvisational dexterity that suits its subject."
— THE WEEKLY STANDARD

"Shenk may understand the Information Age better than anyone else: he sees benefits and perils that everybody else seems too rushed to notice."
— DAN RATHER

"The End of Patience is an important book...Shenk offers something unique and valuable to a shell-shocked culture.“
— Jon Katz, Author, Virtuous Reality

"The Forgetting is completely absorbing, fascinating, the best of writing."
— AMY TAN

"I picked up the audio version of The Genius in All of Us at the library and have listened to it twice --so far. Really impeccably researched and well balanced with stories." 
— CHRISTINE B.

“Deeply affecting… a fascinating meditation on the scientific, political and cultural history of Alzheimer’s disease.”
- THE WASHINGTON POST

"David Shenk’s brilliant book Data Smog names the problem, describes it, explains it and -- God bless him -- offers us help in coping with it."
— NEIL POSTMAN

"Inspiring and liberating."
-- Steven Johnson

"The Genius in All of Us is a great book."
-- Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

"David Shenk sweeps aside decades of misconceptions about genetics."
-- Daniel H. Pink

"Shenk’s sentences are witty, often savagely funny."
— PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY

"Elegant . . .  a true page-turner, and a superb introduction to the game of chess."
— THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

"Thank you for your wonderful talk last night! You offered some excellent inspiration to our writers."
— BETH TAYLOR, BROWN UNIVERSITY

"I sat in the audience today at TEDxRCP and was deeply moved by you...Thank you for your 'realness.'  It was incredible."
— BETH YOUNG, WARRENTON, VA

David Shenk named one of 21 "New Economy Gurus" for the 21st Century.
— DARWIN MAGAZINE

"The Forgetting is one of those rare books that lifts journalism to the level of literature."
— THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"A remarkable addition to the literature of the science of the mind." 
—  THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW

“I just completed The Forgetting and can’t begin to thank you. I was enlightened by your research and touched by the way you dealt with the emotional impact."
— C. MURRAY, ORLANDO, FLORIDA

"A bravura demonstration of the art of storytelling."
— THE GLOBE AND MAIL

"The Forgetting is a remarkable achievement."
— Daniel Kuhn, Mather Institute on Aging

"Your talk was a great success -- the best event of its sort we've ever had. You inspired our school and our community."
— Robert D. Brisk, The Wellington School, Columbus OH

"Fascinating….As good as the science in [The Forgetting] is, it takes a back seat to Shenk’s eloquent reflections on the meaning of memory and aging [and] our sense of self."
— THE WASHINGTON MONTHLY

"Shenk writes with passion and grace."
— THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

"Couple of days ago I finished reading your excellent book Data Smog, which comes to my hands after a little bit hard effort. But this effort is worth of everything."
— PETROVIC, BELGRADE, SERBIA

"Your ‘Biocapitalism’ essay in Harper's is truly an excellent piece of work."
— M. RUNGE, BALTIMORE MD 

"Data Smog is an indispensable guide to the big picture of technology’s cultural impact."
— THE NEW YORK TIMES 

Shenk's original term "data smog" was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2004

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