Three days a week for more than 20 years, Mike Levine wrote newspaper col­umns that stood up for the little guy, celebrated the lives of everyday people and shined a light on the darkness of corrupt and inept public servants. This book represents a distillation of some of the best of those columns.

Many knew Mike as a columnist for the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, N.Y., and later as executive editor of the newspaper.

Equal parts preacher, mentor, comic and salesman, Mike sometimes talked about Tikkun olam, Hebrew for “repair of the world,” a concept that speaks to an aspiration to behave and act constructively and beneficially for the rest of the world

Mike died in 2007 at the age of 54.

“Mike was one of the best newspapermen I ever knew, full of passion for our poor imperfect craft,” wrote Pete Hamill, the author, columnist and former editor of the New York Post.



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