Martin H. Levinson

"A superb teaching guide to general semantics. Highly recommended."
--Frank Scardilli,
Chief Mediator Emeritus,
U.S. Court of Appeals

"A fascinating and well-told story that is part memoir and part social history."
--Martin H. Levinson, co-author

"The most important book on general semantics, covering the most areas and the most time, ever written."
--Sanford I. Berman,
past president, ISGS

"A superb memoir and social history of a foundational decade."
--Dr. Nitram Nosnivel, Brooklyn Intellectual

"Times like these demand satire!"
--Juvenal, Roman Satirist

"Great book! I agree with the author, 'To combat evil, sunshine is the best disinfectant.'"
--Professor Katherine Liepe-Levinson,
Hunter College

“With all the stress in the world today, this book couldn't have come at a better time.”
--Dr. Risha Levinson, The Author's Mother

"Buyer beware: Reading this book could result in serious improvements in your approach to self, to others, and to the ways you interact with the world."
--Andrea Johnson, President, Institute of General Semantics

"Anyone interested in the history of drugs and drug use, treatment, general semantics, policy, even social interactions and how to improve them will find this a valuable read."
--Professor Mark Reilly, Arizona State University

A Continuing Education Guide to Teaching General Semantics

This guide contains twelve continuing education lessons in general semantics. Each lesson includes an Introduction (for the teacher) of the basic GS ideas to be presented, a Motivation to begin the lesson, and Suggested Activities for students. Lessons can be combined or abbreviated depending on the time constraints of the course and wishes of the instructor.

The Risha Levinson Story: Growing Up in the Greatest Generation

Can a woman have it all? No one can have it all but Risha Levinson has had a lot: to wit, a long-lasting marriage of sixty-two years, four children and six grandchildren, a highly satisfying family life, and an engaging and productive career. How did this all happen? Read her book to find out.

More Sensible Thinking

In these times of rapid change and and constant upheaval, can we learn to think and communicate more effectively--at home, in school, on the job, and as citizens of the larger world? This book (like its predecessor Sensible Thinking for Turbulent Times), which is based on the formulations of general semantics, says yes, yes, and yes! Topics in it include practical ways to improve your thinking ability, emotional self-management, understanding of the media, and analysis of important social issues.

Brooklyn Boomer: Growing up in the Fifties

This book relates the author's personal recollections of his middle-class childhood in Brooklyn during the 1950s with alternate chapters detailing seminal cultural events of that era including the advent of television, fast-food restaurants, big cars with fins; desegregation and the white flight to the suburbs; rock and roll, beatniks, hula hoops, The Kinsey Reports, the Cold War, McCarthyism, Playboy, and much more. Part memoir, part social history, Brooklyn Boomer offers a captivating portrait of Brooklyn and America in the mid-twentieth Century.

The Levinson Report: Cutting Edge Satire for Geniuses Like You

The Levinson Report uses the satirical form to skewer a multiplicity of targets ranging from American foreign policy in the Middle East to self-improvement hucksterism. Specifically, the book is divided into four parts containing 33 exceptionally brilliant essays. Please note that these essays may cause your mind to expand and your nervous system to register feelings of enjoyment. Do not be alarmed if you experience these effects. They are rarely long lasting and real life is the perfect antidote.

When Good Things Happen to Bad People

When Good Things Happen to Bad People offers an irreverent, fast-paced, fact-filled compendium of fifty case studies of notorious villains from Attila the Hun to Dick Cheney who triumphed in life despite, or because of, their dastardly deeds. This book is the perfect foil to Harold Kushner’s international bestseller When Bad Things Happen to Good People.

Practical Fairy Tales for Everyday Living

This book provides twenty-five highly fanciful stories featuring characters who successfully battle a variety of personal problems and mishaps through the formulations of general semantics. While the stories are not true in the literal sense of that word, the British pundit G.K. Chesterton observed that, "Fairy tales are more than true not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten."

Sensible Thinking for Turbulent Times

In these times of rapid change and constant upheaval, can we learn to think and communicate more effectively--at home, in school, on the job, and as citizens in the larger world. This book, which is based on the formulations of "general semantics," says yes, yes, and yes! Topics in it include practical ways to improve your thinking ability, emotional self-management, creativity, and analysis of important social issues.

The Drug Problem: A New View Using the General Semantics Approach

Current approaches to the drug problem are not working and almost everyone agrees more effective solutions are needed. This comprehensive volume offers a dynamic new approach to understanding and solving the drug problem. Topics examined include American drug history and policy, the legalization issue, drugs and creativity, treatment, and prevention. A chronological overview of drug-taking in human history and a resource guide are also provided.

About the Author

Martin H. Levinson brings over 40 years of experience in general semantics, counseling, administration, and education, to his teaching, writing, and international consulting work. He worked in the field of drug prevention for 35 years and has taught many college courses in diverse areas. He is president of the Institute of General Semantics and book editor for ETC: A Review of General Semantics. He holds a PhD from NYU.