Sunday, April 24, 2011


Stan Levenson was a poor, fatherless kid with few aspirations during the Great Depression and World War II -- aside from getting into trouble. So it might come as a big surprise that this self-described "goof-off" went on to make an international name for himself helping school districts around the world reap millions of dollars. When Brooklyn Was Heaven lovingly chronicles a 30-year (1931-61) journey through Brooklyn neighborhoods rich in history and culture, the Borscht Belt of the Catskills, small college towns in upstate New York, military duty in the United States Navy, and a lifestyle that crisscrossed a continent and the globe. A vividly detailed portrait of stickball games, scrap-metal drives, Coney Island capers, Catskill mountain highs, college classics, awkward gropes, Naval adventures, L.A. dreaming, and sheer grit.

One Man's Remarkable Journey through a Bygone Brooklyn that Took Him around the Globe

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