Michael Graubart Levin

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Michael Levin
Born New York City
Occupation Author, ghostwriter[1]
Nationality American
Education B.A.
Juris Doctorate
Alma mater Amherst College
Columbia University

Michael Levin (born August 8, 1958) is an American business executive and New York Times best-selling author.[2] On January 20, 2012, Michael appeared as a guest entrepreneur on the ABC Television show Shark Tank.[3] Levin is the CEO of BusinessGhost, Inc., a ghostwriting firm that has written and published 550 books, including 18 national best sellers.[4]

Reviews and publications[edit]

Levin’s work has appeared in The New York Times,[5] The Wall Street Journal,[6] the Boston Globe,[7] Forbes.com,[8]Legal Affairs[9] Writers Digest,[10] Time[11] Newsweek[12] The Economist[13][14] and other outlets. One of Levin’s New York Times pieces was anthologized in a textbook on writing, Elements of Argument.[15] In September 2012, Levin became a regular blogger on the future of book publishing and also arts and culture for the Huffington Post.[16] In 2016, he began to contribute to Fox News[17] and the New York Daily News.[18] He has also published five of his own novels, three with Simon & Schuster and two with Putnam/Berkley.

Levin’s books have received positive reviews in The New York Times,[19][20] the Los Angeles Times,[21] the New Yorker,[22] People Magazine,[23][24] the Washington Post,[25] the The San Francisco Chronicle,[26] Library Journal,[27] the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune,[28] and other leading publications.


BusinessGhost, a provider of ghostwritten business books, business fables, and memoirs, began as the Michael Levin Writing Company in 1994, became Writer2Author, Inc. in 1998, and reincorporated with its current name 2004 when ghostwriting became the primary function of the company.

Through his company, Levin has worked with many celebrities and top athletes including Pat Summerall, Chad Hennings, Howard Bragman,[29] Dave Winfield and Doug Christie. Many of Levin’s books have been optioned and/or made into films by some of the top names in Hollywood. Disney optioned and made the ABC Disney Sunday Movie of the Week “Model Behavior” based on Levin’s novel Janine and Alex, Alex and Janine. Additionally, director Frank Perry adopted Levin’s first novel, The Socratic Method, and Steven Soderberg and Paramount adopted the book Levin coauthored with Joaquin Garcia, Making Jack Falcone. He also edited Zig Ziglar’s final book, Born To Win.[30]

Personal life[edit]

He performs with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.[31] He is an Amherst College graduate, a Columbia Law School-trained attorney and a non-practicing member of the Massachusetts bar.[32] He served for many years as a member of the Authors Guild Council and as Treasurer of the Authors Guild Foundation.[33]

A distance athlete, Michael has completed more than a dozen triathlons and half marathons, and 15 full marathons since his 44th birthday.[34] He ran as a guide runner for disabled runners for Achilles International in the 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2015 New York City Marathons and in the 2013 Los Angeles Marathon.[35]


  • Levin, Michael (1985). Journey to Tradition: The Odyssey of a Born-Again Jew. Jersey City: Ktav Pub Inc. pp. 352 pages. ISBN 0-88125-093-7. 
  • Levin, Michael (1988). The Socratic Method. New York City: Ivy Books. pp. s. ISBN 0-8041-0376-3. 
  • Levin, Michael (1990). Settling the Score. New York City: Ivy Books. pp. s. ISBN 0-8041-0632-0. 
  • Levin, Michael (1994). Alive and Kicking. New York City: St. Martins Mass Market Paper. pp. s. ISBN 0-312-95305-4. 
  • Levin, Michael (1997). What Every Jew Needs to Know About God. Jersey City: Ktav Pub Inc. pp. 148 pages. ISBN 0-88125-537-8. 
  • Levin, Michael (1997). Janine and Alex, Alex and Janine. New York City: Putnam/Berkley. pp. 256 pages. ISBN 0-425-16042-4. 
  • Levin, Michael (1997). Sam and Derek, Derek and Sam. New York City: Putnam/Berkley. pp. 256 pages. ISBN 0-425-16041-6. 
  • Levin, Michael (2003). Complete Idiot's Guide to Your Civil Liberties. New York City: Alpha. pp. 352 pages. ISBN 0-02-864473-5. 
  • Levin, Michael and Doug and Jackie Christie (2007) No Ordinary Love: A True Story Of Love And Basketball!. Infinite Love Publishing. ISBN 978-0979482700.
  • Levin, Michael and Howard Bragman (2008) Where's My Fifteen Minutes? Get Your Company, Your Cause, or Yourself The Recognition You Deserve. New York City: Portfolio. ISBN 978-1591842361.
  • Levin, Michael and Joaquin Garcia (2009). Making Jack Falcone: An Undercover FBI Agent Takes Down A Mafia Family. New York City: Pocket Star. ISBN 978-1439149911.
  • Abraham, Jay (2009). The Sticking Point (Michael Levin, ghostwriter.) New York: Vanguard Press. 224 pages.
  • Levin, Michael and Chad Hennings (2010). Rules of Engagement: Finding Faith And Purpose In A Disconnected World. New York City: FaithWords. ISBN 978-0446545396.
  • Levin, Michael and Pat Summerall (2010) Giants: What I Learned About Life From Vince Lombardi And Tom Landry. New York City: Wiley. ISBN 978-0470611593
  • Levin, Michael and David Fishof (2012) Rock Your Business: What You and Your Company Can Learn from the Business of Rock and Roll Paperback. Dallas: BenBella Books. 288 pages. ISBN 978-1936661459
  • Levin, Michael and David Oliphant (2012), When All Else Fails, Sell. New York: Readers Digest Books. 160 pages. ISBN 978-1606524299
  • Levin, Michael and Chris Myers (2012), NASCAR Nation: How Racing's Values Mirror America's. 240 Pages. Toronto: Random House. ISBN 978-0771061189.
  • Levin, Michael and Carey Neesley (2013) Welcome Home Mama And Boris: How A Sister's Love Saved A Fallen Soldier's Beloved Dogs. New York: Readers Digest Books. 224 pages. ISBN 978-1621451150


  1. ^ "Man featured in Elizabeth Warren narrated Trump attack ad says he voted for Trump" Springfield Republican. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  2. ^ "Best Sellers - Hardcover Nonfiction" New York Times. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  3. ^ ABC.com Link to "Shark Tank" Week 1. Retrieved on 30 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Ghostwriter Michael Levin Says: When You're The Author, You're The Authority" Forbes. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  5. ^ Levin, Michael. “Sport’s Editor’s Mailbox: The World Series on TV.” The New York Times November 2, 1975: 2.
  6. ^ Levin, Michael. “See the World – Join a Club.” The Wall Street Journal August 23, 2000: A20.
  7. ^ Levin, Michael. “Proud to be a Brookie.” The Boston Sunday Globe June 9, 1996: 13-15.
  8. ^ Forbes.com Levin featured in Forbes.com article. Retrieved on 10-16-2011
  9. ^ LegalAffairs.com Article feating Levin. Retrieved on 10-23-2011
  10. ^ Levin, Michael. “12 Random (But Useful) Thoughts About Dialogue.” Writers Digest 86 (2006): 34-37. October 18, 2011.
  11. ^ Levin, Michael. Letter to the Editor. “Kissinger for State.” Time September 24, 1973: 15.
  12. ^ Levin, Michael. Letter to the Editor. “The Great Debate.” Newsweek October 11, 1976.
  13. ^ Levin, Michael. Letter to the Editor. “Shemozzle.” The Economist February 19, 1983: 6.
  14. ^ "Books With Not Much To Say" Levin, Michael. The Economist, September 24th - 30th, 2011. Volume 400, Number 8752. "Letters", p. 22.
  15. ^ Rottenberg, Annette. Elements of Argument: A Text and Reader. New York, NY. St. Martin’s Press. 1988.
  16. ^ "Michael Levin" Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  17. ^ Michael Levin's articles Fox News. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  18. ^ "Michael Levin - Writers - NY Daily News". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  19. ^ NYTimes.com Review of The Socratic Method by Scott Turow. Retrieved on 10-23-2011.
  20. ^ Patrick, Vincent. Review of Alive and Kicking, by Michael Levin. “The Ill-Gotten Gaineses.” The New York Times Book Review. March 21, 1993: 7.
  21. ^ Stabiner, Karen. Review of Alive and Kicking, by Michael Levin. The Los Angeles Times (1993): 6.
  22. ^ Books, The New Yorker. March 7, 1988: p. 123.
  23. ^ Kaufman, Joanne. Review of The Socratic Method, by Michael Levin. “Pages.” People: Picks & Pans. March 3, 1988.
  24. ^ Unknown. Review of The Socratic Method, by Michael Levin. People: Critics’ Choice. May 23, 1988.
  25. ^ Mead, Chris. Review of The Socratic Method, by Michael Levin. The Washington Post. December 22, 1987: C4.
  26. ^ Holt, Patricia. Review of The Socratic Method, by Michael Levin. “Clever Lampoon of Law School.” The San Francisco Chronicle. December 24, 1987: E6.
  27. ^ Smothers, Joyce. Review of Alive and Kicking, by Michael Levin. Library Journal. February 15, 1993: 193.
  28. ^ Polsby, Daniel D. Review of The Socratic Method, by Michael Levin. “ ‘The Socratic Method’ raises questions about law school.” The Chicago Tribune. December 13, 1987: 6.
  29. ^ "Title Page" Where's My Fifteen Minutes?. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
  30. ^ "Acknowledgements" Born to Win. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  31. ^ Boston Symphony Orchestra 1985-86 program, p.59. April 10, 1986
  32. ^ "Best for Lawyers: A Method in His Madness" ABA Journal. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  33. ^ "Summer 2006 Bulletin" Authors Guild. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  34. ^ "Jogging Down Memory Lane" Lifezette. Retrieved 2017-02-05.
  35. ^ "Why I Am Your Hero (Today Only)" Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-02-05.

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