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“A fascinating tour of the hidden landscapes on which human society actually operates. This will change the way you see the world and, hopefully, your place within it.”
– Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock

“Top Business Book To Read in 2014”
– Adam Grant,

“Expect Invisibles to be highly influential.”
Nilanjana Roy, author of The Wildings and writer for the International New York Times

“Invisibles explains why some of the world’s most talented, accomplished people choose to fly under the radar. An excellent book.”
– [infopopup:grantreview], Wharton professor and bestselling author of Give and Take

“The genius at the top doesn’t make their team look good. It’s a great team that makes the guy at the top look like a genius…and Invisibles proves it.”
– [infopopup:Sinek], bestselling author of Start With Why

“Invisibles is a one-book cultural revolution,, fighting the current cultural tide toward narcissistic self-promotion with the truth that real satisfaction is often silent.”
– [infopopup:Twenge], co-author of The Narcissism Epidemic

“Building upon his 2012 Atlantic article “What Do Fact-Checkers and Anesthesiologists Have in Common,” in his nonfiction debut, journalist Zweig presents an entertaining, good-natured exploration of the mindsets and psyches of “invisibles”—people whose passions have required years of training and experience, but who happily toil in obscurity for the love of the work itself, rather than fame. As Zweig notes, it’s this very single-mindedness in the quest for excellence—and the emphasis on getting the job done—that research suggests correlates with both happiness and business success. The book’s strength is in Zweig’s portraits of those dedicated workers behind the scenes, including a ghost writer; a perfume maker for celebrity brands; a structural engineer; an interpreter at the United Nations; a cinematographer; and a guitar tech for rock bands. The author’s genuine respect for his subjects shines through and keeps these stories lively.”
Publishers Weekly

“An encouraging salute to the world behind the scenes, where the “Invisibles” allow the show to go on. Journalist Zweig suggests, with considerable merit, that, in our culture of wanting it all, we have forgotten the hard work of getting there—that to be Tom Brady quarterbacking on Sunday, you must also be a game-film drudge and a gym rat. More to the point, that invisible work has its own beauty and meaning. The author points to people who take pride in elevating anything to an art, who lose and find themselves in projects that make a significant impact on our lives, leaving us happy while delivering the pleasure and self-respect from doing the job properly. Zweig profiles a handful of highly skilled individuals “whose roles are critical to whatever enterprise they are part of”—e.g., the perfumer behind Sean Combs’ fragrance Unforgivable (Combs became “the first male celebrity with a prestige cologne”); the structural engineer who enables the architect’s vision of a skyscraper; and, perhaps most impressive, the U.N interpreter who “hears one language, interprets it into another language in her head, then speaks the new language while at the same time continuing to listen to and interpret the next lines of the original language, a practice known as simultaneous interpretation….As long as the speaker is talking, she is interpreting.” Zweig notes three traits that these unsung individuals possess: responsibility, meticulousness and ambivalence regarding recognition. These traits are fine, to be sure, but the author’s vignettes really drive the point home. Guitar tech, fact checker, piano tuner, cinematographer, ghostwriter et al.—it is workmanship, curiosity, demanding internal standards, deep immersion and cooperative instincts that bring a rewarding life. In Zweig’s fascinating world, the limelight doesn’t hold a candle to the satisfaction of hard work well done.”
Kirkus Reviews



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Swimming Inside the Sun

“TOP 3 BOOK OF 2009”

“A terrific debut from a talented writer… The author’s prose revels in smart literary turns … packs plenty of emotional resonance”

“The more we follow [protagnist Dan Green]… the closer we come to understanding that fragile joy that accompanies the creation of art, and music in particular.”

“There are so many reasons to like David Zweig’s debut… the writing is tight and funny, even sad, but worth your time. Please look for this book, you won’t be disappointed.”

“The novel is so well written… It is such a pleasure to read a book that made me feel so much.”

“An insightful look at the creation of art and the emotional wreckage that can come from putting all of yourself into something” … “an immersive view of the demons of creativity. I found it to be an engrossing and ultimately rewarding novel.”
BabyGotBooks (second review)

“Really well written and darkly humorous… I seriously dug David Zweig’s new book: Swimming Inside the Sun”
Fucked in Park Slope

“A powerful piece of work, and I must say truthfully, one of the better [debut novels] i’ve read in a long while.”

“I really like the writing style… engaging and vividly depicted New York City… provokes a strong reaction.”

“I actually had to walk away from the story for several days, as Dan’s self-destruction was presented so realistically that I felt I was embarking on a journey with him. I felt a bit insane… the emotions, though extreme, were easy to relate to.”

“This deep character study hooks the audience… intense and well written.”
Midwest Book Review

Keep Going


“Delightfully ambitious… Grand choruses lift your heart right out of your chest.”
Seven Days

“The owner of a powerful set of pipes, with an ear for majestic arrangements.”

Keep Going proves that Zweig’s first record was no fluke, and that the acclaim he’s gotten is well-deserved.”

All Now With Wings

“Grade A” “Marvelous”.
The Aquarian


“Very powerful… seldom short of phenomenal.”

“Epic, imaginative, and majestic.”

“Zweig does everything that you would want with his debut… a unique talent with unique sound.”

“Lush orchestrations envelope the narrative of what would have been strong material anyway.”
Shredding Paper

” Anthemic alt. rock for when the sun breaks through the clouds.”
— [before the site is whatever it is now]

“A combination of Radiohead (circa The Bends) and Nick Drake.”
— Cape Cod Times

“Belying his indie origins, David Zweig has created a lush work of orchestral pop in the vein of Elliott Smith, only without the Dreamworks recording budget.”
— Magnet

“I found myself swept away on the orchestrated grandeur of the finest debut record I’ve heard so far this year… (8.5/10)”