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1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
4.01
This book is a fascinating window into the cultures of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus. Author Charles Mann, an award-winning writer for S...more
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Sep 18, 2008
 
Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic
4.25
Fascinating and disturbing true story of a controversial medical epidemic. The author is a science reporter (now editor of "Discover" magazine) whose...more
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Dec 26, 2012
 
The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures
3.17
If you like Simon Winchester (The Professor and the Madman) or Erik Larson (The Devil in the White City). Really interesting history set in California...more
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Feb 16, 2014
 
A Perfect Red
3.86
SHORT REVIEW:
In medieval Europe, red textiles were available only to royalty because there was no reliable source of red dye. All of this changed whe...more
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Oct 17, 2008
 
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
4.01

I’m embarrassed to say that before reading this book I had only a fuzzy image of Genghis Khan as a ruthless warrior from somewhere in the east who rul...more
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Oct 17, 2008
 
Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan
3.88
Read it! Inspirational true account of Mortenson's work building schools for girls in remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. This is a follow up bo...more
Feb 2010
Feb 04, 2010
 
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
4.02
A good way to motivate yourself to try to eat locally. I like Kingsolver's writing. However, although I agree with her basic outlook, sometimes the to...more
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Jun 21, 2009
 
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
4.04
Interesting and very readable narrative history of the Dust Bowl and how it was largely a man-made disaster. Many profiles, based on primary sources,...more
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Mar 29, 2009
 
The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World's Greatest Encyclopedia
3.62
Andrew Lih writes for the non-techie, giving a clear overview of how Wikipedia works and how it got started. If you want to focus on the mechanics of...more
Jun 09, 2009
May 12, 2009
 
Eat, Pray, Love
3.43
This book is easy to make fun of (very self-absorbed, and while the author is going through a break-up, it's hard to see it as tragic - there are no k...more
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Jun 21, 2009
 
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
3.63
OK, I'll admit I picked up this book because "everyone's reading it."
It was featured in The Seattle Public Library's "September Project" and the autho...more
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Sep 18, 2008
 
The Black Death: A Personal History
3.36
I was intrigued by the concept of this book - combining fiction and nonfiction to create a "personal" portrait of a small 14th century English village...more
Dec 20, 2008
Dec 20, 2008
 
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
4.18
Nathaniel Philbrick is my favorite nonfiction history writer. He is "academic" but in a very accessible, not dry, way. He manages to look at history t...more
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Sep 29, 2008
 
A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World
3.90
Many accounts of U.S. history start with the landing of English colonists in Jamestown in the early 1600s. Horwitz unearths the stories of America’s v...more
Sep 23, 2009
Jun 21, 2009
 
Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church
3.79
I normally wouldn't have picked up this book to read, but my friend Michael is a reporter at the Boston Globe and contributed to this book. It's an in...more
Jul 20, 2009
Jun 21, 2009
 
The Lost Empire of Atlantis: History's Greatest Mystery Revealed
3.54
Interesting but completely speculative.
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Jun 06, 2012
 
1776
4.06
Character-driven. Stories.
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Jul 25, 2012
 
Touching My Father's Soul: A Sherpa's Journey to the Top of Everest
3.91
Norgay was a lead climber in the successful IMAX expedition that rescued several inexperienced climbers from Mt. Everest during the fateful 1996 climb...more
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Sep 18, 2008
 
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love
3.70
Galileo’s daughter Virginia – who took the name Maria Celeste – spent her teen and adult years at the Convent of San Matteo. She was close to her fath...more
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Sep 18, 2008
 
Miracle in The Andes
4.18
Parrado was a young man in 1972 when the plane carrying his rugby team crashed high in the Andes Mountains. Pears Paul Read chronicled the ordeal in h...more
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Sep 18, 2008
 
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
3.96
A fascinating exploration of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. The author tells the parallel stories of 2 very different men whose lives were connected t...more
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Sep 18, 2008
 
The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America
4.02
Another book from Egan (author of "The Worst Hard Time" about the Dust Bowl) that "brings history alive". The part in the title about the fire "that s...more
Jan 2010
Dec 16, 2009
 
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
3.77
I listened to the audio book during the week of Obama's inauguration. It really helped me get a sense of Obama's "formative years". The book ended at...more
Mar 05, 2009
Jan 15, 2009
 
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
3.85
Nathaniel Philbrick is my favorite nonfiction history writer. He is "academic" but in a very accessible, not dry, way. He manages to look at history t...more
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Sep 29, 2008
 
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of his Time
3.93
Sobel eloquently chronicles the story of a self-educated clockmaker in the 18th century who developed the first accurate chronometer, allowing sailors...more
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Sep 18, 2008
 
Seabiscuit: An American Legend
4.15
There is a good reason why this book was so popular. Even if you're not a big horse fan, it's fun to read about the ascent of an "underdog", and learn...more
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Mar 29, 2009
 
The Planets
3.61
A graceful exploration of our solar system, weaving together science, mythology, history, art and music. A fun, small book!
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Sep 18, 2008
 
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
3.83
An interesting and easy to read examination of how/why we know what we know and "jump to conclusions"
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Sep 29, 2008
 
The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery, and Endurance in Early America
3.93
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Jul 2013
Jun 06, 2012
 
My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq
4.12
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Jun 29, 2010
Jun 07, 2010
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