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Thomas A. Edison: A Streak of Luck
3.73
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Nov 24, 2012
 
The Odyssey
3.69
Butler takes a classic and turns it into pablum. You might as well get Cliff's Notes for the Odyssey as read this book, or you might want to read it a ...more
Aug 10, 2008
Aug 27, 2008
 
Survival City: Adventures Among the Ruins of Atomic America
3.37
In 1969, shortly after the Atlas ICBM program was shut down, I was a college freshman filled with curiosity who more eagerly explored every silo locat ...more
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Sep 05, 2008
 
American Mania: When More is Not Enough
3.62
Whybrow presents an interesting, thought provoking, plausible hypothesis about a combination of culture and physiology that promotes maniacal behavior ...more
not set
Sep 17, 2008
 
Mindfulness in Plain English
4.22
This is a beautiful book, both in the message it conveys and in the way it conveys it.

If you stripped away the religious encrustation that has built u
...more
Jul 18, 2009
Jul 18, 2009
 
The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy
3.82
I enjoyed this book for the history of the Educational Testing Service, the makers of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) it provides an account of the ...more
Mar 20, 2012
Mar 20, 2012
 
Exodus to the Virtual World: How Online Fun Is Changing Reality
3.23
This is a thought provoking book with an excellent tour of what goes on in the game design world. But let your own thoughts occur without being led by ...more
Sep 28, 2009
Sep 28, 2009
 
Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights
3.77
Horace Mann, one of the giants of public education in the early United States, said in his final commencement address at Antioch College, a school he ...more
Nov 09, 2012
Nov 09, 2012
 
Give Me Liberty!: An American History, Volume 2
3.63
Could anything be duller than a textbook? No, but Foner's account of American history from the end of the Civil War until 2008 is a perfect mix of ove ...more
Feb 10, 2010
Feb 10, 2010
 
The Age of Jackson
3.92
A meaty read for anyone interested in American history, Schlesinger ranges broadly to give the reader a feel for the issues, conflicts, personalities ...more
Dec 12, 2008
Dec 12, 2008
 
From the Earth to the Moon and 'Round the Moon
3.78

When I was an 8 year old, my father took me to see the movie version of From the Earth to the Moon. Like most young boys, I was fascinated by science
...more
Jun 03, 2012
Jun 03, 2012
 
The Challenge of Man's Future
3.50
This book is a good example of the kind of writing more common in times past, where the author assumes the intelligence of his readers along with thei ...more
not set
Jul 29, 2008
 
Uncle Tom's Cabin
3.79
Uncle Tom's Cabin was written in 1850 when America was in the middle of a period of religious fervor with fire and brimstone preaching common. Among t ...more
Jan 14, 2009
Jan 14, 2009
 
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
3.74
Ian Fleming after being censored for all (except possibly Catholic) audiences.

The book might be called "Russian Doll" because of the puzzles that are
...more
Aug 07, 2012
Aug 07, 2012
 
Castles, Battles, and Bombs: How Economics Explains Military History
2.85
The first chapter of this book is the best. It does a good job of explaining the ideas from economics that it will develop in the following pages.

Afte
...more
Aug 17, 2012
Aug 17, 2012
 
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
4.32
In a nutshell - Doris does it again! This wonderful account of Lincoln's life, of which the movie, Lincoln, is only a snippet, is so rich in character ...more
Feb 09, 2013
Feb 09, 2013
 
Baker Towers
3.67
If I were to title this book, I'd call it "Drowning"

Life in a small industrial town isn't heaven as novelists have told us before. Haigh tells an inte
...more
Oct 05, 2009
Oct 05, 2009
 
Atonement
3.85
Atonement starts out wonderfully, lovingly describing the life of a British family on an estate in 1935. I was swept into their lives in the hands of ...more
Nov 21, 2014
Nov 21, 2014
 
The Art of Gothic: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting
4.21
Browsing in the used book room of the local library, I spotted this heavy, thick book filled with marvelous photography for $6. What the heck, how can ...more
Feb 08, 2013
Feb 08, 2013
 
The Essential Chomsky
4.14
Noam Chomsky is known for two things - his studies in linguistics and his stand on the workings of political power, specifically that of the United St ...more
Dec 02, 2010
Dec 02, 2010
 
At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years 1965-68
4.44
If the sun should suddenly cease to exist, what would happen to the planets?

They would lose their way and fly from their stable orbits.

I thought of th
...more
Aug 31, 2011
Aug 31, 2011
 
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
4.04
You eat boiled tumbleweed to keep you alive as you watch the whole world around you literally turn to dust. Then, when you try to get a new start, alo ...more
Feb 20, 2009
Feb 20, 2009
 
A Mind of Her Own: The Life of Karen Horney
3.88
You've likely heard of Occam's Razor - the idea that when there are multiple explanations for something, the simplicity of an explanation is a reason ...more
Nov 21, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
 
Indignation
3.65
The self is a storm-tossed ship and Roth's books are tales of the navigation of that ship.

He uses themes repeatedly - the Jew among gentiles, the Jewi
...more
Jul 06, 2010
Jul 06, 2010
 
Through the Narrow Gate: A Memoir of Spiritual Discovery
4.06
This book is a jewel, so rich in personal detail, so thoughtful and full of insight, so full of ideas that connect with other philosophical schools of ...more
Apr 07, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
 
Infinite Jest
4.33
Infinite Jest is hilarious, repulsive, engrossing, longer than it needs to be and ends abruptly.

In the introduction, it is said that Wallace's writing
...more
Jul 05, 2011
Jul 05, 2011
 
Zeitoun
4.08
Dave Eggers does a competent job with this book on a Syrian-American that decides to face Katrina in New Orleans rather than flee with his wife and ch ...more
Aug 06, 2013
Aug 06, 2013
 
Bertrand Russell: A Life
3.91
Bertrand Russell was an interesting fellow, a top-notch intellectual with a gift for explaining difficult concepts to the public. A British Issac Asim ...more
May 13, 2012
May 13, 2012
 
The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
3.89
I've decided 3 stars for me will mean a book that I enjoy but that I wouldn't pester others to read.

The Forgotten Man is about the Great Depression bu
...more
Jul 21, 2010
Jul 21, 2010
 
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
4.07
I enjoy accounts from the Age of Discovery. The encounter of Western Europeans with natives in other parts of the world is a meeting of aliens more in ...more
Sep 09, 2011
Sep 09, 2011
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