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Civilization: The Six Ways the West Beat the Rest
3.74
This book attempts to give reasons for why the West has dominated much of civilization for the last millennium or so.

The book is readable, interestin...more
Mar 11, 2012
Mar 11, 2012
 
I Don't Have to Make Everything All Better
4.09
Good how-to book about the power of validation & good listening. I feel like if I mastered this skill, that Natalie would think I suddenly became...more
Jul 15, 2013
Jul 15, 2013
 
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
3.96
Two things I didn't like about the book:
1) Intentionally or not, the author tries his very best to link the FLDS and LDS churches. At every opportuni...more
Dec 27, 2008
Jan 28, 2009
 
In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How it Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture
3.91
This book follows the economic, political and theological events that transpired in the 1300-1800 AD time period that produced the King James Bible.

I...more
Dec 30, 2012
Dec 30, 2012
 
Extremes: How to Keep Your Virtues from Becoming Vices
3.71
This book articulates very well my own personal view about the dangers of extremes in ones positions and thinking. He comes at the topic from a gospel...more
Dec 30, 2011
Jan 07, 2012
 
Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi
4.15
Fascinating book about a horribly fascinating part of history. I found the writing and storytelling to be excellent, and the first half of the book to...more
May 12, 2012
May 12, 2012
 
The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Management Fable About Helping Employees Find Fulfillment in Their Work
4.01
Even though this book was written in parable-format, which usually annoys me, I really enjoyed the quick read. I'd say it took me about 2 hours to rea...more
Jan 06, 2009
Jan 06, 2009
 
Where the Money Is: True Tales from the Bank Robbery Capital of the World
4.03
What a fun book! I totally dig "memoir" books like this from people that led interesting lives, and can tell you about it in a well-written way.

Oh, a...more
Mar 26, 2008
Mar 29, 2008
 
The Buy Side: A Wall Street Trader's Tale of Spectacular Excess
3.88
Another "shake your head at how stupid some people can be" autobiography, in the tradition of Liar's Poker and other Wall Street books. What really st...more
Aug 05, 2013
Aug 05, 2013
 
Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence
4.08
Enjoyed this book thoroughly! The beauty of the system it hawks is its simplicity: chart what you earn, chart what you spend and see if there's a gap...more
May 20, 2009
May 20, 2009
 
Growing a Business
3.94
Sort of a how-to book for someone who owns a small business and wants to make it grow larger. Well written, with good anecdotes and solid advice about...more
Aug 13, 2010
Aug 13, 2010
 
Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker
3.96
This is the hacker version of "Catch Me if You Can". It was entertaining. It would be a lot more fun if I understood the technical jargon.
Having read...more
Feb 13, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
 
The Elephant to Hollywood
3.73
No matter what I think of the movie, whenever I see Michael Caine in a show I'm left with a good impression. His (second) autobiography leaves a good...more
Nov 15, 2010
Nov 15, 2010
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
Waited a while to read this because of all the negative reviews when it first came out. I enjoyed it and looked forward to reading it when I had free...more
Oct 04, 2010
Oct 04, 2010
 
Columbine
4.24
Less interesting than I'd hoped, I still picked up a few nuggets about this famous event. For example, the widely reported cause for the massacre was...more
Jun 18, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
 
A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown
3.93
This book is a history of Jim Jones and the Jonestown massacre. I was curious to understand better the demented journey of thought and suffocation of...more
Feb 08, 2012
Feb 08, 2012
 
The Turnaround Kid: What I Learned Rescuing America's Most Troubled Companies
3.66
Read this book in preparation of having lunch with the author as part of my TA job for MO611 at school. I liked the guy and thought a lot of his skill...more
Feb 13, 2010
Feb 13, 2010
 
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
4.20
Michael Lewis (Blindside, Moneyball, etc) has a nice follow-up book to his investment banking expose "Liar's Poker." Essentially, this book is about t...more
Mar 27, 2010
Mar 27, 2010
 
Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures
3.72
Fascinating story about an FBI agent who frequently goes undercover to recover stolen art. I always find these types of books interesting, well I will...more
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Dec 07, 2013
 
What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained
3.81
I don't think there's a more interesting way to write about kitchen science. What's the difference between baking soda and baking powder and what do t...more
Mar 26, 2012
Mar 26, 2012
 
I Am Spock
3.95
I read William Shatner's hilarious book "Up till now" and wondered how good this one would be. It was entertaining, and really interesting. I'm not a...more
Aug 13, 2014
Aug 14, 2014
 
An Approach to the Book of Mormon (The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, Volume 6)
4.21
Surprisingly good read! I always thought picking up a Hugh Nibley book would be like trying to read legal contracts - not true!
This book is an academ...more
Nov 05, 2009
Nov 05, 2009
 
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt
4.05
Highly readable account of how physics and wall street collide and the impact it has on trading and the markets today. The personal stories and anecdo...more
May 19, 2014
May 19, 2014
 
Executive Orders (Jack Ryan, #8)
3.99
Love me some Tom Clancy! This book reminds me a lot of that Calvin and Hobbes strip where a train jumps some tracks headed for a gas-leak house where...more
Dec 24, 2010
Dec 24, 2010
 
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
3.92
Four stars for an excellent book that makes a very convincing case for several needed changes in families, business and schools that, given human natu...more
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Jan 20, 2011
 
Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible
4.30
Very readable primer on pointing out the water to Western fish swimming in the Bible. The list of cultural biases was very thorough, and had plenty of...more
Feb 27, 2014
Feb 27, 2014
 
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
3.94
Exactly as advertised. This is another of several books that ties hundreds of various academic studies into a cohesive narrative about a specific topi...more
Feb 17, 2013
Feb 17, 2013
 
Goodbye, I Love You
3.91
A book club recommendation by Sara. I probably wouldn't have picked this up on my own, but I'm glad I read it - so, call it a success for the book clu...more
May 20, 2013
May 20, 2013
 
For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time: A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics
4.15
Two ways to consume this material:
#1 - read the book. A great way to go. Very much like the coolest science class you ever took, with that one profes...more
Feb 16, 2014
Feb 16, 2014
 
A Bible Fit for the Restoration: The Epic Struggle That Brought Us the King James Version
3.71
Five stars for this one because it exactly met all my expectations for the book. I was looking for something of a primer to help me understand more of...more
Dec 04, 2011
Dec 04, 2011
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