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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
4.13
Excellent.

The book is really long and goes into a lot of details, but that shouldn't be held against it. It seems like general knowledge about this su
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Mar 22, 2012
Jan 21, 2012
 
How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture
4.14
Stars: 3.5/5
I enjoyed the book. Did a good job of doing a surface level survey of the history of western thought philosophy. It was particularly inter
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Dec 2009
Dec 14, 2009
 
A People's History of the United States
4.12
Helped me appreciate where we've come as a culture and the importance of and viability of activism and making an effort to change a nations values for ...more
Apr 14, 2013
Mar 10, 2013
 
The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World
4.04
Pretty good. I learned things about the histories of these four plants (apples, tulips, marijuana, and potatoes). My favorite bit was learning about J ...more
Jul 28, 2013
Jul 22, 2013
 
The Big Three in Economics: Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John Maynard Keynes
3.74
The book purports to be about the big three, but it is about much more, in a good way! The book does focus on the big three but it really fills in the ...more
Dec 17, 2011
Dec 12, 2011
 
A Short History of Nearly Everything
4.17
A more accurate title is "A Short History of Scientific Subject Matter." But still it's a nice book. It's very accessible and has many humerus bits in ...more
Jul 03, 2012
Jun 25, 2012
 
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
4.34
Team of Rivals is a superb book. The writing is clear and accessible. The historical work, as far as I can tell is rigorously thorough and accurate. I ...more
Sep 24, 2011
Feb 11, 2009
 
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
3.97
This is a really enjoyable book. The history he was able to weave from research is pretty impressive. While it jumps around a bit or is cut off at tim ...more
Sep 27, 2012
Aug 14, 2012
 
The New Testament and the People of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God, #1)
4.39
I took a philosophy of Judaism this last semester in (secular) College, we didn't cover much history, but what was covered in this book didn't diverge ...more
Jun 20, 2010
Apr 18, 2010
 
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume I
4.15
Very nice to read a survey of this important era and region of history. It's crazy how many rulers were assassinated often one after the other in the ...more
Aug 22, 2014
Jul 06, 2014
 
The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice
4.04
Best book title I've ever seen.

Specific lesson: Mother Teresa was quite the twat.

General lesson: Always question hagiography.

I think the book could ha
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Nov 04, 2013
Nov 04, 2013
 
John Adams
4.10
Solid biography. I liked the beginning and the end most. I really liked reading about John Adams as an old man, as he and Jefferson outlasted the rest ...more
Sep 25, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
 
A History of Western Philosophy
4.03
A great introduction to the Philosophic tradition. It is about 2/3 history and 1/3 philosophy. This isn't a bad thing, but something to be aware of.

I
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Oct 19, 2011
Sep 26, 2011
 
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
3.96
This book was great and scary and frustrating! The swindling, rape, incest, and mysticism in the Mormon fundamentalist churches is exceedingly horribl ...more
Aug 21, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
 
Free: The Future of a Radical Price
3.79
Pretty interesting.
Jan 17, 2015
Jan 17, 2015
 
The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention
3.82
Not SUPER interesting, but a fine history of the boom in invention that went into the industrial revolution.
Jan 31, 2014
Jan 23, 2014
 
History of Science: Bolinda Beginner Guides
3.67
Well done.
Jun 05, 2014
May 31, 2014
 
Steve Jobs
4.10
This is a nice balanced biography with a lot of interesting history about the computer and mobile revolutions.

Next time someone comments on my bare fe
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Aug 05, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
 
The Evolution-Creation Struggle
3.28
Excellent. A must read for anyone who has given any thought or participated at all in the evolution/creation debate.

Though Ruse is an atheist and evol
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Mar 27, 2011
Jan 30, 2011
 
The Evolution of God
3.90
Pretty good. It might deserve 4 stars. It's a nice overview of religious history and the development of religion from the hunter-gatherer stage of hum ...more
Jun 20, 2012
May 27, 2012
 
Manhood in America: A Cultural History
3.88
I enjoyed this book; it is very interesting. Kimmel does a good job bringing forward American history and discussing it relates to notions of gender. ...more
May 02, 2011
Jan 21, 2011
 
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
4.16
The most valuably informative book I've read. A must read of must reads.
Feb 27, 2013
Jan 19, 2013
 
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
3.94
None
May 23, 2013
Nov 05, 2012
 
Racism: A Beginner's Guide
4.12
None
Feb 14, 2010
Feb 09, 2010
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