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The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
Overall a pretty good, informative, and entertaining book about a part of American history that is pretty much all but forgotten... and unknown.

The bo...more
May 18, 2013
May 15, 2013
The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
This should be more appropriately titled "Why you Should Hate Vladimir Putin."

It is not really a biography on Putin, but rather feels more like a few...more
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 06, 2012
The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education
This is a book that I can see rating lower in time as I read more books about classical education (update: after reading The Well-Trained Mind, I did...more
Apr 18, 2012
Apr 17, 2012
How to Lie with Statistics
I still wonder why Trigonometry and Calculus are offered in high school, but Statistics is not. It's such a broad subject that is used in so many fiel...more
Mar 2012
Feb 29, 2012
Why Capitalism?
"The United States government is on course in 2009, 2010, and 2011 to run the largest peacetime deficits in its history..." Hmmm, okay Mrs. Palin, I m...more
May 23, 2012
May 21, 2012
Surviving Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Hope, Treatment, and Recovery
If you or someone you know has just been diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, then this book has to be the best place to start.

The author is...more
Oct 04, 2012
Sep 30, 2012
The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure
Some interesting points in the beginning (which is why I'm giving it two stars for Okay); the ethos of the book is very eye of the tiger, bulldoze you...more
Mar 11, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
The Vitamin Code: The Breakthrough Discovery That WIll Change The Way You Take Vitamins Forever
Ah yes, I love health books with no real sources or citations. It's almost as if you can just say whatever you want and we're just supposed to take yo...more
Jun 27, 2012
May 15, 2011
The Conscience of a Conservative
This book is great and really should be read by anyone with even the slightest interest in how the pendulum of politics swings. That is was authored o...more
Jul 29, 2014
Jul 27, 2014
Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11
Dry at times, but still a nice account of how intelligence, power, and law are intertwined in politics, public perception, and war, and how all of the...more
Apr 24, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
Financial Turmoil in Europe and the United States: Essays
I'm not exactly sure what the intent of this book is. The essays are short and easy to read, but the average person is not going to understand the tec...more
Mar 07, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World
Sort of interesting, but not really my kind of book since it was more anecdotal than anything else. That being said, he did a good job of not grossly...more
Feb 24, 2012
Feb 23, 2012
A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons
I waited for this book for months from the library and was so excited when my hold finally came in. It was a book I loved before I even opened the cov...more
Mar 19, 2012
Mar 17, 2012
Roadside Assistance
I don't have much experience with YA Fiction, but I liked the idea of the lighthearted nature of this, and although the topics in this one aren't weig...more
Feb 28, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
Townie: A Memoir
Dubus has tapped into something with this memoir that can only be described with one word: brilliant. Through his reflection you are taken into a life...more
Jun 05, 2014
Jun 03, 2014
Proverbs From Plymouth Pulpit
If you know some history about Mr. Beecher you'll probably be able to enjoy some of the sections and proverbs more than if you don't know anything abo...more
May 04, 2013
May 01, 2013
A Window on Eternity: A Biologist's Walk Through Gorongosa National Park
This book was seemingly authored as a side project, or maybe as an ancillary idea, to the research that Wilson and his colleagues were doing in Africa...more
May 17, 2014
May 17, 2014
My Beloved World
I'm conflicted about the idea of her writing a memoir.

As a judge, you're supposed to represent the law, and that is all; hence all of the matching bla...more
Feb 04, 2013
Jan 29, 2013
A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy with Iran
An extremely well written and researched book that really hits the ground running. Parsi assumes that the reader has some historical knowledge of the...more
Feb 24, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
Squeezed: What You Don't Know About Orange Juice
If you're into food books, then this one is not only worth your time to read, but should be part of your library too. If you're a casual reader about...more
Apr 29, 2014
Apr 16, 2014
Discover Chocolate: The Ultimate Guide to Buying, Tasting, and Enjoying Fine Chocolate
I was just expecting to skim a paragraph here and there in hopes of learning a little about cacao beans, but before I knew it, I was completely engros...more
Jun 26, 2013
Jun 26, 2013
Mothers and Daughters
Awwww, I really liked this book. Something about the different points of view and the weaving of decision and circumstance that flow down to the next...more
Feb 27, 2012
Feb 22, 2012
Learn to Remember: Practical Techniques and Excerises to Improve your Memory
This book could be summed up in a magazine article, but since they opted for a much lengthier approach were forced to load it with filler. All the tri...more
May 06, 2012
May 06, 2012
The Complete Fables (Penguin Classics)
What makes this book for me, is not the fables themselves, but the appending notes and moral recap at the end of most fables that appear in my edition...more
May 15, 2014
May 13, 2014
Batman: Year One
Like a lot of graphic novels, they're just issues of comics books combined into one easy to read book. This is Batman #404-407 from 1986.

If you enjoye...more
May 15, 2009
Jul 05, 2009
The Assault on Reason
What a disappointment. I was expecting the same well articulated data driven positions from Gore that I have read from Clinton, but that is not at all...more
May 08, 2014
May 08, 2014
Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court
A supreme court justice wrote this? There's no way. There is no voice, and very little, if any, flow in the writing.

I think this book is a collage of...more
Mar 22, 2013
Mar 06, 2013
Don't Know Much About History - Updated and Revised Edition
The amount of information covered is extremely impressive and is what makes this an invaluable resource to start with; but that's all it should be: a...more
May 04, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal
This is one of those rare books that works for people who are new to learning about food and nutrition, yet still provides plenty of fodder for those...more
Aug 12, 2013
Jul 05, 2013
Michelle: A Biography
This book was on a cart to filed back into the African American section at the local Chicago Public Library, but it would be a better fit in the Biogr...more
Sep 23, 2013
Sep 21, 2013
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