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127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
(4.0) Well-written account of a trying experience

I don't see any acknowledgment of assistance in writing this book, and since he graduated summa from...more
Jun 02, 2012
Mar 16, 2011
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
(5.0) Excellently researched and told stories of North Koreans from Chongjin

Excellent, but a couple of minor flaws almost made it a 4.5. The North Kor...more
Feb 07, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage
(5.0) So much fun! (may need to be a little computer-geeky to really love it)

Crazy cool true story about an astronomer-turned-sysadmin at Berkeley in...more
Mar 29, 2005
Jun 16, 2008
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
(5.0) Amazing story told amazingly well

Strongly recommend this to almost anyone mildly interested in reading nonfiction. Not the best I've ever read,...more
Apr 10, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival
(5.0) Powerful story well told

I'd heard Maziar on Fresh Air and wanted to hear more of the story of his imprisonment in an Iranian political prison. I...more
Nov 11, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System from Crisis — and Themselves
Amazing Recapitulation of Armageddon 2008

My only complaint is that it was difficult at times to keep track of who was who. Sorkin captured the frantic...more
Jul 03, 2009
Feb 25, 2011
Just a very well-told story

Zeitoun is a Syrian-American who runs a house painting business with his Southern born wife, Kathy. He decides to stay duri...more
Nov 27, 2009
Mar 16, 2011
(5.0) I want you to read this book

Oh my goodness, this was one of my favorite reading experiences ever. I'm not sure I can objectively explain it, but...more
Mar 2011
Mar 02, 2011
Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
(4.0) Best book written by journalist that I've read in quite some time

In fact, not sure I can come up with a better one. I guess it's cause he was wr...more
Sep 21, 2011
Mar 16, 2011
Liar's Poker
Peek at Salomon Brothers in the 80s

The tail end of the boom in bond trading at Salomon. Michael Lewis' day job was selling foul-smelling (if not toxic...more
Nov 18, 2009
Feb 25, 2011
FIASCO: Blood in the Water on Wall Street: Blood in the Water on Wall Street
Both sides of the 'creative' derivatives transactions are shocking

derivatives trader for Morgan Stanley in the 90s, with some updates from the recent...more
Jun 12, 2009
Mar 16, 2011
Shadow Divers
(4.0) (Wreck) divers take note

Crazy/obsessed wreck divers who explore and identify a WWII U-boat off the coast of New Jersey. Part adventure, part det...more
May 25, 2007
Mar 16, 2011
What is the What
About one of the lost boys from southern Sudan (before events in Darfur). Weaves together his experience in the US and as a refugee, walking from Suda...more
Jun 12, 2008
Jun 16, 2008
memoir of woman raped in college. Extraordinarily powerful, insightful. Demonstrates a woman with power, will and determination, but also the traumati...more
Jan 2002
Jun 16, 2008
Angela's Ashes: A Memoir Of A Childhood
Be sure to listen to the audio book

Read by Frank McCourt himself. Absolutely the best way to experience his memoirs of his childhood in Ireland.
Jan 2002
Mar 16, 2011
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