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Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
I really enjoyed this book. Such a fascinating person. John D. was the richest man in the world of his time and the world's first billionaire. And on ...more
Mar 30, 2010
Mar 30, 2010
Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy) (Ibis Trilogy)
This book stinks. What I wanted was a historic novel based around real events, with a glimpse into what life might have been like during the 19th cent ...more
Dec 03, 2008
Nov 24, 2008
The Great Depression: America 1929-1941
This book came out in the 80's, but it's still really relevant. It's kind of funny to hear him attack Reagan though. I see there's an updated version ...more
Aug 28, 2010
Sep 05, 2010
The Johnstown Flood
This is the fourth book I've read by this author, and I've enjoyed them all. The particular book was fascinating, especially in light of the recent d ...more
Feb 04, 2010
Feb 05, 2010
Beyond Civilization: Humanity's Next Great Adventure
I've read some of Daniel Quinn's other books, Ismael and started Life Of B. I liked the ideas, but was kind of turned off by the talking gorilla. This ...more
Feb 20, 2010
Feb 18, 2010
A Drinking Life: A Memoir
I wasn't sure whether I wanted to give this book 4 stars or 5. I decided on 5 since it was so well written, and has remained in my thoughts since I p ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 25, 2011
The End: Natural Disasters, Manmade Catastrophes, and the Future of Human Survival
This book goes through and describes all the different catastrophes that might lead to our peril; earthquakes, tornadoes, asteroids, nuclear bombs , e ...more
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Dec 29, 2008
What I enjoyed most about this book was the creepy feeling I got while reading it, especially the first portion of it, leading up to and inside Count ...more
May 2011
May 24, 2011
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
I've read and enjoyed all Jon Krakauer's other books, but frankly, this one was so boring. It's a very manly book, full of boring details about footba ...more
Feb 05, 2010
Feb 05, 2010
Blood Trails: The Combat Diary of a Foot Soldier in Vietnam
This is based on the author's journal as an infantryman in the Vietnam War. Though the title and cover, may lead you to believe this is some kind of m ...more
Dec 2010
Jan 02, 2011
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
This is actually the first Stephen King book I've ever read. It's part memoir, part writing advice. Its tone alternates between encouraging (get out ...more
Feb 2011
Mar 05, 2011
Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider
Not worth my time. This guy was president of Shell oil. He claims to be an environmentalist, but his whole premise is that the US needs to be more ene ...more
Jul 14, 2010
Jul 06, 2010
In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching
got to page 180 & then returned it to the library. I'm not sure what I think about this book. It was written in a time before a lot of discoveries ...more
Jan 13, 2009
Dec 29, 2008
Drinking: A Love Story
This is a moving memoir by a woman who was an alcoholic, yet managed to maintain a successful career. It is told very honestly and is an engaging page ...more
May 2011
Jun 14, 2011
The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor
Great book. Really suspenseful. True story. Told in first person. This guy spends 10 days trapped in a life boat, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean ...more
Nov 10, 2008
Nov 03, 2008
Communism: A History
Great book. I've always been so curious and have struggled to rap my mind around what Communism really meant, what life was/is like under "Communist" ...more
Jul 06, 2010
Jul 06, 2010
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
This was a great read, though tragic. One story after another, starts with American promises and ends with dead or ruined Indians. The reservations t ...more
Jan 2011
Feb 04, 2011
I've always shied away from what I've considered to be "pop" authors, but after reading Stephen King's, "On Writing", I felt compelled to read some o ...more
Feb 28, 2011
Mar 11, 2011
The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All The Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better
With his oft repeated analogy, Tyler Cowen likens our country's previous economic prosperity to low hanging fruit. Much of what he states is obvious, ...more
Feb 03, 2011
Mar 05, 2011
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future...: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned
I read this because I was curious to know more about an actor I grew up watching on TV and in films, and admired somewhat. And because the book's rea ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 25, 2011
Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Start of a New Nation
I started this yesterday and finished it today. Native Americans have been a big topic of interest of mine lately, so this is pretty close to the begi ...more
Jan 09, 2011
Jan 08, 2011
A People's History of the United States
The key to getting the most out of this book, is not to read it cover to cover, but rather to skip around to time periods of interest. I enjoyed readi ...more
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Sep 05, 2010
This is an exciting & engaging account of the American Revolution. This should be mandatory reading for high school students instead of the bone d ...more
Jan 07, 2010
Jan 12, 2010
Wishful Drinking
Fame, wealth, drugs, booze, therapy, electro-shock treatment; turns out none of these things did much for Carrie Fisher's happiness. This book was fun ...more
Feb 14, 2009
Feb 15, 2009
Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum
The General Slocum was a steamboat that burst into flames back in 1904, and left over 1000 people dead. The disaster could have totally been avoided i ...more
Nov 23, 2008
Nov 17, 2008
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
I loved reading this book. I couldn't put it down. It touches on so many topics I enjoy; cannibalism, whales, survival, New England, history. And it' ...more
Jun 20, 2010
Jun 21, 2010
Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven & Hell with Black Sabbath
It's nice to hear the riff master's story, told by his own pen. I love Black Sabbath and consider them probably the most important band of all time. T ...more
Jan 15, 2012
Feb 18, 2012
It's So Easy: And Other Lies
One of the most honest rock bios I've read. Duff doesn't try to come across as cool or glamorous or anything. Just a real dude, who's lived a crazy li ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 18, 2012
King of an Empire to the Shoes of a Misfit: The Memoirs of Myke Hideous
This is Myke Hideous's autobiography. Who is he? No one famous. He sang in the Misfits for 3 months, never recorded with them, and decided to write a ...more
Jul 2009
Aug 20, 2009
Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion
Loved it, couldn't put it down. It's hard to believe that something which seems like such a blatant scam could be so successful. I recommend following ...more
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Jan 01, 2012
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