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Napoleon
3.52
My review is addressed to others who have reviewed this book and found it too short or not detailed enough.

What the hell were you expecting? The Pengu
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Jan 10, 2009
 
Marxism: Philosophy and Economics
4.00
A thoughtful and concise overview of Marxist thought. If you'd like to learn about Marxism, don't start with Das Kapital or Theories of Surplus Value, ...more
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Jan 10, 2009
 
Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court
3.80
Of the recent spate of "Inside the Supreme Court" books this is head-and-shoulders above the rest. You can read about this books other virtues elsewhe ...more
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Jan 10, 2009
 
Persecution and the Art of Writing
4.07
While not Strauss' most controversial work, this is probably his most misunderstood and dismissed work. In Persecution and the Art of Writing, Strauss ...more
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Jan 09, 2009
 
The Calculus of Consent: Logical Foundations of Constitutional Democracy
3.88
The Calculus of Consent is one of the classic works in the public choice literature.

This work presents what has come to be the basic principles of pub
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Jan 10, 2009
 
The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House
3.59
This in my estimation is the best of the Bob Woodward "Inside the White House" books. The Agenda strikes me as very even-handed, usually Woodward book ...more
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Jan 10, 2009
 
Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Den tist
3.38
I wouldn't suggest Discover Your Inner Economist to someone looking for a book that discusses basic economic concepts in plain language using real-wor ...more
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Jan 09, 2009
 
The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court
4.05
The best of Woodward's many books. The Brethren was the first the (now) many "Inside the Supreme Court" books.

The cliff-notes version: Chief Justice B
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Jan 10, 2009
 
Illumined Heart
4.09
I love this book! Mathewes-Green explores prayer, fasting, and alms-giving in the ancient church in a serious, but still engaging and easy-reading way ...more
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Jan 10, 2009
 
The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups
3.90
A seminal work in public choice. In The Logic of Collective Action, Olson originates what has become the standard story that the public choice economi ...more
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Jan 10, 2009
 
Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II
4.36
A sterling example of what biography should be (and all too often isn't).
Jul 2002
Jan 08, 2009
 
Anna Karenina
3.99
My all-time favorite book, besides Leo Strauss' Natural Right and History and of course the Bible.
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Apr 07, 2009
 
America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy
3.49
The first part of the book which is basically a history of neoconservatism by someone who knows what he's talking about (as opposed to 80% of the peop ...more
Aug 2006
Jan 09, 2009
 
Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy
4.24
A good introduction to some basic economic concepts. This book would be excellent for homeschoolers. My biggest quibble: Sowell's decision to make thi ...more
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Jan 10, 2009
 
The End of History and the Last Man
3.46
After first reading this book ten or so years ago I briefly took to call myself a Fukuyaman. After 9/11 that proved to be pretty dumb, but this book i ...more
Oct 1998
Jan 09, 2009
 
The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956
4.12
Part personal memoir of the author's experience in the Gulag, part history of the Soviet system of forced labor, this book is not just a great work li ...more
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Jan 10, 2009
 
Discourses on Livy
4.01
Not as well known or as "fun" as The Prince. Discourses on Livy is in large measure I more important work. As Mansfield and Tarcov point out it in the ...more
Sep 2003
Jan 08, 2009
 
Race And Economics
3.50
From the back of the book: "Nobody can talk seriously about ethnicity or race without referring to this book. Sowell is distinguished by the breadth o ...more
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Jan 09, 2009
 
The Undercover Economist
3.76
The very best pop-econ book out there. Elucidates what are essentially the principles of microeconomics in a way that compelling, easy to follow, and ...more
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Jan 09, 2009
 
Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There
3.54
As I was, just now, flipping through this book and rereading bits and pieces it struck me that this book still holds up pretty well almost 10 years on ...more
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Jan 10, 2009
 
Closed Chambers: The First Eyewitness Account of the Epic Struggles Inside the Supreme Court
3.84
I read this book shortly after it appeared about a decade ago and to be honest I can't remember much about it beyond: a) Lazarus is clearly a major-le ...more
Jan 1999
Jan 10, 2009
 
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
4.22
With 480+ reviews (and counting) I can't possible say anything that hasn't been said already. That said, if you think that you have any interest in th ...more
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Jan 10, 2009
 
A Man in Full
3.77
Easily the weakest of Wolfe's three novels. The plot is a bore. The end, which is essentially a pean to stoicism, is lame. And the long description of ...more
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Jan 09, 2009
 
True State of the Planet
3.00
This book is a wee bit dated, but it makes the very valuable point that, except for greenhouse gas emissions, virtually all environmental indicators h ...more
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Jan 09, 2009
 
The Downing Street Years
3.91
Normally memoirs written by politicians about their years in office are self-serving crap. While this book is clearly self-serving (what would you exp ...more
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Jan 09, 2009
 
Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution
3.86
Rakove's book is a silly attack on the Originalist theory of constitutional interpretation. Rakove's argument basically boils down to "Lawyers can't d ...more
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Jan 09, 2009
 
Democracy in America
3.96
Democracy in America is simultaneously the best book ever written on democracy and the best book ever written on America. I try to reread it every yea ...more
Aug 2000
Jan 09, 2009
 
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
4.05
Some of MacMillan's judgments are just plain wrong, but this book is compulsively readable and full of little details about the Paris Peace Conference ...more
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Jan 09, 2009
 
From Bauhaus to Our House
3.75
A brutal smack-down of modernist architecture. Don't let the five stars fool you, I don't agree with much of what Wolfe has to say, but how he says is ...more
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Jan 09, 2009
 
Selected Writings and Speeches
3.71
While this book is no substitute for reading the unabridged editions of Burke it does succeed as a sort of one-stop shopping overview of Burke's writi ...more
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Jan 09, 2009
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