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Bai Ganyo: Incredible Tales of a Modern Bulgarian
3.79
Add two stars if you are a non-Bulgarian who wants to understand Bulgaria.

If you are coming to Bulgaria to visit or live and want to read one book abo
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Sep 04, 2010
 
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
4.26
A woman got on the train and saw me reading an old-school library hardcover edition of this book. She asked me what I thought of it. Unused as I am (s ...more
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Aug 01, 2009
 
Street Without Joy
4.25
Simply a great book. It deserves your undivided attention.

As far as I can tell, this book can be bought in old-fashioned paper form in the USA only f
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Jan 16, 2012
 
Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
4.38
I read this entertaining 1998 historical novel, which glorifies the ancient military dictatorship of Sparta, in part because it cost only $7.99 for a ...more
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Aug 08, 2009
 
Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
3.90
This historical event is yet another example of the truthiness of Hanlon's Razor: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stu ...more
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Feb 02, 2011
 
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
4.05
When reviewing a book, it is generally considered good form to review the whole book, not just one chapter or even one page. So, before my descent int ...more
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Oct 12, 2009
 
Tokyo Cancelled
3.22
Three words for the author: lose the magic.

Oh, and the sex. OK, that’s six words. Not as dramatic. Can’t be helped.

Lose the magic. I really wanted to
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May 28, 2011
 
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town
3.74
This 1912 comic novel is available for free download in many electronic formats. Search by the title and the word “ebook”.

Everything I know about norm
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Aug 12, 2009
 
A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East
4.14
This book was recommended in the article “A Reporter's Arab Library”, N Y Times Book Review, 30 Oct 2005.

This is an excellent book, but will strike di
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May 11, 2010
Aug 01, 2009
 
The Man Who Invented the Computer: The Biography of John Atanasoff, Digital Pioneer
3.43
In the Balkans, you hear many seemingly crazy things. Some of them are true.

For example, in the late 1980's, I lived in Bucharest. During that time, s
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Apr 28, 2011
 
The Diary of a Man of Fifty
3.64
This is not a novel: it is a short story from a time (1879) when a story could be 37 pages and still be considered short.

I read it after it got a favo
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Jan 11, 2014
Jan 09, 2014
 
In The Penal Colony
4.07
It's tough to know what we're supposed to think after reading this bewildering story. I first thought that this story was a commentary on rise of the ...more
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Aug 13, 2009
 
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things
3.83
An enjoyable and well-read nine-hour audiobook available as a download from Audible.

Listening to (or reading) this book is to watching a TV show about
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Aug 25, 2012
 
Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill: A Brief Account of a Long Life
3.70
13 ways to look at Gretchen Rubin's 40 Ways to look at Winston Churchill:

1) Bathroom reading for the overeducated (apologies to Tom Hahn).
2) Lists are
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Sep 10, 2009
 
Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
3.87
Although I put myself forward to the indifferent world as a mature man of intellect, I have the usual selection of shortcomings, among which are a bas ...more
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Aug 06, 2014
 
Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value (and How to Take Advantage of It)
3.74
This book's big idea: Normal people under average contemporary circumstances can consistently be hoodwinked into making decisions against their own ec ...more
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Feb 24, 2010
 
Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker
3.93
From Professor Schmecker's Pop-up Book of Modern Irregular Conjugations Reflecting the Problems of Modern Society:

I hack, You betray, He accelerates t
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Aug 14, 2011
 
The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code
3.89
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway! Thanks for the free stuff!

This is a fun book to read about a great story. It's a terrific way to
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May 23, 2013
 
The Candlemass Road
3.41
This entertaining novella plus long end notes, as of June 2011, is available as a Kindle download for $1.99 from amazon.com

Subtract one star if you ha
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Jan 08, 2011
 
The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip
4.11
I had a hard time finding this book at the Washington, D.C., public library because, although it is about a resourceful little girl and has whimsical ...more
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Jan 06, 2013
 
The Tin Drum
3.95
NOTE: possibly useful information if you haven't started The Tin Drum yet.

There are two English translations of this book: an award-winning 1961 trans
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Mar 19, 2011
 
Civilization: The West and the Rest
3.74
Audio book cage match! Niall Ferguson vs. Jared Diamond! Two explanations of western domination of the world go in, only one comes out!

(view spoiler)
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Dec 11, 2011
 
Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, #1)
3.90
This book is sort of like Woody Allen's “Zelig”, if the movie had been a gigantic doorstop of a book, if it had been set mostly in Europe in the years ...more
Jan 28, 2010
Dec 27, 2009
 
A Hologram for the King
3.32
A New York Times best book of 2012? Really? I mean, it's OK but ...

At times like these, I tend to see the world as a giant version of high school, wit
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Dec 25, 2012
 
World War One: A Short History
3.36
This book raises some important questions, i.e., (a) what were they smoking when they published it?, and (2) where can I get some?

Although reading is
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Sep 07, 2009
 
Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World
3.97
An excellent book, deserving of the many rewards and positive reviews that it has received. I listened to this on a three-part Audible download, and I ...more
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Sep 11, 2009
 
Austerity Britain: 1945-51
4.20
Announcing a searchable on-line glossary for David Kynaston's Austerity Britain

This is an excellent and VERY detailed history (the first in a series)
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Aug 08, 2011
 
Tent Life in Siberia
4.07
Another delight for the parsimonious, a great out-of-copyright ebook hidden in plain sight on the Internet, specifically, at Project Gutenberg, Manybo ...more
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May 05, 2014
 
The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One: How Corporate Executives and Politicians Looted the S&l Industry
4.12
An hour-long interview with the author about this book is available here.

An important book, but damned difficult to read. It probably needs to be stud
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Feb 06, 2012
 
The Lexicographer's Dilemma: The Evolution of "Proper" English, from Shakespeare to South Park
4.01
Audio interview with the author available here.

A good reminder for those of us in the English teaching racket that our awesome pedagogical skills and
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Feb 02, 2010
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