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The Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action (Darwin Awards, #1)
3.65
did not like it
These books are kinda horrifying. They portray these people's deaths as a funny anecdote. This is a portrayal of how our society has become desensitiz ...more
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Sep 06, 2009
 
Differential Equations (with CD-ROM)
3.55
did not like it
This book is truly terrible. We can even put aside from the fact that it does not teach rather important skills in DiffEQ like the variation of parame ...more
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Dec 15, 2009
 
Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe
3.52
it was amazing
I had a few problems with this book. It was a little meandering at times. It had a bit of an odd structure, being organized by topic, rather than chro ...more
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May 31, 2012
 
The Fence: A Police Cover-up Along Boston's Racial Divide
3.92
it was amazing
This book makes me terrified of police. It's very well written, and very well put together, but this book is horrid. How could the people of the city ...more
May 27, 2013
May 22, 2013
 
The Elephant in the Room
3.80
really liked it
It's a short, funny read

I read "Them," Ronson's book about conspiracy theorists from the 90s, and this is a short funny follow-up, where he checks in
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Oct 24, 2016
 
The Theory of Almost Everything: The Standard Model, the Unsung Triumph of Modern Physics
4.06
really liked it
Great book, it really is brilliant. He shows that the standard model is actually a brilliant accomplishment of dial turning. However, it is still flaw ...more
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Sep 06, 2009
 
Second Treatise of Government
3.75
liked it
The problem with Locke and all of the other social theorists of his time is that they are too ingrained with the ideology that rights are based in god ...more
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Sep 05, 2009
 
The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron
4.14
it was amazing
A classic tale of greed and fraud.
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Apr 01, 2016
 
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
3.66
liked it
Friedman is only able to follow the crowd and never has an individual thought of his own. All his books are merely a synopsis of what people have thou ...more
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Sep 05, 2009
 
The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science and What Comes Next
3.97
really liked it
This book is more or less finished after the intro. That's the main issue of it, he makes his point and then continues to make the exact same point ov ...more
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Sep 06, 2009
 
Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy
3.92
really liked it
This book was, at times, dry. However it was very interesting. The issue of impeachment is supremely interesting, especially in the wake of the "tempe ...more
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May 22, 2013
 
God Emperor of Dune (Dune Chronicles #4)
3.81
it was amazing
This was probably his best book, and his most philosophical. Leto more or less just spouted philosophy. However, it is very hard to tell whether he be ...more
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Sep 05, 2009
 
The Underground History of American Education: An Intimate Investigation Into the Prison of Modern Schooling
4.30
it was amazing
My problem with this book is that he doesn't cite anything and seems to buy into some of the more outlandish claims that he makes. However, it is actu ...more
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Sep 05, 2009
 
Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity
4.09
really liked it
A very good book, however, as is common with postmodern, especially lacanian, critics, Butler really doesn't say anything new here, she merely tells u ...more
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Sep 05, 2009
 
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
4.01
it was amazing
This book was really quite brilliant. I won't say more than is needed, everything that needs to be said about the book has already been said.
Jun 29, 2013
Jun 29, 2013
 
The Things They Carried
4.12
it was amazing
I did not like it while I was reading it, but I now understand the notion of truth in fiction being more truthful than the real.
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Sep 05, 2009
 
Beowulf
3.42
it was amazing
I can't find the translation that I read here, it was not the Haney one though, but I loved this poem, it was phenomenal.
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Sep 05, 2009
 
13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time
3.75
really liked it
I've read his original essay, not the book, but it's a genius book. I particulurally like the section on homeopathic medicine.
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Sep 06, 2009
 
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
4.29
really liked it
I suggest finding and reading the essay, Ender and Hitler: Sympathy for the Superman. It's quite telling.
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Sep 05, 2009
 
Everything Is Bad for You: An A-Z Guide to What You Never Knew Could Kill You
3.32
really liked it
A hilarious look at the problems inherent in studies from an irony and not deductive point of view.
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Sep 05, 2009
 
The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World
3.59
really liked it
His memoirs were more interesting than the economic predictions, which were not revolutionary.
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Sep 05, 2009
 
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
3.96
it was amazing
Excellent book, one of the most readable and enjoyable biographies I have ever read.
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Dec 23, 2010
 
Philosophical Essays
3.87
liked it
this is merely the closest thing to what I have read on this site currently.
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Sep 05, 2009
 
Siddhartha
3.99
it was amazing
Very good book, Hesse has many misconceptions about Buddhism.
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Sep 05, 2009
 
The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan
4.11
it was amazing
Rick Perlstein is an American Institution at this point. This is his third book, and it's just as good as his first two.

The book chronicles Watergate
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Oct 08, 2014
Aug 13, 2014
 
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
3.95
really liked it
Great book, and was made into a phenomenal PBS special.
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Sep 06, 2009
 
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1)
4.00
it was amazing
This is a truly fantastic book. I loved it.
Mar 28, 2016
Apr 01, 2016
 
MaddAddam (MaddAddam, #3)
3.98
it was amazing
A fantastic capstone to an amazing series.
Apr 2016
Apr 01, 2016
 
The Brothers Karamazov
4.30
it was amazing
This is probably the best book I've ever read.
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Sep 05, 2009
 
Silent Spring
3.94
it was amazing
Very dense, but brilliant. Changed the world.
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Sep 06, 2009
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