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Decision Points
My purpose in reading biographies and memoirs isn't to take a side on political issues, but rather to understand a little better how people think. Fro ...more
Dec 09, 2010
Dec 10, 2010
The Promise of Sleep: A Pioneer in Sleep Medicine Explores the Vital Connection Between Health, Happiness, and a Good Night's Sleep
A decent book by a longtime sleep researcher. There was a lot of content about sleep in general, maybe a bit too much, which made me skim some of it a ...more
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Apr 17, 2010
Stop Acting Rich... and Start Living Like a Real Millionaire
According to this book, there are a lot of posers out there and that's one of the main reasons we got slammed by the housing crisis and (as a nation) ...more
Oct 19, 2010
Oct 18, 2010
The Richest Man in Babylon
An older friend recommended this book to me in 2004. I finally got around to reading it. I'm glad I did. It's a quick, although sometimes quirky, read ...more
Jun 17, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
The Innovators: How a Group of  Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
I've been interested in computer history since my early teenage years when I would read about the industry in magazines like
Jan 15, 2015
Jan 18, 2015
Three Cups of Tea: Young Reader's Edition
The book begins with Greg Mortenson coming down from the near peak of K2 (The second tallest mountain after Everest). He gets lost from his other clim ...more
Sep 02, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
The Investment Answer
This book is so small that I bought the cheap Kindle version and read it on my computer screen in about an hour. It's definitely a good way to get a d ...more
Nov 28, 2010
Dec 03, 2010
Mere Christianity
This is a classic that I'd recommend to long-time Christians and atheists to learn some essentials of Christianity.

I didn't realize it before reading
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Oct 18, 2010
I first heard about this book in the mid-90's when I first saw the Apple commercial that introduced the Macintosh. I first read it in high school for ...more
Nov 28, 2010
Dec 03, 2010
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
The core thesis is simple enough that it's on the cover: "eat food, not too much, mostly plants."

The book is broken into three major sections:

1. "The
Jul 22, 2010
Jul 23, 2010
In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect
I listened to this in audiobook format in a little over a week.

The book challenged my view of the Secret Service. For each account of brave heroism li
Jan 28, 2010
Jan 25, 2010
Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems
Early on, you're pointed to as a demonstration of the technique.

His basic thesis is that one morning a month,
Jun 09, 2012
Jun 18, 2012
The Last Lecture
If you haven't watched the YouTube video of this, you're missing out. It's worth the time.

The book follows the outline of the lecture and expands on s
Jul 09, 2010
Jul 09, 2010
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)
Interesting collection of stories of how people respond to incentives. The chapter titles give a decent outline of the book:

Chapter 1: Discovering che
Aug 31, 2010
Aug 31, 2010
The Power of An Hour: Business and Life Mastery in One Hour a Week
This audio book and I got off to a bad start and I stopped it within the first chapter.

It's not you, it's probably me. Sorry it didn't work out.
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Sep 11, 2010
The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes' Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of Controversy
The basic idea of Bayes' Rule is that you treat probability as a degree of belief (i.e. how much are you willing to bet on something) instead of a rel ...more
Jun 28, 2011
May 20, 2011
The Tao of Chess: 200 Principles to Transform Your Game and Your Life
I have to admit that the "transform your life" part of this book is just downright laughable, but that's not the reason that I got it.

It's one of the
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Sep 11, 2010
Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
This book was sometimes hard to read because it had some awfully convicting ideas.

I use some post-it sticky tabs to keep track of notable quotes and
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Oct 18, 2010
The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
This book is huge. I listened to the audio edition of it which is more than 35 hours. For that investment of time, it is full of stories that are inte ...more
Oct 26, 2008
Oct 14, 2008
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Although the book had some cheesy metaphors (e.g. referring to motivation as an "operating system" that needed "patches"), I really liked the core ide ...more
Sep 06, 2010
Feb 04, 2010
In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
By far the best book on Google I've read although it still lacked the technical depth I would have liked.

Some random thoughts that stuck out:
* Larry P
Jun 22, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
Steve Jobs
As a kid, I read a lot about Bill Gates. To this day, I can still recite a lot of details about his story and the story of Microsoft. I hadn't really ...more
Nov 12, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
How We Decide
tl;di; version: Don't neglect your intuition's emotional feelings.

Longer version:

Lehrer (the author) spends a lot of time debunking Plato's idea of a
Aug 11, 2010
Sep 08, 2009
Googled: The End of the World as We Know It
I got the audio edition of this book thinking it would be interesting and would help me learn about Google's history. I was disappointed with it, but ...more
Jul 07, 2010
Oct 26, 2009
The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate
Simple in concept, sometimes hard to execute :-) At the very least, I think the ideas from this book should be a mandatory part of pre-marriage counse ...more
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Sep 11, 2010
Windows® Internals (PRO-Developer)
This book is huge (i.e. heavy!) and one of the rare times that I can honestly say that it met and often exceeded my expectations for technical depth.

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Jan 31, 2009
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
The basic premise for the book is that bell curve distributions don't work in situations where an outlier changes everything.

The author keeps bringin
Feb 08, 2010
Feb 09, 2010
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
Interesting book about money from ancient history to now. I had watched the 4 hour series on PBS featuring the author ( ...more
Aug 20, 2010
Aug 20, 2010
Beginning PHP 5.3
(For some odd reason goodreads has this book as "Beginning PHP 6" when it actually is about 5.3)

I borrowed this book to rapidly get up to speed on PHP
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Sep 11, 2010
Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age
I was around a 2.5 stars on this book. On the one hand, I like the author and there were some gems like his quote:

"The web means we're finally being e
Sep 06, 2010
Sep 11, 2010
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