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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
3.80
Good message, important, but reads like fiction. If this guy wanted to have any serious impact he should have written something less sensational. Also ...more
Mar 2007
Sep 09, 2007
 
God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
3.93
Christopher Hitchens is like the intellectual version of Michael Moore. I first heard of him by way of Charlie Rose:

http://www.charlierose.com/shows/
...more
Feb 20, 2008
Feb 13, 2008
 
Unbowed: A Memoir
4.00
The first half, about her childhood and even her experience as a university student in the U.S., lacked depth. The book became more captivating as I r ...more
Mar 14, 2008
Feb 26, 2008
 
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
3.84
Reminded me a bit of Freakonomics. I suppose these books are all in the same vein.

I liked the part about smokers being cooler people. Makes me feel be
...more
Jan 21, 2009
Jan 21, 2009
 
Second Sight
3.91
Very believable, well-written, and thought-provoking. I read it for the last class I ever took at UofMich called "The Psychology of Spirituality," whi ...more
Jul 2003
Sep 09, 2007
 
Outliers: The Story of Success
4.06
If Gladwell is not a Liberal I will eat my shorts.

Conservative/Libertarian view: If the government gives people the freedom to work hard and enjoy the
...more
Feb 03, 2009
Jan 15, 2009
 
The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time
3.64
I would have given it fewer stars if it weren't for the interesting stuff Sachs included about economic planning failures (minus Poland) that he had a ...more
Aug 2006
Sep 08, 2007
 
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World
4.20
I have very strong views about international aid and this book managed to make me rethink them. If you know me, you'll know what a feat this is. Bravo ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 07, 2007
 
Toward a New Psychology of Women
3.98
Somewhat outdated in the way that Feminine Mystique is outdated, but sadly not outdated enough. Sigh.

"Because our image of human possibilities is buil
...more
Feb 09, 2008
Jan 22, 2008
 
At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA
3.44
I wanted to give it 3 and 1/2 stars, but goodreads wouldn't let me.

Well written and readable. The beginning is slow--when he describes his relationsh
...more
Apr 26, 2008
Feb 18, 2008
 
A Thousand Splendid Suns
4.30
He is such an amazing story teller, writer, and interpreter of human experience. This book was even better than Kite Runner. The characters are rich a ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 09, 2008
 
Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
4.26
There is no one who would say his story is not one of the most moving they have ever heard.

"And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever and wh
...more
Feb 23, 2008
Sep 14, 2007
 
This Changes Everything: The Relational Revolution in Psychology
4.42
This book gave me goose bumps and made me all teary eyed with emotion. In other words, it was amazing. I am still reeling.

It's the history of the "re
...more
Jun 29, 2008
Jun 18, 2008
 
Fixing Families: Parents, Power, and the Child Welfare System
4.25
Good introduction to the world of child welfare in the U.S. I picked it up because my job requires me to understand current child welfare legislation, ...more
May 08, 2008
May 02, 2008
 
Fraternity Gang Rape: Sex, Brotherhood, and Privilege on Campus
3.63
"Fraternity", as she explains in the introduction, means any kind of all-male group which defines their gender identity as the antithesis of the femin ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 20, 2008
 
The Conquest of Happiness
3.98
I was not impressed. Seems to me he took his own experience and extrapolated to all of humanity. This tactic might have convinced unsuspecting male re ...more
Jun 15, 2008
Jun 10, 2008
 
Learn to Earn: A Beginner's Guide to the Basics of Investing and Business
3.77
I got a job working for the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund and felt that I should read something by the guy who started it all, for good measure. It wa ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 15, 2007
 
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
4.20
I loved this book! I got into Lewis & Clark during my trip to Oregon over the summer, so I bought this book to learn more. It took me FOREVER to r ...more
Dec 05, 2008
Oct 04, 2008
 
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus
4.07
This book and Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton made me want to become a microbiologist. In high school we had to interview someone in the professi ...more
Jan 1996
Mar 01, 2008
 
Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape
3.96
I think every woman should read this book. It's really the first book to address rape in a thorough, historical way (it was written in the 1970s but i ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 16, 2007
 
Nicholas and Alexandra
4.24
Robert Massie's descriptions of Nicholas the man and father and Alexandra the mother are so moving and so complex, this book reads like a novel! Grant ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 09, 2007
 
Loving Frank
3.68
I'm glad this author did not jump on the Ayn Rand bandwagon and argue that the individual matters above all. The characters in this story, including F ...more
Jan 12, 2009
Jan 05, 2009
 
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
4.04
Went from 0 to 60 in terms of understanding the dynamics of the supreme court. Toobin is the best kind of expert--knowledgable and engaging.
Jun 10, 2009
Jun 06, 2009
 
The Almost Moon
2.64
I read The Lovely Bones a few years back and loved it. I did not love this book as much.

I liked the way Sebold uses death as the basis for her story,
...more
Feb 2008
Feb 09, 2008
 
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)
3.88
I like the way Steven Levitt thinks: pragmatically. He went a little wild assigning value to unborn fetuses, but he cannot be faulted for reasoning li ...more
Feb 12, 2008
Feb 13, 2008
 
American Pastoral (The American Trilogy #1)
3.91
I didn't like that the first half was narrated by some random dude. Roth could've worked that persective into the story by giving it to an actual char ...more
Aug 11, 2008
Jul 22, 2008
 
Sale of the Century: Russia's Wild Ride from Communism to Capitalism
4.18
Great book about how Russia's economy transitioned from communism to free market capitalism after the fall of the Soviet Union. Well-written, easy to ...more
Jul 2006
Sep 10, 2007
 
The Cold War: A New History
3.84
Not much new information, but an excellent overview. And he did have some interesting quotes from various Cold War figures that I believe were researc ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 04, 2007
 
A History of the Modern World
4.08
Okay, yes this is often used as a textbook. But for someone who never took a modern European history course (no, this is NOT modern world this is mode ...more
Jul 2006
Sep 09, 2007
 
Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco
4.19
Lovely history of the tobacco indusy in North Carolina. I appreciate that the authors of an action-packed book with this kind of story to tell (Wall S ...more
Jun 06, 2008
May 10, 2008
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