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Thieves of State - Why Corruption Threatens Global Security
4.10
it was amazing
If you want to understand what motivates young men to join the IS, murder Parisians by the score, and then blow themselves up, I highly recommend this ...more
Nov 15, 2015
Nov 15, 2015
 
The World Is Flat: The Globalized World in the Twenty First Century
3.66
did not like it
Its a sad commentary on US literature that a hack like Friedman could become a best selling author. If I hadn't been working, I guess I should have wr ...more
Mar 06, 2011
Mar 05, 2011
 
The Darling
3.77
it was ok
Banks is not a good enough writer to invent a plausible woman protagonist. Hanna Musgrave is not only hard to believe, she is impossible to like. Her ...more
not set
Jun 08, 2010
 
People of the Book
4.00
really liked it
When she covered the Middle East for the Wall Street Journal, Geraldine Brooks was one of my favorite correspondents and one of the few whose by line ...more
not set
Jun 08, 2010
 
The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood
3.85
liked it
This book shares a flaw common to all autobiographies, a lack of objectivity. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating account of life in Liberia both before ...more
not set
Jun 08, 2010
 
The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (The American Empire Project)
4.15
liked it
Johnson's writing could be simpler and more compelling. However, his head is in the right place. This book explains why America's continued pursuit of ...more
not set
Jun 23, 2010
 
The Other Path: The Economic Answer to Terrorism
3.84
really liked it
Explains why respect for invididual (not just corporate) property rights is the best way to improve living standards among the world's poor people. Th ...more
Oct 19, 2005
Jun 23, 2010
 
Don Quixote
3.85
it was amazing
The amazing thing about Cervantes work is how modern it seems despite havng been written more than 400 years ago. Some people are ahead of their time. ...more
Mar 2009
Jun 08, 2010
 
Free: The Future of a Radical Price
3.82
really liked it
Must reading if you want to understand the future of "intelletual property" in the digital age. a survival guide to making a living in software or mus ...more
not set
Jun 08, 2010
 
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
3.83
it was amazing
Hilarous! So much has been done since I read "Human Sexual Response" in 1968. Mary Roach helped me catch up and she's much more entertianing than Mast ...more
Nov 16, 2010
Mar 05, 2011
 
Obama's Wars
3.71
it was amazing
Must read if you want to understand President Obama's and Hilary Clinton's disfunctional thinking and how the military got its way in Afghanistan and ...more
Feb 15, 2011
Mar 05, 2011
 
Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty
3.77
it was amazing
This book starts of slowly, but stay with it. You will learn what makes women (and men) sexy and how to make yourself sexier (if you are so inclined). ...more
not set
Jun 23, 2010
 
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)
3.93
it was amazing
The right way to think about social problems of the economic sort, such as drug dealing. Fascinating insights into so many of the people who try to ch ...more
May 07, 2008
Jun 08, 2010
 
A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age
3.86
really liked it
My son did not care for this book. Maybe one has to be older. I found it illuminating, especially about Africa. Our past was much like Africa's presen ...more
Jul 30, 2008
Jun 11, 2010
 
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
3.80
it was amazing
Non-coercive solutions to vexing social problems. If I could kidnap Obama for 24 hours, I would make him read this book.
not set
Jun 08, 2010
 
Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
3.96
it was amazing
Fascinating insights into why after 40+ years of aid from Europe and the US, Africa is poorer, sicker, and more violent than it was. Theroux lived in ...more
Jun 11, 2010
Jun 08, 2010
 
Lust in Translation: The Rules of Infidelity from Tokyo to Tennessee
3.44
really liked it
Insightful look at attitudes toward sexual infidelity around the world. Very funny.
not set
Jun 23, 2010
 
On Chesil Beach
3.54
liked it
Story of a bizarre and tragic sexual relationship. Well crafted, but depresssing.
not set
Jun 08, 2010
 
What Is the What
4.15
it was amazing
Eggers is a marvelous writer and reporter. This book lets you understand Sudan without having gone there.
Jun 14, 2009
Jun 08, 2010
 
Human Sexual Response
3.90
it was amazing
A groundbreaking work. One of the three books about sex that everyone should read.
Oct 22, 1967
Mar 05, 2011
 
After The Empire
3.56
really liked it
Prescient. What Todd predicted in 2003 is coming to pass.
Jun 13, 2007
Jun 23, 2010
 
War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
4.15
it was amazing
Explains why Americans have become infatuated by war.
May 15, 2003
Jun 23, 2010
 
Losing Mum and Pup
3.82
liked it
Charming, but of interest only if you knew Bill Buckley.
not set
Jun 08, 2010
 
Outliers: The Story of Success
4.10
it was amazing
One has to read everything Gladwell writes.
not set
Jun 08, 2010
 
Infidel
4.19
really liked it
An amazing story of a tough lady.
May 29, 2008
Jun 11, 2010
 
Cry, The Beloved Country
3.86
really liked it
A South African classic.
not set
Jun 08, 2010
 
The Covenant
4.17
it was amazing
Must read if you want to understand how South Africa developed apartheid and made such a mess of itself.
Jun 21, 2010
Jun 08, 2010
 
The Little Book Of Failure
2.75
it was ok
Stupid, but funny.
May 18, 2008
Jun 11, 2010
 
Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
3.61
liked it
None
Mar 05, 2011
Jun 08, 2010
 
The Grapes of Wrath
3.92
it was amazing
None
not set
Jun 08, 2010
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