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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4.04
The doorbell rang the other day and when I answered it, there was a very slick guy in a nice suit standing there and a limousine parked at the curb. H...more
Dec 27, 2010
Dec 02, 2010
 
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
4.44
I was cleaning up after the wife and I had dinner last night and there was a small amount of green beans left. There weren’t nearly enough for another...more
Feb 24, 2011
Nov 24, 2010
 
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
3.76
Picture Principal Skinner from The Simpsons and Paris Hilton going to Nazi Germany, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what this book is like.

I was...more
Aug 02, 2011
Jul 23, 2011
 
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
3.84
We’ve all been wrong on this whole rainforest issue. We don’t need to SAVE the rainforest. We need to DESTROY the rainforest. Immediately.

I knew that...more
not set
Feb 09, 2010
 
The Grand Design
3.95
When this book was released, I was reading a story about it on-line, and the headline said something like: “Stephen Hawking Says There Is No God”. The...more
Dec 23, 2010
Sep 12, 2010
 
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
3.73
It’s odd how you think your opinion of a bunch of murderous assholes couldn’t sink any lower, and then you read something like this that makes you rea...more
Feb 18, 2014
Jan 23, 2014
 
The Simple Solution to Rubik's Cube
3.79
Floating this one in honor of the 40th anniversary of Rubik's Cube.

Treasure of the Rubbermaids 12: Gleaming the Cube

The on-going discoveries of pricel...more
not set
Aug 28, 2011
 
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
3.81
Two thousand years ago a Roman named Lucretius wrote a poem that described a universe guided by physical laws rather than the whims of mystical deitie...more
Sep 19, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
 
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
4.09
Maybe if more people would have listened to T.E. Lawrence after World War I then an American president wouldn’t be at the UN today speaking on the Syr...more
Sep 24, 2013
Aug 20, 2013
 
Bossypants
3.93
There’s a chapter in this book where Tina Fey is describing the hectic week that culminated with her filming scenes of 30 Rock with Oprah Winfrey, the...more
May 15, 2011
May 13, 2011
 
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
3.92
I’m a big space geek and have spent countless hours reading or watching documentaries about manned space flight. I’ve seen a space shuttle launch and...more
Dec 14, 2010
Aug 03, 2010
 
The Things They Carried
4.10
It’d be a bad idea to challenge Tim O’Brien to a round of Truth-Or-Dare because he’d find a way to pick Truth, launch into a story, recant it, then ma...more
Jan 22, 2014
Dec 31, 2013
 
One Summer: America, 1927
4.06
If you think that you had a busy summer, consider 1927:

Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic and became a national hero. Babe Ruth broke his own home...more
not set
Oct 10, 2013
 
The War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy
3.99

3/21/13 - Floating this one to warn Jimmy Fallon.

A Phone Conversation in 2020

“Hello, this is Slick McGee, agent to the stars. How can I help you?”

“Sli...more
Mar 15, 2011
Nov 02, 2010
 
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
4.36
(Please forgive me resorting to a tired trick and leading off with a definition from the dictionary, but there is a point to it.)

pol-i-ti-cian

1: a per...more
Jan 31, 2013
Nov 26, 2012
 
Moneyball
4.21
Having the misfortune of being a Kansas City Royals fan, I thought I’d had any interest in baseball beaten out of me by season after season of humilia...more
Apr 23, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
 
Nixonland: America's Second Civil War and the Divisive Legacy of Richard Nixon 1965-1972
4.13
Call us America the Schizophrenic.

How else can you explain a country that embraced a right wing philosophy after a devastating terrorist attack that l...more
May 07, 2011
Apr 15, 2011
 
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
4.00
I don’t know why publishers feel the need to put huge subtitles on non-fiction books. Take The Poisoner’s Handbook, for example. To me, that’s a great...more
not set
Feb 25, 2010
 
Manhood for Amateurs
3.73
I've lost some respect for Chabon for dedicating an entire essay to why he started carrying a man-purse, or murse as he calls it. However, I still rea...more
Oct 13, 2009
Oct 10, 2009
 
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
4.06
Mary Roach details a lot of uses for human cadavers in this book, but she missed a major one. As Weekend At Bernies taught us, you can always use the...more
Mar 10, 2011
Mar 09, 2011
 
The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers, and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever
4.00
Last week I was reading the chapter about The Sopranos in which the author highly praises James Gandolfini’s performance as Tony. The next day, Galdol...more
Jun 23, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
 
Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad
3.81
Damn, could that sub-title be any longer?

This is the second book published recently that takes a look at the wave of shows that changed television sin...more
Jul 11, 2013
Jul 08, 2013
 
Marvel Comics: The Untold Story
4.04
Super-heroes have gotten darker and more violent over the years, but compared to some of the people in charge of Marvel during that time, Wolverine an...more
Feb 16, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
 
Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System from Crisis — and Themselves
4.03
"The only problem with capitalism is all the capitalists.”
Herbert Hoover

There’s a school of thought out there that many, if not most, people buy into...more
Sep 2011
Aug 25, 2011
 
Lost in Shangri-la: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
3.78
I have said it before, and I'll say it again: The jungles of the earth must be DESTROYED. *

* Before you break your fingers on your keyboard in your ha...more
Aug 15, 2012
Aug 07, 2012
 
Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34
3.92
The Kansas City Massacre occurred over 75 years ago, but you can still go to the renovated Union Station and see chips in the front of the building th...more
Aug 12, 2010
Aug 01, 2010
 
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
3.98
There's nothing like reading a book about really smart and energetic people back in ye olden days to make you feel like a lazy piece of crap. I'm sitt...more
Oct 27, 2009
Jul 30, 2009
 
The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America
3.73
America 1954

“Howdy there stranger. I’m Chester.”

“Hey, Chester. I’m Kemper.”

“If you don’t mind me saying so, Kemper, your clothes look kind of odd.”

“We...more
Apr 11, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
 
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
3.85
Attention crazy people! If you are one of those poor souls who thinks that the Central Intelligence Agency is reading your thoughts and/or manipulatin...more
May 17, 2011
May 07, 2011
 
In Pursuit of Spenser: Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of an American Hero
3.85
I figured a book of essays from mystery writers about Spenser could consist of repeated analysis of why Susan sucks so much, but they took the high ro...more
Sep 23, 2012
Sep 18, 2012
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