The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
3.95
If you are looking for a how-to book, in the strict sense this isn't it. But if you want to change your habits you can glean how to do so from the mai ...more
Mar 13, 2012
Mar 14, 2012
 
JFK's Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President
4.14
What a sad book. Not sad in any conventional way that comes from the tragedy of Kennedy's assassination. Thankfully Clarke does not dwell on the killi ...more
Oct 10, 2013
Oct 10, 2013
 
The Great Chain of Being: A Study of the History of an Idea
3.91
I found myself wading through the first couple of chapters or so of Lovejoy’s book. He writes English prose as if it were bad German: a thicket of lon ...more
Jul 23, 2011
Jul 24, 2011
 
The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT
3.83
Obviously this book will be of greatest interest to parents and students with the SAT in their future. For them, it is indispensable.

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Mar 02, 2014
Mar 02, 2014
 
The Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death, and Happiness
4.12
Easily the best philosophy book I've read in a long time. Accessible to the general reader without compromising rigorous thinking. Partly a memoir of ...more
Jun 10, 2011
Jun 10, 2011
 
Fields of Fire
4.16
The old spiritual admonishes us to study war no more. That's a mistake. In order to stay out of unnecessary wars, all of us should study the best war ...more
Aug 04, 2013
Aug 04, 2013
 
10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works
3.95
A journalist with ABC News, Harris has written a fine memoir written for the skeptics of the benefits of meditation. If you have hesitated to give med ...more
May 10, 2014
May 10, 2014
 
Confronting Managerialism: How the Business Elite and Their Schools Threw Our Lives Out of Balance
4.00
A couple of business professors describe how elite MBA schools in the US trained its students to follow inappropriate scientific models that was one o ...more
Jun 20, 2012
Jun 20, 2012
 
Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time
3.81
Revisionist history of the New Deal that illustrates a couple of little known elements that affected the establishment of the New Deal and its afterma ...more
Aug 26, 2013
Aug 31, 2013
 
Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?: How the European Model Can Help You Get a Life
3.39
This book provides a terrific countervailing view to the dominant economic practices of the United States. Stylistically the book is too frequently of ...more
Apr 23, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
 
The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew
3.82
Elegantly written meditations on physics, spirituality, and the mysteries of what is known and what cannot be known. The author bridges the artificial ...more
Sep 24, 2014
Sep 24, 2014
 
Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam
3.96
The title and subtitle of the book gives an accurate summary of what it is about. The author served in the Army and taught history at West Point. The ...more
Sep 13, 2014
Sep 13, 2014
 
The New Geography of Jobs
3.94
Unlike some economists who argue that the American economy will be stagnant for decades, Moretti, an economist, is cautiously and refreshingly optimis ...more
Oct 20, 2014
Oct 20, 2014
 
The Instant Economist: Everything You Need to Know About How the Economy Works
3.73
With some caveats, this is a good book to learn the basics of micro- and macroeconomics without stumbling over complicated equations. Taylor writes lu ...more
Apr 06, 2014
Apr 06, 2014
 
Benito Cereno
3.62
**spoiler alert** Based on actual events, Melville tells the tale of the encounter in 1799 of an American captain, Captain Amasa Delano of Duxbury, Ma ...more
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 23, 2014
 
An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals
3.96
When scholars discuss Hume's moral theory, their discussion usually centers on the passions and theory of morality on his earlier work, The Treatise o ...more
Jul 30, 2014
Jul 30, 2014
 
The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages
3.58
This is a fascinating and entertaining book about a man who was the leading scholar/scientist in Western Christendom about a thousand years ago. Gerbe ...more
Jan 08, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
 
Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation
3.56
Cowan’s book is enjoyable and entertaining to read. As on his economics blog, Marginal Revolution, he keeps the technical economic jargon down to a mi ...more
May 14, 2014
May 14, 2014
 
Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 years
3.70
A kind of prequel to his outstanding The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia ...more
May 23, 2014
May 23, 2014
 
A New History of Early Christianity
4.05
What a wonderful and enlightening book! This is the book on the history of early Christianity that I have wanted to read for years…nay, decades. I hav ...more
Mar 25, 2014
Mar 25, 2014
 
Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey--and Even Iraq--Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport
3.89
What is the most effective type of corner kick? Is it true that rather than offering disappointing results in international soccer tournaments such as ...more
Jun 16, 2014
Jun 16, 2014
 
Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy
3.85
In his preface, Stiglitz writes about the aim of this book: “Its view is that essentially all the critical policies, such as those related to deregula ...more
Mar 07, 2014
Mar 07, 2014
 
Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them
4.05
A dense, often closely argued book. Greene is trained in both philosophy and psychology. While written for the general reader, it is not an easy read ...more
Jul 04, 2014
Jul 04, 2014
 
The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
3.88
According to Brynjolfsson and McAfee, we are in the midst of a period marked by social and economic upheavals on the scale of the Industrial Revolutio ...more
Apr 17, 2014
Apr 17, 2014
 
Macbeth
3.86
My goodness, what a bloody play. Murder for the sake of power is one of the oldest stories. Isn't that why Cain murdered Abel? What baffles me is why ...more
Feb 15, 2014
Feb 15, 2014
 
The Third Horseman: Climate Change and the Great Famine of the 14th Century
3.56
Fascinating description of what happens when a relatively brief warm period (400 years before the 14th century in this case) is followed by endless ra ...more
Nov 03, 2014
Nov 03, 2014
 
Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain
3.93
Written by a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine, this is a deceptively breezy look at what scientists believe they know about the brain and ...more
Jan 12, 2014
Jan 31, 2014
 
Historians' Fallacies: Toward a Logic of Historical Thought
3.77
Originally written to help historians avoid dozens of fallacies, this book is wittier than it ought to be. Engaging to read for non-historians interes ...more
Nov 2011
Nov 01, 2011
 
The Iron Heel
3.78
Jack London is mostly known for adventure stories that used to appeal to boys. What is often forgotten is that he was a celebrity writer in his day on ...more
Jan 12, 2014
Jan 12, 2014
 
When the Killing's Done
3.57
Boyle novel is an issues novel. It takes on the controversy of whether to eliminate invasive species for the sake of saving native species crowded out ...more
Aug 16, 2013
Aug 17, 2013
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