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Saturday
3.59
**spoiler alert** Mixed bag: this was my first McEwan book (Amsterdam is on the shelf as well). At times the writing is slow and drudging, almost as i ...more
Sep 27, 2011
Sep 25, 2011
 
Are We Rome?: The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America
3.59
The premise is fascinating. We'll see how the evidence holds up. At first glance it seems like the Rome part reads more compellingly than the American ...more
Aug 18, 2010
Jul 22, 2010
 
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
3.84
A partly stream-of-consciousness satirical look at the absurdity of the Iraq War. I'm glad the book exists, and hope it's widely read, as Fountain is ...more
Feb 09, 2013
Feb 01, 2013
 
An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire
3.98
At first I felt that Roy was simply rehashing other journalist musings concerning the rise of a type of neo-liberal imperialism that has taken over in ...more
Mar 07, 2013
Mar 04, 2013
 
Dictatorship of Virtue: How the Battle over Multiculturalism Is Reshaping Our Schools, Our Country & Our Lives
3.44
Richard Bernstein makes some strong points regarding the zealousness of multiculturalism inside and outside the academy. But despite 350+ pages of den ...more
Dec 30, 2010
Jun 25, 2010
 
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive
3.90
Diamond draws on his expertise as a teacher to present the reader a very clear, if not always concise, analysis of how environmental degradation has c ...more
May 10, 2011
Apr 05, 2008
 
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
4.04
**spoiler alert** While I understand the author is trying to reveal the inner human dimensions of one of the most difficult periods of American histor ...more
Mar 03, 2011
Oct 21, 2010
 
Little Man, What Now?
3.97
A straight-forward realist story of a young family on the brink of economic disaster and the way they navigate contemporary society in 30s Germany. Th ...more
Nov 17, 2013
Nov 16, 2013
 
The Price of Politics
3.58
I have to say - for a novice reader, the book gets bogged down in too much detail and not enough signposts that provide an overlying arch. Interesting ...more
Oct 27, 2012
Oct 25, 2012
 
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
4.04
I had thought this book would be a bore, but turns out it was thoughtful and engaging. Toobin demonstrates the human dimension of the members of the S ...more
Nov 30, 2010
Jul 04, 2010
 
The Future of Liberal Revolution
3.00
Professor Ackerman's short treatise on how a liberal revolution might have been founded in Eastern Europe in the aftermath of the fall of Communism po ...more
Mar 12, 2013
Dec 07, 2012
 
That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back
3.78
Decent update to The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century. Authors Friedman and Michaelbaum offer pragmatic recommendations to f ...more
Nov 22, 2013
Nov 09, 2013
 
Taxing the Poor: Doing Damage to the Truly Disadvantaged
3.76
Newman's combines precise economic and statistical analysis with solid ethnographic motivations to create this short tome detailing the role sales tax ...more
Oct 05, 2011
Oct 03, 2011
 
China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World
3.38
This was a decent primer concerning the rise of China as an economic powerhouse. The strength of the text lies in a) its ability to link intimate narr ...more
Oct 20, 2008
Oct 20, 2008
 
American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush
3.71
Overview of four generations of Bushes and Walker and how they have used banking, intelligence, oil, and institutional / academic connections to maint ...more
Sep 2006
Nov 26, 2010
 
The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society, and Politics
3.73
A well-written review of a decade that tends to be passed over by historians and cultural observers. Professor Bruce Schulman's strongest topics inclu ...more
Aug 28, 2010
Aug 20, 2010
 
The Porcupine
3.37
I wanted the book to be more interesting than it ended up being. I think the author wanted to demonstrate some of the absurdity and political vitriol ...more
May 18, 2014
May 14, 2014
 
Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World
3.99
In this set of interviews Chomsky proves that he has mass audience credentials as he calmly details the United States' desire to influence the current ...more
Sep 29, 2011
Sep 28, 2011
 
Dirty Diplomacy: The Rough and Tumble Adventures of a Scotch Drinking, Skirt Chasing, Dictator Busting and Thoroughly Unrepentant Ambassador Stuck on the Frontline of the War Against Terror
3.88
Somewhat fascinating read from a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan. Best at relating nutty anecdotes of facade of Uzbek attempts at economic ref ...more
Aug 04, 2009
Aug 20, 2009
 
Country of Exiles
3.20
Not the type of book that you would typically learn a lot from, but has good information and tidbits related to displacement issues within America.
Apr 10, 2005
Sep 02, 2010
 
Factory Girls
3.87
Very good memoir and journalistic account of life amongst young women working and living primarily in Dongguan. The interviews and narratives gleaned ...more
Apr 29, 2014
May 22, 2013
 
The Other Boston Busing Story: What's Won and Lost Across the Boundary Line
3.27
An amazing text reporting on a body of research hereto unstudied. Eaton focuses on the METCO program which allowed urban African-American youths to at ...more
Aug 14, 2014
May 14, 2014
 
Renegade: The Making of a President
3.72
All in all a decent biography of Obama around the time of Election #1 until right after his inauguration. It's clear that Wolffe is homering for Obama ...more
Dec 04, 2012
Nov 09, 2012
 
Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East
3.77
Billed as a good introduction to Western - Middle East affairs, much of the book is repetitive in its main points, and at times the various sections a ...more
Dec 13, 2012
Oct 29, 2012
 
Modernization and Revolution in China
3.67
A very well-written summary of modern Chinese history, primarily focused on the post-imperialist periods, with special focus on the KMT and birth + de ...more
May 13, 2014
Jun 04, 2013
 
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
4.06
McKibben writes urgently yet beautifully about the necessity of turning towards localization of economic growth rather than submitting to neo-liberali ...more
Dec 26, 2013
Mar 25, 2008
 
Mergers & Acquisitions
2.77
Although basically soap opera for the Ivy League Wall Street crowd, I found Vachon's writing definitely very entertaining, rather hip and satirical. I ...more
Jun 13, 2009
Jun 13, 2009
 
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
4.03
Very interesting exploration of moral psychology; Haidt blends well various strands of thought to provide a theory of morality utilizing philophical, ...more
Apr 08, 2014
Apr 01, 2014
 
The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey
3.78
A very good addition to the primary source literature for scholars of Che, but for me, the writing was too slow, not enough umph, and, considering the ...more
Jan 23, 2014
Oct 30, 2012
 
My American History: Lesbian and Gay Life During the Reagan/Bush Years
4.11
This compilation of writings from a grass-roots Lesbian activist in the late 70s / early 80s reveals an inner world of contemporary thought that you w ...more
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Dec 18, 2009
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