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The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
4.11
really liked it
They could subtitle this book, "A bunch of people smarter than you". A pretty quick, fascinating read through a time that we doubtful will see again. ...more
Feb 11, 2013
Mar 31, 2012
 
Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination
4.12
liked it
Read this book in the same week I returned to Disney World after nearly 30 years. Good beginning, a long middle, and too rushed at the end.
Jun 06, 2012
Sep 30, 2011
 
Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus
4.14
it was amazing
"The game is the same, just got more fierce." - Slim Charles
Feb 2017
Jan 17, 2017
 
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
4.24
liked it
It only took me 6 years to finally get around to reading this. I just wish I would have thought of these concepts during the hours I used to spend por ...more
Jan 25, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
3.81
really liked it
For those of you who read "The Devil In The White City", here's another great book by Erik Larson. This gives an interesting perspective of life in Be ...more
Jun 23, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and His Cosmic American Music
4.07
liked it
If you don't know who Gram Parsons is, listen to his music. If you do, this book does a good job of breaking down the myths that surround him. Recomme ...more
Jan 14, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
4.49
really liked it
I have to admit I went into skim mode after the first 600 pages. Nevertheless, a tremendous book on the raw accumulation and use of power. Makes me wa ...more
Jul 09, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
Chicago under Glass: Early Photographs from the Chicago Daily News
3.93
really liked it
If you like history and love Chicago, this is a great collection of pictures from the turn of the century. A very thoughtful Christmas gift by my sist ...more
Dec 27, 2011
Dec 27, 2011
 
Life
3.84
really liked it
One of the most unique autobiographies I've read. Completely conversational...not the easiest read...exactly what you'd expect from Keith Richards. It ...more
Feb 26, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral — plus plenty of valet parking! — in America’s Gilded Capital
3.42
liked it
I speed read this while I had two hours in a B&N while my computer was getting worked on. So I'm sure my rating probably doesn't do it justice.
Aug 02, 2013
Aug 04, 2013
 
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
3.93
really liked it
"Imagine having a city full of things that no other city had. What a wonderful world that would be. What a wonderful world it was. We won't see its li ...more
Jul 21, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
Eisenhower: Soldier and President
3.95
really liked it
Not many people have done more with their life after the age of 50. His farewell address is still as relevant now as it was five decades ago.
Nov 13, 2010
Aug 04, 2011
 
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
4.40
it was amazing
I can't recommend this book enough. To quote my friend TD, "I would have died 361 times if I went through what this guy did".
Jan 09, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
An Hour Before Daylight: Memoirs of a Rural Boyhood
3.88
liked it
As fast as the world moves these days, it's a shame everyone's parents and grandparents don't write a memoir like this.
Feb 06, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
Andrew Carnegie
3.92
really liked it
Mark Zuckerberg should read this book. Thank you Mr. Carnegie for building the library that I spent my youth in.
Sep 30, 2010
Aug 04, 2011
 
Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba & Then Lost it to the Revolution
3.86
liked it
I just hope that some day I'll be able to visit and see what has become of some these places.
Dec 26, 2010
Aug 04, 2011
 
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
3.96
really liked it
Only Bill Bryson could make this so interesting. Real life is so much stranger than fiction.
Dec 27, 2010
Aug 04, 2011
 
Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector
3.93
it was ok
I went from reading about the coolest guy in music (Keith Richards) to maybe the un-coolest.
Mar 04, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
Mark Twain
4.05
liked it
Quite a life. I can't imagine someone like him living in the 21st century.
Aug 20, 2010
Aug 04, 2011
 
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
4.25
really liked it
First Griftopia, now this. I think it's time to read some escapist fiction...
May 11, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
Churchill's Triumph (Winston Churchill #4)
3.88
liked it
Thanks for the recommendation, Em. My first (I think) historical novel.
Aug 04, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
3.95
liked it
If you're only going to read one, go with the original...
Nov 12, 2010
Aug 04, 2011
 
Alexander Hamilton
4.25
it was amazing
Thank you Kathleen for recommending this book!
Apr 25, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
3.69
it was ok
"The potent narcotic of reassuring simplicity..."
Jul 11, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
Churchill: A Life
4.22
liked it
How different the world would be if he hadn't survived any one of his twenty or so brushes with death. Pick a decade of his life and it would have bee ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
Washington: A Life
4.09
really liked it
George Washington became human to me in this book. I really enjoy Chernow's writing. This once again reminds me that our Founding Fathers were far fro ...more
Sep 17, 2012
Aug 04, 2011
 
Tell My Sons: A Father's Last Letters
4.08
really liked it
I don't typically read these types of books but I really can't recommend this enough to all of you who have sons out there. At multiple times I felt l ...more
Nov 23, 2013
Jun 20, 2013
 
For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb, and the Murder That Shocked Chicago
3.69
liked it
According to Mapquest, my great, great grandfather lived 1.92 miles from where Bobby Franks was kidnapped in 1924. The first two parts of this book ar ...more
Sep 10, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
 
The Price of Politics
3.62
liked it
If I ever needed convincing that term limits would be a good idea, this book sealed it for me. It was helpful to read this right before the sequestrat ...more
Feb 17, 2013
Sep 16, 2012
 
Storms Of My Grandchildren: The Truth About The Climate Catastrophe And Our Last Chance To Save Humanity
4.00
liked it
I just looked it up and Atlanta is 1050 ft. about sea level. So I have that going for me.
Sep 07, 2011
Aug 04, 2011
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