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Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work
it was ok
This is the second book in a row I have about the nature of work. This one is an argument for working with our hands and using machines. The main poin ...more
Nov 21, 2009
Nov 14, 2009
Bent Road
liked it
As I read this book, I was reminded of In Cold Blood. Bent Road is a dark story set in rural Kansas in the 1960s. A family of five moves to his family ...more
May 15, 2014
May 08, 2014
Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World's Greatest Companies
really liked it
If you can work past some of the "chest thumping" that Stengel does, there are some interesting ideas in this book that are worth considering. The boo ...more
Dec 15, 2011
Dec 08, 2011
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
it was amazing
This is a fascinating story of science, race, class, and ethics: and it all true. HeLa is the name of a cancer cell line familiar to researchers, but ...more
Jan 17, 2011
Jan 18, 2011
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World
liked it
Many of us set our careers in a direction that we hope makes a difference to society. That desire is what led me and others to enter fields that are d ...more
Nov 07, 2010
Oct 26, 2010
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
liked it
Pathology and suffering reach through multiple generations starting with Hattie. An African-American woman who starts parenthood in her teens and suff ...more
Sep 09, 2014
Sep 04, 2014
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
it was ok
I had high hopes for this book. It won the Booker Man award and the period of history on which it is based is one that is exciting and fascinating. Fr ...more
Jan 04, 2014
Jan 04, 2014
The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy
really liked it
John Kennedy was assassinated when I was in fourth grade. Until the death of Ted Kennedy, I had never known an era without a Kennedy as a major politi ...more
Jun 13, 2014
May 16, 2014
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
really liked it
Does the name Poggio ring a bell? How about Lucretius? One of them wrote a poem before the birth of Christ with ideas that were about 1500 years befor ...more
Aug 20, 2014
Aug 13, 2014
The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
liked it
How would you tell Muslims, Christians, and Jews that their holy texts are not only bunk, but dangerous? This is what Sam Harris did and there needs t ...more
Jun 09, 2010
Jun 02, 2010
Cannery Row
liked it
On a recent vacation, we sent to Monterey, were we saw the highly commercialized and tourist section with big Cannery Row posters. I realized I hadn't ...more
Jun 28, 2014
Jun 25, 2014
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
liked it
Recognizing that the conditions described in this book were over 10 years old, one of the questions I had when I started this book was, "Are things st ...more
Jan 25, 2010
Jan 19, 2010
Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe
really liked it
A person of incredible athletic talent on the gridiron, track, and diamond who struggled so mightily with every other aspect of adult life. Such was t ...more
Aug 21, 2011
Aug 20, 2011
Long Shot
liked it
Transparency: I think Mike Piazza belongs in the Hall of Fame. The case for him is strong and the one against him (question of steroid use) is doubtfu ...more
Aug 04, 2014
Jun 28, 2014
Paying It Forward The PhD Project: Creating Tomorrow's Leaders in Business Through Academe
liked it
The PhD Project is a unique and innovative approach to diversification of the business world. It takes the position that diversity in business require ...more
Oct 14, 2014
Oct 14, 2014
The White Tiger
liked it
The dark side of morality, Indian style. The White Tiger, the protagonist, writes a long tale to a Chinese prime minister coming to India on a state v ...more
Mar 26, 2012
Mar 24, 2012
Before We Met
really liked it
Full disclosure: I am good friends with the author and have known her a long time. She is exceptionally talented. Here's my review.

While I enjoyed thi
Mar 07, 2009
Mar 01, 2009
Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide To Thriving In The Age of Accelerations
really liked it
Frequent readers of Thomas Friedman are familiar with some of his major themes, including the immense power of information technology, climate change, ...more
Jan 17, 2017
Dec 27, 2016
A Disposition to Be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor's Son Ruined an American President, Brought on a Wall Street Crash, and Made Himself the Best-Hated Man in the United States
really liked it
How does one handle the fact that a great-grandfather was one of the most notorious swindlers in American history? Write the biography. Despite being ...more
Aug 11, 2013
Jul 27, 2013
The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom
really liked it
Paul Dirac had an amazing mind and an unusual personality. Did one contribute to the other or were the characteristics codependent? Underlying Dirac's ...more
Sep 19, 2012
Aug 27, 2012
How to Read the Air
it was ok
What does it mean to live with the truth or does it matter if we revise our histories so they better match our world view? Does being honest and open ...more
Jul 12, 2011
Jul 13, 2011
Peter The Great: His Life and World
really liked it
This is a lot more than most people will want to know about Peter the Great (855 pages worth). On the other hand, Peter was an extremely important his ...more
Jun 07, 2009
Jun 08, 2009
Gandhi Before India
liked it
South Africa was the staging ground for Gahndhi's eventual leadership to liberate India from Great Britain. Over many years, Gandhi morphed from a law ...more
Jul 27, 2014
Jul 08, 2014
The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
really liked it
How do we go through American history in high school and learn about the impact of Vanderbilt and the other so-called Robber Barons? They had a huge i ...more
Jul 13, 2010
Jul 06, 2010
Cinnamon and Gunpowder
really liked it
This was a lot of fun to read. The story is told by a chef who is captured by a ravishing red-headed female pirate in the early 19th century. The chef ...more
Jul 26, 2013
Jul 27, 2013
South of Broad
liked it
Pat Conroy fans will recognize the venue, South Carolina. He brings us a set of characters that grow up together and bring a wide variety of personali ...more
Apr 24, 2010
Apr 24, 2010
Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
really liked it
At first, I thought I was reading a book by Bill Bryson. I was reminded of A Walk In the Woods. The humorous way that Adams describes his journey alon ...more
Jul 23, 2015
Jul 14, 2015
Sharpe's Prey (Sharpe, #5)
really liked it
This is one in a long series about Richard Sharpe. Cornwell treats his somewhat morose deadly soldier hero as a Zelig-like action figure in Britain's ...more
Apr 11, 2010
Apr 12, 2010
Polio: An American Story
it was amazing
For those of us baby boomers who remember getting "booster" shots when we were little kids, this tell us why we needed them and what was going on arou ...more
Dec 08, 2013
Nov 27, 2013
Last Man in Tower
really liked it
When everybody wants what each wants without compromise, conflict happens. When one stands against all, jettison the loner. When people can't see the ...more
Dec 28, 2011
Dec 29, 2011
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