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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
3.78
This book has generated a lot of discussion. I didn't find anything offensive or outlandish, the author just asks a lot of questions I have always ask ...more
Sep 02, 2013
Aug 28, 2013
 
Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves
3.70
This was a very odd book. It started with a couple of very detailed chapters talking about molecular structure that didn't seem all that relevant to t ...more
Oct 22, 2012
Oct 15, 2012
 
Angkor
3.91
A guide book and history. I tend to skim these books before I travel and in more depth after, it helps to seat the memory and I understand the book be ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 12, 2012
 
Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed
3.70
"Good book. Like having a beer with a smart person and them telling you all about their country, from culture to technology. Certainly Brazil has mad ...more
Dec 2010
Dec 26, 2011
 
Reimagining India
3.82
A book of essays. Usually I am not a fan of books like this but this has many good essays. I was reading it in India just after Modi won the election, ...more
Jun 03, 2014
Jun 03, 2014
 
Van Gogh: The Life
4.08
Another doorstop of a biography. I know this has mixed reviews but I liked it. I'm not an art historian so I didn't know anything about Van Gogh other ...more
Mar 08, 2013
Feb 15, 2013
 
Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions
3.95
Be good at math, ask skeptical questions, have rules of thumb. Yep, any engineer could tell you that.
Sep 21, 2014
Sep 21, 2014
 
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
3.98
It's hard to believe this is a non-fiction narrative and not a novel. The author spent more than 3 years with a pretty typical slum in Mumbai. Conside ...more
Apr 07, 2012
Apr 01, 2012
 
Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference
3.69
This is a really nice overview of impact investing. Impact investing is a newish term to describe the range of investments between pur for-profit and ...more
Oct 07, 2012
Oct 02, 2012
 
The Social Labs Revolution: A New Approach to Solving our Most Complex Challenges
3.87
Overall a good book. Concise and densely packed, what I like in a book. The approaches he describes are nothing revolutionary but well stated and with ...more
Aug 18, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
 
Leonardo and the Last Supper
3.80
I've had the privilege of seeing a number of iconic masterpieces: David, Mona Lisa, Taj Mahal and others. When you seem them in person, you can see wh ...more
Jan 06, 2013
Dec 25, 2012
 
Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty
4.20
"Very similar to "More Than Good Intentions", about development economics and what works or doesn't work in fighting global poverty. Very good book, ...more
Oct 11, 2011
Dec 26, 2011
 
Christian Beginnings: From Nazareth to Nicaea
3.57
This is much more scholarly than the book "Zealot", hence a little harder to read. It goes up to to the conference of Nicaea in 325 and covers the his ...more
Sep 15, 2013
Sep 08, 2013
 
The Prisoner of Heaven (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #3)
3.92
Zafon is a beautiful writer. Even though his stories are translated, they are wonderful to read. I don't know how much the translator contributes to t ...more
Aug 2012
Jul 30, 2012
 
The Syrian Rebellion
3.60
First off, the author has a strong bias in who he thinks is in the wrong here, so take some of what he says with a grain of salt. But having said that ...more
Nov 18, 2012
Nov 11, 2012
 
The Glass Cage: Automation and Us
3.76
As a former automation engineer, most of this material was not new to me but the author covered the key points in an accessible form for the general r ...more
Mar 14, 2015
Mar 14, 2015
 
Washington: A Life
4.09
Geez, this is a big, big book. More than 800 pages, big pages with small font. War and Peace was shorter. But it's worth it. It's a terrific book, wel ...more
Feb 05, 2013
Jan 06, 2013
 
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
4.01
Kolbert is an excellent writer and an excellent science writer. She has a good balance of science, culture, and background on the scientists. The scie ...more
Jul 11, 2014
Jul 11, 2014
 
Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities
3.86
Just ok. There isn't much here except: listen, talk, discuss. The author was involved with the first post-apartheid discussions in South Africa. Clear ...more
Dec 25, 2012
Dec 23, 2012
 
India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking
3.70
This book has been on my shelf for a year or so, I received it as a gift. I needed the right time to read it, and since I haven't been in India since ...more
Jan 29, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
 
Uncommon Ground: Dialogues With Business And Social Leaders
3.50
This book is sort of a transcript of a TV show hosted by Rohini Nilekani, which included two guests (one business person, one civil society person) ta ...more
Apr 29, 2012
Apr 29, 2012
 
Africa's Moment
3.40
Overall, I liked this book. It is new, so it is up to date with changes in Africa in the last few years (the real growth and change, not the Arab Spri ...more
May 14, 2012
May 03, 2012
 
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
4.05
Very well researched but very opinionated which got to be a turn off at points. Essentially this is the position of 350.org (the author is on the boar ...more
Jan 08, 2015
Jan 08, 2015
 
Let the Great World Spin
3.91
This book needs a review chapter by chapter, not overall. Some chapters would be 2 and some would be 4 stars. Nominally this book is about the high wi ...more
Sep 23, 2012
Sep 10, 2012
 
Rippling: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation Throughout the World
4.17
Just a collection of short case studies of Ashoka Fellows, written in breathless style. Just an extended puff piece.
Dec 30, 2013
Dec 30, 2013
 
The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
4.01
I delayed some time in getting this book, I thought it would be more Silicon-Valley centric stuff and that the concepts would be obvious but cooler si ...more
Jun 10, 2013
Jun 02, 2013
 
Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1)
4.25
I'd heard a lot of positive about this book, but was generally disappointed, hence just 2 stars. It is certainly a fast read, but the story and charac ...more
Jul 15, 2013
Jul 08, 2013
 
Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa
4.15
This is a pretty readable book for such a complex subject. Over 5 million people have died in the last 15 years or so in the ongoing conflict in the C ...more
Jul 29, 2012
Jul 16, 2012
 
The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew
3.79
I really like this author, his book, "Einstein's Dreams", is one of my all time favorite books. He is a physics professor but understands the more spi ...more
Mar 25, 2014
Mar 22, 2014
 
A Suitable Boy (A Suitable Boy, #1)
4.08
This could be 3 five star 500 page novels, or 2 five star 750 page novels, or even one 1000 page 5 star novel. Ok, that's the length issue. It's a gre ...more
Aug 18, 2013
Jul 21, 2013
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