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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 1-3: Volumes 1, 2, 3
4.33
Momsen was a better historian, but Gibbon a better writer. Forget about historical accuracy and just enjoy the writing. I purchased the three volume H...more
Apr 1961
May 16, 2012
 
Cheerful Money: Me, My Family, and the Last Days of Wasp Splendor
3.11
A very funny, and engrossing field guide to Eastern WASP culture. It explains a lot of what I saw and failed to understand in several decades of marri...more
Jun 16, 2012
Jun 16, 2012
 
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
3.91
If Cheryl strayed, it certainly wasn't from honesty, clarity, or bravery. Have been following her as Sugar...without, of course, knowing who Sugar rea...more
Apr 2012
Jun 17, 2012
 
A Visit from the Goon Squad
3.63
The book that caused me to order all her books and read them. I even wrote a fan note to her...and got an answer. I liked this book so much I didn't t...more
Apr 2011
May 24, 2012
 
The Keep
3.39
Read this on the proverbial dark and stormy night....and was frightened so much I had to wait for dawn with the lights on. I had finished A Visit from...more
May 2011
May 24, 2012
 
Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe
3.48
What must it have been like to have grown up in the shade of the Institute For Advanced Studies in Princeton? To have Freeman Dyson as dad, Esther Dys...more
Aug 04, 2012
Aug 18, 2012
 
The Waste Land and Other Poems
4.23
One of the most influential poets of my then young life. Read him my freshman year in high school and decided to read all twelve volumes of Frazier's...more
Jan 1953
Apr 09, 2012
 
Einstein's Dreams
4.08
A tiny gem of possibility, thought and insight. Read it when it came out in 1992, and gave it to just about everyone I knew at the time. Re-read it ev...more
Jan 1992
May 03, 2012
 
The Great Gatsby
3.84
This is a book I first read in high school in Oregon. The people in East Egg and West Egg seemed as glamourous and remote from my world as those inhab...more
May 1954
Feb 15, 2012
 
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
4.08
Easily Hunter Thompson's greatest book, and one of the funniest things I have ever read. Shooting up monkey glands, riding a Vincent Black Shadow, att...more
Jun 1974
Feb 15, 2012
 
On Love
3.95
Wise, funny, intimate, useful. From the moment he meets Chloe on the airplane, I was taken on another kind of ride....one that made me examine every l...more
Mar 18, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
 
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
4.04
For all of us who saw Henry Fonda play Tom Joad when we were very young....and thought things couldn't get worse...then read "the Grapes of Wrath", an...more
Jan 03, 2011
May 16, 2012
 
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa
4.14
We know Stanley from "Dr. Livingstone, I presume". There was more. Lots more. Hochschild tells of Stanley, Leopold III of Belgium, and the very real h...more
Sep 03, 2012
Aug 25, 2012
 
The Loved One
3.80
It was the first book I gave my mother in law to break the ice. She wanted something to read before bed. I could hear her laughter for hours.

I have r...more
Jan 1964
May 03, 2012
 
Philip Larkin: Poems selected by Martin Amis
4.16
This is an excellent pick of Larkin poems. His later poems were weaker, but the middle ones magnificent....especially those on death. No one did it li...more
Jan 2011
Apr 09, 2012
 
Everything in This Country Must
3.95
This man can write. I read his story of the aviators in last month's New Yorker, and was so impressed I bought three of his books. This was the shorte...more
May 14, 2012
May 14, 2012
 
Theology of Discontent: The Ideological Foundation of the Islamic Revolution in Iran
4.15
Informative study of pre-1979 Iran. Insight into Iran. We need more of it. Am starting this author's book on Iranian cinema....something I'm intereste...more
May 03, 2012
May 03, 2012
 
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72
4.07
There is one absolutely memorable moment in this very funny book. Thompson and McGovern taking a piss at a urinal on a moving train while discussing t...more
Jan 1976
May 03, 2012
 
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
4.08
The book the musical "Cats" is based upon. As with his collected lectures, it is a knuckle ball when you expect one clear and fast over home plate. I...more
Jan 1961
Apr 09, 2012
 
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Other Poems
4.32
Outstanding. Felt this when I first read this book as a boy, and feel the same re-reading it as septuagenerian man.
Jan 1953
Apr 09, 2012
 
Nothing to Be Frightened Of
3.81
The lion in Winter. Contemplations of family and mortality. Well done, and honest...even when it hurts.
Jan 2011
May 10, 2012
 
The Principles of Uncertainty
4.08
Not only read this, but as all Maira Kalman books, I bought it for friends. I treasure every damned one of them. I also saved her NY Times articles in...more
Dec 31, 2009
Feb 15, 2012
 
Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
3.96
Read this when not long out of the army. It is a book that is much like Snoopy the dog. Many people identified with Snoopy, and gave that name to Scot...more
Jun 1964
Feb 15, 2012
 
Flaubert's Parrot
3.68
Funny, brilliant, original....the book that turned me on to the delights of Julian Barnes. I recommend it to anyone who loves Flaubert, writing, or el...more
Dec 1986
May 10, 2012
 
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
3.81
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Nov 2011
Feb 15, 2012
 
Crime Wave: Reportage and Fiction from the Underside of L.A.
3.55
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Feb 15, 2012
 
The Icarus Agenda
3.89
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Feb 15, 2012
 
Battle Cry
4.08
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Jun 1954
Feb 15, 2012
 
Cautionary Tales for Children
4.27
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Feb 15, 2012
 
The Black Echo (Harry Bosch, #1)
4.05
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Feb 15, 2012
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