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The Puppetmaster: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover
3.45
The creation of the FBI and the development of federal law enforcement is an interesting story. Laws weren't structured well to handle criminals with ...more
Mar 20, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
 
The Making of Modern Economics: The Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers
3.80
The history of economic thought told via chronological serial biography is a refreshing alternative to other more narrowly scoped economics books. Aft ...more
Dec 23, 2010
Nov 21, 2010
 
A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon
3.70
Curtis LeMay is the villain in this book, but there wasn't a lot of closure to his character. Did he accept the supremacy of the ICBM over the strateg ...more
May 29, 2010
May 01, 2010
 
The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century
3.54
I would have rated it higher but there is only about 10% of this book that is about vertical farms. The rest of is about the need for them, and worthw ...more
Mar 10, 2015
Mar 20, 2015
 
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
4.10
There are a lot of intriguing ideas in this book, but it lacks comprehensive recommendation for how to get to the books desired goal of products and b ...more
Jan 10, 2010
Jan 10, 2010
 
Law in America: A Short History
3.67
The book is so short it's mostly generic overview with slightly more personality than you would find in a textbook, but what the book that has that is ...more
Sep 19, 2010
Sep 19, 2010
 
Storm from the East: The Struggle Between the Arab World & the Christian West
3.73
This books wants to be a topical book about the invasion and occupation of Iraq, but instead presents about 100 years of the general history of the Mi ...more
Jan 05, 2009
Jan 01, 2009
 
Seeds of Terror: How Heroin Is Bankrolling the Taliban and al Qaeda
3.57
The greatest value of this book that it transforms the war on terror into the more conventional war on drugs, and reduces puritanical holy warriors to ...more
Nov 28, 2009
Nov 22, 2009
 
Applied Economics: Thinking Beyond Stage One
4.14
After chapter upon chapter telling of the counter-productiveness of government intervention in markets, the immigration section is entirely out of pla ...more
Jul 20, 2010
Jul 19, 2010
 
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
3.91
Much much better than 'One-Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com'. For this book there were many interviews the author did, details on decision ...more
Apr 02, 2014
Mar 27, 2014
 
METAtropolis: The Dawn of Uncivilization
3.54
I read a lot of new urbanism oriented non-fiction earlier this year, and the idea of taking a lot of it an incorporating it into near future settings ...more
Jan 23, 2015
Jan 13, 2015
 
Confessions of a Mullah Warrior
3.06
The title is even more sensationalist than 'Kill Bin Laden' but that was much more fitting than this. The author is too young for most of the anti-Sov ...more
Mar 10, 2010
Mar 10, 2010
 
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time
3.63
The central problem of this book is neatly illustrated by Mortenson's encounter with Pentagon officials: Mortenson gives a presentation on the importa ...more
Jun 10, 2009
Jun 01, 2009
 
Green Metropolis: What the City Can Teach the Country About True Sustainability
3.68
There are a lot of things that I didn't like about this book but overall many of points raised were really interesting. It also seems like anyone coul ...more
Jun 02, 2014
May 20, 2014
 
Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander's Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man
3.97
The opening chapters are rough but strengthens once the story gets into Afghanistan and to Tora Bora. There is a long section criticizing the quality ...more
Feb 19, 2010
Feb 06, 2010
 
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
4.01
This book works pretty well as a sequel to 'Into The Wild', both have a young man getting killed when they abandon a comfortable life and try to live ...more
Dec 16, 2009
Dec 06, 2009
 
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
3.92
The concept of an anonymous autobiography is problematic and this undermines the earlier portions of this book, but it gets better once it starts to c ...more
Jan 14, 2013
Jan 11, 2013
 
Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda: A Personal Account by the CIA's Key Field Commander
3.86
Rather than editing out portions of the book censored by the CIA, Bernsten instead leaves in every deleted word or deleted section marked as such- tho ...more
Mar 12, 2010
Mar 26, 2010
 
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
3.90
Calling one kind of thinking cognitive (traditional IQ test skills) and another non-cognitive (the ability/desire to persevere) is unproductive. It wo ...more
Mar 18, 2014
Feb 26, 2014
 
No One Left Behind: The Lt. Comdr. Michael Scott Speicher Story
4.11
Mostly investigatory and bureaucratic procedural, and interesting when it isn't confusing. There are many different parties all with partially overlap ...more
Oct 07, 2009
Oct 08, 2009
 
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
3.86
This book is very good but has some fundamental problems. It is very critical of the CIA and suggests that intelligence agencies of other countries ar ...more
Jan 08, 2009
Dec 08, 2008
 
Steve Jobs
4.09
Steve Jobs seems like a complete jerk in his professional and private life, though maybe slightly mellows with age.

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Feb 20, 2014
Jan 20, 2014
 
Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System from Crisis — and Themselves
4.04
It's hard to find the author's voice anywhere but in the epilogue, everything is direct quotes or summarized interview material. Mosts facts or analys ...more
Jun 02, 2011
Apr 30, 2011
 
California: A History
3.63
Earlier history about people and events I knew very little about were interesting, but later sections contained no more information than I'd already a ...more
Jan 26, 2011
Dec 29, 2010
 
Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism
3.69
The money illusion section was very good, none of the other economics books I've read have given it as much as attention as it gets here.

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Feb 13, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
 
Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution
4.01
The first chapter gets off to a very slow start, telling the reader unnecessarily which hotels delegates checked into, what they were eating, or equal ...more
Apr 24, 2011
Mar 14, 2011
 
In The Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat In Iraq
3.84
The author shadows David Petraeus during the invasion of Iraq, and after each recounted episode contrasts the competence and integrity of the soldiers ...more
May 21, 2009
Jan 03, 2009
 
Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World
3.76
Any history book that claims to be about a single small span of time of course expends half of the book on context, events years before and after. The ...more
Oct 30, 2008
Oct 01, 2008
 
Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War as Seen by NPR's Correspondent Anne Garrels
4.03
There are two major stories in this book, the first is covers the details of how to be a reporter in Iraq, and the other is about the looting followin ...more
Feb 09, 2009
Feb 01, 2009
 
Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad
4.03
The central problem of this book is a dramatic one: the battles are completely one-sided. The Iraqis were completely ill-equipped to defend against ta ...more
Mar 09, 2009
Jan 03, 2009
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