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The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives
3.83
The structure of this book, the latest in a recent spate to tackle some combination of probability, randomness, statistics and behavioral economics, i...more
Oct 29, 2008
Jun 17, 2008
 
How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer
3.87
While frequently an exercise in navel gazing, which at least Chip Kidd denigrates in his interview, the book provides some validation for a series of...more
Dec 04, 2009
Dec 01, 2009
 
The Irony of American History
4.02
Astounding in it's prescience. The danger of failing to heed Niebuhr's prophetic words is as great today, if not greater, than when he wrote in the op...more
Apr 09, 2011
Apr 03, 2011
 
Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War
4.06
The most fascinating chapters are at the start, the successive professional failures of Grant and Sherman prior to the war and their more or less stum...more
Sep 14, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
 
Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
3.95
This book is not sure what shelf it wants to be on. It's a grab bag of behavioral psychology, business self-help, Gladwell-esque counterintuitive anec...more
not set
May 14, 2011
 
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa
4.14
I used to be on the fence about colonialism. Not any more. This is a stomach wrenching, finely detailed account of the slaughter of roughly 10 million...more
Oct 12, 2009
Oct 13, 2009
 
The Gun
3.94
Disappointing considering how much I like Chivers' reporting in the Ny Times and his blog. Uneven style and recurring redundencies. Could have been mu...more
Dec 10, 2011
Nov 28, 2011
 
Gravity's Rainbow
4.03
I gave up. Probably less than 100 pages in. It's just too obtuse. This is the first novel I've picked up in a long, long time and mainly on the vauge...more
Sep 14, 2010
Aug 12, 2010
 
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
3.80
Get up early. Go to bead late.
Have some silent time or meditation time.
Block out time on your calendar for yourself. Keep it as sacred time. Don't com...more
Jun 30, 2013
Jun 08, 2013
 
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
3.67
Totally engrossing. The plot is fairly straightforward hard boiled detective, but the world Chabon weaves is so complete in its reality that the plot...more
Feb 10, 2011
Jan 27, 2011
 
The Brand Gap
3.98
A good, quick overview of branding from the creative viewpoint, if you need it. Mostly redundant for me, at this point. Some good guidance about doing...more
Aug 22, 2011
Aug 13, 2011
 
Finland's War Of Choice: The Troubled German-Finnish Coalition in World War II
3.41
This review is of the audio book.

The portions relating the actual combat operations are mostly a litany of unit designations, commander names and repe...more
not set
Apr 14, 2013
 
I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling With Villains (Real and Imagined)
3.64
Pretty funny book, but the last chapter is the clincher for why this is 5-stars. I won't ruin it for you.
Sep 16, 2013
Sep 11, 2013
 
Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before
3.76
Basically a very long digression on an essay Fried previously wrote. The chapter on portraiture is terrific, self-contained and led me to want to take...more
Dec 2009
Jan 27, 2009
 
Cryptonomicon (Cryptonomicon, #1)
4.23
While I know this book is universally beloved by the geek cognoscenti, I could not get through the first chapter without laughing out loud at the adol...more
not set
Feb 17, 2008
 
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
4.02
**spoiler alert** This book has an important message, one that I needed to hear, but its probably only essay-length. It became a book only through rep...more
Jul 06, 2009
Feb 17, 2008
 
The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company
4.04


Straightforward history of Pixar upto it's acquisition by Disney. A quick read, mostly focused in the corporate events on the company's development....more
Jul 14, 2012
Sep 09, 2008
 
Man's Search for Meaning
4.32
Feels very much a product of a specific time, dealing highly specific issues in psychoanalysis, not the timeless classic with real insight into the hu...more
Sep 2013
Sep 11, 2013
 
Intervention: The Use of American Military Force in the Post-Cold War World
3.14
Comprehensive in its analysis of potential levels of intervention along a spectrum, but more descriptive than prescriptive. Main message: "be careful....more
Jan 2005
Mar 03, 2008
 
The New West: Landscapes Along the Colorado Front Range
4.50
Here's the definitive review at 5B4:

http://5b4.blogspot.com/2008/03/new-w...
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Mar 18, 2008
 
Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World
3.82
An apologist for video games, a paper argument for their value, but more an explanation of the prevalence of addiction.
Oct 18, 2013
Jun 24, 2013
 
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
4.35
Boring as hell.
Apr 14, 2013
Dec 17, 2011
 
The Designful Company: How to Build a Culture of Nonstop Innovation
3.91
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Oct 14, 2009
 
Robert Adams: Beauty in Photography: Essays in Defense of Traditional Values
4.28
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Feb 17, 2008
 
Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity
4.13
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Feb 19, 2008
 
The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels
3.79
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Feb 17, 2008
 
Salt: A World History
3.71
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Feb 17, 2008
 
Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned
4.12
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Feb 17, 2008
 
Judgment in Managerial Decision Making (5th Edition)
3.88
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Feb 17, 2008
 
The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism
3.82
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Dec 25, 2010
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