3.5 stars. Another fun Harry Bosch novel (well, fun if you enjoy reading about horrifying murders). I thought the ending wasn't going to add up to muc...more3.5 stars. Another fun Harry Bosch novel (well, fun if you enjoy reading about horrifying murders). I thought the ending wasn't going to add up to much, but it was actually very satisfying.
I should have read The Poet before this one. Goodreads lists the two books as being in two separate series, so I didn't realize there would be so much overlap between them.(less)
This is a history of campaign buttons created by a paper company to promote its glossy paper. It has some terrific examples, including a Wendell Willk...moreThis is a history of campaign buttons created by a paper company to promote its glossy paper. It has some terrific examples, including a Wendell Willkie button that admonishes, PERHAPS ROOSEVELT IS ALL YOU DESERVE.
I'm confused by a Rutherford B. Hayes button on pages 16-17 of the book. The slogan is, "I don't care about your piece of cake, but I must show you my sore toe." The authors say the meaning is "lost to history." Google doesn't know the answer. Do you?
This isn't the definitive account of the murders Jeffrey Dahmer committed, but it's from an unusual perspective: an artist who was friends (though not...moreThis isn't the definitive account of the murders Jeffrey Dahmer committed, but it's from an unusual perspective: an artist who was friends (though not close friends) with Dahmer in middle school and high school. The author doesn't rely solely on his own memories -- he researched primary sources and interviewed friends, relatives, police, and others to make sure the account that he's telling and drawing is as accurate as possible.
I like reading memoirs that are in graphic-novel format because they have so much rich detail about the little things: what people wore, what neighborhoods looked like. David Small's book Stitches and Guy Deslisle's Pyongyang also have this quality.
Backderf has a difficult task. He has to have insight into Dahmer's life without making excuses for Dahmer's horrific crimes.
This book reminded me of The Radioactive Boy Scout, another nonfiction account of a teenage boy who never got the help he needed and who was packed off to the military in an attempt to "fix" him. Of course, there's a big difference between "acting out" by building a working nuclear reactor in a backyard shed and "acting out" by murdering and dismembering a stranger.
Don't miss the little coda that comes after the sourcing information at the back of the book. It turns the "I always knew he'd come to a bad end" cliché on its head. (less)
**spoiler alert** Very enjoyable second novel in this series. There's lots of backstory to most of the characters, which makes the book richer but als...more**spoiler alert** Very enjoyable second novel in this series. There's lots of backstory to most of the characters, which makes the book richer but also a lot longer.
After the mentions of phone hacking at the beginning, I was sure that Strike's phone would be hacked and he would end up in danger because of it, but I guess that was a red herring.
It was great to see Robin's character developed a bit further. I'm hoping that Charlotte Campbell won't figure in book 3 (if there is a book 3).
I don't think the Galbraith novels are remotely realistic in terms of police procedure or investigative procedure, but that's fine with me.
[MEDIUM-TO-LARGE SPOILER HERE] So we are to assume that the editor's daughter, JoJo, is actually Quine's daughter? That part was a bit subtle for me.(less)
I would have liked more recipes (though I realize that the whole point of the book is to focus on processed foods). The exercise suggestions were a fu...moreI would have liked more recipes (though I realize that the whole point of the book is to focus on processed foods). The exercise suggestions were a fun surprise.
By the way, even though the title of the book says it's "for kids," it's actually aimed at parents.(less)
"The historical and statistical study of tax records falls into a sort of economic no-man's-land, too historical for economists and too economistic fo...more"The historical and statistical study of tax records falls into a sort of economic no-man's-land, too historical for economists and too economistic for historians. That is a pity, because the dynamics of income inequality can only be studied in a long-term perspective, which is possible only if one makes use of tax records."
Piketty's writing is incredibly clear and simple without being simplistic or patronizing. Having said that, I still had trouble understanding some of the concepts and math. But I'm glad I read it.
I'm intrigued that he originally wrote the book in French about France (which has highly accurate tax records that go back centuries) and then expanded the book by working with colleagues to examine Britain, the United States, Canada, Japan, Argentina, Germany, Portugal, India, and China. It's like he assembled a SuperFriends of economists.
I was a bit disturbed by his use of the word dechristianization, which I guess means the secularization of many European countries and Christian denominations' loss of money, power, and influence.
Probably the most startling thing to me in the book (and I hope I am summarizing this correctly) is that in every society ever studied, about 50% of the population owns nothing or almost nothing -- maybe 5% of the wealth in total. In many societies today, "nothing" might mean that a person earns a steady paycheck, rents a house or apartment, and owns furniture and a car. But in terms of actual wealth, such as property, money in the bank, stocks, bonds, annuities, jewels, art, and so on, about half the population has almost no wealth and is a few paychecks away from financial trouble.
I also liked Piketty's use of nineteenth-century novels to show how things have changed economically.
If you're trying to decide whether this book is worth your time, I suggest you listen to or read this podcast from Planet Money. It summarizes the book and its issues pretty well. http://www.npr.org/2014/04/04/2991828...