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The Wrecking Crew by Thomas Frank
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Brilliant recent history of how the ideas of free market capitalism took over the Republican party and led to the intentional weakening of the federal government.

Highly recommended for anyone curious how the late 20th-century came to be one of the mo...more
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Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
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Great summer read. The conceit is that superheroes and supervillains live in our mundane world. As Dr. Impossible attempts to take over the world once again he reflects on the burdens of being a supergenius supervillain.
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Cigar City Mafia by Scott M. Deitche
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Stiff by Mary Roach
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
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Wonderful blend of real historical analysis and popular style. Jack Weatherford is a top-notch historian and an able writer. He makes a strong argument that Genghis planted seeds that would take root in early modern Europe. Creating paper money, for...more
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Deep Economy by Bill McKibben
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If you've never been exposed to environmentalism or green philosophy this work can serve as a general introduction. But, frankly, who hasn't been exposed to this stuff?

A thin work of popular journalism with no substantive economic analysis at all.
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Shaping Things by Bruce Sterling
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Really, a design manifesto. Sterling sees the world unlike anyone else. His insight into design in this work completely changed the way I thought about environmentalism and the green movement.

Sterling's fiction can often be clunky and his characters...more
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The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
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Omnivore’s Dilemma is an extraordinarily engaging work. I can’t recommend it strongly enough.

Pollan sets out to answer the question “What should we have for dinner?” Along the way he considers the politics, nutrition, history, and ethics of that seem...more
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In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
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I’m a huge fan of Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma, (see review here) but only a big fan of In Defense of Food. The first two sections of Defense, “The Age of Nutritionism,” and “The Western Diet and Diseases of Civilization” fit perfectly with Om...more
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