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Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics by Marc J. Hetherington
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The whole Donald Trump phenomenon has mostly seemed pretty baffling to most observers since he entered the Republican party race for the presidential nomination in the middle of 2015. What on earth is it that attracts masses of people to a man with s ...more
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French Napoleonic Infantryman 1803–15 by Terry Crowdy
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This is a short book about the life of a French infantryman in the Napoleonic era. It's just over 60 pages, well-illustrated, and part of Osprey Publishing's extensive series on assorted kinds of military units from various historical eras. It's more ...more
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Ghosts of Spain by Giles Tremlett
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I have just finished re-reading this book, being on the verge of traveling to Spain. I thought it a great read the first time through, and re-reading it only confirmed my first impression.

Tremlett is a British foreign correspondent who has lived in
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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
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Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford
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Rise of the Robots is an excellent and somewhat depressing book. If you've been brooding a lot about the prospects for the future, you should probably postpone reading this book until you're in a better mood. Of course, if you read it, then you'll be ...more
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Zero to One by Peter Thiel
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
by Peter Thiel (Goodreads Author)
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Here's the single best idea I got out of this book: an interview question. Thiel would ask prospective hires, "What is one view you hold on an important matter, shared by few other people?" Responses ranged from the banal, to the flummoxed, to the tr ...more
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When to Rob a Bank by Steven D. Levitt
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The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
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Atul Gawande's Checklist Manifesto is easy to underestimate, at least in the early chapters. His recommendation to use checklists seems too self-evident to warrant a lot of examination. Who doesn't use checklists for complicated projects? Why would a ...more
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The Basque History of the World by Mark Kurlansky
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Why did the Basques, a tiny group of fewer than three million people, survive as a culture? This is implicitly the main question asked by Kurlansky's history of the Basques. (Incidentally, this is not really a Basque history of the world as much as i ...more
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A Concise History of Spain by William D. Phillips Jr.
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Traveling through Spain can quickly get a bit bewildering if you're dipping into its many-layered history here and there and everywhere and getting bombarded with a whole procession of names of monarchs, generals, battles and all the rest. Navigating ...more
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