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The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson
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I gained so much insight how "financial innovation has been an indispensable factor in man's advance from wretched subsistence to the giddy heights of material prosperity" ... how "the evolution of credit and debt was as important as any technologica...more
Collapse by Jared Diamond
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I enjoy insightful histories, and this is a good one to learn from -- real-life examples of how societies collapsed when they overpopulated and mismanaged their renewable resources. Certainly an object lesson for our times and a vision of what's like...more
Plenitude by Juliet B. Schor
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I got to interview the author of this book on my Pathways radio show (which is podcast at Divination.com). By a Boston College sociology professor, this is a positive and practical treatment on how we can re-orient our values away from a monetary-bas...more
The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine
The Female Brain
by Louann Brizendine
read in August, 2010
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Here's a blog I wrote about this book:

Just finished the book "The Female Brain." Wow ... I can see that I needed more insight into what you ladies are dealing with ... and am so glad for the increased knowledge!

Every 28 days or so, your brain is bobb...more
A Geography of Time by Robert V. Levine
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Interesting study of how different cultures relate to time -- do they live by "event time" or "flow time." It's interesting to note how, in some cultures, "doing nothing is highly treasured and not seen as merely a break in the action, but as a produ...more
Empire of Illusion by Chris Hedges
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A must read for anyone who wants to better understand how crazy the reality (or unreality) of our modern society is! It's hard to figure how our fantasy-based, illiterate populace could possibly redeem itself in less than a few generations.
Globalizing Capital by Barry Eichengreen
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A bit turgid, this academic history of international banking and the gold standard gave me a lot of perspective on banking and how it came to be the way it is now. Capital is indeed globalized, as necessitated by the need to support foreign exchange...more
The Defining Moment by Jonathan Alter
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A fascinating biography of a pivotal leader, who tackled the Great Depression in his own upbeat, slightly scattered and creative way. I love these psychological portrayals of great leaders, and this one has the ring of truth about it. The book is not...more
The Gift of Therapy by Irvin D. Yalom
The Gift of Therapy
by Irvin D. Yalom
read in January, 2010
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If this fellow, Irvin Yalom, is as good a therapist as he is a writer, I want to go see him! These stories of the therapeutic relationship are as fascinating and they are honest, very well told, with lessons on human nature for us all.
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