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The Protestant Es...
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Alexis Alexis said: "Can we please talk about how great the name E. Digby Baltzell is? "

 
Passion and Purpo...
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Alexis Alexis said: "I am kind of having a hard time taking seriously a book about young leaders that keeps putting "crowd-sourced" in quotes.
Oh and putting out a call for submissions is generally not what people mean when they say "crowd-sourced."
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The Recognitions
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A Great and Noble Scheme by John Mack Faragher
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Among the particulars of the experience of the Acadiens, I thought this book offered some really interesting insights into the more abstract trends of the period regarding citizenship, individual rights, nation states, etc. The author could have gone...more
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The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré
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The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
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The Road to Miltown by S.J. Perelman
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I feel terrible saying I didn't really "get" this humor? I feel like I must be getting old. But on the other hand it's also like being very young and understanding the form of the joke but not getting the references. Also, I'm currently living in a t...more
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Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt
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Well this was an interesting three-hour read, but pretty light on the "training" aspect. Really it's just a collection of anecdotes.
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The King Must Die by Mary Renault
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I didn't like this nearly as much as the other books I've read by her. But I do wish more people talked about how good a writer she is.

In a book club meeting where we had read The Hunger Games, one member mentioned she saw a parallel between the trib...more
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The Little Book of Value Investing by Christopher H. Browne
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Despite how brief this book is, I still felt like I was skimming through a lot of it. Value investors are understandably super gung-ho about their approach and at a certain point it turns into a soothing susurration. I get it, though, because his (an...more
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A Sliver of Light by Shane Bauer
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I feel weird saying this, but... I sort of disliked these people in reading it? I found I liked the second half of the book more when there was more about the political fight to get them out.
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Plato at the Googleplex by Rebecca Goldstein
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The quality throughout is uneven, but there's something about Rebecca Goldstein I really like.
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The Fall by Albert Camus
The Fall
by Albert Camus
read in June, 2014
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Pearl Abraham
“He was still undecided. It depended on how you thought of God. If God is nature, then God doesn't care, since nature doesn't care. But if, as the mystics understood, God is the best of man and within man, then God cares, since man does.”
Pearl Abraham, American Taliban: A Novel

Albert Camus
“You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.”
Albert Camus, The Fall

Christopher Hitchens
“Today I want to puke when I hear the word 'radical' applied so slothfully and stupidly to Islamist murderers; the most plainly reactionary people in the world.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

Marco Roth
“When he picked out the [gravesite] plot, my father had joked that he was moving, at last, to the suburbs.”
Marco Roth, The Scientists: A Family Romance

Hilary Mantel
“92, '93, '94. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity or Death.”
Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety

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