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Asia's Cauldron by Robert D. Kaplan
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This was interesting, but never compelling. It's a standard IR book about the South China Sea region, which the author believes to be the most likely conflict spot over the coming decades as China grows, the U.S. (relatively) declines, and the other ...more
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A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel
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This is a well known introduction to personal finance. I appreciated that it combined theoretical discussion with practical advice.
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Peaceland by Severine Autesserre
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An ethnographic study of humanitarian and aid workers. Based on my experience with these people in Cote d'Ivoire, a lot of the discussion here was right on point. The book explains how humanitarians (and most ex-pats in developing countries) isolate ...more
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Vingt ans après by Alexandre Dumas
Vingt ans après
by Alexandre Dumas
read in October, 2014
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The sequel to The Three Musketeers, I read this in French while I was in Cote d'Ivoire because I was looking for an engaging, free, French-language book to help with my French. This mostly fit the bill. The one catch was that the free Kindle version ...more
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1491 by Charles C. Mann
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This was well-written and often engaging, but I could never figure out how much credibility to grant the author. The thesis of the book is that academics are now coming to believe that the Americas were far more populated, older, and more developed t ...more
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The Magicians by Lev Grossman
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
by Lev Grossman (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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This was engaging, but never great. It's clearly an attempt at a more literary style of fantasy, and it only half succeeds. It creates an interesting and fun magical world, set mainly in a secret magical university in upstate New York, and there are ...more
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Cote d'Ivoire by Christian Bouquet
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Decent introduction to the recent conflict in Cote d'Ivoire. I got about halfway through it before getting distracted and putting it down.
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Making War in Cote d'Ivoire by Mike McGovern
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Also known as "that book that every American who moves to Cote d'Ivoire buys, but never reads." As complex discussion of the political theory of conflict, I'm sure it's fine. But don't buy it if you're looking for an introduction to Cote d'Ivoire. It ...more
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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
read in August, 2014
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4.5 stars. This was an engaging story about upper-middle class Nigerians, the African immigrant experience in America, and race and blackness. Having just returned from Cote d'Ivoire, where the cultural norms of rich Africans was a black box for me, ...more
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