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The Invisible Bridge by Rick Perlstein
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The Power Lovers by Myra MacPherson
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
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How did I miss reading this as a boy? Excellent adventure.
Schools are probably afraid to use this book in class as the N-word appears frequently, yet that is a part of history and we're better off understanding than being ignorant.

Written over 100 ye...more
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How to Measure Anything by Douglas W. Hubbard
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I only read the first half. It got too boring.

Measurement is about reducing uncertainty, reducing risk. There are many simple ways to measure anything, especially the so called intangibles.

The point is a good one. Measurements don't need to be precis...more
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Kissinger by Walter Isaacson
Kissinger
by Walter Isaacson
read in October, 2014
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Starts off very strong, but gets very dry, focusing obsessively on who Kissinger is dating at some moment... Gossip rag tales that just keep going on and on. I finished the first 60%. The beginning was very interesting, but over time the never ending...more
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The Greeks by Isaac Asimov
The Greeks: A Great Adventure
by Isaac Asimov
read in October, 2014
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Excellent history of Greece from 3000 BC until 1965 (Just before Greece and Turkey sent troops to Cyprus).

Fascinating. Ties all of western history together very well, and highlights the contributions that the ancient Greeks made to modern thought.

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Holy Cow by Sarah Macdonald
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Written by a women, for other western women. If your thinking of trading in one religion for another, this book is India as a Supermarket of Religions.

Interesting thought, but doesn't take itself seriously enough, dive in deep enough.

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Flat Earth News by Nick Davies
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Fascinating.

Primary written from the British perspective, but asks the question, WHAT IS NEWS and WHAT IS JOURNALISM?

Most of us, especially journalists assume that NEWS = "the truth", but news organizations themselves just claim to be "unbiased". Rep...more
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The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
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interesting point in US history.
much like the current moment is Chinese history (though perhaps without the crazy serial killer subplot)
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Metternich by Clemens von Metternich
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