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James James said: " Lots of interesting information.

Better than almost all the other books about the latest financial folly.
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The Quants: How a...
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James James said: "I read some of the other reviews,
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some people thought the best part of the book was the first half.

I had the other opinion,
the first half is mostly gossip about the personal lives of people I'll never meet, and who are greedy, shallow, and cru...more
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The Unknown Gulag by Lynne Viola
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About the worst gulag book I've seen,
200 pages and on almost every page:
the people are hungry, sick, badly treated...

A bunch of statistics that don't mean much,
and the author likes to spell names differently than other authors.

Yagoda is Iagoda
his rep...more
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Boundaries In The Mind by Ernest Hartmann
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a little bit of interesting info, not enough to make reading the book worthwhile
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The Soft Cage by Christian Parenti
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somewhat disappointing, not much info on how the surveillance is done,
rather a lot of "aint it awful that illegal aliens, people on welfare, etc are logged into databases so fedgov can't see what they are up to.
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Vital Lies, Simple Truths by Daniel Goleman
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A few interesting tidbits here and there,
a lot of the material has been presented by others.

The bit about schizophrenics being less sensitive to pain than normals, and that naltrexone, an opiate/endorphin blocker,
improves their capacity for paying a...more
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Brainwash by Dominic Streatfeild
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A poorly written book, the author skips around, sometimes he comes back to a subject, sometimes not.

He starts off with the case of Cardinal Mindszenty, but never tells us what really happened.
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Oracle Bones by Peter Hessler
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The first 200 pages were very good, then it got a bit tedious
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The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
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Another well written book by Wright,

the insanity of religious fanatics is hard to comprehend.

I hate to say this, but we are at war, their choice, not ours,
all we can do is crush the bastards.

They show no mercy, if that's how they want to play the gam...more
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Culture of Corruption by Michelle Malkin
Culture of Corruption
by Michelle Malkin
read in April, 2014
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Obama was elected with great expectations,
unfortunately, he's not done a very good job the last 6 years.

He'll probably be rated along with grant & harding as a corrupt useless placeholder.

the way things are going, the fedgov will self destruct wi...more
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Twins by Lawrence Wright
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Interesting book, lots of info about how genes and enviornment make us what we are.

Also interesting is how biased many "scientists" are.

They decide, probably based on their personal political views,
whether genes or enviornment are more significant,
th...more
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Going Clear by Lawrence Wright
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What a great book, I knew a little about scientology,
it may be a church, but it is more like a criminal enterprise.

The mafia should take a lesson here.

Scientology seems a lot like al Qaeda, both seek to conquer and dominate,
al Qaeda tends to attack g...more
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