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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
4.31
it was amazing
This is a difficult, but fantastic book. Difficult, because it's very painful to relive the tragedy of all the lives destroyed by cancer. Fantastic, b ...more
Aug 25, 2014
Aug 25, 2014
 
A Stillness at Appomattox
4.34
it was amazing
Bruce Catton is from my hometown: Petoskey, Michigan. There is a statue of him outside of the Petoskey Carnegie Library where I checked out books as a ...more
Jan 23, 2014
Sep 20, 2012
 
The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire
3.91
liked it
I quoted these lines aloud to my wife and we laughed:

* "the powerful Greek foundation of Cumae, then under the eccentric but highly effective rule of
...more
Nov 06, 2014
Nov 06, 2014
 
Hawaii
4.20
it was amazing
While planning a Hawaiian vacation, I realized that my ignorance was profound. Searching for understanding, I read Michener's HAWAII. This was a wonde ...more
Oct 24, 2014
Oct 24, 2014
 
Tales of the South Pacific
4.04
it was amazing
TALES OF THE SOUTH PACFIC by James Michener is a rare book which communicates what it felt like to be involved in WWII. The budding genius author Mich ...more
Nov 21, 2014
Nov 22, 2014
 
The Portable Benjamin Franklin
4.38
it was amazing
A surprisingly challenging book and, just respect, mad respect. All hail B. Franklin, Printer of Philadelphia!

My new favorite: Dialogue Between Frankl
...more
Jul 30, 2014
Jul 30, 2014
 
Run Silent Run Deep
4.17
liked it
This is a novel, but it belongs more accurately to the domain of autobiographical war-narratives. It's a fictionalized, idealized portrayal of one man ...more
Jan 03, 2014
Oct 19, 2012
 
The Hero With a Thousand Faces
4.22
it was amazing
I’ve had an interest for the past several years in spirituality, meditation, myth, and psychology. I believe this is the most important body of ideas ...more
Feb 19, 2014
Feb 19, 2014
 
Submarine!
4.22
liked it
An easy to read overview of the author's real life submarine experience in the Pacific during WWII. It's not a linear narrative of just one ship, but ...more
Jan 07, 2014
Oct 19, 2012
 
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
4.12
liked it
It is a sweet, and wise book. At times while I was reading it, it seemed simplistic. Then, at other times, it made me tear up.

As I have read more boo
...more
Feb 06, 2014
Jul 24, 2013
 
Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days
3.93
it was amazing
The best business work I read all year. You have to read between the lines to realize that the author Jessica Livingston married the Y Combinator foun ...more
Jun 02, 2014
Jun 02, 2014
 
Marx: A Very Short Introduction
3.71
liked it
I was fairly underwhelmed -- considering all the trouble Marx caused. I love these "Very Short Introductions" and this one is fine, the ideas within a ...more
Apr 07, 2014
Apr 07, 2014
 
Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)
4.28
it was amazing
It's lovely -- a great yarn, a cyberpunk thriller -- it's similar to Snow Crash, but more poppy, easier to read, and a more classic plot. However, a h ...more
Apr 30, 2014
Jan 07, 2014
 
The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell
3.95
really liked it
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Jan 10, 2014
Jan 07, 2014
 
On the Good Life
3.99
really liked it
None
Dec 26, 2014
Dec 26, 2014
 
Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician
3.97
liked it
None
Dec 15, 2014
Dec 26, 2014
 
The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin
4.07
really liked it
None
May 04, 2014
Sep 20, 2012
 
Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-69
3.95
really liked it
None
Jun 21, 2014
Jun 23, 2014
 
Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age
4.06
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None
May 05, 2014
May 06, 2014
 
Anatomy of a Murder
4.00
really liked it
None
Sep 24, 2014
Oct 24, 2014
 
The Ivy Portfolio: How to Invest Like the Top Endowments and Avoid Bear  to Markets
3.94
really liked it
None
Mar 2014
Dec 26, 2013
 
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
4.08
liked it
None
May 04, 2014
Sep 20, 2012
 
Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
4.11
really liked it
None
May 04, 2014
Sep 20, 2012
 
Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties
3.87
liked it
None
Feb 27, 2014
Feb 27, 2014
 
Double Your Freelancing Rate
4.60
really liked it
None
Aug 29, 2014
Aug 29, 2014
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