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The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
3.85
it was amazing
As with Nothing to Envy, I should have written this review right after reading the book. It was fantastic, and I'd like to read it again. Great histor ...more
Apr 06, 2011
Nov 02, 2010
 
Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future
3.94
really liked it
"To summarize: the fundamental problem is that Americans no longer have the purchasing power to buy what the US economy is capable of producing. The r ...more
Apr 02, 2011
Apr 02, 2011
 
13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown
3.85
really liked it
Some things that I bookmarked while reading:

"the core function of finance is financial intermediation -- moving money from a place where it is current
...more
Jan 21, 2011
Jan 10, 2011
 
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
4.30
liked it
The author makes a pretty good case that slavery in the southern US didn't really end until WWII...in lots of gruesome detail about the laws and pract ...more
Jun 19, 2010
Jun 15, 2010
 
This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America
3.68
liked it
People like to get f'd up...and Americans even more so. (I read a book once, a long time ago, that asserted that the Inuit (?) were the only people wh ...more
Aug 29, 2009
Sep 03, 2009
 
Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care
4.22
it was amazing
Fascinating overview of health insurance systems around the world...Reid uses the treatment of his shoulder as a trope for seeking care in several dif ...more
Sep 27, 2009
Sep 29, 2009
 
The Case for Big Government
3.49
liked it
I'm just going to quote Obama's speech of Feb 24 2009:

"History reminds us that at every moment of economic upheaval and transformation, this nation ha
...more
Feb 25, 2009
Feb 18, 2009
 
Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World
3.99
really liked it
The story of international finance between the Wars, told through the stories of the central bankers of the US, Britain, France, and Germany. A bit li ...more
Jul 12, 2009
Jul 09, 2009
 
Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood
4.15
really liked it
Amazing, if discouraging. A tour of fishing around the world, with each chapter focusing on a specific food and location. So: sardines in the Mediterr ...more
Jun 28, 2010
Jun 29, 2010
 
Free the Market!: Why Only Government Can Keep the Marketplace Competitive
3.75
liked it
A review/history of anti-trust law in the information age, how the laxity in antitrust law enforcement in the last 20th/early 21st century has coincid ...more
Jul 02, 2009
Jun 23, 2009
 
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
4.06
it was amazing
So many fascinating aspects of this book. I think I'll want to read it again at some point to absorb more of it, since I basically inhaled most of it ...more
Feb 11, 2013
Nov 22, 2011
 
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean
3.98
liked it
Recommended by Meghan at OlyReads Book Club. As with All the Devils Are Here, lost my bookmarks when the book checked itself back in.

Great writing; w
...more
Feb 17, 2011
Mar 01, 2011
 
A Civil Action
3.95
really liked it
**spoiler alert** My first non-library book in a while. ($1.99 at Goodwill!) Gripping story, both the legal and the personal aspects. The author draws ...more
Mar 07, 2009
Mar 09, 2009
 
The Science of Fear: Why We Fear the Things We Shouldn't--and Put Ourselves in Greater Danger
3.97
liked it
A sharp little book on the death of Homo Economicus and the problems of understanding risk with our crazy crazy brains, plus a wonderful reminder that ...more
May 11, 2009
May 13, 2009
 
The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008
3.82
really liked it
If you read Krugman's columns or blog, a lot of this will feel familiar. But the level of detail is very helpful in understanding our current economic ...more
Apr 16, 2010
Apr 20, 2010
 
The Match King: Ivar Kreuger, the Financial Genius Behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals
3.82
really liked it
Fascinating, a great follow-up to Lords of Finance. The intro & jacket mentioned Madoff several times, I assume because that's what's in the news, ...more
Jul 20, 2009
Jul 20, 2009
 
The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy
3.75
liked it
It hit a raw nerve for me about where I am in life and society, and I'm still trying to figure out how to describe that experience. I'd like to read i ...more
Sep 2010
Aug 20, 2010
 
Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities
3.88
liked it
A nice little survey of the state of transportational cycling in the US by a Portland (OR) journalist. Looks at some of the major figures in the field ...more
Aug 20, 2009
Aug 10, 2009
 
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
4.27
it was amazing
Utterly fascinating narrative about how our financial system got f'd. He actually explains the finance bits well enough that I think I maybe finally u ...more
Jun 03, 2010
Jun 01, 2010
 
Money-Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much
3.99
liked it
Alas, I can't remember a whole lot, since I read it back before the hell-cold, but I do know that it was a good compliment to The Healing of America, ...more
Dec 10, 2009
Dec 11, 2009
 
Why Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media, and the Politics of Antipoverty Policy
3.79
it was ok
Couldn't get into this one enough to finish it. Very good and important information, but dry. HIDEOUS charts, too. There's a great popular book hiding ...more
Mar 10, 2010
Mar 02, 2010
 
All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis
4.00
really liked it
Forgot to review right after I read it -- so I lost all my bookmarks when it automagically checked itself in. Damn ebooks. :( In any case, definitely ...more
Feb 15, 2011
Jan 13, 2011
 
Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance
3.82
liked it
The subtitle is lame, but the book is excellent. Good overview of the history of crisis in capitalism, something that was incredibly frequent prior to ...more
Jun 06, 2011
Jun 01, 2011
 
So Damn Much Money: The Triumph of Lobbying and the Corrosion of American Government
3.78
did not like it
Just couldn't get into it. I'm fascinated by the topic, but this treatment was WAY too inside-baseball.
Oct 19, 2009
Oct 20, 2009
 
Pinched: How the Great Recession Has Narrowed Our Futures and What We Can Do About It
3.69
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Sep 20, 2011
 
I.O.U.: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay
3.99
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Oct 03, 2011
 
Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor
3.71
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Sep 29, 2011
 
Fixing the Game: Bubbles, Crashes, and What Capitalism Can Learn from the NFL
3.66
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Dec 27, 2011
 
The Cost Disease: Why Computers Get Cheaper and Health Care Doesn't
3.79
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Oct 03, 2012
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