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White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
3.73
it was ok
I have been looking for a good book about the rural poor. I picked up “White Trash” on the recommendation of a friend and I found it to be a heavily-r ...more
Oct 31, 2016
Oct 25, 2016
 
Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and the Government Bailout Will Make Things Worse
4.08
really liked it
The Austrian School of Economics is a strange sort of fundamentalist sect of the free-market religion. Thomas Woods (who is listed as a "fellow" of th ...more
May 28, 2009
May 03, 2009
 
When Money Dies: The Nightmare Of The Weimar Hyper Inflation
3.79
it was amazing
A fascinating and horrifying look at what happens when economic illiteracy collides with geopolitics. Adam Ferguson lays out the story of the Weimar R ...more
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 16, 2011
 
The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
4.28
really liked it
Mr. Singh's book on cryptography and cryptology is a fascinating read, if you're already interested in that sort of thing. It's a little breezy in par ...more
Jun 22, 2014
May 24, 2014
 
Sherman's March
4.13
it was amazing
Like so many of the narrative histories of the Civil War I've read (Part 1 of Shelby Foote's trilogy, Gods and Generals), this was a quick and very en ...more
Jul 06, 2014
Jul 02, 2014
 
Designers & Dragons
4.44
it was amazing
A first-rate tour through the history of the RPG industry. I almost rated it lower, but I realized that my negative reaction was to the history being ...more
Dec 24, 2015
Dec 28, 2015
 
Flashman and the Mountain of Light (The Flashman Papers, #9)
4.21
it was amazing
Delightfully politically incorrect and more than a little naughty, I highly recommend this for the less-than-easily-offended among you.
not set
Dec 10, 2009
 
Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga
4.00
it was amazing
As far as I know, this is Hunter Thompson's first major book and I can now completely understand how it made him such a sought-after writer. You enter ...more
Apr 12, 2013
Mar 03, 2013
 
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
3.88
it was amazing
Niall Ferguson gets five stars from me for a book that ought to be the starting point for a lot of our discussions about finance in America and around ...more
Nov 2011
Jun 18, 2011
 
U.S. Marshals: Inside America's Most Storied Law Enforcement Agency
3.61
really liked it
A lot of interesting anecdotes, semi-grouped by theme ("semi-grouped" because each theme was "The Marshal's job is very dangerous" repackaged). Still, ...more
May 28, 2015
Jan 06, 2015
 
No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels
3.78
really liked it
A complicated story to which I am having a complicated reaction. More to follow after I've thought about it.
Dec 06, 2016
Dec 05, 2016
 
How Capitalism Saved America: The Untold History of Our Country, from the Pilgrims to the Present
4.11
it was amazing
None
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Dec 02, 2008
 
A Poetics of Courtly Male Friendship in Heian Japan
0.00
None
not set
Dec 27, 2008
 
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
4.00
it was ok
None
not set
Dec 29, 2008
 
The Secret History of the CIA
3.60
it was ok
None
not set
Dec 30, 2008
 
The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History
4.04
really liked it
None
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Dec 30, 2008
 
The Gates of Power: Monks, Courtiers, and Warriors in Premodern Japan
3.85
really liked it
None
Jul 26, 2009
Dec 30, 2008
 
The President's House : A History.  Two Volumes
4.44
None
not set
Jan 23, 2009
 
Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies
4.10
None
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Dec 27, 2008
 
The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia
4.28
None
not set
Dec 27, 2008
 
Frozen Moments: Writings On Kabuki, 1966 2001 (Cornell East Asia, No. 111) (Cornell East Asia Series)
4.00
None
not set
Feb 18, 2010
 
Richard III
3.92
it was amazing
None
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Mar 28, 2010
 
Decision Points
3.78
really liked it
None
Nov 13, 2011
Dec 25, 2010
 
The Slaves of Sumuru
3.91
really liked it
None
Feb 15, 2011
Feb 01, 2011
 
The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World
3.59
None
not set
Dec 27, 2008
 
The Pity of War: Explaining World War I
3.80
really liked it
None
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 16, 2011
 
American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
3.77
None
not set
Dec 27, 2008
 
The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon
3.92
really liked it
None
Oct 04, 2011
Aug 29, 2011
 
Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath
4.07
None
not set
Dec 24, 2011
 
The End of Empire: Attila the Hun  the Fall of Rome
3.73
liked it
None
May 17, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
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