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City: Rediscovering the Center
4.15
liked it
This is about New York City, but a very different New York City than i live in. I guess 20 years, a balanced city budget, and some heavy gentrificatio ...more
Jan 22, 2012
Dec 04, 2011
 
Joel Sternfeld: Walking the High Line
3.98
it was amazing
Really cool book, shows the highline for what it was (pre-renovation). As a guy who works for the company that did all the engineering for the renovat ...more
Jun 2009
Jan 16, 2010
 
The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
3.77
really liked it
Entertaining. I took this book after a good run of dry non-fictions. It was a unique book -- both light-hearted and at the same time fact-intense. It ...more
Aug 24, 2010
Aug 24, 2010
 
The Road
3.95
it was amazing
Terrific. It was really hard to read at points, not just the dread of attack or the run-ins with cannibals, just the thought of being completely alone ...more
Dec 18, 2009
Dec 19, 2009
 
Life on the Mississippi
3.89
really liked it
I haven't actually read Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn yet, but I plan to. This book shows where Clemens got the inspiration for those stories.

The first par
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Dec 04, 2009
Dec 19, 2009
 
Margin of Safety: Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor
4.36
it was amazing
Excellent book. So detailed and well written. I'll never have the opportunity to use 99% of the information in the book, but it was incredibly interes ...more
Jan 30, 2012
Nov 29, 2011
 
The Seduction of Place: The City in the Twenty-first Century
3.43
liked it
Pretty un-noteworthy book. It meandered, and felt like he wrote 200 pages just to finish up with some facts about New York.
Aug 29, 2011
Jul 24, 2010
 
Let the Great World Spin
3.93
it was amazing
This book was so hard to put down. I'd look up from it and be disoriented, had to re-situate myself in the present day. The author is so engrossing in ...more
Mar 30, 2012
Apr 02, 2012
 
Too Fat to Fish
3.69
really liked it
Yes, this book is in the same list as The Seven Storey Mountain. And The Sun Also Rises. This book is the trashy junk food I took on vacation, as oppo ...more
Jun 08, 2010
Jun 23, 2010
 
Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
4.37
it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It filled the void that was left in my life by The Wire series ending. You'll recognize Simon's knack for storytelling, ...more
Dec 18, 2010
Dec 27, 2010
 
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
4.25
it was amazing
I didn't like this book because it ended. Awesome book otherwise. I hadn't had a book in a while that I could not actually put down. My last few have ...more
Feb 11, 2011
Feb 02, 2011
 
From Edison to Enron: The Business of Power and What It Means for the Future of Electricity
3.75
really liked it
Fantastic history of the Power Industry. I had perspective of the market in its current form, bit this gave a somewhat logical history to the illogica ...more
Oct 08, 2013
Oct 08, 2013
 
Who Moved My Cheese?
3.74
did not like it
I swore I'd never buy this book for the $19.99 list price, nor the sale price of $13.59. At a Borders' fire-sale it was available for $7 so I bought i ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 01, 2011
 
Death of a Salesman
3.49
it was amazing
Great book about the relationship between fathers and sons. How the dreams of fathers gets passed down, but the motivation may not be the same. How wh ...more
Dec 12, 2009
Dec 19, 2009
 
Odd Man Out: A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit
3.83
really liked it
This was a great book, very entertaining, and was practically an expose about the minor league system. Personally, I think this book was so entertaini ...more
Feb 20, 2011
Feb 20, 2011
 
Bloomberg's New York: Class and Governance in the Luxury City
3.53
liked it
I enjoyed this book, mostly because he told a pretty interesting story, with a lot of background to keep things relevant and with respect to NYC's lon ...more
Nov 03, 2011
Sep 01, 2011
 
For Whom the Bell Tolls
3.96
it was amazing
Best book I have ever read. WAY better than The Sun Also Rises. Anti-war book that shows both hate and sympathy for both the big evil enemy and the in ...more
Oct 05, 2009
Oct 05, 2009
 
A Nation of Lords: The Autobiography of the Vice Lords
4.03
really liked it
Great story, shows what a community of written-off people can accomplish when they make up their minds to change. Also shows how hard it can be, not j ...more
Aug 15, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
 
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work
3.74
really liked it
Jumps between heavy philosophy and the pleasure of working with your hands. I won't say manual labor, since the jobs he refers to are indeed physical, ...more
Oct 13, 2012
Oct 12, 2012
 
Annie Leibovitz at Work
4.06
really liked it
I absolutely tore through this book. I would say its only weakness is that the photos aren't as large as most photography books, so I couldn't really ...more
Dec 11, 2010
Dec 11, 2010
 
Pay It Down!: From Debt to Wealth on $10 a Day
3.21
it was amazing
Ironically, this book cost me $10. Looks like I'll only have $9.67 a day this month. But seriously, this was interesting read. A lot of the items are ...more
Aug 15, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
 
The Fountainhead
3.85
it was amazing
Really good. Makes a great case against socialistic thought. Almost makes me want to change to conservatism. At times the dialogue gets a little 1950' ...more
May 25, 2009
Jun 16, 2009
 
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
3.89
really liked it
Not as good as the tipping point. But also very good. The thesis of the book is probably the most interesting thing; it could have been a terrific lon ...more
not set
Jan 16, 2010
 
Invisible New York: The Hidden Infrastructure of the City
4.24
it was amazing
A terrific photo essay of New York City's infrastructure. Such massive things, so critical to our modern life. Everyone should read this to understand ...more
Jan 28, 2012
Jan 30, 2012
 
Ahead of the Curve: Two Years at Harvard Business School
3.78
really liked it
I liked this book, a very unique look at business school in general, HBS in particular. Told from someone who pictures himself as an outsider, it comp ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 01, 2011
 
Ball Four
3.99
really liked it
Excellent. Apparently was obscene back in the day, but today it's still surprising and often raunchy, but I'm sure spot-on. It was great to hear human ...more
Jul 14, 2012
Jul 19, 2012
 
Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
4.01
really liked it
Awesome book. As I am currently re-watching The Wire season 1 now, I am seeing many similarities between how JT's and Avon Barksdale's gangs operate. ...more
Jul 12, 2011
Jul 13, 2011
 
Anthem
3.62
really liked it
Pretty good. Definitely a first draft of Fountainhead, regarding the overall theme and voice. Short as hell, you can take it down in three subway ride ...more
May 10, 2009
Jun 16, 2009
 
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
4.27
it was amazing
Fantastic book. Even for someone who isn't a runner, this was the best story I have read in quite some time. Biology, anthropology, history, never-say ...more
Jun 07, 2012
May 29, 2012
 
The Other Islands of New York City: A History and Guide
4.12
liked it
Fun. Interesting. Somewhat. Some islands are really boring but had to be added to complete the task. But it kept moving well so it didn't get tiring. ...more
not set
Apr 09, 2012
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