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Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor
4.02
it was amazing
A terrifying view into a dystopian future that we're blindly walking into. ...more
Apr 19, 2018
Apr 20, 2018
 
A Warning
3.90
did not like it
A collaborator attempts to whitewash their actions and pretend, likely to themselves, that they aren't propping up an evil machine. Anyone lacking sel ...more
Nov 21, 2019
Nov 21, 2019
 
The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design
4.09
did not like it
This is not a book, it's a long and tedious list of random stuff loosely organized into chapters. It's the most bored I've ever been reading something ...more
Oct 26, 2020
Oct 26, 2020
 
The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behavior and Interactions with People
4.26
really liked it
A book of wildly varying quality with a huge amount of repetition (one could easily cut out 1/3rd of the book without losing any content). It's a coll ...more
Dec 28, 2017
Dec 28, 2017
 
Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology
3.73
did not like it
Racist, narrow, ahistorical, shallow, and lazy.

This book is disappointing and intentionally mismarketed. I doubt most people would read it after an ho
...more
Nov 12, 2019
Nov 12, 2019
 
Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow
4.22
did not like it
Sloppy thinking with a lot of bad arguments and butchered misreadings of history. The most painful parts are without a doubt every time politics or ec ...more
Oct 10, 2018
Oct 10, 2018
 
The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life
3.84
it was ok
I love the topic and agree with the message. The book is too lightly researched and relies far too much on the same anecdotes over and over again to m ...more
Nov 12, 2018
Nov 12, 2018
 
It's Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics
3.91
it was amazing
I wish the democratic party would read this book.
Nov 28, 2018
Nov 28, 2018
 
Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word
2.95
did not like it
A confused and totally unreadable mess.
Dec 08, 2015
Dec 09, 2015
 
The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir
3.11
did not like it
An evil soulless warmonger recounts his time in an administration that is as corrupt as it is incompetent. The book itself has no narrative, no point, ...more
Aug 2020
Aug 01, 2020
 
101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog
3.94
it was ok
Nice to get ideas about what to do, but it's not well organized or written. It also advocates rather harsh methods at times. It also suggests that one ...more
Jan 12, 2020
Jan 12, 2020
 
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
4.40
did not like it
This book twists facts, makes them up, and then completely baseless speculation as fact about the past in order to push the author's story & agenda. T ...more
Sep 04, 2018
Sep 04, 2018
 
Evidence-Based Software Engineering
3.00
it was ok
I was hoping to learn about evidence-based software engineering. There is a lot of random stuff in this book, but one thing that there is virtually no ...more
Nov 17, 2020
Nov 17, 2020
 
American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World
4.30
it was amazing
An amazing book that puts Columbus and the "discovery" of the new world by genocidal maniacs into context. You should skip the last two chapters, they ...more
Nov 02, 2019
Nov 03, 2019
 
The Tyranny of Metrics
3.70
did not like it
Poorly written and poorly argued. I wanted to like this book but it turned out to be repetitive and without substance. Sad, because we do need a much ...more
Nov 09, 2019
Nov 10, 2019
 
The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over Earth's Future
3.71
really liked it
Explains why both extreme environmentalists and free-market extremists sound crazy, how we got here, and why it's so hard to make any meaningful progr ...more
Dec 17, 2017
Dec 17, 2017
 
Probabilistic Programming & Bayesian Methods for Hackers
4.15
really liked it
Really a pymc tutorial. Read with students over the summer school. Lots of misinformation and many mistakes to be a real book about probabilistic prog ...more
Sep 05, 2016
Sep 06, 2016
 
Noumenon Infinity (Noumenon #2)
4.06
did not like it
While the original was an adventure story the sequel is driven by really terrible technobabble. Everything that made the first book good is gone.
Dec 16, 2018
Dec 16, 2018
 
Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer
3.98
it was amazing
Very interesting and extremely well researched. A complete mess when it comes to the actual writing and structure of the book.
Nov 28, 2017
Nov 28, 2017
 
Lightless (Lightless #1)
3.47
it was ok
Like watching a Bond movie. Irrational characters doing crazy things for no reason but there's a lot of action. ...more
Mar 25, 2016
Mar 25, 2016
 
The New York Times: Right at Home: How to Buy, Decorate, Organize and Maintain Your Space
3.20
did not like it
Tries to pack in too much and consequently ends up saying too little. Bland generic advice without context and depth.
Jul 12, 2020
Jul 13, 2020
 
Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight
3.79
did not like it
A laundry list of well-known facts buried in a disjointed and aimless narrative following a boring narrator.
Oct 04, 2016
Oct 04, 2016
 
The Line Becomes A River: Dispatches from the Border
3.97
it was amazing
Exposing the sadism of the US-Mexico border and those who would rather see people die than cross it.
Nov 17, 2018
Nov 17, 2018
 
Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art
3.89
liked it
The best argument for higher taxes and a wealth tax. An absurd waste of money while most of society suffers.
Oct 29, 2019
Oct 29, 2019
 
The Art of Raising a Puppy
4.13
did not like it
This book suggests way too many negative interactions along with outdated dominance theory.
Jan 10, 2020
Jan 12, 2020
 
The Killing Zone: How & Why Pilots Die
4.28
liked it
Useful, worth a read, but written in a repetitive and tiring manner with shady statistics.
Apr 28, 2019
Apr 29, 2019
 
Connections
4.25
it was ok
Love the documentaries. The book reads less like a novel and more like the notes from a TV script.
Dec 11, 2017
Dec 11, 2017
 
Ancient Bones: Unearthing the Astonishing New Story of How We Became Human
3.99
really liked it
A fair book significantly marred by the author pushing their own fringe agenda and research.
Dec 24, 2020
Dec 24, 2020
 
Cannibal Island: Death in a Siberian Gulag
3.56
did not like it
An interesting story turned into a dry book about bureaucracy.
Nov 11, 2019
Nov 11, 2019
 
Antarctica: A Biography
3.69
did not like it
Making a fascinating topic about as interesting as a shopping list.
Nov 11, 2018
Nov 11, 2018
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