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Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism: The Belief System That Enables Us to Eat Some Animals and Not Others
it was ok
Melanie Joy is the leading researcher in the field of carnism, a field she invented. If that sounds a tad catty, sorry, but I'm laboring under the bur ...more
Apr 30, 2012
Sep 15, 2011
The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
really liked it
Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist with a love of science fiction and of explaining science to non-scientists as well as of physics, once again take ...more
Dec 2013
Nov 13, 2013
It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the Politics of Extremism
it was amazing
This is a scary book.

First, it needs to be said that Ornstein and Mann are not "liberals" in any sense. They are, at most, center-right conservatives.
May 22, 2012
May 18, 2012
Chaos: Making a New Science
it was amazing
This book, over two decades old now, is one of the great classics of science popularization. It was a blockbuster bestseller at the time, and it's sti ...more
Sep 13, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America
it was amazing
David Cay Johnston is a working journalist who has covered Donald Trump for decades, and has written two previous books about him. In this book, he lo ...more
Jan 23, 2018
Jan 21, 2018
The Home Front: Life in America During World War II
it was amazing
This is an Audible Original production; there is no previous book. It uses oral histories including contemporaneous materials to look at what life was ...more
Sep 09, 2017
Sep 07, 2017
Transhuman and Subhuman: Essays on Science Fiction and Awful Truth
did not like it
John C.Wright needs an editor.

With a bit more restraint, his prose could be lyrical--the opposite of the transparent prose the Puppies say they're loo
Jun 13, 2015
Jun 12, 2015
What's a Dog For?: The Surprising History, Science, Philosophy, and Politics of Man's Best Friend
liked it
There's a lot of interesting material here, and yet in the end I am deeply frustrated with this book.

Homans gathers together in highly readable form m
Dec 04, 2012
Dec 01, 2012
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts
it was amazing
Timbuktu is a city with a storied history, and one lesser-known piece of that history is that twice during the Middle Ages it was the center of a flow ...more
Jan 31, 2017
Jan 30, 2017
The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue
really liked it
In February 1952, New England was being battered by one of the worst nor'easters in years, and two oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, bot ...more
Nov 04, 2017
Nov 03, 2017
Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change
really liked it
Wilson gives us a highly readable account of what we do and don't know about psychological and social psychological interventions--what works, what do ...more
Aug 19, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
it was amazing
This is a fascinating book, and many people will be surprised by what Pinker has to say. We routinely tell ourselves that we live in a violent world, ...more
Nov 02, 2011
Oct 13, 2011
Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts
really liked it
It seems we are, finally, starting to solve the mystery of what consciousness is, and how the brain creates it.

Moreover, this is not just a fascinatin
Dec 17, 2017
Dec 14, 2017
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival
it was amazing
In a remote village in Russia's Far East, in the bitter cold of December 1997, a tiger started killing and eating people.

As terrifying as that was, i
Mar 18, 2017
Mar 15, 2017
Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live
it was amazing
Among the current dietary and lifestyle fads is the paleo diet--the idea that we evolved to eat like our paleolithic ancestors, and have had too littl ...more
Jun 08, 2016
Jun 07, 2016
How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution
really liked it
In the 1950s, a Russian biologist named Dmitry Belyaev began a dangerous experiment in fox domestication. It was dangerous not because of the foxes, b ...more
May 14, 2017
not set
May 07, 2017
Survival of the Nicest: How Altruism Made Us Human and Why It Pays to Get Along
it was amazing
The Experiment, ISBN 9781615190904, January 2014

"If you want to be egoist, at least be a smart egoist, and share."

So says science journalist Stefan Kl
Dec 17, 2013
Dec 07, 2013
it was amazing
The Pilgrims of Plimoth Plantation are part of the founding mythology of the US. But what most of us know, or at least remember, is Plymouth Rock, Tha ...more
Mar 23, 2016
Mar 17, 2016
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars
it was amazing
In the mid-19th century, the Harvard Observatory began employing women as computers, to do the calculations that were the necessary next step after ob ...more
Oct 07, 2017
Oct 04, 2017
The Sociopath Next Door
really liked it
The sociopaths who come to public attention are often violent criminals, but sociopaths are 4% of the population overall, and most of them aren't viol ...more
Jul 23, 2017
Jul 19, 2017
The Princess Diarist
it was amazing
This is Carrie Fisher's account of becoming Princess Leia, being Princess Leia, and how that affected her life, then and later. I had it marked down f ...more
Jan 2017
Dec 30, 2016
The Unknown Universe: A New Exploration of Time, Space, and Modern Cosmology
really liked it
It's been fun, over the past few years, reading accounts of recent developments in physics, astronomy, and cosmology. The universe doesn't look the wa ...more
Mar 11, 2017
Mar 09, 2017
Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
it was amazing
Not everyone enjoys books about the history of plagues. I don't know why.

Well, all right, I do know. But I've always found them fascinating.

This is an
Aug 19, 2017
Aug 16, 2017
The Big Handout: How Government Subsidies and Corporate Welfare Corrupt the World We Live In and Wreak Havoc on Our Food Bills
it was amazing
This book makes an interesting counterpoint to Clean Energy Nation, by Congressman Jerry McNerney, which I reviewed in August. McNerney is a Democrat, ...more
Aug 07, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
really liked it
Al Franken grew up a Jewish kid in suburban Minnesota, went to Harvard, and became a comedian. That's vastly oversimplified, and he tells the story mu ...more
Jun 24, 2017
Jun 20, 2017
Light Falls: Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein
it was amazing
Brian Greene, plus a cast of excellent voices reading the words of Einstein and his family, friends, admirers, and challengers, gives us a wonderful l ...more
Oct 02, 2017
Oct 02, 2017
Wicked Plants
If you need to research some clever poisons for your next murder mystery, you could do worse than start your search for candidates here. It's a quick ...more
Sep 19, 2017
Sep 19, 2017
The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World
it was ok
Such a promising title.

And such a disappointment.

Tucker says she's a cat lover, and I think she probably is. Yet she conveys an impressively negative
Oct 14, 2017
Oct 13, 2017
Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped
it was amazing
This is a really excellent and important book, still important two years after publication and with a new president in office. Kasparov is intelligent ...more
not set
Apr 23, 2017
Einstein's Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time (Great Discoveries)
really liked it
Einstein was probably the greatest mind of the twentieth century, revolutionized physics, and his work is still producing new breakthroughs today. Mic ...more
May 24, 2016
May 24, 2016
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