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Meditations
4.23
it was amazing
I didn't mean to read this at the moment, but once I started it, it was hard to put down. Meditations, which is essentially a collection of pithy ...more
Jan 2018
Apr 19, 2016
 
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
4.23
Filled with wise words, applicable to people of all backgrounds. Here are some of the quotes that resonated most with me:

"After you have practiced for
...more
Sep 10, 2017
Aug 14, 2017
 
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business
4.15
it was amazing
Amusing Ourselves to Death asserts that as technologies are inseparable from the message they deliver; because of this, as one technology pushes ...more
Nov 05, 2017
Feb 17, 2017
 
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
4.44
it was amazing
A well-presented history of de jure segregation. The vast majority of the book is centered around themes (racial zoning, suppression of incomes), not ...more
not set
Jul 20, 2017
 
Tao Te Ching
4.30
29
[T]he wise avoid extremes, excesses, and complacency

63
See simplicity in the complicated
Achieve greatness in small things

64
Peace is easily maintained
...more
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Oct 23, 2017
 
The Buried Giant
3.50
it was amazing
I can't tell wether I hate or love this book.

It's an amazingly unique book with a very interesting (difficult/slow for me to read) writing style. This
...more
Dec 13, 2017
Nov 26, 2017
 
Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow
4.27
it was amazing
Homo Deus is a meandering book that synthesizes many subject areas — including interesting bits of context from social psychology, biology and, of ...more
Oct 25, 2017
Sep 29, 2017
 
Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane Economy
3.82
really liked it
Thorough. Some sections were highly engaging and thought-provoking (Chapters 1, 2, 5, 7, 8), while others so dense I had to skip for risk of not ...more
Jul 20, 2019
Jul 14, 2018
 
Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior
4.06
it was amazing
Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior is the sort of book that made me stop every few paragraphs and consider how the topics ...more
Apr 03, 2016
Feb 09, 2016
 
The Dhammapada: Verses on the Way
4.29
it was amazing
"Win over an angry person with poise.
Win over a mean one with kindness.
Win over a greedy person with generosity,
and one who speaks falsely with
...more
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Feb 21, 2018
 
The Trial
3.98
really liked it
This was my third attempt at getting through the novel (making it 40 pages and 80 pages into the book in previous attempts). The translation and/or ...more
Mar 31, 2017
Nov 02, 2015
 
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
4.03
I read this for work. It was ok. There was some valuable information, but this information was hidden behind acronyms, branding, and phrases that are ...more
May 13, 2018
Apr 23, 2018
 
Enchiridion
4.23
really liked it
Not as good as Meditations, but that's a really high bar. Key tenets within: moderation / kindness / virtue / freedom from desire.

"Nothing is smaller
...more
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Dec 09, 2017
 
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
4.45
it was amazing
Wow. Well-told story of the rise and fall of Theranos.

I’m surprised that the Theranos board / investors fell for Holmes and were never able to
...more
Feb 06, 2019
Apr 23, 2018
 
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
4.47
really liked it
"Poverty could pile on; living in it meant steering through gnarled thickets of interconnected misfortunes and trying not to go crazy. There were ...more
Nov 09, 2019
Jan 29, 2018
 
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
3.86
really liked it
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Jan 29, 2017
Jan 01, 2017
 
When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor
3.84
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Feb 05, 2018
 
The Sociopath Next Door
3.76
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Feb 15, 2016
 
Don Quixote
3.87
really liked it
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Sep 27, 2015
 
Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work
3.68
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Feb 11, 2016
 
1984
4.18
really liked it
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Sep 27, 2015
 
Irrational Exuberance
3.98
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Aug 24, 2018
 
The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America (Vintage)
4.08
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Nov 02, 2017
 
Neither Gods nor Emperors: Students and the Struggle for Democracy in China
3.61
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Jun 02, 2019
 
India: A History
3.95
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Nov 28, 2018
 
The Conquest of the Incas
4.11
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Jul 01, 2018
 
If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... Where Is Everybody?: Fifty Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life
4.19
None
not set
Feb 01, 2018
 
Animals Like Us
4.24
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Mar 19, 2017
 
Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
3.71
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Dec 22, 2016
 
The Anatomy of Fascism
4.17
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Dec 26, 2019
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