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Meditations
4.22
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 stat ...more
Jan 2018
Apr 19, 2016
 
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
4.20
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
4.14
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 anoth ...more
Nov 05, 2017
Feb 17, 2017
 
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
4.47
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
 
The End of Policing
4.22
really liked it
Worth a read.

"By conceptualizing the problem of policing as one of inadequate training and professionalization, reformers fail to directly address ho
...more
Feb 21, 2021
Feb 13, 2021
 
Tao Te Ching
4.27
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
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not set
Oct 23, 2017
 
The Buried Giant
3.53
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
 
Basic Income: A Radical Proposal for a Free Society and a Sane Economy
3.83
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 readi ...more
Jul 20, 2019
Jul 14, 2018
 
Homo Deus: A History of Tomorrow
4.23
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 cou ...more
Oct 25, 2017
Sep 29, 2017
 
Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior
4.07
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 prese ...more
Apr 03, 2016
Feb 09, 2016
 
The Dhammapada: Verses on the Way
4.26
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 honest
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not set
Feb 21, 2018
 
After Dark
3.71
really liked it
"In our broad sweep, the city looks like a single gigantic creature—or more like a single collective entity created by many intertwining organisms. Co ...more
Feb 28, 2020
Jan 21, 2020
 
High Output Management
4.33
liked it
It was better than I thought it would be. Mostly surprised how little things have changed since the 80s (OKRs / MBO have been around for at least that ...more
Mar 17, 2020
Sep 27, 2019
 
The Trial
3.96
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 ag ...more
Mar 31, 2017
Nov 02, 2015
 
Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor
4.02
really liked it
Compelling. At the very least it's clear that ethics should be taught in every computer science program... and even more broadly.

"Like earlier technol
...more
Jan 04, 2021
Oct 15, 2019
 
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
4.04
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
4.24
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
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not set
Dec 09, 2017
 
Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen
4.30
really liked it
Didn't find it as meaningful as Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.

"To develop your well-polished eye, or clear, unbiased judgement, it is important to give up
...more
May 22, 2020
Jun 20, 2018
 
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
4.40
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 indepen
...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 mome ...more
Nov 09, 2019
Jan 29, 2018
 
Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
4.20
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Mar 30, 2017
 
Letters from a Stoic
4.35
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Dec 28, 2017
 
The Timeless Way of Building
4.35
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not set
Jan 10, 2021
 
Are Prisons Obsolete? (Open Media Series)
4.55
really liked it
None
Aug 25, 2020
Jun 26, 2020
 
The Informant
3.95
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not set
Jul 10, 2016
 
When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor
3.85
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Feb 05, 2018
 
The Sociopath Next Door
3.76
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Feb 15, 2016
 
Don Quixote
3.88
really liked it
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Sep 27, 2015
 
Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work
3.68
None
not set
Feb 11, 2016
 
Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution 1863-1877
4.15
None
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Jul 25, 2020
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