Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress
3.54
liked it
I really wanted to like this more because I feel so strongly about the topic, and because she's the sort of pragmatic centrist politician we need so m ...more
Dec 06, 2014
Nov 09, 2014
 
Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country
4.08
liked it
A quick read and well-argued. Bacevich makes a compelling case that ending the draft during the Vietnam War, while politically necessary and resulting ...more
not set
Sep 14, 2013
 
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
4.01
really liked it
I love books that connect the dots of history to help make sense of the world. This is the best such book I've read since "1491." The title doesn't qu ...more
Jul 17, 2013
Sep 19, 2012
 
Why Does College Cost So Much?
3.81
really liked it
Two economists explain with great clarity how the rising cost of college is not due to some great inefficiency or dysfunction in higher education, nor ...more
Jan 06, 2014
Dec 12, 2013
 
The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All For the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II
4.03
really liked it
This is so much more than a thrilling WWII rescue story. It also tells the tragic tale of how wrong the Allies got it in choosing which faction to bac ...more
not set
Nov 03, 2015
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
3.86
really liked it
Really engaging story that puts you inside the head of an autistic child.

Jun 14, 2012
Jun 01, 2012
 
The Wordy Shipmates
3.66
liked it
Enjoyable quick read of a period of American history covered only briefly in our schools.
not set
Mar 11, 2012
 
Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler's Defeat
4.34
really liked it
Another great untold story of WWII. As much as I romanticize aviation, it’s remarkable to read about how much precisely effective damage was inflicted ...more
Feb 17, 2018
Jan 01, 2018
 
Zeitoun
4.08
really liked it
Great story that shows even a heroic man of faith can be chewed up and spat out by America's "justice" system. Read please, and be vigilant for such t ...more
Aug 28, 2012
Jul 30, 2012
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
really liked it
My favorite of the series. Don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say it's great to read a series that ends with such depth and drama.
Apr 26, 2011
Mar 29, 2011
 
Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks
3.84
really liked it
As witty and interesting as a Bill Bryson book
not set
Aug 06, 2015
 
A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions
3.79
liked it
Subject matter is great but I found the writing style a bit rambling.
Oct 22, 2017
Sep 26, 2017
 
Archduke Franz Ferdinand Lives!: A World without World War I
3.21
liked it
World War I was in no way inevitable, and this expertly researched book lays out what the world might have been like (for better or worse) if it hadn' ...more
Apr 26, 2014
Mar 13, 2014
 
L.A. Mexicano
4.13
it was amazing
This is so much more than a cookbook. A large portion is the stories of the people behind L.A.’s evolving Mexican food scene, and of the author’s own ...more
Nov 24, 2017
Jun 17, 2017
 
A Walk in the Woods
4.05
it was amazing
So entertaining! Must get the audio version for our next camping road trip.
Jun 19, 2013
May 20, 2013
 
Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few
4.26
really liked it
All the struggling conservative white folks who put Trump in office (which includes those who voted for Johnson, Stein or no one) need to read this an ...more
Nov 15, 2016
Oct 20, 2015
 
The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase
4.32
really liked it
This is a delightful book! Particularly fun to listen to. Forsyth explains 40+ classic rhetorical figures, weaving sly examples into every chapter. Hi ...more
Dec 15, 2016
Sep 04, 2016
 
A Short History of Nearly Everything
4.19
it was amazing
Fantastic, witty, approachable overview of many scientific topics. My daughter's high school freshman science class used it as a textbook. I expect th ...more
Jan 09, 2012
Jun 04, 2011
 
The Devil in the White City
3.99
really liked it
The account of the 1893 World's Fair -- how something can be so grand yet temporary -- alone makes this a fascinating read. Weaving in the tale of a m ...more
Mar 11, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
 
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
4.43
it was amazing
Favorite book I read in the last year! His stories of growing up in South Africa are as insightful as they are funny.
Jan 12, 2018
Jul 27, 2017
 
Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve Your User Stories
4.16
it was amazing
A concise ready and handy reference. A must-have for any tech product manager's bookshelf.
not set
Jan 07, 2015
 
Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
3.84
it was ok
Liked the premise but found the characters and story too bland to bother finishing.
Mar 11, 2012
Oct 09, 2011
 
American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
4.18
really liked it
As an American, you think you understand America. Then you read this book.
Mar 22, 2014
Nov 28, 2013
 
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
3.83
it was ok
Entertaining but not as insightful as I hoped.
Jun 04, 2011
Apr 26, 2011
 
The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
3.87
really liked it
Delightfully Brysonesque
not set
Nov 25, 2015
 
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt
4.13
really liked it
F'ing Wall Street!
not set
Apr 05, 2014
 
Talking with Tech Leads
3.68
None
not set
Feb 07, 2016
 
Night (The Night Trilogy #1)
4.30
it was amazing
None
Nov 24, 2016
Jul 03, 2016
 
The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
3.86
liked it
None
Feb 05, 2014
Dec 12, 2013
 
The Golden Age
3.67
None
not set
Aug 29, 2012
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