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Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky
4.41
it was amazing
"I never wanted to be a radical; it's just that when I started checking the footnotes I couldn't stop."


Statements about power that are often true:
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Dec 02, 2018
 
The Subjection of Women
3.87
it was amazing
Read this as soon as you can. You can finish in an hour or two, and every sentence is a jewel. It's nearly impossible to imagine this being written ...more
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Aug 24, 2017
 
Digger: The Complete Omnibus
4.73
it was amazing
Redwall meets Lord of the Rings meets Discworld, with the virtues of all three and almost none of the vices. Digger ought to be roughly a thousand ...more
Jun 20, 2015
Jun 20, 2015
 
Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air
4.40
it was amazing
Sometimes, you just want numbers. And in this case, the numbers are free. Free!

Worm, my favorite book of 2014, featured (mild spoiler) a man whose
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Jul 01, 2016
 
The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins
4.33
really liked it
Update: Recently read the actual graphic novel. It's really well-done, and a few original jokes land well, but the material can't help but lose ...more
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Oct 13, 2017
 
War with the Newts
4.17
it was amazing
This may be a "dystopian satire", but I read it neither as dystopia nor as satire. It's certainly a funny book, but it's not especially satirical: ...more
Jun 15, 2014
May 26, 2015
 
Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas
3.85
really liked it
Update: Five years later, some of this has aged poorly (especially Klosterman's creepy interview with Britney Spears). Still a 4/5, but no longer the ...more
Jun 15, 2012
May 19, 2014
 
Holes (Holes, #1)
3.96
it was amazing
Louis Sachar is a friggin' genius.

I did not fully appreciate Holes until I read it at the age of 20, as the English tutor for a 13-year-old recent
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Mar 15, 2014
May 17, 2014
 
Body by Science: A Research-Based Program for Strength Training, Body Building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week
4.08
it was amazing
What can I say? It worked for me.

This is not a book for sport-specific athletes or aspiring Olympic lifters. This is a book for people who want to
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Nov 15, 2012
May 17, 2014
 
Friendship is Optimal
4.23
it was amazing
"Some readers might find that this story depicts a deeply horrifying end-of-humanity scenario, and other readers might consider it a triumphant ascent
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Mar 15, 2014
Jun 27, 2015
 
The Gods are Bastards
4.51
it was amazing
A big sprawling webfiction ensemble piece, best read over a long weekend. (Update: Several long weekends.)

The Gods Are Bastards takes place in a
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Jul 08, 2018
Sep 09, 2017
 
Legal Systems Very Different From Ours
3.87
really liked it
Very interesting, but frequently dry, and the big ideas can be summarized in shorter form. If you think you might want to read it, start with this ...more
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Nov 19, 2017
 
In Praise of Commercial Culture
3.70
it was amazing
Recommended for: People who think art is getting better; people who think art is getting worse; people with neither opinion who just enjoy art ...more
Nov 20, 2014
Dec 18, 2014
 
When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment
4.06
it was amazing
Patrick's review says most of what I'd like to say, but in more detail.

My own short review:

Recommended to anyone with an interest in the subject
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Apr 20, 2015
Mar 12, 2015
 
The Motivation Hacker
3.77
it was amazing
Nick Winter had a productive year. Here, he discusses several days from that year literally from start to finish. I find that hyper-detailed "how to" ...more
Jul 10, 2014
May 17, 2014
 
The Complete Essays
4.24
it was amazing
I don't give books any extra points for having been written a long time ago. That said, Montaigne lives up to the hype.

My copy of "The Complete
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May 19, 2014
 
Getting Everything You Can Out of All You've Got: 21 Ways You Can Out-Think, Out-Perform, and Out-Earn the Competition
3.98
it was amazing
Jay Abraham is a strange guy. He likes to brag about how much he can convince companies to pay him in a single day. He is friends with a lot of people ...more
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Jun 14, 2014
 
The Power of Persuasion: How We're Bought and Sold
3.94
really liked it
Low four. Best as an introduction to the topic. Quotes all the studies that everyone quotes, with no special insight. More interesting are the ...more
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Feb 09, 2017
 
Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government
4.10
really liked it
I opened this book as a skeptic of democracy, and it didn't do much to change my views, but it did give me some new reasons to be skeptical.

The
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Sep 29, 2017
 
Transdimensional Brain Chip
4.75
it was amazing
Hooooooooly ****. How can something this good, in my favorite genre, have existed for this long without my finding out? This is a propulsive story ...more
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Sep 16, 2018
 
Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals
3.82
it was amazing
(Note: I read this when it was still available on Medium for free, so my quotes may be worded differently from those you'll find in the published ...more
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Jan 21, 2019
 
My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels, #1)
3.94
it was amazing
(covers the entire series)

These are four very traditional novels: One protagonist telling her own story over the course of sixty years. She also tells
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Dec 14, 2015
 
Anti-Intellectualism in American Life
4.16
it was amazing
I wrote a semi-review of this book in an application to the New York Times. They didn't like it enough to hire me, but I still like it enough to ...more
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Jan 22, 2018
 
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon
4.23
it was amazing
Good gravy, this author can write! Some of the best prose I've seen in a book, ever, both for its beauty and its good sense. Just... just listen to ...more
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Dec 04, 2018
 
Stealing America's Future: How For-Profit Colleges Scam Taxpayers and Ruin Students' Lives
4.00
it was amazing
The only book I read this year that made me want to drive to another state, walk into someone's office, and start yelling at them.

This book is short
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Jan 13, 2018
 
The Good Wife
3.59
it was amazing
In a world where domestic fiction were still the most respectable genre, The Good Wife could be our generation's Anna Karenina... or something.

This
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Nov 15, 2010
Jun 24, 2015
 
Children in Hiding
4.20
it was amazing
I read this book twice between the ages of 10 and 12. One of my mother's favorites from her childhood, and now also one of mine.

There's nothing
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Aug 15, 2003
Jun 25, 2015
 
The Protracted Game: A Wei-Ch'i Interpretation of Maoist Revolutionary Strategy
4.24
liked it
3.5 stars. Contains a well-written introduction to wei-ch'i, and a few interesting points about Mao's victory against the Nationalists. But there are ...more
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Jun 25, 2015
 
Azumanga Daioh: The Omnibus
4.44
it was amazing
I think of Azumanga Daioh as the Japanese Peanuts. It's about a group of students, each with one defining character trait, living their lives without ...more
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Oct 31, 2015
 
Civilization and Capitalism 15th-18th Century, Vol. 1: The Structures of Everyday Life
4.31
it was amazing
I can't possibly top this review from Reddit. Read it.

If the review sounds interesting, the book will be interesting; if not, not. I'm the sort of
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Jun 05, 2018
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