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Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics
liked it
This book is admirable for its erudition and its focus on the evolution of tactics from the playing fields of nineteenth century public schools to the ...more
Jun 12, 2010
Jun 08, 2010
The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home
really liked it
This is definitely not "The Myth of Sisyphus" nor does it pretend to be. The main attraction of Ariely's books is Ariely himself. He is sort of a cudd ...more
Jul 29, 2010
Jul 28, 2010
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
really liked it
Engaging book, although it does not add much to the TV documentary, which is available through the PBS website and also on YouTube. However, I was suf ...more
Dec 29, 2008
Dec 25, 2008
The Prosperous Translator
it was amazing
Are You Worried About Being Replaced by Computers or French-Speaking Vietnamese Freelancers? Raise Your Rates!

Michael Binkley, a character in Berke Br
Dec 14, 2010
Dec 21, 2010
Half Empty
really liked it
My first acquaintance with Rakoff's work was hearing him on "This American Life" recite a hilarious take on William Carlos Williams's "This is Just to ...more
Sep 22, 2010
Sep 20, 2010
Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World
really liked it
It's a good book as an introduction to the 1920's and early 1930's economic turmoil. The one weakness is the conceit of using the four major central b ...more
Feb 19, 2010
Feb 11, 2010
Outliers: The Story of Success
really liked it
Malcolm Gladwell is the best writer of detective stories currently active, except that the mysteries he probes are found in the "real" world. In this ...more
Aug 04, 2010
Aug 03, 2010
The Passage of Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson, #4)
it was amazing
Pretty compelling. The story of Johnson's life from around 1959 to March 1964, i.e., first seven weeks or so of his presidency. It is exactly what I e ...more
Aug 17, 2012
Aug 06, 2012
The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
liked it
What is the hullaballoo about this book? What does it add to our knowledge of either nineteenth century science or Romantic literature? In order not t ...more
Jul 17, 2010
Jul 10, 2010
All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis
really liked it
This is not the sexiest book on the financial meltdown, but it probably is the most detailed, sober analysis of the lead-up to the crisis to come out ...more
Dec 30, 2010
Dec 26, 2010
American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900
really liked it
Sweeping economic history with a narrative twist

If the term "economic history" makes your eyes glaze over as you think about a dry analysis of GDP pro
Oct 24, 2010
Oct 08, 2010
Duct Tape Marketing: The World's Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide
really liked it
There is no silver bullet for the small business owner, but this book might be helpful to many

After having read two or three of these marketing books
Sep 15, 2010
Sep 19, 2010
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss
really liked it
How do you write a sad story without nostalgia?
Imagine you are the descendant of one of those families of 19th-century Jewish financiers who spread ar
Aug 25, 2010
Aug 17, 2010
Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories
it was amazing
Laugh at the Little Pains and Aches of Everyday Life

I have been a fan of Mike Birbiglia since listening to his piece about how running away sometimes
Nov 19, 2010
Nov 18, 2010
High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg
liked it
Will “Fabulous Fab” read this and have a Damascene conversion? Fat chance

I feel an acute ambivalence toward Niall Ferguson’s work: if his name is on t
Aug 13, 2010
Aug 05, 2010
Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution
really liked it
Schama unabashedly, and provocatively, studies the past from a moral viewpoint. In Citizens, he lengthily propounds the thesis that the French Revolut ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 12, 2009
The American Future: A History
really liked it
Schama's prose becomes more self-indulgent with every book he writes, and this tome takes the tendency to a new extreme. I watched the BBC series befo ...more
not set
Jun 27, 2009
Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason
liked it
The book actually is about Descartes's bones but, obviously, about much more than that. The story about the earthly wanderings of the philosopher's re ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 06, 2009
What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures
it was amazing
Every essay is dazzling. The unifying theme of all the pieces is epistemology: why don't more accurate and precise mammograms provide more precise dia ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 01, 2010
Striking Back: The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel's Deadly Response
liked it
This is a difficult story to tell, mainly because reality is much less dramatic than the myth surrounding this episode in history. Firstly, most of th ...more
Aug 23, 2008
Aug 17, 2008
Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism
The authors revamp Keynes's "animal spirits" as a corrective to the ultra-rational models of homo oeconomicus built by Friedmanites. I'm not an econom ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 14, 2009
The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000
liked it
Definitely not a book to take to the beach. Pretty dense, though not theoretical. Mostly, Ferguson wades through mountains of empirical data about spe ...more
Apr 2009
Feb 28, 2009
Borges and the Eternal Orangutans
liked it
As more of a Borgean rather than an admirer of Lovecraft or Poe, I enjoyed this but it failed to grab me. Definitely belongs to the realm of fantasy f ...more
May 2009
May 11, 2009
The Match King: Ivar Kreuger, The Financial Genius Behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals
liked it
A book about the man who invented off-balance sheet entities was never going to be that gripping, but I think the author hits the nail on the head whe ...more
not set
Jun 26, 2009
liked it
Interesting but ultimately collapses under the weight of its own lofty pretensions. Somehow not satisfactory as a comic book. Maybe the movie will be ...more
not set
Jul 06, 2009
Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business
it was ok
Fluffy. Fluffy. Very fluffy.
not set
Mar 31, 2010
The ETF Trend Following Playbook: Profiting from Trends in Bull or Bear Markets with Exchange Traded Funds
did not like it
not set
Jan 17, 2010
One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War
really liked it
I am reading about near Armageddon to get my mind off the financial markets and the impending vision of brokers eating each others' brains on Wall Str ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 16, 2008
The War Within: A Secret White House History, 2006-08
it was ok
Could not get past the first 100 or so pages. Just because you have the access as a journalist doesn't mean you should write a book. This will definit ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 09, 2008
How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read
it was amazing
This might seem like a joke, but the author is actually serious. He thinks the need to be well-read is oppressive and that the alleviation of the guil ...more
Mar 02, 2008
Feb 18, 2008
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