Seabiscuit

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by Laura Hillenbrand published 2003 This is the story that became a hit movie, also in 2003.  The book and movie are similar, although the book naturally has far more detail and nuance.  After extensive research including hundreds of interviews, … Continued

Against the Gods

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by Peter Bernstein published 1998 Bernstein asserts that the mathematics of probability enables modern risk management, which in turn enables risk-taking in ways that advance and are critical to the foundations of modern civilization. This ability to measure risk and … Continued

The Rising Sun

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    The Rising Sun by John Toland published 1970 rating 4.8 Toland presents the story of World War II in the Pacific, from both the American and Japanese perspectives, though primarily from the Japanese side.   From the events leading … Continued

Destiny of the Republic

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by Candice Miller published 2011 rating 4.8   Miller tells the story of the assassination of James Garfield, 20th president of the United States.  In so doing she portrays the events, the politics, the science and the morals of that … Continued

The Brain That Changes Itself

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by Norman Doidge Published 2007 4.8 Norman Doidge presents the topic of brain plasticity through the research of dozens of neuroscientists. He interviews many of them as well as some of their patients, and presents the human side of this … Continued

Sacred Economics

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by Charles Eisenstein published 2011 Rating: 2.8   Eisenstein probes the impact of money on our society and on Earth’s limited resources.  In his view, the effects are pervasive and overwhelmingly negative.  It’s a huge topic, and despite a fair … Continued

A Chimpanzee in the Wine Cellar

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by Patricia Cavendish O’Neil Published 2012 Rating: 1.0 I picked up this book hoping to stir some enthusiasm for an upcoming safari in Kenya and Tanzania and a visit to South Africa.   This book failed in every measurable way.  The … Continued

The Blue Nile

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By Alan Moorehead Rating: 4.3 The Nile is the world’s longest river and is fed by its two main tributaries, the Blue Nile and the White Nile.  The Blue Nile is shorter though supplies over 80% of the water in … Continued

Men to Match My Mountains

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By Irving Stone Published 1987 Rating: 4.2 Irving Stone tells the many stories that comprise the settling of what is now the western United States, primary in California, Colorado, Utah and Nevada.  He covers the period from shortly before the … Continued

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