The Arabs

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By David Lamb Published 1987 Rating: 4.2 David Lamb, an American journalist who lived in and reported on the Middle East, writes a very readable description of Arab culture and politics, aimed at helping westerners to understand the several hundred … Continued

The Path Between the Seas

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By David McCullough Published 1978 Rating: 4.8 David McCullough uses his masterful story-telling skills to present the story of the dream, the struggle, the folly and failures and ultimately of the triumph of connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through … Continued

The Insurgents

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By Fred Kaplan Published 2013 Rating: 3.9 This book traces the history of U.S. military strategy regarding insurgencies, and in many cases, most notably Vietnam, the military’s lack of strategy.  The United States by the 1960’s had the most powerful … Continued

Flash Boys

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By Michael Lewis Published 2014 Rating 4.8 Lewis is a prolific story-teller, and Flash Boys is yet another of his entertaining and informative tomes.   He  tells the story of the recent phenomenon of high-frequency trading (HFT), primarily from the perspective … Continued

The Cleanest Race

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By B.R. Myers Published 2011 Rating: 4.3 B.R. Myers wrote this book in 2009 and has obviously spent a lot of time studying the culture and propaganda of DPRK.  Having traveled there myself in 2012, I found his book fascinating. … Continued

The Healing of America

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By T.R. Reid Rating: 4.6 Highly recommended, though written 1 year before the adoption of ACA, which should address some of the problems of U.S. health care covered by this book. The author sets out to explore the differences between … Continued

Fat Tail

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By Ian Bremmer Rating 3.8 Bremmer runs a firm specializing in analysis of business risks and opportunities for international companies.  His firm advises big companies on political and related issues they might face around the globe.  If you’re considering building … Continued

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