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This is a require text for anyone that is in retail. Its highly educational and very informative. Beside explaining the modern retail and dot com business, the authors go into detail on how Sears got started with their catalog business. They became the forefathers in retail by starting in the late 1800's and how they are failing in our present time, but yet almost all retailers starts with the basic principle that Sears established. It starts with the old and ends with the new. Pretty good overall history on how the consumers became a brand for all retailers.
When reading horror, I like to be scared and grossed out. I haven't read anything in this genre in a very long time. Most of the new horrors are too psychological and not enough gore. I like to read about cutting into flesh with full effects of horror. The Troop by Nick Cutter feels like a dated 80's horror book, like a summer camp gone wrong, but instead of Michael Meyers in the woods, slashing the campers, in "The Troop", we have tapeworms invading our bodies, turning us into worms. The graphic nature of this book is not so scary per say. It is more freaky than anything else. I really liked the terror and the descriptions of the worms and the gruesomeness. I was expecting camp fire stories that would spook you through the night, but I got a dietary pill that went horribly wrong by ingesting these worms that eats you inside out. The main plot of the story is a team of Scouts goes camping on an island and they are surrounded with these worms that were manufacture from the company. There is a lot more to the story, like trying to find spark plugs in a dead man's body to try to get off the island.
I was really hoping to learn more about DNA in "The Double Helix", but I think that I bought the wrong book. Instead how the genetic code works and the science behind it, this book is more about the personal account on how they discovered DNA. It's like reading about how Hewlett Packard started in their garage and not learning how they built the processor. It was interesting on how Francis Crick and James Watson discovered DNA, but most of the book was about their lives. I wanted to learned how they stumble upon the magic code by reading about their experiments, but it was about in having tea, meetings and who is getting published.
A friend of mine suggested that I should read about the legendary baseball player, Ted Williams. I'm not into the sport at all and reading about athletes or celebrities doesn't interest me. I'm not a media hound and can careless about stats, but reading about "The Kid" immediately caught my interest. I managed to finish the book in six days, while my friend has been pacing along for four months. Of course I'm getting the information in audio, but that is still over 35 hours of listening and paying attention.
Ted Williams could be the most interesting man in the world besides being the best player in baseball. I pretty much fell asleep when Ben Bradlee Jr. laid out his baseball career and stats, but I was so interested in his life. Like how he fought in two wars and became a pilot in the Korean War. He was a very generous to strangers, charities, and especially kids with Cancer and forming the Jimmy Fund, but he was a bastard with his wives and children.
His behavior is not uncommon with superstars even today. They treat strangers better than their own family, maybe it's a sense of pride or being in the public, but Ted Williams was a modest man when he gave so much to others in need.
The death of Ted Williams is a weird story. Unlike his wishes, the family decided to freeze his head in a cryogenics lab. He is frozen in time and maybe the Kid will be back and will be teaching on how to play ball. Maybe we will see him on a phone application and his mind will still be coaching.
At the end of his life, I couldn't help feeling sorry for the guy. His estate was ruin by his son, John Henry, which later died from leukemia. John Henry took advantage of his father's wealth and fame and tarnish his name, but like the great baseball player that his father once was, many fans will always see Ted Williams as "Splendid Splinter."
I highly recommend this book, even for those who doesn't like baseball like myself.
As another season of MLB just started, I wished that I was more involved with the sport, but I never had any interest in sitting through nine innings or keeping stats on my favorite player. I didn't even collect baseball cards when I was a kid, but I'm really glad that I read about Ted Williams way beyond the diamond.
There is one major flaw in the audiobook. If you decide to download this book from Audible, you can't download the pdf companion. I've contacted Audible and Hachette Audio and they haven't resolved this issue yet. The audiobook does not reference back to the pdf file, but it would been nice to see what was missing.
I've always been a fan of reading science fiction because the universe is so grand with infinite topics to discover. The debate of creationism vs. evolution has always been a heated battle. There are too many emotions behind this topic where it becomes a yelling match. Robert J. Sawyer brought this controversy subject in a well written book in "Calculating God."
Not to give any spoilers, but aliens has landed on Earth and one of them walks into a museum and starts to talk to a paleontologist. Their conversation is mostly about God and the Universe. The Extra Terrestrial believes in a higher power being and the scientist is an atheist and he is also dying from cancer.
I really think the author is brilliant by combining the too topics together in an Intelligent conversation with aliens. It is a bit ironic that the ET believes that the universe was made from God and the human believes in cells and atoms, but it doesn't becomes a shouting match between their differences.
Science fiction could be the only way to structure this debate in a well form topic.
Reading about the Japanese earthquake in 2011 is like reading a commission study from the government on how to prepare. "Fukushima" is a technical read. If you want to know what happened to the people that lived near the power plant, then this book is not for you. There is no personal stories from local people, and their after effect at being exposed to radiation from the power plant.
This book is very rigid by explaining the Japanese government and Tepco. Both parties were not prepared for the disaster. They still need more regulations in nuclear power plants.
In the United States, we have been leaning toward to nuclear for our energy consumption. The disaster in Fukushima should be a warning for all of us that alternative energy should be develop before a using the source for a bomb.
We still talk about Chernobyl as if it was headline news. There will be another book out on Fukushima and the people. As for my current read,I enjoyed the technical aspect of this disaster, but unless we get to hear from the citizens that are still fearing their life after the meltdown, this book is something from the government that no one will read, unless it happens to them and to us.
I'm a big fan of Michael Lewis. I've read most of his books on finance. Lewis always has a way at explaining about numbers, stocks, bonds, and mutual funds in a thrilling way. He makes real bankers into fable superstars in his books, while you learn how banking works. Maybe because Wall Street is all digital, I wasn't too interested in "Flash Boys." Maybe because we live in a digital world, the information about high frequency trading is just common knowledge.
I wasn't too impress with the information that was presented in this book. Unlike his other titles, such as "Liar's Poker" (which I highly recommend if you want to learn about the stock market in the 1980's), "Flash Boys" just lacked in thrills. This book was like reading something from Popular Science and than forgetting about it because you cam get the same technology from Best Buy.
"Winter is Coming" is pretty much an overview for the first three season of "Game of Thrones" and a synopsis for the books for "A Song of Ice and Fire." There is nothing much that we don't know already. If you already caught up with the books and the show, you already know what is going on. This book is just speculation with no explanation. It's like reading the Cliff Notes instead of reading the book and you wonder why you failed on the term paper.
Even over 60 years after Robert A. Heinlein published "The Puppet Master", I don't feel it is dated. I feel like it is something from a 1930's comic strip, but with science fiction. The story has this decor art feel to it. It's hard to explain, but I just imagine most of the characters wearing trench coats, fearing the slugs would get them, invading their brains. This book is a blast in the past and it shows Mr. Heinlein's imagination. At the time, he was born at the turn of the 20th century. The invention of instant coffee were being consumed and the radio was their form of entertainment. If this author was born today with the mainstream of our modern convenience this book would had been very different.
Eugene B. Sledge's diary of the war is one of the best memoir that I've read in a long time, ever since Louis Zamperini and "Unbroken." In many ways, "With the Old Breed" is far better than Laura Hillenbrand's rendition of Zamperini's story because E. B. Sledge is not an author by trade. He is a soldier. Eugene took notes during the combat of the Pacific and later published his memoir.
Instead of telling his story to a schooled prep writer that has little or no experience of war, Eugene wrote his own experience with his own words. It makes his book that much more creditable to read.
As for the performance of Joseph Mazzello, (he played Sledge's character in the HBO miniseries of the Pacific), the first half of the read wasn't that good. I struggle through his pace of reading and found his voice to be very bland. Maybe someone gave a talk or a cup of coffee to Mazzello, but his performance becomes much more enjoyable in the second half.
There is something about Steven Pinker that I like. For the nonbelievers, his explanation of having a blank slate and the theory of human nature makes sense. I've been reading a lot of Dr. Pinker's books and lectures and most of his material relates to the human mind, violence, and our natural instincts and desires.
As I read more of his work, I'm starting to believe that I am somewhat an atheist because a lot of his ideas are easy to absorb, like a wet paper towel. Even when I was in Sunday school, I didn't really drink the Kool Aid. I'm not saying that is neither bad or good, but for me, I always questioned.
As for "The Blank Slate", so far this is my favorite book. It gives an overall view of the blank slate theory. Just enough to get your feet wet, but not overbearing with one topic and leave you with boredom.
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