Starts out fairly interesting, but after a while, the assumptions are built into a house of cards that just can't sustain the author's conclusions. While the author seems to have a good grasp of military history, he's significantly less clear on economic issues.
Can't decide what I liked best about this book - the unique outlook the author brings to the subject, or the fact that someone with autism can write and commnicate her ideas as well as she does.
Two buddies enjoy wild adventures while exploring the world of pinot noir. A light read.
Should be read in tandem with Outliers - both expand on the idea of what it really takes to be successful.
Not the profound tome some reviews had led me to expect, but if you value someone's thoughts merely because they know they are going to die fairly soon, (as opposed the the rest of us, who are going to die, but have less information as to when), you'l like the book.
Short rants on a variety of topics, with a conservative slant. You won't agree with him on all of them, but you'll love those that you do agree with.
Medical students apparently all know about HeLa cells - this is the story behind them. Well written and interesting, but tends towards sounding like Henrietta Lacks and her family were somehow harmed by the subsequent use of her cells in research. While it's understandable that her family might feel this way, it's misguided to believe that merely because others have benefitted, the Lacks family must have been harmed.
Close observation about our things is more revealing than you'd expect. You'll want a version of this book that reads like a dream interpretation, but remember that everything needs to be seen in context.
A wonderful, unique and surprising story, told in flashbacks from the perspective of a 90 year old man. You'll care about the characters from the beginning. Hopefully the movie will do this book justice.
Very well written and researched, the authors question the accepted notion that monogamy is somehow natural for humans. Applys insigts from anthropology, archeology and biology to make the point that our ancestors were most likely non-monogamous. They go a bit off track when they try to attribute our monogamous culture to the market however. The problem is not the concept of personal property, but trying to apply that concept to relationships.
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