Category Archives: non-fiction

Factory Man:

Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local and Helped Save an American Town by Beth Macy 2014 / 442 pages (Kindle) rating: 8.5 / nonfiction-business “Between 2001 and 2012, 63,300 American factories closed their doors and five million … Continue reading

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Lawrence in Arabia:

Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson 2013/618 pages (Kindle) rating 8 / history-bio I knew precious little about T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)  prior to reading the book – I … Continue reading

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A Long Way Gone:

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah 2007 / 229 pages read by Ishmael Beah – 7h 48m rating 7 / memoir Beah’s book is a memoir,  but it appears that discrepancies have been found and … Continue reading

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The Map Thief

The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps by Michael Blanding 2014 – 320 pages read by Sean Runnette – 8h 35m rating – 7.5  – history/crime I’d never heard of Forbes … Continue reading

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Buddhism For Busy People:

Buddhism For Busy People: Finding Happiness In An Uncertain World by David Michie 2008 / 240 pages read by Nicholas Bell 6h 49m rating 6.5 / nonfiction/self-help-religion General principals of Tibetan Buddhism with the objective of being happy – I … Continue reading

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Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China

Age of Ambition:  Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos 2014 / 417 pages rating: 9 / nonfiction Remember the China of Mao as allied with Khrushchev’s USSR and total paranoid state control of peasants in massive poverty … Continue reading

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The Idea of Israel

The Idea of Israel: A Study in Power and Knowledge by Ilan Pappé 2014 / 313 pages (Kindle) rating: 9 – historiography/memoir (!) This is an amazing book!   I decided to read it as an antidote to My Promised Land and it … Continue reading

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My Promised Land

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of IsraelAri Shavit2013 / 464 pagesrating – ?   – memoir/history Later:  Considering the title, I took this book to be a memoir, not a history or official anything. I took it to … Continue reading

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No Place to Hide:

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald May 2014 / 288 pages rating  8 / current events The first two chapters are riveting. Chapter 3 is jam-crammed full of very specific information … Continue reading

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Capital in the 21st Century

Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty 2014 / 696 pages rating 10 (yes) / non-fiction – economics So what’s up with this new and very hot-selling economics book, “Capital in the 21st Century” by Thomas Piketty? Published in … Continue reading

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A History of the World in Six Glasses

A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage 2005 / 311 pages rating 9 – history Standage is not an historian but rather he calls himself a journalist and author. He specializes in comparing historical events and … Continue reading

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Seeking Enlightenment … Hat by Hat:

Seeking Enlightenment … Hat by Hat: A Skeptic’s Guide to Religion by Nevada Barr 2003 / 223 pages Rating: 9 / spirituality, essays This is a collection of essays dealing with the author’s ongoing path toward and life since enlightenment, … Continue reading

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