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Jan 10, 2007, 11:52p - Book Notes

A few people have asked me for book recommendations, so here goes (in no particular order):

The Greening of America - my notes

Your Money or Your Life - taught me how to know when I had enough money

A People's History of the United States - must read to get a truer understanding of United States history

Guns, Germs, and Steel - introduces the concept of "geographic determinism" and argues that Europe came to dominate the world primarily due to the natural resources (land and animal) available in Europe

What should I do with My Life - a collection of short stories of 30 average people and what they've done with their lives; my notes

A Problem from Hell - a compelling, comprehensive history of genocide in the 20th century

Bowling Alone - examines the breakdown of community in the US in the past 20 years, replete with more graphs and data than you can shake a stick at

How to Win Friends and Influence People - sleazy title, but teaches how to be a good person to others; my notes

Don't think of an elephant - makes you really think about how word choice dramatically affects tone and content communicated; my notes

The Wisdom of Crowds - fascinating book about when the opinions of crowds are accurate, and when they aren't

On Intelligence - fascinating book about neuroscience by the inventor of the Palm; my notes

All the books I recommend are marked with a "+" on this page (more than those above):

What books would you recommend?

Read comments (4) - Comment

Buzz - Jan 11, 2007, 9:30a
Eric Drexler, Engines of Creation

Steve - Jan 18, 2007, 7:32p
Barry Schwartz, The Paradox of Choice
Chris Anderson, The Long Tail

Bong - Jan 22, 2007, 6:00p
...thanks for the fab reading referrals last week.

charles - Feb 10, 2007, 4:02a
Do your blog readers want a progress report on the transformation that I called the greening of America? It is happening right now. but under the radar. In 300 words or less. Charles

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