Books

Category Title Author Rating Description
Fantasy The Phoenix Guards Steven Brust
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The same fantasy world found in the Vlad Taltos books is shown from a very different perspective.
Business Crossing the Chasm Geoffrey A. Moore
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More business wisdom is packed into these 200 pages than a whole stadium full of MBAs.
Fantasy Anvil of the World Kage Baker
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One cannot help but compare this book to the Discworld series, but this is far from copycat material.
Cognition Consciousness Explained Daniel C. Dennett
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The only complete theory of consciousness I have ever encountered.
Fantasy A Fire Upon the Deep Scott Rosenberg
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This is one of those novels that propels science fiction as a genre to the top of the literary heap.
Politics The Structure of Liberty Randy Barnett
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This is the book that convinced me to become an anarcho-libertarian.
Economics Capitalism and Freedom Milton Friedman
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Milton Friedman is probably the greatest economist to ever live, and his ideas are made accessible in this slim,...
Sci Fi The Diamond Age Neal Stephenson
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Quite possibly the most complex, intelligent, and well-written piece of literature ever created.
Mathematics Innumeracy John Allen Paulos
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Most people would be embarrassed to state that they were illiterate; why then do most wear innumeracy like a badge of...
Fantasy The Silmarillion J.R.R. Tolkien
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This is Tolkien's true masterwork, to my mind, but it should not be read until after you've completed Lord of the Rings.
Period Fiction Quicksilver Neal Stephenson
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The first book of the Baroque Cycle explores the world of 17th century Europe, bearing all the marks of Stepehon's...
History The Wealth and Poverty of Nations David S. Landes
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If you only ever read one book on history, this should be it.
Sci Fi Hyperion Cantos Dan Simmons
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The epic, other-worldly masterpiece that got me interested in sci-fi.
Culture The Wisdom of Crowds James Surowiecki
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It is an almost universally held misconception that people are dumber in large numbers.
Economics Eat the Rich P.J. O'Rourke
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A humorous take on basic economics, O'Rourke travels the world to observe various economies in action and poke fun at...