Books

Category Title Author Rating Description
History Pirate Hunter Richard Zacks
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This biography of Captain Kidd reads more like a swashbuckling novel than non-fiction history, but it is a true story...
Fantasy Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
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Ok, I admit it: now that LoTR has penetrated the popular consciousness, it's not as special to me as it once was.
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...
Culture Everything Bad Is Good For You Steven Johnson
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Despite the widely-held conception that popular culture grows dumber by the year, the truth is actually the opposite.
Thriller House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski
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Crazy typography and a story that reads like a mobius strip combine to make a mind-bending thriller.
Evolution Red Queen Matt Ridley
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Sex and genetics are intimately intertwined for all life on earth.
Mathematics A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market John Allen Paulos
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If you have any stock market investments, read this book.
Science Lonley Planets David Grinspoon
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A fun, off-the-wall look at the current state of the search for other life in the universe.
Sci Fi Pastwatch Orson Scott Card
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That the Europeans conquered the Americans instead of the other way around hinged on only a few minor factors.
Sci Fi Revelation Space Alastair Reynolds
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A far-future space opera with all the fixins'.
Cognition The Meme Machine Susan Blackmore
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A seminal work on the subject of memes, ideas that breed and transmit between human minds much like genes transmit...
Current Era Fiction Set This House In Order Matt Ruff
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Get inside the head of a person with multiple-personality disorder in this compelling novel.
Cognition Mind Wide Open Steven Johnson
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This book very successfully applies the findings of neuroscience and behavioral studies to everyday life.
History Guns, Germs, and Steel Jared Diamond
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Why did Europeans come to dominate the world?
Cognition Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion Robert B. Cialdini
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Modern sales techniques rely on quirks of the human psyche to get their effect.