Books

Category Title Author Rating Description
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...
Humor The Discworld Books Terry Pratchett
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What Douglas Adams is to sci-fi, Terry Pratchett is to fantasy.
Critical Thinking How We Know What Isn't So Thomas Gilovich
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An excellent introduction to all the basics of critical thinking.
Economics The Lexus and the Olive Tree Thomas L. Friedman
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This book explains globalization and why it's good for developing nations, from the perspective of a liberal who...
Current Era Fiction Camp Concentration Thomas M. Disch
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An odd, almost surreal first-person narrative about a poet imprisoned for dodging the draft in an alternate history...
Science The Copernican Revolution Thomas S. Kuhn
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In 1543, Copernicus proposed a solar system in which Earth is a planet alongside others orbiting the sun.
Life Hacking The 4-Hour Workweek Timothy Ferriss
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Escape the rat race: work less, travel more, spend your life on things that are really important.
Culture The Substance of Style Virginia Postrel
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The tagline is "How the rise of aesthetic value is remaking commerce, culture, and consciousness," which sums up the...
Culture The Future and Its Enemies Virginia Postrel
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Postrel has a talent for uniquely insightful critiques of culture and politics, and it's on full display in this work.
Cognition A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness V.S. Ramachandran
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This book's primary virtue is that it is brief.
Business Blue Ocean Strategy W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne
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Creating a new market (a "blue ocean") is easier and more lucrative than competing in an existing one (a "red ocean"),...
Humor Zod Wallop William Browning Spencer
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An off-beat story about a band of escaped mental patients trying to save the world.
History The Pursuit of Power William H. McNeill
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A comprehensive history of weapons and warfare, from ancient times to modern.
Writing On Writing Well William Zinsser
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An excellent guide to all aspects of writing.
Culture Tastes of Paradise Wolfgang Shivelbusch
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This book documents the long and important role that stimulants and intoxicants have played in modern culture.