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Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (Book Review #84 of 2016)
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis I picked up this book because I wanted to both understand my neighbors better as well as the motivation behind the rust-belt surge for Trump in November. I'm from Kentucky and live in a town simi...
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis I picked up this book because I wanted to both understand my neighbors better as well as the motivation behind the rust-belt surge for Trump in November. I'm from ...
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The Road to Character by David Brooks (Book Review #82 of 2016)
The Road to Character by David Brooks (Two stars) I followed this book up later with Brook's earlier work Bobo's in Paradise. I suspect from comparing the two books, and what I read in his NY Times columns, that Road to Character is basically a dump of biog...
The Road to Character by David Brooks (Two stars) I followed this book up later with Brook's earlier work Bobo's in Paradise. I suspect from comparing the two books, and what I read in his NY Times columns, that Road to Chara...
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"Justin, how do you review 80 books in a year?"
Someone recently asked, so here's the answer. This screenshot of my phone (a OnePlus One) explains a lot: This is how I recommend spending your work commute, your walks down the hallway to the bathroom, and redeeming the time of chores around the house you'...
Someone recently asked, so here's the answer. This screenshot of my phone (a OnePlus One) explains a lot: This is how I recommend spending your work commute, your walks down the hallway to the bathroom, and redeeming the ti...
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The Myth of Certainty by Daniel Taylor - my favorite book of 2016
The Myth of Certainty: The Reflective Christian and the Risk of Commitment by Daniel Taylor (Book Review #79 of 2016) This five-star work is Book of the Year 2016 for me. Like many reviewers, my reaction is one of "I now know I am not alone." It is not in K...
The Myth of Certainty: The Reflective Christian and the Risk of Commitment by Daniel Taylor (Book Review #79 of 2016) This five-star work is Book of the Year 2016 for me. Like many reviewers, my reaction is one of "I now know...
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A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel (Book Review #77 of 2016)
A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing (Ninth Edition) "The entire investment industry is built on the illusion of skill." - Daniel Kahneman This book has been on too many colleagues' bookshelves to have not read i...
A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing (Ninth Edition) "The entire investment industry is built on the illusion of skill." - Daniel Kahneman This book has been on too many colleagues...
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American Diplomacy in Turkey by James W. Spain (Book Review #75 of 2016)
American Diplomacy in Turkey: Memoirs of an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary I read this book after reading the 1893 memoir Diversions of a Diplomat in Turkey by American Minister Samuel S. Cox ( available at archive.org , and see my review ). S...
American Diplomacy in Turkey: Memoirs of an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary I read this book after reading the 1893 memoir Diversions of a Diplomat in Turkey by American Minister Samuel S. Cox (available at archi...
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Bobos in Paradise by David Brooks (Book Review #83 of 2016)
Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There by David Brooks I listened to this book on a long holiday drive at roughly the same time I finished reading JD Vance's Hillbilly Elegy (2016). Bobos in Paradise (2000) explains the rise of the me...
Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There by David Brooks I listened to this book on a long holiday drive at roughly the same time I finished reading JD Vance's Hillbilly Elegy (2016). Bobos in Paradise (2...
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The Center Holds by Jonathan Alter (Book Review #81 of 2016)
The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies by Jonathan Alter If you want an extremely detailed account of the 2012 Presidential election, including the context of political news from 2011, from the slight slant of an Obama supporter, this is your book. I tackl...
The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies by Jonathan Alter If you want an extremely detailed account of the 2012 Presidential election, including the context of political news from 2011, from the slight slant of an Obama suppo...
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Believer by David Axelrod (Book Review #80 of 2016)
Believer: My 40 Years in Politics I began this book just before the November, 2016 election and finished it in those incredibly sobering days afterward. (The 2008 election was somewhat similar to 2016 in that voters went with the candidate that least resemb...
Believer: My 40 Years in Politics I began this book just before the November, 2016 election and finished it in those incredibly sobering days afterward. (The 2008 election was somewhat similar to 2016 in that voters went with...
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The Elements of Investing by Malkiel and Ellis (Book Review #78 of 2016)
The Elements of Investing: Easy Lessons for Every Investor I read this book after Malkiel's Random Walk Down Wall Street. That's a good and thorough explanation of the WHY in this book, without so much the practical application for the individual-- hence he...
The Elements of Investing: Easy Lessons for Every Investor I read this book after Malkiel's Random Walk Down Wall Street. That's a good and thorough explanation of the WHY in this book, without so much the practical applicati...
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Make It Stick by Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel (Book Review #76 of 2016)
Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning This work is compiled by a writer working with a psychologist and a cognitive scientist. They answer the question: What works? This is useful if you're trying to learn something, but I found the most immedia...
Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning This work is compiled by a writer working with a psychologist and a cognitive scientist. They answer the question: What works? This is useful if you're trying to learn somethi...
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Fault Lines by Raghuram Rajan (Book Review #74 of 2016)
Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy This is one of the books on the 2007 financial crisis that is ostensibly worth reading due to the CV of the author-- former IMF Chief Economist, later in charge of Indian monetary policy as ...
Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy This is one of the books on the 2007 financial crisis that is ostensibly worth reading due to the CV of the author-- former IMF Chief Economist, later in char...
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Small business consultant, online business and economics instructor, and EFL teacher in Turkey. Committed husband, loving father, trained economist, world traveler.
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