6.20.2012

Recommended Reads, Tenth in a Series

Stuff I'd recommend from the past few months:

Thin (Greenfield).  A haunting look at girls, self-esteem, and disordered eating.  Greenfield, who I had the pleasure of meeting through British American Project, is sensational.

The Company Town: The Industrial Edens and Satanic Mills that Shaped the American Economy (Green).  A fascinating look into the places that were synonymous with a firm, and the reasons behind their existence and fate.



Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter (Johnson).  Loved loved loved this book.  Who knew that video games, Survivor, Apprentice, and syndicated sitcoms are proof of our evolving intelligence?

The Scavengers' Manifesto (Rufus, Lawson).  This look at the world of scavenging is surprisingly deep and insightful from an economic standpoint.

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Sport: How Calvinism and Capitalism Shaped America's Games (Overman).  A little drier than I would have liked, but I appreciated the exploration of faith, recreation, commerce, and heroism.

The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football (Miller).  Fun to read this in light of the growing tumult around football and concussions.




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