Recommended Reads, 14th in a Quarterly Series
Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash (Royte). Who knew waste was so wonderfully interesting?
The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama’s Father (Jacobs). Not having read either of President Obama's biographies, I wasn't ready for all the drama about his dad. Man, what a life!
The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal (Diamond). Fantastically interesting.
The Perfection Point: Sport Science Predicts the Fastest Man, the Highest Jump, and the Limits of Athletic Performance (Brenkus). A really cool look at how fast/high/strong humans can possibly get.
Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World (Kurlansky). Who knew cod were so central to Western history?
Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics, and the Building of Modern Philadelphia (Heller). It was fun to read this and watch Sam Katz's documentary around the same time.