12.11.2014

2014 Books

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Here are my ratings for the 50 books I read in 2014.  In case you've forgotten, the scale goes like this: 1 - pass, 2 - some good some bad, 3 - recommended, 4 - can't stop raving about it, 5 - fundamentally changed my life.



Why Most Things Fail: Evolution, Extinction and Economics (Ormerod) 3

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry (Ronson) 2

Awkward Family Photos (Bender/Chernack) 2

The Numbers Game: The Commonsense Guide to Understanding Numbers in the News, in Politics, and in Life ( Blastland/Dilnot) 3

The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life (Seabright) 4

A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos (Sobel) 2

The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese Americans (Ngai) 2

The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women (Badinter) 2

Here’s Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion through the Astonishing World of Math (Bellos) 3

The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University (Roose) 4

Um..: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean (Erard) 3

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (Chua) 3

Parentonomics: An Economist Dad Looks at Parenting (Gans) 2

In Pursuit of Elegance: Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing (May) 2

The End of Food (Roberts) 4

The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years (Shah) 3

Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business (Lutz) 3

Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It (Royte) 3

Doomsday Preppers Complete Survival Manual: Expert Tips for Surviving Calamity, Catastrophe, and the End of the World (Sweeney) 2

Mathletics: A Scientist Explains 100 Amazing Things About the World of Sports (Barrow) 4

Toxic Truth: A Scientist, a Doctor, and the Battle over Lead (Denworth) 3

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich (Ferriss) 3

Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life (Johnson) 2

No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process (Beavan) 4

The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World Paperback (Johnson) 4

The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure (Enzensberger) 3

The Plundered Planet: Why We Must--and How We Can--Manage Nature for Global Prosperity (Collier) 4

US Army Fitness Training Handbook 3

Your Teacher Said What?!: Trying to Raise a Fifth Grade Capitalist in Obama's America (Kernan) 3

Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game (Thorn) 4

Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, And A Dream (Bissinger) 4

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (Goodwin) 4

Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World (Lewis) 2

My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry That Led to the Assassination of Abrahan Lincoln (Titone) 4

Can You Pass These Tests: The Toughest Tests You’ll Never Have to Take But Always Wanted to Try (Bragdon) 2

Working at Play: A History of Vacations in the United States (Aron) 3

Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (Sachs) 3

Crunch: Why Do I Feel So Squeezed? (And Other Unsolved Economic Mysteries) (Bernstein) 2

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food (Lee) 4

Body Brokers: Inside America's Underground Trade in Human Remains (Cheney) 2

Hints on Child Training (Trumbull) 2

The City After The Automobile: Past, Present, And Future (Safdie) 2

Beethoven: The Universal Composer (Morris) 3

Spark: How Creativity Works (Burstein) 2

The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home (Ariely) 2

The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window to Human Nature (Pinker) 3

The Language of Pain: Finding Words, Compassion, and Relief (Biro) 2

Plastic: A Toxic Love Story (Freinkel) 3

The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance (Kotler) 3

Race in American Sports: Essays (Conyers) 2





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