Recommendations

  • The Box

    The Box

    The Box

    Marc Levinson
    Business & Economics
    3.8 (5,717)

    In april 1956, a refitted oil tanker carried fifty-eight shipping containers from newark to houston. from that modest beginning, container shipping developed into a huge industry that made the boom in global trade possible. "the box" tells the dramatic story of the container's creation, the decade of struggle before it was widely adopted, and the sweeping economic consequences of the sharp fall in transportation costs that containerization brought about.published on the fiftieth anniversary of the first container voyage, this is the first comprehensive history of the shipping container. it recounts

    Jeff Dean

    I highly recommend "The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger" by Marc Levinson.

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  • Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Tracy Kidder
    Juvenile Nonfiction
    4.13 (84,145)

    At the center of mountains beyond mountains stands paul farmer. doctor, harvard professor, renowned infectious-disease specialist, anthropologist, the recipient of a macarthur "genius" grant, world-class robin hood, farmer was brought up in a bus and on a boat, and in medical school found his life’s calling: to diagnose and cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most.mountains beyond mountains takes us from harvard to haiti, peru, cuba, and russia as farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the

    Jeff Dean

    If you want to learn more, I really enjoyed Tracy Kidder's book "Mountains Beyond Mountains" about Paul Farmer's work on improving healthcare in Haiti.

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  • The Strangest Man

    The Strangest Man

    The Strangest Man

    Graham Farmelo
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.86 (8,278)

    'a monumental achievement - one of the great scientific biographies.' michael fraynthe strangest man is the costa biography award-winning account of paul dirac, the famous physicist sometimes called the british einstein. he was one of the leading pioneers of the greatest revolution in twentieth-century science: quantum mechanics. the youngest theoretician ever to win the nobel prize for physics, he was also pathologically reticent, strangely literal-minded and legendarily unable to communicate or empathize. through his greatest period of productivity, his postcards home contained only remarks about the weather.based on a previously

    Jeff Dean

    I too enjoyed that book.

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  • The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013
    Jeff Dean

    Reminds me of an online version of a book series I used to read every year called "The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013". You stumble across topics you wouldn't otherwise see.

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