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  • Shop Class as Soulcraft

    Shop Class as Soulcraft

    Shop Class as Soulcraft

    Matthew B. Crawford
    Business & Economics
    3.76 (8,569)

    A philosopher/mechanic's wise (and sometimes funny) look at the challenges and pleasures of working with one's hands called "the sleeper hit of the publishing season" (the boston globe), shop class as soulcraft became an instant bestseller, attracting readers with its radical (and timely) reappraisal of the merits of skilled manual labor. on both economic and psychological grounds, author matthew b. crawford questions the educational imperative of turning everyone into a "knowledge worker," based on a misguided separation of thinking from doing. using his own experience as an electrician and mechanic,

    Sam Sheridan

    Tremendous, interesting contemplation of labor

    Dec 21, 2012 — Source

  • The Corner

    The Corner

    The Corner

    David Simon,Edward Burns
    4.44 (5,795)

    The crime-infested intersection of west fayette and monroe streets is well-known--and cautiously avoided--by most of baltimore. but this notorious corner's 24-hour open-air drug market provides the economic fuel for a dying neighborhood. david simon, an award-winning author and crime reporter, and edward burns, a 20-year veteran of the urban drug war, tell the chilling story of this desolate crossroad.through the eyes of one broken family--two drug-addicted adults and their smart, vulnerable 15-year-old son, deandre mccollough, simon and burns examine the sinister realities of inner cities across the country and unflinchingly

    Sam Sheridan

    This is a staggering work, maybe one of the greatest pieces of nonfiction I've read in ten years.

    Sep 26, 2012 — Source

  • Murder City

    Murder City

    Murder City

    Charles Bowden
    History
    3.7 (1,343)

    Ciudad juárez lies just across the rio grande from el paso, texas. a once-thriving border town, it now resembles a failed state. infamously known as the place where women disappear, its murder rate exceeds that of baghdad. last year 1,607 people were killed—a number that is on pace to increase in 2009.in murder city, charles bowden—one of the few journalists who has spent extended periods of time in juárez—has written an extraordinary account of what happens when a city disintegrates. interweaving stories of its inhabitants—a raped beauty queen, a repentant

    Sam Sheridan

    Gnarly. Bowden is excellent and if ever there was a searing indictment of NAFTA, this is it.

    Mar 23, 2013 — Source

  • The Big Sleep

    The Big Sleep

    The Big Sleep

    Raymond Chandler
    Fiction
    3.95 (144,901)

    This is the code of the private eye as defined by raymond chandler in his 1944 essay 'the simple act of murder.' such a man was philip marlowe, private eye, an educated, heroic, streetwise, rugged individualist and the hero of chandler's first novel, the big sleep. this work established chandler as the master of the 'hard-boiled' detective novel, and his articulate and literary style of writing won him a large audience, which ranged from the man in the street to the most sophisticated intellectual.

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • Blink

    Blink

    Blink

    Barry Fox,Irina Henegar,Malcolm Gladwell
    Business & Economics
    3.94 (541,191)

    Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology and displaying all of the brilliance that made the tipping point a classic, blink changes the way you'll understand every decision you make. never again will you think about thinking the same way.malcolm gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. now, in blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant - in the blink of an eye - that actually

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • Deep Survival

    Deep Survival

    Deep Survival

    Laurence Gonzales
    3.94 (11,058)

    Laurence gonzales’s bestselling deep survival has helped save lives from the deepest wildernesses, just as it has improved readers’ everyday lives. its mix of adventure narrative, survival science, and practical advice has inspired everyone from business leaders to military officers, educators, and psychiatric professionals on how to take control of stress, learn to assess risk, and make better decisions under pressure.

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • Spies of the Balkans

    Spies of the Balkans

    Spies of the Balkans

    Alan Furst
    Fiction
    3.91 (5,576)

    Greece, 1940. not sunny vacation greece: northern greece, macedonian greece, balkan greece--the city of salonika. in that ancient port, with its wharves and warehouses, dark lanes and turkish mansions, brothels and tavernas, a tense political drama is being played out. on the northern border, the greek army has blocked mussolini's invasion, pushing his divisions back to albania--the first defeat suffered by the nazis, who have conquered most of europe. but adolf hitler cannot tolerate such freedom; the invasion is coming, it's only a matter of time, and the people of

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    Oct 25, 2012 — Source

  • Zeitoun

    Zeitoun

    Zeitoun

    Dave Eggers
    4.02 (78,963)

    The true story of one family, caught between america’s two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to hurricane katrina. abdulrahman and kathy zeitoun run a house-painting business in new orleans. in august of 2005, as hurricane katrina approaches, kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving zeitoun to watch over the business. in the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. then, on september 6th, police officers armed with m-16s arrest zeitoun in his home. told

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    Sep 26, 2012 — Source

  • Stiff

    Stiff

    Stiff

    Mary Roach
    Language Arts & Disciplines
    4.05 (193,918)

    Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. for two thousand years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. in this fascinating account, mary roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • The Tipping Point

    The Tipping Point

    The Tipping Point

    Malcolm Gladwell,מלקולם גלדוול,עפרה אביגד
    Social Science
    3.99 (752,890)

    An alternate cover edition exists here.the tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. this widely acclaimed bestseller, in which malcolm gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • A Walk in the Woods

    A Walk in the Woods

    A Walk in the Woods

    Bill Bryson
    Travel
    4.05 (373,773)

    The appalachian trail stretches from georgia to maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in america—majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. if you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. and bill bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find. he introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way—and a couple of bears. already a classic, a walk in the woods will make you long

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • The Guns of August
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    Sep 26, 2012 — Source

  • The First World War

    The First World War

    The First World War

    John Keegan
    4.01 (13,845)

    The first world war created the modern world. a conflict of unprecedented ferocity, it abruptly ended the relative peace and prosperity of the victorian era, unleashing such demons of the twentieth century as mechanized warfare and mass death. it also helped to usher in the ideas that have shaped our times--modernism in the arts, new approaches to psychology and medicine, radical thoughts about economics and society--and in so doing shattered the faith in rationalism and liberalism that had prevailed in europe since the enlightenment. with , john keegan, one of

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    Jan 18, 2013 — Source

  • Night Soldiers

    Night Soldiers

    Night Soldiers

    Alan Furst
    Fiction
    3.92 (11,545)

    Bulgaria, 1934. a young man is murdered by the local fascists. his brother, khristo stoianev, is recruited into the nkvd, the soviet secret intelligence service, and sent to spain to serve in its civil war. warned that he is about to become a victim of stalin’s purges, khristo flees to paris. night soldiers masterfully re-creates the european world of 1934–45: the struggle between nazi germany and soviet russia for eastern europe, the last desperate gaiety of the beau monde in 1937 paris, and guerrilla operations with the french underground in

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    Oct 25, 2012 — Source

  • Survival in Auschwitz

    Survival in Auschwitz

    Survival in Auschwitz

    Philip Roth,Primo Levi,Stuart J. Woolf
    4.26 (63,125)

    The true and harrowing account of primo levi’s experience at the german concentration camp of auschwitz and his miraculous survival; hailed by the times literary supplement as a “true work of art, this edition includes an exclusive conversation between the author and philip roth.in 1943, primo levi, a twenty-five-year-old chemist and “italian citizen of jewish race,” was arrested by italian fascists and deported from his native turin to auschwitz. survival in auschwitz is levi’s classic account of his ten months in the german death camp, a harrowing story of systematic

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • The Name of the Rose

    The Name of the Rose

    The Name of the Rose

    Umberto Eco,William Weaver
    Fiction
    4.13 (329,036)

    The year is 1327. benedictines in a wealthy italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and brother william of baskerville arrives to investigate. when his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, brother william turns detective. his tools are the logic of aristotle, the theology of aquinas, the empirical insights of roger bacon—all sharpened to a glistening edge by wry humor and a ferocious curiosity. he collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey, where “the most interesting things happen

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • Wind, Sand and Stars

    Wind, Sand and Stars

    Wind, Sand and Stars

    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,Lewis Galantière
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.09 (16,484)

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    Nov 11, 2012 — Source

  • The Second World War

    The Second World War

    The Second World War

    John Keegan
    History
    4.11 (4,565)

    In this comprehensive history, john keegan explores both the technical and the human impact of the greatest war of all time. he focuses on five crucial battles and offers new insights into the distinctive methods and motivations of modern warfare. in knowledgable, perceptive analysis of the airborne battle of crete, the carrier battle of midway, the tank battle of falaise, the city battle of berlin, and the amphibious battle of okinawa, keegan illuminates the strategic dilemmas faced by the leaders and the consequences of their decisions on the fighting men

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    Jan 18, 2013 — Source

  • Dark Voyage

    Dark Voyage

    Dark Voyage

    Alan Furst
    Fiction
    4.06 (3,669)

    Set in may 1941 dark voyage is taut with suspense and pounding with battle scenes; it is authentic, powerful, and brilliant."in the first nineteen months of european war, from september 1939 to march of 1941, the island nation of britain and her allies lost, to u-boat, air, and sea attack, to mines and maritime disaster, one thousand five hundred and ninety-six merchant vessels. it was the job of the intelligence division of the royal navy to stop it, and so, on the last day of april 1941 . . ."

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    Oct 25, 2012 — Source

  • Q

    Q

    Q

    Luther Blissett,Shaun Whiteside,Wu Ming
    4.19 (7,350)

    In 1517, martin luther nails his ninety-five theses demanding reform of the catholic church to the door of wittenburg cathedral, setting off a period of upheaval, war, civil war and violence we now know as the reformation.in this age devastated by wars of religion, a young theology student adopts the cause of the heretics and the disinherited. across the chessboard of europe, from the german plains to the flourishing dutch cities and down to venice, the gateway to the east, our hero, a 'survivor', a radical protestant anabaptist who goes

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    Jul 28, 2012 — Source

  • Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Tracy Chevalier
    Fiction
    3.91 (675,417)

    With precisely 35 canvases to his credit, the dutch painter johannes vermeer represents one of the great enigmas of 17th-century art. the meager facts of his biography have been gleaned from a handful of legal documents. yet vermeer's extraordinary paintings of domestic life, with their subtle play of light and texture, have come to define the dutch golden age. his portrait of the anonymous girl with a pearl earring has exerted a particular fascination for centuries—and it is this magnetic painting that lies at the heart of tracy chevalier's second

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    A Short History of Nearly Everything

    Bill Bryson
    Science
    4.19 (344,268)

    In bryson's biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. taking as territory everything from the big bang to the rise of civilization, bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. to that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. he has read (or tried

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    Sep 26, 2012 — Source

  • In the Heart of the Sea

    In the Heart of the Sea

    In the Heart of the Sea

    Nathaniel Philbrick
    Shipwreck survival
    4.1 (99,801)

    "with its huge, scarred head halfway out of the water and its tail beating the ocean into a white-water wake more than forty feet across, the whale approached the ship at twice its original speed - at least six knots. with a tremendous cracking and splintering of oak, it struck the ship just beneath the anchor secured at the cat-head on the port bow..." in the heart of the sea brings to new life the incredible story of the wreck of the whaleship essex - an event as mythic in

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • Corelli's Mandolin

    Corelli's Mandolin

    Corelli's Mandolin

    Louis de Bernieres
    Fiction
    3.99 (80,144)

    Extravagant, inventive, emotionally sweeping, Corelli's Mandolin is the story of a timeless place that one day wakes up to find itself in the jaws of history. The place is the Greek island of Cephallonia, where gods once dabbled in the affairs of men and the local saint periodically rises from his sarcophagus to cure the mad. Then the tide of World War II rolls onto the island's shores in the form of the conquering Italian army. Caught in the occupation are Pelagia, a willful, beautiful young woman, and the two suitors vying for her love: Mandras, a gentle fisherman turned ruthless guerilla, and the charming, mandolin-playing Captain Corelli, a reluctant officer of the Italian garrison on the island. Rich with loyalties and betrayals, and set against a landscape where the factual blends seamlessly with the fantastic, Corelli's Mandolin is a passionate novel as rich in ideas as it is genuinely moving.

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    Nov 13, 2012 — Source

  • The Anubis Gates

    The Anubis Gates

    The Anubis Gates

    Tim Powers
    Fiction
    3.92 (15,019)

    Brendan doyle, a specialist in the work of the early-nineteenth century poet william ashbless, reluctantly accepts an invitation from a millionaire to act as a guide to time-travelling tourists. but while attending a lecture given by samuel taylor coleridge in 1810, he becomes marooned in regency london, where dark and dangerous forces know about the gates in time.caught up in the intrigue between rival bands of beggars, pursued by egyptian sorcerers, and befriended by coleridge, doyle somehow survives and learns more about the mysterious ashbless than he could ever have

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    Aug 31, 2018 — Source

  • Snow Angels

    Snow Angels

    Snow Angels

    James Thompson
    3.68 (4,132)

    Snow angels is a chilling and resonant debut from author james thompson. kaamos: just before christmas, the darkest time of the year in lapland, above the arctic circle. the unrelenting darkness and extreme cold cause everyone to go just a little bit insane, whether or not they’ve just killed someone… a beautiful somalian refugee-turned-actress is found murdered on a reindeer farm, gruesomely mutilated, a racial slur carved into her chest. inspector kari vaara, head of the rural police force, is under great pressure not only to solve this crime himself,

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    Oct 30, 2012 — Source

  • Trainspotting

    Trainspotting

    Trainspotting

    Irvine Welsh
    Fiction
    4.06 (166,132)

    The bestselling novel by irvine welsh that provided the inspiration for danny boyle’s hit film'choose us. choose life. choose mortgage payments; choose washing machines; choose cars; choose sitting oan a couch watching mind-numbing and spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fuckin junk food intae yir mooth. choose rotting away, pishing and shiteing yersel in a home, a total fuckin embarrassment tae the selfish, fucked-up brats ye've produced. choose life.

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    May 4, 2017 — Source

  • Eiger Dreams

    Eiger Dreams

    Eiger Dreams

    Jon Krakauer
    Sports & Recreation
    4.02 (20,647)

    No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant victories and hardships more brilliantly than jon krakauer. in this collection of his finest essays and reporting, krakauer writes of mountains from the memorable perspective of one who has himself struggled with solo madness to scale alaska's notorious devils thumb. in pakistan, the fearsome k2 kills thirteen of the world's most experienced mountain climbers in one horrific summer. in valdez, alaska, two men scale a frozen waterfall over a four-hundred-foot drop. in france, a hip international crowd of rock climbers, bungee jumpers,

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

    Me Talk Pretty One Day

    Me Talk Pretty One Day

    David Sedaris
    Humor
    3.99 (659,351)

    David sedaris' move to paris from new york inspired these hilarious pieces, including the title essay, about his attempts to learn french from a sadistic teacher who declares that every day spent with you is like having a caesarean section. his family is another inspiration. you can't kill the rooster is a portrait of his brother, who talks incessant hip-hop slang to his bewildered father. and no one hones a finer fury in response to such modern annoyances as restaurant meals presented in ludicrous towers of food and cashiers with

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    Michael Crichton
    Fiction
    4.06 (862,671)

    An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur dna has been discovered. now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. creatures extinct for eons roam jurassic park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price. until something goes wrong. . . . in jurassic park, michael crichton taps all his mesmerizing talent and scientific brilliance to create his most electrifying technothriller.

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • The Stand

    The Stand

    The Stand

    Bernie Wrightson,Stephen King
    Fiction
    4.34 (683,800)

    When a man escapes from a biological testing facility, he sets in motion a deadly domino effect, spreading a mutated strain of the flu that will wipe out 99 percent of humanity within a few weeks. the survivors who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. two emerge–mother abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community in boulder, colorado; and randall flagg, the nefarious “dark man,” who delights in chaos and violence. as the dark man and the peaceful woman gather power,

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • The Man From Berlin

    The Man From Berlin

    The Man From Berlin

    Luke McCallin
    3.97 (2,900)

    Yugoslavia, a german officer has been shot and killed. along with him a young, beautiful filmmaker and photographer—a veritable hero to her people—has been brutally murdered.assigned to the case is military intelligence officer captain gregor reinhardt. already haunted by his actions in war and the mistakes he’s made off the battlefield, he soon finds that his investigation may be more than just a murder.maneuvering his way through a minefield of political, military, and personal agendas and vendettas, reinhardt knows that someone is leaving a trail of dead bodies to cover

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    Jun 22, 2016 — Source

  • Blood of Victory

    Blood of Victory

    Blood of Victory

    Alan Furst
    Fiction
    3.95 (2,935)

    November 1940, and the battle to cut germany's oil supply rages through the spy haunts of the balkans amid the street fighting of a fascist civil war. this is classic alan furst, combining remarkable authenticity and atmosphere with the complexity and excitement of an outstanding spy thriller."in 1939, as the armies of europe mobilized for war, the british secret services undertook operations to impede the exportation of roumanian oil to germany. they failed.then, in the autumn of 1940, they tried again." so begins blood of victory, a novel rich with

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    Oct 25, 2012 — Source

  • The Unthinkable

    The Unthinkable

    The Unthinkable

    Amanda Ripley
    Psychology
    4.17 (6,328)

    It lurks in the corner of our imagination, almost beyond our ability to see it: the possibility that a tear in the fabric of life could open up without warning, upending a house, a skyscraper, or a civilization. today, nine out of ten americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, or other disasters. tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save ourselves and our families. how will we react? what will it feel like? will we be heroes or victims? will

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    Oct 25, 2012 — Source

  • Jaws

    Jaws

    Jaws

    Peter Benchley
    3.96 (150,391)

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • Touching the Void

    Touching the Void

    Touching the Void

    Joe Simpson
    Sports & Recreation
    4.2 (54,717)

    Touching the void is the heart-stopping account of joe simpson's terrifying adventure in the peruvian andes. he and his climbing partner, simon, reached the summit of the remote siula grande in june 1985. a few days later, simon staggered into base camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, with news that that joe was dead.what happened to joe, and how the pair dealt with the psychological traumas that resulted when simon was forced into the appalling decision to cut the rope, makes not only an epic of survival but a compelling testament of

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • The Anubis Gates

    The Anubis Gates

    The Anubis Gates

    Tim Powers
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.92 (15,019)

    Brendan doyle, a specialist in the work of the early-nineteenth century poet william ashbless, reluctantly accepts an invitation from a millionaire to act as a guide to time-travelling tourists. but while attending a lecture given by samuel taylor coleridge in 1810, he becomes marooned in regency london, where dark and dangerous forces know about the gates in time.caught up in the intrigue between rival bands of beggars, pursued by egyptian sorcerers, and befriended by coleridge, doyle somehow survives and learns more about the mysterious ashbless than he could ever have

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    Sep 26, 2012 — Source

  • On Killing

    On Killing

    On Killing

    Dave Grossman
    Social Science
    4.11 (9,611)

    The good news is that most soldiers are loath to kill. but armies have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. and contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army's conditioning techniques, and, according to lt. col. dave grossman's thesis, is responsible for our rising rate of murder among the young.upon its initial publication, on killing was hailed as a landmark study of the techniques the military uses to overcome the powerful reluctance to kill, of how killing affects soldiers, and of the societal implications of escalating violence.

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    Oct 25, 2012 — Source

  • World War Z

    World War Z

    World War Z

    Max Brooks
    Fiction
    4.01 (481,888)

    The zombie war came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. max brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the united states of america and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. he recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. world war z

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    Oct 25, 2012 — Source

  • Red Gold

    Red Gold

    Red Gold

    Alan Furst
    Fiction
    4.04 (3,314)

    If you enjoy mysteries set against the rich background of world war ii europe (philip kerr's berlin noir trilogy and the fine french series by j. robert janes are prime examples), you should also know about alan furst. he began by writing such excellent, original books as dark star and night soldiers, all set in eastern europe. the locale then moved to paris for the world at night, where we first met the enigmatic film producer and reluctant resistance hero jean casson. casson returns in fascinating form in red gold,

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    Oct 25, 2012 — Source

  • The Science of Fear

    The Science of Fear

    The Science of Fear

    Daniel Gardner
    Psychology
    3.98 (5,437)

    From terror attacks to the war on terror, real estate bubbles to the price of oil, sexual predators to poisoned food from china, our list of fears is ever-growing. and yet, we are the safest and healthiest humans in history. irrational fear seems to be taking over, often with tragic results. for example, in the months after 9/11, when people decided to drive instead of fly—believing they were avoiding risk—road deaths rose by more than 1,500. in this fascinating, lucid, and thoroughly entertaining examination of how humans process risk, journalist

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    Oct 25, 2012 — Source

  • Eye of the Needle

    Eye of the Needle

    Eye of the Needle

    Ken Follett
    Fiction
    4.18 (144,879)

    One enemy spy knows the secret to the allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin -- code name: "the needle" -- who holds the key to ultimate nazi victory. only one person stands in his way: a lonely englishwoman on an isolated island, who is beginning to love the killer who has mysteriously entered her life. all will come to a terrifying conclusion in ken follett's unsurpassed and unforgettable masterwork of suspense, intrigue, and the dangerous machinations of the human heart.

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • The Perfect Storm

    The Perfect Storm

    The Perfect Storm

    Sebastian Junger
    4.1 (109,069)

    "takes readers into the maelstrom and shows nature's splendid and dangerous havoc at its utmost".october 1991. it was "the perfect storm"--a tempest that may happen only once in a century--a nor'easter created by so rare a combination of factors that it could not possibly have been worse. creating waves ten stories high and winds of 120 miles an hour, the storm whipped the sea to inconceivable levels few people on earth have ever witnessed. few, except the six-man crew of the andrea gail, a commercial fishing boat tragically headed towards

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • Guns, Germs, and Steel

    Guns, Germs, and Steel

    Guns, Germs, and Steel

    Jared Diamond
    Civilization
    4.03 (353,255)

    "diamond has written a book of remarkable scope ... one of the most important and readable works on the human past published in recent years."winner of the pulitzer prize and a national bestseller: the global account of the rise of civilization that is also a stunning refutation of ideas of human development based on race.in this "artful, informative, and delightful" (william h. mcneill, new york review of books) book, jared diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. societies that had a head start in food

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  • Fight Club

    Fight Club

    Fight Club

    Chuck Palahniuk
    4.18 (539,419)

    Chuck palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist in this, his first book. fight club’s estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of tyler durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret after-hours boxing matches in the basement of bars. there, two men fight "as long as they have to." this is a gloriously original work that exposes the darkness at the core of our modern world.

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    Sep 26, 2012 — Source

  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    John le Carré
    4.03 (89,237)

    A modern classic in which john le carré expertly creates a total vision of a secret world, tinker, tailor, soldier, spy begins george smiley's chess match of wills and wits with karla, his soviet counterpart. it is now beyond a doubt that a mole, implanted decades ago by moscow centre, has burrowed his way into the highest echelons of british intelligence. his treachery has already blown some of its most vital operations and its best networks. it is clear that the double agent is one of its own kind. but

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    Oct 25, 2012 — Source

  • The Miernik Dossier

    The Miernik Dossier

    The Miernik Dossier

    Charles McCarry
    Christopher
    Paul (Fictitious character)
    3.91 (1,831)

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  • The Foreign Correspondent

    The Foreign Correspondent

    The Foreign Correspondent

    Alan Furst
    Fiction
    3.87 (4,552)

    From alan furst, whom the new york times calls “america’s preeminent spy novelist,” comes an epic story of romantic love, love of country, and love of freedom–the story of a secret war fought in elegant hotel bars and first-class railway cars, in the mountains of spain and the backstreets of berlin. it is an inspiring, thrilling saga of everyday people forced by their hearts’ passion to fight in the war against tyranny.by 1938, hundreds of italian intellectuals, lawyers and journalists, university professors and scientists had escaped mussolini’s fascist government and

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    Oct 25, 2012 — Source

  • On Combat

    On Combat

    On Combat

    Dave Grossman,Gavin de Becker,Loren W. Christensen
    4.31 (3,453)

    On combat looks at what happens to the human body under the stresses of deadly battle ? the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory perception, memory - then discusses new research findings as to what measures warriors can take to prevent such debilitations so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win. a brief, but insightful look at history shows the evolution of combat, the development of the physical and psychological leverage that enables humans to kill other humans, followed by an objective examination of

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    Oct 25, 2012 — Source

  • The Firm

    The Firm

    The Firm

    John Grisham
    4.15 (55,634)

    At the top of his class at harvard law, he had his choice of the best [law firms] in america. he made a deadly mistake. when mitch mcdeere signed on with bendini, lambert & locke of memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, abby, were on their way. the firm leased him a bmw, paid off his school loans, arranged a mortgage and hired him a decorator. mitch mcdeere should have remembered what his brother ray — doing fifteen years in a tennessee jail — already knew. you never

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • Outliers

    Outliers

    Outliers

    Malcolm Gladwell
    Large type books
    4.17 (660,715)

    In this stunning book, malcolm gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. he asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?his answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    Mark Haddon
    Fiction
    3.89 (1,322,255)

    Christopher john francis boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. he relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. he cannot stand to be touched. and he detests the color yellow.this improbable story of christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • Life of Pi

    Life of Pi

    Life of Pi

    Yann Martel
    3.92 (1,459,741)

    Life of pi is a fantasy adventure novel by yann martel published in 2001. the protagonist, piscine molitor "pi" patel, a tamil boy from pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. he survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the pacific ocean with a bengal tiger named richard parker.

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • The Polish Officer

    The Polish Officer

    The Polish Officer

    Alan Furst
    Fiction
    4.06 (5,506)

    September 1939. as warsaw falls to hitler’s wehrmacht, captain alexander de milja is recruited by the intelligence service of the polish underground. his mission: to transport the national gold reserve to safety, hidden on a refugee train to bucharest. then, in the back alleys and black-market bistros of paris, in the tenements of warsaw, with partizan guerrillas in the frozen forests of the ukraine, and at calais harbor during an attack by british bombers, de milja fights in the war of the shadows in a world without rules, a world

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    Oct 25, 2012 — Source

  • Extreme Fear

    Extreme Fear

    Extreme Fear

    Jeff Wise
    3.93 (209)

    Fear is a mysterious force. it sabotages our ability to think clearly and can drive us to blind panic, yet it can also give us superhuman speed, strength, and powers of perception. having baffled mankind for ages, fear is now yielding its secrets to scientific inquiry. the simple model of "fight or flight"--that people respond to danger either by fleeing in terror or staying to fight through it--has been replaced by a more complex understanding of the fear response.veteran science journalist jeff wise delves into the latest research to produce

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    Oct 25, 2012 — Source

  • Imagine

    Imagine

    Imagine

    Jonah Lehrer
    3.88 (42,062)

    Did you know that the most creative companies have centralized bathrooms? that brainstorming meetings are a terrible idea? that the color blue can help you double your creative output?from the new york times best-selling author of how we decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types,” jonah lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. it’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • The Wagon and Other Stories from the City

    The Wagon and Other Stories from the City

    The Wagon and Other Stories from the City

    Martin Preib
    True Crime
    3.1 (147)

    Martin preib is an officer in the chicago police department—a beat cop whose first assignment as a rookie policeman was working on the wagon that picks up the dead. inspired by preib’s daily life on the job, the wagon and other stories from the city chronicles the outer and inner lives of both a chicago cop and the city itself. the book follows preib as he transports body bags, forges an unlikely connection with his female partner, trains a younger officer, and finds himself among people long forgotten—or rendered invisible—by

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    Very interesting, excellent stuff. A new way to see Chicago in particular.

    Mar 23, 2013 — Source

  • Swimming with Bridgeport Girls

    Swimming with Bridgeport Girls

    Swimming with Bridgeport Girls

    Anthony Tambakis
    Fiction
    3.5 (420)

    Ray parisi is in trouble. fired from his anchor job at espn after one-too-many public humiliations, he is holed up in a motel and in desperate need of a break. his ex-wife is shacking up with another guy in his old house, a bookie wants to kill him, and he’s wanted by the new york state police. a few days before the fourth of july, he unexpectedly receives an inheritance from his long-lost father, and it seems like all of his problems might be solved. determined to get his life

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    Jul 13, 2017 — Source

  • Intelligence in War

    Intelligence in War

    Intelligence in War

    John Keegan
    History
    3.67 (1,613)

    In fiction, the spy is a glamorous figure whose secrets make or break peace, but, historically, has intelligence really been a vital step to military victories? in this breakthrough study, the preeminent war historian john keegan goes to the heart of a series of important conflicts to develop a powerful argument about military intelligence. in his characteristically wry and perceptive prose, keegan offers us nothing short of a new history of war through the prism of intelligence. he brings to life the split-second decisions that went into waging war before

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    Jan 18, 2013 — Source

  • The Day of the Jackal

    The Day of the Jackal

    The Day of the Jackal

    Frederick Forsyth,Фредерик Форсайт
    Assassins
    4.25 (132,107)

    Librarian note: an alternate cover for this edition can be found here.the jackal. a tall, blond englishman with opaque, gray eyes. a killer at the top of his profession. a man unknown to any secret service in the world. an assassin with a contract to kill the world's most heavily guarded man.one man with a rifle who can change the course of history. one man whose mission is so secretive not even his employers know his name. and as the minutes count down to the final act of execution, it

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    Jul 24, 2012 — Source

  • Zoo Station

    Zoo Station

    Zoo Station

    David Downing
    Fiction
    3.86 (6,345)

    By 1939, anglo-american journalist john russell has spent fifteen years in berlin, where his german-born son lives. he writes human-interest pieces for british and american papers, avoiding the investigative journalism that could get him deported. but as war approaches, he faces the prospect of having to leave his son and his longtime girlfriend. then, an acquaintance from his communist days approaches him to do some work for the soviets. russell is reluctant but ultimately unable to resist. he becomes involved in other dangerous activities, helping a jewish family and an

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    Nov 13, 2012 — Source

  • The Omnivore's Dilemma

    The Omnivore's Dilemma

    The Omnivore's Dilemma

    Michael Pollan
    Cooking
    4.16 (198,627)

    What should we have for dinner? for omnivore's like ourselves, this simple question has always posed a dilemma: when you can eat just about anything nature (or the supermarket) has to offer, deciding what you should eat will inevitably stir anxiety, especially when some of the foods on offer might shorten your life. today, buffeted by one food fad after another, america is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder. the omnivore's dilemma has returned with a vengeance, as the cornucopia of the modern american

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • Istanbul Passage

    Istanbul Passage

    Istanbul Passage

    Joseph Kanon
    Fiction
    3.61 (5,729)

    A neutral capital straddling europe and asia, istanbul has spent the war as a magnet for refugees and spies. even american businessman leon bauer has been drawn into this shadow world, doing undercover odd jobs and courier runs for the allied war effort. now as the espionage community begins to pack up and an apprehensive city prepares for the grim realities of post-war life, he is given one more assignment, a routine job that goes fatally wrong, plunging him into a tangle of intrigue and moral confusion.played out against the

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  • The Alienist

    The Alienist

    The Alienist

    Caleb Carr
    Fiction
    4.05 (168,528)

    When the alienist was first published in 1994, it was a major phenomenon, spending six months on the new york times bestseller list, receiving critical acclaim, and selling millions of copies. this modern classic continues to be a touchstone of historical suspense fiction for readers everywhere.the year is 1896. the city is new york. newspaper reporter john schuyler moore is summoned by his friend dr. laszlo kreizler—a psychologist, or “alienist”—to view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy abandoned on the unfinished williamsburg bridge. from there the two embark

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • 'Salem's Lot

    'Salem's Lot

    'Salem's Lot

    Stephen King
    4.04 (375,719)

    Thousands of miles away from the small township of 'salem's lot, two terrified people, a man and a boy, still share the secrets of those clapboard houses and tree-lined streets. they must return to 'salem's lot for a final confrontation with the unspeakable evil that lives on in the town.

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    Feb 3, 2013 — Source

  • The Expats

    The Expats

    The Expats

    Chris Pavone
    Fiction
    3.51 (36,260)

    Kate moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage . . . and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. so when her husband is offered a lucrative job in luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew.she begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a language she doesn’t speak, doing the housewifely things she’s never before done—play-dates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and unending laundry. meanwhile, her

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • The Club Dumas

    The Club Dumas

    The Club Dumas

    Arturo Pérez-Reverte,Sonia Soto
    3.81 (38,003)

    Lucas corso is a book detective, a middle-aged mercenary hired to hunt down rare editions for wealthy and unscrupulous clients. when a well-known bibliophile is found dead, leaving behind part of the original manuscript of alexandre dumas's the three musketeers, corso is brought in to authenticate the fragment. he is soon drawn into a swirling plot involving devil worship, occult practices, and swashbuckling derring-do among a cast of characters bearing a suspicious resemblance to those of dumas's masterpiece. aided by a mysterious beauty named for a conan doyle heroine, corso

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

  • Ultramarathon Man

    Ultramarathon Man

    Ultramarathon Man

    Dean Karnazes
    Biography & Autobiography
    4 (18,088)

    Ultramarathon man: 50 marathons - 50 states - 50 days, a journeyfilm documentary, follows dean's incredible step-by-step journey across the country.ultrarunning legend dean karnazes has run 262 miles-the equivalent of ten marathons-without rest. he has run over mountains, across death valley, and to the south pole-and is probably the first person to eat an entire pizza while running. with an insight, candor, and humor rarely seen in sports memoirs (and written without the aid of a ghostwriter or cowriter), ultramarathon man has inspired tens of thousands of people-nonrunners and runners

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    Sep 26, 2012 — Source

  • Timeline

    Timeline

    Timeline

    Michael Crichton
    Fiction
    3.86 (201,161)

    In an arizona desert, a man wanders in a daze, speaking words that make no sense. within twenty-four hours he is dead, his body swiftly cremated by his only known associates. halfway around the world, archaeologists make a shocking discovery at a medieval site. suddenly they are swept off to the headquarters of a secretive multinational corporation that has developed an astounding technology. now this group is about to get a chance not to study the past but to enter it. and with history opened up to the present, the

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    Jul 22, 2012 — Source

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