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    non-fiction recommendation

    These days I mostly care to read non-fiction, and find it criminally unrepresented in book threads. The edu-tainment type books, often delving into Economics to some degree, are a somewhat guilty pleasure of mine. I'm increasingly interested in History however, and political economy.

    Mine lately -

    Spice: The History of a Temptation - Jack Turner
    Collapse - Jared Diamond

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    I'm reading this in a book club @ work right now:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/081298160X

    The Power of Habit: it's a very interesting read in the Gladwellian tradition.
    We didn't land on Plymouth Rock. Plymouth Rock landed on us.

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    (just non-fiction in general)

    Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce
    Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
    On Photography by Susan Sontag
    A Place in the Country by WG Sebald
    The Cinema Book by Pam Cook
    Genesis Redux: Essays in the History and Philosophy of Artificial Life by different people

    do memoirs count? Speak, Memory is good. So is everything by David Sedaris

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    Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts - Stanislas Dehaene

    I've read articles on consciousness and zombies and qualia and all that before. This book is different. It talks about step by step research into the unconscious and conscious and builds up a solid picture that we are learning a lot about the biggest mystery of all.

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    I find Bill Bryson's writing pretty engaging.
    Society is like a stew. If you don’t stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.
    -- Edward Abbey

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    The Metaphysical Club was a good read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gps View Post
    I'm actually reading this right now. It underwhelmed me at first, but my interest is picking up.

    Pretty breezy read, problematically due to a paucity of detail in some places. However, the interesting dimension is the insider perspective on US foreign policy in the 60's and 70's and how much of what he describes his involvement with being the early stages of now high-profile international issues.

    I'm in the section on Saudi Arabia and OPEC.
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    No history, no exposition, no anecdote or argument changes the invariant: we are all human beings, and some humans are idiots.

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