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Lloyd Morgan (Haarlem and Amsterdam, Netherlands)

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The Personal MBA: A World-Class Business Education in a Single Volume
The Personal MBA: A World-Class Business Education in a Single Volume
Price: 7.31

4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and concise resource for those who want to know more about business., 24 May 2012
A wonderful, concise overview of business topics, usually reserved for MBA students and business aficionados.

Josh Kaufman managed to make this both accessible, interesting, and very 'learnable'.

Organised into twelve chapters (Introduction, Value Creation, Marketing, Sales, Value delivery, Finance, The Human Mind, Working with Yourself, Working with Others, Understanding Systems, Analysing Systems, Improving Systems), each further broken up into small, bite-sized chunks of information, you can easily pick this book up for a two-hours read or a five-minute read.

As a reader of numerous psychology and productivity books, a number of chapters in the middle where somewhat tedious and simplified (The Human Mind, particularly). Regardless, the book as a whole is still a fantastic resource and deserves a spot on your shelf.

Inflight Science: A Guide to the World from Your Airplane Window
Inflight Science: A Guide to the World from Your Airplane Window
Price: 4.79

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining, scientific read. Depending on your science knowledge, this could be the book for you., 19 Aug 2011
From your arrival at the departure airport, via the security checkpoints and your plane's departure, through to landing in your destination -- Brian Clegg runs you through all the popular science related to a typical flight.

While the 'hard science' is somewhat lacking, this is still a worthwhile book that you can't fail to learn one or two things from.

Written in an informal and educational manner, Inflight Science feels more like an extended secondary school science lesson than a serious discourse in 'the science of flying'.

That said, if you're looking for an easy read, or if you're new to popular science books, then this is a good choice for a long flight: it'll open your eyes and keep you entertained.

If you're already well-read in matter of science, this is probably one to miss.

Price: 5.39

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful history book that often reads like a novel. Tighter editing wouldn't go amiss., 15 Aug 2011
This review is from: T-Force (Kindle Edition)
Beginning with the swift formation of the elite unit toward the end of WWII, 'T-Force' details the evolution of this force and some related units as they attempt to rapidly and safely secure German industrial and military secrets, locations and people (everyone from workers to cutting-edge research scientists).

Well researched and packed with wondrous stories, I learnt a lot about what it meant to be involved in the military toward the end of the war. This is definitely a history book, but in many places it reads like a novel.

To hear what's great about this book, read the 5-star reviews: they are correct and I will not repeat them. Here's what I thought could have been improved...

The personal stories make this a great read, but the technical information is slightly limited and I would have loved it if Longden had gone into greater detail when describing what became of a number of the findings and what technologies they helped bring to existence in the post-war world.

Overall the book could have done with some tighter editing, too: a number of points were often repeated, almost verbatim. It was slightly confusing at times when an entire paragraph was almost identical to one I had read the previous day. Not a showstopper in terms of reading and enjoying this book, but it would have been nice if my 'flow' hadn't been disturbed by these anomalies.

The White Tiger
The White Tiger
Price: 3.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Rags-to-Riches -- with a murderous bent, 1 Aug 2011
This review is from: The White Tiger (Kindle Edition)
One of the better novels I've read in a long time: The White Tiger is a gripping novel, so well-written that I sympathised with almost every character in the book, no matter how 'evil' they were.

The book in one (long-ish) sentence: A subversive rags-to-riches story where the protagonist is a murderous Indian driver-turned-entrepreneur with clear but questionable morals. If that doesn't pique your interest, I don't know what will!

The story is structured as a series of one-way correspondences to Wen Jiabao (Premier of China) before his state visit to India. The main character (the driver-turned-entrepreneur) decides to send these letters to inform Jiabao of "the real India": the Light and Dark India. Throughout the book I question this method of structuring the book, but by the end of the book I was won over the narrative.

This is one hell of a novel, offering not only a wonderful story, but a behind-the-scenes look at this "fictional" India.

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
Price: 3.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story, a wonderful metaphor, a novel novel., 27 July 2011
This is the story of time machine repair man, Charles Yu: the "real-life" author of this book, the author of this book inside this book, and more). Yes, it's self-referential and full of wonderful and slightly-confusing science fiction conundrums and paradoxes.

In the acknowledgements, the author nods to Douglas Hofstadter for his excellent tome, 'Gödel, Escher, Bach'. Fans of that book may get a idea for what is in store here, but on a much smaller scale, and with the story of a time machine repair man as the backdrop.

With a wonderful story of loss and of a man searching to fill a void left by his father and their forgotten dreams, we are given an equally wonderful metaphor for the complications of living in the modern world.

Some quotes that I particularly liked that may pique your interest:

"The axes of past, alternate present, and future, or more formally, the matrix operators of regret, counterfactual, and anxiety."

"The good news is, you don't have to worry, you can't change the past.
The bad news is, you don't have to worry, no matter how hard you try, you can't change the past."

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