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Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea
Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good all around exposure to the arguments, 5 July 2014
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I never realized how short and bankrupt a history austerity had. I was expecting some drawing up of Austrians but their lack of presence demonstrates conservative dogma. This book is especially relevant in times of crisis.


SuperFuel: Thorium, the Green Energy Source for the Future (MacSci)
SuperFuel: Thorium, the Green Energy Source for the Future (MacSci)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not enough comparative analysis, 5 July 2014
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The book is kind of broad, history, physics, chemistry, politics, economics etc. Claiming these liquid reactors are the future is can only be done with proper consideration of the alternative energy sources that might arise, and there are plenty that can compete. So did I learn that thorium is a useful element? Yes sure, but can I argue with a straight face that it can compete properly? Not really.


Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
Price: 5.87

3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but broad, 3 July 2014
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The book really explores the breast in a wide variety of ways, as it progresses it focuses more on breast cancer and its quite interesting in its own right but there is a real lack of structure, each chapter just seemed abit random. Otherwise it seems failry well researched and orthodox.


Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Yo
Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Yo
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1.0 out of 5 stars Preacher without evidence, 3 July 2014
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At first this was an interesting read but as the book progressed it kind of wanted to push itself unto you and felt very forceful when at the end of the day this person had no evidence. To rationally believe any of this book's content there needs to be evidence of three counts. First the credibility of the author, frankly, its not hard for someone who already buys into superstition to substitute it with another, I'd hate to also say he has alternate preaching motives for lying so lets put it at that. Second, the credibility of the witness, how do we know she is not just fooling this person? And finally the credibility of the evidence, how specific is the information she is giving and can it be checked at all, can she make it up? Can she read it on the net and repeat it? Finally, is insanity in the human psyche more able to explain the events than insanity in the laws of nature?

A non-rigorous attitude in the creation of knowledge creates fanaticism so I would urge readers to be critical.


The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
Price: 3.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!, 3 July 2014
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I don't necessarily think its bible that you should use to guide your life, but its very witty and a lot of fun. I was reading this out loud with friends.


The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
Price: 6.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for everyone., 3 July 2014
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Its not so much that the message is very profound, it can easily be summarized. Its the author, he is just so much to read, his style, his hyperboles. Nassim Nicholas Taleb is first and foremost a great writer, though the topic is interesting in its own right I recommend this to everyone for what the charisma and character with which it is emitted. I wish all pop science books were this way.


Back from the Brink: 1000 Days at Number 11
Back from the Brink: 1000 Days at Number 11
Price: 5.39

1.0 out of 5 stars Only read as a testament toof the shallowness of politicians., 3 July 2014
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I bought this as a daily deal and I figured it must be worth it. Now I'm not much into politics but I am an economist and the shallowness with which Alistair approaches and perceives topics is perplexing to me. The fact that this is what politicians are like is sickening and depressing, I could not finish the book. There is no eye for fixing, only one for patching up, and no eye for understanding what's best only one for understanding what is will benefit him as far as his career is concerned.


Alice in Wonderland: The Complete Collection (Illustrated Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Illustrated Through the Looking Glass, plus Alice's Adventures Under Ground and The Hunting of the Snark)
Alice in Wonderland: The Complete Collection (Illustrated Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Illustrated Through the Looking Glass, plus Alice's Adventures Under Ground and The Hunting of the Snark)
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5.0 out of 5 stars For everyone!, 3 July 2014
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I've personally only ever read "Alice in Wonderland" before this so the other stories were very interesting to me as well. Probably the best illustrations on a kindle I've found yet. Great package overall!


Butterfly Economics: A New General Theory of Economic and Social Behaviour
Butterfly Economics: A New General Theory of Economic and Social Behaviour
Price: 4.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Great concepts but not self-contained enough, 3 July 2014
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I wish this book tiptoed a little less around the topic its trying to convey. That is I find the concept of using biological modelling procedures very interesting and I tend to agree with the author, but he does not go into much detail about how he does it(the appendix just shows two equations with little explanation of how they function). Otherwise its a very interesting read which entices one to look into the topic, I've personally tried to look up the prescribed readings for delving into the topics(though the book he recommends is over 50 pounds and the paper is also inaccessible).


The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation
The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation
by Kal Raustiala
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.34

4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, accessible and fun., 3 July 2014
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On a surface its a very simple book about a plethora of innovative industries which somehow manage to survive without the help of governmental regulation. On the overall message, the book draws very little theoretical frameworks but it perhaps does not want to stir controversy. I'm even amazed to hear legal scholars arguing against the need for the law to interfere.

There's quite a lot to like hear, I can easily recommend chapters of the book(they are fairly self-contained) to enthusiasts of specific industries, such as fashion, cooking, comedy, etc, but its perhaps not the most interesting from cover to cover.


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