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Skin Dive
Skin Dive

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Mar. 2015
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Hot and Spicy (Master Chefs)
Hot and Spicy (Master Chefs)
by Paul Rankin
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 Mar. 2015
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Pasta Sauces (Master Chefs)
Pasta Sauces (Master Chefs)
by Gordon Ramsay
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Small and unpretentious, 21 Feb. 2015
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I liked it a lot : easy recipes, small booklet. Those who expect a full cookbook will be disappointed, but this is at the price just good fun. And some unexpected ideas for easy pasta cooking.


12 Classic Albums 1953-1962 [6CD]
12 Classic Albums 1953-1962 [6CD]
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2.0 out of 5 stars No info, 14 Feb. 2015
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No booklet, even though it is advertised "for further details see inside booklet"
Thanks to a previous reviewer who provided the info which track belongs to which record (even that is missing !)
The music is of course wonderful


The Better Angels of Our Nature: A History of Violence and Humanity
The Better Angels of Our Nature: A History of Violence and Humanity
by Steven Pinker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, humanistic, 10 Dec. 2014
Brilliant as you expect from Pinker. Wide erudition, as usual. An unsentimental humanism grounded in science and a realistically optimistic view of the world. Perfect antidote to the uncorroborated crap being produced by people with big ideas but not enough scientific sense to test them. Even though I would classify this book as "Sociology" (with difficulty, as it touches so many other domains), its scientific rigor is exceptional in a work of social science meant for the public. You might easily forget that this is not a single-theme theory of everything with just narrative; Pinker is at pains to analyze all his data objectively, impartially - scientifically. I normally do not like very long books, but this is an exception - thoroughly readable in spite of the length. Pinker clearly does know something about wrinting style :-)


The Nurture Assumption
The Nurture Assumption
by Judith Rich Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, iconoclastic, scientifically correct, politically incorrect, 28 Oct. 2014
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It's difficult to add to the previous reviewers' comments, so I will rather keep it short and confirm very nice asides on scientific method, brilliant deductions from the same data that other people used but did not get it, wit, erudition... It would be so nice if there were more books like this and less crap being published.
Maybe a popular - popularized, simplified, shorter - edition would make sense... J.R.Harris' ideas are (i feel) becoming mainstream among educated people, so why not try to spread the message to the Cosmo crowd ?


Conspicuous Consumption (Penguin Great Ideas)
Conspicuous Consumption (Penguin Great Ideas)
by Thorstein Veblen
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £4.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Watch out ! Abridged version, 8 Sept. 2013
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The original, full text is available (and cheaper :-). Why buy some abstract ? I find it especially galling that the publisher is hiding the fact that this - and probably all other issues in this series - is abridged. I certainly would not have bought it knowing that - but it's not mentioned anywhere when you buy it.


Debt: The First 5,000 Years
Debt: The First 5,000 Years
by David Graeber
Edition: Paperback

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too long, 2 Aug. 2013
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Parts of this book are very interesting - the historical / anthropological parts about the origin of debt and money especially. The socio - philosophical ruminations are way too stretched out and sometimes close to postmodernist word games. The book is also way too long - so much erudition is remarkable but does not necessarily have to be shown off so much. The kind of book you are glad you read in the end but sorry you did not find an abstract instead.


Ten Billion
Ten Billion
by Stephen Emmott
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly blunt enough, 28 July 2013
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Yes, the book is short to the point of bluntness. But nevertheless, it takes until page 186 (out of 198) to feebly bring up the solution to the problem : there should be less people on earth. Or rather, not to bring it up, really - only lamely state we cannot reproduce at the rhythm we do any more.
Even if the title "10 billion" kind of implies it, S. Emmott does not want to get near the real solution. So he tells us we should consume less. Big chance billions of chinese will heed his advice. No, the only solution is less people on earth. How we get there may be difficult to think about, but if S. Emmott had the guts to write the "what's the problem", then he should also write the "what's the solution". He is kind of coy on this, which I understand - that book would *really* be controversial...


Économie des extrêmes
Économie des extrêmes
by Daniel Zajdenweber
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.61

5.0 out of 5 stars Taleb avant la lettre ?, 1 Feb. 2013
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If you like Taleb, you will be surprised to read this little book from 2000. (It's in French, though, and I do not think there is an English translation).
Anyway if you like fat tails it's all there, the normal distribution is nearly not mentioned (the author evidently thinks the gaussian has nothing to do in the social sciences and phenomena).
However, compared to Taleb, there is not only no deep philosophy here but also no polemics, no extreme statements and no nihilism. The upshot is interesting analysis of social-economic phenomena with non-gaussian distributions, fully accessible to non-statisticians.
Warmly recommended to those who were interested by 'Fooled by Randomness' and subsequent books by Taleb : this one is short and adds to the debate !


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