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Before The Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Ou&hellip by Nicholas Wade
As someone who finds the origins and deep history of our species fascinating, and has read a number of books on the subject I have to say that I found this one the most enjoyable. As an experienced science journalist the author is more adept at explaining the an area of science that has become much better understood with genetic evidence over the last decade or so, to a general audience than most scientists.

Wade traces our origins from the time humans split from chimpanzees through the key milestones of modern human development such as coming down from the trees, developing language, spreading from Africa, settlements and agriculture and explains what would be the likely… Read more
The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
4.0 out of 5 stars Demystifying Economics, 30 Mar 2014
This a smart and pragmatic approach to economics for beginners. Tim Harford is very good at explaining important but counter-intuitive economic principles to intelligent readers in a way that immediately relates to the real world. This can be an explanation of why coffee shops are where they are to grander looks at how applying sensible economic policies has lifted hundreds of millions of people in China out of poverty.

The ideas he relates are generally things which economists of all ideological persuasions agree with but much of the general public doesn't understand, such as comparative advantage or making decisions at the margin.

It is written in a very accessible… Read more
The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory by Jesse Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone's paranoid, 25 Mar 2014
A refreshing take on the history of paranoid cultures- conspiracy theories and moral panics- in the United States. The various forms of paranoia are grouped into enemies above, below, outside and within society as well as beliefs in benevolent conspiracies. What is interesting is how flexible the belief systems are- a belief in an enemy below, for example slave conspiracies can easily morph to fit a foreign enemy who are controlling them. The panics re-emerge repeatedly in slightly different forms over the centuries with a few superficial modifications to keep them updated.

What makes this book different to typical works about paranoid subcultures is that it acknowledges two… Read more

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