Category Archives: Book Reviews

My reviews of books I have read (or listened to on audiobooks).

Louis Brandeis

audible.com Louis D. Brandeis Check out this great listen on Audible.com. The first full-scale biography in 25 years of one of the most important and distinguished justices to sit on the Supreme Court – an audiobook that reveals Louis D. … Continue reading

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El Norte

The author started off telling us that we overlook the big impact of the Spanish in America, which is true. She then elides to “the Americas,” implying that the Americas were Spanish. As an old Brazil lover, I think more … Continue reading

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From Bacteria to Bach

I feel mildly uncomfortable about emergence. I like to think there are reasons why things happen. Daniel Dennett does not come to the rescue when he explains that there are always reasons FOR somethings but that we should not confuse … Continue reading

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Holistic Mangement

Need to manage complexity in a holistic way. Need to change how we practice agriculture to restore soil and sequester more carbon in them. Create policies holistically and revolution in institutions. Addressing complexity is hard. Need to recognize difference between … Continue reading

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Map of Knowledge

fancied myself a classical scholar for a few years. I spent many hours in libraries. During my grad school years, I literally spent many more time at Memorial Library than I did at home. The idea of finding and preserving … Continue reading

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“Working” by Robert Caro

Robert Caro has been criticized for writing this book, not for anything in or about the book itself, but rather because critics don’t want him to divert his time and energy from finishing his series on Lyndon Johnson. His final … Continue reading

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Walkable Cities

Walkable cities are more pleasant even for those who do not walk much. These cities are cleaner, safer and more sustainable than others, since the factors that make it walkable are very often just good. Why don’t we have these … Continue reading

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Dirt to Soil

Soil is a living community, not just a pile of dirt. The best insight from this book is that plants and fungi are developing in the soils, and it is useful to think of the microbes as livestock. They have … Continue reading

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Summer reading

Some summer reading and maybe finding patterns that do not exist. I am usually reading a few books over the same period, so I get them confused. This is not helped by the fact that I tend to read related … Continue reading

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Dignity

The author delivered what he promised; I was hoping for more. He promised to share experiences and voices of those left behind, the ones he calls the “last row”. This he does I would question his choice of subjects to … Continue reading

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