Books I’ve Read Recently

  • Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking
    by Malcolm Gladwell

    A *good* book. It started out slow, but sucked me in about halfway through. The premise boils down to “about 90% of people’s first instincts or gut reactions are correct, but we don’t know exactly why”. Some of the examples are great – my favorite was comparing traders on an exchange floor with generals on a battlefield.

  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
    by Malcolm Gladwell

    I actually read this about six months ago; it’s the precursor to “Blink”. I remember reading about how little things can affect an entire market – almost like “The Butterfly Effect”. Good, but I liked Blink better.

  • Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War
    by Evan Wright

    Evan was an “embedded” reporter with one of the first Marine forces to enter Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom. An excellent report, and it shows what the troops “over there” are going through. A followup with a current-day occupation force dealing with Iraqi insurgents would be nice.

  • Jarhead : A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles
    by Anthony Swofford

    Swofford’s memoir of going into the Marine Corps, becoming a sniper, and being sent to Iraq during Operation Desert Storm in the early 90s. There are a few “urban legend” tales presented in the book as fact, but overall it was an entertaining read (I finished it in a single sitting). Swofford clearly had issues with being in the Marines, and lets it show.

  • Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
    by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

    I’d heard good things about this book, and wasn’t dissapointed. Where else are you going to read about the financial operations of a major crack dealer and why he still lives at home with his parents?

  • Me Talk Pretty One Day
    by David Sedaris

    I’d heard about Sedaris, but never read him before. I picked this up because I was bored, and it turned out to be one of the funniest “personal stories” books I’ve read in a long time. I’ll be picking up “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim”, the sequel, soon.

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    1. If only I had more time. All of those books sound great! I started student teaching on Monday, hence, no life until Christmas 🙁

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