Book Reviews

I try to post one book review each week, on Fridays. This page consolidates the past reviews that have been posted. Most are from me (Eric), but some are guest posts. Use it as a suggestion list for the next book you read. Here is the full list of book’s I’ve read since mid-high school: Books I’ve Read (updated 7/30/17).

Non-fiction (sorted by first author’s last name):
The Midwest: God’s Gift to Planet Earth
The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
Against Football by Steve Almond
TED Talks by Chris Anderson
The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely
Crossing the Energy Divide by Robert Ayres and Edward Ayres
On The Market by Sandra Barnes
Engineering Happiness by Manel Baucells and Rakesh Sarin
Willpower by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney
Million Dollar Arm by J.B. Bernstein
Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom
Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan by Rick Bowers
Event History Modeling: A Guide for Social Scientists by Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier and Bradford S. Jones
Cradle to Cradle by Michael Braungart and William McDonough
The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull, with Amy Wallace
The Great Stagnation by Tyler Cowen
Average is Over by Tyler Cowen
The Complacent Class by Tyler Cowen
Content by Cory Doctorow
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The Sports Gene by David Epstein
It Works by Melvin Evans
Hooked by Nir Eyal
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future by Michael J Fox
The Winner-Take-All Society by Robert H. Frank and Philip J. Cook
The Smart Grid: Enabling Energy Efficiency and Demand Response by Clark W. Gellings
The Boom by Russell Gold
The Switch: How solar, storage and new tech means cheap power for all by Chris Goodall
What They Didn’t Teach You in Graduate School by Paul Gray and David Drew
Make or Break: How Manufacturing Can Leap from Decline to Revitalization by Kaj Grichnik and Conrad Winkler, with Jeffrey Rotheeder
Queueing Methods for Services and Manufacturing by Randolph Hall
The Missile Next Door by Gretchen Heefner
How to Measure Anything by Douglas Hubbard
Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson
How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson
Future Perfect by Steven Johnson
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Ahead of the Curve by Brian Kenny
The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder
Washington’s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Increase Your Financial IQ by Robert Kiyosaki
I Wear the Black Hat by Chuck Klosterman
Small-Scale Cogeneration Handbook by Bernard Kolanowski
The Power Brokers by Jeremiah D. Lambert
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Powering the Future by Robert B. Laughlin
Napoleon’s Buttons: 17 Molecules that Changed History by Penny Le Couteur and Jay Burreson
The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life by Steve Leveen
Think Like a Freak by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
Superfreakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
When to Rob a Bank by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
Paul Newman: A Life by Shawn Levy
Mining the Sky by John S. Lewis
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis
The New New Thing by Michael Lewis
Get Rich with Dividends by Marc Lichtenfeld
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*#$ by Mark Manson
Kluge by Gary Marcus
Machines of Loving Grace by John Markoff
Energy Efficiency by Penni McLean-Conner
You Can’t Make This Up by Al Michaels
The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel
Scorecasting by Tobias J. Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim
Energy for Future Presidents by Richard A. Muller
The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg by John Naughton
What Every Body is Saying by Joe Navarro
Energy for the 21st Century by Roy Nersesian
Deep Work by Cal Newport
Tiger of the Snows by Tenzing Norgay with James Ramsey Ullman
My White-knuckled-and Knuckleheaded- Quest for the Rocky Mountain High by Mark Obmascik
The Index Card by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack
Mrs. Parkinson’s Law by C. Northcote Parkinson
End the Fed by Ron Paul
Micro Cogeneration by Martin Pehnt et al.
The Monopolists by Mary Pilon
Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
Energy Revolution by Mara Prentiss
America, 1908 by Jim Rasenberger
The Behavior Gap by Carl Richards
Brave New War by John Robb
The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross
Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
The New Product Bet by Nils Rudi and Serguei Netessine
The Mind’s Eye by Oliver Sacks
Big Data Baseball by Travis Sawchik
Micromotives and Macrobehavior by Thomas Schelling
Water 4.0 by David Sedlak
Anticancer by David Servan-Schreiber
How to Write a Lot by Paul Silvia
Free-Range Kids by Lenore Skenazy
Why I Left Goldman Sachs by Greg Smith
Energy Shift by Eric Spiegel and Neil McArthur with Rob Norton
Newton’s Football by Allen St. John and Ainissa G. Ramirez
Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
Managing Operations Across the Supply Chain, 2nd Edition by Morgan Swink, Steven A. Melnyk, M. Bixby Cooper, and Janet L. Hartley
Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes
Superforecasting by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner
Misbehaving by Richard Thaler
Zero to One by Peter Thiel
Elon Musk by Ashley Vance
Ice Ghosts by Paul Watson
Presentation in Action by Jerry Weissman
How to Win Games and Beat People by Tom Whipple
The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
Mathletics by Wayne Winston
Living with Water Scarcity by David Zetland

Fiction (sorted by first author’s last name):
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov
Hypnotizing Maria by Richard Bach
The Ghost War by Alex Berenson
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
We’ll Always Have Paris by Ray Bradbury
Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card
The Gate Thief by Orson Scott Card
Earth Awakens by Orson Scott Card
Gatefather by Orson Scott Card
Short Stories by Anton Chekhov
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The Man in the High Castle by Philip Dick
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Firm by John Grisham
Calico Joe by John Grisham
The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
Sucker’s Portfolio by Kurt Vonnegut

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