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Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
by Leif Babin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.38

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good perspective for giving management techniques, July 7, 2015
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I really enjoyed this book. The structure is unique for management books. The authors are Navy SEALs who were stationed in Iraq and now run a management consulting firm. Each chapter focuses on a particular technique, such as "simplify". It tells a story about a battle situation in Iraq or SEAL training, and the authors describe what went well, what didn't, and why. They then discuss the principle, and then finally give a lightweight case study from one of their business clients.

Although in a few places I found their approach reflects military structure a bit too strongly, generally speaking most of the techniques are spot on. Because each chapter starts with real stories from the war, they are all engaging, and the principles are very nicely boiled down. I found most of the chapters thought provoking.

My general way of looking at business books is -- to the point? (yes). filled with filler or concise? (concise) good ideas (yes) have I used any of the information in real life (yes, I've applied some of these to my day to day business)

I'm suggesting this book to several others. Worth reading.


Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings
Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings
by Shirley Jackson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.18
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Shirley Jackson fans, May 15, 2015
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This book is a compendium of previously unreleased Shirley Jackson short stories, musings and sketches. As someone previously not exposed to Shirley Jackson, I'm looking at the book purely for its written content, and not as the value of its material as perceived by someone who is a fan. So, if you are a fan, my star rating would be much higher since this book would flesh out your experience with the author. As someone new to her, I found the short stories, which comprise roughly half of the book, to be quite fun, ranging from pleasant period pieces dealing with post-war America, to some reasonably twisted stories such as one about a man who is paranoid... or is he. The fiction writing is fast and fun. For me, though, the book slowed down with the non-fiction essays. A few about parenting and living with her husband the book critic were interesting, but I found others just to be slow. Again, if I were a long time fan I would approach this material quite differently.

All in all, having read the book, I think I would be more interested in reading her published works than her private essays. Still, some good stories within and it was great to be exposed to a writer about whom I knew nothing.


Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery
Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery
by Henry Marsh
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.58
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with an inside view of brain surgery, March 28, 2015
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This is a very interesting book that takes you into the life of a brain surgeon. The author is writing the book towards the end of his career, and this gives him a perspective and flexibility not often seen with medical books. He approaches the subject with great humility, talking about the struggles of learning to be a doctor, the challenges of having to learn by doing, frustrations with the government medical system, and examples of what goes well and what doesn't. It is the what doesn't go well that makes the book so fascinating, ranging from the daily challenges of trying to find beds for patients to operations gone horribly awry, and what that does emotionally.

There are several excellent books about the medical field and this is one of them. Engaging, personal, clear, open and fascinating throughout. A lovely read.


Fire and Ice: Soot, Solidarity, and Survival on the Roof of the World
Fire and Ice: Soot, Solidarity, and Survival on the Roof of the World
by Jonathan Mingle
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.78
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving and important book, February 20, 2015
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The book is fundamentally about the impacts of man on nature, and in particular, how we are dramatically reducing the snow pack on major mountains, much to our detriment. Rather that treat this purely through science, the book takes a very human approach, telling the stories of a set of villagers in a remote Himalayan village, and using the stories of how their lives change over the years to show the direct impact of climate change on real people. The book is primarily focused on the dangers of black carbon, aka soot, and how it compounds the general effects of global warming to cause increased snow melts. It also happens to cause a great deal of health damages. The book looks at the science, the causes and some potential solutions. What makes this book special is that it not only tackles a very important problem we as a species are facing, but does so with a very human direct face, mixing in the lives of real people and societies along with the science. Very worthwhile reading and it covers a very important topic that many, even those concerned about climate change, may not know about or understand. Bravo... a great book.


Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us
Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I had hoped, February 4, 2015
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Having enjoyed an earlier book, I had high hopes for this book. While the topic ... various sexual proclivities ... is inherently interesting, I found that this book spent far too much time philosophizing than it did exploring various fetishes. I would have enjoyed the book much more if it had spent more time with case studies and stories, which it has somewhat, but not nearly enough.


Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies
Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies
by Najmieh Batmanglij
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $38.31
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely cookbook, February 4, 2015
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Great cookbook. This is very well written and really shows you how to make recipes, with plenty of photographs and descriptions. I've tried several of the rice dishes so far, and the instructions are far superior to recipes i've found on the web ... everything i've cooked has turned out well and actually looks like the photographs the author has shown. It also includes lots of background stories to give a sense of Persian culture and cuisine.


Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano
Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano
by Dana Thomas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.60
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read if you are into modern fashion, February 4, 2015
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This is an excellent book if you are interested in two of fashion's recent greats ... McQueen and Galliano. The author has extensive experience covering fashion and tells the life history of these two designers, from their unceremonious starts to their height of fame, and the tumultuous lives that they both lead, dissolving in drugs, failed relationships, and destruction of those around them. Along the way you'll also learn about their many fashion creations, how they ended up leading major labels, and the pressures they were under.

The book is well told and engaging, and you really feel like you know the designers and their friends and crews. The only downside is that I wish the book were filled with illustrations. Regardless, web searches will lead you to plenty of runway videos showing you what she describes.

Quite interesting.


The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably interesting, December 31, 2014
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This book discusses the way that habits impact our lives, looking at both how habits work, get formed, and can be used to break other bad habits. The book takes a look at a variety of cases, ranging from weight loss, addictions, and substance abuse to community organization, work improvements, and many others.

I found the book most interesting when it focused on habits at work environments. My favorite was the profile of how Starbucks trains its employees to deal with stressful situations.

Altogether a reasonably interesting book, but i found I would have liked it to go into behavioral psychology in more depth, and perhaps a little less into some of the issues such as gambling.


The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, December 23, 2014
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A very interesting book that takes a look at a famous cholera epidemic in London, and those who tracked it down. At the time of the outbreak, germ theory wasn't understood, and there were many theories for the cause of cholera and other diseases, ranging from bad odors to bad morals. The book traces the outbreak, patient zero, and the famous study that changed how epidemics are studied and treated. A very interesting book of medical detective work and medical history.


Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans
Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans
Offered by Random House LLC
Price: $11.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, approachable and fascinating history, December 23, 2014
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A very enjoyable book that looks at New Orleans from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, and in particular the intersection of crime, prostitution, music, and politics. The book takes a look at a broad cross section of the city at the height of its creativity, mixing, as well as a time of great turmoil. Its a fascinating and very well told book, that despite being non-fiction reads very much as a work of fiction. Quite good.


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