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Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring in its message and transparent in the gory details that accompany great performance, the book paints a rich portrait o, February 4, 2016
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A must-read book in my opinion. It offers deep insights into hoe Musk is attempting to change three major industries at the same time. Inspiring in its message and transparent in the gory details that accompany great performance, the book paints a rich portrait of Elon Musk.


When Breath Becomes Air
When Breath Becomes Air
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Price: $12.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read in my opinion....very deep, February 1, 2016
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Hands down one this is one of the best books I have read. The author has a masterful way of describing the emotional nuances of hearing the news of his impending demise, going through the stages of denial and ultimately coming to grips with a reality that could not be changed. Although Paul did not live long enough to pursue his ultimate dream of working at the intersection of medicine, literature, and the psycho-spiritual, he has displayed amazing potential to evoke strong emotions about life and death. He displays complete mastery over the language, an innate ability to make connections across wide spans of literature, and an uncanny knack to craft a turn of phrase that transports the reader across a broad spectrum of emotional states. One can only imagine the great heights he would have conquered had he been able to enjoy a longer life.


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36 Metal Collar Stays in Clear Plastic Box, Order the Sizes You Need. By Smooth Stays (18 - 2.5" & 18 - 2.75")
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Price: $29.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Works ideally, April 5, 2015
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A keeper.Performs as promised


Drowning in Oil: BP & the Reckless Pursuit of Profit
Drowning in Oil: BP & the Reckless Pursuit of Profit
by Loren C. Steffy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.81
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, February 13, 2011
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I really enjoyed Steffy's book. His knowledge about the history of BP disasters shines through. The very elaborate discussion of the Texas City disaster and its bearing on the events at Macondo is itself well worth the price. The Horizon discussion is a well balanced look that relies mostly on fact rather than interpretation. Steffy has masterfully connected the dots to show an ingrained culture of neglect at BP over the years culminating in the tragedy in the Gulf. I would strongly recommend this book to both novice and expert alike. If you read only one book about the disaster, this should be the one (assuming you are already familiar with the Government commission report that is).


In Too Deep: BP and the Drilling Race That Took it Down
In Too Deep: BP and the Drilling Race That Took it Down
by Stanley Reed
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $24.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written book, February 13, 2011
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The book is very well written and reflects the vast knowledge that the authors have about the industry and its inner workings. Barring some poor editing in spots, the book comes across as a fast paced examination of the events leading up to the disaster at Macondo. It is a fairly even handed examination of the fiasco and does not dwell too much on the mundane details which have been published elsewhere. The value and appeal of the book is in its in-depth character examinations of the key players - especially Lord Browne. While the best and perhaps the most definitive book on the disaster thus far will remain the Government report, I would also recommend reading Loren Steffy's Drowning in oil as a good complement to this one.


Celebration of the Human Image: The Human Figure in Indian Contemporary Art
Celebration of the Human Image: The Human Figure in Indian Contemporary Art
by Yvette Kumar
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Very well researched, December 1, 2005
This book is a carefully constructed work of reference dealing with some of the seminal pieces in contemporary Indian art. It features monographs and essays by some of India's leading artists who have built a reputation for Indian art in the international scene. Each of these artists walks the reader through the evolution of the human form in Indian art using key works of reference that the international community might not really be familiar with yet. With the resounding success of recent auctions of Indian art in the UK and US by Sotheby's and Christie's, this book will be of immense value to the collector community looking to gain insights into the contextual dimensions that have given rise to the unique interpretations of the figurative form in Indian art. Enjoyable historical perspective, certainly worth the price for a good work of reference value. Illustrations and reproduction are top draw, high quality.


Diamond: A Journey to the Heart of an Obsession
Diamond: A Journey to the Heart of an Obsession
by Matthew Hart
Edition: Hardcover
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly excellent read, January 8, 2002
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Although the title of the book does little to convey the true allure of the book, I found it to be an excellent piece of engaging research. Mr. Hart demonstrates not just "knowledge" about diamonds but a complete mastery in the field. He grabs reader attention through very interesting stories about major finds, tracing the provenance of several well known gems, highlighting the history behind the treasure and managing to pack in a good dose of easily understandable geology as well. All this makes for a very interesting book. As one interested in economics and business, I found the Mr. Hart's treatment of the business dimensions to be very insightful.
Diamond mining is apparently a very risky business that comes complete with its own cast of colorful characters, schemers, backstabbers, awfully unethical companies, very talented artisans. Mr. Hart captures the nuances of the careers of this varied cast and does so with a thoroughness that is seldom seen. For example he discusses the intricacies of polishing and cleaving diamonds and brings the entire process to life through his vivid descriptions of the skilled people in New York, and Antwerp who make it happen. The way in which an expert labors, actually obsesses, about the potential cut and the number of facets that he'd like to use on a piece of diamond rough, the mathematical precision with which he brings his vision to life and the single minded attention to detail in an enterprise that could make or break fortunes with the tiny slip of a cutters wheel.....remarkable prose. His discussion of the evolution of the Centenary diamond owned by De Beers is scintillating in that it illustrates the dilemmas that the artisans face when they have to turn a rough diamond into an object of desire.
In equal measure he discusses the developments in Brazil, India and South Africa showing how industry performance drivers are changing and how these factors make or break the viability of new finds. His elucidation of the latest developments in geology and prospecting are equally interesting even to those with a passing interest.
I know I am waxing poetic about this book. I really feel very strongly positive about the contents that Mr. Hart has placed in his reader's hands. Thank you for a wonderful read Mr. Hart.


The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall
The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall
by Christopher Hibbert
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.99
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274 of 287 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Depends on what you are looking for, December 26, 2001
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Hibbert does a very good job in providing a really antiseptic, dispassionate, unbiased view of the life and times of the Medici largely from the perspective of empire building and the power struggles it brought. Unfortunately I found the book rather lifeless in that it did not present a moving account of the great Medici family, their trials and tribulations and most importatnly, their interest in the arts. I primarily wanted to read more about the connections between the great renaissance artists and the Medici family since theirs is perhaps one of the most important families to have influenced art and culture in those times. In that respect this book was a serious let down. There are but passing references to the association between the Medicis and Michaelangelo, Ghirlandaio and a few others - not a long drawn examination as was expected.
What the book does offer is a fairly detailed description of the machinations of the Medici family - escpecially the accounts about Cossimo Sr. at the founding of the family and Cossimo II toward the end of the dynasty. The description of war and political strategies are noteworthy. The value of the book depends on what you are looking for. IF you want to know more about the art and culture angles, you are better advised to look elsewhere.
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Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey
Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey
by V. S. Naipaul
Edition: Paperback
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Calls a spade a spade!, December 24, 2001
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Mr. Naipaul's treatment of a what has now become a very contemporary issue is definitely commendable. He asks all the questions you'd like to ask and then some. While many have called this an opinionated piece of work, after reading the book I am truly surprised about such conclusions. Mr. Naipaul takes the reader on a journey through some of the bedrock Islamic societies to winnow fact from fiction and in doing so sets forth the state of affairs with remarkable practicality, bereft of either political correctness or feigned understanding of the tortuous evolution of religion and its convenient interpretation. What a refreshing change compared to the politically correct drivel we read everyday in the papers!!
The dialogs with everyday folk in Iran right after the revolution, the description of the abject conditions in Pakistan are indeed illuminating. The book has much to offer by way of insights especially into the Islamic way of life and origins of Islamic societies in Malaysia and Indonesia (e.g., the "statistical Muslim"). I only wish he had included the Middle Eastern countries in his book. It would have been quiet interesting to read what he has to say about the virulent strains of Islamic fundamentalism that has risen in those parts of the world.
In sum, the book is definitely a good read. I would ask the reader to set aside any prejudiced reviews before reading this book. For the most part Mr. Naipaul adopts a descriptive style of writing and lets the reader connect the dots and draw conclusions. Of course the book is peppered with the author's own interpretations but I did not find them overbearing in any way. It still comes across as a very balanced look at some parts of the Islamic world.
I would strongly recommend the reader to visit ...to view/listen/read Sir Vidia's Nobel lecture. It offers interesting insights into the writer's journey.
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Blur: The Speed of Change in the Connected Economy
Blur: The Speed of Change in the Connected Economy
by Stanley M. Davis
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.99
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious title!, January 19, 2000
The concept of the book is quite novel and interesting. The title seems to demand a reading of the book. However, utter disappointment awaits the reader. The book is very poorly written. The authors have used the "blur" terminology ad infinitum that it starts to grate on your nerves. Have a supply of valium handy! Given their desire to relate everything that happens to BLUR, they over-extend their point to ridiculous lengths.


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