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Book Review: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Book Review: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Over the course of 35 years, from Ecuador to Iran, from Indonesia to Panama and within the United States, author John Perkins helped US companies thrive at the expense of local people and ecosystems. All the while, he felt conflicted and wanted to change. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is his story, and it is quite tell-all. Very early in life, our experiences shape us, and set us on paths that define the rest …

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Book Review: The Story of World War II

Book Review: The Story of World War II

The Story of World War II by Donald Miller tells the story of the war from a mostly American point of view and includes extensive first hand accounts. This book may take awhile to read, but it will reward you. I always wanted to understand more of the war and this book provided to be a good introductory primer. Now, go get it.

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Why Libraries are Cool

Why Libraries are Cool

The Flagstaff Public Library had an adult summer reading program this summer–read 3 books, do a review of one and get a free book. That just warmed up my geek soul. I read that quantum mechanics book (which you all read the review of, right?), Night by Elie Wiesel (which you should read), and The Story of World War II by Donald Miller (which also you must read). I barely finished the latter by the …

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Book Review: The Measure of a Mountain: Beauty and Terror on Mount Rainier

Book Review: The Measure of a Mountain: Beauty and Terror on Mount Rainier

Bruce Barcott’s The Measure of a Mountain takes us on a journey through history, geology the culture of a mountain, then culminates in a more dramatic account of his own attempt and successful completion of a climb of what he describes as one of America’s most dangerous mountains. Barcott begins benignly enough with a backpacking trip around the mountains base, with tales of rain soaked, not entirely pleasant trips interspersed with lessons on geology, seismology, …

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Book Review: The Quantum World

Book Review: The Quantum World

Kenneth Ford’s 2004 book The Quantum World: Quantum Physics for Everyone is a conversational introduction to quantum physics. The book is a short, but dense read that took me about two weeks. This is a book where the author tells you to “buckle your seatbelt” periodically. He’s definitely not joking. A quick synopsis is in order. We first learn about the basic units of measure used in quantum mechanics. My favorite bit from this section: …

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Book Review: American Nomads

Book Review: American Nomads

America Nomads: Travels with Lost Conquistadors, Mountain Men, Cowboys, Indians, Hoboes, Truckers, and Bullriders By Richard Grant Spanning centuries of history, and chronicling the ways of historical and current American wanderers, American Nomads is a fascinating, even thrilling read. For history buffs there are tales of exploration and discovery. Travel with Cabeza de Vaca, a Spanish conquistador turned Indian trader turned advocate for the rights of indigenous people. By the time his solo journeys in …

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