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Thinking, Fast and Slow
Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thinking slow, April 24 2012
This book is important reading for anyone who considers themselves to be entirely rational. If you think that you make decisions based on careful and reasoned thinking, you need to think again. Kahneman has alerted us to the entirely human sport of jumping to conclusions and then hanging onto them in the face of the evidence. Apart from being a compendium of his extensive research it is well written for the lay reader. Great reading!

Three Cups of Tea
Three Cups of Tea
by Greg Mortenson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peace through education, May 17 2009
This review is from: Three Cups of Tea (Paperback)
Greg Mortensen is an extraordinary individual who has an admirably determined and practical approach to achieving his goals. This book which describes his work building schools in northern Pakistan and Afghanistan is not only a fascinating description of his work, but is very well written and, therefore, a great read.
The thing that impresses me most about Mortensen as desribed here, is his wisdom in dealing with people of a very different culture from his own and giving them the respect they deserve for understanding their own needs and how to go about fufilling them.

Rebel Sell: Why the Culture Can't Be Jammed
Rebel Sell: Why the Culture Can't Be Jammed
by Andrew Potter
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars A rant, Nov. 16 2005
This book reads like a rant from a couple of guys who lost an argument at a cocktail party. It has a kind of "So there!" flavour. They tend to use the term non-conformist to cover trend setters, eccentrics, back-to-the-landers and all others who are not an immediate part of the present culture. Those who try to keep ahead of the rest by using their economic advantage to be the "Jones" are called non-conformist - as if merely being different from the hoipoloi makes a non-conformist - while they are actually conforming to the culture of conspicuous consumerism. Whether there is such a thing as "counter culture" is moot but the authors seem, like the Cheshire Cat, to use terms as if they mean exactly what they, the authors, mean and nothing more.
They have a good rant against Naomi Klein and others who it seems annoy the authors by their equally vociferous views.
I admit to reading this book only than two thirds through and then skipping to the conclusion - it didn't change my mind. It is far from scholarly in its approach - a rant. that's it!

The Da Vinci Code: Special Illustrated Edition
The Da Vinci Code: Special Illustrated Edition
by Dan Brown
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Oh, puhleeeese, April 1 2005
There is no doubt that this is a good read - fast paced with intrigue and lots of red herrings. However, I cannot understand why it has attained cult status and why so many people want to "believe". Knowing even a little about history and a little critical thinking will put this novel where it belongs, strictly in the realm of fiction. Enjoy it for what it is. Don't read into it any more than a good story.

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