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1702 days ago

Interesting and data-driven. Piketty makes an explicit effort to support all arguments with data, and calls out many (American) economists for working too much on macroeconomic theory and not doing enough genuine research. He looks at tax records, estate records, period literature (Honore Balzac & Jane Austen primarily), and government provided data over the past few centuries and bases his work on those numbers. His work heavily focuses on French, British, and American examples but also addresses Japan, Germany and the developing world - though in many cases the data is not as available.

His essential argument - that capital has a tendency to accumulate and the greater the store of capital the greater the returns on the capital, and accumulation. This can be addressed through political means, but has no natural economic or technological barrier. Innovation, technology, and capitalism will not slow down the rate of capital accumulation or growth of inequality among societal groups.

I thought the argument was good, the data supportive, the writing interesting, overall I enjoyed it.

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1702 days ago

A chef and foodie perspective on eating and cooking sustainably. Not just because it's environmentally friendly, but because it's tasty. The book made me want to start living the Spanish way because he writes about the way the pork and goose are farmed there, and the fish are caught, and it just sounds too good to be true. He deals with the issues of "Can you sustainably eat tuna?" in that he addresses that it's a real problem, but he doesn't tell you the answer.

Overall, very good book that made me a bit hungry and was enjoyable. Fans of Michael Pollan and fancy famous chefs will like it.

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1963 days ago

a must read book altough is old his advice still works if you want to apply.You can find it for free (just search on google) or buy from amazon

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2134 days ago

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2537 days ago

This is the second book about surgery that Dr. Gelber has written, and this one was even better than the first one.


There is a wealth of information in here, and I don’t just mean for people in the medical field, but for anyone who reads it. It’s an intimate look at what goes on “behind the scenes” during surgery, with plenty of examples drawn from the author’s own practice or that of his colleagues. It can be a bit jarring at first to jump right in, because there are many, many medical terms, but, with a glossary in the back, it quickly becomes fascinating to see what each of those words means.


I particularly enjoyed the chapter called “Disasters”, mainly because of the honesty in the writing. The entire chapter is about medical cases that, for one reason or another, went wrong. The way that Dr. Gelber tells us about them, the sincerity in the way he describes what would have been a better procedure or better choice in hindsight, is worth the whole book.


That chapter is followed by some lighter ones, in which the author contemplates what it’d be like to treat superheroes like Superman or Spiderman, which is hilarious, and then another chapter on the surgical devices he’d like to create if reality and money wasn’t an issue. Very amusing as well.


This is a fascinating book, and I highly recommend it.

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2580 days ago

804 pages of empty words. Save yourself some trouble and buy something else. Don't buy this as a reference book.

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2702 days ago

I found The Diet Solution Program while I was trying to find healthy approaches to shed weight. I had experimented with weightloss pills, and they either did not work at all (particularly the non-prescription ones), or helped while you used them. After I came off of the prescribed weightloss pills, I gained all the weight again and also 20 pounds. I needed a diet regime that would reveal me precisely what types of foods to consume and what forms of workouts to perform to lose fat. The Diet Solution provided just those things, and a a lot of different resources to keep with my new healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Today, I take advantage of the tested recipes from the program to make dinner for my whole family, and I do not just cook for everybody else anymore. I may make my children a fried chicken meal, but I will have the roasted chicken and steamed vegetables. My enthusiasm has come from my remarkable results. I am not only back into my tiny jeans, but even they are setting out to get to be slightly big on me.

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2768 days ago

Or, The Rantings of an Alcoholic Atheist.
A decent book by an angry sot. Hitchens said, quite often, that "religion poisons everything." What he should have said was that organized religion poisons everything.

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The main problem with Hitchens's work...and it is the same problem with Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion and Sam Harris's The End of Faith is that the main object of Hitchens's ire is Christian theology. "My particular atheism is a Protestant atheism" he says on page 11. His attack is on the Christian interpretations of the Bible. His knowledge of Judaism is non-existant as he proves over and over again; except for maligning Maimonides on a few occasions, his attacks on the Tanach are simply attacks on the Christian theological interpretations. When he says that "The foundation story for all three faiths [Judaism, Christianity, and Mohammudism] concerns the purported meeting between Moses and god, [sic] at the summit of Mount Sinai." (p. 98) However, he then proceeds to attack the Christian interpretations of the Torah, obviously without a clue to the rabbinic interpretations, and this makes Hitchens sound about as bright as the Christians he is trying to ridicule. Often he simply recycles the old antisemitic slurs from Wellhausen and his ilk. But it is hard to take Hitchens seriously when he makes so many fundamental errors and assumptions.

Hitchens does better with Christianity and Islam; he is obviously more familiar with these two faiths. He ends the book with a call for a "second Enlightenment," a revival of the Greek philosophy which has held the West in thralldom for centuries. The obvious question is: how much better off are we because of the Enlightenment? Is man any more moral than, say, the ancient Greeks or Romans? Obviously, the answer is NO. We still base our culture and legal system on the Greek and Roman models; the top 1% make all the rules and get most of the goodies, and the rest of mankind suffers. Of course, Christianity (and its theologically-influenced cousin Mohammudism) was a product of this same Greco/Roman thought and culture, so the organized religion which Hitchens so strongly opposes is part of the same culture, a branch of the same cultural tree, as the one Hitchens uses to prop up his argument. To think that the whole tree might be rotten, that the entire tree is the problem, is way beyond Hitchens's meager grasp.

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2785 days ago

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2828 days ago

MET JEFF AT A BOOK SIGNING BOUGHT A COPY FOR MYSELF AND AS A GIFT.
CAME HOME FROM THE EVENT AND HAD FINISHED READING IT THAT NIGHT.
IT WAS AN EASY READ BUT HAD A GOOD AMOUNT OF INFORMATION. IT WAS
WRITTEN IN A WAY THAT YOU COULD EASILY RELATE TO. I FELT LIKE I COULD HAVE
BEEN THERE. JEFF MADE THE INFORMATION EASY TO GRASP. ALSO MADE ME ROOT
FOR PATRICK. HE IS A LUCKY DOG WHO TOTALLY DESERVES A FOREVER FAMILY.
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