Boomerang

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I listened to the Audio version of this book.

Michael Lewis is the author of the Liar’s Poker,  The Blindside, Money Ball, and The Big Short.  In his newest book, Boomerang,  he writes about the financial collapse of Iceland, Ireland, and Greece, and the debate in Germany on why the citizens of that country should literally pay for the mistakes of others.  At the end of the book he comes back to America to look at the insolvency of various cities and municipalities and tries to answer the question on what is it about the American Character that allows this to happen.

It’s a great book.

Most of the book comes from articles Michael wrote for Vanity Fair.  You can read most of them here: http://www.vanityfair.com/contributors/michael-lewis

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is one of the most inspirational stories I have ever read.  It tells the story of William Kamkwamba who lived in Malawi, Africa.  A famine forced his family into starvation and his parents could no longer afford to send the fourteen year old  to  school.  He spent a lot of his time at the Library where he saw a picture of a wind mill.  In three months time he created one.

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Pirate Latitudes

This book was published after Crichton’s death and is about Pirates,  arrrrhhh!

It was okay,  but not that great.  Besides the technical aspects of Crichton’s work,  he is great at creating relatable characters'.  I didn’t relate.  Now reading The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,  and next will be The Checklist Manifesto

 

Loving the nook, but it does not sync with my place in books with the iphone like the Kindle and their app does. 

Juliet, Naked

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Nick Hornby, author of High Fidelity and About a Boy, has written a new book about Tucker Crowe, a washed up musician who has fled into obscurity.  A group of “Crowologist” have dedicated their lives to analyzing every insignificant detail of Crowe’s Music and what caused him to disappear.  Chief Crowologist Duncan has finally annoyed his 15 year old girl friend enough that she writes a scathing review of a unplugged version of Crowe’s most famous album.  It turns out that Crowe loves the review and starts up a relationship Duncan’s now ex girlfriend, Annie.

Horny at his best.  As funny as About A Boy.

The Predictioneer’s Game

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First book in Game Theory I have read in a while.  Reminds me of my political science days.  Starts with the premise that people will do what is in their best interest.  Using that theory, Bruce goes on to use game theory to predict certain political outcomes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Some of his predictions:

  • If the US guarantees not to attack North Korea and China guarantees to defend North Korea and if North Korea is given 1billion a year in assistance, they will give up their Nuclear Weapons Program.
  • If the US removes troops from Iraq, it will strengthen the conservatives in Iran.  However if the US leave a force of troops in Iraq, the conservatives in Iran will lose power.
     
  • If the Israel's shared their tourist tax revenue with the Palestinians, it would reduce terrorism in the Middle East.

I really liked the part of the book where he went back and saw what would have needed to be done to stop World War I.

Started reading The Day of Battle, By Rick Atkinson, the second part of this trilogy on World War II.