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    LeGault: Think
    A rejoinder to Gladwell's Blink, urging Americans to rediscover the ability to think critically rather than rely on their gut or emotions. Sadly he does not heed his own advice and understand Gladwell's thesis - namely that gut instincts only work in certain circumstance. Also the fact the author kept defending Bush and the non-signature of the Kyoto treaty and the lack of evidence for global warming made me lose patience... (**)

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    John Battelle: The Search
    A great synopsis of the history of search from Yahoo to Altavista to Google and beyond (****)

  • Charles Freeman: The Closing of the Western Mind

    Charles Freeman: The Closing of the Western Mind
    Traces the history of how Christianity stifled the Greek intellectual tradition. Clearly relevant to today's culture wars, but ultimately the narrative is too dense and detailed to really spring to life (***)

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  • Tom Wolfe: I am Charlotte Simmons

    Tom Wolfe: I am Charlotte Simmons
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    Nassim Nicholas Taleb: Fooled by Randomness
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    Stephen Fry: Revenge : A Novel
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  • Philip Roth: The Plot Against America: A Novel

    Philip Roth: The Plot Against America: A Novel
    A historical novel of faction, a cautionary tale of how fascism can rear its head; very timely given the PATRIOT act, wiretapping without warrants, loss of habeas corpus. (****)

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    Economist takes a look at everyday issues such as "do realtors maximize the sale price of your house?". (****)

  • Bill Bryson: I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away

    Bill Bryson: I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away
    Bill Bryson at his insightful, hilarious best. As a Brit sometimes flummoxed by life in the US, this resonated very strongly with me. (****)

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James Aach

You might be interested to know that Stewart Brand has also recently endorsed a techno-thriller novel about the American nuclear power industry.

Written by a longtime nuclear engineer (me), and available at no cost to readers, "Rad Decision" provides an entertaining and accurate portrait of the nuclear industry today and how a nuclear accident would be handled. The novel is available online and via a downloadable PDF file at http://RadDecision.blogspot.com.

"I'd like to see Rad Decision widely read." - Stewart Brand

The Comments section on the front page of the website contains other reader reviews.

I hope you'll take the opportunity to look at Rad Decision. I'm honestly not sure what our energy future should be, but I know we'll do a better job of deciding if we truly understand our energy present. Frankly, the media and outside experts have done a poor job in accurately portraying the real world of nuclear power, both pro and con (and there are plenty of both). All sides of the nuclear debate will find points to ponder in Rad Decision.

Ben Casnocha

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ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Felix rapidly strengthened into a dangerous Category 5 hurricane and churned through the Caribbean Sea on a path toward Central America, where forecasters said it could make landfall as “potentially catastrophic” storm.
Felix was packing winds of up to 165 mph as it headed west, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. It was projected to skirt Honduras’ coastline on Tuesday before slamming into Belize on Wednesday.
“As it stands, we’re still thinking that it will be a potentially catastrophic system in the early portions of this week, Tuesday evening, possibly affecting Honduras and then toward the coast of Belize,” said Dave Roberts, a hurricane specialist at the center in Miami.

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