January 19, 2014

Do you still care what I've been reading?

As promised, here are the tweet-summaries of the non-fiction books I've been reading last year, in no particular order:

The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills
Slashing healthcare budgets decreases the quality of healthcare. You don't say (The Body Economic, by David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu)

The Genius of Dogs - Discovering the Unique Intelligence of Man's Best Friend 
You think your dog understands you? Not a coincidence: That's what it was bred for (The Genius of Dogs, by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods)

If Dogs Could Talk: Exploring the Canine Mind
Wolves have scent glands on the balls of their feet (If Dogs Could Talk, by Vilmos Csányi)

The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else 
If you want  people to get rich (i.e. own lots of property), you need good property rights (The Mystery of Capital, by Hernando de Soto)

The World Until Yesterday
Traditional societies got some things figured out that we in West still struggle with (The World until Yesterday, by Jared Diamond)

Why America Is Not a New Rome 
Both America and the Roman Empire are less powerful than most people assume (Why America is Not a New Rome, by Vaclav Smil)

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 
Not predictable: Lots and lots of things had to go wrong for World War I to happen (The Sleepwalkers, by Christopher Clark)

Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life
Being good at something means paying attention to the right things. Recommended. (Rapt, by Winifred Gallagher)

Drugs 2.0: The Web Revolution That's Changing How the World Gets High. 
It's easy to buy drugs off the internet, and there isn't much anyone can do about it (Drugs 2.0, by Mike Power)

German Genius
German history is one bloody musician, philosopher and scientist after another (The German Genius, by Peter Watson)

The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up 
How streetsmart entrepreneurs write a business book that makes no sense (The Knack, by Norm Brodsky and Bo Burlingham)

So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love 
The way to find the perfect job is not to not settle and keep looking, but to become good at what you do (So Good They Can't Ignore You, by Cal Newport)

Them: Adventures with Extremists
White supremacists, Muslim extremists and conspiracy nuts can be nice when meeting them in person (Them, by Jon Ronson)

1913 - Der Sommer des Jahrhunderts 
Vor 101 Jahren war die Welt nicht so anders (1913, von Florian Illies)

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think 
We probably shouldn't worry too much about running out of natural resources (Abundance, by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler)

Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny
 Maybe history is not so much the product of divinity as the realization of divinity (Nonzero, by Robert Wright)

L'histoire du type qui cherche une aiguille dans une botte de foin et qui trouve la fille du fermier (Fabuleux Hasards, de Claude Bohuon et Claude Monneret)

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery
When presenting, don't expect people listen to you and read your slides at the same time (Presentation Zen, by Garr Reynolds)

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