Review: What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars

What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars by Jim Paul My rating: 4 of 5 stars What I learned Losing a Million Dollars offers a fascinating look into the mindset, behaviors, and life of Jim Paul, a man of privilege who, early on in life, developed an appetite for little work and large gains—i.e., a fast buck. This ultimately led him to the financial markets. Success bred hubris and other

2017-07-08T20:18:05+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Investing, Money, Nonfiction, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars

Review: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie My rating: 0 of 5 stars A fascinating and meticulously researched compendium. This book will appeal more to those who love to study history than those who love to study people. View all my reviews

2017-07-08T20:13:27+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Biography, Book Review, History, Russia|Comments Off on Review: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Review: The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters

The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters by Tom Nichols My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book will likely be embraced or rejected in large part by one’s current political leanings, which is unfortunate because there’s a lot to be gained by reading it. Whether you accept his perspectives or not, Nichol’s has got one thing right: “…the most dangerous aspect of the

2017-07-08T20:05:34+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Education, Epistemology, Nonfiction|Comments Off on Review: The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters

Review: Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom My rating: 4 of 5 stars Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom reads a bit like a textbook. And unless you're already passionate about the topic, it requires patience and perseverance to get through it. While the content is complex, the structure is simple and straightforward, making Superintelligence easy to follow. I'm not an AI expert; I picked up this book to learn. And that's

2017-07-08T19:58:03+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Computer Science, Nonfiction, Technology|Comments Off on Review: Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Review: Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge and Build Confidence

Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge and Build Confidence by Andy Molinsky My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is about how to get outside your comfort zone but it’s also about something bigger: how to adjust your own behavior without losing yourself in the process. When we lack a skill in an area, it can impact our success.

2017-07-08T19:53:22+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Leadership, Nonfiction, Personal Development|Comments Off on Review: Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge and Build Confidence

Review: Algorithms to Live By: What Computers Can Teach Us About Solving Human Problems

Algorithms to Live By: What Computers Can Teach Us About Solving Human Problems by Brian Christian My rating: 4 of 5 stars Most of our decision-making happens unconsciously. Our autopilot mode works wonders a lot of the time. But sometimes not-so-much. Moving our brains from automatic mode to contemplative or "let's stop a moment and think about this" mode, can lead to better decisions and better outcomes.Algorithms to Live By

2017-07-08T19:49:15+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Computer Science, Nonfiction, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: Algorithms to Live By: What Computers Can Teach Us About Solving Human Problems

Review: Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction

Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson My rating: 4 of 5 stars As a lifelong student of consumer and human behavior, I wasn't sure I'd get much out of this book. But because some of my favorite thinking minds raved about it, I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did. Hit Makers is a hit. It reinforced what I

2017-07-08T19:45:00+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Entertainment & Media, Nonfiction, Psychology, Social Science|Comments Off on Review: Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction

Review: Perfectly Undone

Perfectly Undone by Jamie Raintree My rating: 4 of 5 stars Meh. This is what I thought when I read the inside flap of Perfectly Undone. But I was in a tough spot: I wanted a new fiction read and this was the most promising option among the stack of advance reader copies in front of me. So, I grabbed the book, expecting little more than to tide me over

2017-07-08T19:37:37+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Family Life, Fiction|Comments Off on Review: Perfectly Undone

Review: The Finishing School

The Finishing School by Joanna Goodman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Sometimes a book delivers exactly what you want when you want it. The Finishing School did just that for me so I'm giving it—and Joanna Goodman—5 stars for extraordinary timing and sensational storytelling. I read a lot of nonfiction--mostly nonfiction. Of course, I absolutely love it--I love to learn, I love to stretch, I love to challenge my

2017-07-08T19:34:27+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Fiction|Comments Off on Review: The Finishing School

Review: The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius

The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius by Gail Saltz My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a powerful book not just for caregivers of children with "disorders" but for those who spent their childhood feeling "different" or "stupid" or otherwise "not quite right" then went on to achieve lots later. There's also a larger message in here for everyone else to take away: "different" is

2017-07-08T19:31:12+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Nonfiction, Psychology|Comments Off on Review: The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius
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