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Review: America’s Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve

America's Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve
America’s Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve by Roger Lowenstein
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Review: Defending Science-Within Reason: Between Scientism and Cynicism

Defending Science-Within Reason: Between Scientism and Cynicism
Defending Science-Within Reason: Between Scientism and Cynicism by Susan Haack
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A wonderfully clear-sighted account of science, what it is, how it is distinguished (but not separate) from other sorts of inquiry, and why it can (but isn’t guaranteed to) produce real knowledge of the world.

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Review: The Martian

The Martian
The Martian by Andy Weir
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I see why this made a good movie.

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Review: The Passage of Power

The Passage of Power
The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow, what a series. I can’t believe I can’t just go read the next one, I hope it comes out soon.

This volume documents LBJ’s loss to JFK and his acceptance of the vice-presidency, a position in which he languished, miserable and powerless, for three years until Oswald’s bullet put him in the office he had been striving for all his life. The final half of the book documents what LBJ did in the next 7 weeks during the “passage of power”, a remarkable period in US history in which LBJ engineered the passage of the most significant civil rights legislation since the Civil War.

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Review: The Concrete Blonde

The Concrete Blonde
The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pretty good, though a bit predictable and long-winded at times.

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Review: The Black Ice

The Black Ice
The Black Ice by Michael Connelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great series for reading on a trip.

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Review: The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece

The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece
The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece by Victor Davis Hanson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An extraordinary account of the experience of a Greek hoplite during the moments of battle.

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Review: The Whites

The Whites
The Whites by Harry Brandt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Whew, Richard Price sure knows how to write a police procedural. I love this guy’s writing.

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Review: The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen

The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen
The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen by Kwame Anthony Appiah
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Appiah examines the role of honor codes in moral behavior by looking at three profound historical changes in social relations — the end of dueling, foot-binding, and slavery.

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Review: Red, White, and Brew: An American Beer Odyssey

Red, White, and Brew: An American Beer Odyssey
Red, White, and Brew: An American Beer Odyssey by Brian Yaeger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun road trip across the US, stopping frequently for beer.

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