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Michael C has commented on (9) products.

Capital by John Lanchester
Capital

Michael C, March 12, 2015

Lanchester weaves enjoyable mysteries and writes with economy, wit, and cutting humor. Here, he turns his eye to a tale of class polarization. The characters are memorable Dickensian denizens of our heedless, make-it-or-break-it 21st century. Great fun and sharp insight on a serious topic.
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Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari
Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

Michael C, March 11, 2015

This book is absolutely essential reading on one of the most important topics in our society and world. It speaks the truth about about addiction and the proper way to respond to it as individuals and citizens. The news is that just about everything you assume to be appropriate is wrong. If you care about human decency, get this book and read it well.
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Dollarocracy: How the Money-and-Media Election Complex Is Destroying America by John Nichols
Dollarocracy: How the Money-and-Media Election Complex Is Destroying America

Michael C, November 11, 2013

Chock full of amazing (if no longer surprising) facts about the triumph of money over politics in America. The authors explain that the 2012 election devoured over $10 billion. Lots of important side stories, too, about things like history and the decline of journalism. Read it and weep (or light a torch).
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William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher
William Shakespeare's Star Wars

Michael C, August 19, 2013

Is this a saber I see, handle toward my mind? Come, let me force thee!

A little bag of tricky treats! Good fun and a nice way to learn this classic verse form.
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The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, But Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, But Does by Sonja Lyubomirsky
The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, But Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, But Does

Michael C, January 22, 2013

Only in recent decades have researchers been paying systematic attention to actual emotions, not least of which is the prize of happiness, which everybody wants to maximize. Lyubomirsky is an insider in this unfolding effort and also a skilled tour guide. This is real self-help material, as opposed to so much PBS fluffery and haranguing. The best aspect here is the emphasis on detailed knowledge of how emotions actually happen and evolve. Will power alone is not nearly enough. If it were, why would we continue to need these kinds of books?
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