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Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters

I bought this book on the strong recommendation of Michael Shermer and then last fall saw the author, Donald R. Prothero, give a presentation at Shermer’s Origins-Big Questions conference at CalTech. Prothero’s Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters is an amazing explanation of evolution from the fossil record and a great refutation […]



The authors of The Ugly American wrote a sequel called Sarkhan. The novel takes place in the same mythical country, although none of the characters from the first novel appear in this one. The novel is a espionage thriller and it’s very entertaining. Many of the themes from The Ugly American are present (diplomats must […]


The Ugly American

In March, our book club will discuss The Ugly American by William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick. This is a great story! It takes place (and was written) in the late fifties in Vietnam, Burma and a mythical nearby country called Sarkhan. The Ugly American himself does not show up until towards the end of […]


The Magic of Thinking Big

In a departure from my regular reading plan, I recently enjoyed David J. Schwartz’ The Magic of Thinking Big. First published in 1959, the book is dated yet very refreshing. It is one of those books like Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People and Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. The cover of my […]