Great Books

Some of my favorite books...

The Best
Guns, Germs, and Steel Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Society; Jared Diamond Pre-history as a science.

"Life isn't fair--here's why: Since 1500, Europeans have, for better and worse, called the tune that the World has danced to. In Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond explains the reasons why things worked out that way."

The Moral Animal : Evolutionary Psychology and Everyday Life; Robert Wright, Luann Walther; Paperback; $11.20 An incredibly fun, controversial book on the impact of evolution on human behavior
The Lexus and the Olive Tree The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization; Thomas L. Friedman Explains what's going on in the post-Cold War era.

"...a spirited and imaginative exploration of our new order of economic globalization.... The author uses his skills as reporter and analyst to conduct a breathtaking tour, one that possesses the exhilarating qualities of flight and the stomach-hollowing ones of free fall."

Life Itself: Exploring the Realm of the Living Cell; Boyce Rensberger Gives genomics a context and really well-written.

"A book so clear and exciting that one keeps turning pages as in a novel, to see what will happen next. His book captures the thrill of scientific discovery and the power of the questions that remain."

Cognitive Science & Evolutionary Psychology
The Age of Spiritual Machines; Ray Kurzweil Where things are going.   Wow.
Consciousness Explained; Daniel C. Dennett, Paul Weiner; Paperback; $14.35 The title says it all. Great cocktail party conversation for years to come.
  Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meaning of Life; Daniel C. Dennett; Paperback; $14.40 My favorite Dennett book. Darwin vs. Theism.
how_the_mind_works.gif (5576 bytes) How the Mind Works; Steven Pinker If you have to read just one "brain" book, this is the one to read.
Nonzero : The Logic of Human Destiny; Robert Wright; Hardcover; $19.25 'At the beginning of Nonzero, Robert Wright sets out to "define the arrow of the history of life, from the primordial soup to the World Wide Web." Twenty-two chapters later, after a sweeping and vivid narrative of the human past, he has succeeded -- and has mounted a powerful challenge to the conventional view that evolution and human history are aimless.'
Babies
0394714369_l.gif (8758 bytes) Babyhood : Stage by Stage, from Birth to Age Two; How Your Baby Develops Physically, Emotionally, Mentally; Penelope Leach; Paperback; $15.30 Our favorite baby book.   Covers everything.  Research, not opinion..
The Nature Assumption The Nurture Assumption; Judith Rich Harris How much impact do we really have on our kids?
Business
  Age of Unreason; Charles Handy; Paperback; $11.65 A business book on the decentralization of labor that we're all experiencing; some day we'll all be consultants
Debugging the Development Process : Practical Strategies for Staying Focused, Hitting Ship Dates, and Building Solid Teams; Steve Maguire; Paperback; $19.96 The best book on the science of software product development I have ever read
  Dynamics of Software Development; Jim McCarthy; Paperback A more anecdotal cousin of "Debugging the Development Process"
  Economics in One Lesson; Henry Hazlitt; Paperback The classic libertarian primer
The Future and Its Enemies; Virginia Postrel; Hardcover Perfect description of the new territory politics is shifting to.
Inside the Tornado : Marketing Strategies from Silicon Valley's Cutting Edge; Geoffrey A Moore; Hardcover; $20.00 Sequel to the excellent "Crossing the Chasm".  A great model for understanding the development of high-tech markets.
  Managing the Professional Service Firm; David H. Maister; Hardcover; $40.50  

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