Tag: sociology

Oct 10

Book Review: How Many Friends Does One Person Need

How Many Friends Does One Person Need?: Dunbar’s Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks by Robin Dunbar This book was recommended to me off of Amazon, and it seemed a sure bet: pop science, original research, and heavy on the sociology. The title refers to Dunbar’s number, the maximum number of people that a person can …

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Apr 23

Book Review: The Warmth of Other Suns

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson This is a story which has not often been told, the story of America’s internal migration of black southerners to the west, midwest, and north-east during the first half of the twentieth century. Because I got this as an audiobook, …

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Oct 01

Book Review: Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids

Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think by Bryan Caplan This is a great title, in that it enticed me to pick this up, and it’s a bad title, because it would be more accurately titled “good reasons to have more kids.” …

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Sep 15

Book Review: Better by Mistake

Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong by Alina Tugend Is it a good sign or a bad sign when the author references mostly books that I’ve already read? On one hand, it’s bad because it indicates that maybe this sub-genre (popular science) is panned out for me. On the other hand, the …

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Aug 13

Book Review: War

War by Sebastian Junger I bought this book on spec, mostly because of the strength of Junger’s other book THE PERFECT STORM, the book by which all other maritime disaster accounts are held up to (and usually found lacking). In WAR, Junger takes on the war in Afghanistan. He follows a platoon for fifteen months …

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