Book Reviews

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The premise of book reviews on this site is the interaction of the marginal utility and opportunity cost mental models.  Books are judged primarily on how much learning potential they offer you, per unit of time invested – so a book with 10 arbitrary “units” of learning in 500 pages would be ranked much lower than a book with 8 units in a more concise 200 pages.  Consideration is given to writing style; i.e., fun, enjoyable books that are easier (and faster) to read are rated more highly than dry, dull, academic books (which we try to avoid at all costs.)

Reviews are separated into four categories:

Effective Thinking (Incl Psychology / Neuroscience)

Science, Engineering, Math, Medicine

Business / Finance / Entrepreneurship

History / Biography