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Wednesday Book Reviews! Yong and Stiglitz were particularly good.
Sept 16 - I Contain Multitudes (Yong) Ed literally wrote the book on Microbes. If you’re curious about the microbes that live in your body (or the bodies of other creatures) and how they affect behavior, disease, evolution, and cognition… this is it.
Sept 16 - A Brief History of Misogyny (Holland) Not a bad book, but a better title would be more like “Particularly interesting incidents of misogyny through mostly Western history.
Sept 19 - The Euro (Stiglitz) Stiglitz is always fun. This book is an argument either to eliminate the Euro or fundamentally change it. Part of what makes it interesting is that I usually associate an anti-Euro perspective with right wing economists, but Stiglitz is (by the standards of economists anyway) decidedly on the left.
Sept 20 - But What If We’re Wrong? (Klosterman)
This book didn’t really do it for me. The idea is basically that we are probably wrong about lots of things, even some of which we are certain of now. After that, it’s a few stories and anecdotes relentlessly restating the premise.