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Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base by Annie Jacobsen (Book Review 012)

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Area 51 by Annie Jacobsen is a good effort in collating the various pieces of history regarding the ranch (most of which is still classified). Note that I had read this book via the kindle app on my ipad. I had learnt about Area 51 from a couple of Discovery Channel shows that create a lot of viewer interest and awe regarding the activities that are believed to be ...

The Gods Themselves by Issac Asimov (Book Review 011)

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The Gods Themselves is a very popular novel by the great science fiction writer Issac Asimov. If you are an Asimov fan, chances are that you might have already read it. This novel was regarded by Asimov as one of his favourite works. It is one of the very few works of Asimov that contain vivid description of an intelligent alien life. I managed to read the book on ...

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell (Book Review 010)

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ISBN: 9780316010665 Tagline: The Power of Thinking without Thinking Malcolm Gladwell covered business, science and medicine for the Washington Post before becoming the New York City bureau chief. Currently he is a staff writer for the New Yorker Blink is an unconventional book on an unconventional topic and is extremely engrossing. The writing style of the author and the choice of the stories/examples used by the author ensures that the reader ...

“The Last Question” and why I am so intrigued by it

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Hi, Yesterday I wanted to read this amazing short story by Isaac Asimov that I had read long ago during my MBA course. I did not know the title of the story and only remembered that it ended with the following line: "Let there be light". So I googled "Let there be Light + Isaac Asimov" and stumbled upon this site (Recommend reading the story if you have time, ...

Issac Asimov’s Science Fiction Series – Suggested Reading Order

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While trying to keep alive, an effort to satiate my need for reading good science fiction, today I researched the internet to find an answer to a question: Which book should I pickup to start reading Issac Asimov's science fiction series, such that I extract the maximum benefit from the whole reading exercise? According to Asimov's note in the book Prelude to Foundation (a prequel to the original foundation trilogy), ...

The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox (Book Review 009)

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ISBN: 8185984131 Tagline: A process of ongoing improvement. The Goal was not on my reading list. However, it was lying around in the house and I decided to go ahead with it. The size of this book was very uninviting and from all the text on the covers and in the intro pages, I thought that I'd be better off reading this book during or after my MBA even though ...

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (Book Review 008)

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ISBN 0349114463 Tagline: How little things can make a big difference I was looking forward to reading books by Malcolm Gladwell and finally got my hands on The Tipping Point. It is not a very big book and I managed to finish it in three days, reading only in my free time. Most of you might be aware that The Tipping Point is popular bestseller and a highly appreciated book. ...

The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman (Book Review 007)

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ISBN: 0141022728 Tagline: The Globalized world in the Twenty-First century Hanging around for almost a month with The World is Flat, I finally completed it despite all the time constraints I was under. I have never read such a thick book back-to-back in my life until this one and this book is very special not just in that sense. I could have completed it within a short span but the ...

Anne Frank: The Diary of a young girl (Book Review 006)

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ISBN: 0553296981 I had finished reading Anne Frank: The Diary of a young girl a few days ago. This book is the most popular war documentary of the Second World War and perhaps of all times. It was published in 1947 and since then it has been translated into more than thirty languages and adapted for theatre film and television. In her introduction to the diary's first American edition, ...

Freakonomics by Levitt & Dubner (Book Review 005)

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ISBN: 006073132X Tagline: A rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything. I had completed reading Freakonomics over a month ago and was pretty much glued to it then. However, now that I have decided to pick up The world is flat and a few Malcolm Gladwell's books, I thought that I should finish this book's review so that I do not mix things up. About the authors I am not an ...

Biological Weapons: Issues and Threats by Chari & Rajain (Book Review 004)

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ISBN: 9812104046 This book published by the Indian Research press, has been edited by P.R. Chari and Arpit Rajain. Before I move on to the book, I would like to mention a few words about the editors as given in the book. P.R. Chari is a former member of Indian Administrative Services and has also served in the Ministry of Defense. He has worked extensively on Nuclear disarmament and ...

Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho (Book Review 003)

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ISBN: 0060589280 Paulo Coelho is a popular author who shot to fame with his best-selling book The Alchemist. He has also written other books like the pilgrimage, the Valkyries, the fifth mountain, the Zahir (being his latest) and many others. Eleven Minutes is very different from his other works for it is based on an adult theme and contains vividly described scenes of sexual intercourse and 'eleven minutes' the name ...

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Book Review 002)

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ISBN: 0062502182 Tagline: A Magical Fable about following your dream This book review was long due. I had read this book over two years ago after a friend suggested it to me but never got a chance to pen down anything about it (I did not have a blog back then). After this book, I have read only one another book of Paulo Coelho, till date, i.e. Eleven Minutes and ...

Wings of Fire by Arun Tiwari and APJ Abdul Kalam (Book Review 001)

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ISBN: 8173711461 Tagline: An autobiography of APJ Abdul Kalam with Arun Tiwari Wings of fire was perhaps the first book which I had read completely and which was not a part of my school or college syllabus :-). I had read this book in 2003 i.e. after Dr. Kalam was appointed the President of India. As I was not into the habit of reading then, I wondered if I would ...

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