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The Wealth of Nations (Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics)
The Wealth of Nations (Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics)
von Adam Smith
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A life accomplishment to finish, life changing to read., 20. März 2000
The Wealth of Nations ranks among the best of the unread classics. As a double major in Business and International Relations, I naturally never read this book until after I graduated. Similar to Clauswitz's "On War" for the military strategist, or Plato's "Republic" for the philosopher, this is a must read for anyone who lives in a free-market economy.
Adam Smith goes through a completely exhausting and methodical explanation about the nature of money. The multitude of examples and depth of discussion could stop a Mack truck, but the lessons are critical. It teaches you about the true nature of money; where it comes from, what it means. That, in turn, as you reflect on your own life, will illustrate much about how you prioritize your own life.
Along with Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged," this book will indisputably change your perception of the nature of money and a how person chooses to earn their living.
The only drawback to the book is that it is brutally boring--but get a large cup of Java, sit back, and dig in. Nobody said it was going to be easy. THIS IS A MUST READ.


Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Signet Classics)
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Signet Classics)
von Edwin A. Abbott
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen A great primer, 20. März 2000
Flatland is a good primer for understanding the basics of the different dimensions of our world. It presents a simple, easy to follow story of how a person living in 2-D would view and interact with a person living in 1-D and then with another in 3-D. This is a great launching point for further, more mind provoking and brain-teasing books like "Surfing Through Hyperspace," etc.
Good starter that gets you thinking.


Why Not Me?: The Inside Story: The Inside Story Behind the Making and Unmaking of the Franken Presidency
Why Not Me?: The Inside Story: The Inside Story Behind the Making and Unmaking of the Franken Presidency
von Al Franken
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Ha ha ha. Brings a tear to your eye..., 23. Februar 2000
Campaign diaries with quotes like, "Got off on wrong foot...Still can't shake feeling that I have let everyone down. Splurged on hooker." It's just such fine quality humor! Read this book and then read the current news blurbs from the candidates on the Presidency trail; that's what makes it such good satire. Good grief this was funny.


The Samurai, the Mountie and the Cowboy: Should America Adopt the Gun Controls of Other Democracies?
The Samurai, the Mountie and the Cowboy: Should America Adopt the Gun Controls of Other Democracies?
von David B. Kopel
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Common sense conclusions..., 23. Februar 2000
Kopel histories of the governments in Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Japan, Switzerland and the US. Concurrent with the history/culture review he mirrors the weapons control laws that evolved and their consequences. By looking more in depth at the context within which each of these countries enacted their controls, Kopel looks for "lessons learned." His work is mostly objective, incredibly well-documented, and reaches some pretty common sense conclusions. An excellent resource for learning about the nature of government, laws, and gun control specifically.


In the Lake of the Woods
In the Lake of the Woods
von Tim O'Brien
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen OBrien's Best Book, 2. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: In the Lake of the Woods (Taschenbuch)
Of the four Tim O'brien books I've read, this one was the best. So compelling and shocking that I was forced to put the book down more than once just to get myself together. In his classic style, the reader spends two thirds of the book struggling to piece together what's really going on from what's going on in the character's mind. The book assumes a quality not unlike being suspended between dreaming and awake, a confusing arena where one sees parts of themselves they never knew, or perhaps wished never, existed.
Though the book is touted mostly as a "Vietnam" book, it really focuses on the dark side of all of us and only uses the Vietnam card as a starting point for his own personal horrors. The book speaks just as well to anyone who has haunting skeletons in the closet from past adventures and experiences. Creepy. Absolutely compelling story.
Where most authors struggle to provide one or two good insights into human nature and the truth of life, O'brien pinpoints at least a dozen zingers. This was perhaps my favorite book of all time.


More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-Control Laws (Studies in Law and Economics)
More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-Control Laws (Studies in Law and Economics)
von John R., Jr. Lott
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5.0 von 5 Sternen SOLID Statistical Analysis..., 29. Dezember 1999
Lott presents a well-studied analysis of one facet of the gun control issue. After reading this book, I sought out the original documents, studies and analysis and checked Lott's results for accuracy. Then again with experts in the field of statistical analysis. They confirmed what I initially believed; this book is a VERY SOLID, mechanical analysis of the best data available. I have yet to see gun control advocates go the extra mile and list out the source of the source of their information, encouraging the reader to challenge the statistical validity of their argument like Lott does. Overall, the book is concise, to the point, and still a fairly easy read. Although it helps to have some background in regression/statistical analysis, everyone will be able to understand the arguments. It will definitely get you thinking. Well done, and still waiting for a rebuttle by the gun control folks...


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