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An empowering yet gruesome journey

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Évalué le: 2020-04-20

Tara Westover is captivating in her story of growing up and leaving her chaotic family.

Tara's family isn't a regular Mormon family. Manipulated by her manic father, the family lives off the grid, constantly paranoid of the upcoming apocalypse. Her father preaches twisted religious values of sexism and control.

The story centers around the physical and mental abuse implemented on Tara. The entire time reading, you'll be screaming at her to leave the family! Or at least report them! Even when Tara finally decides to go to university, the shadows of her trauma linger.

This book does a fabulous job of bringing the reader into the mind of domestic assault victims, and even abusers. The long and slow burn of her redemption explains why so many victims return to their abusers, and how deeply abuse can affect people's lives.

10 out of 10
read it.

<br />Felt like reading a Cosmopolitan magazine.

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Évalué le: 2020-04-02

It was a quick and easy read. The fantastic performance by Wayne, the narrator, immersed me in Manson's stories. Otherwise, the book was kind of simple. It seemed like the advice reached across many areas, but only graced the surface. There were not any parts that stood out and were memorable.

I'll recognize my bias and say that this was not the type of book I usually read. Maybe I was too harsh on it. It seems like other people found the book life changing. Whereas, from the beginning, this author's style reminded me of the literature from pick up artists who have become self proclaimed therapists. It's clear that Manson is not a professional therapist, rather, he is a guy who is really good at life. His other book Models taught me to be confident in being vulnerable and honest with women. For his life advice, I am appreciative. But this book felt like the same kind of advice. Anyways, I hope you'll find it more deep than I did.

Finally a wholesome book on pickup

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Évalué le: 2020-03-12

This book is less about picking up girls and more about self improvement. It stood out to me that this author immediately rejected some of the more sexist strategies from "The Game." He tells you that it's okay to lose. He gives advice on being vulnerable and being yourself, which will make your game better but ultimately make you enjoy yourself.
His best tips include:
-How to be honest, by being vulnerable
-How to increase your attractiveness by being "non-needy," which is his way of saying "Respect yourself."
-some general dating tips and wholesome advice

Lovable characters endure WWI, with moments of joy

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Évalué le: 2020-01-31

This is a beautiful story about a young man and his aunt preserving their way of life, becoming spiritual leaders and facing the hardships of their time. Xavier and his best friend Aliza join the Canadian Army in the Great War. As you'd expect, there are horrifying moments, but also moments of victory and joy. The characters are so likable, you'll be engaged the while book.

And the narrators give a gold performance. Both the aunt and Xavier are narrated by talented people. Amazing job.

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What does it take to land a giant rover on Mars?

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Évalué le: 2019-06-25

It takes unassuming "curiosity" and the "right kind of crazy" to take risks.

Follow Adam Steltzner's journey from a rebelling punk to a leading aerospace engineer, who landed the largest rover ever in a treacherous crater on Mars. He explains the details of how he transformed into a formidable leader to his engineering team, and how he proposed the CRAZY design of the Sky Crane to NASA. The leading three reasons were his unrestricted curiosity to explore our universe, his humility in learning from his mistakes, and his guts in taking risks to design the ingenious Curiosity EDL system.

A fitting conclusion to Rhodes' nuclear saga

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Évalué le: 2019-05-17

With the final installment in his 4-book series on nuclear weapons, Richard Rhodes solidifies himself as the de facto expert in nuclear history and policy.

This is my second favourite book in this series. Nothing can ever compare to The Making of The Atomic Bomb, the first in the series, which illustrates in extreme detail the science, politics, and personal accounts of the Manhattan Project. The second and third books unfold the subsequent arms race that propelled the Cold War, until the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Here, the Twilight of the Bombs concludes the series by accounting other nations' quest for nukes (Iraq, North Korea, etc), and debriefing the current treaties aimed at denuclearization.

TLDR: Although Cold War tensions have dissipated, today more countries possess nuclear weapons than ever before. The only policy that guarantees humanity's safety from nuclear Armageddon is full denuclearization. The good news is that we are on our way, thanks to the global effort of treaties and diplomacy.

Richard Rhodes does it again!

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Évalué le: 2019-04-18

Another classic by Dick Rhodes, the third installment in his four part series on nuclear weapons. I am, and forever will be, a devout fan of the first in this series, "The Making of The Atomic Bomb." "Dark Sun" captures the early nuclear arms race as the two adversaries obtain thermonuclear bombs. "Arsenals of Folly" confluently picks up on the story of the Cold War by narrating the escalation of nuclear warheads upon increasingly powerful and accurate ICBMs. As always, Rhodes does a swell job of providing not only geopolitical perspectives on every major event of the Cold War, but also highly personal stories of the world leaders, from Eisenhower and Krushchev to Bush and Gorbachev. If you want to learn about endless debates of Reagan's Star Wars, this is the book for you.

Rhodes focusses on the rise of Gorbachev, painting a clear picture of how the young, starving farm boy grew into the most revolutionary Soviet leader since Lenin (my personal hot take...but he did win a Nobel Peace Prize for ending the Cold War).

In all honesty, however, this book misses the charm that The Making of the Atomic Bomb possessed. In my opinion, TMAB remains the best history book on nuclear weapons, because of how intimately the scientists' stories are told, and how the tension of nuclear war gradually yet consistently rose throughout the entire book. Also, I'm a fan of science, so Dark Sun and Arsenals of Folly, which lack depth in science content are lower on my list of Rhodes novels.

Is the War on Drugs institutionalized racism?

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Évalué le: 2019-03-12

Yes. Racism againsts Africa Americans was was born in America and prevailed throughout its history until present day. Whenever a system of oppression was abolished, it was replaced with a new one; ie: slavery to segregation to mass incarceration. In fact, Michelle Alexander argues that the current issues with the War on Drugs, tolkenism, and colourblindness make racism as prevalent today as 50 years ago.

The book starts off with a captivating introduction that summarizes the story's key points while being easy to comprehend. The subsequent chapters elaborate on each point, covering slavery, Jim Crow, the War on Drugs, colourblindness, and tolkenism. It provides cited statistics and details from historic court cases.

This was my first book outside of my science bubble, so it was a lot for me to digest. If you take it at your own pace it covers a wide array of evidence and arguments. Great book.

Learn about mission control from the greatest

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Évalué le: 2019-01-17

Gene Kranz humbly tells the story of his rise from Air Force pilot to legendary NASA Flight Director. Compared to the novel The Right Stuff which focusses on the bravado of fighter jock/astronauts, Failure Is Not An Option describes how NASA conquered the Moon through the pure grit of mission controllers.

Mercury astronauts and fighter pilot jocks

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Évalué le: 2019-01-06

Tom Wolfe tells the evolution of fighter jocks from Air Force test pilots into NASA astronauts. It provides personal insight into the lives of the Original Mercury Seven, as well as the daring tales of Chuck Yaeger's historic supersonic flights.

Fantastic narration by Dennis Quaid, accents and all.