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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Martello Technologies : A Cloud Based Telecommunication Solutions Company : Private Placement

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Verdmont has limited capacity on an equity raise currently being done by Martello Technologies.

Martello is a private company that offers cloud based telecommunication solutions. The company currently has revenues of C$800k per annum, which are expected to grow to C$1.6Mil by their fiscal year end April 2015.

The company is raising upwards of C$7Mil to expand its business operations.

The company is being priced at a pre-money valuation of C$2Mil.

MARTELLO TECHNOLOGIES AND HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRANSACTION

For a detailed overview of Martello and the cloud based telecommunications industry, please see the company’s corporate presentation. Here is a brief overview of Martello’s business model and some of the highlights of the transaction:

Martello Snapshot
Martello Technologies delivers performance cloud services through their main software MarWatch. In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive. The cloud is just a metaphor for the Internet.  Instead of having to set up, pay, and maintain for your own telephone communication, fax, and email, you just pay $35 per month.

Strong Value Proposition for Martello’s End Clients
Under the cloud model, companies pay a monthly fee per handset and essentially outsource this segment of their business. Martello, with its partner Mitel, benefit from economies of scale by hosting numerous clients on an internet based platform. They are also able to provide an improved level of service, functionality and support, which the market is beginning to appreciate and embrace.

Growing Business Segment
Various industry groups expect this segment of the telecommunications market to grow by annual compound growth rate of 25%-30% over the next 4 years.

Outstanding Team
Bruce Linton, Chairman & Co-Founder of Tweed Marijuana Inc. is Martello’s CEO. The founder and main shareholder of Martello is Terry Matthews who is a very well-known and successful tech entrepreneur  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Matthews.

Solid and Growing Client Base
Mitel (MITL:$10.58), a $1 billion dollar market company, is their main partner. Mitel uses Martello’s software technology as part of their overall service offering to improve the quality of the cloud experience. Martello receives an ongoing fee from Mitel for all of their clients that utilize Martello’s service. Clients currently using Martello’s platform are the Government of Canada and the Chicago School Board.

Now is a Compelling Time to Invest in Martello
We believe that the cloud based model is beginning to gain significant traction. The recent share performance of Mitel serves to underscore our view.  Mitel, a US$1.1Bil company, has seen its share price rise substantially as of late, as its unified communications segment (cloud technology) experience substantial growth.

Mitel (MITL:$10.58) – 3 Year Performance

Furthermore, companies with a reoccurring fee based model have to reach a critical mass before they can be deemed a success. This differs from a company that sells software for example, as a company in that industry gets large substantial cash flow upfront.  Martello now has enough customers signed up that the reoccurring revenues are beginning to “move the needle” and the company can advance to the next stage. The company currently has C$800K in annual revenues, which are expected to grow to C$1.6Mil by fiscal year end April 2015. During the next 2-3 years, revenues are expected to grow substantially, which we believe makes Martello a logical takeout target for someone like Mitel.

Strong Value Component to the Raise
The company is trying to raise a total of $7 million. The pre-money valuation of the company is C$2Mil, which is 2.5X trailing annual revenues. This is quite cheap, given that companies with reoccurring revenue streams can be valued north of 6X revenues. If one assumes the company’s sales target of C$1.6Mil is met in April of 2015, the raise is closer to 1.25X revenue. Good value in our opinion.

Strong Shareholder Base
The main investor is Terry Matthews, mentioned above, who has successfully launched more than 80 companies. Terry will own 49% of the company post raise. We believe his involvement lends a huge degree of credibility to the story. Additionally, one has to think an investor of this pedigree would not bother with a small company like Martello unless there was some real meat the story.

In summary, we believe that Martello technologies is an exciting and unique investment opportunity for Verdmont Clients to participate in. Martello is positioned well to capitalize on this rapidly growing segment of the telecommunications market.

Please contact your Verdmont Representative to request an allocation. We have very limited capacity on this raise, so please indicate your interest immediately. Allocations will be done on a first come first serve basis. As with all transactions we recommend to our clients, Verdmont insiders may participate in the raise.


Friday, July 18, 2014

SLYCE Inc. (TSXV:SLC.V) - To Commence Trading on Monday, July 21, 2014


Below is an news release from today  indicating that Slyce will begin trading this coming Monday. A heads up for those Verdmont clients who participated in the transaction via the recent pre-IPO financing.  Please call your Verdmont Rep for color.


July 18, 2014 11:55 ET
SLYCE Inc. Announces Confirmation of Listing on the TSX Venture Exchange and Grant of Options
Company to Commence Trading on July 21, 2014
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 18, 2014) -
NOT FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES. ANY FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS RESTRICTION MAY CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF U.S. SECURITIES LAWS.
Editors Note: There is one video associated with this press release.
SLYCE Inc. (formerly Oculus Ventures Corporation) (the "Corporation") (TSX VENTURE:OVX.H) is pleased to announce that, further to its press release of June 26, 2014, it has received the final TSX Venture Exchange ("TSXV") bulletin confirming completion of the Qualifying Transaction and the Corporation's common shares will commence trading on the TSXV on July 21, 2014 under the trading symbol "SLC".
On June 26, 2014, the Corporation and SLYCE Inc. ("Old Slyce") completed a business combination transaction by way of an amalgamation (the "Amalgamation") of Old Slyce with 1813472 Alberta Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Corporation. The Amalgamation constituted the Qualifying Transaction for the Corporation under Policy 2.4 of the TSXV Corporate Finance Manual.
As a condition to closing the transaction, Old Slyce completed a brokered private placement financing of 20,000,000 subscription receipts offered at $0.60 per subscription receipt and raised gross proceeds of $12 million. As part of the Amalgamation these subscription receipts converted into 20,000,000 commons shares of the Corporation.
SLYCE Inc. President and Interim CEO Mark Elfenbein said of the announcement, "This marks another significant milestone for our company. In the past 12 months, visual search - the technology that enables direct purchasing from images - has experienced significant interest from within the retail industry. The Slyce platform helps to solve many issues leading retailers are facing with changing consumer habits and rapidly advancing technology."
The Corporation also announces that on July 17, 2014 the grant of stock options to acquire an aggregate of 1,391,666 common shares of the Corporation, subject to the execution of definitive option agreements, to directors, officers, consultants and employees of the Corporation as follows:
  1. Erika Racicot, Chief Operations Officer and a director of the Corporation, was granted 200,000 stock options;
  2. Adam Jarczyn, Chief Product Officer of the Corporation, was granted 20,000 stock options;
  3. Steven Seguin, Chief Technology Officer of the Corporation, was granted 20,000 stock options;
  4. Ehsan Fazl-Ersi, Chief Science Officer of the Corporation, was granted 20,000 stock options;
  5. Business Instincts Group Inc. ("BIG") was granted [405,000] stock options; and
  6. employees of the Corporation and its subsidiaries were granted an aggregate of 726,666 stock options.
Each grant of options has a three-year term, expiring on July 17, 2017. The options vest over a period of 24 months (one-third vest immediately, one-third vest 12 months from the grant date, and one-third vest 24 months from the grant date). Each option is exercisable into one common share of the Corporation at an exercise price of $0.60 per share.
Giving effect to the grant, there will be 6,887,192 outstanding options to purchase common shares of the Corporation, representing approximately 7.23% of the Corporation's issued and outstanding common shares.
Pursuant to a business services agreement dated effective June 1, 2014, BIG provides, among other services, public relations services (through the provision of a public relations coordinator) and shareholder communication services (through the provision of shareholder communication personnel and shareholder material production and circulation services) to the Corporation.
About SLYCE Inc.
The Corporation is a visual search technology company based in Calgary, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario and is engaged in the business of providing advanced imaging technology visual search software that allows consumers to purchase products at the moment they discover them - in store and online.
The Corporation has developed an advanced visual search platform that integrates with retail brands and digital content providers to give their customers the ability to instantly discover and purchase products that inspire them by simply snapping photographs with their smartphones or "clicking" images on either their smartphones (mobiles) or desktop web browsers. The customer is provided with direct and close-matching products from the retailer's inventory, which can be purchased immediately at the moment of inspiration.
The Corporation's strategy is to position itself as a pivotal player in the emerging visual web. The Corporation can provide its technology to retailers, brands, application developers and digital publishers, enabling their applications to recognize products for instant purchase. The Corporation expects to provide its technology to retailers in exchange for integration, licensing and per search fees, percentage sales splits and big data provision and analysis. The Corporation is currently in discussions with six of the top 20 retailers in North America.
For image download and further company information please click for the Slyce Media Kit.
Cautionary Statements
Certain information included in this press release constitutes forward-looking information under applicable securities legislation. Such forward-looking information is provided for the purpose of providing information about management's current expectations and plans relating to the future. Readers are cautioned that reliance on such information may not be appropriate for other purposes, such as making investment decisions. Forward-looking information typically contains statements with words such as "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan", "intend", "estimate", "propose", "project" or similar words suggesting future outcomes or statements regarding an outlook. Forward-looking information in this press release may include, but is not limited to, information with respect to: operational decisions and the timing thereof, suggestions of future outcomes, the future use and development of technology, future customers and business partners and ongoing corporate strategy. Forward-looking information is based on a number of factors and assumptions which have been used to develop such information but which may prove to be incorrect. Although the Corporation believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking information is reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking information because the Corporation can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive of all factors and assumptions which have been used. The Corporation undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances or management's estimates or opinions should change, unless required by law.
The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information.
None of the information contained on, or connected to, the Corporation's website is incorporated by reference herein.
Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.
To view the video associated with this press release, please visit the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJupFMy9Ugg&feature=youtu.be
Contact Information
  • SLYCE Inc.
    Erika Racicot
    Chief Operations Officer
    403-781-6671 EXT 306

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Warming to Gold Stocks

Is gold consolidating, as it did in the 1970's, before having one massive supernova explosion to the upside?


Real rates drive gold performance over the long term. So, for another massive leg down in real rates, from already depressed levels, we would need a super weak economy and inflation surprising substancially to the upside.

A crappy global economy could certainly play out. The central banks are running out of options to paper over what we view as fundamentally weak economy. Will wild inflation coincide with poor economic growth? With labor market pressures non-existent and the US energy miracle playing out, there isn’t a solid argument there as of yet. You need the velocity of money to pick up and cash held at the Fed to make its way back into the market. Problem there is, the velocity of money won’t pick up against a weak economic backdrop, as the banks will continue to refrain from lending and consumers will remain jittery.

Gold should remain rangebound when you look at these factors in concert. Real rates have hit the high end of their downward trending channel. Inflation has remained sticky, breaching 2% in some major economies and long term interest rates have failed to breakout as was expected heading into the end of last year. With nominal rates falling and inflation staying put, there will be downward pressure on real rates and gold will hold up reasonably well. One big positive for gold is that it has held its $1,200oz floor, which should help restore some confidence in the metal.


For the time being, recent trends remain relevant – slow growth, steady inflation, a constant US dollar, liquidity going into large cap stocks and modest returns in the fixed income market. This trend will break, as they always do, and we will hopefully adjust accordingly. When this trend breaks, we will become full stop bullish on gold.

There is no question that gold stocks have a value component here – multiples are at all time lows, sentiment is poor and stocks are trading at a huge discount to the value of the metal. Gold stocks have also underperformed substancially in the commodity complex, so some mean reversion could play out. Gold stocks are also looking to break free from their 200D MVA.

Commodity Stocks – 2 Years – Gold Stock Underperformance


Commodity Stocks vs. Underlying Physical – 10 Year Performance


All in all, we are becoming more positive on gold stocks, from what was a negative one. A sideways trading gold market would be enough to see certain gold stocks do well. Some segments of the commodity market are stretched, particularly the oil market and agriculture plays. This makes gold stocks attractive in terms of relative value.

Please call us for our thoughts on the precious metals or the commodity market in general.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tweed Marijuana Inc. (TWD.V$2.90) : Thoughts on the Park Lane Acquisition and the Smith Falls Facility in Pictures

On June 19, Tweed announced the acquisition of Prime1 Construction Services Corp (or “Park Lane”). Park Lane is an applicant currently going through the Health Canada Review process to become a Licensed Producer under the Canadian Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (“MMPR”).

A news release summarizing the acquisition can be found on Bloomberg here http://www.bloomberg.com/article/2014-06-19/a6zIcsB58UnU.html .

OUR THOUGHTS ON THE PARK LANE ACQUISITION

This is a great deal done by guys who know what they are doing.

We believe the transaction creates immediate value for TWD.V shareholders and fits nicely with Tweed’s corporate strategy. Here’s why:

The purchase is consistent with Tweed’s mission to provide a quality product at an attractive price point. The greenhouse facility represents 350,000 square feet of production capacity, which will enable Tweed to produce a select number of quality strains in bulk.

There has been a lot of discussion in the sector about how highly specialized strains will be more effective in treating different medical conditions. This has aided companies attempting to differentiate themselves as they are able to indicate that they will be selling a multitude of proprietary strains. This serves to separate their business model from the pack, but it also helps them sell the story that the value per gram they receive in the market will remain higher for longer. Truth be told, no one really knows how many strains will be required for medical use and the efficacy of these strains in treating different conditions. The science is just not there yet to say definitively either way.

One thing we do know with reasonable certainty, is that marijuana is a commodity – and a relatively easy one to produce at that. Like all commodities, market pressures will want to push prices lower as supply comes on stream. We believe the park lane transaction is indicative of Tweed getting ahead of the market in this area. By producing a quality product in bulk, they will be well positioned to compete as prices trend lower with time. Their Smith Falls facility, which is a more controlled growing environment to that of a greenhouse, can focus on specialized strains and compete in the higher priced (and higher cost) segment of the market.

By “bulking up” with the greenhouse facility, Tweed is also positioning itself well in the event that the push for full legalization (or taxation) gains steam. The next election in Canada is 15–17 months away. The federal liberals have indicated they are in favor of decriminalizing marijuana for recreational use, whereas the conservatives have not. Some in the know have suggested that recreational use of marijuana will play out in 5 years, regardless of which party wins. Again, there is no way to know with any certainty the likelihood or timing of a change in federal law. That said, if you are investing in the marijuana space to play this wildcard, then Tweed is well positioned to capitalized on the market opening up. The recreational market will be highly price sensitive, which lends itself to those companies able to produce a quality product in volume.

The transaction leverages off of Tweed ‘s current competitive advantages in the marketplace, which include a strong treasury, solid brand name and operational expertise. In other words, the deal offers synergistic value, in that Park Lane’s assets are worth considerably more in the Tweed structure than on a standalone basis.

Tweeds operational expertise will prove invaluable as they look to bring the Park Lane facility into production. This includes the nuts and bolts of a creating an effective greenhouse growing environment, and of equal importance, ensuring that the facility meets the strict guidelines associated with Health Canada’s licensing process. Although Park Lane is not yet a licensed producer, the company had done much of the legwork associated with obtaining a license. This included a review of both the people and plans, which comprises a significant chunk of licensing process. Tweed’s presence serves to enhance the probability that Park Lane will receive a license in short order, given their operational experience and solid reputation with regulators.

Additionally, with roughly $13.5Mil in the treasury post transaction, Tweed has a sizeable war chest to advance its operations and capitalize on opportunities in the sector. Its strong capital position is more than ample to bring the Park Lane greenhouse facility into successful production and meet any contingencies should they occur.

Tweed management did the deal at very attractive terms which we believe creates immediate value for shareholders.

Tweed bought Park Lane for $3.6Mil in cash, plus ~1.5Mil in equity. The building itself was appraised independently at ~$3.2Mil, with the remaining $400K going to the vendor for value created thus far. The equity component is dependent upon performance milestones, which include production targets and associated timelines.

To appreciate the value of the transaction, one has to consider the valuations being thrown around in association with various start up medical marijuana producers. We have seen companies looking for funding who are assigning themselves a $20Mil plus valuation. These companies typically have rented facilities defined by limited square footage and modest potential production capacity. In some instances, they have yet to even secure a license.

For the price of $5.1 million, Tweed has secured a 350,000 square foot facility that has capacity to potentially produce up to 15Mil grams. There are many assumptions and events that need to take place before one can begin to assume the greenhouse will operate at full capacity. These include the obtainment of the final license and also the assumption that market demand will warrant operating at full capacity. Accordingly, it would be reckless for us to lob lofty numbers around.

What we can do is provide some background for you to do your own math. The market in Canada is currently discounting an industry revenue per gram of around $7-9 and a cost per gram in the area of $4. Given that the marijuana is produced in a greenhouse environment, Park Lane’s revenue per gram will be at the low end of the range. This will be balanced by a cost per gram that would arguably be the best in Canada. Considering the facility has the potential to produce 15Mil grams, you quickly back into some pretty healthy numbers.

The potential economics of the greenhouse, which was purchased for $5Mil, dwarfs the production capacity and pro forma financials being put forth by competitors, who are assigning themselves valuations of $20Mil - $50Mil. Even if you apply discounts to the discounts on the discounts, we see a lot of relative value in this acquisition when stacked against the market.

The acquisition serves to de-risk Tweed’s operations as the company is positioning itself to have two licenses under its corporate structure. The Smith Falls facility and the Park Lane greenhouse will both have distinct licenses under the regulations set forth in MMPR. This means that should one facility be shut down by Health Canada due to any unforeseen circumstance, such as an unpredictable form of fraud, the other facility will continue to operate independently.

The purchase is consistent with the company’s strategy to focus on the Ontario market, specifically the 401 corridor between Windsor and Montreal. This area has a population of 10Mil+ and has a disproportionate amount of baby boomers. As a group, baby boomers typically have a high level of disposable income and tend to be more liberal towards the idea of marijuana use for both medicinal and recreational purposes.

TWEED IN PICTURES - SMITH FALLS, JUNE 2014

We recently went on what we are now calling “Verdmont Capital’s Great Canadian Weed Tour.”

In mid-June we visited Halifax, Montreal, Smith Falls, Toronto and Moncton. We toured a couple of medical marijuana facilities and also met with partners to discuss a new marijuana clinic company we are in the process of financing.

For part of the journey, we rented a black Mustang GT convertible and ripped from Montreal to Toronto, while stopping en route in Smith Falls to visit Tweed’s facility. What a great part of the world and you would be hard pressed to find nicer people. The trip was far too much fun to be considered anything remotely close to work. Had you told us in our university days that we would one day be paid to travel across Canada to discuss marijuana cultivation and how to profit from it legally, we would have thought you had smoked too much yourself.

The tour of Tweed’s Smith Falls facility was impressive and it was nice to see things “live” after following the company for some time. We were immediately struck by the scale and sophistication of the operation, which we would argue isn’t truly appreciated until you step foot on the premises.

Analyst talk aside, Tweed is an emerging home grown Canadian success story and it has been fun following them blaze the trail in what we view as a very important industry. The following pictures hopefully serve to highlight the progress Tweed has made on behalf of those Verdmont clients who have invested in the company.

  1. Here is a snapshot of Bruce Linton, Tweed Cofounder and Chairman, in front of the Smith Falls facility. Recall that the Building is the site of the former Hershey Chocolate Factory, which operated for half a century in the town before closing its doors in 2008. 

  1. This is the security room, which has 36 perspectives of the facility, that are monitored 24/7 by security personnel. As per MMPR regulations, all video is stored for 2 years. Note the screensaver on the laptop, which is a picture of the security guard and a turkey he had shot – nice bird! 

  1. The administration office, representing roughly 12k sq ft. 

  1. This is the former loading bay of the Hershey plant. Since our visit in June, the space has been remodeled and is now the main entrance to the building. 

  1. Here is Bruce entering the production area. Security entails two levels of identification, both a badge and a biometric access reader. Only 6 individuals, including Bruce, have high level security clearance to the production area. To be granted high level access, individuals have to go through a multi-month screening process by various organizations, including the RCMP. 

  1. We suited up in this room, which is low level attire for media and investors who don’t come into contact with the plants. That is our friend Scott Walters with Bruce. Scott is one of the most knowledgeable guys we know in the sector and we rely quite heavily on his input when exploring various ideas. 

  1. This is the room that Tweed employees who work directly with the plants will enter and exit from each day. Staff will shower here before entering the growing floor to control the potential for contaminants to come into contact with the plants. All staff members are given Tweed specific work attire that is left behind at the end of the shift and cleaned. This assists with quality control and is also an added measure to protect the company from theft. 

  1. Here is a panoramic shot of the production floor, which represents 168,000 square feet of growing capacity. The windows straight ahead are to the east and the long open space on the right hand side of the picture is to the north. You will see the existing flower room and grow rooms in the middle of the picture. The building itself is 180k sq ft in size, and the production floor represents about 168k of those. 

  1. The air conditioners associated with the first 3 grow rooms currently in production. As growing capacity expands, the air conditioners will be a much larger scale and placed outdoors. By placing the air conditioners outside, you will be drawing cooler air in the off season, which will help electricity costs. 

  1. This is a shot of the mother room, where the company has the capability to produce 60-100 propagated cuttings (or babies) every 2-3 weeks. This is done by clipping the growth off of the plants. The red sack pictured below contains a batch of babies. 

  1. The babies are placed in small peat moss coils, illustrated at the center of the picture below. They are then covered by plastic domes, seen on the right, which sit on heated pads. The heat creates humidity in the covered pods which helps the roots grow.   

  1. Here is the R&D table where the company is working on various strains not yet in production. Some of the employees, like the ones in the background, are masters students studying botany at nearby universities. 

  1. Here is one of the 3 grow rooms currently in production. The lights operate on 12 hour cycles to simulate a natural growing environment. The grow tables are supplied with filtrated water that wets the plants on a predetermined cycle. This removes the need to manually water the plants, which cuts down on man hours while also leading to consistency in the grow process.   

  1. Another grow room representing a different strain. Note the different lighting and ventilation. 

  1. Another grow room under construction. The company is hoping to have a total of 9 grow rooms operational by the end of 2014.


  1. Below are the carbon dioxide tanks, which pump CO2 into the grow rooms. The rooms maintain CO2 levels in the area of 1,500 ppm, compared the atmosphere, which is 300-400 ppm CO2. This helps the plants grow efficiently. 

  1. Below is the water system, filtration system and nutrient tanks. The two silver tanks store treated water. 

  1. The pumps that send pressurized water into each of the grow rooms. 

  1. The water filtration system that treats the water sent through the plant. Water is filtered through sand and also disinfected by UV light to avoid contamination. Note that the treated water used in production is drained from the grow tables and recycled through the water circuit. 

  1. The nutrient system that spreads nutrients into the water circuit. 

  1. Open space where future grow rooms will be situated. Much of this space will be occupied by the end of 2014. 

  1. A view of the vault, which is 5k sq ft. The vault is humidity controlled to accommodate dried marijuana. The vault has the potential to house two layers and is protected by reinforced walls, video monitoring and seismic detection. 


  1. The lab room, located near the vault. The lab room will be certified for internal testing. Recall that the producers have to send samples to Health Canada for testing, which leads to lost product and time delays. Onsite testing helps mitigate those negative factors. Each lab room has to be certified by Health Canada and have an independent reporting structure. 

  1. Here is a picture of Bruce and Ryan Douglas, Tweed’s Master Grower. They are placing babies from the flower room into the vault for storage. 

There you have it, our thoughts on the Park Lane transaction and a snapshot of Tweed in Pictures.

We will be coming out with a more detailed model on Tweed as things develop. We have taken a shot at it in past notes and we think Tweed is currently trading at around 9X 2015 earnings. We have not factored the Park Lane acquisition into these numbers as they do not have their license in hand. In conjunction with the Tweed numbers, we will also be providing comps to help differentiate the various companies out there that are all promising the moon and the stars.

If you have any questions about Tweed as an investment, our tour of Smith Falls, or the industry in general, please call your Verdmont Representative.


Friday, July 4, 2014

More on Shitcoin

We continue to believe that Bitcoin is a great idea in theory, but it does not stand up to the cold hard facts of reality.

There is certainly a need for a digital currency in a global economy increasingly dependent on ecommerce. This suggests that Bitcoin probably stays around in one form or another. However, should Bitcoin survive, it will be a dumbed down version of what it is currently being pitched as. It will not prove to be an alternate store of value to the worlds dominate currencies and transacting in Bitcoin will be increasingly saddled with more regulation in an effort to see through to the underlying holder.

The Bloomberg article at the bottom of this note highlights the tremendous headwinds facing the Bitcoin dream. This is why we believe that Bitcoin will fall on the sword of its own success. As it becomes more popular, policy makers will be forced to crack down on it. Which means more transparency and some form of taxation or control. It may remain as a medium of exchange on ecommerce transactions, but that is not the miracle it is currently being touted as in many circles.

Outside of the regulatory pressures, the fact that Bitcoin is a "virtual currency" makes us nervous. As we saw with the collapse of Mt.Gox, formerly one of the world's top Bitcoin exchanges before collapsing due to fraud, Bitcoin is backed by what is largely voodoo. When those who had Bitcoins at Mt. Gox go missing, the "virtual" element of their "virtual currency" was felt intimately. There were no virtual police to assist them track down the virtual thieves who stole their virtual currency. Some resorted to pounding sand, while others begged for regulators to help them! Irony anyone?

Despite our concerns, Bitcoin has held in there. You can now track Bitcoin on Bloomberg under the symbol XBT. Price performance is below. We will be watching to see if we are missing anything that suggests our Shitcoin moniker is completely off base. As things stand now, we are happy to continue writing notes riddled with swear words.



  (BN) Bitcoin Faces Regulatory Backlash as EU Tells Banks to  StayAway 
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Bitcoin Faces Regulatory Backlash as EU Tells Banks to Stay Away
2014-07-04 13:37:36.157 GMT

By Ben Moshinsky and Jim Brunsden
     July 4 (Bloomberg) -- The European Commission signaled it will try to impose rules on virtual currencies such as Bitcoin after the bloc's banking regulator ordered lenders to shun them.
     "It's imperative to move quickly on this issue," Chantal Hughes, a spokeswoman for Financial Services Commissioner Michel Barnier, said by e-mail today. "The potential for money laundering and terrorist financing is too serious to ignore."
     The Commission, the EU's executive arm, moved after the European Banking Authority said banks shouldn't buy, hold or sell virtual currencies until regulators develop safeguards to protect their integrity. The watchdog identified more than 70 risks linked to the currencies ranging from identity theft to the possibility hackers could target a trading platform.
     Virtual currencies have come under increased scrutiny from regulators and prosecutors around the globe. Mt. Gox, once the world's biggest Bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy in Japan earlier this year amid claims it lost 850,000 Bitcoins. China's central bank barred financial firms from handling virtual currency transactions last year.
     "Regulators have become alert to the potential for fraud and disruption," Richard Reid, a research fellow for finance and regulation at the University of Dundee, Scotland, said by e- mail. "Such attention from regulators is bound to curb the growth of markets such as Bitcoin."
     The EBA called on the EU to devise rules for trading platforms and start groups to oversee each internet currency to ensure that no individual can manipulate a currency. The EU should consider extending the scope of anti-money laundering law to better cover virtual currencies, according to the EBA.

                       'Substantial' Rules

     "The EBA is of the view that a regulatory approach to addressing the risks it has identified would require a substantial body of regulation," the regulator warned.
     Widespread use of the currencies could also make it harder for central banks to steer the economy by making the effects of monetary policy harder to predict, the EBA noted.
     Bitcoins emerged in 2009 out of a paper authored under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. Since then, retailers selling items from Gummi Bears to luxury homes have started accepting Bitcoins, and new companies have begun offering ways to ease its use as a payment system.
     The currency gained credibility after law enforcement and securities agencies said in U.S. Senate hearings that it could be a legitimate means of exchange. The price of Bitcoins topped
$1,000 as speculators anticipated broader use of digital money.

                          Not 'Helpful'

     The price has since dropped to about $631 on Bitstamp, an online exchange based in Slovenia. It would cost around $8.4 billion to buy all the Bitcoins in existence, according to Bitstamp.
     The EBA's announcement is "not very helpful" and may only deter individual users of virtual currencies, according to Simon Dixon, a director of the U.K. Digital Currency Association, a group representing the country's virtual currency industry.
     "Banks are not engaging with digital currencies yet as it is a person-to-person network that operates outside of banking," he said by e-mail. "The more likely result of the announcement is to scare people from using digital currencies rather than banks."

To contact the reporters on this story:
Ben Moshinsky in London at +44-20-3216-4958 or bmoshinsky@bloomberg.net; Jim Brunsden in Brussels at +32-2-285-4304 or jbrunsden@bloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story:
Edward Evans at +44-20-3525-3190 or
Heather Smith

Thursday, July 3, 2014

THE ANNUAL WALL STREET READING LIST - BOOK IDEAS

Our friend David Lutz, from Jones Trading, has an extensive network of traders and investment managers that he sends macro trade ideas to. His trades ideas are very timely and we "borrow" some of Dave's calls from time to time!

Every so often, Dave canvasses his network to determine what books they have been reading and what they highly recommend. We have found some great ideas from his lists in the past, so we thought it worthwhile forwarding on his findings.

We noticed a book by Al Snore on his list regarding climate change. We apologize for for this in advance. It appears as if Dave has some misinformed teenagers on his distribution list.

Anyway, the list is below, with the books grouped by category. Thanks for the ideas Dave.

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The most frequently mentioned books include:  The Boys in the Boat, Unbroken, David and Goliath, The Frackers, Lone Survivor, The Son, Bad Monkey, Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, Team of Rivals, Thinking Fast and Slow, The Buy Side, The Second Machine Age, and The Circle.


FICTION / FINANCE

The Shipping Man (2) - Matt McCleery - When restless New York City hedge fund manager Robert Fairchild watches the Baltic Dry Cargo Index plunge 97%, registering an all-time high and a 25-year low within the span of just six months, he decides to buy a ship

Dark Pools: The Rise of the Machine Traders  - Scott Patterson - A news-breaking account of the global stock market's subterranean battles, Dark Pools portrays the rise of the "bots"- artificially intelligent systems that execute trades in milliseconds and use the cover of darkness to out-maneuver the humans who've created them.

The Fear Index - Robert Harris - High tech finance and sophisticated computer programming combine in this terrifying and fiendishly smart new novel from Robert Harris.

The Privileges - Jonathan Dee  - The Privileges is an odyssey of a couple touched by fortune, changed by time, and guided above all else by their epic love for each other.

The Rules of Civility -  Amor Towles - On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society—where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve

FICTION  / COMEDY

Sh*t My Dad Says (2)  – Justin Halpern - Very funny, very irreverent, very real. It's refreshing at a time when we're all choking to death on political correctness and can go for days without meeting a single person with common sense."

Lucky Jim - Kingsley Amis - Regarded by many as the finest, and funniest, comic novel of the twentieth century - This is the story of Jim Dixon, a hapless lecturer in medieval history at a provincial university who knows better than most that "there was no end to the ways in which nice things are nicer than nasty ones."

Carry On, Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse - A full cast of Wodehouse creations—including tyrannical relatives, beastly acquaintances, demon children, and literary fatheads—return for further near catastrophes and sparkling comedy

Crazy in Alabama - Mark Childress - the story of two journeys--Lucille's from Industry, Alabama, to Los Angeles, to star on 'The Beverley Hillbillies' and her 12-year-old nephew Peejoe's, who is about to discover two kinds of Southern justice, and what that means about the stories he's heard and the people he knows.

Not Taco Bell Material - Adam Corolla - author of New York Times bestseller In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks and chart-topping podcaster—reveals all the stories behind how he came to be the angry middle-aged man he is today.

Sideways - Rex Pickett - Sideways is the story of two friends-Miles and Jack-going away together for the last time to steep themselves in everything that makes it good to be young and single: pinot, putting, and prowling bars. In the week before Jack plans to marry, the pair heads out from Los Angeles to the Santa Ynez wine country

The Average American Marriage - Chad Kultgen - Now married with children, Kultgen's lewd and sex-obsessed narrator once again offers up his deep (and not so deep) thoughts on love, marriage, kids, and (naturally) sex: from birthday sex to interns to parenting, The Average American Male looks upon the institution of marriage with the same deadpan smirk he has brought to the rest of his sex-addled, perennially disaffected life.

The Baby Boom - P.J.  O'Rourke - at once a social history, a group memoir of collectively impaired memory, a hilarious attempt to understand his generation's messy hilarity, and a celebration of the mess the Baby Boom has made.      

The Internet is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Genius  - David Thorne - There is usually a fine line between genius and insanity, but in this case it has become very blurred. Some of the funniest and most clever writing I have read in years - I laughed so hard and uncontrollably I could hardly breathe. Reading this on public transport is not a good idea.

FICTION / MYSTERY / THRILLER

Bad Monkey (5) - Carl Hiaasen - Here is Hiaasen doing what he does better than anyone else: spinning a tale at once fiercely pointed and wickedly funny in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of what's left of pristine Florida—now, of the Bahamas as well—get their comeuppance in mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion.

The Circle (4) – Dave Eggers - When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The captivating story of one woman's ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

The Goldfinch (3) - Donna Tartt -  a mesmerizing, tell-all-your-friends triumph, hailed by Stephen King as "a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind.



Life after Life (2) – Kate Atchinson - On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

Sycamore Row (2) - John Grisham - John Grisham returns to the setting and the compelling characters that first established him as America's favorite storyteller. Here, in his most assured and thrilling novel yet, is a powerful testament to the fact that Grisham remains the master of the legal thriller, nearly twenty-five years after the publication of A Time to Kill.

Defending Jacob: A Novel (2) - William Landay -  fast, compelling, and compulsively readable courtroom drama, Defending Jacob tells the story of a district attorney's son who is accused of killing a classmate. As the father attempts to prove his son's innocence, Landay explores uncomfortable territory: can a tendency toward violence be inherited? Is the capacity for murder a genetic disposition? The author, a former district attorney, gets the taut nuances just right, capturing the subtleties of a trial in a packed courtroom, where a small rustle or murmur can signify a lot.

Inferno: A Novel (2) - Dan Brown - In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante's Inferno.

Shantaram: A Novel (2) - Gregory David Roberts - Crime and punishment, passion and loyalty, betrayal and redemption are only a few of the ingredients in Shantaram, a massive, over-the-top, mostly autobiographical novel. Shantaram is the name given Mr. Lindsay, or Linbaba, the larger-than-life hero. It means "man of God's peace," which is what the Indian people know of Lin. What they do not know is that prior to his arrival in Bombay he escaped from an Australian prison where he had begun serving a 19-year sentence.

A Land More Kind Than Home - Wiley Cash - In his phenomenal debut novel—a mesmerizing literary thriller about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a small North Carolina town—author Wiley Cash displays a remarkable talent for lyrical, powerfully emotional storytelling. A Land More Kind than Home is a modern masterwork of Southern fiction

A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving  - In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary

All the Books by Vince Flynn -  American Assassin Thrillers

Any Jack Reacher book - Lee Child - Jack Reacher is a former U.S. Army Military Police major. Since leaving the army, the authorities have not been able to locate him, although his name crops up mysteriously from time to time in connection with investigations into murders, terrorism, and other breaches of the law.

Ash a secret history - Mary Gentle - For the beautiful young woman Ash, life has always been arquebuses and artillery, swords and armour and the true horrors of hand-to-hand combat. War is her job. She has fought her way to the command of a mercenary company, and on her unlikely shoulders lies the destiny of a Europe threatened by the depredations of an Infidel army more terrible than any nightmare.

Beat the Reaper - Josh Bazell - Now, with the mob, the government, and death itself descending on the hospital, Peter has to buy time and do whatever it takes to keep his patients, himself, and his last shot at redemption alive. To get through the next eight hours-and somehow beat the reaper.

Blowback - Valerie Plame - Covert CIA ops officer Vanessa Pierson is finally close to capturing the world's most dangerous international nuclear arms dealer: Bhoot, alias the ghost. One of her assets has information about Bhoot's upcoming visit to a secret underground nuclear weapons facility in Iran—in only a few days.

Bone Cold - Erica Spindler - Twenty-three years ago Anna North survived a living nightmare. A madman kidnapped her, cut off her pinkie, then vanished. Today Anna lives in New Orleans, writing dark thrillers under another name. She finally feels safe - Suddenly Anna's quiet life takes a frightening turn. Letters start to arrive from a disturbed fan. Anna is followed, her apartment broken into. Then a close friend disappears.

Command Authority - Tom Clancy - There's a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.

Crooked Letter Crooked Letter - Tom Franklin - tells the riveting story of two boyhood friends, torn apart by circumstance, who are brought together again by a terrible crime in a small Mississippi town. An extraordinary novel that seamlessly blends elements of crime and Southern literary fiction

Divergent series - Veronica Roth - a gripping dystopian tale of electrifying choices, powerful consequences, unexpected romance, and a deeply flawed "perfect society."

Dust - Hugh Howey - "The final book secures the status of the Wool trilogy as a modern masterpiece" Sunday Express "We've become obsessed with Hugh Howey's silo story which is basically, and in fact has been called, the NEW Hunger Games.

Faceless killers - Henning Mankell - It was a senselessly violent crime: on a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse an elderly farmer is bludgeoned to death, and his wife is left to die with a noose around her neck. And as if this didn't present enough problems for the Ystad police Inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word is foreign, leaving the police the one tangible clue they have—and in the process, the match that could inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments

In Cold Blood – Capote - The intensively researched, atmospheric narrative of the lives of the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas, and of the two men, Richard Eugene Hickock and Perry Edward Smith, who brutally killed them on the night of November 15, 1959, is the seminal work of the "new journalism."

John Ceepak series - Chris Grabenstein - This resort town seems to suffer from murder. Fortunately, there's John Ceepak, ex-military turned police detective. And fortunately for us, his partner Danny Boyle has decided to tell us about their cases. These mysteries combine elements of the thriller with a touch of humor for a great read.

Justice for Sara - Erica Spindler - When seventeen-year-old Katherine McCall awakened one morning to find her beloved sister, Sara, brutally murdered, her whole life changed in the blink of an eye. Kat was named the prime suspect and, on a string of circumstantial evidence, charged and tried. While the jury found her innocent, not everyone else agreed, and her only choice was to go into hiding.

Lomax and Biggs series - Marshall Karp -  Karp's excellent mysteries featuring LAPD detectives Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs

Matt Scudder Series - Lawrence Block - best known for two long-running New York–set series, about the recovering alcoholic P.I. Matthew Scudder and gentleman burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, respectively. Block was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1994.

Naked In Death - JD Robb - In a world of danger and deception, she walks the line--between seductive passion and scandalous murder... Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over ten years on the force, she's seen it all--and knows her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire--and a suspect in Eve's murder investigation.

Rivers of London – Ben Aaronovitch - I'm a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden

Savages: A Novel - Don Winslow - Ben, Chon, and O are twentysomething best friends living the dream in Southern California. Together they have made a small fortune producing premium grade marijuana, a product so potent that the Mexican Baja Cartel demands a cut. When Ben and Chon refuse to back down, the cartel kidnaps O, igniting a dizzying array of high-octane negotiations and stunning plot twists as they risk everything to free her. The result is a provocative, sexy, and darkly engrossing thrill ride, an ultracontemporary love story that will leave you breathless.

Sense of an ending - Julian Barnes - This intense new novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave - he is then presented with a mysterious legacy that obliges him to reconsider a variety of things he thought he'd understood all along, and to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.

So Say the Waiters - Justin Sirios - White-collar Henry is hired by a successful software developer and college friend who has created kidnApp, a cell phone app and social network that allows people to kidnap each other for fun. The app is growing faster than they can handle.

Suspect - Robert Crais - LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well. Eight months ago, a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty—until he meets his new partner - A German shepherd who survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before losing her handler to an IED, her PTSD is as bad as Scott's

The Alienist – Caleb Carr - Fast-paced and gripping, infused with a historian's exactitude, The Alienist conjures up the Gilded Age and its untarnished underside: verminous tenements and opulent mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. Here is a New York during an age when questioning society's belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and mortal consequences

The Assassin / The Crime - Peter Steiner - From the critically acclaimed author of Le Crime, published in hardcover as A French Country Murder, comes this electrifying sequel featuring former CIA operative Louis Morgon and his partner-in-crime-solving, Jean Renard, the gendarme of their small French village.

The Bat - Jo Nesbo - Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad is dispatched to Sydney to observe a murder case.  Harry is free to offer assistance, but he has firm instructions to stay out of trouble. The victim is a twenty-three year old Norwegian woman who is a minor celebrity back home. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Harry befriends one of the lead detectives, and one of the witnesses, as he is drawn deeper into the case.

The Betrayed – David Hosp - In the breathtaking follow-up to his smash debut "Dark Harbor," Hosp is back with the story of two detectives and the independent young woman who will risk everything to find her sisters killer.

The CIA International Thriller Series - R. Lawson - Biff Roberts, a veteran CIA field operative, is introduced in "Cabo Caper" - Mixing business with pleasure is not always a good idea as Biff Roberts' family vacation in Cabo San Lucas is abruptly interrupted by his son's kidnapping. - A surprising discovery of an imminent bio-terrorism plot forces Biff to accept a new mission – preventing a disastrous terror attack on U.S. soil

The Hangman's Daughter - Oliver Potzsch - Germany, 1660: When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play. So begins The Hangman's Daughter--the chillingly detailed, fast-paced historical thriller from German television screenwriter, Oliver Pötzsch--a descendent of the Kuisls, a famous Bavarian executioner clan.

The Light Between Oceans - M.L. Stedman - To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton - It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to stake his claim in New Zealand's booming gold rush. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events: a wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous cache of gold has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk.

The Prince of Tides - Pat Conroy - Tom Wingo has lost his job, and is on the verge of losing his marriage, when he learns that his twin sister, Savannah, has attempted suicide again. At the behest of Savannah's psychiatrist, Tom reluctantly leaves his home in South Carolina to travel to New York City and aid in his sister's therapy. As Tom's relationship with her psychiatrist deepens, he reveals to her the turbulent history of the Wingo family, and exposes the truth behind the fateful day that changed their lives forever

The Quiet Game - Greg Iles - When former prosecutor Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, he doesn't find the peace he desperately craves. He finds that his own father is being blackmailed by a corrupt ex-cop. And when Penn investigates, he uncovers a murderous secret—and the small town's violent past

The Sign - Raymond Khoury - New York Times bestselling author Raymond Khoury returns with a provocative thriller set at the intersection of science, religion, and history in which a sign in the heavens may unleash hell on earth...

The Tilted World - Tom Franklin - Set against the backdrop of the historic flooding of the Mississippi River, The Tilted World is an extraordinary tale of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, and a man and a woman who find unexpected love

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami - Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II.

What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty - Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.  So imagine Alice's surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she's getting divorced, , she has three kids, and she's actually 39 years old.

Where'd You Go Bernadette - Maria Semple - Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.  Then Bernadette disappears

Winter's Tale - Mark Helprin - A bestseller that takes readers on a journey to New York of the Belle Epoque, where Peter Lake attempts to rob a Manhattan mansion only to find the daughter of the house at home. Thus begins the love between the middle-aged Irishman and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying.


SCIENCE FICTION

Hunger Games Trilogy (2) - Suzanne Collins - In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games," a fight to the death on live TV

Wool (2) - Hugh Howey - WOOL introduced the silo and its inhabitants.  SHIFT told the story of their making.  DUST will chronicle their undoing - Welcome to the underground

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (2) - Max Brooks - Brooks tells the story of the world's desperate battle against the zombie threat with a series of first-person accounts "as told to the author" by various characters around the world. A Chinese doctor encounters one of the earliest zombie cases at a time when the Chinese government is ruthlessly suppressing any information about the outbreak that will soon spread across the globe. The tale then follows the outbreak via testimony of smugglers, intelligence officials, military personnel and many others who struggle to defeat the zombie menace.

1Q84 - Haruki Marukami - A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell's—1Q84 is Haruki Murakami's most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.

Bad Pharma - Ben Goldacre -  we should all be able to understand precisely how data manipulation works and how research misconduct in the medical industry affects us on a global scale.  With Goldacre's characteristic flair and a forensic attention to detail, Bad Pharma reveals a shockingly broken system and calls for regulation. This is the pharmaceutical industry as it has never been seen before.

Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card - In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers.

First Contact - Michael R. Hicks - The Terran survey ship Aurora makes a startling discovery in an uncharted star system: two planets inhabited by an advanced, and decidedly unfriendly, non-human civilization. Disabled by gigantic alien warships before it can escape, the Aurora is boarded by nightmarish blue-skinned warriors with claws and fangs who slaughter the crew in ritual combat using primitive weapons.

Gateway - Frederik Pohl - Gateway opened on all the wealth of the Universe...and on reaches of unimaginable horror. When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune.

Horus Rising –  Dan Abnett - It is the 31st millennium. Under the benevolent leadership of the Immortal Emperor, the Imperium of Man has stretched out across the galaxy. It is a golden age of discovery and conquest. But now, on the eve of victory, the Emperor leaves the front lines, entrusting the great crusade to his favourite son, Horus. Promoted to Warmaster, can the idealistic Horus carry out the Emperor's grand plan, or will this promotion sow the seeds of heresy amongst his brothers?

Last of the Chosen - Lawrence P. White - The Empire, hundreds of thousands of civilizations scattered across the galaxy, has been subtly invaded by the Chessori, diminutive creatures wielding a powerful mind weapon. No one can resist this terrible mind weapon, and the war is lost before anyone knows it began.

Leviathan Wakes -  James Corey - Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, The Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for - and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why

Life at the speed of light - Craig venter - examines the creation of life in the new field of synthetic genomics

Old Man's War - John Scalzi - The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce-and aliens willing to fight for them are common. The universe, it turns out, is a hostile place

Reamde - Neil Stephenson - The breathtaking tale of a wealthy tech entrepreneur caught in the very real crossfire of his own online fantasy war game, Reamde is a new high—and a new world—for the remarkable Neal Stephenson.
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein - It is the story of Valentine Michael Smith, the man from Mars who taught humankind grokking and water-sharing. And love.

Swarm - B.V. Larson - Earth arms marines with alien technology and builds its first battle fleet!

The Mayfair Witches - Anne Rice - From the author of the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles comes a huge, hypnotic novel of witchcraft and the occult through four centuries

The Road - Cormac McCarthy - A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

The Wasteland Saga - Nick Cole - Forty years after a devastating thermonuclear Armageddon, mankind has been reduced to sal-vaging the ruins of a broken world. In a style that's part Hemingway and part Cormac McCarthy's The Road, The Wasteland Saga chronicles the struggle of the Old Man, his granddaughter, and a mysterious boy as they try to survive the savage lands of this new American Dark Age

The World without Us - Alan Weisman - Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and finally vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; how copper pipes and wiring would be crushed into mere seams of reddish rock; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, radio waves, and some man-made molecules may be our most lasting gifts to the universe.

Zone 1 - Colson Whitehead - In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet. The plague has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead - Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuild­ing civilization under orders from the provisional govern­ment based in Buffalo

HISTORICAL FICTION

City of Thieves (3) - David Benioff - a captivating novel about war, courage, survival — and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime. 

George Washington Secret Six (2) - Brian Kilmeade - When General George Washington beat a hasty retreat from New York City in August 1776, many thought the American Revolution might soon be over. Instead, Washington rallied—thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Rin

Lamb (2) – Christopher Moore - The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

The Given Day (2)  - Dennis Lehane - This beautifully written novel of American history tells the story of two families—one black, one white—swept up in a maelstrom of revolutionaries and anarchists, immigrants and ward bosses, Brahmins and ordinary citizens, all engaged in a battle for survival and power at the end of World War I

A Place Of Greater Safety – Hilary Mantel  - This is set in the time of the French Revolution and intertwines the lives of three of the main characters as the Terror builds.  Her other books are set in Henry VIII time.  This is a bit more easy to relate to in terms of the history. Good insights into politics and human nature.

Child 44 – Tom Rob Smith - Stalin's Soviet Union strives to be a paradise for its workers, providing for all of their needs. One of its fundamental pillars is that its citizens live free from the fear of ordinary crime and criminals - But in this society, millions do live in fear . . . of the State. Death is a whisper away.

Cloud Atlas, and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet - David Mitchell - A postmodern visionary who is also a master of styles and genres, David Mitchell combines flat-out adventure, a Nabokovian love of puzzles, a keen eye for character, and a taste for mind-bending philosophical and scientific speculation in the tradition of Haruki Murakami, Umberto Eco, and Philip K. Dick. The result is brilliantly original fiction that reveals how disparate people connect, how their fates intertwine, and how their souls drift across time like clouds across the sky.

Cutting with stone - Abraham Verghese - Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother's death and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.

Dissolution (Matthew Shardlake Mysteries) - CJ Sansom  -Dissolution is an utterly riveting portrayal of Tudor England. The year is 1537, and the country is divided between those faithful to the Catholic Church and those loyal to the king and the newly established Church of England. When a royal commissioner is brutally murdered in a monastery on the south coast of England, Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's feared vicar general, summons fellow reformer Matthew Shardlake to lead the inquiry.      



Ecstatic Nation - Brenda Wineapple - With a canvas of extraordinary characters, such as P. T. Barnum, Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, and L. C. Q. Lamar, Ecstatic Nation brilliantly balances cultural and political history: It's a riveting account of the sectional conflict that preceded the Civil War, and it astutely chronicles the complex aftermath of that war and Reconstruction

Fall of Giants - Ken Follett - Ken Follett's magnificent new historical epic begins, as five interrelated families move through the momentous dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

In the Garden of Beasts - Erik Larson - Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

Killing Jesus - Bill O'Reilly - Nearly two thousand years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God. Killing Jesus will take readers inside Jesus's life, recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable - and changed the world forever.

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea - Barbara Demick - a remarkable view into North Korea, as seen through the lives of six ordinary citizens

One Summer - Bill Bryson -  in that epochal summer of 1927,  Bill Bryson captures its outsized personalities, exciting events, and occasional just plain weirdness with his trademark vividness, eye for telling detail, and delicious humor. In that year America stepped out onto the world stage as the main event, and One Summer transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order.

Sag Harbor - Colson Whitehead - a tender, hilarious, and supremely original novel about coming-of-age in the 80s.  Benji Cooper is one of the few black students at an elite prep school in Manhattan. But every summer, Benji escapes to the Hamptons, to Sag Harbor, where a small community of African American professionals have built a world of their own.

Tai-Pan - James Clavell - It is the early 19th century, when European traders and adventurers first began to penetrate the forbidding Chinese mainland. And it is in this exciting time and exotic place that a giant of an Englishman, Dirk Straun, sets out to turn the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable fortress of British power, and to make himself supreme ruler…Tai-Pan!

The Amber Room / The Emperors Tomb / The Jefferson Key / The Columbus Affair / The Romanov Prophecy / The Charlemagne Pursuit – Steve Berry - His books are suspenseful while you travel around the world and become an instant historian since he incorporates many facts in his fictional books and explains fact from fiction at the end of the book.

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald - he story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

The Open Boat - Stephen Crane - Four prized selections by one of America's greatest writers: "The Open Boat," based on a harrowing incident in the author's life: the 1897 sinking of a ship on which he was a passenger

GENERAL FICTION

The Fault in our Stars (2) - John Green  -  a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it's also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness

The Interestings (2) – Meg Wolitzer - The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge.

The Lowland (2) - Jhumpa Lahiri - Born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other in the Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up.  But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and Udayan—charismatic and impulsive—finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty; he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes.

The Princess Bride (2) - William Goldman - S. Morganstern's Classic Tale of True Love & High Adventure

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2) - Ben Fountain - A razor-sharp satire set in Texas during America's war in Iraq, it explores the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad - follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive "Victory Tour" at Texas Stadium, football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys, their fans, promoters, and cheerleaders.

Atlas Shrugged (2) – Ann Rand - Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world--and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read. It is a mystery, not about the murder of a man's body, but about the murder--and rebirth--of man's spirit.

Looking for Alaska - John Green - This book deals with the Big Ones: suffering, loss, and grief, but it does so with such compassion and humor that the net impact is uplifting. Even the principal turns out to be a human being. There are no cardboard cut-out characters here.

100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared - Jonas Jonasson - A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it's not too late to start over - Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle.

Brown Dog: Novellas - Jim Harrison - In these novellas, BD rescues the preserved body of an Indian from Lake Superior's cold waters; overindulges in food, drink, and women while just scraping by in Michigan's Upper Peninsula; wanders Los Angeles in search of an ersatz Native activist who stole his bearskin; adopts two Native children; and flees the authorities, then returns across the Canadian border aboard an Indian rock band's tour bus

Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children's voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden's voice is the most eloquent of all

Champion - Fabio - Choosing a single champion among six warriors who protect her besieged castle, Princess Aurora allies herself with the handsome Venetian knight Niccolo Campioni, but a past betrayal keeps him from returning her love.

Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson - With this extraordinary first volume in what promises to be an epoch-making masterpiece, Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century

Dangerous Women - George R.R. Martin - 21 original stories of dangerous women--heroines and villains alike - including a 35,000-word novella by George R. R. Martin about the Dance of the Dragons, the vast civil war that tore Westeros apart nearly two centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones

East of Eden - John Steinbeck - Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

Fatherland – Robert Harris - Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler's 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin's most prestigious suburb.

Flint, Sackett, and The Daybreakers - Louis L'Amour - A drifter by circumstance, William Tell Sackett hungered for a place he couldn't name but knew he had to find. South of the Tetons, through a keyhole pass, he found it: a lonely yet beautiful valley—with a fortune in gold. Then he found an even greater treasure: Ange Kerry, a courageous and resourceful woman

Ishmael - Dan Quinn - The narrator of this extraordinary tale is a man in search for truth. He answers an ad in a local newspaper from a teacher looking for serious pupils, only to find himself alone in an abandoned office with a full-grown gorilla who is nibbling delicately on a slender branch. "You are the teacher?" he asks incredulously. "I am the teacher," the gorilla replies.

Moby Dick - Herman Melville -  Often-brilliant prose with beautiful words, amazing extended metaphors, and vivid imagery. That's it in a nutshell. Even chapters that have nothing to do with the plot are fun to read when they're written well.

Monte Walsh - Jack Schaefer - Monte Walsh has never met a horse he couldn't ride, and Chet Rollins has never met one he couldn't rope. For a decade they are unbeatable and inseparable, working as trail hands throughout the West until finally settling with Cal Brennan's Slash Y. Their rough cowboy ethics see them through every imaginable challenge

Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett - A radical departure from Follett's novels of international suspense and intrigue, this chronicles the vicissitudes of a prior, his master builder, and their community as they struggle to build a cathedral and protect themselves during the tumultuous 12th century, when the empress Maud and Stephen are fighting for the crown of England after the death of Henry I.

 The Corrections: A Novel - Jonathan Franzen - After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself, despite clear signs to the contrary, that he is not clinically depressed.

The Creed of Violence – Boston Teran - Mexico, 1910. The landscape pulses with the force of the upcoming revolution, an atmosphere rich in opportunity for a criminal such as Rawbone. His fortune arrives across the haze of the Sierra Blanca in the form of a truck loaded with weapons, an easy sell to those financing a bloodletting

The housekeeper and the Professor - Yoko Ogawa - every morning, as the Professor and the Housekeeper are introduced to each other anew, a strange and beautiful relationship blossoms between them. Though he cannot hold memories for long (his brain is like a tape that begins to erase itself every eighty minutes), the Professor's mind is still alive with elegant equations from the past.

The Oresteia - Translation by Robert Fagles - In the Oresteia—the only trilogy in Greek drama which survives from antiquity—Aeschylus took as his subject the bloody chain of murder and revenge within the royal family of Argos. Moving from darkness to light, from rage to self-governance, from primitive ritual to civilized institution, the family's spirit of struggle and regeneration becomes an everlasting song of celebration

The Property - Rutu Modan - Modan offers up a world populated by prickly seniors, smart-alecky public servants, and stubborn women—a world whose realism is expressed alternately in the absurdity of people's behavior and in the complex consequences of their sacrifices. Modan's ever-present wit is articulated perfectly in her clear-line style, while a subtle, almost muted color palette complements the true-to-life nuances of her characterization

Travels With My Aunt – Graham Greene - the story of Hanry Pulling, a retired and complacent bank manager who meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral. She soon persuades Henry to abandon his dull suburban existence to travel her way—winding through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, and Paraguay

White Tiger – Aravind Adiga - The White Tiger follows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern India's caste society. "This is the authentic voice of the Third World, like you've never heard it before"

NON-FICTION,  FAMILY/KIDS

Wonder (2) - R. J. Palacio  - August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face. Wonder begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance

All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood - Jennifer Senior - In All Joy and No Fun, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior tries to tackle this question, isolating and analyzing the many ways in which children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self.


And the Mountains Echoed - Kaled Hosseini - In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim – David Sedaris -  In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives -- a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiousity and the Hidden Power of Character - Paul Tough - Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter more have to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control.

The Mr & Mrs Happy Handbook – Steve Doocy - Welcome to The Mr. & Mrs. Happy Handbook, Steve Doocy's laugh-out-loud perspective on love, marriage, and family. The book can be used for its hilarious husband and wife wisdom or, if things aren't going well, as a projectile to get somebody's attention. This is not an advice book. It is a don't even think of trying this book

The Reason I Jump - Naoki Higashida - a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature – Matt Ridley -  The Red Queen answers dozens of other riddles of human nature and culture -- including why men propose marriage, the method behind our maddening notions of beauty, and the disquieting fact that a woman is more likely to conceive a child by an adulterous lover than by her husband.

The Secrets of Happy Families - Bruce Feilerory - Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More

The Suicide Index: Putting My Father's Death In Order – Joan Wickersham - Every bit of family history, every encounter with friends, doctors, and other survivors, exposes another facet of elusive truth. Dark, funny, sad, and gripping, at once a philosophical and a deeply personal exploration, The Suicide Index is, finally, a daughter's anguished, loving elegy to her father.


NON-FICTION, FOOD / DRINK / HEALTH

The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine (2) - Benjamin Wallace - The Billionaire's Vinegar tells the true story of a 1787 Château Lafite Bordeaux—supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson—that sold for $156,000 at auction and of the eccentrics whose lives intersected with it. Was it truly entombed in a Paris cellar for two hundred years? Or did it come from a secret Nazi bunker? Or from the moldy basement of a devilishly brilliant con artist?

Still Alice (2) – Lisa Genova - a compelling debut novel about a fifty-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova, who holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University

Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance - Kelly Starrett - Improve your athletic performance, extend your athletic career, treat body stiffness and achy joints, and rehabilitate injuries—all without having to seek out a coach, doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, or masseur.

Blood Bones and Butter - Gabrielle Hamilton - The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

Everyday Drinking - Kingsley Amis - Mixing practical know-how and hilarious opinionation, this is a delightful cocktail of wry humor and distilled knowledge, served by one of our great gimlet wits.

Grain Brain - Dr David Perlmutter - The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers

In Meat We Trust - Maureen Ogle - The untold story of how meat made America: a tale of the self-made magnates, pragmatic farmers, and impassioned activists who shaped us into the greatest eaters and providers of meat in history

Japanese Farm Food - Nancy Singleton Hachisu - Japanese Farm Food offers a unique look into life on a Japanese farm through 165 simple, clear-flavored recipes along with personal stories and over 100 stunning photographs. It is a book about love, community, and life in rural Japan

Life, on the Line - Grant Achatz - A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat

Meat Eater - Steven Rinella -  Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter

Serious BBQ - Adam Perry Lang -  Adam Perry Lang has translated his intimate understanding of culinary technique into easy-to-follow advice to help a nation of backyard cooks unleash the raw power of one of the most flavor-packed cuisines around: American barbecue.

The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell,' by Mark Kurlansky - Filled with cultural, historical, and culinary insight–along with historic recipes, maps, drawings, and photos–this dynamic narrative sweeps readers from the seventeenth-century founding of New York to the death of its oyster beds and the rise of America's environmentalist movement, from the oyster cellars of the rough-and-tumble Five Points slums to Manhattan's Gilded Age dining chambers.

The Blood Sugar Solution - Dr. Mark Hyman - The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now!

The Compatibility Gene - Dan Davis  -  history of immunology, insight into its importance for curing Cancer and other diseases going forward and the reason behind many of the valuations in biotech and pharma today

The Divided Mind – John Sarno - traces the history of psychosomatic medicine, including Freud's crucial role, and describes the psychology responsible for the broad range of psychosomatic illness. The failure of medicine's practitioners to recognize and appropriately treat mindbody disorders has produced public health and economic problems of major proportions in the United States.

The Japanese Grill- Tadashi Oro and Harris Salat - From Classic Yakitori to Steak, Seafood, and Vegetables

The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America's Food  - Christopher Leonard - An investigative journalist takes you inside the corporate meat industry  

The Paleo Manifesto - John Durant - What is causing the rise of chronic conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, and depression? Is eating red meat going to kill you? Is avoiding the sun actually the best way to avoid skin cancer?

The Primal Connection - Mark Sisson - The Primal Blueprint focused on the ten lifestyle laws of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, with particular emphasis on what seem to be the most urgent and obvious life changing elements of the Evolutionary Health movement: eating primal foods (meat, fish, fowl, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds) and exercising in a manner aligned with optimal gene expression

Wheat Belly - William Davis, MD - Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back To Health

NON-FICTION, GENERAL

The Frackers (7) - Gregory Zuckerman - The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters - Everyone knew it was crazy to try to extract oil and natural gas buried in shale rock deep below the ground. Everyone, that is, except a few reckless wildcatters - who risked their careers to prove the world wrong

The Son (5) - Philipp Meyer - an epic of the American West and a multigenerational saga of power, blood, land, and oil that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family, from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the to the oil booms of the 20th century.

The Orphan Master's Son  (3) - Adam Johnson - In this epic, critically acclaimed tour de force, Adam Johnson provides a riveting portrait of a world rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love.

Detroit: An American Autopsy  (3) -  Charlie LeDuff - LeDuff shares an unbelievable story of a hard town in a rough time filled with some of the strangest and strongest people our country has to offer. Detroit is a dark comedy of the absurdity of American life in the twenty-first century, a deeply human drama of colossal greed and endurance, ignorance and courage.

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls (2) – David Sedaris - Sedaris returns to his signature form, the eviscerating comic essay. He draws on a seemingly bottomless well of appalling childhood memories revolving around his mounting fears about being unlike other boys.

The New New Thing (2) - Michael Lewis - In the weird glow of the dying millennium, Michael Lewis set out on a safari through Silicon Valley to find the world's most important technology entrepreneur. He found this in Jim Clark, a man whose achievements include the founding of three separate billion-dollar companies

Things that Matter (2) - Charles Krauthammer - A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades daz­zled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a must-read in Washington and across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer's intelligence, erudition and wit are collected in one volume.

Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea - Steven Callahan  -  Adrift is an undeniable seafaring classic, a riveting firsthand account by the only man known to have survived more than a month alone at sea, fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small sloop capsized only six days out.

America 3.0 - James Bennett - We are in a painful transition period. Our government is crushingly expensive, failing at its basic functions, and unable to keep its promises. It does not work and it cannot continue as it is. But the inevitable end of big government does not mean the end of America. It only means the end of one phase of American life.

Collected Poems 1956-1987 - John Ashbery -  At once hermetic and exuberantly curious, meditative and unnervingly funny, dreamlike and steeped in everyday realities, and alive to every nuance of American speech, these are poems that constantly discover new worlds within language.

Command and Control, Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety - Eric Schlosser - Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A ground-breaking account of accidents, near-misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age

Crash and Burn - Artie Lange - By turns dark and disturbing, hilarious and heartbreaking, and always drop-dead honest, Crash and Burn lifts the curtain on Artie's dangerous slide, and offers a new, crystal-clear window into the mind of the addict. For the first time, Artie reveals all: the full truth behind his now legendary Stern Show meltdown, his suicide attempt (which he relates in terrifying detail), surprising stints in rehab, and painful relapses

Doctor Dealer - Mark Bowden - Doctor Dealer is the story of Larry Lavin, a bright, charismatic young man who rose from his working-class upbringing to win a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, earn Ivy League college and dental degrees, and buy his family a house in one of Philadelphia's most exclusive suburbs. But behind the facade of his success was a dark secret -- at every step of the way he was building the foundation for a cocaine empire

How music works - David Byrne -  In it he explores how profoundly music is shaped by its time and place, and he explains how the advent of recording technology in the twentieth century forever changed our relationship to playing, performing, and listening to music.

I Am Malala - Malala Yousafzai - When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education - when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

I'll Go Home Then, It's Warm and Has Chairs. The Unpublished Emails - David Thorne - David's humor might offend people, but that's just the sarcastic tone I adore, sometimes taken to extremes, for laughs. Oh, and contrary to popular belief, there are a lot of cats in this book. And it's all good.

Left To Tell - Immaculee Llibagiza - Immaculee Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994, her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Immaculee's family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans

Legacy of Ashes - Tim Weiner - The History of the CIA

Little Failure – Gary Shteyngart - Provocative, hilarious, and inventive, Little Failure reveals a deeper vein of emotion in Gary Shteyngart's prose. It is a memoir of an immigrant family coming to America, as told by a lifelong misfit who forged from his imagination an essential literary voice and, against all odds, a place in the world.

Murder City - Charles Bowden - an extraordinary account of what happens when a city disintegrates. Interweaving stories of its inhabitants—a raped beauty queen, a repentant hitman, a journalist fleeing for his life—with a broader meditation on the town's descent into anarchy, Bowden reveals how Juárez's culture of violence will not only worsen, but inevitably spread north.

My Promised Land - Ari Shavit - An authoritative and deeply personal narrative history of the State of Israel, by one of the most influential journalists writing about the Middle East today

Our Final Invention - Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era - James Barrat - Through profiles of tech visionaries, industry watchdogs, and groundbreaking AI systems, Our Final Invention explores the perils of the heedless pursuit of advanced AI. Until now, human intelligence has had no rival. Can we coexist with beings whose intelligence dwarfs our own? And will they allow us to?

Paper Trails – Pete Dexter - True Stories of Confusion, Mindless Violence, and Forbidden Desires, a Surprising Number of Which Are Not About Marriage

Philomena –Martin Sixsmith - When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a "fallen woman." Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.

Popular Crime - Bill James - an epic journey from Lizzie Borden to the Lindbergh baby, from the Black Dahlia to O. J. Simpson, explaining how crimes have been committed, investigated, prosecuted and written about, and how that has profoundly influenced our culture over the last few centuries— even if we haven't always taken notice.

Six degrees - Mark Lynas - Possibly the most graphic treatment of global warming that has yet been published, Six Degrees is what readers of Al Gore's best-selling An Inconvenient Truth or Ross Gelbspan's Boiling Point will turn to next.

Smartest Kids in the World, and how they got that way - Amanda Ripley - In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they've never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy - What is it like to be a child in the world's new education superpowers

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers - Mary Roach - Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them

The Future - Al Gore - Six Drivers of Global Change

The Golden Section:  Natures greatest secret -  Scott Olsen - The Golden Section is a line segment divided into two parts, such that the ratio of the short portion to the longer portion is equal to the ratio of the longer portion to the whole. It is one of the most elegant and beautiful ratios of the mathematical universe because of its combination of elegance and simplicity--hence the divine nature of its name.

The Ladies' Paradise - Emile Zola - France had the first department store and it's fascinating to learn how advanced retail thinking was in 1880

The Lost - Daniel Mendelsohn - In this rich and riveting narrative, a writer's search for the truth behind his family's tragic past in World War II becomes a remarkably original epic—part memoir, part reportage, part mystery, and part scholarly detective work—that brilliantly explores the nature of time and memory, family and history.

The Match King - Frank Partnoy - At the height of the roaring '20s, Swedish émigré Ivar Kreuger made a fortune raising money in America and loaning it to Europe in exchange for matchstick monopolies. His enterprise was a rare success story throughout the Great Depression. Yet after Kreuger's suicide in 1932, the true nature of his empire emerged. Driven by success to adopt ever-more perilous practices, Kreuger had turned to shell companies in tax havens, fudged accounting figures, off-balance-sheet accounting, even forgery.

The Oligarchs: Wealth And Power In The New Russia -  David E. Hoffman - In this saga of brilliant triumphs and magnificent failures, David E. Hoffman, the former Moscow bureau chief for the Washington Post, sheds light on the hidden lives of Russia's most feared power brokers: the oligarchs. Focusing on six of these ruthless men

The Plague - Albert Camus - A haunting tale of human resilience in the face of unrelieved horror, Camus' novel about a bubonic plague ravaging the people of a North African coastal town is a classic of twentieth-century literature.

The Tiger - John Vaillant - It's December 1997, and a man-eating tiger is on the prowl outside a remote village in Russia's Far East. The tiger isn't just killing people, it's annihilating them, and a team of men and their dogs must hunt it on foot through the forest in the brutal cold. As the trackers sift through the gruesome remains of the victims, they discover that these attacks aren't random: the tiger is apparently engaged in a vendetta.

When Buddhists Attack - Jeffrey K. Mann - The Curious Relationship Between Zen and the Martial Arts

Why Nations Fail - Daron Acemoglu - Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

Wild - Cheryl Strayed - From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe "and built her back up again.



NON-FICTION, HISTORY / TRAVEL

River of Doubt (3) - Candice Millard - True story about teddy Roosevelt leading an expedition down an unexplored amazon tributary

In the Heart of the Sea (2) - Nathaniel Philbrick - In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with twenty crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than ninety days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival

Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World (2)- Jill Jonnes - In the final decades of the nineteenth century, three brilliant and visionary titans of America's Gilded Age—Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse—battled bitterly as each vied to create a vast and powerful electrical empire

Strange Rebels (2) - Christian Caryl - shows how the world we live in today—and the problems that plague it—began to take shape in this pivotal year. 1979, he explains, saw a series of counterrevolutions against the progressive consensus that had dominated the postwar era. The year's epic upheavals embodied a startling conservative challenge to communist and socialist systems around the globe, fundamentally transforming politics and economics worldwide

A Land Remembered (2) - Patrick Smith - A Land Remembered has been ranked #1 Best Florida Book eight times in annual polls conducted by Florida Monthly Magazine. In this, Florida's favorite novel, Patrick Smith tells of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family battling the hardships of the frontier

A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson - is challenge is to take subjects like geology, chemisty, paleontology, astronomy, and particle physics and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people, like himself, made bored (or scared) stiff of science by school. His interest is not simply to discover what we know but to find out how we know it.

1491 - Charles C. Mann - In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.  Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land around them. The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had running water and immaculately clean streets, and was larger than any contemporary European city.

7 Pillars of Wisdom – T.E Lawrence - T.E. Lawrence's peerless masterpiece, the "Seven Pillars of Wisdom", is his account of his experiences and leadership of the 'Arab revolt' agains the Ottoman Empire in 1916-18, during the First World War. The events of the book were popularised by the famous 1962 film "Lawrence of Arabia".

A Peal In the Storm – Tori Murden McClure - Written by the first woman to row the Atlantic Ocean and first woman to ski to the geographic South Pole.

A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson - Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes—and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.

Barren Lands - Kevin Krajick - First published in 2001, this is the classic true story of the men who sought — and found — a great diamond mine on the last frontier of the far north. From a bloody 18th-century trek across the Canadian tundra to the daunting natural forces facing protagonists Chuck Fipke and Stewart Blusson in the 1990s as they struggle against the mighty DeBeers cartel, this is the definitive account of one of the world's great mineral discoveries.

Beautiful Swimmers - William Warner - William Warner exhibits his skill as a naturalist and as a writer in this Pulitzer Prize-winning study of the pugnacious Atlantic blue crab and of its Chesapeake Bay territory

Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World - Mark Kurlansky - the biography of a single species of fish, but it may as well be a world history with this humble fish as its recurring main character

Columbine - David Cullen - Cullen was a reporter that covered the Columbine incident as he starts by saying the media, including himself, covered it completely wrong and the public was grossly misinformed. Book sets the record straight with exactly what happened following the closure of the FBI investigation.  Not for someone that wants a light-hearted read, but the most gripping thing I have read in a long time.

Conquering Gotham: Building Penn Station and Its Tunnels - Jill Jonnes -  the riveting struggle waged by the great Pennsylvania Railroad to build Penn Station and the monumental system of tunnels that would connect water-bound Manhattan to the rest of the continent by rail. Historian Jill Jonnes tells a ravishing tale of snarling plutocrats, engineering feats, and backroom politicking packed with the most colorful figures of Gilded Age New York.

Devil in the Grove – Gilbert King - the chain of events that would bring Thurgood Marshall, the man known as "Mr. Civil Rights," and the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century, into the deadly fray. Associates thought it was suicidal for him to wade into the "Florida Terror" at a time when he was irreplaceable to the burgeoning civil rights movement, but the lawyer would not shrink from the fight--not after the Klan had murdered one of Marshall's NAACP associates

Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 - Alfred W. Crosby -  explains that the Europeans' displacement and replacement of the native peoples in the temperate zones was more a matter of biology than of military conquest. Now in a new edition with a new preface, Crosby revisits his classic work and again evaluates the ecological reasons for European expansion.

False Economy: A Surprising Economic History of the World - Alan Beattie - In False Economy, Alan Beattie weaves together the economic choices, political choices, economic history, and human stories, that determine whether governments and countries remain rich or poo

Genghis: Birth of an Empire - Conn Iggulden - Genghis Khan was born Temujin, the son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the rugged steppe. Shaped by abandonment and betrayal, Temujin endured, driven by a singular fury: to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies who could come without warning from beyond the horizon 

Hitch 22: A Memoir – Christopher Hitchens - Hitchens takes readers with him to Havana and Prague, Afghanistan and Iraq; tests himself by being waterboarded (he was disappointed in his early capitulation); and hobnobs with politicians and poets. He almost gets himself beaten up by defacing a poster in Iraq with a Hitler mustache. But the most intriguing stories are the personal ones, both from his early days, at home and at boarding school, and from his later life

Holidays in Hell -  P.J. O'Rourke - a full-tilt, no-holds-barred romp through politics, culture, and ideology. P.J.'s adventures include storming student protesters' barricades with riot police in South Korea, interviewing Communist insurrectionists in the Philippines, and going undercover dressed in Arab garb in the Gaza Strip.

IBM and the Holocaust - Edwin Black - The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation

Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World - Evan Thomas - Eisenhower would take a colossal risk by bluffing that he might use nuclear weapons against the Communist Chinese, while at the same time restraining his generals and advisors who favored the strikes. Ike's gamble was of such magnitude that there could be but two outcomes: thousands of lives saved, or millions of lives lost.

Last Call - Daniel Okrent - The rise and fall of Prohibition

Letters of the Century: America 1900-1999 - Lisa Grunwald - In more than 400 letters from both famous figures and ordinary citizens, Letters of the Century encapsulates the people and places, events and trends that shaped our nation during the last 100 years.

Maps - Aleksandra Mizielinska - This book of maps is a visual feast for readers of all ages, with lavishly drawn illustrations from the incomparable Mizielinskis. It features not only borders, cities, rivers, and peaks, but also places of historical and cultural interest, eminent personalities, iconic animals and plants, cultural events, and many more fascinating facts associated with every region of our planet.

Notes from a small Island - Bill Bryson - a delightfully irreverent jaunt around Britain that has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie's Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey. The result is an uproarious social commentary that conveys the true glory of Britain, from the satiric pen of an unapologetic Anglophile.

Paris 1919 - Margaret Macmillan - Between January and July 1919, after "the war to end all wars," men and women from around the world converged on Paris to shape the peace - Paris 1919 is the first full-scale treatment of the Peace Conference in more than twenty-five years. It offers a scintillating view of those dramatic and fateful days when much of the modern world was sketched out, when countries were created—Iraq, Yugoslavia, Israel—whose troubles haunt us still.

Six Frigates – Ian Toll - The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy

Skeletons on the Zahara - Dean King - this enthralling narrative recounts the experiences of twelve American sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815, captured by desert nomads, sold into slavery, and subjected to a hellish two-month journey through the bone-dry heart of the Sahara.

The Big Burn - Timothy Egan - National Book Award–winner Timothy Egan turns his historian's eye to the largest-ever forest fire in America and offers an epic, cautionary tale for our time.

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak - It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.  Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement

The Bully Pulpit - Doris Kearns Goodwin - Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

The Great Upheaval 1788-1800 - Jay Winik -  A sweeping, magisterial drama featuring the richest cast of characters ever to walk upon the world stage, including Washington, Jefferson, Louis XVI, Robespierre, and Catherine the Great, The Great Upheaval is a gripping, epic portrait of this tumultuous decade that will forever transform the way we see America's beginnings and our world

The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood - James Gleick - From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long-misunderstood talking drums of Africa, Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very nature of human consciousness.

The Island at the Center of the World - Russell Shorto - When the British wrested New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664, the truth about its thriving, polyglot society began to disappear into myths about an island purchased for 24 dollars and a cartoonish peg-legged governor. But the story of the Dutch colony of New Netherland was merely lost, not destroyed: 12,000 pages of its records–recently declared a national treasure–are now being translated.

The Military History books by Osprey Publishing - Well written, concise, short books on specific points in global history

The Passage of Power - Robert Caro - follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career—1958 to1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him.

The Path Between the Seas - David McCullough - The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

The Power Broker - Robert Caro - Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

The Quiet Don - Matt Birkeck - The Untold Story of Mafia Kingpin Russell Bufalino

The Right Stuff - Tom Wolfe - Millions of words have poured forth about man's trip to the moon, but until now few people have had a sense of the most engrossing side of the adventure; namely, what went on in the minds of the astronauts themselves - in space, on the moon, and even during certain odysseys on earth.

The Tools of Empire - Daniel R. Headrick - Technology and European Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century

Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe - This novel had a profound effect on attitudes toward African Americans and slavery in the United States, so much in the latter case that the novel intensified the sectional conflict leading to the American Civil War - It is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850s.  The book's impact was so great that when Abraham Lincoln met Stowe at the start of the Civil War, Lincoln is often quoted as having declared, "So this is the little lady who made this big war."

NON-FICTION, BIOGRAPHY

The Brothers (2) - Stephen Kinzer - A joint biography of John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles, who led the United States into an unseen war that decisively shaped today's world

It's Not Easy Bein' Me: A Lifetime of No Respect But Plenty of Sex and Drugs – Rodney Dangerfield

A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It Or Not! Ripley - Neal Thompson

A Life of Barbara Stanwyck - Victoria Wilson

Albert Einstein: A Biography - Albrecht Folsing

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House - Jon Meacham

Cleopatra: A Life – Stacey Schiff

Crazy from The Heat - David Lee Roth

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War - Robert M Gates

Einstein - Walter Isaacson

Lawrence in Arabia - Scott Anderson - War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East Hardcover

Life  -Keith Richards

Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson – Jeff Guinn

Rickles' Book – Don Rickles

Stories I Only Tell My Friends - Rob Lowe

The Black Count:  Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo - Tom Reiss
The Moon's A Balloon – David Niven

The Undisputed Truth – Mike Tyson

The Way of Judo: Jigoro Kano - John Stevens

The Way of the Fight - Georges St. Pierre

Unstoppable: From Underdog to Undefeated: How I Became a Champion - Anthony Robles

Warrior (Ariel Sharon Autobiography)

Who am I - Pete Townshend

NON-FICTION, WAR - PRE 9/11

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (8)  - Laura Hillenbrand -  As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile.  But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Matterhorn (3) - Karl Marlantes - A Novel of the Vietnam War

Liberation Trilogy (2) - Rick Atkinson - From the War in North Africa to the Invasion of Normandy, the Liberation Trilogy recounts the hard fought battles that led to Allied victory in World War II.

Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution (2) - Nathaniel Philbrick - Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents  have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord.  In June, however, with the city cut off from supplies by a British blockade and Patriot militia poised in siege, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists.
  
Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour Paperback - Lynne Olson  -The acclaimed author of Troublesome Young Men reveals the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, the handsome, chain-smoking head of CBS News in Europe; Averell Harriman, the hard-driving millionaire who ran FDR's Lend-Lease program in London; and John Gilbert Winant, the shy, idealistic U.S. ambassador to Britain.

April 1865, Month that shaped America - Jay Winik - One month in 1865 witnessed the frenzied fall of Richmond, a daring last-ditch Southern plan for guerrilla warfare, Lee's harrowing retreat, and then, Appomattox. It saw Lincoln's assassination just five days later and a near-successful plot to decapitate the Union government, followed by chaos and coup fears in the North, collapsed negotiations and continued bloodshed in the South, and finally, the start of national reconciliation.

Brother, Victors, Rivals - Jonathon Jordan - Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and the Partnership that Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe

Dam Busters - James Holland - The True Story of the Inventors and Airmen Who Led the Devastating Raid to Smash the German Dams in 1943

Dreadnought - Robert Massie - Britain, Germany and the Coming of the Great War

Enigma - Hugh Sabag Montefiore  - Its about breaking the Nazi secret codes during WW2

Freedom Forged - Arthur Herman  - how two extraordinary American businessmen—automobile magnate William Knudsen and shipbuilder Henry J. Kaiser—helped corral, cajole, and inspire business leaders across the country to mobilize the "arsenal of democracy" that propelled the Allies to victory in World War II

From Beirut to Jerusalem - Thomas L Friedman  - The best written easy reading book on the history of Israel-Middle East conflict.  A must read for anyone with questions with great background on the history of that region not just politically but culturally

In Europe - Geert Mak - From the First World War to the waning days of the Cold War, a poignant exploration on what it means to be European at the end of the twentieth-century. Geert Mak crisscrosses Europe from Verdun to Berlin, Saint Petersburg to Srebrenica in search of evidence and witnesses of the last hundred years of Europe. Using his skills as an acclaimed journalist, Mak locates the smaller, personal stories within the epic arc of history-talking to a former ticket-taker at the gates of the Birkenau concentration camp or noting the neat rows of tiny shoes in the abandoned nursery school in the shadow of Chernobyl

In Harm's Way - Doug Stanton - The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors

Kaigun - David C. Evans - Strategy, Tactics and Technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1887-1941

Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl - Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival.

Once an Eagle - Anton Myrer - Beginning in the French countryside during the Great War, the conflict between these adversaries solidifies in the isolated garrison life marking peacetime, intensifies in the deadly Pacific jungles of World War 11, and reaches its treacherous conclusion in the last major battleground of the Cold War -- Vietnam.

Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-1945 - Evan Thomas - a taut, fast-paced, suspenseful narrative of the Pacific War that culminates in the battle of Leyte Gulf, the greatest naval battle ever fought. Told from both the American and Japanese sides, through the eyes of commanders and sailors of both navies, Thomas's history adds an important new dimension to our understanding of World War II.

The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 - In An Army at Dawn—winner of the Pulitzer Prize—Rick Atkinson provided a dramatic and authoritative history of the Allied triumph in North Africa. Now, in The Day of Battle, he follows the strengthening American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943 and then, mile by bloody mile, fight their way north toward Rome.

The Last Battle – Cornelius Ryan  - The Classic Account of the final offensive against the 3rd Reich

The Sniper Simo Häyhä - Tapio Saarelainen - He has been a role model for snipers all over the world and paved the way for them by showing their significance in the battlefield. He still holds the record of the snipers, 542 confirmed kills, with iron sights. Simo Hayha was a man of action who spoke very little.

The War that ended Peace - Margret McMillian - The War That Ended Peace brings vividly to life the military leaders, politicians, diplomats, bankers, and the extended, interrelated family of crowned heads across Europe who failed to stop the descent into World War One

Winter of the World - Ken Follett - Book Two of the Century Trilogy -  a brilliant, page-turning epic about the heroism and honor of World War II, and the dawn of the atomic age.


NON-FICTION, WAR - POST 9/11

No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden (7) - Mark Owen - For the first time anywhere, the first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from a Navy Seal who confronted the terrorist mastermind and witnessed his final moments.

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 (5) - Marcus Luttrell - Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to be very close to Bin Laden with a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive

Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown (2) - Eric Blehm - Fearless takes you deep into SEAL Team SIX, straight to the heart of one of its most legendary operators.

The Warrior Elite (2) - Dick Couch - The Forging of SEAL Class 228

Outlaw Platoon - Sean Parnell -  Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan

Navy Seal Training Guide Mental Toughness - Lars Draeger - You can break the book down into three different sections. The first is a little bit about the Navy Seals, their history and some of the things they go through. The second part of the book talks about how even the individuals who are the strongest physically may be weak mentally, and how you can improve your own mental strength. The third part of the book talks about some different stories ex-seals have gone through

One Second After - Forstchen - a story which can be all too terrifyingly real...a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages...A war based upon a weapon, an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP).

Qaddafi's Point Guard - Alex Owumi - The Incredible Story of a Professional Basketball Player Trapped in Libya's Civil War - a book about hope and longing, conflict (cultural, political, and military), and ultimately, triumph—to overcome obstacles and survive against the most desperate odds.

Rouge warrior - Richard Marcinko - A brilliant virtuoso of violence, he rose through Navy ranks to create and command one of this country's most elite and classified counterterrorist units, SEAL TEAM SIX. Now this thirty-year veteran recounts the secret missions and Special Warfare madness of his worldwide military career -- and the riveting truth about the top-secret Navy SEALs.

The Finish - Mark Bowden - The Killing of Osama bin Laden
The Heart and the Fist - Eric Greitens - The education of a humanitarian, the making of a Navy SEAL

The Looming Tower - Lawrence Wright - A gripping narrative that spans five decades, The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center

The Places In Between – Rory Stewart - In January 2002 Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan-surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations. By night he slept on villagers' floors, shared their meals, and listened to their stories of the recent and ancient past.

The Sling and the Stone - Thomas X. Hammes - On War in the 21st Century

The Trident - Jason Redman - The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader

War - Sebastian Junger - His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. Through the experiences of these young men at war, he shows what it means to fight, to serve, and to face down mortal danger on a daily basis.

NON-FICTION, POLITICAL / RELIGION

Team of Rivals (4) - Doris Kearns Goodwin - This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

The Liberty Amendments (3) - Mark Levin - Mark R. Levin has made the case, in numerous bestselling books that the principles undergirding our society and governmental system are unraveling. In The Liberty Amendments, he turns to the founding fathers and the constitution itself for guidance in restoring the American republic.

Fountainhead (2) - Ayn Rand -  This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever - Bill O'Reilly - A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln

First Principles - John Taylor - Stanford University economist John B. Taylor proposes a natural and reasonable solution to our economic challenges: return to the country's founding principles—limited government, rule of law, strong incentives, reliance on markets, a predictable policy framework—and rekindle its economic dynamism.

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief - Lawrence Wright - Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists—both famous and less well known—and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

In the Land of Silver: 200 Years of Argentine Political-Economic Development - Walter Thomas Molano - In this timely, insightful, and concise introduction to the history and development of Argentina, Dr. Walter Molano takes a pragmatic look at the major variables that shape the country's political and economic policies

On China - Henry Kissinger - On China illuminates the inner workings of Chinese diplomacy during such pivotal events as the initial encounters between China and tight line modern European powers, the formation and breakdown of the Sino-Soviet alliance, the Korean War, and Richard Nixon's historic trip to Beijing.

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander - While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself.  Today Alexander is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition.

The Great Divorice - CS Lewis -  a classic Christian allegorical tale about a bus ride from hell to heaven. An extraordinary meditation upon good and evil, grace and judgment, Lewis's revolutionary idea in the The Great Divorce is that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. Using his extraordinary descriptive powers, Lewis' The Great Divorce will change the way we think about good and evil.

The Pope and Mussolini - David Kertzer - The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe

The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity - Nancy Gibbs - members are bound forever by the experience of the Oval Office and yet are eternal rivals for history's favor. Among their secrets: How Jack Kennedy tried to blame Ike for the Bay of Pigs. How Ike quietly helped Reagan win his first race in 1966. How Richard Nixon conspired with Lyndon Johnson to get elected and then betrayed him. How Jerry Ford and Jimmy Carter turned a deep enmity into an alliance. The unspoken pact between a father and son named Bush. And the roots of the rivalry between Clinton and Barack Obama

The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli - A new edition of the highly exalted and infamous discourse containing observations and instructions on the significance of a rise to power. For nearly half a millennium, its logical and direct analysis of diplomacy, war-craft, and human nature has commanded a wise ruler in all who read it. No collection of political philosophy and history is complete without it.

The Secret Knowledge - David Mamet -  Mamet employs his trademark intellectual force and vigor to take on all the key political issues of our times, from religion to political correctness to global warming. The legendary playwright, author, director, and filmmaker pulls no punches in his art or in his politics. And as a former liberal who woke up, Mamet will win over an entirely new audience of others who have grown irate over America's current direction.

Zealot - Reza Aslan - The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

NON-FICTION, SCIENCE / BEHAVORAL

David and Goliath (8) - Malcolm Gladwell - In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks

Thinking, Fast and Slow (4) - Daniel Kahneman - Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (2) - Susan Cain - At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak-- that we owe many of the great contributions to society.

A Short Guide to a Long Life (2) - David B. Agus - A Short Guide to a Long Life is divided into three sections (What to Do, What to Avoid, and Doctor's Orders) that provide the definitive answers to many common and not-so-common questions: Who should take a baby aspirin daily? Are flu shots safe? What constitutes "healthy" foods? Why is it important to protect your senses? Are airport scanners hazardous?

Drive (2) - Daniel H. Pink - He examines the three elements of true motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose-and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action in a unique book that will change how we think and transform how we live.

Focus (2) - Daniel Goleman - Combining cutting-edge research with practical findings, Focus delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long overdue discussion of this little-noticed and under-rated mental asset. In an era of unstoppable distractions, Goleman persuasively argues that now more than ever we must learn to sharpen focus if we are to survive in a complex world

Getting Things Done (2) - David Allen - veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen's premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax

Turning Pro (2) - Steven Pressfield - The passage from amateur to professional is often achieved via an interior odyssey whose trials are survived only at great cost, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. We pass through a membrane when we turn pro. It's messy and it's scary. We tread in blood when we turn pro.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (2) - Robert Pirsig - a powerful, moving, and penetrating examination of how we live and a meditation on how to live better. The narrative of a father on a summer motorcycle trip across America's Northwest with his young son, it becomes a profound personal and philosophical odyssey into life's fundamental questions. A true modern classic, it remains at once touching and transcendent, resonant with the myriad confusions of existence and the small, essential triumphs that propel us forward.

"The 33 Strategies of War"; "The 48 Laws of Power"; "The Art of Seduction" - Robert Greene - Robert Greene's groundbreaking guides, The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, and his latest book, Mastery, espouse profound, timeless lessons from the events of history to help readers vanquish an enemy, ensnare an unsuspecting victim, or become the greatest in your field.

"The War of Art"; "Do the Work"; "Turning Pro" - Steven Pressfield - Since 2002, The War of Art has inspired people around the world to defeat "Resistance"; to recognize and knock down dream-blocking barriers and to silence the naysayers within us.Resistance kicks everyone's butt, and the desire to defeat it is equally as universal. The War of Art identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success.Though it was written for writers, it has been embraced by business entrepreneurs, actors, dancers, painters, photographers, filmmakers, military service members and thousands of others around the world

American Mania – Peter Whybrow - grounds the extraordinary achievements and excessive consumption of the American nation in an understanding of the biology of the brain's reward system offering for the first time a comprehensive and physical explanation for the addictive mania of consumerism.

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth - Chris Hadfield - Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield's success-and survival-is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst-and enjoy every moment of it.

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder - Nassim Nicholas Taleb - Just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension, and rumors or riots intensify when someone tries to repress them, many things in life benefit from stress, disorder, volatility, and turmoil. What Taleb has identified and calls "antifragile" is that category of things that not only gain from chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish.

Choose Yourself - James Altucher -  With dozens of case studies, interviews and examples–including the author, investor and entrepreneur James Altucher's own heartbreaking and inspiring story–Choose Yourself illuminates your personal path to building a bright, new world out of the wreckage of the old.

Coming Apart - Charles Murray - Coming Apart demonstrates that a new upper class and a new lower class have diverged so far in core behaviors and values that they barely recognize their underlying American kinship—divergence that has nothing to do with income inequality and that has grown during good economic times and bad.

Delivering Happiness - Tony Hsieh - Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares the different lessons he has learned in business and life, from starting a worm farm to running a pizza business, through LinkExchange, Zappos, and more

Facing Violence - Rory Miller - Seven Steps to Legal, Emotional and Physical Preparation - This book stands alone as an introduction to the context of self-defense. There are seven elements that must be addressed to bring self-defense training to something approaching 'complete.' Any training that dismisses any of these areas leaves you vulnerabl

Fooling Houdini - Alex Stone - Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind

Half Time - Bob Buford - Bob Buford believes the second half of your life can be better than the first. Much better. But first, you need time to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life. So he recommends that a reader call 'halftime' to reflect not only on where he's going, but why.

How to Create a Mind - Ray Kurzweil - a provocative exploration of the most important project in the human-machine civilization: reverse-engineering the brain to understand precisely how it functions and using that knowledge to create even more intelligent machines. Kurzweil discusses how the brain works, how the mind emerges, brain-computer interfaces, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence to address the world's problems.

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big - Scott Adams - So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world's most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the strategy he has used since he was a teen to invite failure in, embrace it, then pick its pocket.

How Will You Measure Your Life? - Clayton M. Christensen - a book of lucid observations and penetrating insights designed to help any reader—student or teacher, mid-career professional or retiree, parent or child—forge their own paths to fulfillment.

Ignorance - Stuart Firestein - Firestein shows how scientists use ignorance to program their work, to identify what should be done, what the next steps are, and where they should concentrate their energies. And he includes a catalog of how scientists use ignorance, consciously or unconsciously--a remarkable range of approaches that includes looking for connections to other research, revisiting apparently settled questions, using small questions to get at big ones, and tackling a problem simply out of curiosity.

Ignore Everybody - Hugh MacLeod - This book contains some valuable universal truths presented in an interesting way

Lean In - Sheryl Sandberg - Sheryl Sandberg examines why women's progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

Manage Your Day-to-Day -  Jocelyn Gleil - Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything - Joshua Foer - recounts Joshua Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes." He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human memory.

On Bullsh*t - Harry Frankfurt - although bullsh*t can take many innocent forms, excessive indulgence in it can eventually undermine the practitioner's capacity to tell the truth in a way that lying does not. Liars at least acknowledge that it matters what is true. By virtue of this, Frankfurt writes, bullsh*t is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.

Outliers: The Story of Success  - Malcolm Gladwell - we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

 Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions - Dan Ariely -  Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. From drinking coffee to losing weight, from buying a car to choosing a romantic partner, we consistently overpay, underestimate, and procrastinate. Yet these misguided behaviors are neither random nor senseless. They're systematic and predictable—making us predictably irrational.

Seeking wisdom, from Darwin to Munger - Peter Bevelin - Read and study this wonderful multidisciplinary exploration of wisdom. It may change the way you think and act in business and in life.

Social - Matthew Lieberman - groundbreaking research in social neuroscience revealing that our need to connect with other people is even more fundamental, more basic, than our need for food or shelter.  Because of this, our brain uses its spare time to learn about the social world – other people and our relation to them.

Springboard – Launching your Personal Search for Success – Richard Shell - personalized assessments to help you probe your past, imagine your future, and measure your strengths. He then combines these with the latest scientific insights on everything from self-confidence and happiness to relationships and careers.

Switch - Chip Heath - How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success – Deepak Chopra - Deepak Chopra distills the essence of his teachings into seven simple, yet powerful principles that can easily be applied to create success in all areas of your life. Based on natural laws that govern all of creation, this book shatters the myth that success is the result of hard work, exacting plans, or driving ambition.

The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives - Leonard Mlodinow - vividly demonstrates how our lives are profoundly informed by chance and randomness and how everything from wine ratings and corporate success to school grades and political polls are less reliable than we believe.

The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States - Moises Naim - Power is shifting—from large, stable armies to loose bands of insurgents, from corporate leviathans to nimble start-ups, and from presidential palaces to public squares. But power is also changing, becoming harder to use and easier to lose. As a result, argues award-winning columnist and former Foreign Policy editor Moisés Naím, all leaders have less power than their predecessors, and the potential for upheaval is unprecedented.

The Neville Reader  - Neville Goddard - A Collection of Spiritual Writings and Thoughts on Your Inner Power to Create an Abundant Life

The Power of Awareness – Neville Goddard - The "light" is consciousness. Consciousness is one, manifesting in legions of forms or levels of consciousness. There is no one that is not all that is, for consciousness, though expressed in an infinite series of levels, is not divisional. There is no real separation or gap in consciousness.

The Power of Less - Leo Babuta - The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential...in Business and in Life

The Psychopath Inside - James Fallon - A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain

The Righteous Mind - Jonathan Haidt - Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

The Signal and the Noise - Nate Silver - Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data. Most predictions fail, often at great cost to society, because most of us have a poor understanding of probability and uncertainty.

The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle - What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? In this groundbreaking work, journalist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle provides parents, teachers, coaches, businesspeople—and everyone else—with tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others.

The War of Art - Steven Pressfield - has inspired people around the world to defeat "Resistance"; to recognize and knock down dream-blocking barriers and to silence the naysayers within us.Resistance kicks everyone's butt, and the desire to defeat it is equally as universal. The War of Art identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest succes

The Way of the Seal - Mark Divine - Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed

Trading Bases: A Story About Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball (Not Necessarily in That Order) - Joe Peta - Peta shows how to subtract luck--in particular "cluster luck," as he puts it--from a team's statistics to best predict how it will perform in the next game and over the whole season. His baseball "hedge fund" returned an astounding 41 percent in 2011-- with daily volatility similar to funds he used to trade for. Peta takes readers to the ballpark in San Francisco, trading floors and baseball bars in New York, and sports books in Vegas, all while tracing the progress of his wagers

Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes - Gary Belsky -  Lessons from the Life-Changing Science of Behavioral Economics

NON-FICTION FINANCE, POST CREDIT CRUNCH

The Buy Side: A Wall Street Trader's Tale of Spectacular Excess (4)  - Turney Duff - portrays an after-hours Wall Street culture where drugs and sex are rampant and billions in trading commissions flow to those who dangle the most enticements

Wolf of Wall Street (3)- Jordan Belfort -  Now, in this astounding and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess that no one could invent.

Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis (2)  - James Rickards - Drawing on a mix of economic history, network science, and sociology, Currency Wars provides a rich understanding of the increasing threats to U.S. national security, from dollar devaluation to collapse in the European periphery, failed states in Africa, Chinese neomercantilism, Russian adventurism, and the current scramble for gold.

Fooling Some of the People All of the Time, A Long Short (and Now Complete) Story (2) - David Einhorn - A revealing look at Wall Street, the financial media, and financial regulators by David Einhorn, the President of Greenlight Capital

Fortune's Formula: The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System That Beat the Casinos and Wall Street (2) - William Poundstone - In 1956 two Bell Labs scientists discovered the scientific formula for getting rich. One was mathematician Claude Shannon, neurotic father of our digital age, whose genius is ranked with Einstein's. The other was John L. Kelly Jr., a Texas-born, gun-toting physicist. Together they applied the science of information theory--the basis of computers and the Internet--to the problem of making as much money as possible, as fast as possible

The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success (2) -  William N. Thorndike - Drawing on years of research and experience, Thorndike tells eye-opening stories, extracting lessons and revealing a compelling alternative model for anyone interested in leading a company or investing in one—and reaping extraordinary returns.

Mortgage Wars - Tom Howard - Inside Fannie Mae, Big-Money Politics, and the Collapse of the American Dream

After The Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, The Response, And The Work Ahead - Alan S. Blinder - Blinder shows us how the U.S. financial system, which had grown far too complex for its own good—and too unregulated for the public good—experienced a perfect storm beginning in 2007. Things started unraveling when the much-chronicled housing bubble burst, but the ensuing implosion of what Blinder calls the "bond bubble" was larger and more devastating.

All the Devils are Here - by Joe Nocera - All the Devils Are Here goes back several decades to weave the hidden history of the financial crisis in a way no previous book has done. It explores the motivations of everyone from famous CEOs, cabinet secretaries, and politicians to anonymous lenders, borrowers, analysts, and Wall Street traders.

Billionaire's Apprentice - Anita Raghavan - Just as WASPs, Irish-Catholics and Our Crowd Jews once made the ascent from immigrants to powerbrokers, it is now the Indian-American's turn. Citigroup, PepsiCo and Mastercard are just a handful of the Fortune 500 companies led by a group known as the "Twice Blessed." Yet little is known about how these Indian emigres (and children of emigres) rose through the ranks. Until now...

Boomerang - Michael Lewis - Michael Lewis's investigation of bubbles beyond our shores is so brilliantly, sadly hilarious that it leads the American reader to a comfortable complacency: oh, those foolish foreigners. But when he turns a merciless eye on California and Washington, DC, we see that the narrative is a trap baited with humor, and we understand the reckoning that awaits the greatest and greediest of debtor nations.

Endless Crisis: How Monopoly-Finance Capital Produces Stagnation and Upheaval from the USA to China - John Bellamy Foster - It appears that the Great Recession has given way to a period of long-term anemic growth, which Foster and McChesney aptly term the Great Stagnation.

The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire – Neil Irwin - When the first fissures became visible to the naked eye in August 2007, suddenly the most powerful men in the world were three men who were never elected to public office. They were the leaders of the world's three most important central banks: Ben Bernanke of the U.S. Federal Reserve, Mervyn King of the Bank of England, and Jean-Claude Trichet of the European Central Bank.

The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America - David Stockman - a searing look at Washington's craven response to the recent myriad of financial crises and fiscal cliffs. It counters conventional wisdom with an eighty-year revisionist history of how the American state—especially the Federal Reserve—has fallen prey to the politics of crony capitalism and the ideologies of fiscal stimulus, monetary central planning, and financial bailouts.

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves - Matt Ridley - makes the case for an economics of hope, arguing that the benefits of commerce, technology, innovation, and change—what Ridley calls cultural evolution—will inevitably increase human prosperity.

  

NON-FICTION, FINANCE

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies (4) - Erik Brynjolfsson - the best strategies for survival and offer a new path to prosperity. These include revamping education so that it prepares people for the next economy instead of the last one, designing new collaborations that pair brute processing power with human ingenuity, and embracing policies that make sense in a radically transformed landscape.

Race Against the Machines (3) - Andrew McAfee - How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity

The 4 Hour Workweek (2) – Timothy Ferriss - Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint

The Box (2) - Marc Levinson - How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger

The Everything Store (2) - Brad Stone - Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

The Prize (2) - Daniel Yergin - Deemed "the best history of oil ever written" by Business Week and with more than 300,000 copies in print, Daniel Yergin's Pulitzer Prize–winning account of the global pursuit of oil, money, and power has been extensively updated to address the current energy crisis.

Who Owns the Future (2) - Jaron Lanier - a visionary reckoning with the effects network technologies have had on our economy. Lanier asserts that the rise of digital networks led our economy into recession and decimated the middle class. Now, as technology flattens more and more industries—from media to medicine to manufacturing—we are facing even greater challenges to employment and personal wealth.

Makers: the new industrial revolution (2) - Chris Anderson - Wired magazine editor and bestselling author Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today's entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop

Hedge Hogs (2) - Barbara Dreyfuss - Good read about Brian Hunter, John Arnold, Bo Collins, Amaranth, etc - Meticulously researched and character-driven, Hedge Hogs is a riveting fly-on-the-wall account of the largest hedge fund collapse in history

Ugly Americans: The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions (2) -  Ben Mezrich - a story of extremes, charged with wealth, nerve, excess, and glamour. A real-life mixture of Liar's Poker and Wall Street, brimming with intense action, romance, underground sex, vivid locales, and exotic characters, Ugly Americans is the untold true story that rocked the financial community.

Average is Over - Tyler Cowen - High earners are taking ever more advantage of machine intelligence in data analysis and achieving ever-better results. Meanwhile, low earners who haven't committed to learning, to making the most of new technologies, have poor prospects. Nearly every business sector relies less and less on manual labor, and this fact is forever changing the world of work and wages. A steady, secure life somewhere in the middle—average—is over

 Birth of a Market: The U.S. Treasury Securities Market from the Great War to the Great Depression - Kenneth D. Garbade - Traces the development of the Treasury market from a financial backwater in the years before World War I to a multibillion dollar market on the eve of World War II. Garbade focuses on Treasury debt management policies, describing the origins of several pillars of modern Treasury practice, including "regular and predictable" auction offerings and the integration of debt and cash management

Bringing Down the House - Ben Mezrich - Robin Hood meets the Rat Pack when the best and the brightest of M.I.T.'s math students and engineers take up blackjack under the guidance of an eccentric mastermind. Their small blackjack club develops from an experiment in counting cards on M.I.T.'s campus into a ring of card savants with a system for playing large and winning big.

Business: The Big Switch - Nicholas Carr - Computing is turning into a utility, and the effects of this transition will ultimately change society as completely as the advent of cheap electricity did. In a new chapter for this edition that brings the story up-to-date, Nicholas Carr revisits the dramatic new world being conjured from the circuits of the "World Wide Computer."

Capital in the Twenty-First Century - Thomas Piketty - Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. His findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality

Don't Make Me Think - Steve Krug - hundreds of thousands of Web designers and developers have relied on usability guru Steve Krug's guide to help them understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design. Witty, commonsensical, and eminently practical, it's one of the best-loved and most recommended books on the subject.

Engaged – Gregg Lederman - This book dispels popular myths about employee rewards (they don't work the way you think they do) and employee and customer satisfaction efforts (which, for most companies, are more of a distraction than useful data linked to tangible results). The author introduces the ENGAGED Index (a tool you can use to find out how ENGAGED your company is).

Engines That Move Markets - Alisdair Nairn - A comprehensive history of market-shaping industries and their impact on how we invest today - This engaging book highlights the history of industrial development and its impact on investors.

For The Win - Cory Doctorow - Exciting read on virtual currency, "gold-farming" and the economies of online role-playing games. This is told in novel form, from the perspective of an American corporate computer gaming executive, and an American, Chinese and Indian player. It is a fun, quick read, and raises some good questions about the possible unionization of the virtual workforce.

Gold - Matthew Hart - Beginning with a page-turning dispatch from the crime-ridden inferno of the world's deepest mine, Hart pulls back to survey gold's tempestuous past. From the earliest civilizations, 6,000 years ago, when gold was an icon of sacred and kingly power, Hart tracks its evolution, through conquest, murder, and international mayhem, into the speculative casino-chip that the metal has become

Hatching Twitter - Nick Bilton - New York Times columnist and reporter Nick Bilton takes readers behind the scenes as Twitter grew at exponential speeds. He gets inside the heads of the four hackers out of whom the company tumbled

Heads in Beds - Jacob Tomsky - A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality - Heads in Beds is a funny, authentic, and irreverent chronicle of the highs and lows of hotel life, told by a keenly observant insider who's seen it all.

In The Plex - Steven Levy - How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman - Yvon Chouinard - In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard-legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.-shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth

Money: The Unauthorized Biography - Felix Martin - From ancient currency to Adam Smith, from the gold standard to shadow banking and the Great Recession: a sweeping historical epic that traces the development and evolution of one of humankind's greatest inventions.

Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value - Willliam Poundstone - In psychological experiments, people are unable to estimate "fair" prices accurately and are strongly influenced by the unconscious, irrational, and politically incorrect. It hasn't taken long for marketers to apply these findings.

Reply All … and other ways to tank your career – Richie Frieman - A Guide to Workplace Etiquette (Quick & Dirty Tips), he interviews dozens of CEOs, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and tastemakers to get the pros' take on workplace challenges of every flavor

The Age of Oversupply: Overcoming the Greatest Challenge to the Global Economy - Daniel Alpert - The invisible hand of capitalism is broken. Economic and political forces are preventing markets from correcting themselves, and we're now living in an unprecedented age of oversupply

The Firm – Duff McDonald - The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business

The Great Degeneration - Niall Ferguson - What causes rich countries to lose their way? Symptoms of decline are all around us today: slowing growth, crushing debts, increasing inequality, aging populations, antisocial behavior. But what exactly has gone wrong? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues in The Great Degeneration, is that our institutions—the intricate frameworks within which a society can flourish or fail—are degenerating.

The Lean Startup - Eric Ries - How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

The Medici Effect -  Frans Johansson - The Medici Effect shows how breakthrough ideas most often occur when we bring concepts from one field into a new, unfamiliar territory, and offers examples how we can turn the ideas we discover into path-breaking innovations

The Most Fun I Never Want To Have Again - A Mid-life Crisis In Community Banking - R.D. Koncerak - Join author R.D. Koncerak on an eye-opening, insider's look at Georgia's community banking industry. From the forces that fueled the boom through 2007 to the crises that sent world markets reeling in 2008, this book is part financial documentary, part autobiography, and entirely entertaining

The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations, and Businesses -Eric Schmidt - In an unparalleled collaboration, two leading global thinkers in technology and foreign affairs give us their widely anticipated, transformational vision of the future: a world where everyone is connected—a world full of challenges and benefits that are ours to meet and to harness

The Quest - Daniel Yergin -  continues the riveting story begun in his Pulitzer Prize–winning book, The Prize. In The Quest, Yergin shows us how energy is an engine of global political and economic change and conflict, in a story that spans the energies on which our civilization has been built and the new energies that are competing to replace them

Traders, Guns, and Money - Satyajit Das - a wickedly comic exposé of the culture, games and pure deceptions played out every day in trading rooms around the world. And played out with other people's money - A sensational insider's view of the business of trading and marketing derivatives, this revised edition explains the frighteningly central role that derivatives and financial products played in the global financial crisis.

Uncommon Carriers - John McPhee - This is a book about people who drive trucks, captain ships, pilot towboats, drive coal trains, and carry lobsters through the air: people who work in freight transportation.

Wizard of Lies - Diana B. Henriques - Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust


NON-FICTION FINANCE, TRADING /  INVESTING

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator(4)  - Edwin Lefevre - First published in 1923, Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is the most widely read, highly recommended investment book ever. Generations of readers have found that it has more to teach them about markets and people than years of experience. This is a timeless tale that will enrich your life—and your portfolio.

The Success Equation (3) – Michael Mauboussin - Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing

A History of Interest Rates - Sindney Homer - A History of Interest Rates presents a very readable account of interest rate trends and lending practices over four millennia of economic history. Despite the paucity of data prior to the Industrial Revolution, authors Homer and Sylla provide a highly detailed analysis of money markets and borrowing practices in major economies. Underlying the analysis is their assertion that "the free market long-term rates of interest for any industrial nation, properly charted, provide a sort of fever chart of the economic and political health of that nation."

Catching the Wolf of Wall Street - Jordan Belfort - More Incredible True Stories of Fortunes, Schemes, Parties, and Prison

Code Red - John Mauldin - Code Red spills the beans on the central banks in the U.S., U.K., E.U., and Japan and how they've rigged the game against the average saver and investor. More importantly, it shows you how to protect your hard-earned cash from the bankers' disastrous monetary policies and how to come out a winner in the irresponsible game of chicken they're playing with the global financial system.

Creating Climate Wealth - Jigar Shah  - Creating Climate Wealth is about how climate change - the biggest challenge of our time –can be turned into a $10 trillion dollar wealth-creating opportunity. Author Jigar Shah, internationally recognized for revolutionizing the now multi-billion-dollar solar energy industry, outlines how entrepreneurs and investors can unlock the massive potential that climate change represents

Damn Right! - Janet Lowe - Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger

Fooled by Randomness - Nassim N. Taleb - the word-of-mouth sensation that will change the way you think about the markets and the world.This book is about luck: more precisely how we perceive luck in our personal and professional experiences.

Its earnings that count - Hewitt Heiserman - Inspired by the writings of Benjamin Graham, "It's Earnings That Count" examines a firm's earnings quality from the perspective of a "defensive" investor who wants to avoid committing ruinous mistakes, as well as the "enterprising" investor who seeks Wall Street's next great opportunities. Unfortunately, as recent market history has shown, the traditional income statement is ill-suited to meeting the needs of these sometimes opposing viewpoints

Latticework - Robert Hagstrom - Robert Hagstrom outlines a new approach to investing based on the ideas of two highly successful investors: Charlie Munger of Berkshire Hathaway and bill Miller of Legg Mason. Both Munger and Miller believe in the latticework approach to investing, one that is based on a working knowledge of a variety of disciplines. Latticework is a true liberal arts approach to investing

Psychology of the stock market - George Selden - This book was written in 1912, but surprisingly would have been a great guide book over the past 100 years. The principles could have made us a lot of money in the twentieth century and stopped a lot of the losses in 1929 and 2000.

Skating Where the Puck Was: The Correlation Game in a Flat World  - William J. Bernstein - This booklet explores the notion that, as a general rule, no magic policy rich in highreturn/low-correlation alternative asset classes exists that will simultaneously preserve upside reward and protect against downside losses.

The Dao of Capital - Mark Spitznagel - This is Austrian Investing, an archetypal, counterintuitive, and proven approach, gleaned from the 150-year-old Austrian School of economics, that is both timeless and exceedingly timely.

The Misbehavior of Markets - Mandlebrot - a revolutionary reevaluation of the standard tools and models of modern financial theory. Markets, we learn, are far riskier than we have wanted to believe. From the gyrations of IBM's stock price and the Dow, to cotton trading, and the dollar-Euro exchange rate--Mandelbrot shows that the world of finance can be understood in more accurate, and volatile, terms than the tired theories of yesteryear

The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor - Howard Marks - explains the keys to successful investment and the pitfalls that can destroy capital or ruin a career. Utilizing passages from his memos to illustrate his ideas, Marks teaches by example, detailing the development of an investment philosophy that fully acknowledges the complexities of investing and the perils of the financial world. Brilliantly applying insight to today's volatile markets, Marks offers a volume that is part memoir, part creed, with a number of broad takeaways

Wealth & Wisdom - George McAuliffe - Timeless Quotations and Comments About Money and Investing

SPORTS

The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown (9) - Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics

Born To Run - A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen(2)  - Christopher McDougall - he takes his readers from science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultra-runners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to a climactic race in the Copper Canyons that pits America's best ultra-runners against the tribe.

Don't Put Me In, Coach (2) - Mark Titus - This book will give readers an uncensored and uproarious look inside an elite NCAA basketball program from Titus's unique perspective. In his four years at the end of the bench, Mark founded his wildly popular blog Club Trillion, became a hero to all guys picked last, and even got scouted by the Harlem Globetrotters.

King of Sports (2)  – Gregg Easterbrook – Football's Impact on America

The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever (2) - Mark Frost - In 1956, millionaires Eddie Lowery and George Coleman made an off-the-cuff bet on a golf match and inadvertently set up one of the sport's most climactic duels; this one casual game has become the sport's great suburban legend. Frost (The Greatest Game Ever Played) diligently covers the two pros slightly past their prime, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, who squared off against two top amateurs, Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi.

Slow Getting Up:  A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile (2) - Nate Jackson - From scouting combines to training camps, off-season parties to game-day routines, debilitating physical injuries—including degenerative brain conditions—to poor pensions and financial distress, he offers a funny, and shocking look at life in the NFL, and the young men who risk their health and even their lives to play the game

The Kid (2) - Ben Bradlee, Jr - The Immortal Life of Ted Williams

Wheelmen (2) - Reed Albergotti - Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever

A Few Seconds of Panic: A Sportswriter Plays in the NFL - Stefan Fatsis - After more than a year of preparation, Fatsis molded his fortyish body into one that could stand up-barely-to the rigors of NFL training. And for three months he became a placekicker for the Denver Broncos. Making the most of unprecedented access to an NFL team and its players, and drawing on his own personal experience, Fatsis with wry candor and hard-won empathy unveils the mind of the modern pro athlete and the workings of a storied sports franchise as no writer has before.

A Sense of Where You Are: Bill Bradley at Princeton - McPhee delineates for the reader the training and techniques that made Bradley the extraordinary athlete he was, and this part of the book is a blueprint of superlative basketball. But athletic prowess alone would not explain Bradley's magnetism, which is in the quality of the man himself—his self-discipline, his rationality, and his sense of responsibility

A Voyage for Mad Men - Peter Nichols - In 1968, nine sailors set off on the most daring race ever held: to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe nonstop. It was a feat that had never been accomplished and one that would forever change the face of sailing. Ten months later, only one of the nine men would cross the finish line and earn fame, wealth, and glory. For the others, the reward was madness, failure, and death.

Berlin Olympics - Daniel James Brown -  a shocking portrait of a complicated, enigmatic life. The story that DiMaggio never wanted told, tells of his grace -- and greed; his dignity, pride -- and hidden shame. It is a story that sweeps through the twentieth century, bringing to light not just America's national game, but the birth (and the price) of modern national celebrity

Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy: A Journey to the Heart of Cricket's Underworld - Ed Hawkins - A startling and powerful journey to the very core of India's illegal bookmaking industry that exposes the scale of corruption and the match-fixing that now runs rife throughout world cricket.

DEEP: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow -  Porter Fox - The narrative follows the unlikely rise of skiing from prehistoric Norwegian hunters to nobility in the Alps in the 1800s to present-day freeriders on the vaunted slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Fox talks to alpinists about the allure and mysticism of the sport and to scientists about climate change and its effect on snow—ultimately finding a story that is far larger than the impending demise of skiing.

How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization Paperback - Franklin Foer - named one of the five most influential sports books of the decade by Sports Illustrated—How Soccer Explains the World is a unique and brilliantly illuminating look at soccer, the world's most popular sport, as a lens through which to view the pressing issues of our age, from the clash of civilizations to the global economy.

Hustler Days:  Minnesota Fats, Wimpy Lassiter, Jersey Red, and American's Great Age of pool - R.A. Dyer  - takes us through the smoky bars and late nights where a win was just as dangerous as a loss. He captures the game's popularity in the thirties, its dark days in the fifties, and its renaissance and apex in the sixties, fueled by the smashing success of Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason going toe-to-toe in The Hustler.

Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame - Franklin Foer - a timeless collection of biographical musings, sociological riffs about assimilation, first-person reflections, and, above all, great writing on some of the most influential and unexpected pioneers in the world of sports. Featuring work by today's preeminent writers, these essays explore significant Jewish athletes, coaches, broadcasters, trainers, and even team owners

Just Tell Me I Can't – Larry Platt - How Jamie Moyer Defied the Radar Gun and Defeated Time

LEGACY: 15 Lessons in Leadership  – Kerr James - What the (New Zealand rugby) All Blacks Can Teach us About the Business of Life

Moneyball – Mike Lewis - Billy Beane, the Oakland A's general manager, is leading a revolution. Reinventing his team on a budget, he needs to outsmart the richer teams. He signs undervalued players whom the scouts consider flawed but who have a knack for getting on base, scoring runs, and winning games.

One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season - Chris Ballard - Sports Illustrated writer tells the story of the team and its coach, Lynn Sweet, a hippie, dreamer, and intellectual who arrived in Macon in 1966, bringing progressive ideas to a town stuck in the Eisenhower era. Beloved by students but not administration, Sweet reluctantly took over the ragtag team, intent on teaching the boys as much about life as baseball. Inspired by Sweet's unconventional methods, the undersized, undermanned Macon Ironmen embarked on an improbable postseason run that infuriated rival coaches

Ron Shandler's 2014 Baseball Forecaster – Ron Shandler - The industry's longest-running publication for baseball analysts and fantasy leaguers, the 2014 Baseball Forecaster, published annually since 1986, is the first book to approach prognostication by breaking performance down into its component parts.

Running for My Life - Lopez Lomong - One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games

Soccernomics - Simon Kuper - Why England Loses, Why Spain, Germany, and Brazil Win, and Why the US, Japan, Australia, Turkey, and Even Iraq, Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport

 Strength of a Champion: Finding Faith and Fortitude Through Adversity - OJ Brigance - O.J. shares his incredible story, offering lessons in resilience and reflecting on the championship team that inspired him in turn. Along with his own journey, O.J. recounts the struggles and successes of Ravens players, including Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco, and Torrey Smith, as well as the strength of head coach John Harbaugh. Having watched their season from the best seat in the house, O.J. highlights their perseverance, confidence, and leadership, and the best that sports can bring out in people.

Tailgating, Sacks and Salary Caps - Mark Yost - How the NFL Became the Most Successful Sports League in History

The Art of Fielding - Chad Harbach - At Westish College, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league until a routine throw goes disastrously off course. In the aftermath of his error, the fates of five people are upended. Henry's fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future.

The Billionaire And The Mechanic - Julian Guthrie - How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic Teamed up to Win Sailing's Greatest Race, the Americas Cup, Twice

The Last Great Game - Gene Wojciechowski - Duke vs. Kentucky and the 2.1 Seconds That Changed Basketball

The Secret Race- Inside the Hidden World of the Tour De France - Tyler Hamilton - The Secret Race is a definitive look at the world of professional cycling—and the doping issue surrounding this sport and its most iconic rider, Lance Armstrong—by former Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle.

The Squared Circle - David Shoemaker - Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling

The System - Jeff Benedict -  The Glory and Scandal of Big Time College Football

Toughness - Jay Bilas - A four-year starter at Duke, he learned an incomparable work ethic under coach Mike Krzyzewski, battling against the greatest college players in the game. After playing professionally overseas for several years, he returned to Duke, where he served as Krzyzewski's assistant coach for three seasons, during which the Blue Devils won back-to-back titles

SOME BOOKS I HAVE READ OVER THE PAST YEAR

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History  - Chris Kyle - American Sniper is the astonishing autobiography of SEAL Chief Chris Kyle, who is the record-holding sniper in U.S. military history. Kyle has more than 150 officially confirmed kills

Coaching Confidential: Inside the Fraternity of NFL Coaches - Gary Myers - chronicles a year in the life of an NFL head coach. But not just one head coach. A composite portrait is drawn through interviews with at least 20 current and former head coaches (including Super Bowl winners such as Bill Parcells, Tom Coughlin, Jimmy Johnson, Tony Dungy, Sean Payton, Mike Shanahan, Dick Vermeil, Mike Holmgren, Brian Billick, and Joe Gibbs)

Don't stop the Carnival - Herman Wouk - It's the story of Norman Paperman, a New York City press agent who, facing the onset of middle age, runs away to a Caribbean island to reinvent himself as a hotel keeper. (Hilarity and disaster -- of a sort peculiar to the tropics -- ensue.)

 Gone Girl: A Novel - Gillian Flynn - On the day of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick's wife Amy disappears. There are signs of struggle in the house and Nick quickly becomes the prime suspect. It doesn't help that Nick hasn't been completely honest with the police and, as Amy's case drags out for weeks, more and more vilifying evidence appears against him. Nick, however, maintains his innocence. Told from alternating points of view between Nick and Amy, Gillian Flynn creates an untrustworthy world that changes chapter-to-chapter.

Inferno: A Novel - Dan Brown - In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante's Inferno.

Killing Jesus: A History - Bill O'Reilly - details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Killing Jesus will take readers inside Jesus's life, recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable - and changed the world forever.

Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot - Bill O'Reilly - A riveting historical narrative of the shocking events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever - Bill O'Reilly - A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln

Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase to Catch Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson - a fascinating tale of murder, intrigue, and betrayal. A gripping hour-by-hour account told through the eyes of the hunted and the hunters, this is history as you've never read it before.

Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key West: William McKeen - True tales of writers and pirates, painters and potheads, guitar pickers and drug merchants in America's southernmost city -

No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden - Mark Owen - For the first time anywhere, the first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from a Navy Seal who confronted the terrorist mastermind and witnessed his final moments.

Rise to Rebellion: A Novel of the American Revolution - Jeff Shaara - More than a powerful portrait of the people and purpose of the revolution, Rise to Rebellion is a vivid account of history's most pivotal events. The Boston Tea Party, the battles of Concord and Bunker Hill - all are recreated with the kind of breathtaking detail only a master like Jeff Shaara can muster

Savages: A Novel - Don Winslow - Ben, Chon, and O are twentysomething best friends living the dream in Southern California. Together they have made a small fortune producing premium grade marijuana, a product so potent that the Mexican Baja Cartel demands a cut. When Ben and Chon refuse to back down, the cartel kidnaps O, igniting a dizzying array of high-octane negotiations and stunning plot twists as they risk everything to free her. The result is a provocative, sexy, and darkly engrossing thrill ride, an ultracontemporary love story that will leave you breathless.

The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell,' by Mark Kurlansky - Filled with cultural, historical, and culinary insight–along with historic recipes, maps, drawings, and photos–this dynamic narrative sweeps readers from the seventeenth-century founding of New York to the death of its oyster beds and the rise of America's environmentalist movement, from the oyster cellars of the rough-and-tumble Five Points slums to Manhattan's Gilded Age dining chambers.

The Buy Side: A Wall Street Trader's Tale of Spectacular Excess  - Turney Duff - portrays an after-hours Wall Street culture where drugs and sex are rampant and billions in trading commissions flow to those who dangle the most enticements

The Game of Thrones Series - George R.R. Martin - in many ways, the gold standard for modern epic fantasy. Martin--dubbed the "American Tolkien" by Time magazine--has created a world that is as rich and vital as any piece of historical fiction, set in an age of knights and chivalry and filled with a plethora of fascinating, multidimensional characters that you love, hate to love, or love to hate as they struggle for control of a divided kingdom.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Series  - Stieg Larsson - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo combines murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue into one satisfyingly complex and entertainingly atmospheric novel.

The Glorious Cause (The American Revolutionary War) - Jeff Shaara - Now he continues the amazing saga of how thirteen colonies became a nation, taking the conflict from kingdom and courtroom to the bold and bloody battlefields of war.

The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War by Michael Shaara - This novel reveals more about the Battle of Gettysburg than any piece of learned nonfiction on the same subject. Michael Shaara's account of the three most important days of the Civil War features deft characterizations of all of the main actors, including Lee, Longstreet, Pickett, Buford, and Hancock

The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever - Mark Frost - In 1956, millionaires Eddie Lowery and George Coleman made an off-the-cuff bet on a golf match and inadvertently set up one of the sport's most climactic duels; this one casual game has become the sport's great suburban legend. Frost (The Greatest Game Ever Played) diligently covers the two pros slightly past their prime, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, who squared off against two top amateurs, Harvie Ward and Ken Venturi.

The Secret Race- Inside the Hidden World of the Tour De France - Tyler Hamilton - The Secret Race is a definitive look at the world of professional cycling—and the doping issue surrounding this sport and its most iconic rider, Lance Armstrong—by former Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle.

Travis McGee novels - John MacDonald - Some of the books are better than others, but they're nearly all worth a couple of lazy summer days. They are the ultimate summer time, quick-read beach books. At their core, they're good mysteries. But Travis McGee is such a great character, with such a wry outlook on life, that often the mystery seems secondary to McGee's views on whatever topic author John D. McDonald has selected for his soap box. Most of them take place in Florida, (a Florida no one will ever see again given they were written mostly in the 60s and 70s)

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption  - Laura Hillenbrand -  As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile.  But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks - Brooks tells the story of the world's desperate battle against the zombie threat with a series of first-person accounts "as told to the author" by various characters around the world. A Chinese doctor encounters one of the earliest zombie cases at a time when the Chinese government is ruthlessly suppressing any information about the outbreak that will soon spread across the globe. The tale then follows the outbreak via testimony of smugglers, intelligence officials, military personnel and many others who struggle to defeat the zombie menace.

Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game - Joseph Parent  - noted PGA coach and Buddhist instructor, Dr. Joseph Parent, draws on this natural connection and teaches golfers how to clear their minds, achieve ultimate focus, and play in the moment for each shot.