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    Just finished
    What hath God wrought? by Daniel Walker Howe. Subtitled "The transformation of America 1815-1848. I am reading this with the History group at GoodReads.  This is very well written; an excellent portrayal of the USA in these 3 decades.

    Now reading
    Cooler Smarter: Practical tips for low carbon living  by the scientists at Union of Concerned Scientists, a great group. These folk make sense, concentrating on the changes you can make that have the biggest impact with the least effort.

    Thinking, fast and slow  by Daniel Kahneman.  Kahneman, most famous for his work with the late Amos Tversky, is one of the leading psychologists of the times. Here, he posits that our brains have two systems: A fast one and a slow one. Neither is better, but they are good at different things. This is a brilliant book: Full of insight and very well written, as well.

    On politics: A history of political thought from Herodotus to the present by Alan Ryan. What the subtitle says - a history of political thought.  

    He, she and it by Marge Percy. Near future dystopian SF set on Earth.

    Visions of Infinity by Ian Stewart. A nontechnical look at 11 famous problems of math. So far, it's a little too nontechnical for my taste.

    Woodrow Wilson by John Cooper, Jr. A fairly admiring look at Wilson.

    Measurement by Paul Lockhart. About mathematics and, especially, how it should be taught and learned. Lockhart is wonderful; his first book A Mathematician's Lament was, in my view, the best book on teaching math ever written.

    Just started

    Sleeping Dogs by Thomas Perry. The sequel to The Butcher's Boy.  The butcher's boy (a former hit man for the mafia) has retired to England and been living a quiet life for 10 years. But now he is recognized and comes out of retirement very fast.

    A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln and the 1848 US invasion of Mexico by Amy Greenberg. What the subtitle says, but very interesting. For instance, the 1848 war was the first US war to have a substantial group of anti-War Americans.

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