Category Archives: Non-fiction

Eric Harvey – The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus (2015)

Please join me while I peruse this highly interesting booklet. We might learn some life lessons. After all, it has over 250K copies sold, even though I got it from a box of free books at the local bookstore. It … Continue reading

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Tim Birkhead – Bird Sense; What It’s Like to Be a Bird (2012) Review

When I studied biology in the 2000s as an undergraduate at Leiden University, the first course I ever had was about Behavioral Biology. In it, our professor urged us to think about animals as black boxes, with input of the … Continue reading

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Norman Davies – Vanished Kingdoms; The History of Half-Forgotten Europe (2011)

Maybe you know the feeling when you’re on a holiday in some corner of Europe, and you visit a castle and you read in your Lonely Planet guide about some ancient kingdom that used to exist there. And for a … Continue reading

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Mike Dash – Tulipomania (1999) Review

The story of the world’s most coveted flower & the extraordinary passions it aroused. At the height of the tulip craze in the 17th century, a single tulip bulb in Holland was worth many times its weight in gold. It … Continue reading

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Yuval Noah Harari – Homo Deus (2015) Review

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow is marketed as the sequel to Harari’s earlier popular non-fiction book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. And in a sense, it is. Sapiens started off with explaining the biological baseline of our … Continue reading

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Mark Manson – the Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (2016) review

I hardly ever read self-help books, but I make an exception for Mark Manson. His book is about carefully choosing what you care about. About accepting that there will always be struggle in your life, and about changing your problems … Continue reading

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Michael Palin – New Europe (2007)

The book, not the TV series. In 2006, professional traveler Michael Palin visited all the countries of Eastern Europe, plus Turkey, and made a show and wrote a book about it. New Europe. Most of these countries wouldn’t like to … Continue reading

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