Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

Goodreads link My rating: 5 out of 5 My review: The politically incorrect advice I would (of course never) give is this: go to the pub for a drink in the morning. This books is a revelation. It describes in a vivid way what happens when we don’t get enough sleep (it’s worse than I imagined in my wildest dreams). Lack of sleep disrupts learning, memory formation, compromises immune system and contributes to various ailments. …

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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Goodreads page My rating: 5 out of 5 My review: This might have been one of the best non-fiction books I’ve read in a while. Going from ancient Egypt all the way to custom generically matched treatment for cancer. This book covers it all. It reads like a mystery novel where the killer is a disease leaving clues left and right for the right investigator. I specifically remember being surprised at the handling of smoking and lunch cancer in the past and all the denials that came with it. …

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War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence by Ronan Farrow

Goodreads page My rating: 4 out of 5 My review: I don’t read political literature, and sort of just stumbled upon this in the library. And what a great stumble it was. I am finding accounts of various pieces of diplomatic processes, quotes and recollections fascinating. It gave me a new perspective on what it means to be a diplomat. To bring to the negotiating table warring foreign sides, while fighting politics back home. …

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The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Senseless Bureaucracy by Philip K. Howard

Goodreads page My rating: 4 out of 5 My review: Book with an interesting idea - not just for US but for any government too bogged down in bureaucracy. What would happen if we let officials decide things based on very broad principles set by law, without laying out detailed plans in huge rulebooks nobody reads. This idea of returning responsibility for decisions to the people “on the ground” is mentioned right from the start. …

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

Goodreads page My rating: 4 out of 5 My review: It was quite fun watching the seasons change with the author. It certainly helps to have a vivid imagination while reading this book. It is full of trivia and biological information which I would not expect in a book about beauty of nature. But it shows the “ugly” side as well and shows that we can enjoy even those brutal, inexplicable parts of it. …

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Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Goodreads page My rating: 5 out of 5 My review: This is a small book full of big and beautiful ideas, masterfully weaved together. It spoke to me on many levels much like [b:The Alchemist|865|The Alchemist|Paulo Coelho|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1287827991s/865.jpg%7C4835472]. Full of life, love, desire, joy and sorrow. Even in the darkest corners this book is full of life. Don’t be misled by shortness of this book. It deserves to be read slowly. And multiple times. …

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Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden

Goodreads page My rating: 4 out of 5 My review: When I was watching Black Hawk Down (the movie) several years ago, I hadn’t been aware there is a book as well. By the time I started reading the book, I forgot everything about the movie except the outline and the feeling of constant confusion. So first, the good parts: Black Hawk Down is a great piece of storytelling that can make you feel in the middle of it all. …

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Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson

Goodreads page My rating: 3 out of 5 My review: This is a great book about economics of “Free” (as in free beer mostly). People are currently getting a lot of things for free and people and companies are getting rich by giving stuff away for free. You just have to find the right way. This book is full of interesting examples and approaches that date back to 18th century (and even more back occasionally). …

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Iskusstvo bytʹ drugim by Vladimir Lvovich Levi

Goodreads page My rating: 4 out of 5 My review: Read it in Czech translation from 1985 so certain things were a bit weird, but the core of the book is still worth reading. It deals with basic ideas of people interactions as well as with concrete situations. And most importantly it is written in a way digestible for laymen such as myself :-)

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