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They said George Washington owned about 1000 books.
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Books that I have read
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1marching powder51226Rusty Young It is about Bolivia’s San Pedro prison where prisoners have to pay for their own cell, can take drugs and run businesses. Amazing. Again, we see the inequality of people living in different parts of the world.
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2Sky Burial – An eyewitness account of China’s Brutal Crackdown in Tibet60605Blake Kerr
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3The adventures of Tom Sawyer60618Mark Twain
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4The life of Birds60704David AttenboroughEnjoyable book. Nice photographs of the birds. Can be said to be a very reader friendly general science book. Covers aspects of evolution of the birds as well.
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5my life with Chimpanzees60827Jane Goodall
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6Reason for Hope61005Jane Goodall
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7周恩来画传61105
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8切。格瓦拉画传61115
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9No such thing as over-exposure Inside the life and celebrity of Donald Trump61231Robert Slater
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10In the shadow of man70112Jane GoodallThis book records her work in Africa studying the chimpanzees
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11The Kite Runner70222Khaled HosseiniGood novel set in Afghanistan, learn about their kite flying culture, and their honour culture.
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12Complications – a surgeon’s notes on an imperfect science70305Atul GawandeAn excellent book by a surgeon on the limits of medicine, tells you many things that doctors don’t know but they still go ahead. Interesting first hand stories. Was covering my mouth in horror as I read.
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13Price of Honour70315Jan GoodwinA good book about the plight of Women in muslim countries, especially those in fundamentalist controlled area. Also let us know the background to the Fundamentalist muslim movements and introduce as into the writings of the Koran.
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14围城70422钱钟书A book where the author gives excellent analogy and has a great sense of humour. However, I feel that there is no plot to excite me into continue reading to the end.
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15To kill a mocking bird70430Harper leeWorthy book. Story line is engaging but at the same time, she never writes in a obvious manner so you have to think a little before you get it. Totally enjoyed itagain in Feb 2016
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16易中天品三国 (上)705易中天From these 2 books, you really come to learn that romance of 3 kingdoms novel is really just a novel. A lot of decisions that seemed to be made from a character point of view, actually had a bigger political background to it. Such as why Zhuge Liang killed Ma Su and why the processsion of no 1 man in Wu went from Zhou Yu, Lu Su ,Lu Meng and Lu xun
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17易中天品三国 (下)706易中天
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18The world is flat.70809Thomas FriedmanAwesome book. Introduce to me many of the technological happenings of the wider world out there. Memorable good book.
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19Harry Potter and the Philsopher's Stone70810JK Rowling
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20Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets70812JK Rowling
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21Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkabab70813JK RowlingA better books among the series. A great twist to the end.
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22Harry Potter and the Globet of Fire70814JK RowlingPretty Good book too, quite exciting at the end to see if he can make it or not.
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23Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix70828JK RowlingBoring book as in the centre part of the book has a lot of things about the school ( taking OWLs) - that can be deleted and not related the mystery going on. Hahaha
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24三字经 71203not as fantastic as I thought that it would be...
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25Winning 71218Jack Welch with Suzy Welch Great book to pick up to for anyone starting a career, or running a business. His typical no Bullshit style is straight to the point and refreshing. Only lousy chapter is the chapter on six sigma which doesn't really say much. A book worth to keep.
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26From Beirut to Jerusalem 71223Thomas FriedmanA delightful read. In a funny, full of annecdotes manner, Thomas Friedman manages to share with the reader the complex history behind the region: the Muslim Lebanese - Christian Lebanese conflict and the Israeli - Palestinian Conflict.
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27Business: The Richard Branson Way - 10 secrets of the world's best brand builder71225Des DearloveIt is interesting to read a third party account of Richard Branson, before that it was just short articles about him and the autobiography. Reading this book, you come to understand more that is not easy to be him. While I may share is sense of adventure and altruism, there is plenty more about him such as being the negoiator.
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28The Tipping Point80109Malcom GladwellAgain just like Blink, he equips with very good examples and stories to explain the phenomenon but never succeeds in tell you how to achieve it. Probably because he also does not know. The most valuable lesson that you can bring away in this book, sometimes it is not the most expensive marketing, advertising company that can bring you the sales. It is the small little ways, small budgets ways that can bring a lot such as the team that succeed in the airwalk brand. The lesson for your green movement is that a big budget way is not necessary the way to go but how to make your message sticky. Another valuable message is the 150 people size company/tribe.
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29The Selfish Gene80125Richard DawkinsFinally, I read the book that propelled Richard Dawkins to stardom. As one of critics wrote, it is rare to have someone like him to have the patience to explain something so complicated in such a layman manner. At times, I cannot deny that I get mentally lazy to work through with him all his logical reasoning. However, this book does manages to convince that the gene should be the unit of competition in the theory of survial of the fittest, hence being able to explain many phenomemons around us such as kinship. The second last chapter " nice guy finish first" was particularly fun to read , talking about the game theory and prisoners' dilemma.
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30Singapore Samurai80130Penrod V. Dean The most interesting part to me was his escape to the forest. For a person who attended Jungle Confidence Course, I don't think I will survive in the forest. It was also very interesting to note that he was perhaps the only person that survived the solidary confinement in prison. Even with food, lack of contact with others can kill. He stayed alive cause he learnt japanese and converse with the guards.
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31Richard Branson - The authorised biography 80328Mick BrownThis book gives a very refreshing account of Richard Branson as compared to Richard Branson's autobiography. This is because Richard Branson's autobiography gives a very light, self promoting account of his ventures. When reading his autobiography, you felt that he just went ahead to do it ( for example of his ballooning adventure.). Upon reading Mick Brown's version, you will come to understand the objections that Richard faced from his family and friends. In this book, you will also come to understand better that how upbringing plays an important part of how everyone turn out to be. For example, for branson, his mom had this motto: "Why watch what others have accomplished? Go out and do something with your life!'". There is more to Branson than his public self.
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32Jack, Straight from the Gut 80518Not as good as his later book "Winning" which summarise his beliefs in a more concise way. However, you get to learn about his past and his childhood which plays a part in his success. Mothers are always important.
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33The Lexus and the Olive tree80601Thomas FriedmanAfter reading "The World is Flat", it is not as interesting, but it would have been an interesting read during the SM Goh's period
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34Nehru- The invention of India80630Shashi TharoorA very good book. It is well balanced in the judgement of Nehru, at the same time coupled with lots of fantastic one liners- though some of them are from other books. Perhaps, that is the beauty of this book. It does not claim to have any new information to write this biography, but rather pick up and went through other books on Nehru and synthesis it into a short book like this. Among the one liners include: Pakistan was created by Jinnah's will and Britain's willingness, not by Nehru's willfulness. In the end, the author gave a very good analysis of Nehru's 4 pillars: non- alignment, democratic institution, secular government and socialism development? In the end, I think I learnt more about Nehru from this book then from the book - "The dynasty". I have come to understand India's unique from of racial preference - the minorities are given more priority in schools and jobs.
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35Freakonomics 80713Steven D.Levitt and Stephen J.DubnerTrival information like Malcom Gladwell's books. Tell you interesting facts but things that you can't really incorporate into your life. Read it like a movie or novel to enjoy and relax. Only thing you can learn is to how to better reward your housing agent so that he/she will get you a better deal. It is a good introduction into using economics and statistics to understand the world around us.
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36Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed 80730Jared Diamond
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37A new green history of the world80811Clive PontingOne of key books
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38Communication and the environment 80828Darren Shiau Personally, I think all environmentalist in Singapore should read this book. Provides a very practical moral guide to being an environmentalist.
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39于丹 论语心得80910于丹
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40于丹庄子心得80914于丹
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41World's leaders Past and Present: Mao ZeDong 80925Arthur M. Schlesinger, JrAfter reading a biography about Mao back in secondary school, I have forgotten a lot about him. This is a very well balanced, succinct biography of Mao.
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42King of the world - Mohammad Ali and the Ring81010David RemnickNot that good a read considering that he is a pulitzer prize winner. However, it is still a good guide for people of my generation to learn my Mohammad Ali was such an influential person other than being a mere boxer.
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43Mao- a Life 81110Philip Shorthttp://marcustaygh.blogspot.com/2008/11/mao-life-by-philip-short.html
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44Hot,Flat and Crowded.81015Thomas Friedman
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45What should I do with my life81117Po Bronson
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46Guns, Germs and Steel 81128Jared Diamond
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47王立群读史记之 汉武帝81203王立群
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48One billion customers- lessons from the frontline of doing business in China81210James McGregorAwesome book to read as a collection of short stories even if you are not interested in China. Excellent story telling skills. With statements like"if you can't trust your CFO like your mother, give the job to your mother" and "if you fuck the Chinese once, they will fuck you 3 times back. But these people will walk through the wall if you help them", it can't fail to be a colourful read.
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49Man's Search for meaning90401Victor E. Franklhttp://marcustaygh.blogspot.com/2009/07/meaning-for-life.html and http://marcustaygh.blogspot.com/2009/07/chasing-pleasures-of-life.html
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50Business Stripped Bare - Adventures of a global entrepreneur90504Richard Branson
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51Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince90725J K Rowling
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52Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows90805J K RowlingAmazing how she manages to link all the scenarios from previous books all in the end. Means she must have been planning much ahead. Interesting how Neville Longbottom transformed too.
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53Angela Ashes 100325Frank McCourtAbout his childhood and honestly, you find it rather difficult to believe the extreme poverty that he was going through. The "running on " way he writes about his inner thoughts is also rather amusing.
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54Tis100415Frank McCourtAbout his adulthood, interesting to see how he had to engage his class. Busy with excitment - his code word for screwing around. few scenes stuck in my mind: how as a a soldier he gave up cigarettes to get sex and how non excited the refugee girl was, how she just walk over to a pail after they were done, and emptied his contents. The other thing that stuck in my mind was how he finally got the girl of his life - pretty, well mannered etc but it was just not him to meet her standards of being a well mannered middle class gentlemen.
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55A fine Balance100220Rohinton MistryIt was another Indian centric book that reminded me of the poverty of India. It did give me a view of how the Emergency affected normal indians..from what I read back in the Dynasty..
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56Eleven Minutes100210Paulo CeollnoI expected more from the author after hearing about his " The Alchemist" . Okay, interesting way to look at sexuality . That's about it
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57先秦诸子 百家争鸣
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58NUDGE
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59Influence:Science and Practice100610Robert CialdiniWill recommend this book.
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60The last lecture100610Randy Pauschread it while stealing the book from June. Some quotes: U may have causes, goals and interests. Are they even worth pursuing?I know u are smart. Everyone here is. I need someone who on the team who will make everyone happy to be here. In the end, educators best serve students by helping them be more self reflective.
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61Long walk to freedom100803Nelson Mandelahttp://marcustaygh.blogspot.com/2010/10/review-of-long-walk-to-freedom-by.html
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62The lost symbol101020Dan BrownNot as much as a page turner like Da Vinci Code
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63 Alibaba – the inside story behind Jack Ma and the creation of the World's Biggest Online marketplace. 110520Liu Shiying and Martha Averyhttp://marcustaygh.blogspot.com/2011/05/review-of-alibaba-inside-story-behind.html
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64The reluctant Fundamentalist110702Mohsin HamidInteresting book that is written in a total monologue, interesting format in that sense. Give you how a pakistani feels in USA after 911 too
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65Rome, Inc. Rise and fall of the first multinational corporation110914Stanley BingThat's it. From the tittle, you know that Stanley bing is funny. Summarized, you will learn a nugget of two of information but you will have he'll of a good laugh with this satirical style,
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6610 Days Benjamin Franklin111120David Colberthttp://marcustaygh.blogspot.com/2011/12/10-days-of-history.html
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6710 Days Abraham Lincoln111120David Colberthttp://marcustaygh.blogspot.com/2011/12/10-days-of-history.html
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68The private life of Chairman Mao111010Li Zhisuihttp://marcustaygh.blogspot.com/2011/12/private-life-of-chairman-mao-by-li.html
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69The perfect revolutionary - Zhou Enlai111101Gao Wen Qianhttp://marcustaygh.blogspot.com/2011/12/last-perfect-revolutionary-zhou-enlai.html
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70Abraham Lincoln - The American Presidents Series.110910 George McGovernhttp://marcustaygh.blogspot.com/2011/12/abraham-lincoln-by-george-mcgovern.html
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71The Shackled Continent120202Robert Guesthttp://marcustaygh.blogspot.com/2012/02/shackled-continent.html
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72The power of less120227Leo BabutaImportant book of my life. Setting limits set you free. Instead of incremental improvements, you see real improvements. when you choose to focus on projects
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73Boldly Sustainable 120115Peter Bardaglio , Andrea PutmanLent to me by Bob, VP ( Admin) for half a year? My summary for the book? If someone tells you they need to go USA to study what the universities are doing over there for sustainability, ask them to read this book first.Moving from A primarily vertical (command and control) value -creation
to an increasingly horizontal (connect and collaborate) creation
model.

Committing to a revitalized, more democratic process - one that involves all stakeholders in decision making and fully informs them of the inherent trade offs - is crucial to the success of the
sustainability effort.

President Mitchell Thomashow emphasis:
- Frugal Sustainabiltiy
- “ fixing the entire campus” instead of showcase projects

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74美国宪法的诞生和我们的反思
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75The Fault in our stars120620John Greenhttp://marcustaygh.blogspot.com/b/post-preview?token=-GmcXDgBAAA.1HiR7XDxLyPNL1ByC5bAeg.1j7hq9pupv33M1T5vsbP1Q&postId=7955575073941715280&type=POST
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76Goh Keng Swee: A PortraitMs Tan Siok SunGOH practices what he preaches. He has a tremendous zest for work, a gift for concentration and the ability to apply his mind to a variety of subjects quickly and smoothly—"like a man switching high pressure taps off and on" as a journalist once said. Yet he maintains throughout a sense of humor and proportion. Like many of his colleagues, GOH is a combination of "British training and Chinese reserve." He is a great reader of Chinese history, especially military. Many people think that GOH is the man who made the prosperity and that when he calls on youth to produce "people with keen minds, able to see beyond the routine and the ordinary to perceive the big opportunities ahead, and to think out bold, imaginative yet practical plans and carry these out successfully," he is unwittingly describing himself.
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77In lieu of Ideology: An intellectual Biography of Goh Keng Swee120806Ooi Kee Beng
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78Audacity of Hope120831Barrack Obamahttp://marcustaygh.blogspot.sg/2012/08/audacity-of-hope-review-and-notes.html
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79Creating a World without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism120901Muhammad Yunushttp://marcustaygh.blogspot.sg/2012/09/creating-world-without-poverty-social.html
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80Mysterious Strangers and other curious stories 120930Mark Twain
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81Cradle to Cradle121002William McDonough and Michael Braungarthttp://marcustaygh.blogspot.sg/2010/12/cradle-to-cradle-and-clothes.html
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82Lazy way to success121025Fred Gratzonhttp://marcustaygh.blogspot.sg/2012/10/the-lazy-way-to-success-by-fred-gratzon.html
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83Bonk:The Curious Coupling of science and sex121030Mary RoachA present from Jaga after we talked on about the Jared Diamon's Book" Why is sex fun". However, this gets more into the details rather than the evolutionary reasons behind the sex. Only one interesting and useful sex: Sex physiologist Roy Levin - sperm which sits around the factory for a week or more start to develop abnomaliitites: Missing heads, extra heads. All which makes them less effective in banging their way into an egg. Hence, here is an evolutionary strategy of masturbation . However, daily masturbation would deplete the number of sperm per ejaculate. Holding time of 5 days would be good to produce quality and quantity. And the last ounce of ejaculation contains spermicide - to kill the spem of the rival after him.
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84Team of Rivals 121027Doris Goodwinhttp://marcustaygh.blogspot.sg/2012/10/team-of-rivals.html
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85First things First121030Stephen Coveyhttp://marcustaygh.blogspot.sg/2012/10/first-thing-first.html
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86Benjamin Franklin Autobiography121031Benjamin Franklinhttp://marcustaygh.blogspot.sg/2012/11/review-of-benjamin-franklin.html
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87Ecological Intelligence121101Daniel Golemanhttp://marcustaygh.blogspot.sg/2012/11/book-notes-of-ecological-intelligence.html
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88Inside Steve Brain121104Leander KahneyIf Steve Job's Biography is too thick for you, then this is a good summary of things you can learn from Steve. http://marcustaygh.blogspot.sg/2012/11/notes-from-inside-steves-brain.html
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89The mysterious Stranger121104Mark Twain 1. Are you so unobservant as not to have found out that sanity and happiness are an impossible combination? No sane man can be happy, for to him life is real, and he sees what a fearful
thing it is. Only the mad can be happy, and not many of those. The few that imagine themselves kings or gods are happy, the rest are no happier than the sane. Of course, no man is entirely in his right mind at any time 2. a God who could make good children as easily as bad, yet preferred to make bad ones; who could have made every one of them happy, yet never made a single happy one; who made them prize their bitter life, yet stingily cut it short; who gave his angels eternal happiness unearned, yet required his other children to earn it; who gave his angels painless lives, yet cursed his other children with biting miseries and maladies of mind and body; who mouths justice and invented hell--mouths mercy and invented hell--mouths Golden Rules, and forgiveness multiplied by seventy times seven, and invented hell; who mouths morals to other people and has none himself; who frowns upon crimes, yet commits them all; who created man without invitation, then tries to shuffle the responsibility for man's acts upon man, instead of honorably placing it where it belongs, upon himself; and finally, with altogether divine obtuseness, invites this poor, abused slave to worship him!
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90Steve Jobs121105Walter Isaccson I probably feel less of a need to copy notes for this book because I owe this book. Main takeaways: 1. This is a unique biography as it is authorised, therefore the author got access to many friends and data. But yet, Steve Jobs chose not to read it in the end, at hence, it probably didn't get censured. 2. Reading this book at the same time as the Power of LESS, it is reinforced again and again that Less but better. Simplicity IS the ultimate sophistication and 3. Impute. There is also an interesting episode whereby Steve Jobs demands no more than 3 steps to get to anything in the Ipod. It is the same with Jack Ma and Ali baba website - It must be simple.
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91Road Less Travelled121106M.Scott Peck Life is difficult, the faster you acknowledge that, the less it ceases to be pain. And a complete dedication to reality is the way to grow. Science may be the way to measure the world, but science itself is coming into paradoxes, hence maybe engagement is the way for science towards things like miracles - instead of against.
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92马云创业点评 121107waiting for slideshare, Add Entrepreneurship to tag
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93Waste - Uncovering the global food scandal121108Tristram Stuarthttp://marcustaygh.blogspot.sg/2012/11/waste-uncovering-global-food-waste.html
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94Environmental Problems and Human Behaviour121119Gerald T. Gardner, Paul C. Stern
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95VagaBonding121129Rolf Potts
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96Autobiography of mark twain181212mark twaindidn't enjoy it
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