Book Review: The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum

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Would you like some formaldehyde in your milk? What about a little mercury in your colored candy? A little borax in your butter? Chalk filled bread? Doesn't it all sound yummy? Or ridiculous? The Poison Squad: One Chemist's Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Deborah Blum may not be an easy read, but it's such an important piece of history that is still very relevant today. Continue reading

Book review The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison

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This is an absolutely fascinating read inside the head of a recovering alcoholic. If you’ve ever known anyone (haven’t we all) who had an alcohol problem (or even a drug problem) and wanted to understand what prompted them to reckless and usually irresponsible actions, this author did just that in her memoir. But it’s not just about what goes on inside the head of a person who makes a conscious choice to drink or not to drink, this book is so much more. Continue reading

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson

Book review with synopsis: Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson. Anyone who is involved in any field of productive creativity, from business, to science, to engineering, to art, has probably asked themselves the question "where do good ideas come from?" This book attempts to answer that question with a twist: Continue reading

Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder by Nassim Taleb

If I were forced to compile a list of "top ten books I have read that help a person understand the world" this book would certainly be on it. I have to admit this book review was a long time coming. I first read this book in 2017, and I have procrastinated on writing a book review since then, mostly due to wanting to do justice to such an important compilation of insights. Continue reading