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Book Summary: The Good Rain by Timothy Egan

My Personal Summary This book is part memoir, part travel diary, and part history book written by Timothy Egan about the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. Book Notes “Lewis and Clark, the moonwalkers of the early nineteenth century” spent four months in the Pacific Northwest in 1805, recording only a dozen days without rain. …

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Book Summary: The Treeline by Ben Rawlence

My Personal Summary This book is about global warming, viewed through the lens of the “treeline” – the latitude above which there are no trees – which has been steadily shifting north as the temperatures near the arctic circle are becoming warmer and able to support the growth of trees. It turns out that there …

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Book Summary: Poor Charlie’s Almanack

My Personal Summary This book is a compilation of 11 talks given over the years by Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett’s business partner, and one of the most successful investors of all time. The book distills Munger’s “wit and wisdom” as he often dishes out wise advice with a heavy dose of humor and wit. Charlie …

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Book Summary: Scars of Independence by Holger Hoock

My Personal Summary This book is about the American Revolution, written specifically about the violence that occurred during it. Most histories of the American Revolution leave out many of the bloody details, instead painting the revolution as a neat, orderly, majestic affair. In reality, there was intense violence experienced by rebels, Loyalists, British soldiers, Native …

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Book Summary: Whirlwind by John Ferling

My Personal Summary This book covers the American Revolution, from when the French and Indian War ended in 1763 to the Treaty of Paris in 1783 when British troops finally left New York City. When the French and Indian War ended between France and Britain in 1763, Britain came out on top but their economy …

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Book Summary: Rivers of Empire by Donald Worster

My Personal Summary This book is about the history of building dams and canals in the American West to harness rivers for irrigation, which has simultaneously brought great wealth to to the West along with some negative consequences such as centralized control of water and degradation of water quality. It’s well known that the American …

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Book Summary: Winter World by Bernd Heinrich

My Personal Summary This book is about how different types of animals survive during the winter. Different species depend on different strategies. Some animals, such as bears, hibernate through the entire winter, dropping their heart rate as low as 8 beats per minute for nearly 7 months. Other animals, such as many species of birds, …

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Book Summary: Hero of the Empire by Candice Miller

My Personal Summary This book is about the Boer War and Winston Churchill’s involvement in it as a 24-year-old. Churchill was born into wealth but he desired to make a name for himself as a soldier in battle, which he planned on using to propel himself into the British Parliament and eventually become prime minister …

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Book Summary: Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick

My Personal Summary This book is about the voyage of the Mayflower made by the Pilgrims in 1620 along with the subsequent 50 years in which they settled throughout the New England region. The book covers the time period from 1620 when the Pilgrims first crossed the Atlantic Ocean landed in modern day Cape Code, …

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