Archive for the ‘Book Review’ Category

Zero to One

A man I greatly admire recently recommended I read the book Zero to One, by Peter Thiel. I’m really glad I followed this advice because I found that this book seriously succeeded in my main criteria for judging literature – it challenged and changed the way I thought. The main premise of the book is that […]

I recently read a trio of books from two former Secretaries of Defense: Worthy Fights, Known and Unknown, and Rumsfeld’s Rules. While these two politicians came from different parties and have different points of view, I learned a lot from both of them. One of my biggest overall takeaways is the importance of the “little people” in an […]

How Not to be Wrong

Warning – this is a very long post! I recently read the book, How Not to Be Wrong by Jordan Ellenberg, and loved it. While I have some small quibbles, the book pointed out fallacies in my thinking and strengthened my ability to think more effectively. Ellenberg did this in part by posing interesting puzzles, almost […]

I recently shared some thoughts from Visible Learning and wanted to also pass on some of my favorite quotes from Visible Learning for Teachers. Not a lot of commentary here, just some highlights from the book. On the need for diagnostic feedback that tells us what the students know and believe “David Ausubel claimed: ‘…if I had […]

The Black Swan and Nonsense

My cousin recently recommended that I read The Black Swan, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. I thought that it was a very interesting book, although I felt that it could have been shorter Taleb wrote a more concise essay that covers much of the same ground). Here are some of my key takeaways from the book: A […]

Visible Learning Take Aways

One of my favorite books about teaching is Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Acheivement, by John Hattie. In this book he synthesizes over 800 meta-analyses of education interventions with the idea of looking for key, proven pedagogical strategies that educators (and parents) can implement. One of his more important arguments is that almost all […]

Book Review: Steve Jobs

I’ll be honest — I’m not really an Apple fan. When I was in Junior High my friend David and I would have huge arguments about Macs versus PCs. I do have an iPhone however and honestly think it has made my life better. I’ve never been interested in Apple as a company though, and […]

Book Review: Social Media 101

I just finished the book Social Media 101, by Chris Brogan. I’ve heard some criticism of the book — that it reads like a blog and doesn’t have a strong, consistent narrative. There is some truth to that; however, I still got some good insights from the book. Here are the top 2: 1. Use […]

I just finished When China Rules the World by  Martin Jacques. Overall, I was a little disappointed in the book. Jacques meandered at times, and clearly has a bone to pick with “the West.” For me, these continual attacks detracted from the book.  However, there were still some interesting nuggets as follows: Interesting graphs by […]

Book Review: The Paradox of Choice

I found The Paradox of Choice to be an interesting read. Honestly, I don’t know if I believe a lot of the conclusions of the book for me personally, but I know I am an oddball of sorts. Here’s some excerpts that I liked: “Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman and his colleagues have shown that […]