Books Of Interest: March 31st, 2014

I have gotten behind in recommending books here but I hope some of these titiles will be of interest to our readers.

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Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea And The End To A Stable Pacific     Robert Kaplan

After reading The Revenge Of Geography by the author, I am always intrigued by his writings. The South China Sea is an area that affects every country that touches it as well as the United States because of the tremendous natural resources that it holds. Notice in the news today about the buildup of navies and the friction between countries such as China and Japan and their need for these resources. This looks like an interesting read!!!

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Decoded     Mai Jia

I do not read much fiction but I found this book very intriguing, as it discussed Unit 701 of the Chinese military intelligence agency, which focuses on counterespionage and code-breaking. This was a best-seller in China in the early 2000’s and focused on Rong Jinzhen, an autistic math genius, who is recruited by Unit 701 and tackles a extremely difficult code entitled Purple Code, which leads to betrayal from a close friend. I am purchasing this and putting it in my pile.

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On The Cancer Frontier: One Man, One Disease, And A Medical Revolution     Paul Marks and James Sterngold

The author was previously a member and researcher of President Nixon’s cancer panel and was CEO and president for nineteen years at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for nineteen years. He gives an optimistic report in the progress that is being made to overcome cancer and believes the war on cancer has not been victorious. He sees the goal as being containment. The death rate has fallen due to less smoking and more screening. This looks like a great book due to the knowledge of the author and is due a good reading!!!

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Chineasy: The New Way To Read Chinese     Shadlan Hsueh

The Mandarin language is very difficult to learn and I certainly appreciate the effort of the author in making it more palatable to learn. As the Chinese gain in stature, and their people and language spread throughout the globe, It will be important for more people to be able to speak and understand. The author uses a popular technique in turning many of the basic characters into illustrations in making it easier to understand. This is an excellent introduction for the beginner wishing to learn Mandarin and not knowing where to start.

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Wooden: A Coach’s Life     Seth Davis

Mr. Davis of Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports has taken up a tough task in writing a biography of one of the greatest coaches in the game of basketball if not the greatest. He goes back into the archives as well as using over two hundred interview with former players and even Coach Wooden himself. Over the past, I have read numerous books and articles about The Wizard, but I never can seem to get enough of this man and the challenges he faced. I am definitely putting this in my pile.

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Smarter: The New Science Of Building Brain Power     Dan Hurley

This book expands on a New York Times Magazine feature from 2012 in which fluid intelligence is explored. Scientists since 2008 have been publishing articles on fluid intelligence in which through training learning can be increased, difficult problems can be solved and other thinking can be increased. The author, who is a science journalist, uses people of all different ages and ability to prove fluid intelligence by using their stories and methods. This book reminds me of numerous books in a similar vein such as Moonwalking With Einstein.

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Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transforms Medicine In The Twentieth Century     Kevin Fong

The author, who is an anesthesiologist, intensive care expert and NASA advisor, brings his experience to explore how cutting edge medicine can be used in physical extremes to bring a better understanding in how we can treat the human body. By exploring the Arctic, it gave researchers the opportunity to make advances in open heart surgery. Battlefield doctors, because of war, have fine-tuned techniques for skin grafts as well as heart surgery and trauma care. I need to put this in my pile also!!! I am going to be doing quite a bit of reading.






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