Clarence Thomas’ biography is a powerful book. It starts by describing his childhood as a very poor kid in Georgia and all the tough times he went through. It focuses specially on him being raised by his grandparents and how important his stern grandfather was for him and his brother.
The most interesting part though is the latter chapters on how his career developed. Thomas talks about how racism really works in corporate America and government. He talks about how affirmative action negatively impacted him throughout his life, and also speaks at length about all the crazy schemes liberals have tried during his life to ‘ameliorate’ our race issues. It is a required reading for anyone who believes in liberal policies to solve racism.
Finally, the last part of the book is about his career in Washington. You get to hear plenty about the Anita Hill debacle, but the surprise to me was Thomas’ experiences with Joe Biden. I always thought Biden was a smug and stupid politician but I never thought he was such a dishonest and lying piece of garbage. Truly sad.
In any case, this is a great book about an American success story. A poor black boy who went from nothing to a seat in our Supreme Court.
Numerati is about how numbers and statistics are playing an increasingly important role in our society. It describes examples on how corporations are exploring this and all the potential behind it.
Not really a ground breaking book, but it is an interesting one nevertheless. I still would recommend it to anyone who is interested in technology and math.
Another Japanese book that surprised me a great deal. This is truly a fantastic read. A page turner, filled with the perfect mix of ‘real’ science and fantasy.
It tells the story of Aki, a Japanese girl who is the first to discover that something is wrong with Mercury. She ends up becoming a scientist and leading a team who investigates the origins of a ring that has started to form around our sun.
Anyone who has any interest at all in sci-fi should buy this one immediately.