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This page lists all my book, film, and video game reviews. There are those who would claim that video games are a waste of time, that they are “childish.” Heretics! Off to the Inquisition with them! May their agonized screams provide succor for the God Emperor of Mankind. Conversely, I am not a movie buff, and my tastes in this genre are decidedly prole.

Note that my ratings system is rather harsh. Even 70 would usually translate into a 5 star review on Amazon or Goodreads, and implies a consistently intelligent argument (NF) or a thoroughly enjoyable read (Lit/SFF). To get 80 or better, the book needs to be a real page-turner, to contain characters and scenes that linger on in the mind for years to come, or perhaps to substantially – even profoundly – alter one’s worldview.

Public information can therefore be useless, particularly to a businessman, since prices can already “include” all such information, and news shared with millions gives you no real advantage… I then completely gave up reading newspapers and watching television, which freed up a considerable amount of time (say one hour or more per day, enough time to read more than a hundred additional books per year, which, after a couple of decades, starts mounting). – Nicholas Nassim Taleb (2007).



Bloom, HowardThe Lucifer Principle8Anthropology1995
Chang, Ha-JoonKicking Away the Ladder7Economics, Protectionism2002
Diamond, JaredGuns, Germs, and Steel8Anthropology, Big History1997
Friedman, GeorgeThe Next 100 Years3Geopolitics, Futurism2009
Liu, XinThe Otherness of Self1Sociology, China2001
Meadows, Donella,
Randers, & Meadows
Limits to Growth: The 30 Year Update8Futurism, Environment, Collapse2004
Parshev, AndreyWhy Russia isn't America (RU)7Economics, Russia, Protectionism1999
Pomeranz, KennethThe Great Divergence9Economics, Economic History2000
Smil, VaclavGlobal Catastrophes and Trends7Futurism, Energy & Resources2008
Smith, Arthur H.Chinese Characteristics8Sociology, China1894
Steyn, MarkAmerica Alone6Geopolitics, Neocon2006
Trubetzkoy, NikolayEurope and Mankind (RU)8Politics, Eurasianism1920


Schwartz, BenjaminIn Search of Wealth and Power6History, Politics, China1963
Scott, JohnBehind the Urals6History, Memoir, Russia, USSR1941
Turchin, PeterWar and Peace and War7History, Big History, Cliodynamics2006
Werth, AlexanderMoscow War Diary5History, Memoir, Russia, USSR, WW21942

SFF & Literature

Friedman, C.S.CT1: Black Sun Rising6Fantasy, Horror1991
Kunstler, Howard JamesWorld Made By Hand3SciFi, PostApoc2008


Durant, JohnThe Paleo Manifesto8Health, Nutrition2013
Wade, PaulConvict Conditioning7Fitness, Calisthenics2010

Video Games

D4DOOM8FPS, Action, Horror2016


The Fall of an Empire: Lessons from Byzantium7Documentary, History, Byzantine2009
GoT6Game of Thrones Season 66TV, Fantasy, Drama2016
The Martian8Film, SciFi, HardSciFi, SpaceExploration2015