In addition to subscribing to magazines about books, I am also a member of just about every company that sends out catalogs through which to order books and earn points. My interest in these companies has waned since I acquired my Borders Visa several years back, but I can't seem to get off their mailing lists.
I recently perused the Quality Paperback Bookclub's catalog, and I found some potentially very interesting reads:
Oil on the Brain: Adventures from the Pump to the Pipeline by Lisa Margonelli
"Americans buy ten thousand gallons of gasoline a second with hardly a thought. Where does all this gas come from? Ad how much are we really paying at the pump? In this you-are-there travelogue through the economics, politics, chemistrt, and culture of petroleum, journalist Lisa Margonelli works her way backward along the demand-supply chain on a one-hundred-thousand mile journey from her local gas station to oil fields half a world away."
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
"In the vein of The Tipping Point, an engrossing look at the one-in-a-million events that shape civilization."
The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery
"A leading scientist documents the ways global warming has already irrevocably altered our world."
The Lost Life of Eva Braun by Angela Lambert
"How did an unsophisticated, 23-year-old Fraulein hold the most powerful man in Europe in thrall for thirteen years? Despite 700 biographies about Adolf Hitler, only two have been written in English about his mistress and wife of 36 hours, Eva Braun. The first is out of print. the second, from Angela Lambert, offers a fascinating look at the naive young woman who lived her short life in Hitler's shadow. . . . Alternately horrifying and fascinating, The Lost Life of Eva Braun is a penetrating look at the woman who fell madly in love with history's most notorious monster.
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