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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Book Recommendations on Practically Every Topic Imaginable

Here's a great idea for a website: FiveBooks, which interviews experts about the five books they would recommend to someone who wants to learn about their subject.  The array of topics covered is quite amazing, ranging from the straightforward (Opera, The Enlightenment, Investing, Wonderful Cookbooks, Military History) to the surprising (Pioneers of Intelligence Gathering, Uyghur Nationalism, Chaos in the Seventeenth Century Mediterranean, Why We Live in a Mad World).  Most of the experts appear to be British and the site is written in British rather than American English ("Maths" for "Math," for example), but there are plenty of American topics and experts, including even Karl Rove selecting his five favorite books on the topic of Compassionate Conservatism (I skipped that one).

Visit FiveBooks sometime when you have half an hour to waste--I bet you will enjoy it.


  1. Waste a half an hour, Karl? I'm afraid it could end up being more like hours (not exactly wasted, of course), because this sounds like a fabulous site. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

  2. So much info, so little time. I also found a review journal I like a lot
    http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/ It has all the books I want to read from Keith Richards to the new book by the Seabiscuit author. Also, the site is nice to look at, not too overwhelming.