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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
Malcolm Gladwell
The Speed of Dark
Elizabeth Moon
Battle Royale
Koushun Takami, Yuji Oniki
Marianne Dreams
Catherine Storr
Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness
Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements - Sam Kean A very good book could have been written about the history of the periodic table. An interesting collection of anecdotes could be formed about obscure uses of elements. A science & politics book could have detailed the competition to find elements and win the Nobel.

This book had elements of all of those, and yet not enough of any in quantity. The result was a too-long book with some interesting bits.