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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
Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception - Charles Seife Interesting anecdotes about how the brain reacts to numbers. I agree with the author - drawing public attention to statistical lies is the best way to defeat them. OJ the wife-beater didn't have a 1 in 1,000 probability of becoming a wife-murderer; instead Nicole's chances of dying went up from 1 in 40,000 to 1 in 1,000.

A good overview of advertising, the press, polls, elections, and propaganda. Could have had more detail, more examples, and perhaps an appendix with more math - too many people today don't understand statistics at all.