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What a guy born in Korea and living in USA reads

Record of what a guy born in Korea and living in USA reads in his 40s.

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The Bible for Grown-Ups: A New Look at the Good Book
Simon Loveday
Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President
Ron Suskind
The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill
Ron Suskind
Enlightening the World: Encyclop├ędie, The Book That Changed the Course of History
Philipp Blom
Seeds of Change: Six Plants That Transformed Mankind
Henry Hobhouse
The Accidental Mind: How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams, and God
David J. Linden
Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything
Philip Ball
Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth (Princeton Science Library)
Andrew H. Knoll
The Louvre: All the Paintings
Anja Grebe, Erich Lessing
Brave Genius: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize
Sean B. Carroll

Review at New York Times, 2008

A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World - William J. Bernstein

Silk, Spices, Gold and Destiny: Global History Is Part of the Bargain
By JOHN STEELE GORDON
Published: April 30, 2008
New York Times

American crops after Columbus drove China and Europe in the opposite directions respectively, why?

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created - Charles C. Mann

As a result of Columbian Exchange, American crops such as maize (or called corn) and sweet potato were introduced to China, saved the stomachs of many hungry people, and resulted in a population boom. On the other hand, deforestation of mountains for growing the American crops resulted in soil erosion, less stable water supply to rice pads in the valleys, more floods, and eventually decline of the whole China. On the contrary, American crops, especially potato, spelled an end to famine in Europe and enabled it to dominate the world. Why did the same American crops drive China and Europe in the opposite directions respectively?

How could christianity survive in its early days?

Masters of the Word: How Media Shaped History from the Alphabet to the Internet - William J. Bernstein

I have always had this question: how christianity survived in its early days under the Roman empire. This book suggests that literacy, written record, was the key, which I find quite intriguing.