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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 Rise of Yeast: How the Sugar Fungus Shaped Civilization
Nicholas P. Money
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

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?