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This web site consists of bi-weekly executive summaries and podcasts designed to keep you up to date on the best ideas in the world of new non-fiction books:
Every second week I choose what I consider to be the most interesting and/or important popular non-fiction book to be released during that 2 week period. I then read and study the book, and write an article wherein I summarize the main argument of the book and offer up some of the juicier details and anecdotes to be found therein.
When it comes to the books that I choose, I tend to lean towards science-based books that feature some attempt to make sense of ourselves and the world around us (books that live at the intersection of science and the humanities). The books that I choose are mostly top sellers, though I am willing to cover a more unsung title, if I feel that this is truly warranted. Topics that I am willing to tackle include the following: psychology & human behavior, economics & politics, technology & futurism, physics & cosmology, education & parenting, evolution & genetics, history & cultural commentary.
Each article is meant to capture a distillation of the book’s main argument (to deliver the book in-a-nutshell, as it were). While I cannot hope to match the breadth of explanation and depth of details in the book itself, I do aim to gain in simplicity and concision (indeed most of the articles are roughly 15 to 20 pages in length, and represent approximately 5% to 7% of the total length of the book). My chief purpose is to provide the reader with a very good understanding of the thesis of the book, as well as the most important and interesting details in support of this thesis.
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After writing each article, I then record the podcast, which consists in me explaining and discussing the book with my co-host Cristina. The podcasts do not contain as much information as is found in the articles, but they are designed to have a less formal, and more conversational feel.
About the Author:
My educational background includes an Honours Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from McGill University, a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Alberta, and a Bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Toronto. I live in Toronto, Canada.
By day Cristina Gardeazabal is an account executive at a downtown Toronto advertising agency, by night she is drawing/writing her own comic about a secret society of women trying to take over the world in 17th century England.
She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with a BA in Design. Her field of study was advertising but she is a self-taught painter and illustrator. She intermittently shows off her creative skills around Toronto in group shows.
To see her work visit: guerillamilkshake.com