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3 Stars
The 33 Strategies Of War - Robert Greene

A book delightfully tailored for sociopathic power-hungry egomaniacs. CEOs, high ranking managers and other politician-like creatures who will revel in the comparisons and nit-picked historical short stories that Mr Greene quotes.

However, to the Scientific Reader®—a creature devoid of the troubles of unclear thinking—the vast compilation of ad verecundiam arguments and the pacing and unclear (and often contradictory) resolutions and conclusions of these strategies, makes for a rather skeptical read.

This book makes great use of a single tactic in warfare, the one where you douse your enemies in smoke, to make a retreat from delivering. It's a long book with some interesting anecdotes here and there; but more of a compendium with an evil cover, than anything else.

tl;dr copy-pasted egomaniacal power-trip historical fantasy

Review
4 Stars
Foundations of Complex-system Theories: In Economics, Evolutionary Biology, and Statistical Physics - Sunny Y. Auyang

Sunny deserves even more credit for bashing Richard Dawkins like a real pro.

Review
3 Stars
Fundamentals of Computer Organization and Architecture and Advanced Computer Architecture and Parallel Processing - Hesham El-Rewini

A rather encyclopedic book on parallel processing structures. Somewhat good as an introduction, quite outdated on the hardware side. Aside from the abstract configurations described here, the rest of the content is likely to be obsolete by modern parallelism research. Nevertheless a good book overall.

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2 Stars
Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered - E.F. Schumacher

I don't know quite where to put my finger on this book, and the author perhaps shared the same sentiment. There's some eco-idealism, then it borders Luddism, then some insightful perspectives on scaling-down and decentralization.

For me at least, it failed to deliver. It's a poof of interesting dust with some golden speckles here and there.

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3 Stars
Complex Evolutionary Dynamics in Urban-Regional and Ecologic-Economic Systems: From Catastrophe to Chaos and Beyond - J. Barkley Rosser

I really like that I'm the only rating and review for this book so far. 

It starts slow with an almost encyclopedic categorization and analysis of different mathematical models, to then synthesize several concepts from economic disciplines into an obviously incomplete whole while finishing with looming chapters about the impending ecological problems mankind will face.

This is a book that deserves to be re-read while performing simulations on custom software finely tuned to play and enjoy the equations provided.

The Rise of Games and High Performance Computing for Modeling and Simulation - Evaluate,  and Review Standing Committee on Technology Insight--Gauge, Committee on Modeling Simulation and Gam, Committee on Modeling Simulation and Gam, National Research Council

Typical DoD/Military stuff. Pretty accurate though.