Coercion -- Advertising how they screw you manual. Some discussion of cults, MLM. Much detail. I didn't find the writing compelling, and I didn't really care about the topic. The introduction...first 10 pages or so are great...but after that it's a lot slower. I had trouble finishing it.
We Are All Weird Now -- Claim: The bell curve (in 1 dimension) is flattening. It's becoming awful hard (read: impossible) to find a cultural center at all. Indeed...wealth creates choices, and when people have choices, they exercise them, and the traditional common culture we often hear wished for not only doesn't exist any longer...it's impossible for a society of rich people. Really interesting. 100 pages ... ~15 minute read.
The Great Stagnation -- Productivity Growth has slowed. But the thesis doesn't even resemble the thesis I thought he was thes-ing before I read the book. The actual claim: Huge productivity gains on the web have translated into strongly better lives for some but not all people. We're transitioning away from an economy wherein STUFF matters very much. Japan shows us a path (maybe) to graceful decline. But fundamentally, we can't afford the government, education, health care we have, and it needs fixed...and if we did that, that might fix more than just those topics.
Groovy in Action -- I should have read this ~3-5 years ago. I'd identified most of the problems with Java, but Groovy hands me most of the solutions. I expect I would be just as impressed by Python...but as a Java ecosystem-dweller, I'll probably stick with Groovy. If anyone is sufficiently into both Python and Groovy that they'd like to explain why Python is really better than Groovy, I'd listen. Claim: The proper software learning curve for normal-ish developers goes something like: Procedural code (C/VB6)...OO code (Java)...Frameworks(Spring)...Test First Development...Patterns...Agile in General...Groovy/Python
Grails in Action -- Great book. Seems super-simple when you have a background in Java/Spring/ORM/Struts Tiles/Rails/RESTful services. I suppose that if you didn't this would be complicated. Book is very well done. Aretae-approved by-example methodology.
The Lean Startup -- Best book I've read since Kahneman. May now be my favorite book on Lean/Cyclical processes and the God of the Feedback Loop. I don't know how much my appreciation of this book comes from having read ALL of the prior writers on the topic. It really is a marvelous book...and it upped my understanding about how to use the feedback loop in business substantially. And with characteristic immodesty...that's saying a fair bit. I read this one slowly (a week or so), even though it was short, in order to let it digest.