Thursday, May 15, 2014

2014 Books, Part V

Sandbag Training for Athletes, Weekend Warriors & Fitness Enthusiasts by Josh Henkin - I've been using Henkin's Ultimate Sandbags for many years and lately for 90% of my weight training. He offers loads of useful info online for free, but I thought I may as well pick up this book. Big mistake. I've read some poorly proofread books, but this may be the worst. Plus it's only 85 pages, and there are too few photos to demonstrate many of the exercises. Henkin recently put out a new book with Dragon Door that is much better (review to come). 2 stars

Sandbag Fitness: The Complete Guide to Sandbag Training by Matthew Palfrey - Having mostly followed Henkin's guidance, I wanted to broaden my horizons with this book. Palfrey has a different perspective, and he illustrates the exercises well. This book is better than the one above, and very good for the average devoted but not obsessive exerciser (for obsessives like me, Henkin's new book is the best). 4 stars

Future Babble: Why Expert Predictions are Next to Worthless, and You Can Do Better by Dan Gardner - Faking It made books of rock criticism less appealing to me, and Future Babble has done the same for books about the road ahead.* The most interesting takeaway: the more certain people are about their predictions, the more likely they are to be wrong. 4 stars

Official Book Club Selection by Kathy Griffin - I bought this four years ago when I felt only lukewarm about her. Late last year we watched four seasons of My Life on the D List (the last two seasons haven't come out on DVD) and this moved to the top of the stack. I've read a lot of books by comedians, and this one is pretty good. I could have done without the chapters about her messed-up brother and Woz, though (Woz is interesting, but the e-mail conversation is a dreadful literary device). 4 stars


* This is a reference to Bill Gates' 1995 book, The Road Ahead. I bought it circa 1998, never got around to reading it, and got rid of it a few years ago. I figured there was no point reading about the future 15 years later.

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