Archive for the Books Category

Stieg Larsson

Posted in Books, Culture, The Truth Is Out There on 08/06/2009 by nicka77

Have just read the first two books in the brilliant trilogy written by Stieg Larsson, who very unfortunately passed away almost immediately after completing the novels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He was a journalist by trade, and the novels reflect his interest in the darker aspects of human society: white supremacy, people trafficking, political corruption, violence and abuse.

The first part of the trilogy, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, was actually called “Män som hatar kvinnor” in Swedish, which directly translated means “Men who hate women”. The novel is certainly both powerful and disturbing in its content matter, and Larsson’s writing forces you to question the morality of modern society.

He does this subtly though, interweaving complex plotlines and memorable characters with the dark subject matter that he uses as the canvas upon which to paint.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Definitely worth reading.

I can’t wait for the final installment….

http://www.stieglarsson.com/

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A Short History Of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson

Posted in Books, Innovation, Inspirational People, The Truth Is Out There on 23/02/2009 by nicka77

This is the book I would choose if I could only have one book to read whilst stranded on a desert island (unlikely scenario but stranger things have happened).

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is absolutely packed full of amazing information, incredible anecdotes, wonderful stories about famous and lesser-known inventors and discoverers, and quite simply has more information in it than can possibly be absorbed in one read. I would recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in modern human society, and in how scientific endeavor has pushed our thinking forward.

http://www.randomhouse.com/features/billbryson/flat/home.php

Naomi Klein

Posted in Books, Inspirational People, The Truth Is Out There on 13/02/2009 by nicka77

Brilliant journalist who packs a serious punch – no holds barred as she takes a swipe at the society that has evolved around us.

I read “No Logo” many years ago – and as a guy who works in advertising/marketing it was eye opening and insightful and fascinating – I’d recommend that everyone reads it.

But her latest book – “The Shock Doctrine” – is literally a must read for every single person on the planet – an incredible and startling analysis of how the globalized economy has evolved – how Friedman’s ‘pure’ laissez-faire ideology has spread across the globe, and how crises have been manipulated to impose political will – often against the wishes of the people.

I simply can’t do it justice with a short precis – brilliantly researched, wonderfully written and incredibly powerful – a journey through modern history and a damning indictment of the recently defunct Bush administration.

whether you agree with her or not – this book should be read.

From Naomi’s website:

“The only book of the last few years in American publishing that I would describe as a mandatory must-read. Literally the only one.”
Rachel Maddow

Around the world in Britain, the United States, Asia and the Middle East, there are people with power who are cashing in on chaos; exploiting bloodshed and catastrophe to brutally remake our world in their image. They are the shock doctors. Thrilling and revelatory, The Shock Doctrine cracks open the secret history of our era. Exposing these global profiteers, Naomi Klein discovered information and connections that shocked even her about how comprehensively the shock doctors’ beliefs now dominate our world – and how this domination has been achieved. Raking in billions out of the tsunami, plundering Russia, exploiting Iraq – this is the chilling tale of how a few are making a killing while more are getting killed.

 

http://www.naomiklein.org/main

 

http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine/the-book

Malcolm Gladwell

Posted in Books, Culture, Psychology on 12/02/2009 by nicka77

Canadian-Jamaican sociologist who has written a couple of my favourite books – “The Tipping Point” (about the power of a movement and social change) and “Blink” (about the power of Intuition).

He has just released a new book – “Outliers” – and writes regularly for The New Yorker. I saw him speak recently in London at The Lyceum theatre and he certainly didn’t let me down – fascinating insights about cultural hardwiring and its impact on our behaviour.

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http://www.gladwell.com/

Iain [M] Banks

Posted in Books on 12/02/2009 by nicka77

The one and only – legend

Genre-defying fiction and science fiction – works on a broader canvas than any other author out there

 

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http://www.iain-banks.net/

John Burdett

Posted in Books with tags on 12/02/2009 by nicka77

Brilliant author – has created a fabulous protagonist – a buddhist detective operating amidst the corruption and decay of the far east

Set in the seedy underworld of bangkok (is there another side?)

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http://www.john-burdett.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Burdett