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Original Essays | July 22, 2014

Nick Harkaway: IMG The Florist-Assassins



The three men lit up in my mind's eye, with footnotes. They were converging on me — and on the object I was carrying — in a way that had... Continue »
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Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
Flash Boys

writermala, July 20, 2014

This non-fiction book reads like a thriller. Michael Lewis explains how High frequency traders on Wall Street exploit the speeds of networks to act as predators preying on small and average investors. You may be like me, a very small player in the stock market but even you will understand the dynamics that Lewis has explained. You will cheer Brad Katsuyama and his band who set out to right the indignities in the market; and you will keep turning pages till at the end you will breathe once again.
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An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography by Paul Rusesabagina and Tom Zoellner
An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography

writermala, July 17, 2014

The title of this book may be "An ordinary man," but Paul Rusesabagina played an extraordinary role in 1994 when, like Schindler during the holocaust, he saved the lives of over a 1,000 Rwandans from sure death in the genocide in that country.
Paul stood up to the murderers bravely, called upon past favors, and in general did everything he could to not let a single life be lost amongst those who took shelter at the hotel in Kigali where he was the manager.
A poignant book which explains the dynamics of a genocide and the forces that caused it. He also bravely points fingers at where the blame lay in not preventing the death of 800,000 people in 100 days.
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writermala, July 17, 2014

Malala stood up for education and her reward was getting shot by the Taliban! This courageous girl from Swat, Pakistan loved school and felt she and all the girls of her country, and the whole world, had the right to an education. She was outspoken and never tired of speaking out on this subject. She almost paid for it with her life but some timely intervention by several hospitals saved her. Alas! as her father remarked she lost her pretty smile, "They have snatched her Smile," he cried! Today she is 17. On her sixteenth birthday she stood up at the United Nations and received a standing ovation for her speech. A powerful book.
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The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow
The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

writermala, July 14, 2014

This book which chronicles the development of and progress of Probability and Statistics is well-written and makes a very complicated subject easy. Mlodinow uses examples and tests from everyday life to illustrate complex subjects and succeeds in getting through to us. An eminently readable book.
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Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella
Remember Me

writermala, July 13, 2014

Lexi Smart wakes up in a hospital and thinks she's there because of a minor accident in 2004. The truth is, she's "memorily challenged." In other words, she is there because of a car accident in 2007 and has lost her memory of the last three years! More importantly it is in these last three years that she has morphed from a not so pretty, but friendly, full of fun person to a "B*&^% Boss" who is skinny and pretty and is not liked by anyone. Lexi cries out that unlike a computer which can be backed up she wishes she could have backed up her brain! A well-conceived plot where the amnesia theme has been exploited to the fullest and as in all Sophie Kinsella books romance features high on the list of topics. I would recommend this book.
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