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Lucy’s weekly column in the The Financial Times that I subscribed over a decade ago always carried wit and charisma through which she dispelled the condescending talk of business executives, explaining that speaking clearly is way better: pointing to contrarian nature of such behaviour, used often to rather hide malpractice…

Where I read this book several years ago, it still resonates clearly — amid new instability between now Russia and the US, cancelling Open Skies Treaty, investing in orbital missile systems or supersonic delivery mechanisms of nuclear weapons. …

A well planned and meticulously researched book that provides a bout of fresh air, despite decades spent on the subject and countless stories told in writing as well as cinematic optics, Dobbs holds one attention to the last page.

Especially poignant the story is in parallel to analysing recent Trump…

Tristan Donovan won my heart with Replay: The History of Video Games and repeats with a story about the cola wars

Games and fizz drinks were both present in my childhood. Revisiting the joy from sweet memories is doubled by good storytelling of Tristan Donovan: where the book Replay I first read in 2010, following a review in Wired magazine to which I was glued every month, Fizz: How Soda Shook…

First time I read about how tech either influenced or suffered an impact from gender employment was in Bernardo Batiz-Lazo book about ATM (I tried to do a wholehearted review some time ago) and it told how banks tried to insure their front-office operations and menial tasks of accepting cheques…

New additions, bold plans, ambitious conquests

On average the number of books I consume exceeds 100 per year since I know too well the amount of good books on subjects close to my heard and mind far exceeds that number. …

A titan shares his quirks in a short book — as if a reprieve from the work on his monumental 5th volume on LBJ

I’ve opened Robert Caro’s Power Broker standing in the basement floor of a Barnes and Noble store in NYC not far from Central Station — and took note of the book being recommended by a number of political dignitatirs — Barack Obama including.

Reeling and reminiscing on the order of…

Book — A PhD paper review

Being a book nerd, processing information written by smart people is now a habit and a mental exercise — seeing a widening backlog of books and papers trains one to go through the best examples and discard the rest:

Ruth Wandhofer’s PhD paper stands out in the former — and…

A story well told often needs an object to feel, touch and relate to: mission accomplished for a former head of the British Museum who told and then wrote a 2010 account of this illustrative history of the world

I’ve went back to the 2010 BBC4 podcast series and then to the book of Neil MacGregor after I savoured his great collection of stories about religion and societies as they come together in Living with the Gods.

A History of the World in 100 Objects is a companion to…

A beautiful book pondering questions about how religious beliefs shaped societies and how societies formed religion — told through artifacts

Neil MacGregor is a great storyteller: packaging educational content infused in art, shape and form — borrowing from his successful career as head of National Gallery and The British Museum — as if, taking from the dusty corners and archived places artifacts that provoke our thinking.

This time, a yet…

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