Month: September 2019

Through this book the author takes us through the life of ten personalities that he thinks are significant in the story of globalization. They are Genghis Khan, Prince Henry, Robert Clive, Cyrus Field, Mayer Rothschild, John D. Rockefeller, Margaret Thatcher, Jean Monnet, Xiaoping Deng and Andrew Grove. The book is filled with information about these characters and the world at that time. I had read about some of these characters but I was not aware of Cyrus Field, Mayer Rothschild, Jean Monnet or Xiaoping Deng. However the spirit in which the book is written i.e. globalization, in my opinion it was only Cyrus Field and Jean Monnet who were aware of the effect their work will have on the future world.

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I had bought this book to read on a flight simply because it was marked as a bestseller in an airport shop. It will be always a memory in a journey which was otherwise horrible. The author is Mark Manson, a star blogger. He sees a problem in people trying to be positive or happy always. Human beings generate true pleasure for themselves by solving meaningful problems, so pursuing a life without problems is a contradiction. Another fact is everyone is NOT special, if it was the case then nobody will be special. So striving to become special as a life goal is a terrible idea.

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After “Nineteen Eighty Four”, this is the second book by George Orwell that I read. Where as 1984 focused on state of affairs inside country that has become an oligarchy this book focuses on how well meaning revolutions are taken over by dictatorships. Another contrast is Animal Farm feels more satirical as most characters are symbolic where as 1984 feels more real as it is about people in (exaggerated) dictatorial communist country. Where as “1984” is more descriptive about the events “Animal Farm” leaves a lot on the reader to think about.

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As you might have guessed from the interesting themes section, this is a very elaborate book. I read it for the second time and it still took me a lot of time. This is one of those books that you need to read slowly and let the ideas sink in. I first book of Richard Dawkins I read was “The God Delusion” (2006, will write a review in coming weeks) which was in a different context. This is the first book by him written in 1976. No wonder he is so much against the religious beliefs, this book just shows his beliefs are deeply rooted in the understanding of Zoology.

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