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7 rules of power: surprising but true advice on how to get things done and advance your career

7 rules of power: surprising but true advice on how to get things done and advance your career

Jeffrey Pfeffer, 2022, Swift Press; 9781800751262

Subject: Management


Source: Financial Times

Review: Ever since the 19th-century English historian Lord John Dalberg-Acton wrote "power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely", power has had a mixed reputation. In 7 Rules of Power Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor of organisational behaviour at Stanford University, is quick to acknowledge that it can be used for ill. ......Read More

A is for bee: an alphabet book in translation

A is for bee: an alphabet book in translation

Ellen Heck, 2022, Levine Querido; 9781646141272

Subject: Fiction


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Review: The conceit is beguiling: Words that to us are axiomatic in their spelling are pronounced quite differently among other peoples in the world. The letter A, which, in English-language alphabet books, typically introduces words such as Apple or Astronaut or Airplane, is in other tonguesRead More

A Kunwinjku counting book

A Kunwinjku counting book

Gabriel Maralngurra, 2022, Enchanted Lion Books; 9781592703562

Subject: Fiction


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Review: Written by Gabriel Maralngurra and Felicity Wright, and illustrated by Mr. Maralngurra, this lovely volume evokes the language and ancient artwork of the indigenous Bininj people. The pictures are rendered with stylized silhouettes and crosshatching known as rarrk, all done in earthy colors of black, white, yellow ochre and terracotta. ...Read More

A lynching at Port Jervis: race and reckoning in the gilded age

A lynching at Port Jervis: race and reckoning in the gilded age

Philip Dray, 2022, Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 9780374194413

Subject: History


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Review: On Thursday, June 2, 1892, Robert Lewis, a 28-year-old African-American teamster and bus driver in the village of Port Jervis, N.Y., was killed by a mob. Earlier that day, a light-skinned black man had been seen arguing on a riverbank with a young local woman, Lena McMahon, who emerged from the altercation with torn clothing and wounds on her body. She said that a black stranger had assaulted her ...Read More

Afghan crucible: the Soviet invasion and the making of modern Afghanistan

Afghan crucible: the Soviet invasion and the making of modern Afghanistan

Elisabeth Leake, 2022, Oxford University Press; 9780198846017

Subject: History


Source: Financial Times

Review: It is difficult to read such accounts in Leake's exhaustive Afghan Crucible: The Soviet Invasion and the Making of Modern Afghanistan and not think of the parallels with the Kremlin's more recent invasion - and wonder whether Vladimir Putin considered the decade-long war that ended in Soviet ignominy before launching his own Ukrainian misadventure. Like Putin, Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev consult...Read More

Agent twister: the true story behind the scandal that gripped the nation

Agent twister: the true story behind the scandal that gripped the nation

Philip Augar, 2022, Simon & Schuster; 9781398505414

Subject: Biography


Source: Financial Times

Review: Perhaps the most striking revelation is that three prime ministers, Wilson, James Callaghan and more surprisingly Margaret Thatcher, colluded to keep his spying secret. The first two for the damage it would do to their party. Thatcher initially went along with the cover-up when in opposition because she understood the claims to be unproven - a decision that she kept secret even after later citing ...Read More

All the lovers in the night

All the lovers in the night

Mieko Kawakami, 2022, Picador; 9781509898268

Subject: Biography


Source: Financial Times

Review: All the Lovers in the Night, the third of Kawakami's novels to appear in English in quick succession, follows "Breasts and Eggs (2020), winner of the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, and" Heaven, which was shortlisted for the 2022 International Booker Prize.Kawakami was a blogger and a poet before becoming a novelist. Deftly translated by Sam Bett and David Boyd, her prose retains the accessibility of...Read More

Boys come first

Boys come first

Aaron Foley, 2022, Belt Pub; 9781953368256

Subject: Fiction


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Review: Time is catching up with the trio of 30-something gay black men in Aaron Foley's "Boys Come First." Dominick, an advertising agent, has returned to his hometown of Detroit after an ugly breakup in New York, and is desperate for a committed partner before he gets too old. Read More

Build: an unorthodox guide to making things worth making

Build: an unorthodox guide to making things worth making

Tony Fadell, 2022, Bantam Press; 9781787634114

Subject:


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Review: "Build," which is less a memoir than an "advice encyclopedia," imparts nuggets of wisdom in six sections: Build Yourself, Your Career, Your Product, Your Business, Your Team-and Be CEO. An engineer's engineer, Mr. Fadell presents a series of bullet-pointed chapters, numbered like a software product for easy cross-referencing ...Read More

Building a second brain: a proven method to organize your digital life and unlock your creative potential

Building a second brain: a proven method to organize your digital life and unlock your creative potential

Tiago Forte, 2022, Profile Books; 9781800812215

Subject: General


Source: Financial Times

Review: Do you find you wake up in the morning with your brain swimming with thoughts and you don't know where to put them? Or you have an idea, or several ideas and later on have completely forgotten them? Building a Second Brain provides a possible solution to storing and later utilising these somewhat messy nuggets. We are subject to a daily information overload, so Tiago Forte has over many years trie...Read More

Burning the big house: the story of the Irish country house in a time of war and revolution

Burning the big house: the story of the Irish country house in a time of war and revolution

Terence Dooley, 2022, Yale University Press; 9780300260748

Subject: History


Source: Financial Times

Review: In Burning the Big House, Terence Dooley, professor of history at Maynooth university, draws on decades of research to weave together social, political and cultural history in a stunning portrait of a landscape and a social milieu changed for ever. As he shows, there was no top-down IRA strategy to eradicate the big houses; rather, attacks were piecemeal, driven from the grassroots and locally ena...Read More

Conspiracy on Cato street: a tale of liberty and revolution in regency London

Conspiracy on Cato street: a tale of liberty and revolution in regency London

Vic Gatrell, 2022, Cambridge University Press; 9781108838481

Subject: History


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Review: In "Conspiracy on Cato Street," Vic Gatrell describes a plan, hatched in early 1820, to murder the members of the British cabinet, including its head, the prime minister. Not since Guy Fawkes's Gunpowder Plot in 1605-intended to blow up Parliament and assassinate James I for the sake of Catholic emancipation-had there been such a sensational threat of violence against the government....Read More

Direct: the rise of the middleman economy and the power of going to the source

Direct: the rise of the middleman economy and the power of going to the source

Kathryn Judge, 2022, Harper Business; 9780063041974

Subject: Management


Source: Financial Times

Review: Many have come to rely on middlemen. Amazon and Walmart are just two examples Kathryn Judge draws on in this book, detailing how they give consumers access to lower-priced food and other goods. But they also use these benefits to make consumers actually buy stuff they do not need while also building significant power within the US economy. The things that make middlemen so useful "also enable them...Read More

Directed by James Burrows: five decades of stories from the legendary director of taxi, cheers, frasier, friends, will & grace, and more

Directed by James Burrows: five decades of stories from the legendary director of taxi, cheers, frasier, friends, will & grace, and more

James Burrows, 2022, Ballantine Books; 9780593358245

Subject: History


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Review: There is no such angst here. If this book were a television show, it would fall squarely in the workplace-comedy category. The closest thing to a villain is "the network," which merits an occasional swipe. Practically the only negative comment to be found is about Ms. Long from "Cheers," who, Mr. Burrows reports, "was never the easiest to work with." He hastens to add, "But she was terrific."...Read More

Dirt town

Dirt town

Hayley Scrivenor, 2022, Macmillan; 9781529080278

Subject: Fiction


Source: Financial Times

Review: "Dirt Town" by Hayley Scrivenor, arrives with a Harper encomium, and offers a painterly slice of literary crime fiction, with sharply observed character, rather than synthetic plot twists, to the fore.Sydney-based DS Sarah Michaels becomes obsessed with a murder involving children in a grubby Australian country town. Durton is the sarcastically named "dirt town" of the title, and as in Dashiell Ha...Read More

Elusive: how Peter Higgs solved the mystery of mass

Elusive: how Peter Higgs solved the mystery of mass

Frank Close, 2022, Basic Books; 9781541620803

Subject: Fiction


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Review: Largely self-taught in atomic physics, Higgs was fascinated and appalled by the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which occurred when he was 16. While beginning his career as a university researcher, he became active in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, through which he met his American wife Jody. The marriage lasted until the early 1970s, the physicist "putting his scientific career before ...Read More

Esmond and ilia: an unreliable memoir

Esmond and ilia: an unreliable memoir

Marina Warner, 2022, New York Review Books; 9781681376448

Subject: Fiction


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Review: In 1944, when Lt. Col. E.P. (Esmond) Warner arrived at the port of Bari, on the Adriatic Sea, after serving a long World War II stint in North Africa with Britain's Eighth Army. He was an aging boy, 36, cast in the Bertie Wooster mold. When he met Emilia (Ilia) Terzulli, 21, the youngest of four radiant, penniless, "strictly brought up" sisters who typed and translated for the Allied troops, he wa...Read More

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