Oprah Time: Six Days – How the 1967 war shaped the Middle East by Jeremy Bowen

I recently finished reading Six Days – How the 1967 war shaped the Middle East by Jeremy Bowen. Bowen is a famous BBC journalist who seems to have researched the book well and writes in an easy-to-read style. Bowen was in the region at the time and has supplemented his experience with later research. I […]

Moguls, Superman and Kryptonite

I have been working my way through Michael Wolff’s Autumn of the Moguls and found some of it very predictable. Its obsession with disfunctionality amongst business leaders including Eisner and Messier.One thing that did strike a chord with me was the way technology had moved from saving the record industry from itself to becoming the […]

Oprah Time: Jarhead by Anthony Swofford, Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn, Bangkok 8 by John Burdett

Back again with a couple of good books for you, courtesy of Amazon’s summer sale. First up is a marine sniper turned english teachers memoirs of Gulf War I. Well written and painfully honest, Anthony Swofford’s Jarhead exposes the tedium and the base attraction of war from viewpoint of an educated grunt. Highlights include Swofford’s […]

Oprah Time: Ugly Americans by Ben Mezrich

My book of the moment is Ugly Americans by Ben Mezrich. Ben previously wrote Bringing Down the House; a book about a group of maths geeks who take on the Las Vegas casinos by team playing with a gambling system and making a killing at poker. In Ugly Americans, Ben turns his attention to hedge funds exploiting […]