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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
Prix : EUR 5,99

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Irrational exuberance, 27 avril 2015
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (Format Kindle)
Naomi Klein is a brave and passionate writer, officially one of the most influential women of our time.
She presents here the marginalisation of climate change as the result of the machinations of corporate elites ("We make the bucks, you pay the bill"), as a confrontation between capitalism and the planet. She definitely deserves to be heard.
I bought this book because it is a powerful and urgent and essential book. And because I am convinced - like her - that all politicians in the world should put an end to their squabbles and start addressing our common main problem: the end of the world as we know it. As author John Gray points out, the main culprit is perhaps not as much capitalism as the ever expanding demands of humanity vs. the limited resources of the planet.
I just hope that despite her strong and convincing voice Naomi Klein is not preaching in the desert...


The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
Prix : EUR 13,29

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Blood diamonds, 27 avril 2015
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Far from being a sideshow, a marginal phenomenon, slavery epitomizes American XIXth century capitalism. Enormous fortunes were built litterally on the back of black people transported against their will to the "Southwest" and made to toil eleven hours a day in the cotton fields. "Added value" was extracted with the whip. The "half" which is told here is in fact a main component of American history.
Edward Baptist is a professional historian who builds his case on thousands of charts and original documents that make his main thesis absolutely convincing and a valuable contribution to the ongoing revival of studies devoted to slavery.
A minor spoiler now: I wish the author had focussed on his point and refrained from telling individual stories, or more precisely, to woe the reader with the premices of individual stories that never fully materialize, probably for lack of documents.


Gone Girl
Gone Girl
Prix : EUR 3,99

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Kill me softly, 17 mars 2015
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Gone Girl (Format Kindle)
A dark thriller revolving around a marriage gone terribly wrong. In the book,the two protagonists tell alternatively their side of the story - a classical novel form that lets the reader/watcher decide who is right or who is wrong. As it happens, both sides share their part of responsability in this major shipwreck.
Fast-paced, devilishly dark and ingeniously plotted, this film is not exactly plausible, but it draws you in and lets you wait breathlessly for the next twist and turn of the story.
I loved the book and its razor-sharp writing. I loved the film and its razor-sharp editing.
And then we have of course an outstanding actor's performance with the "new" star Rosamund Pike showing off an interesting face and a cold-blooded thirst for revenge.


The End of Normal: The Great Crisis and the Future of Growth
The End of Normal: The Great Crisis and the Future of Growth
Prix : EUR 16,24

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Between austerity and stimulus, 24 février 2015
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : The End of Normal: The Great Crisis and the Future of Growth (Format Kindle)
What lessons did the 2008 crisis teach us ? First and foremost, that the economic growth which had been taken for granted from the early 1950s to 2000, had vanished never to return. A major upheaval in our way of perceiving the economic world.The good days are gone and we must now grapple with a new unsettling reality characterized by a breakdown of law and ethics in the financial world and by an ever receding public debt ceiling, with a rate of growth that will not exceed 2% in the foreseeable future.
Against the tenants of the "market efficiency" theory James Galbraith calls for a massive international intervention of the public authorities in order to rein in the "exuberant irrationality" of the financial actors and to stimulate activity.
What I most like about this book is its style. Complex economic data are being analysed in a straightforward way without use of mathematics. The author makes us feel comfortable with the most abstruse realities. We all feel like seasoned economists when we reach the end. I would definitely define 'The new normal' as a major contribution to the history of economic policy and as a groundbreaking inroad into the world of postkeynesian economics.


Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film "The Imitation Game"
Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film "The Imitation Game"
Prix : EUR 10,71

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 the dawn of the computer age, 17 février 2015
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What we have here is a superb 500 pages biography written by fellow mathematician Andrew Hodges who spent years accessing the available documents and interviewing the surviving witnesses.
It is reissued, 30 years later, with a new introduction that gives us a sense of the historical role played by Turing in the ushering in of a new age.
As a mathematician, Hodges has what it takes to address the core issue: how did a single genius succeed in breaking the utterly complex Enigma code, thereby contributing to the defeat of the Nazi regime ? Focusing on this core issue implies much more knowledge and insight than focusing, like the corresponding film does, on the biographical elements that don't bring much. Fascinating story by a fascinating author !


Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers
Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers
Prix : EUR 11,21

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Beware of journalists, 14 novembre 2014
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers (Format Kindle)
Janet Malcolm works on the border beween journalism and novel-writing. In a series of portraits devoted to artists she has met or she empathizes with, she proceeds with light touches like Turner or Matisse, bringing subtle variations around the same theme. The object of her study is then constructed, or most of the time deconstructed, in a very original way and the portrait that emerges is made of seemingly ureconcilable traits that mix into a sort of moving photographic image.
All in all, a powerfully distinctive and very entertainig literary experience.


Captain Cook's Journal During The First Voyage Round The World (Illustrated) (English Edition)
Captain Cook's Journal During The First Voyage Round The World (Illustrated) (English Edition)
Prix : EUR 0,99

3.0 étoiles sur 5 Ebook limits, 10 octobre 2014
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Captain Cook's Journal was a huge success story as it was first published. People rushed to see pictures of landscapes and animals they har never heard of before.
Nearly all pictures from the original have been taken away in the present edition. Which means that we are confronted with a series of dry notations about the latitude, longitude and depth of the seas, with hardly any remark about the human side of this remarkable adventure. It reads like a log-book, which is not saying much.
We experience here firsthand the technological limitations of the digital book. Without its illustrations it loses much of its charm.
Let us hope that our tech geeks find rapidly a suitable solution.


Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution
Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution
Prix : EUR 8,06

4.0 étoiles sur 5 How not to conform, 8 octobre 2014
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution (Format Kindle)
"Being a good girl can kill you." Laurie Penny's brand of feminism does not deal in nuances and does not take any prisoners.
In this brilliantly written book she explains that the financial independence acquired through ceaseless fight againts the glass ceiling did not bring anybring any sense of happiness. The modern woman is free, which means that she is in a better position to fit in the mould defined by men. Praeternaturally thin, goodlooking and suitably dressed, she has in fact no choice other than to coalesce with a male chauvinistic model that pervades our culture. The modern woman must "have it all."
I definitely feel a lot of empathy for the author's plight. But this type of revoltionary writing makes me feel uneasy because it tends to oversimplify the reality. The majority of our sisters may fit in the mould, but you could cite a good many counterexamples that make her theory somewhat shaky. Still, this a great book and totally a must, even for men.


Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West
Prix : EUR 11,17

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Discovering America, 24 août 2014
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M. Ambrose focuses on the context of the expedition. He insists on the role of President Jefferson as the driving force behind the entreprise, on his visionary guidance and on the impact of the Corps of Discovery on Western Indian nations.
All these aspects are dealt with superbly in this book, a swiftly moving, full-dress treatment of the expedition. It is essentially a biography of Meeriwether Lewis, conveyed with passionate enthusiasm by M. Ambrose, and sprinkled with the most famous and vivid passages from the traveler's journal. Great performance.


Rusty Nailed
Rusty Nailed
Prix : EUR 9,59

3.0 étoiles sur 5 Crowdpleaser, 27 juillet 2014
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Rusty Nailed (Format Kindle)
I usually don't buy this kind of book. I am more into serious things like Piketty, Richard Dawson or Peter the Great, that kind of stuff. But since it stood high on the NYT bestseller list I wanted to give it a try.
What exactly is a crowdpleaser ? Well, it's a piece of beautifully crafted writing involving a young man and a young woman who have a more or less steady relationship, who experience some ups and downs in their relationship but never reach the point where they would question this whole damn thing.
It's light entertainment, with the appropriate punch lines and a lot of blessed optimism.
Nothing to write home about, but full of charm.
I am presently going back to my serious books.


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