27 février 2008

Black Swan

Black Swan, by Nassim Taleb Four hundred years ago, Francis Bacon warned that our minds are wired to deceive us. "Beware the fallacies into which undisciplined thinkers most easily fall--they are the real distorting prisms of human nature." Chief among them: "Assuming more order than exists in chaotic nature." Now consider the typical stock market report: "Today investors bid shares down out of concern over Iranian oil production." Sigh. We're still doing it.Our brains are wired for narrative, not... [Lire la suite]
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29 août 2007

Voices from S-21: Terror and History in Pol Pot's Secret Prison

Voices from S-21: Terror and History in Pol Pot's Secret Prison, by David CHandler During the reign of the Khmer Rouge, S-21 was used as the prison, interrogation centre, and finally, the place of execution for several thousand Cambodians who were suspected of counter revolutionary activity. Between the years of 1975 and 1979, it is estimated that 14,000 prisoners entered S-21, but only four survived. The horrors of S-21 were uncovered during the liberation by the Vietnamese who found the prison's... [Lire la suite]
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18 août 2007

First Century After Beatrice

First Century After Beatrice, by Amin Maalouf This is a story about gender and population politics set in the first decades of the 21st century. In this elegant novel, a popular drug ensures women will give birth only to boys which has sharply reduced the world's female population and cut fertility rates. The industrialized nations, seeking to curb Third World population growth, have encouraged the drug's use in poorer countries, which collapse economically. Men everywhere, frustrated sexually and deprived of normal family... [Lire la suite]
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17 août 2007

Balthasar Odyssey

Balthasar's Odyssey, by Amin Maalouf This book is the story of Balthasar, a merchant from a Genoan family long resident in the Levant. His trade is books and curios; in 1665 he heads off on a journey that leads him across Europe in pursuit of a rare book, one he had always supposed was a myth. This is the book of the Hundredth Name, purported to reveal the secret name of God. There are 99 names for God in the Koran, and knowing the hundredth name is supposed to grant mystical powers. The discussions on the various... [Lire la suite]
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08 juillet 2007

Une vie Française

Une Vie Française, de Jean-Paul Dubois, Poche. Voici l’histoire de la vie de Paul Blick. Qui se confond avec celle de la cinquième République Française. Une France qui crut à de Gaulle après 1958 et à Pompidou après 68, s'offrit à Giscard avant de porter Mitterrand au pouvoir, pour se jeter finalement dans les bras de Chirac. Et Paul, dans tout ça ? Après avoir découvert, comme il se doit, les joies de la différence dans le lit d'une petite Anglaise, il fait de vagues études, devient journaliste sportif et épouse Anna, la fille... [Lire la suite]
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06 mars 2007

Pity the Nation

Pity the Nation, by Robert Fisk Written by one of Britain 's foremost journalists, this remarkable book combines political analysis and war reporting in an unprecedented way: it is an epic account of the Lebanon conflict by an author who has personally witnessed the carnage of Beirut for over a decade. Pity the Nation is Robert Fisk's personal history of Lebanon from 1976 until 1990, during its series of civil wars and invasions by Syria, Israel and various western powers. Fisk was a personal witness to many of... [Lire la suite]
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17 février 2007

Blink

Blink, The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, by Malcolm Gladwell Have you ever wondered why love at first sight, so seemingly ill-advised, sometimes works out for the long-term? Malcolm Gladwell may have the answer. In Blink, Gladwell asserts that snap judgments can quite often be as good as decisions made cautiously and deliberately. Blink is about the first two seconds of looking - the decisive glance that knows in an instant. Gladwell, the author of The Tipping Point, campaigns for snap judgments and mind... [Lire la suite]
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17 janvier 2007

Voyage au bout de la nuit

Voyage au bout de la nuit, de Louis-Ferdinand Céline Voyage au bout de la nuit est une biographie romancée de Céline. Ferdinand Bardamu, héros du roman et double de l’auteur, raconte sa vie, ses vagabondages. À la suite d'un défilé militaire, Bardamu s'engage dans un régiment. Plongé dans la Grande Guerre, il fait l'expérience de l'horreur et rencontre Robinson, qu'il retrouvera tout au long de ses aventures. Blessé, rapatrié, il vit le conflit depuis l'arrière, partagé entre les conquêtes féminines et les crises... [Lire la suite]
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16 janvier 2007

The End of Poverty

. The End of Poverty, by Jeffrey Sachs In the late 1990s, aid officials — keen to revive the global fight against poverty — came up with a novel strategy. They proposed to both developed and developing countries that, rather than vague commitments in health, food production and primary education, it would be more effective to have a clear set of quantified objectives that governments could aim to achieve within a set timeframe. This strategy resulted in the adoption at a United Nations... [Lire la suite]
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11 janvier 2007

Samarcande

Samarcande, de Amin Maalouf Avec Samarcande, Amin Maalouf nous offre une biographie romancée d’un homme génialement talentueux : Omar Kayyam. Ceci à partir d’un manuscrit égaré lors des invasions mongoles et retrouvé des siècles plus tard. Omar Kayyam est l’un des plus célèbres poètes de la Perse qui a écrit bien ses célèbres quatrains, les «robayats ». Un poète du vin, libre penseur, philosophe, astronome de génie, mathématicien en avance sur son temps. C’est aussi l’époque de Hassan Sabbah, qui, à la tête de l’ordre des... [Lire la suite]
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