Apr 29

Endurance: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Emil Zátopek (Wisden Sports Writing) – Rick Broadbent

Grit, Gumption and Greatness. These were the three infallible attributes of the man voted by the Runners World Magazine as the Greatest Runner of All Time. Setting a slew of world records (18 in total), achieving the incredible treble victories (5000 metres; 10,000 metres and the Marathon) at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952, and leaving …

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Apr 29

The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed the World – Michael Lewis

This is one of the best books that Michael Lewis has ever written! The embellished nature of the book is singularly attributable to the chosen subject. The riveting story of how two geniuses came together in a collaboration that toppled the very edifice of conventional thinking and demolished the way in which people think. The …

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Apr 29

Helmet for My Pillow – Robert Leckie

If you are looking for the searing and adrenaline coursing book that lays out the blood and gore of the battle for the Pacific in the Second World War, then Robert Leckie’s “Helmet For My Pillow” is not your book. However if you are looking out for a first person narrative about the squeamishness, tragedy …

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Apr 29

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman – Denis Thériault, Liedewy Hawke (Translation)

“Swirling like water against rugged rocks time goes around and around Thus with a Haiku does begin Denis Theriault’s beautifully tragic book. The protagonist of the story is a twenty seven year old postman, Bilodo. Bilodo, a bachelor lives in a small one bedroom unit on the 10th floor of a non-decrepit apartment in Montreal. …

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Apr 29

Russia’s War: A History of the Soviet Effort: 1941-1945 – Richard Overy

Professor Richard Overy in this eye opener, details the gargantuan Soviet effort in amassing men and material, which on hindsight turned out to be the most colossal feat of World War II. From the very brink of humiliating defeat after being taken unawares of the German Blitzkrieg – courtesy Operation Barbarossa – to hoisting the …

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Apr 29

The Fall of Berlin 1945 – Antony Beevor

Antony Beevor picks up from where he left his epic “Stalingrad”. With “Berlin” he consolidates his cemented position as one of the premier military historians of any generation. Pulsating, poignant and pertinent, ‘Berlin’ is almost an atonement for the unforgivable follies of man fueled by greed and fashioned by hubris. After the wily encirclement and …

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Apr 29

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy #1) – Chinua Achebe

“Things Fall Apart” is the first in the African Trilogy series by Chinua Achebe and lays down the platform for a story that tugs at the very strings of the heart. Dealing initially with precolonial Nigeria, the story courses through disturbing developments leading to the pitiless colonisation of the African nation by the British Empire, …

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Apr 29

Brave New World Revisited – Aldous Huxley

In 1931, Aldous Huxley wrote his magnum opus ‘Brave New World’ – a prescient masterpiece dealing with what the author termed as ‘a fable dealing with de-humanization employing techniques of over organisation’. This prophetic anti-utopian novel ranks alongside George Orwell’s ’1984′ as one of the most influential books penned on the swift and forced erosion …

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Apr 29

Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege, 1942–1943 – Antony Beevor

Read this only if you have nerves of steel, a temporarily hardened heart and a strong stomach! Stalingrad will go down in history as one of the epochal and seminal books ever penned on the subject of war. With the publication of this tour de force, Antony Beevor has firmly cemented his place as one …

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Apr 29

Super Genes: Harnessing the Vast Potential of Your Genome for Optimum Health and Well-Being – Deepak Chopra

Following the blockbuster success of their earlier book ‘Super Brains’, Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi are back again and this time with an even more ambitious venture. Turning on its head one of the most frequently adages, “you are what your genes make you out to be”, this spiritualist-medical practitioner duo throw interesting insights on …

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