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The Wonderbox: Curious histories of how to live
The Wonderbox: Curious histories of how to live
by Roman Krznaric
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.08

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A box of intellectual delights, 15 Jan 2012
This is quite the best book of 'popular' wisdom I have read in a very long time and I warmly recommend it to all customers. It is superbly written, tendering well-argued and humbly offered suggestions on how one can, at the very least, perform some very useful fine-tuning of one's general outlook on life, whilst bravely confronting some of the 'big' issues. The final chapter, on Deathstyle, is masterly. There is nothing hectoring, preachy, partisan, sectarian or unrealistic about any of the conclusions the author comes to, and, whilst at 63 I do not consider myself wholly without some insight into the important elements of what constitutes a well-lived life, I wish I had been able to read it 20 years ago. It is truly an edifying read for all ages.
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Fool's Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe
Fool's Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe
by Gillian Tett
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is this kind of banking a proper job?, 11 May 2009
This an impressive exposition of a complex subject, and the author is to be congratulated on making it exciting. One is, however, left wondering why such allegedly 'cerebral' people choose to spend their lives and deploy their talents in such a bizarre, ultimately self-serving way. The hideous jargon of banking seems to conceal little more than clever-clever ways of making obscene amounts of money that appear to benefit few people other than those who dream up these frothy financial confections. Maybe those who outlaw usury have got a point.
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