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Derivatives Demystified: A Step-by-Step Guide to Forwards, Futures, Swaps and Options (The Wiley Finance Series)
Derivatives Demystified: A Step-by-Step Guide to Forwards, Futures, Swaps and Options (The Wiley Finance Series)
by Andrew M. Chisholm
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £36.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior product, 14 April 2011
This is a bit different from some of the other books around on this subject. Physically, it is a well-produced hardback rather than a paperback, though selling at a reasonable price. (I see there is also a Kindle edition out now.) The content can be read by anyone with an interest in finance and avoids complex mathematics by using lots of simple examples. It follows a logical sequence: 'step-by-step' as it says in the title. Overall a great introduction and easy to follow.


Kafka: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Kafka: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Ritchie Robertson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate, 29 Aug. 2010
The strength of this book is that it illuminates the key themes in Kafka's writing and avoids turning his works into crude allegories or 'codes' that are somehow in need of deciphering line-by-line. It is clear, extremely well-written and above all sane.

There seems to be an idea in circulation that Kafka was some kind of unhinged outsider who wrote as a form of personal therapy. This book comprehensively debunks this kind of myth. It shows how Kafka's ideas on authority, the family, marriage and work offer powerful insights into modern life, though conveyed through highly expressive artistic means rather than through tracts or essays. It shows how hard Kafka worked at his art, and how seriously he took his calling.

I have only one quibble, and that is that the chapter on 'institutions' opens by conflating institutions with organizations. Carl Menger (active in Kafka's time) pointed out that organic institutions can evolve without having a definite goal or objective. Modern social theorists and economists debate the role of institutions such as promise-keeping in society and in markets. It seems that Kafka was also much concerned in his work with social norms and how they constrain individual behaviour.


From Asgard to Valhalla: The Remarkable History of the Norse Myths
From Asgard to Valhalla: The Remarkable History of the Norse Myths
by Heather O'Donoghue
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting survey, 29 Mar. 2010
I didn't know much about the Norse myths and this book covers the topic in a way that is interesting and informative for a general reader. It does become a little unfocused towards the end, when the author describes some of the more recent adaptations of the myths, but there are still fascinating insights and anecdotes. There are long passages in the later sections in which dead writers are awarded marks according to whether their views accord with modern sensibilities. (Tolkein gets a qualified pass; Carlyle gets an 'F'.) Overall, though, I would recommend this book.


Trotsky: A Biography
Trotsky: A Biography
by Robert Service
Edition: Hardcover

35 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid biography, 15 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Trotsky: A Biography (Hardcover)
This is an excellent book, well-written and thoroughly researched. It does not in any way ignore the charisma and intellectual brilliance of Trotsky. What it does do is to demolish the myth that Trotsky in some way represented the 'human face' of communism. The book succeeds in providing a rounded picture of its fascinating subject for a general audience, though it may not please some of Trotsky's more uncritical supporters.
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