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The Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire
The Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire
by Arundhati Roy
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.62

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave, intelligent writing., 3 Jan 2010
I wish there were more thinkers in this world like Arundhati Roy. This book is a collection of the Indian scholar and activist's speeches and addresses, in which she discusses poverty, the global effect of the Bush administrations abuse of American foreign policy, and especially, what a concerned person can do to help other people. It is neither patronizing nor particularly challenging, it is instead crisp and perfectly judged.

This book serves as much as a bristling manifesto and impassioned call to (intellectual) arms as it does a handy source of wonderful quotes and reliable data for students and activists alike. I would recommend this book to anybody, even and perhaps especially to you if you have ever wondered "what can I do to change the world for the better?" or "Just what are all those liberal tree-hugging hippies on about anyway?" or "Why can't we all just get along?"

The book is insightful, Roy is a razor sharp mind and an excellent writer, her words are clear and accessible and everything is designed for maximum impact. This book is not written for the intellectual, nor the politician, nor even the high minded, idealistic student. This is a book written for everybody, it is a rebel yell, a rallying cry and just maybe, the promise of a better world.

Short, sharp and to the point (unlike this review)


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