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Brief Encounters: Stories of Love, Sex and Travel (Lonely Planet Journeys)
Brief Encounters: Stories of Love, Sex and Travel (Lonely Planet Journeys)
by Michelle de Kretser
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars OK OK, only entertaining..., 2 Dec 2006
It's not going to change your life, but it's an entertaining book, excellent for an easy weekend or a trip... especially of interest the different aspects that encounters bring in a given culture. One of the last stories, describes for instance a harsh aspect -the "many Mexicos"- of the culture of my native country, Mexico, that I believe is hardly known even to foreigners who live here.


Eric Liddell: Pure Gold: A New Biography of the Olympic Champion Who Inspired Chariots of Fire
Eric Liddell: Pure Gold: A New Biography of the Olympic Champion Who Inspired Chariots of Fire
by David McCasland
Edition: Paperback

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No wonder his chariot was of fire, 21 July 2006
Are you sure it can't be done??? well, think twice and then read this man's biography. Eric Liddell immortilized worldwide in the 1981 Hugh Hudson's motion picture Chariots of Fire in its purest form is presented in this book. A story on courage, capacity and determination. You should not miss it. You shall want to go out jogging and be a better person to say the least!

From his birth on January 16, 1902 in Tientsin, China, to his unexpected death due to a brain tumor on February 21, 1945 in a japanese concentration camp in that same country, passing through his experiences at boarding school in the UK, his olympic victory, his religious commitments, his unbelievable determination, his beloved Florence ("Flo") and the beautiful love story that surrounded their relationship, the people who marked his life (his mother Mary, father James, brothers Rob and Ernest, sister Jenny, etc.). A book that brought out emotions from the beginning when I read about Florence (Eric's widow) watching Chariots of Fire and imagining her reactions, her feelings of pride... This book is a thoroughly rewarding experience!


The Art of War (Running Press Miniatures)
The Art of War (Running Press Miniatures)
by Ralph D. Sawyer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 3.50

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 stars, 21 July 2006
Perhaps without meaning it, Tzu Sun not only wrote on warfare itself, but on survival and success in any human activity involving competition. Not an easy one in my opinion, but nevertheless a book worth reading once and then worth returning to it. Whatever your activity is, The Art Of War promises to be an enlighting book. A businesss indispensible.


Isak Dinesen: the Life of a Storyteller
Isak Dinesen: the Life of a Storyteller
by Judith Thurman
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story of the best storyteller (ever), 21 July 2006
For some reason Karin von Blixen (Isak Dinesen) has one of the most fascinating lives I have ever heard of. Perhaps because of the intensity of her love affairs or maybe because of the willingnes to face life challenges or even due to her way of turning fatality into poetry. Best choice. No doubt. Deliciuos at sharing with Mozart.


Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends
Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends
by JR. Thomas Sanders
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars All you need is love!, 21 July 2006
Just a little simplistic, however, nothing wrong with making simple concepts useful, on the contrary, that requires great intellect and creativity. Success is a 3 ways avenue according to Tim sanders... your knowledge and how you use it, your network and your compassion are their names. To use them wisely is what makes a difference in life and in order to do just that, you must bring the to conciouss levels all the time... read, read, read says Tim, that is if you want to be a good player. I enjoyed every aspect of his writing. If you're intending to bring yourself to the next level, don't let this book pass you on... and "Always give" might be the bottom line here.


Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done
Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done
by Larry Bossidy
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.54

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You better do it..., 21 July 2006
An excellent book in terms of understanding thet the difference in buisness is not planning the best strategy, but in superbly executing a good (acceptable) one. Bossidy makes his point of giving you the guidelines as to ensure things that must be done, are done so. Worth reading, but more importantly, doing...


The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
by Eckhart Tolle
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious and very digestive! Better than Zanax..., 21 July 2006
If you ever wondered "what's the purpose of bieng here, doing what I do and standing what I stand?" the you should know Tolle's idea of being right here, right now. A calming effect covered me as I was reading. In a recent overseas trip, in the middle of a rough turbulence, this happened to be the best book I could ever hace picked. An oasis to enjoy... Oh! by the by, it does not matter at all what religious ideas you have, also you'll understand why at the end, they all are the same and how useless (not to say ridiculous) extreme belief is.


Freakonomics - And Other Riddles of Modern Life
Freakonomics - And Other Riddles of Modern Life
by Steven D. Levitt
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A "parachute" book. You better open your mind..., 21 July 2006
Few things as refreshing as finding out there are valuable points of view that do not have to be "square". Presenting these cases he chose, S. Levitt proves that the way we think predicts our pre-conclusions... most of the time these could be wrong!, therefore, if you want to discover if thinking different, and not prejudging can make a difference, take a good cup of coffee and open this book! I bet you'll be amazed from the first example he explains.


The English. A Portrait of a People
The English. A Portrait of a People
by Jeremy Paxman
Edition: Paperback

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlighting, 21 July 2006
As a non-English reader, I found this book not only fascinating but widely enlighting for as to understand much more clearly the "why's" of Englishness. Through a recent business trip in England, I found this book in a convenience store and immediately found myself reading the most reveling story of the origins, habits, customs and even vices of this incredible culture that has given so much (in good and bad) to the world. For the first time I could krystal clear comprehend the differences (huge) between Scots, Irish, Welsh and English, which as a foreigner are not always clear (from the outside, you are in great risk of believing for all of your life that Jack's Union flag is the English flag, and never understand either the difference between St. George, St. Andrew and / or St. Patrick). Take the case of Renaissance; this is the first time I understand why are there so many outstanding representatives of literature or choral music in England and not so sculptors or painters for instance. Why French food is an art and not so English food is was another interesting discovery. Being "English" as a choice vs. being British as a convenience, well, fascinating hipothesis. It definitely is a "must"; read it.


When Smart People Fail: Rebuilding Yourself for Success
When Smart People Fail: Rebuilding Yourself for Success
by Carole Hyatt
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.58

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good mirror, 21 July 2006
If you were wondering if there are really ways to "reinvent yourself" after a setback or a bad experience, well, for that we have this book / proof of the so many options life provides. The first case described is one of the best reminders I've ever seen on how little control we can have at certain points and how painful can be the fantasy of having it at all moments. Then, the best part is that of the authors providing as many typical cases scenarios as they found. Be prepared, because for sure at least one is gonna hit you. Good mirror. Excellent to refresh the spirit and reengineer yourself.


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