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Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt by Richard Holloway
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Doubt than Faith, 19 July 2012
A most interesting book. I was not much moved by Holloway's religious dilemmas as I dispute his basic premises. He skates over this early life in Alexandria and his relationship to his father and mother. They must have been shocked at his move to Kelham Hall, which sounds grim to me, although Holloway claims he loved it. His move to Accra (and his sexual hang-ups) opened his eyes a bit and ordination followed. His ministry in the Gorbals was when he really lost his belief in God, though he fought against it for many years. He seemed happiest at Old St Pauls in Edinburgh but he should have made his career in social work - he would have become a well-paid leader of that pack.

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The Global Minotaur: America, The True Origins of &hellip by Yanis Varoufakis
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tangled web, 18 April 2012
This is an extremely well-written analysis of the world economy from 1945 onwards to the economic crisis of 2007-11. The first period from 1945 to 1971 is conventional enough, the period of US hegemony. The collapse of the Bretton Woods system after 1971 is described more controversially, in terms of the US deliberately running large deficits and sucking in liquidity from surplus nations - the Global Minotaur, needing constant feeding. Much of this is probably true though I felt the Minotaur metaphor was a little strained and the suggestion that there was some kind of US conspiracy maybe overplayed. Varoufakis is a convincing and highly talented writer, most unusual for an economist.
The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Although this is in part a family saga of the Ephrussis, by concentrating on 2 or 3 key figures in the story Edmund de Waal keeps our interest by writing well and describing vividly the intelligensia of 1870's Paris, the magnates of Imperial Vienna and the horrible persecutions of Nazi Austria. The sub-plot, following the fate of the collection of Japanese Netsuke, is a fascinating theme too. An unusual book, intelligent and moving.