Andy Davies

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The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, 19 Jan 2006
Bought this while travelling, and didn't really appreciate how good it was until I returned home. Matthiesson's expedition with Schaller is excellently retold, and his linking of the essences of both spirituality and nature makes this book inspire a sense of calm, yet also sadness at the nature of our supposedly 'modern' society. I don't recall him beating any sherpa's as another reviewer has mentioned - he is (or was)a buddhist practitioner, and this would seem to be against his overriding principle - that we are all one with nature. This book is excellent as both a form of escapism, and for those who wish to read an informed and enlightened travel journal
Southeast Asia: Diversity and Development by Thomas R. Leinbach
I bought this book thinking it would be essential for my university course on South East Asia as a region, and the book does provide good analysis of the developmental history of each of the nations of South East Asia, with generally a chapter devoted to each country. However, as my course involved more than just a developmental context, the rest of the book fell a bit short of my expectations, with only one chapter devoted to subjects like the historical context of the region, or broad overviews on agricultural or industrial development.
If a broad overview is of development issues in South East Asia is what you're looking for, then this should be a fine starting point, and it does… Read more

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