T. J. Rich

"Tim Rich"
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Democracy Kills by Humphrey Hawksley
Democracy Kills by Humphrey Hawksley
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging a truism, 26 Nov 2009
Many of us have grown up with the truism that democracy is the preferable form of government in our time. For some, democracy is synonymous with progress. Or as Churchill put it, `It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried'. In this new book, BBC World Affairs correspondent Humphrey Hawksley questions this simplistic notion, speaking to people around the world about their views on politics, power and representation. While some would forego essentials to maintain their precious vote, others say they would trade it for security, water or electricity. How should we respond to evidence that attempts to democratise often go… Read more
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An unspecified apocalypse has struck America. Nature is poisoned and every town has been ransacked for the very last morsel of food. Bands of feral cannibals hunt the few survivors. A father and his young son must walk south to escape the fatal ravages of winter... McCarthy's beautiful story is the most remarkable thing I've read this year. And the only book that's had me shouting in my head, "Please don't eat him."
A Little History of the World by Ernst Gombrich
A Little History of the World by Ernst Gombrich
I've been looking for this type of book for about, well, 40 years. It provides an informed and engaging overview of many of the world's key periods, from the pharaohs to the Cold War via the Greeks, the Merovingians, the Enlightenment and so on. 39 chapters of concise, compressed but sophisticated history, and all written by the young Gombrich in just six weeks. Amazing. Some of us need that long to write a letter. I've bought a box-load for my nieces and nephews, and a few more for some of my brainiest adult friends too.