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Derivatives Demystified: A Step-by-Step Guide to F&hellip by Andrew M. Chisholm
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior product, 14 April 2011
This is a bit different from some of the other books around on this subject. Physically, it is a well-produced hardback rather than a paperback, though selling at a reasonable price. (I see there is also a Kindle edition out now.) The content can be read by anyone with an interest in finance and avoids complex mathematics by using lots of simple examples. It follows a logical sequence: 'step-by-step' as it says in the title. Overall a great introduction and easy to follow.
Kafka: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Intro&hellip by Ritchie Robertson
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate, 29 Aug 2010
The strength of this book is that it illuminates the key themes in Kafka's writing and avoids turning his works into crude allegories or 'codes' that are somehow in need of deciphering line-by-line. It is clear, extremely well-written and above all sane.

There seems to be an idea in circulation that Kafka was some kind of unhinged outsider who wrote as a form of personal therapy. This book comprehensively debunks this kind of myth. It shows how Kafka's ideas on authority, the family, marriage and work offer powerful insights into modern life, though conveyed through highly expressive artistic means rather than through tracts or essays. It shows how hard Kafka worked at his art,… Read more
From Asgard to Valhalla: The Remarkable History of&hellip by Heather O'Donoghue
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I didn't know much about the Norse myths and this book covers the topic in a way that is interesting and informative for a general reader. It does become a little unfocused towards the end, when the author describes some of the more recent adaptations of the myths, but there are still fascinating insights and anecdotes. There are long passages in the later sections in which dead writers are awarded marks according to whether their views accord with modern sensibilities. (Tolkein gets a qualified pass; Carlyle gets an 'F'.) Overall, though, I would recommend this book.