Roger John Maudsley

Helpful votes received on reviews: 81% (64 of 79)
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,188,556 - Total Helpful Votes: 64 of 79
Swahili Origins: Swahili Culture and the Shungwaya&hellip by James De Vere Allen
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sailing from Lamu, 5 April 2008
As a teacher who stimulated freethinking and as a leader on holiday expeditions to remote parts of Kenya "Jimmy Allen" was an important influence during my school days. It was sad to learn of his early death from illness at 54. My recent discovery of "Origins", a book that, according to his editor, contains de Vere Allen's life's work, was therefore an event of some importance to me. Thanks are due to John Middleton for editing the unfinished book for publication.

Not being a specialist in the field I cannot identify with any certainty the new ideas that de Vere Allen brings to the subject. On the other hand the book sheds an immense amount of light on a history which for me did… Read more
The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of In&hellip by Martin Meredith
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I knew the post-independence years in Africa were bad, but didn't realize how bad. Never perhaps has Lord Acton's comment that "power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely" been applicable on a wider scale.

A clear justification for dealing with a whole continent in a 750-page book is to allow the emergence of common traits across dozens of countries. The quote from Nigerian Claude Ake sums up a major general point: "The problem is not so much that development has failed, as that it was never really on the agenda in the first place". What seems to have been on the agenda in most countries was power and riches to us and ours and the devil take the hindmost… Read more
Value Investing: From Graham to Buffett and Beyond&hellip by Bruce C. N. Greenwald
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek, 27 Oct 2007
The authors announce their intention to bravely go "beyond" Graham and Buffet. I found their effort extraordinarily interesting. Not because it brings new ideas from the frontiers of Value Investing; but rather because it forced me to revalidate old ones.

Written mainly by academics, the book attempts - with undeniable clarity - to provide a simple framework for valuation of a firm using Value Investment principles. First, three sources of value are defined: Asset Value; Earnings Power Value; and Value of Growth. Second, some conceptual tricks are employed to link them in a theoretical structure capable of supporting hours of animated tutorial discussion.

The… Read more