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The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our&hellip by Jeffrey D. Sachs
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
As Sachs has spent many years working for the World Bank and the forward of his latest book was by Bono, I was very skeptical of this book. However, I found the first half of this book interesting. It described the history of global economics, why countries have developed at different rates and there were case studies of economic reforms in India, China, Poland and Hungary. Although the case studies were economically interesting and very readable, I felt the name dropping and Sachs ego got a little tiring after a while.

The concept I liked most in this book was how Sachs used a `clinical diagnosis' of economic difficulties that countries faced which took into account geography,… Read more
The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Gawande is a fantastic writer and through his book he demonstrated his journey on how he researched, developed and introduced the World Health Organisation (WHO) surgical checklist. This is a checklist which is performed in surgery ensuring simple things such as they have the right patient, the patient has received the correct antibiotics and all of the team operating know the case and their work colleagues. This simple measure reduced the major complications of operations by 36% and death by 47%. As well as the research in many developing and developed countries he also spent time outside the medical environment learning from other professions such as construction, hospitality and… Read more
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This was a beautiful book set in the Himalaya in north east India. The main characters included a miserable, retired judge, his long forgotten granddaughter Sai, their humble and loyal cook and his son Biju. Their home lacked electricity and was cut off every winter, but the characters had interlocking relationships with the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom. This book was about: love, life, hatred, family, war and globalisation and was beautifully written. I really enjoyed reading this book as it highlighted to me the importance of fiction in exploring the delicate and entwined relationships between families and how unfairness between men and women, cultures, economics and… Read more