Richard Smith

Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (148 of 157)
Location: Clapham


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,097,766 - Total Helpful Votes: 148 of 157
Turning the World Upside Down: The search for glob&hellip by Nigel Crisp
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Nigel Crisp has a unique view of the world, having run the world's largest health care system, the NHS, and then explored health systems in poor countries. His travels have convinced him that health care systems in both rich and poor countries are bust and that we need to turn systems upside down from obsessions with doctors, diseases, drugs, and death denial to patients, health, non-drug interventions, and recognising death as a friend. The book is radical and readable and packed with ideas, and I find that I keep returning to it.
Whoops!: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can&hellip by John Lanchester
116 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, 30 Jan 2010
It's a cliche to say that every body should read a book, but one of the messages from this brilliant book is that most of us blithely went about our business, perhaps enjoying the boom times, wholly unaware of what was happening in financial markets. Yet what was happening was crazy, fascinating, and driven by geniuses scarily out of touch with reality. It is, as John Lanchester argues, one of the greatest stories ever told--and postmodern to boot. We should have been watching and understanding--because now we will feel the pain of our collective failure.

I spent a year at the Stanford Business School, studied finance, and read several issues a year of the Economist, but I had no… Read more
My Name is Daphne Fairfax: A Memoir by Arthur Smith
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delighted brother, 1 May 2009
I am of course hopelessly biased being Brian/Arthur's older brother, but this marvellous book makes you laugh and makes you cry--and what more could you want? A must read for anybody who knows or admires Brian/Arthur, and a great read for those just wandering by--even the person he imagines at the end of the book scanning it 50 years from now in a second hand bookshop.

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