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The Turkish Mafia by Frank Bovenkerk
The Turkish Mafia by Frank Bovenkerk
The authors of this book look at the Turkish mafia's history, inner workings and influence throughout Europe. They are academics and that can be seen in how the book is written- they are very thorough and reasonable, so there is little reason to question their command of the issue but the academic style can at times become dull..

Overall though it is an eye opening look at how and why Turkey plays such a crucial role in organised crime- the extent to which the Kemalist "deep state" has been involved in the heroin trade in particular is fascinating- the links between the leading gangsters and the security forces are very murky.
Before The Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Ou&hellip by Nicholas Wade
As someone who finds the origins and deep history of our species fascinating, and has read a number of books on the subject I have to say that I found this one the most enjoyable. As an experienced science journalist the author is more adept at explaining the an area of science that has become much better understood with genetic evidence over the last decade or so, to a general audience than most scientists.

Wade traces our origins from the time humans split from chimpanzees through the key milestones of modern human development such as coming down from the trees, developing language, spreading from Africa, settlements and agriculture and explains what would be the likely… Read more
The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford
4.0 out of 5 stars Demystifying Economics, 30 Mar 2014
This a smart and pragmatic approach to economics for beginners. Tim Harford is very good at explaining important but counter-intuitive economic principles to intelligent readers in a way that immediately relates to the real world. This can be an explanation of why coffee shops are where they are to grander looks at how applying sensible economic policies has lifted hundreds of millions of people in China out of poverty.

The ideas he relates are generally things which economists of all ideological persuasions agree with but much of the general public doesn't understand, such as comparative advantage or making decisions at the margin.

It is written in a very accessible… Read more

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