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That's China
That's China
by Mark Kitto
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.95

5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I haven't read on holiday., 13 Jun. 2015
This review is from: That's China (Paperback)
In the 35 years since I left school I have only ever read books on holiday, but That's China has changed that pattern. I can't explain why it's so engaging, but engaging it is. It's an intelligent book with an intriguing story line and I am all the more surprised that I enjoyed it so much given that throughout the book you know how it ends. Real proof that the journey is more important than the destination.
From Robert the Bruce watching a spider in his cave to Mark Kitto in modern day China, anyone who empathises with the maxim "if at first you don't succeed, try try again" will read this tale with a knowing smile. It's not a 'business book' and actually not much of a book about 'doing business', it's just an extraordinary story about ducking and diving. While the optimists, the pessimists and the realists are arguing the toss, the opportunist is drinking the water - until some very sour people take his glass away.


Empires at War: A Short History of Modern Asia Since World War II
Empires at War: A Short History of Modern Asia Since World War II
by Francis Pike
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.14

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterful review, 19 Jan. 2015
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A very readable and engaging narrative that provides a comprehensive record of the development of Asia during the last half century or so. For such an extensive work it is compiled in clever bite size chunks which keep the reader interested and informed. An excellent book which should appeal to anyone with an open and enquiring mind.


Catataxis: When More of the Same is Different
Catataxis: When More of the Same is Different
by John Brodie Donald
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not going mad, 18 Nov. 2011
People say that the definition of insanity is "doing the same thing day in, day out and each day expecting that the outcome the following day will be different". This is quite understandable but fails to explain why empirically the lessons of life demonstrate that more and more of the same does indeed lead to something different. Catataxis very eloquently takes its readers through and beyond this conundrum. To say it reveals the meaning of life would be an exageration, but it delivers a fantastic route map to anyone that wants to stretch their mind. Enjoy.


The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking (The Tschäppeler and Krogerus Collection)
The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking (The Tschäppeler and Krogerus Collection)
by Roman Tschäppeler
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.78

43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good decision, 13 Jan. 2011
I don't really do books, and especially not business books. I am a slow reader and getting common sense lectures from people that are better at writing books than running businesses does not seem like a good use of my time - until I came across The Decision Book. It is short, clever and full of pictures for slow readers like me!
The book is pocket sized and hard backed so easy to keep beside you for the short time it takes to digest. It includes a wide range of decision making models that will suit all types of people and help them to improve both their business and personal effectiveness. It does not tell you what to do, it simply gives you a number of ways to approach different tasks. Simples.
Written by a Swede and a Swiss it has only recently become accessible to mere mortals like me with the first English print run in Jan 2011. I can't promise it will change your life but you should feel more comfortable with the way you approach life.

The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking
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