Category Archives: Book review

My Battle Against Hitler, Dietrich von Hildebrand

This book is in two parts. The first contains exerts from Dietrich von Hildebrand’s memoirs, in particular covering the period of his life from 1921 in Germany until 1938 when … Continue reading

May 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Rabbi talks with Jesus, Jacob Neusner

Jacob Neusner wrote this book to give both Christians and Jews a better understanding of their beliefs, and promote inter-faith discussion. He focusses on Jesus’ teaching in Matthew’s gospel the … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

Warning: Contains Spoilers If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, … Continue reading

February 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Effective Executive, Peter Drucker

 This is a very helpful book for seeing how you can best fulfill your job, and make the most valuable contributions to your company. While we may think of the … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

My Early Life, Winton Churchill

  This autobiography of Winston Churchill’s early life, until he was almost 30, is a very enjoyable read, and gives a lot of insight into his way of thinking and … Continue reading

January 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Hedgehog and the Fox, Isaiah Berlin

This a fascinating essay by Isaiah Berlin, on the topic of “Tolstoy’s View of History”. The unusual title comes from a saying of the Greek poet Archilochus: “The fox knows … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Geography of Genius, Eric Weiner

In this book, Weiner explores what it was that made certain times and places in history home to out-pourings of genius. Starting with ancient Athens, then moving on through places including … Continue reading

July 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

What the dog saw, Malcolm Gladwell

This book is a collection of articles that Malcolm Gladwell wrote and published in the New Yorker magazine. They cover a broad range of topics including why Heinz is so … Continue reading

June 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

On China, Henry Kissinger

This book gives a fascinating insight into China, and particularly its views on foreign policy, through the eyes of Henry Kissinger. The book starts with a brief history of China, … Continue reading

May 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Moneyball, Michael Lewis

This is a book about baseball, and in particular how the common ways of judging players, at least at the time of writing, were giving the wrong signals to managers … Continue reading

May 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton

In this novel, set in 1680’s Amsterdam we follow Nella, an 18 year-old from a previously wealthy family, now given in marriage to a successful merchant twice her age. At … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

This is the first book I’ve read by Cormac McCarthy so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The writing style in this novel is very brief: short sentences, conversations of few words, … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Reformation, Diarmaid MacCulloch

This book gives us a very detailed account of the Reformation, across the period 1490 to 1700. MacCulloch presents a thorough description of events and people relating to the Reformation … Continue reading

April 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Spice of Life, GK Chesterton

This book is a collection of essays by GK Chesterton, with topics ranging across literature, anecdotes from his travels and religion. The essays on literature cover both writing, in “How … Continue reading

April 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

A week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Henry Thoreau

This book written was written by Henry Thoreau as a memorial to his brother John. They had shared a week-long trip along the Concord and Merrimack rivers in New England, and … Continue reading

April 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Lord of the World, Robert Hugh Benson

Contains spoilers This novel is set in a futuristic world which has been divided between America, Europe and the East. The UK, and rest of the World, is governed by … Continue reading

April 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke

This short book is a collection of ten letters Rainer Maria Rilke wrote to a young poet, Mr Kappus, between 1903 and 1908, but this book only includes Rilke’s letters … Continue reading

April 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Home, Marilynne Robinson

I enjoyed this book which is set in the same time and place as one of Marilynne Robinson’s other novels, Gilead, but within a different family. In Gilead we saw … Continue reading

March 30, 2016 · 3 Comments

Indignation, Philip Roth

Having greatly enjoyed Nemesis, I picked up Indignation, also by Philip Roth. This book is about a teenage boy, Marcus Messner going to university, and struggling to settle in, while … Continue reading

March 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

Business Adventures, John Brooks

I had heard this book is a favourite of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet amongst others, so thought it would be good to see why it’s so popular. It’s a … Continue reading

March 11, 2016 · Leave a comment
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