Books, Books, Books

My reading table is not teetering, overstacked with recent arrivals after a bit of a lull in my Amazon orders. I’ve just finished Mr. China, of which I’ll say more soon in the Readings section. For now, suffice to say that it is not the indispensible China book; not even the indispensible China business book. It’s a breezy account of initiation into China and Chinese business by a young and once naive Brit, and as such, much of it reads like the countless other works one comes across in this genre: boilerplate and personal anecdotes in endless succession.
Here’s the list of other new titles on the book stand: The Asiatics, by Frederic Prokosh (see the previous Snippets entry. It’s been my bedtime reading for the last few days.); Red-Dirt Marijuana, and Other Tales, by Terry Southern (a very diverting lunch book); The Man Who Changed China: The Life and Legacy of Jiang Zemin (Robert Lawrence Kuhn); Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found (Suketu Mehta); The Crossing Cormac MCCARTHY); China, Inc.: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World; Bradley Martin’s new book on North Korea, and more, but I’ll stop here. There’s a fun piece on speed reading in the Snippets column for those who wonder how…

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