book-reviews, books, international-affairs


The Inheritance
The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power Bantam Press, London 2009 Pages 498, Rs. 500
Difficult Legacy There is a frank admission that Bush messed it up. There is hope that Obama will undo the mess if he can get his act right. Is he getting it right? DAVID E. SANGER is eminently qualified to write about what President Barack Hussein Obama has inherited from his predecessor. As the chief Washington correspondent of The New York Times, Sanger accompanied President George W. Bush on his official visits abroad and has had access to many of the world leaders Bush met with during his tenure. Candidate Obama's words "Yes, we can", symbolising the paradigm shift he would make as President, resonated not only through the United States but also the rest of the world. The subtitle of the book reads The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power. (more…)

October 29th, 2009 | category:book-reviews, books, international-affairs |
international-affairs, uncategorized

Aristotle vs. Greenspan

Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy
Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy
Even as the global economic crisis aggravates, all that the governments have done so far is to inject money into the market. According to the Bank of England, the global financial firms have lost $2.8 trillion and governments have pumped into them $5 trillion of tax-payers’ money. Yet, the banks are not lending. The White House has urged them (October28) to start lending. Clearly, the band aids have failed to stem the hemorrhage. (more…)

October 04th, 2009 | category:international-affairs, uncategorized |
book-reviews, books, international-affairs

Book Review : JINNAH : India-Partition Independence

India-Partition Independence
JINNAH : India-Partition Independence By Jaswant Singh Rupa and company Pages 669, Rs. 695
As I completed the enjoyable navigation through the ponderous, pompous, and pontificatory prose of Jaswant Singh, I was reminded of three other famous writers: Oscar Wilde: The only duty we owe to history is to rewrite it. Benedetto Croce: All historiography is contemporary historiography. Voltaire: I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. To put the last quotation in context, Voltaire is said to have said this to Helvetius after his book De l’esprit was burned in 1759.That was 30 years before the French Revolution began. One wonders whether Gujarat under Narendra Modi is in a pre-Revolutionary situation. (more…)

October 04th, 2009 | category:book-reviews, books, international-affairs |

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