Thursday, July 26, 2007

New Books in the Store & A New Book Review

Today I added a short list of books to the store plus a new book review from Geoff. I have a nice back log of reviews from Geoff to post to the Indigo site. That's good. It will keep us going for a while. This week I posted Geoff's review of Banker to the Poor by Muhammad Yunus in which he said:

Banker to the Poor is a readable, engaging first-person memoir by Muhammad Yunus, the founder of the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh. It's a great way to get more details on Yunus's approach to microcredit and his critique of traditional ways of addressing poverty. But equally fascinating is the insight it offers into the attitude that led to the creation of Grameen.
Fighting poverty is fairly simple, Yunus argues. Financial and political experts have failed not because the problem is too complicated but because of arrogance: because they were too attached to their sophisticated theories and their status as experts.

Waging Peace: The Art of War for the Antiwar Movement by Scott Ritter
Scott Ritter has been right about the war since day one. He warned that going into Iraq would be a disaster for the US and Iraq. He said that there was no weapons of mass destruction there --- and he should know, he was one of the weapons inspectors. An ex-marine and true American he gives here his advice on how to wage peace in a time of war. His bold take not prisoners attitude is a breath of fresh air among the stink of corruption and inaction.

Travels with Herodotus by Ryszard Kapuscinski

Just out of university in 1955, Kapuscinski told his editor that he’ d like to go abroad. Dreaming no farther than Czechoslovakia, the young reporter found himself sent to India. Wide-eyed and captivated, he would discover in those days his life’ s work— to understand and describe the world in its remotest reaches, in all its multiplicity. From the rituals of sunrise at Persepolis to the incongruity of Louis Armstrong performing before a stone-faced crowd in Khartoum, Kapuscinski gives us the non-Western world as he first saw it, through still-virginal Western eyes.

Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports by Dave Zirin
and introduction by Chuck D

“Welcome to the Terrordome.” Public Enemy’s 1989 hip-hop anthem was a call to arms against a world—and a popular culture—gone mad. A real Terrordome emerged in the New Orleans Superdome in the horrifying aftermath of Hurricane Katrina—a gruesome collision of sports and politics as thousands sat stranded in a sports arena where most could never have afforded even the cheapest ticket.

“Energetic, engaging, passionate, optimistic—and angry at all the right things, Dave Zirin has established himself as perhaps the best young sportswriter today. If you’re a sports fan, you'll love this book. If you’re politically active, you’ll love this book. If you’re a politically active sports fan, you’ve found your bible.”
—Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher, the Nation


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