Book review: The Influential Mind, What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others, by Tali Sharot, 2017

As a break from the recent relentless Pratchettery I have managed to finish this book of popular science written by Tali Sharot, a neuroscientist who also wrote ‘The Optimism Bias’. This is timely because the paperback version comes out on 2 August in the UK, and I suspect you will see piles of this book in yourContinue reading “Book review: The Influential Mind, What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others, by Tali Sharot, 2017”

Book review: Why Marx was right by Terry Eagleton

Or, irritatingly on the front cover of the book (published by Yale University Press in 2011) “why marx was right” – as if this was some e.e.cummings poem! Anyway, overcoming that minor grievance, I was pre-disposed to like this book. That the ideas of Karl Marx have been too easily dismissed or overlooked since theContinue reading “Book review: Why Marx was right by Terry Eagleton”

Collapse by Jared Diamond, 2005

Collapse – How Societies Choose to fail or Survive Jared Diamond (2005) An amazing book, which may well have finally cured me of my aversion to non-fiction. I am told it has since been made into a TV programme (or series) but not one which I caught. In brief, this is, as the title suggests,Continue reading “Collapse by Jared Diamond, 2005”

Guns, Germs, and Steel – Jared Diamond

I am reading Jules Verne’s “Mysterious Island” at the moment, but it is hard going (I know it sounds like I am reading the originals of a series of bad movies, what with “George of the Jungle” and “Lost World”), so I am going to write about a book I read earlier in the year,Continue reading “Guns, Germs, and Steel – Jared Diamond”

Book review: The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

by Ten years ago the number of non-fiction books I read in a year could be counted on the fingers of one hand. Biographies in particular were a subject of scorn or impatience – arrogantly I argued that no biography had ever appeared on the syllabus of a Literature degree course. I still read biogsContinue reading “Book review: The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson”