Politics & Social Sciences

Final Victory – Stanley Weintraub

Final Victory – Stanley Weintraub

Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the only president of the United States to serve more than two terms. In fact, he was elected four times. The confluence of political and global circumstances which led to an unexpected fourth term for FDR are brought to light in Stanley Weintraub’s insightful book, Final Victory. FDR’s last half term saw a leader who was ill and in decline, even by his own assessment. His personal life had long been a shambles, though he and Eleanor kept up appearances for their own purposes. His social policies were...

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Allah, Liberty, And Love – Irshad Manji

Allah, Liberty, And Love – Irshad Manji

  When Irshad Manji wrote The Trouble With Islam (later on renamed The Trouble With Islam Today) she was hailed by the media as a powerful voice seeking to reform Islam from within. But the Muslims were not convinced. Her pro-Zionist stance completely switched them off to some of the important issues she was trying to raise. Manji had written that Jews had a historical bond with Palestine and hence, they were entitled to establish a Jewish State in that country. And the Arabs were committing a big mistake by opposing Israel. The Muslims...

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The Fifth P

The Fifth P

The American Dream’ vis-a-vis ‘Incredible India’, The Fifth P takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride, jerking him out of his complacency to delve deep into the subtexts of the grand narratives of history, politics and most importantly, economics. The author being a corporate executive who works for multinational organisations uses the metaphor of business coordinates such as ‘product, price, place and promotion’ to unfold the growth story of ‘Brand West’ or ‘US Inc’. The first few chapters are devoted to quote him, “similarities...

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Khaleid Houseini’s Kite Runner

Khaleid Houseini’s Kite Runner

…Indeed! It is a tribute to bring home the last fallen kite, as they are repulsed by something as simple as losing to a kite tournament. They cherish customs but abhor rules. They are sovereign and thus too proud to let anyone else govern their laws and lives. In Kabul, ” the Hindi kid would soon learn what the British learned earlier in the century, and what the Russians would eventually learn by the 1980′s: that the Afghans are an independent people. The novel literally revolves around kite running and their sequences of...

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