Saturday, November 20, 2010

page turning..

It has been quite a while since my last post. Have been quite busy with work.

On the recently read list, I finished Paul Kelly's March of the Patriots, a fascinating book about the time spent in government by Paul Keating and John Howard, it was a little eye-opening reading their accounts of policy decisions. It did remind me of parts of our recent history which I'm not sure I entirely agree with, and to that end I'm kind of interesting in reading the autobiography of John Howard.

I also finished The Winter of our Disconnect (Susan Maushart), how one family with without their technology for, about three months, and what they discovered in the process. It would be great to take up the challenge, and go without my ipod; facebook for a while, and I wonder what I could do with the time I save :)

Samuel Huntington's book 'The Clash of Civilisations' was a book I encountered doing a global politics course while at University, and had been meaning to read for a while. It was written in 1996, yet given recent history, it seem more relevant now, even if we're not embracing the thesis totally.

I also have two books at on the go at the moment: Jostein Gaardner's Through a Glass Darkly, and a book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn - Half the Sky, which details how the great struggle we face today is how women, and their children are treated. It is a heart-breaking read, but there is also hope, as the stories also share how some women have used the circumstances as an opportunity.

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