Book Rack


The Idea of justice

Amartya Sen
Penguin, 2009, pp 415, Rs 699

Is justice an ideal, forever beyond our grasp, or something that may actally guide our practical decisions and enhance our lives? In this wide-ranging book, Amartya Sen presents an alternative approach to mainstream theories of justice which, despite their many specific achievements, have taken us, he argues, in the wrong direction in general.
 
BAZAARS, CONVERSATIONS AND FREEDOM FOR A MARKET CULTURE BEYOND GREED AND FEAR
Rajni Bakshi
Penguin, 2009, pp 390, Rs 450

This sweeping narrative takes you from the ancient Greek Agora, Indian ‘choupal’, and Native American gift culture, onto present day Wall Street to illuminate ideas, subversive and prudent, about how the market can serve society rather than being its master. In a world exhausted by dogma ‘Bazaars, Conversations and Freedom’ is an open quest for possible futures.

HUNTING BIN LADEN
Rob Schultheis
Jaico Books, 2009, pp 229, Rs 295

A veteran war correspondent, Rob Schultheis, offers a first-hand look at how the seeds of al-Qaeda were planted by foreign jihadists in the 1980s before most Americans knew what the word ‘jihad’ meant. He presents a radical assessment of why bin Laden remains at large.

ERNESTO CHE GUEVARA, REMINISCENCES OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR
Harper Perennial, 2009, pp 314, Rs 295

In 1956, armed with little more than their ideals, a young Argentinean doctor, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, and two revolutionary brothers, Fedel and Raul Castro, formed a small band of guerrillas. Their aim: To overthrow the brutal puppet government of Cuba. Here in his own words, is the gripping account of the extraordinary revolution that created Che Guevara: the revolutionary, the icon, the legend.

THE CURIOUS CASE OF 221B, THE SECRET
NOTEBOOKS OF JOHN H WATSON
M D Partha Basu
Harper Collins, 2009, pp 277, Rs 299

The Holmesian cannon has been revisited in this latest book written by Partha Basu and things have changed forever for those who believe in the hero that  Sherlock Holmes was. In his brilliant retelling that turns the Holmesian canon on its head, even as it adds to it, Basu brings back a host of characters who have captivated generations of readers, except that they are no longer what we had made them out to be.

INDIAN CRICKET, FACES THAT CHANGED IT
Shaymal Bhattacharya
Manas Publications, 2009, pp 377, Rs 795

This book highlights the great effort put forth by Indian cricketers, together with data and statistics, their achievements and their stories. It flashes the golden past of the realities of Indian cricketers where their contribution to the game is adored leading the readers to realise how yesteryears’ Indian cricket used to be.

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