Saturday, November 29, 2008

Notable Books of 2008

NYTimes 100 Notable Books of 2008
FT The reading year
The Guardian Season's readings

Edgeer dundaas hervee bolomj oldvol unshih nomuud:

"Beijing Coma" by Ma Jian (Kakutani's Review + FT-iin ene zunii reading list-d baisan, bas zohiolch ni olympiin uyer NYTimes-iin op-ed deer niitlel bichsen baisan + his interview)

"Lush Life" by Richard Price. Kakutani ene nomiin review deeree "No one writes better dialogue than Richard Price" gej helsen udaatay. Endees tuunii lektziig sonsooroy.

"The Enchantress of Florence" by Salman Rushdie + Kakutani's review (not very pleasant :P)

"The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World" By Niall Ferguson

"Conversations with Woody Allen: His Films, the Movies and Movie-Making" by Eric Lax

"How To Talk About Books You Haven’t Read" By Pierre Bayard

"When Markets Collide: Investment Strategies for the Age of Global Economic Change" by Mohamed El-Erian (FT-giin ene onii shildeg nomiin shagnal avsan)

"The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life" by Alice Schroeder (FT deer ehnii hoyor heseg ni garsan, endees unshaaray - anhnaasaa l business career huuh ni todorhoi nuhur baisan baina lee :P)

"Outliers: The Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell (Gladwell-iin shuugian tarij bui shine nom. Hervee zavtay bol ene nomiin sedevtey neleed holbootoy "Late Bloomers" gesen ih sonirholtoy niitleliig ni unshaaray + NYMag on "Geek Pop Star")

"The Logic of Life: Uncovering the New Economics of Everything" by Tim Harford

Tegeed medeej Niall Ferguson, Gideon Rachman hoyoriin recommend hiisen nomuudiig (especially the ones by Mazower and Zakaria):

Niall Ferguson
The history book that gave me the most pleasure this year was Simon Schama’s wonderfully exuberant The American Future: A History (The Bodley Head, £20). Each part is a variation on a key American theme: the nation’s ambivalent attitude to war; its tradition of religious toleration; its melting-pot identity; and its creatively destructive economy. A stylistic tour de force, this extraordinary essay also set the scene better than anything else published this year for Barack Obama’s election as president. An honourable mention is also due to Hitler’s Empire: Nazi Rule in Occupied Europe by Mark Mazower (Allen Lane £30), which found new and illuminating things about a subject that I had assumed I knew enough about.

Gideon Rachman
The most timely international affairs book of the year was Fareed Zakaria’s The Post-American World – published before the Wall Street crash, it captured the sense of a shift in global power. A close runner-up in timeliness was Edward Lucas’s The New Cold War – published before the Russian attack on Georgia, it is a well-researched and flamboyant anti-Kremlin polemic.

But my personal favourite was Lawrence Freedman’s A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East, a masterly history of recent US foreign policy towards the Middle East since 1979 that traces the twists and turns of policy with clarity, understanding and the occasional hint of exasperation.

P.S: Dulguun-d: "Fanon" by John Edgar Wideman

Addendum: "100th-Birthday Tributes Pour in for Lévi-Strauss" + A Brief Reader’s Guide to Richard Posner


Confidence of Youth said...

Thanks yo! It has been a while since I went though the wrethced of the world. Fanon yo, Fanon.

Life in Mongolia is unusually staggering in its own way causing some unexpected distruptions in my thinking also. At the time of stress, I go back to "Groundwork of the metaphysics of morals" to regain and strengthen my desires and practical wills so that I can make a meaningful life for itself on the planet. :)

Hope life is treating you well in Germany.

Good luck bro!

Khosoo said...

Ter online lecture uud ih goyo yum baina. bayarlalaa