Books: Marissa Mayer and the fight to save Yahoo

Books: Marissa Mayer and the fight to save Yahoo

From her controversial rise and fall from power at Google, to her dramatic reshaping of Yahoo’s work culture, people are obsessed with, and polarised by, Marissa Mayer’s every move. She is full of fascinating contradictions: a feminist who rejects feminism, a charmer in front of a crowd who can’t hold eye contact in one-on-ones and […]

The Most Good You Can Do

The Most Good You Can Do

How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically Peter Singer’s books and ideas have been disturbing our complacency ever since the appearance of Animal Liberation. Now he directs our attention to a new movement in which his own ideas have played a crucial role: effective altruism. Effective altruism is built upon the simple but […]

BOOKS:Flash Boys – A Wall Street Revolt

BOOKS:Flash Boys – A Wall Street Revolt

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt is a non-fiction book by the American writer Michael Lewis published by W. W. Norton & Company on March 31, 2014. The book focuses on the rise of high-frequency trading (HFT) in the US equity market. Lewis states that “The market is rigged” by HFT traders who front run […]

Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain

Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain

By Elaine Fox $34.99 Random House This is a fascinating, informative and uplifting popular science book exploring optimism and pessimism. The author looks at why some of us are innately optimistic or pessimistic (including notorious extremes such as Michael J Fox), how emotions such as fear, anxiety and pleasure play out in our brains, and […]

Out of the Box follows the misadventures of Reg Spiers

Out of the Box follows the misadventures of Reg Spiers

Despite the introduction by Lynn Davis one of the UK’s greatest athletes I was sure it was all a joke, No way could all those incredible adventures of Reg Spiers be true. Boy, was I wrong. This is an exceptional book, brilliantly written, wonderfully entertaining and one that will live in the memory for a […]

Businesses not adapting to climate change

Businesses not adapting to climate change

Companies are failing to develop the resilience they will need to cope with climate change, say two business experts from The University of Queensland. Dr Martina Linnenluecke and Professor Andrew Griffiths of UQ Business School have spent 10 years working with businesses to develop climate change strategies. “Companies should be planning now to safeguard their long-term […]

Extreme Economics

Extreme Economics

“Babbage’s book is aimed at teachers and educators, but any parent or student would benefit from reading it. . . . The spend-for-today mentality has to stop. Schools and society have to address the problem, and Dr. Babbage has concrete ideas, exercises and plans that will help. “—Don McNay, founder of the McNay Settlement Group, […]

A Field Guide to Getting Lost

A Field Guide to Getting Lost

By Rebeca Solnit Rebecca Solnit is one of those freelance intellectuals you hardly hear about anymore—unattached to any academic institution, dependent (I’m guessing) on the kindness of publishers. An apprentice to the world at large, she has made a life’s work out of scavenging for connections. Solnit’s offbeat oeuvre veers through history, politics, nature writing, […]

Holly Green -Poetry

Holly Green -Poetry

Holly Green July 8 2014 …so I read the book slowly, Knowing as I turn pages Things are left in the past. Knowing when I reach a new chapter That the subject and content may change. I try to read between the lines, I try to re-write certain parts, But what has been is evident. […]

Ben & Jerry’s – A bumpy road for social mission pioneers

Ben & Jerry’s – A bumpy road for social mission pioneers

By Brad Edmondson  Ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s was one of the first companies to promote corporate citisenship and sustainability. But the journey has not been easy, as a new book explains.   US ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s was established in the late 1970s. Over the next decade, it developed an ambitious […]

Books:The Rosie Project

Books:The Rosie Project

–Graeme Simsion – $A29.99 – $NZ 37 – Text Publishing Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, has a difficult time interacting with people generally and women specifically. He hasn’t even made it to a second date. Early on he explains it is because some women are late, which he hates, or that they don’t really understand the pragmatic […]

Feeding frenzy – The new politics of food

Feeding frenzy – The new politics of food

By Paul McMahon Profile Books  Agriculture seldom makes headlines and when it does, it struggles to sustain its high profile. It is easy to forget that all development is founded on agriculture and the success of nations depends on food security: as Paul McMahon writes in Feeding frenzy, there would have been no pyramids without […]

The Lexus and the Olive Tree

The Lexus and the Olive Tree

By Thomas L Friedman $22.99 Harper Collins  As the Foreign Affairs columnist for The New York Times, Thomas L. Friedman has travelled to the four corners of the globe, interviewing people from all walks of contemporary life – Brazilian peasants in the Amazon rain forest, new entrepreneurs in Indonesia, Islamic students in Teheran, and the […]

My Friend the Fanatic: Travels with an Indonesian Islamist

My Friend the Fanatic: Travels with an Indonesian Islamist

 By Sadanand Dhume Text Publishing RRP $AUS34.95  In October 2002, Sadanand Dhume found himself in a place most foreigners were trying to flee Bali. Powerful explosions the previous night had ripped through two tourist nightclubs, killing more than two hundred people. That evening he visited what remained of the Sari Club. Standing among piles of […]

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

The book doesn’t drag, except when it kind of needs to in order to accentuate the monotony and meaninglessness of Anna’s life. They say that you should write what you know. Plenty of books include references to their authors’ real life experiences. This is certainly the case for Anna Karenina. The book actually follows two […]