Book Review: Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind

Understanding Human History in the millennia following the Agricultural Revolution boils down to a single question: how did humans organize themselves in mass-cooperation networks, when they lacked the biological instincts necessary to sustain such networks? The short answer is that humans created imagined orders and devised scripts. These two inventions filled the gaps left by our biological inheritance.

Fire gave us power. Gossip helped us cooperate. Agriculture made us hungry for more. Mythology maintained law and order. Money gave us something we can really trust. Contradictions created culture. Science made us deadly.

In this book running over four hundred pages, the author outlines the history of humankind as a species. Starting with the unremarkable faltering journey of ancestors of the sapiens species, the author moves on along the series of revolutions that shaped the humankind as we are. Written in easy English and fast narrative style, the book is interesting, eloquent and gripping. The title being a Brief History of Humankind is a misnomer though! Essentially, Sapiens is a informative summary of our journey as a species that has brought us here.

Book Information
Author:Yuval Noah Harari
ISBN:9781846558245
Binding:Paperback
Publisher:Random House India
Year of Publication:2014
Number of Pages:Approx 450 with cover


Book Review: Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind

Interesting and resourceful. I had received the review copy from Random House India. Thank you Random House India for giving me this opportunity. You can buy this book at Flipkart in case you live in India.
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Book Review: The Edge of Power

The other key player in Ravi's master plan was the liquor baron, Vicky Bhalla.
The heinous rape of Nirbhaya has jolted the Indian nation out of its apathy. But rape and violence against women are only symptomatic of a deeper malaise that ails the nation - the total collapse of governance under the weak and vacillating prime minister, Devender Singh, and his Indian Democratic Party. Ironically, aiding the ruling party to cling to power is a casual and largely indifferent Opposition, led by the venal Ravi Nehra. So when activist Daivik Verma and the Bollywood's leading lady Catherine Khan decide to challenge the existing system by floating a new political party, it is seen as a ray of hope. But lack of funds and cadre-support thwart their efforts; their only recourse now is to approach the enigmatic and reclusive Shruti Ranjan, who had sworn off politics three years ago. Will Nirbhaya's gruesome rape and subsequent death bring a disillusioned Shruti Ranjan back into the political fray? Will the land of great leaders like Chandragupta Maurya, Ashoka and Akbar finally get the dynamic prime minister she so badly needs?

In an attempt to unfold the country's current political vices and dilemma, the author includes everything in this political fiction - corruption, defamation, money laundering that haunts the nation. Characters are full and round but the close similarity between the fictional characters and real life personalities are so evident that the book tends to sound more as a political documentary. Fast and easy read with typical Bollywood flavor the book is readable though.

Book Information
Author:Tuhin A. Sinha
ISBN:9789350097045
Binding:Paperback
Publisher:Hachette India
Year of Publication:2013
Number of Pages:Approx 310 with cover


Book Review: The Edge of Power


Fast and easy read. I had received the review copy from Hachette India. Thank you Hachette India for giving me this opportunity. You can buy this book at Flipkart in case you live in India.
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Book Review: Poirot - The French Collection

'I looked at nothing. I read nothing. I burnt the envelope without undoing the seal.'

It seems Hercule Poirot can never escape murder. Crimes, motives and killers followed him across the Orient and now they have found him again - but this time much closer to home...From seat number 9 Hercule Poirot is ideally placed to observe and enjoy the antics of his fellow air passengers. What he fails to observe, however, was the dead woman slumped in the seat behind him. When the luxurious Blue Train arrives at Nice, a guard attempts to wake serene Ruth Kettering from her slumbers. But she will never wake again - for a heavy blow has killed her, disfiguring her features almost beyond recognition. An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he never arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stubbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course. As Poirot struggles to match the pieces of the puzzle, a second, identically murdered corpse is found.

The book is a collection of three brilliant novels of the Queen of Crime- The Murder on the Links, The Mystery of the Blue Train and Death in the Clouds. Running over five hundred pages, this omnibus is certainly hefty but again, the overall presentation of the content does not compromise with the readability. Flawless plotting, gripping story line, and amazing novels characterize this collection very well.

Book Information
Author:Agatha Christie
ISBN:9780007171132
Binding:Paperback
Publisher:Harper Collins
Date of Publication:2003
Number of Pages:Approx 550 with cover


Book Review: Poirot - The French Collection

A collector's volume. I had received the copy from MySmartPrice. Thank you MySmartPrice for giving me this opportunity. You can buy this book at flipkart  in case you live in India. 
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