Non Fiction (40)

  • Billion Dollar Whale

    By: Tom Wright & Bradley Hope   

    Pages: 380

    Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 25th Feb'2021

    Brief review: An astonishing story of how Jho Low, a young graduate from Wharton Business School, siphoned billions of dollars from 1MDB, a sovereign wealth fund of Malaysia. It went on to become one of the biggest financial scandals of all time. Even the Hollywood blockbuster - 'The Wolf of Wall Street' is argued to be produced with this money. Jho Low spent this money so lavishly as to put on shame the wealthiest kings of all time this world has ever seen. The biggest celebrities in the world were regular at his parties. It all seems to be a fictional story, though it is all real.  The authors have done a brilliant job. 

  • Upheaval

    By: Jared Diamond   

    Pages: 463

    History, Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 14th Jan'2021

    Brief review: It's a book on how nations deal with crises and how it eventually shapes the future course of that country. The author selects 7 nations (Finland, Japan, Chile, Indonesia, Germany, Australia & U.S), go deep into their history when they faced upheaval and examines how they handled the situation. Not only it gives a perspective on how world leaders react and behave during a challenging situation that sometimes lasts more than a decade, but it also enriches readers' knowledge about historical events and their consequences to the modern-day world. A long but engrossing read. 

  • Russian Roulette

    By: Michael Isikoff & David Corn   

    Pages: 325

    Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Brief review: Few expected Donald Trump to become U.S. President in the 2016 elections. Despite losing popular votes and to surprise many, he won. Many Americans believe Russia played a big role to influence the U.S. election. Nobody knows for sure. Two of the best investigative reporters of current times give a detailed account of how Russia meddled with U.S. elections. It is hard to ignore the facts presented in the book. Whether or not you are interested to know about U.S. politics, reading this book will give you great insights into how governments think and act and what powers and resources they have to influence the general public. A brilliant read.

  • The Billionaire Raj

    By: James Crabtree   

    Pages: 358

    Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 10th May'2020

    Brief review: It's a story about modern India. It is about India's super-rich business tycoons, political cronyism, scams, and more. From the fall of Vijay Mallya to the rise of Arnab Goswami and the forgotten story of Lalit Modi of IPL fame, Crabtree tells us the inside story of how it all happened. From scrutinizing the impact of Narendra Modi coming to power to an end of an era with Jayalalithaa and from betting scandal in cricket to highly leveraged Indian conglomerates, Crabtree goes deep into the subject and provides an interesting perspective. Whether you believe him or not, you will definitely be engrossed in reading what he has to say.

  • Enlightenment Now

    By: Steven Pinker   

    Pages: 525

    Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 25th May'2019

    Brief review: A fabulous work by Steven Pinker. The book gives us hope about the future amidst current pessimism with regard to several issues being faced by mankind like global warming, food shortage, nuclear weapons, increasing inequality, the rise of artificial intelligence, etc. Supported by data and research, the author suggests that we are currently living in a time which is unprecedented. We are now more happy than ever before, have longer lifespan, more prosperous, more healthy and the world is more peaceful. While there are negative news all around, the world is in fact getting better and better on almost every account. The arguments placed in the book are difficult to refute and gives hope for a better tomorrow. A long read but an unputdownable book. 

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