Five Books Newsletter 5
Five Books Newsletter
Dear Five Books reader,
I hope you enjoy this Friday's selection of books, chosen from our extensive library of interviews. Also, on our temporary homepage, I have posted all our China interviews, in celebration of the conclusion, this week, of the National People's Congress, the annual meeting of China's parliament. I currently live in Beijing, which means it's been hard to avoid the 24/7 coverage, but in case it hasn't hit your radar screen in quite the same way, Xi Jinping is now, officially, the new president of China -- or, to use the Chinese term, its chairman. We hope for much from him.
Have a lovely weekend!
This Week's Books
"The point he makes, and I agree with him, is that corruption is not about personal greed, it’s about compassion"
Michela Wrong on Africa (http://fivebooks.com/interviews/michela-wrong-on-africa)
"There is optimism in America. Although our wines might not be as complex as those in Europe, they are brighter and livelier."
Randall Grahm on Wine (http://fivebooks.com/interviews/randall-grahm-on-wine)
"This is very much the War and Peace of China."
Chris Livaccari on Five Books every Chinese Language Learner Should Read (http://fivebooks.com/interviews/chris-livaccari-on-language-and-culture-china)
"Eleanor was 30 at the time of her second marriage, and her new husband was only 19."
Nancy Goldstone on Strong Women in Bad Marriages (http://fivebooks.com/interviews/nancy-goldstone-on-strong-women-bad-marriages)
"I am an economist today because of this book."
Daniel Hamermesh on Economics is Fun (http://fivebooks.com/interviews/daniel-hamermesh-on-economics-fun)
"This book basically says wikis work and wikis are important and wikis are the way of the future."
Tyler Cowen on Information (http://fivebooks.com/interviews/tyler-cowen-on-information)
Quote of the Week
"We all make bargains with the society we live in, and theirs were just a different set of bargains."
Diarmaid MacCulloch on the History of Christianity (http://fivebooks.com/interviews/diarmaid-macculloch-on-history-christianity)