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  1. Non-violence - The History of a Dangerous Idea

    Posted Nov 18th 2007, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... Tim Cribb Non-violence - The History of a Dangerous Idea by Mark Kurlansky (with a foreword by the Dalai Lama) Vintage, HK$128 Avid readers will recall that Mark Kurlansky wrote the surprisingly popular Cod - A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World (1995). He went on to write Salt - A World History (2002), which even George W. Bush claims to have read. Then came 1968 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/616051/non-violence-history-dangerous-idea
  2. Separate camps, same aim

    Posted Aug 30th 2003, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... In a tiny, two-roomed flat in Mongkok on a recent Sunday evening, the day's events replay on a TV screen. Two men and two women in their early 20s approach the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Caine Road and try to enter for c ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/426319/separate-camps-same-aim
  3. Andrew Carnegie

    Posted Nov 25th 2007, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... Tim Cribb Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw Penguin, HK$160 Scots-American industrialist Andrew Carnegie is famed for his philanthropy; the sale of his steel assets to J.P. Morgan made him the richest man in the world, and by his death in 1919 he had given all his wealth away. Well, that's the history-book spin. David Nasaw has researched and written a biography that's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/617033/andrew-carnegie
  4. Wilfred Thesiger- The Life of a Great Explorer

    Posted Feb 04th 2007, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... Tim Cribb Wilfred Thesiger- The Life of a Great Explorer by Alexander Maitland Harper Perennial, HK$176 Max Hastings of The Daily Telegraph praised Alexander Maitland's Wilfred Thesiger- The Life of a Great Explorer as 'a model biography', and it's hard to top that. Maitland has done a fine job on the greatest British explorer of the 20th century. Granted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/580731/wilfred-thesiger-life-great-explorer
  5. The Wreckers

    Posted Mar 19th 2006, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... Compiled by Tim Cribb The Wreckers by Bella Bathurst Harper Perennial, $144 There be tales of many a ship's master lured to wreck by 'false lights' hung from the necks of cows, and of half-drowned survivors bludgeoned by 'wreckers' intent on loot. Bella Bathurst, after scouring the shoreline of the British Isles from Land's End to John ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/541009/wreckers
  6. FireWife

    Posted Jan 28th 2007, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... Tim Cribb FireWife by Tinling Choong Nan A. Talese, HK$164 Japanese men, British dogs and American women are the three most pampered creatures in the world, according to Tinling Choong. That doesn't necessarily make them good choices for reincarnation- the next life may be punishment rather than reward. But chances are they're in the right karmic ballpark. FireWife- A Story ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/579822/firewife
  7. On Royalty

    Posted Dec 16th 2007, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... Tim Cribb On Royalty by Jeremy Paxman Penguin, HK$162 Jeremy Paxman, a somewhat garrulous pontificator on, well, just about anything, has cobbled together in On Royalty some telling tales about modern monarchy, with particular attention to the household of Elizabeth Windsor. There is, however, an amusing account of Albania's attempts to recruit a monarch, namely Queen Susan. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/619821/royalty
  8. The Form of Things- Essays on Life, Ideas and Liberty

    Posted Nov 11th 2007, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... Tim Cribb The Form of Things- Essays on Life, Ideas and Liberty by A.C. Grayling Phoenix, HK$136 Did you know the average human life is less than 1,000 months long? And now that you do, does that make you think differently about time? A.C. Grayling believes in applying philosophy to real issues. The Form of Things- Essays on Life, Ideas and Liberty gathers 55 short pieces ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/615123/form-things-essays-life-ideas-and-liberty
  9. Genesis Machines- The New Science of Biocomputing

    Posted Aug 12th 2007, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... Tim Cribb Genesis Machines- The New Science of Biocomputing by Martyn Amos Atlantic Books, HK$165 As the first person to win a PhD in biocomputing, it is perhaps incumbent on Martyn Amos to maintain interest in his so-far failed attempts to create 'truly programmable matter', despite a decade of disentangling DNA. Genesis Machines is a fascinating and pacey account ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/603899/genesis-machines-new-science-biocomputing
  10. Caesar- The Life of a Colossus

    Posted Jun 10th 2007, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... Tim Cribb Caesar- The Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy Phoenix, HK$165 Hailed after its hardback release last year as being as close to definitive as scholarship can be, Adrian Goldsworthy's Caesar- The Life of a Colossus sets the bar extremely high for any future biographer. He raises standards of scholarship too, by readily admitting that there are things we'll just ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/596136/caesar-life-colossus

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