Books

‘Launching a start-up is like jumping off a cliff’, says crypto CEO

Michael Wu, founder and CEO of Amber Group, tells how Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeah’s book, Blitzscaling, changed his life and influenced his company.

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Review | The Sassoons and Kadoories – two Jewish families, different fates

Author Jonathan Kaufman vividly recounts the rise, and the missteps, of the phenomenally successful Sassoon and Kadoorie dynasties, who followed the British from India to Shanghai and Hong Kong.

4 Jul 2020 - 11:51AM
Review | Lifting the veil on 1965 mass murder of Indonesian communists

In The Jakarta Method, American journalist Vincent Bevins documents systematically for the first time the mass exterminations in Indonesia that became a blueprint for organised programmes of state terror around the world.

28 Jun 2020 - 1:20PM
Review | Hunger, executions, escape to Hong Kong: a Chinese childhood

One Bright Moon, Sydney-based family doctor Andrew Kwong’s powerful, brutal memoir of growing up in Mao’s China, was written for his children and grandchildren.

23 Jun 2020 - 4:26PM
Review | Studio Ghibli memoir: big on detail, lacking in movie magic

Hayao Miyazaki’s creative process at the Japanese animation studio, Harvey Weinstein and Neil Gaiman clashing over a translation of Princess Mononoke, all things Japanese, and more, in American Ghibli executive’s memoir.

13 Jun 2020 - 3:31PM
Why beauty in South Korea always comes at a price for women

Powerfully detailing modern-day feminism in plastic surgery-obsessed South Korea, author Frances Cha’s novel If I Had Your Face also puts a spotlight on the dark consequences of contemporary gender inequity.

5 Jun 2020 - 3:51PM
Review | Tibetan Red Guards’ forgotten role in the Cultural Revolution

The starting point for Tsering Woeser’s book, Forbidden Memory, was a trunk of photographs taken by her father in Tibet in the 1960s.

30 May 2020 - 5:21AM
Review | Samsung’s inside story: mistakes, bribery and corruption

Journalist Geoffrey Cain’s book Samsung Rising focuses on the South Korean tech giant’s slip-ups as much as its achievements, in particular those of its chairman Lee Kun-hee, described here warts and all.

29 May 2020 - 5:58AM
Review | Of Ants and Dinosaurs, Cixin Liu’s satire of US-China calamity

In Chinese sci-fi writer Cixin Liu’s new book, ants and dinosaurs enter into a strange symbiotic relationship. It can be read as an allegory of the left and right hemispheres of the brain, or of the world’s two largest economies.

22 May 2020 - 5:17AM
Review | In Xu Xu’s short stories, Hong Kong is a symbol of new beginnings

Bird Talk, translated into English for the first time, explores socio-political narratives and memories of the writer’s own itinerant life.

17 May 2020 - 5:15PM
Review | If It Bleeds: Stephen King takes on age, death and talking rats

Older, wiser and not above a self-deprecating joke or two, the horror writer’s gilded late period continues with a collection of four works in If It Bleeds.

8 May 2020 - 12:09AM
Review | Dying for an iPhone: the brutality behind Apple and Foxconn

New book examines the human consequences of a globalised system in which an American smartphone is produced by a Taiwanese company using a mainland Chinese workforce

5 May 2020 - 12:43PM
How reading has helped unite a quarantined world

Book sales have increased by up to 400 per cent with dystopian fiction and heavyweight classics proving particularly popular.

24 Apr 2020 - 7:14PM
Review | How Contagion Works: making sense of Covid-19

Writing under lockdown, Italian physicist and novelist Paolo Giordano does the maths on the pandemic and offers some implications for our future.

26 Apr 2020 - 12:21PM
Review | The Journey of Liu Xiaobo: the life and times of the Chinese dissident

Friends and colleagues recall the late Nobel Peace Prize winner and a fearless champion of human rights and democracy in China.

18 Apr 2020 - 1:14PM