Category Archives: Books
Occasionally I stumble across a writer who possesses some of that classical brilliance, mixed with a dry sense of humour, and a shrewd observation of the people he/she meets on the road of life. Usually that person is on the New York Times Best Seller list, or a list of all-time great writers.
Morgan McFinn is one of those writers. He is not, however, on the New York Times Best Seller list. It seems an injustice really, because I found his stories to be a damn good read. But in a world of so many people, it seems inevitable that there will be some hidden gems left undiscovered. Read the rest of this entry
Finding authoritative books on Thailand’s history can be tough work. The complicated task of translating the language, topped with biased and scant accounts from court historians, has made it almost impossible to arrive at one credible conclusion. In his book Thailand’s Political History, Barend Jan Terwiel seamlessly threads together Thailand’s history, while keeping the narrative engaging and fast paced. I discovered this book while working on a project for an iPhone app called Rama, which offers historical tours in numerous cities throughout the world. At the time, I needed information on the Siamese coup d’état of 1932. What I ultimately got was a much more vivid and objective view of Thailand’s past. Read the rest of this entry