The Reading Room
Each month a member of the team reviews a book of their choosing, irrelevant of genre or publishing date.
A new book by a former Foreign Secretary and Ambassador to China, who revisits for the first time his first-hand experience of the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square incident, which he witnessed as a young diplomat from India, and explains why, 32 years on, its legacy remains significant for both China and the world.
Published: 2019, Little, Brown & Co.
A challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals. Revisiting the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, among other news stories, Gladwell argues that something is wrong with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding.
Published: 2021, Alfred A. Knopf
Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, shares what he has learnt in more than a decade of studying climate change and investing in innovations to address climate problems. In this urgent, authoritative book, Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical – and accessible – plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe.
Published: 2014, Crown Business
Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Simultaneously felt overworked and underutilised? Felt busy but not productive? Does your day sometimes get hijacked by someone else’s agenda?
If you answered yes to any of these, read on…
Published: 1966, Hodder and Stoughton
On his forty-forth birthday, Eric Newby sets out to travel the 1,200-mile length of India’s holy river. In a misguided attempt to keep him out of trouble, Wanda, his wife, is to be his fellow boatwoman. Their plan is to begin in the great plain of Hardwar and finish in the Bay of Bengal, but the journey almost immediately becomes markedly slower and more treacherous than either had imagined.
Published: 2020, Unique Publishers
What are the challenges that hinders an officer’s pursuit of ethical conduct? Does it pay to remain ethical while the unethical, seemingly, rules the roost? These questions plague the thought process of every civil servant. This book is contextualises a framework that will help civil servants make a learned decision. It is an aid to help them find their moral compass.
Published: 1868, reprinted by Penguin Classics (1998)
The Moonstone is one of the first true works of detective fiction, in which Wilkie Collins established the groundwork for the genre itself. The intricate plot and modern technique of multiple narrators made Wilkie Collins’s 1868 work a huge success in the Victorian sensation genre.
Published: 2010, Penguin
This book is all about Black Swans: the random events that underlie our lives, from bestsellers to world disasters. Their impact is huge; they’re impossible to predict; yet after they happen we always try to rationalise them.
Published: 1997, HarperCollins Business
How to exploit crisis points that challenge every company and career. The President and CEO of Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, reveals how to identify and exploit the key moments of change in any industry that generates either drastic failure or incredible success.
Published: 2019, Riverhead Books (Penguin Random House)
This book explores how to cultivate that broad range of knowledge, how to get diverse and inter-disciplinary experience in a world which is getting hyper-specialised.
Published: 2018, Penguin Random House
Atomic habits tries to explain how even tiny changes (as small as 1%) if done consistently can have a huge impact on eventual outcomes. Tiny habits performed everyday amplify your success. They help you grow into a person you wish to become.
Published: 2018 (English edition), Penguin Books
Over the last 150 years, our understanding about time and space has undergone a radical transformation.In ‘The Order of Time’, the Italian physicist Carlo Rovelli, explores the illusion of time, calling it the “greatest mystery”.
Published: 2019, Pelican
Questions such as will AI take over the world, cause mass unemployment, make humans obsolete or create a Marxist utopia feel like they are in abundance today.
Published: 2013, Columbia University Press
Liberal arts is a study of history, literature, writing, philosophy, sociology, psychology, creative arts and more. The objective of this book is to encourage investors to increase their knowledge of other disciplines in order to facilitate better decision…
Published: 2018, Columbia Business School Publishing
Rather than being a technical tome, this book articulates the rewards and challenges of risk arbitrage through stories. Divided into two parts, the first runs through seventeen leading practitioners with a chapter allocated to each.