When Wall Street was shaken
Reviewed by Nirmal Sandhu
House of Cards: How Wall Street’s Gamblers Broke Capitalism
by William D. Cohan.
Allen Lane.
Pages 468. £25.
THIS book, which reads like a financial thriller, is for those keen to understand what caused the Wall Street turmoil, how top investment banks—driven by greed, easy credit, lack of supervision and even government encouragement—discarded caution and allowed themselves to be blown away. It also helps one appreciate how the RBI closely regulates Indian banks.

Books received: english

Life and times of an all-rounder
Reviewed by Seshadri Sreenivasan
Imran Khan: The Biography
by Christopher Sandford.
Pages 373. Rs 499.
A voluminous biography of 373 pages attempts to capture the life and times of the iconic Pakistani all-rounder. The author has spent considerable time and effort to chronicle the political and social history of the nation and its religious framework and interweave it with Imran’s personal and cricketing life.

Spiritual discourse
Reviewed by B. S. Thaur
An Idealist View of Life
by S. Radhakrishnan.
Pages 361. Rs 399.

S. Radhakrishnan was universally well regarded for his knowledge of religion, philosophy, European and Asian traditions of thought, his eloquent oratory and above all, his erudition. An Idealist View of Life is largely based upon his lectures delivered in 1929 and 1930 at the University of Manchester and the University College, London.

Transforming rural India
Reviewed by Santosh Kr. Singh
Governance of Rural Information and Communication Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges
Edited by Harekrishna Misra.
Academic Foundation, New Delhi.
Pages 299. Rs 895.
THE world in which we live in is about coexistence of paradoxes alongside enormous opportunities. You guessed it right, we are talking about the era of globalisation. The information and communication technologies (ICT), which have been instrumental in transforming the world in to a ‘global village’, have at the same time posed enormous challenges to the ‘villages’.

US missile defence at a glance
Reviewed by D. S. Cheema
The United States Ballistic Missile Defence: International Chaos or Deterrence
by Neha Kumar.
KW Publishers Pvt Ltd, New Delhi.
Pages 206. Rs 580.
THIS book explores whether the development and deployment of Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system strengthens deterrence, as conceived by the US at different points of time, or adds to the already enough chaos and reduces the impact of deterrence.

Crime chronicles
Reviewed by Randeep Wadehra
Inspector Singh Investigates: A Bali conspiracy most foul 
by Shamini Flint.
Hachette India.
Pages 294. Rs 295.

  • Chief Minister Kairon Murder Case
    by Anand Sawrup.
    Sandeep Publications.
    Pages 122. Rs 250.

  • History of Punjabees
    by J.N. Nanda.
    Concept Publishing.
    Pages xiii+136. Rs 350.

Not kidding
Azera Rahman
Books for children are doing brisk business
O you think children these days are simply not reading as much as they did in the past? The publishing industry doesn't seem to think so. They say the recession period saw the sale of children's books go up and make profits.

Reaching for roots
Nonika Singh
Roots remind me of root infinite, the source of everything.
THAT's Amarjit Chandan, the celebrated poet rooted in Punjabi soil—its chaste language and ethos—yet spanning continents, the universe, the timeless zone. Living in London, where his poetry is etched in a 40-feet-long sculpture, he seeks and finds refuge in his language.