Category Archives: Books

Money in Politics

In his autobiography My Early Life: A Roving Commission, Winston Churchill recounts his first attempt to run for a seat in the House of Commons, the democratic half of the British Parliament. Early in November [1898] I paid a visit … Continue reading

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Paulo Coelho

“Peru has Mario Vargas Llosa. Colombia has Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Mexico has Carlos Fuentes. I am so tired of Brazil: only samba, beach and sex. We have nothing intellectual!” the girl at the check-out counter at Belem Library complained. “It’s … Continue reading

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Why is my luggage so heavy?

In my room in Arequipa immediately after moving from Bolivia to Peru. And this stack doesn’t even include the book packages which had already come for me before my arrival.

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Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler

After Donald Trumps’s speech at the Republican National Convention, I made this joke, inspired both by the plagiarism in the current Mrs Trumps’ speech and by the speech itself: As with all my other Donald Trump jokes however, it turned out … Continue reading

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The young Winston Churchill on War

In his autobiography My Early Life: A Roving Commission, the young Winston Churchill writes about his feelings towards war and conflict. He seems to regard it all as one great adventure. About his time at the Military College in Sandhurst: Here the … Continue reading

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When Voting, remember this Caveat

From Donald Trump’s book – or to be precise: Tony Schwartz‘s book with a photo of Donald Trump on the cover – The Art of the Deal: “There are no guarantees,” warns the man who keeps shouting “Believe me!”

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Books and Shoes

It would actually be a good idea to combine book and shoe stores. Then we bookworms can join our friends who are obsessed with shoes and can read for a few hours. But I don’t think that was the idea of … Continue reading

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