Friday, January 19, 2007

gushing review of a mediocre book

jan 19th, 2007

like other british journalists edward luce is half-informed, but fully convinced of his white man's burden. i find brit men on average to be the absolute worst prigs -- although i am a great admirer of one brit, christopher hitchens. boy, what a guy! sharp-tongued, acid, but what wit! i loved the stuff he wrote about that old bat, M Teresa ("the ghoul of calcutta"), among other things he has said. for instance, he has been forceful that the iraq war is the right thing to do for the wrong reasons.


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From: Malolan
Date: Jan 19, 2007 1:55 AM
Subject: Gorra sahib accepts south better off than the north.....
To: Rajeev

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/17/books/17grim.html?em&ex=1169096400&en=917d973532b2acee&ei=5087%0A

January 17, 2007

Books of The Times
The Power and the Potential of India's Economic Change
By WILLIAM GRIMES

All eyes are on China as it races to become the world's next great power. Smart bettors would be wise to put some money on India to get there first, and Edward Luce explains why in "In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India," his highly informative, wide-ranging survey.

Mr. Luce, who reported from New Delhi for The Financial Times from 2001 to 2005, offers an Imax view of a nation so enormous that it embraces every possible contradiction. Always it seems to be teetering on the edge of either greatness or the abyss. Right now the future looks inviting.

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