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PB living is a book review podcast. Everyday a new book is read for you. A review is made and you listen to it and gain the information from it, like you read the book yourself. A little bit off talk is in the mix to provide context but the reviews are solid. Regards

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PB living is a book review podcast. Everyday a new book is read for you. A review is made and you listen to it and gain the information from it, like you read the book yourself. A little bit off talk is in the mix to provide context but the reviews are solid. Regards

    A Book Review - Sisters Novel by Daisy Johnson

    A Book Review - Sisters Novel by Daisy Johnson

    Publisher - Random House, 13 Aug 2020

    Something unspeakable has happened to sisters July and September.

    Desperate for a fresh start, their mother Sheela moves them across the country to an old family house that has a troubled life of its own. Noises come from behind the walls. Lights flicker of their own accord. Sleep feels impossible, dreams are endless.

    In their new, unsettling surroundings, July finds that the fierce bond she's always had with September - forged with a blood promise when they were children - is beginning to change in ways she cannot understand.

    Taut, transfixing and profoundly moving, Sisters explodes with the fury and joy of adolescence. It is a story of sibling love and sibling envy that fans of Shirley Jackson and Stephen King will devour.

    'Daisy Johnson is one of the best writers in this country ... an astonishing stylist. Sisters is a thumping good book, haunting, visceral and potent.' Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers

    'A blistering read. An exquisitely rendered exploration of sibling love and rivalry that rattles the core.' Irenosen Okojie, author of Nudibranch

    'I LOVE THIS BOOK! Explosive, dark, weird and utterly compelling... There are few writers as talented as Daisy Johnson.' Elizabeth Macneal, author of The Doll Factory





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    A Book Review - Maoism: A Global History Book by Julia Lovell

    A Book Review - Maoism: A Global History Book by Julia Lovell

    PUBLISHER: Random House, 14 Mar 2019

    Since the 1980s, China seems to have abandoned the utopian turmoil of Mao’s revolution in favour of authoritarian capitalism. But Mao and his ideas remain central to the People’s Republic. With disagreements between China and the West on the rise, the need to understand the political legacy of Mao is urgent and growing.

    A crucial motor of the Cold War: Maoism shaped the course of the Vietnam War and brought to power the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia; it aided anti-colonial resistance movements in Africa; it inspired terrorism in Germany and Italy, and wars and insurgencies in Peru, India and Nepal, some of which are still with us today.

    Starting with the birth of Mao’s revolution in northwest China in the 1930s and concluding with its violent afterlives in South Asia and resurgence in the People’s Republic today, Julia Lovell re-evaluates Maoism as both a Chinese and an international force, linking its evolution in China with its global legacy.

    'Wonderful' Andrew Marr, New Statesman



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    A Book Review - The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency Book by Chris Whipple

    A Book Review - The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency Book by Chris Whipple

    Publisher: Crown, 2017

    What do Dick Cheney and Rahm Emanuel have in common? Aside from polarizing personalities, both served as chief of staff to the president of the United States—as did Donald Rumsfeld, Leon Panetta, and a relative handful of others. The chiefs of staff, often referred to as "the gatekeepers," wield tremendous power in Washington and beyond; they decide who is allowed to see the president, negotiate with Congress to push POTUS's agenda, and—most crucially—enjoy unparalleled access to the leader of the free world. Each chief can make or break an administration, and each president reveals himself by the chief he picks. 

    Through extensive, intimate interviews with all seventeen living chiefs and two former presidents, award-winning journalist and producer Chris Whipple pulls back the curtain on this unique fraternity. In doing so, he revises our understanding of presidential history, showing us how James Baker’s expert managing of the White House, the press, and Capitol Hill paved the way for the Reagan Revolution—and, conversely, how Watergate, the Iraq War, and even the bungled Obamacare rollout might have been prevented by a more effective chief. 

    Filled with shrewd analysis and never-before-reported details, The Gatekeepers offers an essential portrait of the toughest job in Washington.









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    • 9 min
    A Book Review - Nineteen Eighty-Four Novel by George Orwell

    A Book Review - Nineteen Eighty-Four Novel by George Orwell

    Publisher: Secker & Warburg , 8 June 1949; 71 years ago

    Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Novel, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel by English novelist George Orwell. It was published on 8 June 1949 by Secker & Warburg as Orwell's ninth and final book completed in his lifetime. Thematically, Nineteen Eighty-Four centres on the consequences of totalitarianism, mass surveillance, and repressive regimentation of persons and behaviours within society. Orwell, himself a democratic socialist, modeled the authoritarian government in the novel after Stalinist Russia. More broadly, the novel examines the role of truth and facts within politics and the ways in which they are manipulated





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    • 11 min
    A Book Review - A World Beneath the Sands:Book by Toby Wilkinson

    A Book Review - A World Beneath the Sands:Book by Toby Wilkinson

    PUBLISHER: W. W. Norton, 20 Oct 2020



    A thrilling history of the West’s scramble for the riches of ancient Egypt by the foremost Egyptologist of our time.

    From the decipherment of hieroglyphics in 1822 to the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon a hundred years later, the uncovering of Egypt’s ancient past took place in an atmosphere of grand adventure and international rivalry.

    In A World Beneath the Sands, acclaimed Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson chronicles the ruthless race between the British, French, Germans, and Americans to lay claim to its mysteries and treasures. He tells riveting stories of the men and women whose obsession with Egypt’s ancient civilization helped to enrich and transform our understanding of the Nile Valley and its people, and left a lasting impression on Egypt, too. Travelers and treasure-hunters, ethnographers and archaeologists: whatever their motives, whatever their methods, a century of adventure and scholarship revealed a lost world, buried for centuries beneath the sands.



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    A Book Review - The Age of Surveillance Capitalism Book by Shoshana Zuboff

    A Book Review - The Age of Surveillance Capitalism Book by Shoshana Zuboff

    Publisher: Profile Books

    Zuboff states that Surveillance Capitalism "unilaterally claims human experience as free raw material for translation into behavioural data [which] are declared as a proprietary behavioural surplus, fed into advanced manufacturing processes known as ‘machine intelligence’, and fabricated into prediction products that anticipate what you will do now, soon, and later." She states that these new capitalist products "are traded in a new kind of marketplace that I call behavioural futures markets."



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    • 9 min

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