Little did we know the Tramondo Book Club would generate such a response! Originally started to share our passion for reading and in-depth analysis within our team, it has become another intellectually rewarding way to engage with our clients, prospects, and friends.
The two book recommendations below originate from our valued book club readers. They were inspired by “The Lessons of History”, a book we covered on last year’s summer reading list. For the sake of completeness, we have added “The Lessons of History” once again to this lineup.
Please let us know what you think of this selection, and keep your recommendations coming.
Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need To Know About Global Politics
According to The New York Times, this book compels a fresh way of looking at maps – not just as objects for orientation or works of art, but as guideposts to the often thorny relations between nations.
Others consider it one of the best books that explains the world situation in such a concise and lucid way.
Tim Marshall, the author, used to be a diplomatic editor and foreign correspondent for Sky News before he decided to leave journalism and take up writing. He is said to have been shot with bird pellet in Cairo, hit over the head with a plank of wood in London, bruised by the police in Tehran, arrested by Serbian intelligence, detained in Damascus, declared persona non grata in Croatia, bombed by the RAF in Belgrade, and tear-gassed all over the world.
Our book club readers loved the book, and you might, too.
Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change
A book that makes Bill Gates more optimistic about our ability to solve problems, and one that contains vital lessons for our difficult times, according to famous cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker.
Diamond analyses how Finland, Chile, Indonesia, Japan, Germany, and Australia coped with catastrophes in their recent past, and identifies patterns in their recovery.
He then turns to look at great risk faced by other countries today. Unlike traditional works in that space, Diamond adds that unique psychological dimension to history, geography, biology, and anthropology he is so well-known for.
The Sunday Telegraph calls it bold, wide-ranging, and original. Our book club readers suggested it, and after reading it, we exactly know why.