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Reader ripostes: Books of the year

2 December 2011 12:52

In response to Andrew Carr's call for Interpreter readers to nominate their books of the year, below are emails from Tony Walsh and Danielle Romanes. But first, Amy Van De Ruit:

Hey Interpreter!

First, can I'd just like to say thank you for running this blog! It's always interesting and well thought out. Much appreciated.

Second, I have three suggestions for book of the year:

  • Annie Jacobsen, 'Area 51', which is an excellent and bizarrely entertaining account of scientific developments in the early Cold War.
  • Anatol Lieven, 'Pakistan, A Hard Country', a detailed explanation of Pakistan and the various forces at work.
  • Karen Middleton, 'An Unwinnable War', a much needed contribution to Australia's public discussion on Afghanistan.

Thanks again!

Tony Walsh:

Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis — terrifying.

Danielle Romanes:

My picks for 2011:

And my favourite inadvertent book recommendation of 2011 – The Quiet American by Graham Greene. Halfway through, still don’t know what Abbott was thinking.