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Started by Taman Tun, February 24, 2019, 11:23:23 AM

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Taman Tun

I generally read a book a week, mainly to pass the time on the trip to Bangkok and back.  As always, my choice of book is limited to what I can find in the meagre stocks of Asia Books. 
My latest purchase was The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen.  If you search the archives of this forum you will find notes on the original book, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen. The latest book describes the continuation of the efforts of Hendrik and his gang to disrupt the smooth running of an old folks home in the Netherlands.
It is also a useful guide to the decaying process. It would seem that dementia and incontinence do not kick in until the 80s so I hope I can have a few more years of normality.  Towards the end of the latest book, it is clear that the authorities want to close down the home and a battle is looming with Hendrik and his friends.  No doubt Hendrik is planning a third book and I only hope that I will still be around to read it.
If the old only could, if the young only knew.

Taman Tun

My latest purchase from Asia Books was “Operation Chaos” by Matthew Sweet and published in 2018.  It is the story of the American Deserters Committee founded in Stockholm by G.I. deserters from Vietnam in 1968.  Matthew Sweet interviewed a lot of people to compile his book and the story is a bit confused and chaotic in places.  The G.I deserters in Stockholm were a paranoid bunch, always on the look out for CIA infiltrators.  Later some of the G.I.s returned to the USA and became involved with the far left National Caucus of Labor Committees, not to mention SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) and IS (International Socialists.  What comes across is the sheer nastiness of individuals on the far left, totally wrapped up in their paranoia.  Conspiracy theorists may enjoy this book with its cast of ADC, NCLC, CIA, KGB, SDS, IS and even Queen Elizabeth of England.  Not one of my better buys from Asia Books.
If the old only could, if the young only knew.

Taman Tun

My latest purchase from Asia Books was Gorbachev by William Taubman.  It is a long book of 690 pages plus endnotes and has sustained me through several bus journeys from Korat to Bangkok and back.  Gorby comes across as an OK person but a bit naive when negotiating with the capitalist hyenas of the West.  The book gives good coverage to the events surrounding the  reunification of Germany.  Definitely recommended.
If the old only could, if the young only knew.

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