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Bookless in Baghdad: And Other Writings about Reading

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ISBN: 9780143418955    Publisher: Penguin Year of publishing: 2012     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 248        Language: English
Shashi Tharoor began reading books--Enid Blyton's Noddy series--when he was three. For many years afterwards, he read a book a day. Bookless in Baghdad brings together pieces written by this compulsive...Read more
Shashi Tharoor began reading books--Enid Blyton's Noddy series--when he was three. For many years afterwards, he read a book a day. Bookless in Baghdad brings together pieces written by this compulsive reader and prolific writer on the subject closest to his heart: reading. Tharoor takes us on a delightful journey of discovery, as he wanders the book souk in a Baghdad under sanctions where the middle-class are selling their volumes so that they can afford to live, and drives around Huesca looking to pay an idiosyncratic tribute to George Orwell.

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About the author: Shashi Tharoor
Shashi Tharoor is the prize-winning author of ten books, both fiction and non-fiction, and a widely published critic, commentator and columnist (including... Read more
Shashi Tharoor is the prize-winning author of ten books, both fiction and non-fiction, and a widely published critic, commentator and columnist (including for The Hindu, Times of India and Newsweek). In 2007 he concluded a nearly twenty-nine-year career with the United Nations, including working for refugees in South-East Asia at the peak of the 'boat people' crisis, handling peace-keeping operations in the former Yugoslavia, and culminating as the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. In 2006 he was India's candidate to succeed Kofi Annan as UN Secretary-General, and emerged a strong second out of seven contenders. Dr Tharoor earned his PhD at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at the age of twenty-two, and was named by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1998 as a 'Global Leader of Tomorrow'. He was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, India's highest honour for overseas Indians.
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