BOOKS OF THE WEEK - SATURDAY, 1ST, AUGUST, 2020

Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the 
by - Barton Gellman

About the Book
ISBN : 9781847926401
Rs. 799.00
Dark mirror is the ultimate inside account of the vast, global surveillance network that now pervades all our lives. Barton gellman’s informants called himself ‘verax’ – The Truth-teller. It was only later that verax unmasked himself as Edward Snowden. But gellman’s primary role in bringing snowden’s revelations to light, for which he shared the Pulitzer Prize, is only the beginning of this gripping real-life spy story. Snowden unlocked the door: here gellman describes what he found on the other side over the course of a years-long journey of investigation. It is also the story of his own escalating battle against unknown digital adversaries after he discovered his own name on a file in the NSA document trove and realised that he himself was under attack. Through a gripping narrative of paranoia, clandestine operations and jaw-dropping revelations, dark mirror delineates in full for the first time the hidden superstructure that connects government espionage with Silicon Valley and the most powerful Corporation whose name you’ve never heard. Who is spying on us and why? Here are the answers.
About the Author
Barton Gellman is a prize-winning journalist and author whose awards include three Pulitzer Prizes, two George Polk Awards and Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting. Now based at the Century Foundation, Gellman was a correspondent for the Washington Post for over 20 years where he led the team that won the 2014 Pulitzer for Public Service for coverage of the global surveillance machinery. His bestselling Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency was a New York Times Notable Book of 2008 and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - SATURDAY, 24TH JULY, 2020

The Indian Army : Reminiscences, Reforms & Romance 
By - H.S. Panag 

About the Book : 
ISBN : 9789389152432     Rs. 599.00
In the essays that comprise The Indian Army: Reminiscences, Reforms & Romance, Lieutenant General H.S. Panag examines burning questions surrounding the Indian Armed Forces: their exploitation by neo- nationalists; an intrusive media’s projection of the army as the sole flagbearer of patriotism; the obsession with Pakistan as an impending threat to national security; the intense militarisation of Kashmir post the abrogation of Article 370; and equal opportunities for women in combat, among other issues. Divided into six sections – Human Rights, Reforms, Leadership, Reminiscences, Conflict and Unforgettable Heroes – the book compels the reader to think deeper and with greater nuance about a much- discussed and much-maligned institution. The Indian Army is also a glimpse into the General’s own life, and reveals hitherto unknown aspects of his long career in the army. A writer who straddles the serious and the idyllic with equal ease, he unequivocally condemns the tying of a citizen to the bonnet of an army jeep in Kashmir in 2017 in one piece, and in another tells the intensely passionate, albeit tragic love story of a soldier and a Kashmiri girl. As candid as it is incisive, The Indian Army is a must-read for every Indian who has stopped to think about the powerful institution that the army is. 
About the Author : 
H.S. Panag, PVSM, AVSM (Retd) was born on 4 December 1948. His father was also a legendary Colonel of the Indian Army. A veteran of the 1971 Indo-Pak war, in his illustrious career spanning forty years, General Panag was General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC- in-C) of two armies -- Northern Command and Central Command. In his long career, he not only held many prestigious instruction, staff and command appointments, but also served extensively in operational and counter-insurgency areas. General Panag commanded a Combat Group in the high-altitude area of Ladakh, an Armoured Brigade in the plains/deserts, and also commanded a Mountain Brigade in high-altitude. He later commanded an Armoured Division and a Strike Corps. General Panag is credited for having initiated major doctrinal reforms in the Indian Army. He pioneered the conceptualisation of employment of Mechanised Forces in high-altitude and made a singular contribution for the institutionalisation and application of the sub-doctrines of Manoeuvre Warfare and the Directive Style of Command in the Indian Army. After his retirement, he served as a Member of the Armed Forces Tribunal with the status of a High Court judge until December 2013. General Panag is now a well-known defence analyst and writes on strategic and military affairs in various newspapers, magazines and online news portals. 
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BOOKS OF THE WEEK - SATURDAY, 18 JULY, 2020

Too Much and Never Enough: 
How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man
by - Mary L. Trump

About the Book
ISBN : 9781471190131  Rs. 699.00
In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald’s only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world’s health, economic security and social fabric. 
Mary Trump spent much of her childhood in her grandparents’ large, imposing house in New York, where Donald and his four siblings grew up. She describes a nightmare of traumas, destructive relationships and a tragic combination of neglect and abuse. She explains how specific events and general family patterns created the damaged man who currently occupies the Oval Office, including the strange and harmful relationship between Fred Trump and his two oldest sons, Fred Jr. and Donald.
A first-hand witness, Mary brings an incisive wit and unexpected humour to sometimes grim, often confounding family events. She recounts in unsparing detail everything from her uncle Donald’s place in the family spotlight and Ivana’s penchant for regifting to her grandmother’s frequent injuries and illnesses and the appalling way Donald, Fred Trump’s favourite son, dismissed and derided him when he began to succumb to Alzheimer’s.
Numerous pundits, armchair psychologists and journalists have sought to explain Donald Trump’s lethal flaws. Mary Trump has the education, insight and intimate familiarity needed to reveal what makes Donald, and the rest of her clan, tick. She alone can recount this fascinating, unnerving saga, not just because of her insider’s perspective but also because she is the only Trump willing to tell the truth about one of the world’s most powerful and dysfunctional families.
About the Author
Mary L. Trump holds a PhD from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies and taught graduate courses in trauma, psychopathology and developmental psychology. She lives with her daughter in New York.
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