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BOOKS OF THE WEEK

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WAR: WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?
The Role Of Conflict In Civilisation, From Primates To Robots 
By - Ian Morris

About the Book : Synopsis : War is one of the greatest human evils. It has ruined livelihoods, provoked unspeakable atrocities and left countless millions dead. It has caused economic chaos and widespread deprivation. And the misery it causes poisons foreign policy for future generations. But, argues bestselling historian Ian Morris, in the very long term, war has in fact been a good thing. In his trademark style combining inter-disciplinary insights, scientific methods and fascinating stories, Morris shows that, paradoxically, war is the only human invention that has allowed us to construct peaceful societies. Without war, we would never have built the huge nation-states which now keep us relatively safe from random acts of violence, and which have given us previously unimaginable wealth. It is thanks to war that we live longer and more comfortable lives than ever before. And yet, if …

BOOKS OF THE WEEK

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An Undocumented Wonder The Making of the Great Indian Electionby - S.Y. Squarish

About the Book :

The great Indian election continues to generate global interest and wonder, partly on account of its uninterrupted success and partly because of the obvious challenges of demography, geography, and the mind boggling diversities. How are these elections conducted? What were the challenges faced by the Election Commission of India? How did it overcome these challenges? What are the ideals and principles that drive the people involved in completing this mammoth task?
An Undocumented Wonder: The Making of the Great Indian Election answers these and many more questions about what has been termed often as the ‘great dance of democracy’. The book avoids the ‘kiss and tell’ track, nor does it seek to entice readers with any ‘spill the beans’ approach Instead, the attempt is to serve and satisfy the readers’ genuine curiosity through a first person account of the recent electoral history and the chal…