Ellan Read

sometimes witty book reviews

Has The West Lost It? A Provocation

At no point, unlike so many other contemporary commentaries, did I feel a sense of soul-crushing existential dread. Mahbubani has done the extraordinary – he has conveyed a sense of hope for humanity through sound economic reasoning.

September 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Records of the Grand Historian: Part 1

At this point am I just desperately trying to make sure y’all know I’ve read The Iliad?

June 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

China: Portrait of a People

Sip jasmine green tea in a quiet space while you explore this small but powerful little book.

November 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Last Empress

Hannah Pakula presents a confident appraisal of Soong Mei-ling: China’s ‘last empress’ – a competent political tactician, devout Christian and fairly incredible person.

September 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Pianos and Politics in China

‘ Materialism may sometimes be a vulgar way of looking at art, but it is never inappropriate when seeking to understand art’s political and social context.’

August 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Unbound

For any enthusiast of modern Chinese history, this is an essential text detailing one of the key narratives of early Communist Party History. For everyone else, this book contains an approachable history of the powerful life-stories of some truly remarkable women.

June 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Emperor Far Away

Intrepid and thorough as Eimer’s travels and writing is, the book sells white-male adventurer as an ideal and idyllic pass time.

September 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

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