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Friday, 12 February 2010

Book Reading Goal : Week 2

In between my trip to Sweden and having to complete some papers, I managed to read two interesting books. One directly related to my current area of interest (criminal justice), another is a book on Zambia.

When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment, by Mark A. R. Kleiman : A book that has received raving reviews. Mark Kleiman examines the thorny questions surrounding Criminal Justice Policy in the USA, but certainly with broader lessons all around. A pleasurable read, though I found it was too narrowly focused on reducing "crime" without sufficiently paying attention to the question of how that relates to delivering "justice". It strikes that if all we cared about was reducing crime, it wouldn't be too difficult. The challenge is how that fits in with a deeper conception of what justice entails. A must read nevertheless.

Glimmers of Hope : Memoir of a Volunteer in Africa, by Mark Burke : A deeply personal and frank account of a London schoolteacher, who founded himself in Chassa Secondary, Eastern Province. The memoir is both a recollection of his more vivid memories of eastern province, and his reflections on problems in Zambia and their possible causes. Not for the faint hearted, a lot to chew over. A full review to to follow towards the end of the month.

Book Reading Goal Review
Books Read So Far : 4 books
Remaining Books to Achieve Target : 46 books
Weeks Remaining to Achieve Annual Target : 46 weeks


  1. Oh my goodness! I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Eastern Province outside of Chipata when Mark was there. He was good friends with many of us and it is great to hear of his book. I will certainly pick it up and as someone who has continued to work with Zambia after service, I am moved to hear of a similar commitment from one of my old friends.

    Thank you kindly for the recommendation!

    Sarah Grant, Fisheni Village, EP (by Madzi Moyo)

  2. Sarah,

    There's a Sarah mentioned there! But I think its a VSO one!

    I will put up a review towards the end of the month.

    "Sarah Grant, Fisheni Village, EP (by Madzi Moyo)"

    Is that a song? A book?

  3. I am anxious to get the book as I may know some of the people that he talks about. He was posted there near a PCV named Stacey and she was a good friend of mine - we would lead a lot of gender and development activities in the EP.

    Ha, ha ...the sign-off is my name, the village that I was in as well as the province. I cannot claim that it would be a great song title, but perhaps one day a book! I am also the young lady who is working on the Green Loan programs in Zambia pairing tree planting with small business loans.......Color Me In! I was also happy to see that Mark had written a book because it is nice to find out about others from abroad who I was in Zambia with who were also deeply moved and are still trying to remain connected in a productive way.


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