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Saturday, 23 April 2011

Book Reading Goal : Week 16

An update to the annual book reading goal. Over the last two weeks, I have completed two different books.

The Plundered Planet: Why We Must--and How We Can--Manage Nature for Global ProsperityI have finished reading The Plundered Planet by Paul Collier. I have already blogged an interesting quote from the book regarding cost benefit analysis. The book seeks to offer fresh ideas on "why and how we can managed nature for global prosperity". A lot of references to Zambia and its mismanagement of the national silver spoon - copper to you and me. Although the book is very ordinary, and the weakest of all of Paul Collier's books I have read so far, it does offer some interesting insights on mineral exploration. Particularly the relationship with how effective exploration may generate greater options to the state when concessioning new private driven production (principally through auctions). The general point is that if you know whats underneath you have more control over your mineral. Zambia is doing shockingly poor in this area. We have actually completely privatised mineral exploration (save for little promises from ZCCM-IH) and therefore it is the foreign finder takes all.  

Love Walked Among Us: Learning To Love Like JesusThe second book was Love Walked Among Us by Paul E Miller. I had been reading this book slowly which I purchased after reading A Praying Life : Connecting with God in a Distracting World by the same author. I have not been disappointed. The book was a pleasurable read and very timely for Easter as we remember the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. A strength of Paul's writing is the ability to place you within the gospel narrative. A recommended read. I am already on the look out for his next book. 

Now, I recognise that I have not done some reviews for a while. Well to be fair I have not exactly been inundated with emails requesting  reviews, but I do enjoy writing reviews. Part of the problem at present is that there are many new posts which needs to be written (its election time!) and therefore little scope for writing a review. But I hope to pen some over the summer. Watch this space! If you have a book penned by a Zambian or about Zambia or Africa that you want us to review, do let me know and I can put it on the reading list. It helps if it was released late 2010 or in 2011.

Book Reading Goal Review
Books Read So Far : 12 books
Remaining Books to Achieve Target : 38 books
Weeks Remaining to Achieve Annual Target : 36 weeks

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