Thoughts on: โ€˜Southeast Asia: A Very Short Introductionโ€™

After my fast I got sick with the flue. This was by the time I finished the Death of Expertise and I wanted to fill my time with something short, sweet and different before continuing through my To-Read-Pile.

Southeast Asia: A Very Short Introduction is delivers on its name. Itโ€™s a concise history of the cultural hotpot of countries that we all call Southeast Asia.

The books takes us from the time of kingdoms, to the era of colonization, onward to todayโ€™s nation states.


Nations:

– Brunei ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณ

– Burma ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ

– Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ

– East Timor ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฑ

– Indonesia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ

– Laos ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

– Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ

– the Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ

– Singapore ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ

– Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ

-Vietnam ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ


Religions:

* Buddhism

* Islam

* Christianity

* Confucianism


๐Ÿ’ฅ ACTION: Read up on the Thmer Rouge If Cambodia. Any book recommendations?


I donโ€™t think you could do a better job at condensing the history of an area as vast and dynamic as Southeast Asia. Itโ€™s bigger than Europe for Europe for one. The problem is that the text can get very dense with names, year and places. But just chill, and youโ€™ll come out of this one with a better understanding of the world.


โ‰๏ธ What Southeast Asian countries have your visited?

Now I want to go travelling! ๐Ÿ˜Š

4/5

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Thoughts on: โ€˜The Accidental Presidentโ€™ by A. J. Baime

I was going to get a biography of Winston Churchill and ended up with this book (some people donโ€™t read the backside of a book before they buy it, I apparently donโ€™t even read the front cover ๐Ÿ˜‚).

I have this idea that I want would like to read a biography from each american presidents but I think I like the idea of having done it is more appealing than the process itself. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

๐Ÿ“ Truman was Vice President when Franklin Roosevelt died. He was put in office in what might be the most eventful year of recent political history; 1945.

๐Ÿ“ Franklin Roosevelt famous quote โ€œThe only thing we have to fear is fear itselfโ€.

๐Ÿ“ Truman about the presidential workload: โ€œIt takes about 17 hours a day and then you get as much sleep as you can. Start over again and do the next 17 hours as best you can. No man can do it as it should be done.โ€

๐Ÿ“ He gave the order to use the first atomic bomb over Hiroshima.

๐Ÿ“ He started reading at age 5 and read a lot. He studied the heroes of history and was a fan of Plutarch. (Who Iโ€™m yet to read…)

โญ๏ธ TAKEAWAY:

I noticed how clueless I am about how events during this period relate to each other in space and time:

– The defeat of Germany vs. the time of The Bomb.

– How things lead up to the Cold War.

– The raise of Mao.

– When Roosevelt was replaced with Truman. (I didnโ€™t even know who was president at the time to be honest).

Of course I learned all of this in school. But this book highlighted how much of the knowledge has been warped or plainly forgotten. Iโ€™ll definitely spend more time with historical biographies in 2019!

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The book is good but, as with most political biographies, I find them getting tedious at times. Like the Marvel movies, I enjoy the raise of the hero/president better than the confrontation with the bad guy.

Which is you favorite biography of a world leader?

3/5

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