The latest issue of The Economist featured Singapore in its Special Report. In its leading article titled "The Singapore exception" (the first of eight articles collected in the Special Report), a number of books and reading materials were referenced.
This shopkeeper is pleased to announce that quite several of these are on the shelf on this bookstore, among others.
Nevertheless, the Special Report is a worthwhile read in looking at this "only fully functional city-state" in the world that many of us call home.
Embedded below is a discussion of the subject between the writer of the report with one of The Economist's editor.
"Why doesn't the skeleton go to the party?"
"Because he has no-body to go with."
When this shopkeeper's 5-year old daughter came home from school and told him this joke, he knew he had to order these two books for the shop- as well as for his daughter.
""The Jurassic Period (Part 2)"
Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs by Robert Sabuda & Matthew Reinhart.
This Shopkeeper woke up this morning and the first thing he checked was the result of the Greek referendum. For, if the whole Grexit saga were a long running TV drama, the Sunday event would be an decisive turning point in the narrative. Little did he expect that a few hours later, another climax would be reached- the exit of a crucial character: Mr Yanis Varoufakis.
Mr Varoufakis was certainly one of the more colourful characters in recent 'episodes'. He has been called 'Mr Bruce Willis (of "Die Hard" fame) of Greece'; photographed arriving at events on Motobike; and gave speeches that offered the most memorable quotes.
But he is also a economic professor who has been writing about the financial crises that began with the 2008 meltdown in the global financial system.
As a TV junkie who is obsessed with reluctant (anti?)heroes, this Shopkeeper certain hope that Mr Varoufakis' exit is temporary.
This bookshop has on its shelve copies of his recent publication "The Global Minotaur- America, Europe and the Future of the Global Economy (2nd Edition)" in which he explained the origin of the 2008 Crisis and its repercussion. The fact that he made use of Greek mythology in weaving together the narratives made the book all the more readable. And in fact, the 3rd edition of the book shall be released very soon and this Shopkeeper is looking forward to learning from the updated sections, given the eventful 6 months in 2015 in which he served as Greece's Finance Minister.
Should one be really too impatient to read a book, here is a youtube video of a Public Lecture he gave in 2011 in conjunction with the launch of the 1st edition of the book.