Life lessons from Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet”

The featured image is a painting by the author discussed, Kahlil Gibran. For more information Google “خمسة‎‎” or “Hamsa”. *** 9/10 1. Short biography جبران خليل جبران (Gibran Khalil Gibran) was born in 1883 in the Ottoman Empire (present day Lebanon), as a Maronite Christian,...

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Why I hate Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”

4/10 Originally written in Portuguese, Paulo Coelho’s book follows the journey of an Andalusian shepherd  from Spain through North Africa to the pyramids of Egypt. This had become a highly popular book during my time at university – and still is – so I became...

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Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism by Vladimir Lenin

6/10 I have never read a book full of so many enigmas. It is interesting, for example, that Lenin should come from an elite family and aspire to expose capitalism and the bourgeoisie. At the same time, doing so propelled him into further international...

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The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

8/10 Machiavelli. A historian, diplomat, writer, politician, activist, philosopher. What an incredible life this individual lived, fortunate enough to be a part of the Renaissance period. Born in 1469, Machiavelli was made Secretary to the Second Chancery of Florentine in 1498 after the infamous Medici family...

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The Twenty Years’ Crisis, 1919-1939 by E. H. Carr

9/10 This book is incredible – in fact, many people suggest that it should be required reading for all politics students. Edward Hallett Carr was an English diplomat, historian and journalist, and lived an incredible life. After graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge, he joined the Foreign...

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