Dec 3rd, 2018

Nov 28, 2018

You may find a mix of English and American words when going through the book notes and interludes at times in the same piece. This is admittedly a Freudian slip showing that I feel Transatlantic at heart, happily not knowing on which side of the pond my mind resides.    

Nov 20, 2018

Book notes and interludes are very different in nature and indeed in length. Book notes are full discussions of a book that has a relation to international affairs given its topic and can be a work of non-fiction or a novel. During the course of the discussion of the book, I will provide my own views that reflect the ethos of Desperate Measures as indicated on the Desperate Measures homepage. While the subject matter and its relevance in terms of our Western values are serious matters, I will always try to adopt whenever possible a light tone, if only at times, as the staunch defence of Western liberal values can also be “fun” and should not be boring. Interludes will be shorter and crisper opinions on key current developments in world affairs. As such make sure you have time to read the book notes as they will not be indulgent of your time while interludes will hopefully be a quick breath of fresh Western liberal air, also with their requisite dose of wit and fun.


Nov 19, 2018

All book notes and Interludes posted on the blog before Dec, 2018 were sent to “Freedom & Fairness” an email group of 100 individuals, including friends and colleagues, from the worlds of business, private equity finance, government and media mostly in Europe and the US.

Nov 19, 2018

“Bad Blood” the book from John Carreyrou discussed on 19th July, 2018 was awarded the FT and McKinsey Prize for Business Book of the Year in November 2018.