The Book List #46

The Book List #46

Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

year: 2015 | pages: 379 | rating: 4/5

Mohamedou Slahi has been imprisoned at Guantánamo Diary Bay, Cuba since 2002. Despite never being charged with any crimes and a federal judge ordering his release in 2010, the United States and U.S. government have refused to release him. Slahi wrote a diary that has become a vivid record of his life as a Guantánamo prisoner, his imprisonment and interrogation. This is a deeply personal memoir that is historically important; the contents are deeply unsettling and profoundly shocking.

South: The Endurance Expedition by Ernest Shackleton

year: 2004 | pages: 416 | rating: 2/5

In 1914, Ernest Shackleton led a party of 28 men to make a grueling first crossing of the Antarctic continent. Their ship was surrounded by ice floes, which eventually crushed their ship and marooned the men on polar ice. This is the story of their harrowing voyage and brutal survival in an unforgiving environment. While the true story of Shackleton and his men's fight for survival is incredibly interesting, South: The Endurance Expedition is a torturiously slow and monotone account of the events that unfold, lacking emotion and very clinical in writing style that makes it very difficult to connect on a personal level with the story.

Don't Get a Job… Make a Job by Gemma Barton*

year: 2016 | pages: 144 | rating: 5/5

This book is a celebration of design, creativity, and passion including interviews, inspirational advice, and first hand experiences of how to take a creative approach to employment. While school teaches you there is only one path to employment - work hard, pass exams, and settle with whatever job comes your way - this book encourages you to carve your own path and make your own job. Although aimed at "creative graduates" I think it's a worthwhile read for anyone, even people like me who have already "made their own job" and become a self-employed creative. There is a wealth of inspiring stories and experiences to encourage us all take more risks and be more creative with our lives.