Book review: Deng Xiaoping: The Man Who Made Modern China, by Michael Dillon

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Book review: World Order, by Henry Kissinger

Love or loathe him, Henry Kissinger has amassed enormous experience. In his latest meditation, World Order, the 91-year-old American statesman argues that the United States must address mounting global tensions. Read at the South China Morning Post.

Lose Your Inches Without Losing Your Mind

American nutritionist Justine SanFilippo knows how badly a fad diet can harm your health; she has tried too many to count.”I had no energy, my brain was foggy and I had this weird, metallic taste in my mouth,” she writes of one low-carb diet’s effect. “To this day, we still think all carbs are bad. But we need them for energy. Read at the South China Morning Post.

Book review: The Inner Enemies of Democracy, by Tzvetan Todorov

During the early 20th century, French essayist Charles Péguy wrote: “There is in the Declaration of Human Rights enough to make war on everybody for as long as the world lasts!”

Péguy was right, according to Bulgarian-born historian Tzvetan Todorov.

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Book review: The 13th Labour of Hercules, by Yannis Palaiologos

Despite narrowly avoiding eurozone expulsion, Greece remains in dire straits. In The 13th Labour of HerculesAthenian reporter Yannis Palaiologos explains how the once-flush, outwardly advanced economy collapsed so fast and stayed down. Read at the South China Morning Post

Ten tips to avoid winter colds

Adults average about two to four colds a year, according to the British health information site NHS Choices. Catching a cold is a dismal feeling; all that snot makes you feel gross. If you let the infection get out of hand, leper-like, you may stay at home, unable to do much except sniffle and sneeze. Read at the South China Morning Post.

Review: Sacred Mountains: How the Revival of Daoism is Turning China’s Ecological Recovery Around

Cities are draped in smog for ever-longer periods and rivers are turning black, red and yellow as waste is dumped in. Meanwhile, algae merrily sprout, writes green business guru Allerd Stikker in his spiritually slanted assessment of China’s pollution crisis. Read at the South China Morning Post..