Self Improvement?

It’s common on walking into Asian bookstores (especially in airports) to find a good twenty feet or more of shelving devoted to self improvement books along the lines of “How to Become A Multimillionaire with 50 cents in Your Pocket”… and I often think this is symptomatic of the pragmatic appetite for success you find in many Asian countries.

So I was intrigued by this whole block of shelving in the bookstore at Canberra airport devoted to a close analysis of the methods and tactics of Australian criminals. Given that this airport bears a constant traffic of politicians, bureaucrats and lobbyists attending court in the nation’s capital, I am tempted to speculate on what this says about the state of Australian politics. But I won’t.


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