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January 16, 2004

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Best Sellers 2003

Sanyat Sattar

These best selling books of 2003 have been translated into various languages, including Bangla.


Reagan: A Life in Letters
Kiron K. Skinner, Annelise Anderson & Martin Anderson
Free Press; September 2003

Many books have been written about Ronald Reagan, but this collection of his letters must be among the most varied and revealing about every aspect of the man. Organised by themes such as "Old Friends", "Running for Office", "Core Beliefs", "The Critics", and "Foreign Leaders", the book contains over 1,000 letters stretching from 1922 to 1994. Whether discussing economic policy with a political foe, dispensing marital advice, or sharing a joke with a pen pal, Reagan comes across as gracious, caring, and inquisitive. Even when responding to blistering criticism, he remained fair and thoughtful. As one would expect, many of the letters are addressed to world leaders, well-known American politicians, pundits and journalists, and these are certainly interesting for their historical relevance and insights into Reagan's diplomatic style. They also offer further proof of why he was dubbed "The Great Communicator".

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix
R. K. Rowling
Scholastic; June 2003

This 870 page mighty volume has made a big bang around the globe. Not only the young, but also older readers rushed to nearby bookstores to grab Rowling’s new edition. The fifth book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series follows the darkest year yet for our young wizard, who finds himself knocked down a peg or three after the events of last year. This volume, more than any of the four previous novels in the series, is a coming-of-age story. Harry faces the thorny transition into adulthood, when adult heroes are revealed to be fallible and matters that seemed black-and-white suddenly come out in shades of gray. Harry ends his year at Hogwarts exhausted and pensive. Readers, on the other hand, will be energized as they enter yet again the long waiting period for the next title in the marvelous, magical series.

A Royal Duty
Paul Burrell
Putnam Pub Group; October 2003

This book created a sensation at the end of 2003 all over. Diana, the Princess of Wales, was one of the most publicly covered figures in the modern world and much has already been written about her life, both professionally and personally, but until now no one has told her story in the way that only one man can, Paul Burrell, whom she described as both "her rock" and "the only man I can trust". Paul, one of the Queen's personal footmen, met Diana during one of her first visits to Balmoral Castle. And while it may have been fate that brought them together, they shared a strong bond that endured to the end of her life. Burrell became Diana's confidant and his unique perspective casts new light on the Princess of Wales and the events that would shape her life and the lives of those around her.




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