/** Vietnamese: Cảm nghĩ khi xem bộ sách viết về kinh tế “Chào mừng 1000 năm thăng long – hà nội **/
Today I have a chance putting my hand on a series of Vietnamese economic books. That series is made to welcome the 10 centuries ceremony of Hanoi – Vietnam Capital.
I don’t have much time reading all the things. Skimming my way through the book, I feels that most of it are paragraphs with facts, bullets, numbers and so on… As far as I can tell, there’s no sharp argument or interesting question. If I am an economist, I may guess out the meaning of all those figures. But I’m not, so I’m lost.
The authors are all famous. They are professors, doctors… And to receive the task to write a book series for the most important ceremonies in this century… I don’t think they lack knowledge. But I must say that they failed to transfer their knowledge into their books.
When I first saw the books, I thinks positively: they are made to give us – normal citizens – the overview of the nation we live. But this series doesn’t seem to care about normal readers. Who will buy those books? Economists PhD & Master?
There’s a reason that Thaksin buy cell-phones for Thailand’s farmers. There’s a reason that Fukuzawa Yukichi writes lines that inspired a generation of Japan. Information are important. It’s important not only about what’s their content – how the information are organized & presented also matters much.
I still remember the feeling while reading Fukuzawa Yukichi, with all his enthusiam & efforts put in his works. The good books are the books which create the problem in readers’ head, and make them think. Only by thinking may the reader remember the content. Otherwise, it’s no difference to listening morning news.