Forum Navigation: Forum Index » Books and Reading » Reviews and Discussions about Specific Books and Series » Non-Fiction Books

Want FREE books and FREE Amazon gift cards?

Each day we announce via email a book that is either FREE or on a temporary sale at a great discount price. These are not your average free books. These are incredible insider deals on well-rated books. is where tomorrow's bestsellers are born. We also give away over $1,000 per month of free Amazon gift cards in free daily giveaways, exclusively to those signed up to these announcements! Hurry, sign up free now:

Sorry, this proves you are human.

Official Review: Asia's Financial Industry 1986-2016

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any non-fiction books such as autobiographies or political commentary books.

Official Review: Asia's Financial Industry 1986-2016

Post Number:#1 by psychopathycathy
» 08 May 2017, 00:57

[Following is an official review of "Asia's Financial Industry 1986-2016" by Lawrence Au.]

Book Cover
4 out of 4 stars
Review by psychopathycathy
Share This Review

Growing up in the US, I had always felt like a bit of a disconnect from my Asian heritage, because I didn't know much about culture, history, or current events, and to be honest, I never really bothered to try. Until now. When I picked up this book, I hoped that it would help me gain some insight into Asia's financial situation, and I'm happy to say that I got that and a lot more.

Asia's Financial Industry 1986 - 2016 by Lawrence Au begins with a prologue that starts with how the author first came across custody as a financial business line after ten years of being in the banking industry. He describes the ups and downs of the industry over the years, and now it is a vital part of economy banking within society. This book addresses several inventions over the years, such as vaults, cheques, new methods of delivering securities such as bicycle couriers, and the development of market infrastructure and how it affected the region. A chapter that really resonated with me was one about September 11, 2001 and how the attack on the Twin Towers affected the financial industry, even on the other side of the world.

One thing I loved about the book were the chapters throughout that were appendixes and timelines of events, which really simplified the huge amount of information this book provided. There were many black and white photos throughout the book, and as a visual learner, I found that these really enhanced the learning experience. Another aspect of Asia's Financial Industry 1986 - 2016 that I really enjoyed were the prologue and epilogue; because they were written from the author's point of view and described his position within the financial industry, it not only allowed the readers to gain insight into his personal experience, but also illustrated the extensive research the writer did in order to aggregate such a credible collection of information.

Unfortunately, there were some formatting errors, such as incorrect margins in the chapter "Appendix: Timeline of Malaysian Currency Control", which made it a bit hard to read, but this is definitely an error that can be easily fixed. Other than that the book seemed professionally edited to me.

The writing throughout this book was objective, credible, and informative, and as a result of the positives and negatives explained above, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves nonfiction or is interested in economics, social science, and politics, and I hope it gives all of its readers the opportunity to learn more about the world.

Asia's Financial Industry 1986-2016
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon

Like psychopathycathy's review? Post a comment saying so!
User avatar
Posts: 274
Joined: 11 Aug 2016, 20:55
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 1326 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Did you know?
Once you join the forums and log in you will get to enjoy a very ad-reduced experience. It's easy and completely free!

Re: Official Review: Asia's Financial Industry 1986-2016

Post Number:#2 by Amagine
» 08 May 2017, 06:50

This book sounds like one that offers an insightful look into Asia's financial history. I agree that this is a great book for anyone interested in economics. Also it is an intriguing read to anyone interested in the history of other continents and countries.

Great Review! 🌻
"That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet." -Jhumpa Lahiri

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." -Frederick Douglass
Amagine's Latest Review: "The Tattered Box" by Paul Schumacher
User avatar
Posts: 4626
Joined: 04 Mar 2017, 19:27
Location: Lost in My Imagination
Favorite Author: James Patterson
Favorite Book: Writing for Children and Teens
Currently Reading: The Little Witch
Bookshelf Size: 692 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Fire HD 7 Tablet
2017 Reading Goal: 400 Books
Goal Completion: 42%

Re: Official Review: Asia's Financial Industry 1986-2016

Post Number:#3 by kandscreeley
» 08 May 2017, 07:31

Well, I don't think this is the book for me. Thanks for the review though.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway
kandscreeley's Latest Review: "Culture Man" by Guy Cook
User avatar
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 2586
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
Currently Reading: Strong Heart
Bookshelf Size: 98 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 80%

Re: Official Review: Asia's Financial Industry 1986-2016

Post Number:#4 by Chrys Brobbey
» 08 May 2017, 14:39

As someone in the financial field, I think this book will be enlightening to me, as well as acquire knowledge about Asia's financial industry. A good review.
Chrys Brobbey's Latest Review: "Break up with Defeat" by Jermaine Francis
User avatar
Chrys Brobbey
Posts: 276
Joined: 03 Apr 2017, 00:40
Location: California
Currently Reading: Farmer Beau's Farm
Bookshelf Size: 133 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 50 Books
Goal Completion: 22%

Re: Official Review: Asia's Financial Industry 1986-2016

Post Number:#5 by Jaime Lync
» 08 May 2017, 15:18

Great review. For some reason I find this types of books really tedious to read though I want to read them.
Jaime Lync's Latest Review: "My Author Is Dead" by Michel Bruneau
User avatar
Jaime Lync
Posts: 1030
Joined: 15 Mar 2017, 19:33
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 61 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 12 Books
Goal Completion: 483%

Re: Official Review: Asia's Financial Industry 1986-2016

Post Number:#6 by Rosemary Okoko
» 20 Jun 2017, 06:14

This book doesn't seem to have the usual annoying errors and also sounds like a good book to read. Thank you for the review.
Rosemary Okoko's Latest Review: "The Monkey Idol" by K.D. McNiven
User avatar
Rosemary Okoko
Posts: 421
Joined: 31 May 2017, 05:12
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 46 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 6 Books
Goal Completion: 150%

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests


Return Home » Books and Reading » Reviews and Discussions about Specific Books and Series » Non-Fiction Books