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Temples of Knowledge by Ahmet Ertuğ

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Ahmet Ertuğ is a name many Turks have no idea about. A simple man to many, some may remember his name from the walls of Hagia Sophia or Ephesus.

I don’t know him in person. Never met him. But I am sure he is a man of fine taste. I saw the hardcover version of his great book Temples of Knowledge several months ago. A great work of art. A work of dedication. A photo book of historical libraries brought to life by a man who has an eye of an architecht.

I consider myself as a mild bibliophile. I was buying books with the money I got from my elderly on holy days. My book buying spree continues even today. I love looking into bookshops, especially when I am abroad. I had visited the university library continuously during my study. With all these in mind I fell in love with Ahemt Ertuğ’s Temples of Knowledge.

The book contains some of the best photographs of Europe’s historical libraries. From France to Germany, Italy to Portugal you can stroll through the finest libraries of Europe. The book is printed and binded in Italy and published only 400 copies. It is costly. You can enquire about the price from the home page of the book.

You can read more about Ahmet Ertuğ on his own webpage.

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June 24, 2010 at 7:38 am

Angels and Demons

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Tonight i will have the chance to watch Angels and Demons. I am pretty excited about it. I read the book twice. I read all the books of Dan Brown. He is a very good story teller but i am unsure about the factual info he gives in his books.
Like Plantard case in Da Vinci Code, i have doubts about this one as well. But he is one great author. His task is not an easy one.

Poster

Poster

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May 5, 2009 at 5:49 am

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Taschen’s Paris – Recommendation

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After talking on Paris if you plan a visit to French capital i must recommend a book for you. 

Taschen is one of my favourite publishers. Their hardcover coffee table books are great to have, expensive but some of them are really cool.

Taschen’s Paris is a book of recommendations in Paris including hip hotels, coffee shops, boutiques and landmarks.

TASCHEN’s Paris

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May 3, 2009 at 8:52 am

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Who is Pierre Plantard?

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Plantard and Cherisey

Plantard and Cherisey

As Dan Brown’s Angels&Demons is soon to be coming to a theatre near you, i watched a very interesting documentary on the Da Vinci Code on National Geographic TV.

The documentary curiously deconstructs the book and all the foundations in it such as marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdelena, Opus Dei, Vatican, Priory of Sion etc. 

What caught my interest is the guy behind the idea of Priory of Sion. His name was Pierre Plantard and he had been an extreme right wing fanatic through all his life. 

He was even sentenced to 6 months of prison due forgery in historical documents and trade of these fraud artifacts. 

In 1956 he registered the Priory of Sion in a small town in the border of Switzerland. Then he met Noel Corbu who owned a hotel nearby and trying to attract some tourists with the story of a man called Berenger Sauniere. He was a priest and made a fortune out of praying as he got a frank per each prayer and he was really popular back then. 

Plantard along with his friend Philippe de Cherisey started to write a story with all the possible documents and created the hoax of Priory of Sion. They even created the leaders line of the priory that included Da Vinci, Newton and even themselves. They planted the documents in French National Library and then refound them as if they were a big secret.

The files were used in the Holy Blood Holy Grail  in 1982. This publicized the Priory of Sion. Dan Brown used it in Da Vinci Code as well. But decent French historians searched throughly for this historical mystery and found out that the documents were created no earlier than 40 years ago. 

Plantard died in the year 2000. Da Vinci Code made Dan Brown a world known author and a very rich man. Today there is an industry dwelling on this book that includes tours to locations mentioned in the book.

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April 26, 2009 at 5:57 pm

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Easy reading on Economics

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I like to read about the logic behind things. 

I am also curious about the way things work. “Behind The Scenes” of a movie is  really a great insight for me as i can see the hard work there. This applies to way people earn money as well. It is believed that an ordinary Turkish guy thinks about the earning potential of a product before buying it. Or looks at a building and tries to calculate the cost of it. This is interesting for me but not as much as the dynamics of the buy out. 

For instance when i see a merchandise of a football club, I try to look at the firm that produced or imported, the club that buys and sells for profit reasons and the fan that buys and maybe sells it one more time as a collection item.

In the last few years books focusing on this relation is very popular everywhere.

I read some of these books and here are some recommendations and and a wishlist.

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

This book is on my wishlist. It seems pretty interesting. I saw it in Pandora last time i was there and hopefully will buy it soon. Eventhough it is not directly related to economics but still seems to be great.

Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

I read this one some time ago. Why do drug dealers live with their moms? is a classic article. Hopefully one day i will summarize it on this blog.

The Undercover Economist

This is one of my favourites. Tim Harford gives great insight from daily economics. Such as Starbucks. Price targeting can not be told easier than that. It is simply a perfect read.

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April 25, 2009 at 10:54 am

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Richard Branson – Business Stripped Bare

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Business Stripped Bare

Business Stripped Bare

I wrote two articles yesterday inspired by this book. 

Branson’s autobiography Losing My Virginity was a bestseller in the end of 90’s. Branson told the story of foundation of his empire in that book.

The new one is about his adventures in business. In 7 parts he tells about his experience in building the brand, delivering promises, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, managing people, innovation and learning from mistakes.

Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur is a must buy for any entrepreneur.

Written by ilkerugur

April 16, 2009 at 5:14 am

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