Book exchangeThe Note is never happier than at a book exchange,especially when actual authors are present.But the photo above comes with a twist, which takessome explaining, so hang onto to your newspaper.For those that don't know a European leader when theyrun into them on the street, the man on the left is CzechRepublic president Vaclav Klaus, the author of BluePlanet in Green Shackles.With him is David Archibald, a WA scientist who wroteSolar Cycle 24. Both are climate change sceptics and,due to this common link, the photo was taken whenArchibald was invited by the president to join him for teaat Prague Castle.That is lovely and all, but what makes this story mostpertinent to The Note is the book being exchanged.That tome has been written by WA Business Newscolumnist Joe Poprzeczny. Now the State Scenecommentator might be our resident climate sceptic,but the subject of his book is leagues away from globalwarming.Called Hitler's Man in the East, it is a biography of SSnasty Odilo Globocnik, one of the key (and yet largelyunknown) players in the Nazi's Polish death camps.As it happens the Czech Academy of Sciences hasrecently arranged for Poprzeczny's book to be translatedinto the language of its homeland - hence it makes aperfect gift to present to a Prague-resident president.This is proof that books are truly gifts that keep ongiving.
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