Five Books Newsletter 33

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This week's interview

Adam Minter on The Trash Trade

Recycling is more than just a blue and green bin in your pantry, says journalist Adam Minter – it’s a global trade with centuries of history that stretches from American scrapyards to Chinese e-waste recycling villages

Books of the Week“His story is really how that boyish love of nature developed into the rigours of professional science.”

Philip Marsden on The Sea (“What’s useful about this book is that it underscores that economic globalisation is not inevitable.”

Dani Rodrik on Globalisation (“Gattegno was a maths educator who talked about teaching the entire five-year secondary maths curriculum in 18 months.'”

Alf Coles on Teaching Maths (“I still have the battered paperback, held together with yellowing Scotch tape, that I read on my first trip to Greece 30 years ago, and really was my entry into the ancient world.”

Adrienne Mayor on Enemies of Ancient Rome (“Dawkins explains why he disagrees with people who reconcile science and religion. I agree with him on this. I actually do think they are irreconcilable.”

Roman Krznaric on The Art of Living (

Quote of the Week

"Maybe that’s why the ancient world is so popular, because people are struggling to understand what’s happening in our Empire – and of course we do have pressures from both within and without.”
Adrienne Mayor on Enemies of Ancient Rome (

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