Five Books Newsletter 5

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Five Books Newsletter

Dear Five Books reader,

I hope you enjoy this Friday's selection of books, chosen from our extensive library of interviews. Also, on our temporary homepage, I have posted all our China interviews, in celebration of the conclusion, this week, of the National People's Congress, the annual meeting of China's parliament. I currently live in Beijing, which means it's been hard to avoid the 24/7 coverage, but in case it hasn't hit your radar screen in quite the same way, Xi Jinping is now, officially, the new president of China -- or, to use the Chinese term, its chairman. We hope for much from him.

Have a lovely weekend!

Sophie Roell (

This Week's Books

"The point he makes, and I agree with him, is that corruption is not about personal greed, it’s about compassion"

Michela Wrong on Africa (

"There is optimism in America. Although our wines might not be as complex as those in Europe, they are brighter and livelier."

Randall Grahm on Wine (

"This is very much the War and Peace of China."

Chris Livaccari on Five Books every Chinese Language Learner Should Read (

"Eleanor was 30 at the time of her second marriage, and her new husband was only 19."

Nancy Goldstone on Strong Women in Bad Marriages (

"I am an economist today because of this book."

Daniel Hamermesh on Economics is Fun (

"This book basically says wikis work and wikis are important and wikis are the way of the future."

Tyler Cowen on Information (

Quote of the Week

"We all make bargains with the society we live in, and theirs were just a different set of bargains."
Diarmaid MacCulloch on the History of Christianity (

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