FiveBooks Newsletter 104


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Links to all our original FiveBooks interviews of the week before, plus
  a pick of the best content on The Browser.
  [1]FiveBooks weekly newsletter: Links to all our original FiveBooks
  interviews of the week before, plus a pick of the best content on The
  Browser.
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

FiveBooks at The Browser

This week on FiveBooks: [5]Matthew Engel considers what it means to be
  British; [6]Robert Macfarlane reads about wild landscapes; [7]Bettany
  Hughes discusses divine women in the ancient world; [8]Peter Bergen
  tells us what we didn't know about Osama bin Laden; and much more.
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/matthew-engel-on-britishness
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-macfarlane-on-wild-places
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/bettany-hughes-on-divine-women
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/peter-bergen-on-osama-bin-laden

Next week, look out for Sarah Churchwell on The Great Gatsby, Sebastian
  Seung on identity and the mind, and the best books on Greek cooking.
  Thanks for reading!

FiveBooks News

[9]Matthew Engel on Britishness
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/matthew-engel-on-britishness

Thursday June 21

Britain is a bewilderingly motley nation of phlegmatic grumblers, says
  the author and editor – a seaside resort-going, class-conscious people
  haunted by loss of empire, and we can’t even agree on what the country
  is called [10]Continue reading…
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/matthew-engel-on-britishness

[11]Peter Bergen on Osama bin Laden
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/peter-bergen-on-osama-bin-laden

Thursday June 21

Many thought that 9/11 was the start of an Al-Qaeda assault on the
  West, but it turned out to be Bin Laden’s Pearl Harbor – a victory that
  led to strategic defeat – says one of the few reporters who met the
  Saudi-born militant [12]Continue reading…
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/peter-bergen-on-osama-bin-laden

[13]Andrew Gelman on How Americans Vote
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrew-gelman-on-how-americans-vote

Wednesday June 20

As the US gears up for Obama-Romney 2012, the statistician and author
  of Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State uncovers the (often
  surprising) realities of how Americans of different backgrounds vote
  [14]Continue reading…
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrew-gelman-on-how-americans-vote

[15]Robert Macfarlane on Wild Places
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-macfarlane-on-wild-places

Tuesday June 19

The author of an acclaimed trilogy about landscape and human thought
  tells us about the intrepid, sometimes misanthropic writers who
  inspired his own investigation of wilderness [16]Continue reading…
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-macfarlane-on-wild-places

[17]Bettany Hughes on Divine Women
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/bettany-hughes-on-divine-women

Monday June 18

Ancient history was a man’s world – but women were considered closer to
  the gods. The historian and TV presenter reveals the secrets of
  Athenian priestesses, Byzantine empresses and Stone Age fertility
  goddesses [18]Continue reading…
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/bettany-hughes-on-divine-women

[19]In Praise Of Leisure
    Links:
      19. http://b.rw/N3BAwn

Robert Skidelsky & Edward Skidelsky | Chronicle Review | 18 June 2012

Resuscitating economics as a moral science. "Let us imagine that
  everyone has enough to lead a good life. What is the good life? And
  what is it not? And what changes in our moral and economic system are
  needed to realise it?" [20]More like this
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/best

Featured Topic

[21]Human Modification
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/human-modification

Scientists are experimenting with different ways to enhance humans.
  What's possible? And what may be possible in the future? Does messing
  with Mother Nature raise ethical questions? [22]Read on
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/reports/human-modification

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

[23]The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/living-mountain-by-nan-shepherd

[24]Robert Macfarlane says: "It’s a beautifully spare work – a
  geo-philosophical meditation on how mind and place interpenetrate"
  [25]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-macfarlane-on-wild-places
      25. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[26]On The Internet, Nobody Knows You're A Cat
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/internet-nobody-knows-youre-cat

This would make a good PSA, don't you think? [27]More videos
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[28]Adam Mars-Jones on writers
    Links:
      28. http://www.lrb.co.uk/v34/n12/adam-mars-jones/anti-dad

"All writers overrate the impact of writing, or else they would
    choose another line of work"

[29]More quotes
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

Reader Recommendations

@[30]iainmanley "Don't worry about Bo Xilai...He's been through the
  Cultural Revolution. This is nothing." [31]http://t.co/VzsAzcJc via
  @[32]otherlisa [33]#browsings [34]More like this
    Links:
      30. https://twitter.com/#!/iainmanley
      31. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/22/us-china-politics-bo-idUSBRE85L04E20120622
      32. https://twitter.com/#!/otherlisa
      33. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      34. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

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