FiveBooks Newsletter 117

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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.
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Jason Zweig on Personal Finance

Friday September 21

The Wall Street Journal personal finance columnist explains why there's truth in the old adage that investors get the returns they deserve, and suggests how savers can avoid being taken for a ride Continue reading… (

Patricia Meyer Spacks on Jane Austen

Thursday September 20

The professor of English tells us about the joy of rereading Austen and the hidden layers of complexity that emerge from the writing when one does so Continue reading… (

Michael Morpurgo on Books for Children

Wednesday September 19

The author of "War Horse" says books for children need to do more than amuse their readers and he nominates his own favourite books written for young people Continue reading… (

Steven Pincus on the English Revolution of 1688

Tuesday September 18

When William of Orange came from Holland to take the English throne was it a foreign invasion or a revolution from within? The history professor disentangles the facts to give us a new perspective Continue reading… (

Stephen Breyer on Intellectual Influences

Monday September 17

The US Supreme Court Justice discusses five books that have influenced his thinking, and explains why reading widely, including literature, is essential for judges and lawyers
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Nigel Slater on The Top Cookery Books of All Time

Sunday September 16

The cooking writer tells us about the guides to living and eating well that he can't do without Continue reading… (

Best of the Moment

Where Is Cuba Going?

John Jeremiah Sullivan | NYT | 20 September 2012

Lovely, meandering account of a visit to Cuba. Sullivan's wife is from a Cuban family, which means they're allowed to fly to Havana direct from Miami. The US relationship with Cuba remains deeply dysfunctional though More like this (


Paying for the US Election

How much is Romney vs Obama 2012 going to cost? Who's paying? And what do they expect in return? Read on (

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

The House of Mirth  by Edith Wharton

Jay McInerney says ( : “Americans are always fascinated with the wealthy. It’s a bit of an illusion to imagine ours to be a classless society, as novelists like Wharton made brilliantly clear” FiveBooks Archive (

Video of the Week

Walk and Talk the Vote – West Wing Reunion


Forget Obama vs Romney. This is the political ad of the year
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Quote of the Week

Andrew Brown, on inner voices (

"Spirituality is the voice I hear that tells me what to do. Religion is when someone else's voices tell me what to do"

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Reader Recommendations

@tauriqmoosa Minus vitriol, my letter to @ParisHilton on why she ought not to apologise: ( #browsings ( More like this (

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