FiveBooks Newsletter 122

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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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Andrew Gelman on How Americans Vote

Friday October 26

As Romney vs Obama enters the final stretch, 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 Continue reading… (

Tess Gerritsen on Favourite Thrillers

Thursday October 25

The bestselling author says a good thriller isn't about the violence or bloodshed; it's about making the reader feel off-balance and as if something isn’t quite right. She tells us about books that grab you and don't let go Continue reading… (

Jonathan Glover on Moral Philosophy

Wednesday October 24

How should we live? The philosopher tells us about some of those who've looked for answers, from Plato to Primo Levi Continue reading… (

Gregory Long on Gardening

Monday July 11

The president of the New York Botanical Garden tells us about the books that all aspiring gardeners should have on their bookshelves, from reference works to the most fun guide to making the best of your garden
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Joshua Foer on Memory

Monday October 22

The best-selling author and 2006 US Memory Champion picks five unforgettable books about the art of remembering Continue reading… (

Best of the Moment

The Billionaires Next Door

Chrystia Freeland | Reuters | 15 October 2012

The very rich are different, and not only because they have more money. They are insulated, arrogant, hypocritical, prone to paranoia, indifferent to the misfortunes of others, and convinced of their own special virtue More like this (


The Fall of Lance Armstrong

Once a hero, but now the game is up. Here's how the aggressively preserved reputation of Lance Armstrong finally crumbled Read on (

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

The Travels of Ibn Battutah  by Ibn Battutah (edited by Tim Mackintosh-Smith)

Tim Mackintosh-Smith says ( : “In a sense he hasn’t been bettered since the 14th century. The complete diversity of the Muslim world is there. He is the traveller of the Islamic world” FiveBooks Archive (

Video of the Week

Sean Carroll – From Particles To People


How do we know what we think we know about how the world works?
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Quote of the Week

Henry Sidgwick, on democracy (

"It would be ridiculous to say that a man has assented to a law passed by a mere majority of an assembly against one member of which he has voted"

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Reader Recommendations

@polit2k (  Fear and loathing in Athens: the rise of Golden Dawn and the far right  via @guardian ( #browsings (!/search?q=#browsings)  h/t  @paulmasonnews ( More like this (

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