FiveBooks Newsletter 123

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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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Ilan Kelman on Disaster Diplomacy

Friday November 2

The perception that disasters are isolated events beyond our control is simply not true; we – governments and others – have a greater role in creating them than we wish to acknowledge, says the disaster research expert Continue reading… (

Keith Jeffery on the Secret Service

Thursday November 1

The author of a history of MI6 tells us about the evolution of the secret intelligence services, their representation in fiction, and the man Fleming may have had in mind when he created James Bond Continue reading… (

Helene Guldberg on Man and Ape

Wednesday October 31

It's fashionable today to liken humans to animals but the developmental psychologist says it's more interesting to study the ways in which we're remarkably different from other creatures Continue reading… (

Simon Baron-Cohen on Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Tuesday October 30

The head of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University tells us about myths surrounding autism and Asperger's, and what inspired his own research into the subject Continue reading… (

Jonathan Keates on Great Letter Writers

Monday October 29

Queen Victoria was anything but Victorian and Lord Byron was more vulnerable than we think, says writer Jonathan Keates – who considers emails a poor substitute for a hand-written correspondence
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Best of the Moment

The Island Where People Forget To Die

Dan Buettner | NYT | 24 October 2012

The Greek island of Ikaria, about 30 miles off the Turkish coast, has an astonishing number of very old people. In good health too. How do they do it? Buettner, who studies longevity, goes to investigate 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 Natural  by Bernard Malamud and Kevin Baker

Michael Carlson says ( : “A perfect, mythic take on baseball in which he plays with the myth of the Fisher King and the Holy Grail” FiveBooks Archive (

Video of the Week

Love And Dashi


Two weeks of Japanese food compressed into three minutes More videos (

Quote of the Week

John Kenneth Galbraith, on consistency (

"Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof"

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Reader Recommendations

@joespring Edit that goes w/ @BusinessWeek cover. (@BradWieners, you won't be the last to tweet.) #longform #longreads #browsings ( More like this (

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