FiveBooks Newsletter 125

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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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Lord Alderdice on The Psychology of Terrorism

Friday November 16

Terrorism is a misused, overused term. Correctly used, it refers to a specific form of asymmetric warfare. The Northern Ireland peace negotiator tells us how and why it starts and what can end it Continue reading… (

Lorraine Adams on The Truth Behind the Headlines

Thursday November 15

Why do huge stories sometimes go unreported? Our news media are good at promulgating conventional wisdom but find it much more difficult to deal with evidence that contradicts it, says the former Washington Post reporter Continue reading… (

Simon Garfield on Typefaces

Wednesday November 14

It used to be said that you could be parachuted into any country and know where you were from the typeface used on its road signs. The author of Just My Type tells us about the variety and meaning of different fonts Continue reading… (

Wade Davis on Legacies of World War One

Tuesday November 13

The author of Into the Silence tells us that the consequences of the Great War were much more than merely political. He says the war had a noticeable impact on exploration, arts and literature, and modernity itself Continue reading… (

Michael Farr on Tintin

Monday November 12

Why do the Tintin stories have such enduring appeal? A Tintinologist tells us what makes them special, how their creator, Hergé, came to write them, and why he was accused of being a Nazi collaborator Continue reading… (

Best of the Moment

The Expendables

William Langewiesche | Vanity Fair | 12 November 2012

On the French Foreign Legion: 8,000 men of all nationalities. They fight anywhere, dying for causes not their own, perhaps for causes not even known to them. Langewiesche tags along as they chase rogue gold miners in French Guiana More like this (


The Petraeus Affair

An affair with his biographer has cost the CIA director, David Petraeus, his job. Should it have done? Read on (

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

The Blue Lotus  by Hergé

Michael Farr says ( : “The Blue Lotus is the most important Tintin adventure. It’s a masterpiece. Tintin is immersed in extreme realism – Shanghai exactly as it was in 1934” FiveBooks Archive (

Video of the Week

Surveillance Camera Man


So what if CCTV was a person? More videos (

Quote of the Week

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, on scaling (

"A mean person with a stick is categorically different from a mean person with a nuclear weapon"

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Reader Recommendations

@Gilbert_King One of the strangest fights in boxing history. #Smithsonian #longreads #Browsings #FridayReads #UFCMore like this (

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