FiveBooks Newsletter 32


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Dear FiveBooks Readers,

This week on FiveBooks, we’ve featured interviews with an ornithologist, a
  translator, a former FBI Chief Negotiator, and a former senior advisor to
  four American presidents on the Middle East – not to mention Robin Lane Fox,
  one of the UK’s most distinguished classicists. Read on for links to these
  experts’ book recommendations.

[1]Will Hobson on Inkblots
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/will-hobson-on-inkblots

_Monday, January 31st_
  Author of a modern, inkblot-based character test discusses the history and
  cultural resonances of the inkblot, from Victor Hugo to Andy Warhol
  [2]Continue Reading…
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/will-hobson-on-inkblots

[3]Gary Noesner on Negotiating and the FBI
    Links:
      3. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/gary-noesner-on-negotiating-and-fbi

_Tuesday, February 1st_
  Former FBI negotiating chief says negotiators need to come across as
  non-threatening and non-judgmental. And active listening isn’t just
  something you use in a hostage situation; it’s important in everyday life,
  too [4]Continue Reading…
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/gary-noesner-on-negotiating-and-fbi

[5]Tim Birkhead on Sperm
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tim-birkhead-on-sperm

_Wednesday, February 2nd_
  Sheffield professor and spermatology pioneer explains how promiscuous
  females can be selective about sperm, even after multiple inseminations
  [6]Continue Reading…
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tim-birkhead-on-sperm

[7]Bruce Riedel on Pakistan
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/bruce-riedel-on-pakistan

_Thursday, February 3rd_
  Presidential advisor on Middle East and South Asian issues, former CIA
  officer and bestselling author chooses five books that explore the critical
  situation in Pakistan [8]Continue Reading…
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/bruce-riedel-on-pakistan

[9]Robin Lane Fox on Religious and Social History in the Ancient World
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robin-lane-fox-on-religious-and-social-history-ancient-world

_Friday, February 4th_
  Eminent historian and Oxford don focuses on how the cultural and
  philosophical changes that occurred in late antiquity are essential to our
  understanding of modern world views [10]Continue Reading…
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robin-lane-fox-on-religious-and-social-history-ancient-world

Lastly, don’t miss today’s [11]interview with [12]When the Lights Went Out
  author Andy Beckett, who’s chosen five books on the 1970s, including works
  by John le Carré and Malcolm Bradbury.
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andy-beckett-on-1970s
      12. http://www.amazon.com/When-Lights-Went-Out-Seventies/dp/057122136X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1297088208&sr=8-1

Yours,

The FiveBooks team at TheBrowser

[13]Can a Computer Win On "Jeopardy"?
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/feh9zK

Stephen Baker | WSJ | 5 February 2011

Book  extract.  How  IBM built and programmed a computer to beat human
  contestants in a television game show. Tougher than chess, apparently.
  Computer is fast, great with facts, but bad with puns and complex grammar.
  And it crashes

Current Topic

[14]Climate Change
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/climate-change-0

Want to know how our planet is faring? Access the definitive reading list on
  climate change, as recommended by Jonathan Porritt and others, and read
  articles that will get you past the smoke and mirrors of Climategate
  [15]Continue reading…
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/topics/climate-change-0

Book of the Day

[16]Augustine of Hippo: A Biography
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/augustine-hippo-biography-by-peter-brown

-by Peter Brown-

Robin Lane Fox says: "Peter Brown’s immense strength is placing the changes
  in Augustine’s outlook against the changing tone and social pressures of the
  eras and locations in which he moved. It is a most brilliant picture of the
  changes in the individual in antiquity who is best known through his own
  writing, including his superb Confessions. Like many, I would say that this
  is the outstanding biography of the 20th century."

[17]More recommendations…
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

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