FiveBooks Newsletter 48


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Today on FiveBooks, economist and best-selling author [1]Dambisa Moyo
  describes how “we are witnessing the decline of Western supremacy.” She caps
  off a week of interviews on topics including the [2]lives of American first
  ladies, [3]understanding infants, and [4]classical Chinese poetry.
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/dambisa-moyo-on-west-vs-rest
      2. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/carl-sferrazza-anthony-on-first-ladies
      3. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tobias-hecht-on-understanding-infants
      4. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/qiu-xiaolong-on-classical-chinese-poetry

Next week, we talk to international relations expert Joseph Nye about global
  power. Sneak preview: he says, “In an information age it matters as much
  whose story wins as whose arms win.”

FiveBooks News

[5]Dambisa Moyo on The West vs The Rest
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/dambisa-moyo-on-west-vs-rest

Friday May 27th

The author and economist argues that the West is in decline, the U.S. faces
  structural unemployment, and authoritarian states like China are in many
  ways better positioned to deal with financial busts [6]Continue reading…
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/dambisa-moyo-on-west-vs-rest

[7]Tobias Hecht on Understanding Infants
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tobias-hecht-on-understanding-infants

Thursday May 26th

The anthropologist explains how infants are socially aware and why behaviour
  thought inevitable in some cultures, such as tantrums, can be uncommon
  elsewhere [8]Continue reading…
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tobias-hecht-on-understanding-infants

[9]Stella Tillyard on the Regency period
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/stella-tillyard-on-regency-period

Wednesday May 25th

The best-selling author says the 19th century Regency era was, apart from
  the duels and empire-line dresses, much like our own – a time of war and
  economic uncertainty [10]Continue reading…
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/stella-tillyard-on-regency-period

[11]Carl Sferrazza Anthony on First Ladies
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/carl-sferrazza-anthony-on-first-ladies

Tuesday May 24th

As President Obama and his wife, Michelle, arrive for their state visit to
  the UK, the historian of US presidential families considers the
  contributions of first ladies, from the very first one to the present day
  [12]Continue reading…
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/carl-sferrazza-anthony-on-first-ladies

[13]Jason Zweig on Personal Finance
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jason-zweig-on-personal-finance

Monday May 23rd

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 [14]Continue reading…
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jason-zweig-on-personal-finance

[15]Qiu Xiaolong on Classical Chinese Poetry
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/qiu-xiaolong-on-classical-chinese-poetry

Sunday May 22nd

The translator and poet says there is no one road when it comes to
  translating Chinese poetry, and chooses five anthologies that capture its
  magic [16]Continue reading…
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/qiu-xiaolong-on-classical-chinese-poetry

Story of the Week

[17]Sex Trafficking Of Americans: The Girls Next Door
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/mNTG4b

Amy Fine Collins | Vanity Fair | 24 May 2011

Horrifying report. "A pound of heroin or an AK-47 can be retailed once, but
  a young girl can be sold 10 to 15 times a day." And hundreds of thousands of
  American girls are. The average starting age for prostitution? Just 13

Featured Topic

[18]Moral Philosophy
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/topics/moral-philosophy

Do babies have morals? Does surveillance make us better? Is free will an
  illusion or not? Is there such a thing as evil? Get to grips with the big
  questions of right and wrong

Book of the Week

[19]Where Are the Customers’ Yachts? by Fred Schwed
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/where-are-customers’-yachts-by-fred-schwed

[20]Jason Zweig says: “Even now, some 70 years later, this is still the
  funniest book ever written about Wall Street”
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jason-zweig-on-personal-finance

Video of the Week

[21]Super Sad True Book Club
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/videos/super-sad-true-book-club

Paul  Giamatti,  Gary  Shteyngart and Felix the Dachsund celebrate the
  paperback edition of Gary's latest book

Quote of the Week

[22]Eli Pariser, on the Internet
    Links:
      22. http://edition.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/05/22/pariser.filter.bubble

"The new Internet doesn't just know you're a dog; it knows your breed and
    wants to sell you a bowl of premium kibble"

Reader Recommendations

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  [24]#browsings
    Links:
      23. http://b.rw/iDQCpK
      24. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

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