FiveBooks Newsletter 52


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FiveBooks began on a high this week, with Nobel prize-winning economist Paul
  Krugman discussing [5]why he is a liberal. Also on the site, evolutionary
  biologist Jerry Coyne talks [6]Darwin and Dawkins, we ask Gretchen Rubin
  [7]how to be happier, and award-winning documentary maker [8]Peter Taylor
  says “the fight against Al-Qaeda isn’t over, and anyone who thinks it is
  because Bin Laden is dead is living in cloud-cuckoo-land.”
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/paul-krugman-on-inspiration-liberal-economist
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jerry-coyne-on-evolution
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/gretchen-rubin-on-how-be-happier
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/peter-taylor-on-al-qaeda

Next week, look out for five books on Latin America, the history of food …
  and an exclusive interview with US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on
  his intellectual influences, from Henry Adams to Marcel Proust.

FiveBooks News

[9]Peter Taylor on Al-Qaeda
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/peter-taylor-on-al-qaeda

Friday June 24

The award-winning BBC documentary maker tells us what he’s learned in 10
  years investigating Al-Qaeda, and suggests what we should read to understand
  where the group came from, and what it’s still trying to do [10]Continue
  reading…
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/peter-taylor-on-al-qaeda

[11]Gretchen Rubin on How to Be Happier
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/gretchen-rubin-on-how-be-happier

Thursday June 23

The author who gave us _The Happiness Project_ passes on tips for happier
  living, with a little help from Samuel Johnson, Benjamin Franklin and a nun
  with humour on her mind [12]Continue reading…
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/gretchen-rubin-on-how-be-happier

[13]Jerry Coyne on Evolution
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jerry-coyne-on-evolution

Wednesday June 22

The evolutionary biologist tells us why Darwin is still essential reading
  and sifts the vast amount of more recent writing on evolution for books that
  are both inspiring to scientists and accessible to general readers
  [14]Continue reading…
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jerry-coyne-on-evolution

[15]Kaushik Basu on the Indian Economy
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/kaushik-basu-on-indian-economy

Tuesday June 21

The chief economic adviser to the Indian government says there’s a Gandhian
  way of evaluating society that takes account of both growth and inequality,
  and tells us why his job is an anthropologist's dream come true [16]Continue
  reading…
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/kaushik-basu-on-indian-economy

[17]Jonny Steinberg on Identity in South Africa
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jonny-steinberg-on-identity-south-africa

Monday June 20

The journalist and author discusses five books with strikingly different
  interpretations of what it means to be South African today, whether black or
  white [18]Continue reading…
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jonny-steinberg-on-identity-south-africa

[19]Paul Krugman on Inspiration for a Liberal Economist
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/paul-krugman-on-inspiration-liberal-economist

Sunday June 19

Continuing our weekly series on American progressivism, we talk to the Nobel
  prize-winning economist, Paul Krugman, on why he counts himself a liberal
  [20]Continue reading…
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/paul-krugman-on-inspiration-liberal-economist

[21]Michele Bachmann's Holy War
    Links:
      21. http://b.rw/jOCry5

Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone | 22 June 2011

Aspiring Republican gets the Taibbi treatment. "Bachmann is exactly the
  right  kind  of  completely  batshit  crazy.  Not medically crazy, not
  talking-to-herself-on-the-subway crazy, but grandiose crazy, late-stage Kim
  Jong-Il crazy" [22]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Featured Topic

[23]Natural History
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/topics/natural-history

Everything you need to know about natural history. Experts from London's
  Natural History Museum discuss their top five books on everything - from
  bats to plants, dinosaurs to meteorites and more [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/topics/natural-history

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

[25]Foundation by Isaac Asimov
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/foundation-by-isaac-asimov

[26]Paul Krugman says: “This is a very unusual set of novels from Isaac
  Asimov, but a classic”[27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/paul-krugman-on-inspiration-liberal-economist
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[28]Greatest Addiction Ever
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/greatest-addiction-ever

Everything you might want to know about coffee. Just everything [29]More
  videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[30]Gertrude Stein, on Ezra Pound
    Links:
      30. http://flavorwire.com/188138/the-30-harshest-author-on-author-insults-in-history

"A village explainer. Excellent if you were a village, but if you were
    not, not"

[31]More quotes
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

Reader Recommendations

_@tog22_   Euthanasia:   a   good  thing?  The  philosophical  arguments
  _@openDemocracy_ http://b.rw/ljVGNT _#browsings_
  [33]More like this
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

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