FiveBooks Newsletter 54


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Today on FiveBooks, space historian Andrew Chaikin talks about [5]the final
  flight of NASA’s shuttle, and what the future holds for space exploration.
  Also on the site this week, [6]Fuchsia Dunlop recommends five books on
  Chinese cooking, [7]Jim Shepard shares five seminal short story collections,
  and journalist and author Franklin Foer discusses [8]the roots of American
  liberalism.
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrew-chaikin-on-space-exploration
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/fuschia-dunlop-on-chinese-food
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jim-shepard-on-short-stories
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/franklin-foer-on-roots-liberalism

Look out for more essential reading next week, including Simon Baron-Cohen
  on the necessity of empathy, and our American progressivism series continues
  with former union boss Andy Stern talking about bringing change to America.

FiveBooks News

[9]Andrew Chaikin on Space Exploration
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrew-chaikin-on-space-exploration

Friday July 8

On the day NASA’s space shuttle is due to blast off for the final time, the
  space historian tells us about five books that capture the thrill and
  achievement of our venturing into the great beyond [10]Continue reading…
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrew-chaikin-on-space-exploration

[11]Jim Shepard on Short Stories
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jim-shepard-on-short-stories

Thursday July 7

The American writer shares his favourite collections, and tells us why short
  stories are like guerrilla warfare and perfect for the Twitter generation
  [12]Continue reading…
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jim-shepard-on-short-stories

[13]Issandr El Amrani on Understanding the Arab World
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/issandr-el-amrani-on-understanding-arab-world

Wednesday July 6

The influential blogger and journalist tells us why there’s so much
  misinformation about the Arab world, and suggests what we should read to
  improve our understanding of the region’s history and current turmoil
  [14]Continue reading…
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/issandr-el-amrani-on-understanding-arab-world

[15]Fuchsia Dunlop on Chinese Food
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/fuschia-dunlop-on-chinese-food

Tuesday July 5

The English chef who studied cooking in Sichuan tells us that there is no
  one Chinese cuisine, how Western perceptions of Chinese food are changing,
  and why carrots are called "barbarian radishes" in Mandarin [16]Continue
  reading…
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/fuschia-dunlop-on-chinese-food

[17]Jack Rakove on the US Constitution
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jack-rakove-on-us-constitution

Monday July 4

The Pulitzer prize-winning history professor tells us how the Constitution
  came to be written and ratified and explains why, after more than 200 years,
  Americans are still so deeply wedded to it [18]Continue reading…
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jack-rakove-on-us-constitution

[19]Franklin Foer on the Roots of Liberalism
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/franklin-foer-on-roots-liberalism

Sunday July 3

Our weekly series on American progressivism continues with the journalist
  and author discussing the genesis of liberalism – and how the Civil War
  remade politics [20]Continue reading…
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/franklin-foer-on-roots-liberalism

[21]What The Papers Won’t Say
    Links:
      21. http://b.rw/qLBRW7

Peter Oborne | Spectator | 6 July 2011

On Britain's phone-hacking scandal. Obviously, News of the World and News
  International are to blame. But so are politicians of both sides, for being
  frightened of Rupert Murdoch. And other newspapers, for keeping quiet about
  it [22]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Featured Topic

[23]Art
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/topics/art

What are the most influential art books? Is cow dung art? How political was
  Picasso?  What's the correct etiquette for a gallery opening? All this
  answered and more [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/topics/art

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

[25]Zaat by Sonallah Ibrahim
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/zaat-by-sonallah-ibrahim

[26]Issandr El Amrani says: “Zaat captures the suffocating nature of the
  Mubarak regime, and not just in the last few years” [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/issandr-el-amrani-on-understanding-arab-world
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[28]The Aurora Borealis
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/aurora-borealis

Physicist  explains  how particles from deep inside the sun create the
  Northern Lights. Stunning end
  [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[30]Henry Kissinger, on Americans
    Links:
      30. http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,772292-2,00.html

"Americans believe that everybody in the world is a potential American"

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

Reader Recommendations

_@investoralist_  Surprisingly  good  piece  on  PTSD  and the odd cure:
  http://goo.gl/NZVCM _#browsings_
  [33]More like this
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

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