FiveBooks Newsletter 62


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In today's FiveBooks interview Nigel Warburton takes philosophy out of the
  classroom and shows how it applies to our everyday lives. It's a stimulating
  introduction to questions about how we should live.

Earlier in the week we heard about ignorance, misunderstanding and policy
  failure as Andrew Exum told us about the West's unhappy experience in
  Afghanistan and George Ayittey suggested new approaches to African
  development.

Helen Castor took us back into British history to discuss how powerful women
  exercised authority in the past.

Next week we're looking ahead to the 10th anniversary of 9/11. We've got
  some great names lined up to give us their thoughts on how this most
  extraordinary act of terrorism changed the world around us.

Thanks for reading us. Do come back next week for more!

FiveBooks News

[5]Nigel Warburton on Introductions to Philosophy
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/nigel-warburton-on-introductions-philosophy

Friday September 2

How should we live? What is the nature of reality? Should pro golfers be
  allowed to use carts? The philosophy lecturer sets us off down the road of
  philosophical enquiry with an intriguing reading list [6]Continue reading…
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/nigel-warburton-on-introductions-philosophy

[7]Simon Pirani on Putin’s Russia
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/simon-pirani-on-putin’s-russia

Thursday September 1

Vladimir Putin has crafted a careful narrative about his rise to power and
  rescuing of Russia. The trouble, says author and academic Simon Pirani, is
  it isn’t true [8]Continue reading…
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/simon-pirani-on-putin’s-russia

[9]Andrew Exum on Understanding the War in Afghanistan
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrew-exum-on-understanding-war-afghanistan

Wednesday August 31

The US has repeatedly misdiagnosed the conflict in Afghanistan. The former
  soldier tells us about flawed policy, unhappy outcomes and what could and
  should have been different [10]Continue reading…
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/andrew-exum-on-understanding-war-afghanistan

[11]George Ayittey on Africa through African Eyes
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/george-ayittey-on-africa-through-african-eyes

Tuesday August 30

The Ghanaian economist denounces the failure of leadership and Western
  policy in Africa and explains what “African solutions to African problems”
  would mean in practice [12]Continue reading…
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/george-ayittey-on-africa-through-african-eyes

[13]Helen Castor on Queens and Power
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/helen-castor-on-queens-and-power

Monday August 29

Women’s historical role in politics wasn’t always as limited as we might
  assume. The historian tells us about powerful women in British history and
  how they were constrained or conspired against [14]Continue reading…
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/helen-castor-on-queens-and-power

[15]Shahidul Alam on World Photography
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/shahidul-alam-on-world-photography

Sunday August 28

The Bangladeshi photojournalist tells us about the power of images and
  offers some striking examples of the photographer as artist, witness or
  activist [16]Continue reading…
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/shahidul-alam-on-world-photography

[17]Day's End
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/oFwXEM

Frank Rich | New York | 27 August 2011

The  9/11  decade is now over. It was supposed to bequeath Americans a
  stronger nation, not a busted one. Civic virtue, bi-partisanship. A finer
  legacy than Gitmo and the Patriot Act. But it was hijacked, ideologically,
  commercially [18]More like this
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      18. http://thebrowser.com/best

Featured Topic

[19]Steve Jobs's Legacy
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/steve-jobss-legacy

The great man has retired. Here's what we should remember him for and what
  his departure means for Apple [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/steve-jobss-legacy

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

[21]Matters of Life and Death by Tobias Wolff (editor)
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/matters-life-and-death-by-tobias-wolff-editor

[22]Jim Shepard says: “ This was a hugely influential anthology in the early
  80s. It’s a snapshot of the very best storywriters of an entire decade”
  [23]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jim-shepard-on-short-stories
      23. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[24]Dan Ariely: Beware Conflicts Of Interest
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/videos/dan-ariely-beware-conflicts-interest

Particularly when it involves someone wanting to tattoo your face. Typically
  engaging, 5-1/2 minute talk
  [25]More videos
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[26]Sina Weibo commenter, on apples
    Links:
      26. http://www.chinasmack.com/2011/stories/steve-jobs-resigns-looking-sick-chinese-netizen-reactions.html

"Three apples have changed the world. One seduced Eve, one awakened
    Newton, the third is in the hands of Steve Jobs"

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

Reader Recommendations

@[28]andyguess MT @[29]JustinWolfers: Hiding in plain sight: WikiLeaks comes
  unhinged,  in  six  dramatic  acts.  Compelling read. [30]t.co/AEVoIMm
  [31]#browsings [32]More like this
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      28. http://twitter.com/#!/andyguess
      29. http://twitter.com/#!/JustinWolfers
      30. http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,783778,00.html
      31. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      32. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

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