FiveBooks Newsletter 74


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Links to all our original FiveBooks interviews of the week before, plus a
  pick of the best content on The Browser.
  [1]FiveBooks weekly newsletter: Links to all our original FiveBooks
  interviews of the week before, plus a pick of the best content on The
  Browser.
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

FiveBooks at The Browser

Today on FiveBooks, economics professor [5]Daniel Hamermesh frames his book
  selection around the theme "economics is fun". He raises innovative examples
  of how to explain complex theories, and discusses how getting someone to do
  the dishes is a matter for game theory.
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/daniel-hamermesh-on-economics-fun

Also on the site, former diplomat [6]Carne Ross talks about Occupy Wall
  Street and the "leaderless revolution", historian [7]Norman Naimark
  considers genocide, entomologist [8]May Berenbaum dissects the literature on
  bugs, and more.
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/carne-ross-on-leaderless-revolution
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/norman-naimark-on-genocide
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/may-berenbaum-on-bugs

Next week's line-up includes author Tim Parks on Italian literature,
  historian Michael Kazin with more on the Occupy movement, and musician
  Santigold on her musical influences, so be sure to keep checking into our
  homepage!

FiveBooks News

[9]Daniel Hamermesh on Economics is Fun
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/daniel-hamermesh-on-economics-fun

Friday November 18

Yes, really! Have you ever been “sexiled”? Or used game theory, without
  realising it, to get someone to do the dishes? The economics professor
  explains  how  his  discipline creeps into all kinds of unlikely areas
  [10]Continue reading…
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/daniel-hamermesh-on-economics-fun

[11]Carne Ross on the Leaderless Revolution
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/carne-ross-on-leaderless-revolution

Thursday November 17

Our political and economic systems are inadequate and failing. But what can
  we do? The author of a new book on the subject tells us what inspired his
  involvement in the Occupy movement and how a leaderless revolution could
  work [12]Continue reading…
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/carne-ross-on-leaderless-revolution

[13]May Berenbaum on Bugs
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/may-berenbaum-on-bugs

Wednesday November 16

Insects  outnumber  us, outweigh us, and without them ecosystems would
  collapse. In short, we live on their planet. The entomologist explains why
  we should value bugs more – even, or especially, the carrion beetles and
  dung feeders [14]Continue reading…
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/may-berenbaum-on-bugs

[15]Norman Naimark on Genocide
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/norman-naimark-on-genocide

Tuesday November 15

Genocide isn’t the preserve of fanatics and racist thugs – it’s part of
  human nature, says the historian. He tells us how it happens, who denies it
  and where it could return [16]Continue reading…
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/norman-naimark-on-genocide

[17]Mary Laven on Renaissance Worlds
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mary-laven-on-renaissance-worlds

Monday November 14

New scholarship is opening up different ways of looking at the Renaissance.
  The historian explains what we should read to gain a wider appreciation of
  this key period in European history [18]Continue reading…
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mary-laven-on-renaissance-worlds

[19]Barry Estabrook on Food Production
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/barry-estabrook-on-food-production

Sunday November 13

Do you know what’s in the food you eat, and how it gets from field to plate?
  The author of an acclaimed exposé of American agribusiness tells us where to
  look if we want to become better-informed consumers [20]Continue reading…
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/barry-estabrook-on-food-production

[21]The Educational Lottery
    Links:
      21. http://b.rw/sdglE5

Steven Brint | LA Review of Books | 15 November 2011

Superb, highly readable essay on state of higher education. Focuses on
  America,  but  debate  and  tensions over access, standards, goals and
  aspirations will be familiar to readers in Britain and elsewhere [22]More
  like this
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/best

Featured Topic

[23]Syria Revolts
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/reports/syria-revolts

Months of anti-government protests; a brutal response by the authorities.
  But what's really going on in Syria? Read on to find out  [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/syria-revolts

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

[25]Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/letters-young-contrarian-by-christopher-hitchens

Carne Ross says: “This is a wonderful book about the transformative power of
  argument and it deserves to be a classic” [26]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[27]Leonardo da Vinci - Painter At The Court of Milan
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos/leonardo-da-vinci-painter-court-milan

Tour around the truly incredible Leonardo exhibition at the National Gallery
  in London, with curator Luke Syson
  [28]More videos
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[29]Jean-Claude Juncker, on the euro crisis
    Links:
      29. http://www.spectator.co.uk/essays/all/7378428/europes-hit-squad.thtml

"We all know what to do, but we don’t know how to get re-elected once we
    have done it"

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

Reader Recommendations

_@nuzav_ Timothy Geithner's Best Asset: Everybody Hates Him - The Atlantic
  _t.co/9rdVmd4S_ via _@AddThis_ [31]#browsings [32]More like this
    Links:
      31. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      32. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

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