FiveBooks Newsletter 78


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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

This week on FiveBooks, we invited economist [5]Daron Acemoglu to talk about
  inequality, historian [6]Lynn Hunt to shed light on the French revolution,
  and best-selling author [7]Lev Grossman to recommend fantasy books –
  alongside other interviews on China, the Victorians and the siege of
  Leningrad.
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/daron-acemoglu-on-inequality
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/lynn-hunt-on-french-revolution
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/lev-grossman-on-fantasy

Next week, look out for music journalist Greil Marcus on rock 'n roll,
  novelist Mona Simpson on family stories, and get geared up for Christmas
  with Dr Bruce Forbes on yuletide history.

Check in to The Browser's [8]homepage for all of this and more – including
  the best articles and videos from around the web, and our [9]special report
  in memory of Christopher Hitchens.
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com
      9. http://thebrowser.com/reports/christopher-hitchens-0

FiveBooks News

[10]Lev Grossman on Fantasy
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/lev-grossman-on-fantasy

Friday December 16

We're living through a golden age for fantasy fiction, says the author of
  _The Magicians_. He tells us what makes for a good fantasy novel, and who's
  staking  out  the  future  not  just  of fantasy but of fiction itself
  [11]Continue reading…
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/lev-grossman-on-fantasy

[12]Lynn Hunt on the French Revolution
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/lynn-hunt-on-french-revolution

Thursday December 15

It's  a  revolution  that  still  resonates  and  yet  it resists easy
  interpretation. A leading historian of the French Revolution tells us what
  the events of 1789 and later years really meant, and what relevance they
  have for us today [13]Continue reading…
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/lynn-hunt-on-french-revolution

[14]Daron Acemoglu on Inequality
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/daron-acemoglu-on-inequality

Wednesday December 14

The US, the UK and many other countries have become far less equal over the
  past 30 years. The MIT economics professor says it's important we understand
  how and why this happened, and what it means for our societies [15]Continue
  reading…
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/daron-acemoglu-on-inequality

[16]Rana Mitter on 100 Years of Modern China
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/rana-mitter-on-100-years-modern-china

Tuesday December 13

A century after the fall of China’s last imperial dynasty, the legacy of
  revolution remains deeply ambiguous in today’s People’s Republic. The China
  scholar tells us the story of the country’s tumultuous changes from 1911 to
  2011 [17]Continue reading…
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/rana-mitter-on-100-years-modern-china

[18]Judith Flanders on Life in the Victorian Age
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/judith-flanders-on-life-victorian-age

Monday December 12

History books often focus on big political or economic events, wars and
  leaders. But there's much to learn from studying the way people lived, and
  what made the Victorian age both like and unlike our own, as the author
  explains [19]Continue reading…
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/judith-flanders-on-life-victorian-age

[20]Anna Reid on the Siege of Leningrad
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/anna-reid-on-siege-leningrad

Sunday December 11

Glorified by Russia, glossed over by the West, the siege of Leningrad is
  rarely seen for what it was – a tragic story of tremendous suffering and
  death. The author of a new book on the subject tells us what really happened
  there [21]Continue reading…
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/anna-reid-on-siege-leningrad

[22]Person Of The Year: The Protester
    Links:
      22. http://b.rw/roUgoR

Kurt Andersen et al | Time | 14 December 2011

It  began in Tunisia in December 2010. "My son set himself on fire for
  dignity," says Mannoubia Bouazizi. If only that frustrated and despairing
  young  man,  Mohamed Bouazizi, knew what his action had helped inspire
  [23]More like this
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/best

Featured Topic

[24]Christopher Hitchens
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/christopher-hitchens-0

Remembering the superlative essayist, polemicist and debater [25]Read on
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/reports/christopher-hitchens-0

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

[26]The Once and Future King by T H White
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/once-and-future-king-by-t-h-white

[27]Lev Grossman says: "A thoroughly modern re-imagining of the story of
  King Arthur" [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/lev-grossman-on-fantasy
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[29]'Loreley'
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/loreley

Sand art. Amazing
  [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[31]Maud Newton, on delay
    Links:
      31. http://twitter.com/maudnewton/status/146384694437625856

"I don't think of it as procrastination. I think of it as allowing my work
    to accumulate urgency"

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

Reader Recommendations

_@whitebluewhite_ Rt _@stas_kulesh_: 360dgree panoramic image of protest in
  Moscow,    Russia   on   10th   of   December.   100   000+   attended
  http://t.co/6TBpAzIw [34]#browsings [35]More like this
    Links:
      34. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      35. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

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