FiveBooks Newsletter 84


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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:
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FiveBooks at The Browser

Today on FiveBooks [5]Francis Fukuyama, author of "The End of History",
  explores what the financial crisis has revealed about our political and
  economic systems, and how it serves as an opportunity for reform.
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/francis-fukuyama-on-financial-crisis

Also on the site: best-selling author [6]Simon Winchester shares his
  favourite American stories; history professor [7]Timothy Snyder
  discusses dissent; [8]Mark Kurlansky selects science books he loves;
  and [9]Emrys Westacott considers the philosophy of everyday life.
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/simon-winchester-on-american-stories
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/timothy-snyder-on-dissent
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mark-kurlansky-on-favourite-science-books
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/emrys-westacott-on-philosophy-and-everyday-living

Next week, look out for the best reading on capital punishment, gay
  literature, Tibet and more, as recommended by experts. Thanks for
  following!

FiveBooks News

[10]Francis Fukuyama on the Financial Crisis
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/francis-fukuyama-on-financial-crisis

Friday January 27

The author of "The End of History" says the financial crisis revealed a
  great deal about the nature of America’s political and economic system.
  The shame, he says, is that opportunities to change it are now being
  ignored [11]Continue reading…
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/francis-fukuyama-on-financial-crisis

[12]Simon Winchester on American Stories
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/simon-winchester-on-american-stories

Thursday January 26

Modern America is a story of expanding frontiers, says the bestselling
  author. He tells us about five novels that shed light on the social
  history of his adopted homeland, from the late 19th century to the
  Great Depression [13]Continue reading…
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/simon-winchester-on-american-stories

[14]Timothy Snyder on Dissent
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/timothy-snyder-on-dissent

Wednesday January 25

The history professor tells us what today’s dissidents can learn from
  the experience of Eastern Europe and explains how Václav Havel leaves a
  lasting legacy of how to challenge the over-mighty [15]Continue
  reading…
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/timothy-snyder-on-dissent

[16]Mark Kurlansky on Favourite Science Books
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mark-kurlansky-on-favourite-science-books

Tuesday January 24

The bestselling author of Cod and Salt tells us about five science
  books he loves – from whales and snails to evolution and string theory
  – all of which make difficult subjects accessible [17]Continue reading…
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mark-kurlansky-on-favourite-science-books

[18]Emrys Westacott on Philosophy and Everyday Living
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/emrys-westacott-on-philosophy-and-everyday-living

Monday January 23

Philosophy is sometimes assumed to be a dry, academic subject but, in
  reality, is anything but. A philosophy professor tells us how his
  subject is at least as much about how we live, love and relate to each
  other [19]Continue reading…
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/emrys-westacott-on-philosophy-and-everyday-living

[20]The Caging Of America
    Links:
      20. http://b.rw/x54R57

Adam Gopnik | New Yorker | 23 January 2012

More than six million people are under "correctional supervision" in
  the US – more than were in Stalin's Gulags. Why so many? This superb
  account suggests there's been a serious failure of common sense and
  humanity [21]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/best

Featured Topic

[22]The New Islamists
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/reports/new-islamists

The Arab Spring has created opportunities for the region's Islamist
  movements. How will they behave once in, or near, power? [23]Read on
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/reports/new-islamists

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

[24]The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/sound-wild-snail-eating-by-elisabeth-tova-bailey

[25]Mark Kurlansky says: "It is a beautiful little book written with a
  real gentleness" [26]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mark-kurlansky-on-favourite-science-books
      26. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[27]The Page Turner
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos/page-turner

It's the bit with the hairdryer and the hamster that clinches it for me
  [28]More videos
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[29]Somerset Maugham, on quotations
    Links:
      29. http://twitter.com/randomhouse/status/162176714309513218

"A pretty gift for quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit"

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

Reader Recommendations

@damienjoyce George Soros in @nybooks on how to save the #euro
  http://t.co/ilNArl6T [32]#browsings [33]More like this
    Links:
      32. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      33. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

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