FiveBooks Newsletter 91


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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 we invited political economist and commentator
  [5]Robert Reich to discuss the crisis of democracy in America, and how
  to solve it. "Massive inequality," he says, "is incompatible with
  robust democracy."
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-reich-on-saving-capitalism-and-democracy

He joins the good company this week of writer John Carlin, considering
  the legacy of Nelson Mandela in today's South Africa, gardener and TV
  presenter [6]Monty Don, recommending five favourite gardening books,
  and much more.
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/monty-don-on-favourite-gardening-books

Next week, look out for political philosopher John Gray on a critique
  of utopia, cricketer Ed Smith on luck, and financial columnist and
  blogger Barry Ritholz on Wall Street. Thanks for reading us!

FiveBooks News

[7]Robert Reich on Saving Capitalism and Democracy
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-reich-on-saving-capitalism-and-democracy

Friday March 23

Three decades of growing inequality and collapsing public morality have
  pitched America into crisis, imperilling its democracy. But there are
  precedents for a way out, says Robert Reich [8]Continue reading…
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/robert-reich-on-saving-capitalism-and-democracy

[9]Monty Don on Favourite Gardening Books
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/monty-don-on-favourite-gardening-books

Thursday March 22

The presenter of the popular BBC series Gardener’s World shares his
  favourite reads on gardening from childhood to today, and tells us that
  we’re all bacteria when it comes to working with nature [10]Continue
  reading…
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/monty-don-on-favourite-gardening-books

[11]Juliet Schor on Consumption and the Environment
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/juliet-schor-on-consumption-and-environment

Wednesday March 21

The author of True Wealth suggests how we can rethink our patterns of
  consumption and approach our relationship with nature in a new, less
  damaging, way [12]Continue reading…
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/juliet-schor-on-consumption-and-environment

[13]John Carlin on Understanding Mandela and South Africa
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-carlin-on-understanding-mandela-and-south-africa

Tuesday March 20

Nelson Mandela was a most unusual, and unusually astute, leader, says
  John Carlin. He used forgiveness as a political tool, in so doing
  ensuring that South Africa avoided what could have been a bloodbath
  [14]Continue reading…
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-carlin-on-understanding-mandela-and-south-africa

[15]Tim Weiner on the US Intelligence Services
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tim-weiner-on-us-intelligence-services

Sunday March 18

The job of the intelligence services is to understand others and help
  leaders act more wisely, says the author of a new history of the FBI.
  There’s also, he says, a balance to be struck between liberty and
  security [16]Continue reading…
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tim-weiner-on-us-intelligence-services

[17]How One Man Escaped From A North Korean Prison Camp
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/zXR09I

Blaine Harden | Guardian | 16 March 2012

Shin In Geun is probably the only person to have been born in, and
  escape from, a North Korean camp for political prisoners. His account
  of the cruelty and viciousness of life inside Camp 14 is harrowing
  almost beyond belief [18]More like this
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/best

Featured Topic

[19]Hackers
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/hackers

Cars, nuclear plants, computers, phones, webcams -- they all succumb to
  hackers in the end [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/hackers

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

[21]Derek Jarman's Garden by Derek Jarman
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/derek-jarmans-garden-by-derek-jarman

[22]Monty Don says: "I think this is the best gardening book ever
  written" [23]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/monty-don-on-favourite-gardening-books
      23. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[24]Flying Like A Bird
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/videos/flying-bird

With the help of an Android phone, some video game controllers, and
  home-made wings Jarno Smeets claims he can fly like a bird. Can he? Or
  is it a hoax?
  [25]More videos
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[26]Gail Collins, on women voters
    Links:
      26. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/the-etch-a-sketch-doctrine

"My biggest rule on women voters is that most of them won’t, under
    any circumstances, support a male candidate who yells a lot"

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

Reader Recommendations

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  longer Google's core product." http://t.co/DnCtdFCa [29]#browsings
  [30]More like this
    Links:
      29. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      30. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

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