FiveBooks Newsletter 92


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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

Don't miss today's riveting interview with Wall Street money manager
  [5]Barry Ritholtz on the causes of the financial crisis. "Democracy",
  he says, "has been replaced with a de facto corporatocracy … the United
  States needs its own Arab Spring."
    Links:
      5. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/barry-ritholtz-on-causes-financial-crisis

Also on the site this week: political philosopher [6]John Gray gives a
  considered critique of utopian and apocalyptical thinking; [7]Nancy
  Goldstone discusses strong medieval women in bad marriages; former
  professional cricketer [8]Ed Smith discusses luck; and more.
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-gray-on-critiques-utopia-and-apocalypse
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/nancy-goldstone-on-strong-women-bad-marriages
      8. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ed-smith-on-my-life-and-luck

Next week, look out for Daniel Mendelsohn on updating the classics,
  Professor AC Grayling on being good, and much more. And for the best
  interviews of 2011, from Woody Allen to Steven Pinker, don't forget to
  check out our FiveBooks [9]ebook!
    Links:
      9. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Best-of-FiveBooks-2011-ebook/dp/B007GAM6RC/?tag=thebro-21

FiveBooks News

[10]Barry Ritholtz on Causes of the Financial Crisis
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/barry-ritholtz-on-causes-financial-crisis

Friday March 30

The Wall Street money manager diagnoses the ills of America’s political
  and economic system in a fizzing, irreverent analysis (with promised
  f-bombs thrown in) [11]Continue reading…
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/barry-ritholtz-on-causes-financial-crisis

[12]Nancy Goldstone on Strong Women in Bad Marriages
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/nancy-goldstone-on-strong-women-bad-marriages

Thursday March 29

The author of The Maid and the Queen takes us on an enjoyable ride
  through European history, looking at well-connected women who outwitted
  their husbands or asserted their independence [13]Continue reading…
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/nancy-goldstone-on-strong-women-bad-marriages

[14]John Gray on Critiques of Utopia and Apocalypse
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-gray-on-critiques-utopia-and-apocalypse

Wednesday March 28

Is it inevitable that the desire to build a perfect world should end in
  disaster? John Gray considers the flaws in utopian thinking, the
  essential nature of humans, and the driving force behind the Tea Party
  [15]Continue reading…
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-gray-on-critiques-utopia-and-apocalypse

[16]Ed Smith on My Life and Luck
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ed-smith-on-my-life-and-luck

Tuesday March 27

The former international cricketer, and author of a forthcoming book on
  luck, tells us about the chance happenings that have helped shape his
  life, for better or worse [17]Continue reading…
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ed-smith-on-my-life-and-luck

[18]Leo Hollis on Why Cities Are Good For You
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/leo-hollis-on-why-cities-are-good-you

Monday March 26

Half of the world’s population live in cities, and more are moving in.
  The urbanist explains how city living makes us smarter and more
  creative, why slums are set to grow, and what the future of the city
  holds [19]Continue reading…
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/leo-hollis-on-why-cities-are-good-you

[20]The Originality Of The Species
    Links:
      20. http://b.rw/HcRpAK

Ian McEwan | Guardian | 23 March 2012

Wonderful consideration of "the expression, common to both the arts and
  science, of the somewhat grand, somewhat ignoble, all too human pursuit
  of originality in the face of total dependence on the achievements of
  others" [21]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/best

Featured Topic

[22]Air Travel
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/reports/air-travel

Airlines opened to us a world of thrilling possibility. But, for many,
  flying is still a terrifying prospect. Crashes, though rare, do happen.
  And then there are the security procedures bequeathed to us by 9/11
  [23]Read on
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/reports/air-travel

Book of the Week

Book of the Day

[24]The Invisible Writing by Arthur Koestler
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/invisible-writing-by-arthur-koestler

[25]John Gray says: "It’s fresh, vivid, very analytical and wonderfully
  written" [26]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-gray-on-critiques-utopia-and-apocalypse
      26. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[27]Iranian Lawyer Fights To Save Juveniles From Execution
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos/iranian-lawyer-fights-save-juveniles-execution

Nicely done. Moving
  [28]More videos
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[29]Hugh Grant, on ambition
    Links:
      29. http://twitter.com/TerenceBlacker/status/184565385503309824

"It’s more comfortable to think you could write a novel, than to
    discover that you can’t"

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

Reader Recommendations

@bbc_future The story behind the Batman who was pulled over on Route 29
  is the feelgood story of the day.
  http://t.co/9f47kRom [32]#browsings [33]More like this
    Links:
      32. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      33. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

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