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[1]All of our Best of the Moment article recommendations, plus FiveBooks
  interviews and other selected content from thebrower.com
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

[5]Best Of 2011: Personal Best
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/rdC9XS

Atul Gawande | New Yorker | 26 September 2011

You'd be surprised if a successful singer or sportsman had no coach. Why not
  so for other professionals? Surgeon investigates: "I can’t say that every
  surgeon needs a coach to do his or her best work, but I’ve discovered that I
  do" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/personal-best

[7]Best Of 2011: Cracking The Scratch Lottery Code
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/dIMaiU

Jonah Lehrer | Wired | 31 January 2011

Extraordinary account of how MIT statistician cracked the code behind
  lottery scratch tickets. Achieved 90% win rate. "The visible numbers turned
  out to reveal essential information about the digits hidden under the latex
  coating" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/cracking-scratch-lottery-code

[9]Best Of 2011: The Arab Counterrevolution
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/oQsK0n

Hussein Agha & Robert Malley | NYRB | 7 September 2011

Outstanding analysis of Arab uprisings, looking ahead to what may follow.
  "Revolutions devour their children. The spoils go to the resolute, the
  patient, who know what they are pursuing and how to achieve it" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/arab-counterrevolution

[11]Best Of 2011: Obituary, Colonel Albert Bachmann
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/mQcqit

Anonymous | Telegraph | 4 May 2011

"Mustachioed, pipe-smoking and blessed with an ability to wreak havoc within
  his own organisation, Bachmann’s resemblance to Inspector Clouseau was
  striking. He reduced the Swiss intelligence agency to a state bordering on
  chaos" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/obituary-colonel-albert-bachmann

[13]Best Of 2011: Nato Must Help Us!
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/qkHFUP

Wolfgang Bauer | Zeit | 31 August 2011

Extraordinary report by German journalist of secret travels in Syria and
  meetings with protest leaders. Even hospitals aren't safe for dissidents:
  “You come in with a bullet in your leg. And you come out with a bullet in
  your head" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/nato-must-help-us

[15]Best Of 2011: Tour De Gall
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/eUD5rf

A.A. Gill | Vanity Fair | 7 March 2011

Gloriously hostile review of Paris restaurant, L'Ami Louis. On veal kidneys:
  "The heat had welded them together into a gray, suppurating renal brick. It
  could be the result of an accident involving rat babies in a nuclear
  reactor" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/tour-de-gall

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Best of FiveBooks on Children’s books for Christmas
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/children-best-fivebooks

In the first of seven compilation interviews, we feature five children’s
  books recommended by a range of experts – including Santa himself [18]Read
  on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/children-best-fivebooks

Featured Special Report

[19]Extreme Food
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/extreme-food

From foraging in the wild to foul restaurant dining, here is our toothsome
  selection of writing on the world of extreme food [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/extreme-food

Reader Recommendations

[21]@polit2k RT @[22]clusterstock: UBS's George Magnus: Europe Has Been
  Mis-Diagnosed, And The Crisis Will Come Roaring Back  [23]t.co/Wp0PaXPB
  #[24]browsings [25]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://twitter.com/clusterstock
      23. http://t.co/Wp0PaXPB
      24. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      25. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[26]Book of the Day
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/big-con-by-david-w-maurer

[27]The Big Con by David W Maurer
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/big-con-by-david-w-maurer

[28]Mike Dash says: “Maurer found out the story of “the big cons”. This is
  when you stay with somebody for weeks or months and take off with their
  entire life savings” [29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mike-dash-on-hidden-history
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]American Story
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/american-story

I  know,  you've  had  enough  Rick Perry for one lifetime. So this is
  bait-and-switch [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]Andrew Brown, on marriage
    Links:
      32. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/andrewbrown/2011/dec/20/lib-dem-rationalists

"Monogamy is probably the earliest and most successful human experiment in
    taming the power of markets and harnessing them to social use"

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

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