Newsletter 574


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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]The Honor Of Aleppo
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/AcL5U4

Fouad Ajami | New Republic | 7 February 2012

New novel puts Syrian revolt in context. It's not available in English
  yet so it's summarised here. Ajami's analysis: This is a "rebellion of
  wrath and disinheritance" with a strong sectarian element (Free for
  Browser readers) [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/honor-aleppo

[7]Truth, Lies And Afghanistan
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/Ac7z3g

Daniel Davis | Armed Forces Journal | 6 February 2012

"My duties took me into every significant area where our soldiers
  engage the enemy. What I saw bore no resemblance to rosy official
  statements. Instead, I witnessed the absence of success on virtually
  every level" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/truth-lies-and-afghanistan

[9]This Chart Is A Lonely Hunter
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/zdllOd

Reif Larsen | Millions | 7 February 2012

Worth posting for the headline alone. On the seduction of newspaper
  infographics. "Visuals are easy to make, but they are also easy to
  fake, and their allure can turn them into potentially dangerous pieces
  of evidence" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/chart-lonely-hunter

[11]Tumbling On Success
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/x2ethC

Tom Cheshire | Wired UK | 2 February 2012

Super history of blogging platform turned social network, Tumblr. 36
  million users; 42 million posts per day; 14 billion monthly page views.
  This is how David Karp built a company worth £500m, in just five years
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/tumbling-success

[13]The Cultural Contradictions Of Democracy
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/yIFVcb

Vladislav Inozemtsev | American Interest | 1 February 2012

Thought-provoking essay on nature of modern democracy. "We might one
  day be faced with a choice that at first blush seems impossible: What
  if 'too much' democracy should become an enemy of 'enough' liberty and
  human rights?" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/cultural-contradictions-democracy

[15]Al Rodente
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/xC1qV2

Heather Smith | Grist | 3 February 2012

Time for the "re-squirreling of the American diet". Once a staple.
  Abundant, far from endangered, doesn’t need refrigeration the way that
  big game does. One squirrel yields enough meat for one person. Good
  shooting practice, too [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/al-rodente

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Richard Kuisel on French Attitudes to America
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/richard-kuisel-on-french-attitudes-america

The historian tells us how French condescension towards America goes
  back to the 18th century, but more recent antagonisms can be traced to
  the Second World War [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/richard-kuisel-on-french-attitudes-america

Featured Special Report

[19]Syria Revolts
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/syria-revolts

Months of anti-government protests; a brutal response by the
  authorities. But what's really going on in Syria? It's all here
  [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/syria-revolts

Reader Recommendations

[21]polit2k RT @[22]Ian_Fraser: Lord Levene questions 'social
  usefulness' of much banking activity in @[23]peston's
  blog[24]t.co/fAjgBBME #[25]gfc2 [26]#browsings [27]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://twitter.com/Ian_Fraser
      23. http://twitter.com/peston
      24. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16944993
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#gfc2
      26. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/first-crossing-greenland-by-fridtjof-nansen

[29]The First Crossing of Greenland by Fridtjof Nansen
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/first-crossing-greenland-by-fridtjof-nansen

[30]Roland Huntford says: “It was the beginning of modern polar
  exploration. By the application of technology, and by abandoning any
  kind of emotion, he demythologised polar exploration” [31]FiveBooks
  Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/roland-huntford-on-polar-exploration
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[32]Charles Dickens's London With Simon Callow
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/charles-dickenss-london-simon-callow

Whistlestop tour around sites associated with Dickens's life
  [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[34]Aaron Bady, on knowledge
    Links:
      34. http://thenewinquiry.com/blogs/zunguzungu/david-graebers-debt-my-first-5000-words

"Anyone claiming to be an expert is selling something. I brandish my
    ignorance like a crucifix at vampires"

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

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