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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

[6]Bo Xilai: Power, Death And Politics
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/MydUlt

Jamil Anderlini | FT | 20 July 2012

Gripping, fullest account yet of rise and fall of one of China's most
  powerful politicians. On this telling, the corruption, criminality and
  murder could all have remained hidden were it not for a moment of
  arrogance [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. https://thebrowser.com/articles/bo-xilai-power-death-and-politics

[8]Muddled Models
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/QaMlUO

Buttonwood | Economist | 20 July 2012

Why economics fails as a science. Fails to foresee or solve basic
  problems. Riven by fundamental disagreements. Neglects non-financial
  motivations. Politicised. Relies on simplified models of world which is
  itself in constant flux [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. https://thebrowser.com/articles/muddled-models

[10]Does Money Make Us Write Better?
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/QaNBqY

Tim Parks | NYRB | 20 July 2012

"The key idea is that of a community of reference. Writers can deal
  with a modest income if they feel they are writing toward a body of
  readers who are aware of their work and buy enough of it to keep the
  publisher happy" [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. https://thebrowser.com/articles/does-money-make-us-write-better

[12]Nokia's Bad Call On Smartphones
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/MvseLC

Anton Troianovski & Sven Grundberg | WSJ | 18 July 2012

Years before Apple, Nokia prototyped an iPhone precursor, and an iPad
  precursor. Never got either to market. Binged on R&D, couldn't execute.
  Took months to make decisions. Once a leader, now "in turnaround". Or
  dying [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. https://thebrowser.com/articles/nokias-bad-call-smartphones

[14]I Really Resent You Using the Word 'Torture'
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/MzARsm

Amy Davidson | New Yorker | 19 July 2012

Jose Rodriguez, former director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center,
  defends waterboarding, Guantanamo, black sites. "Making a few
  terrorists uncomfortable for a few days is worth it in order to save
  thousands of lives" [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. https://thebrowser.com/articles/i-really-resent-you-using-word-torture

[16]Blowing Up The King David Hotel
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/MMjAqI

Niv Elis | Tablet | 19 July 2012

July 1946 attack helped precipitate departure of British from
  Palestine. Niv Elis's 91-year-old grandfather explains how he helped
  carry out the bombing, and hide Irgun leader Menachem Begin afterwards
  (h/t @polit2k) [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. https://thebrowser.com/articles/blowing-king-david-hotel

FiveBooks Interview

[18]William Boyd on Writers Who Have Inspired Me
    Links:
      18. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/william-boyd-on-writers-who-have-inspired-me

The acclaimed novelist tells us about the authors, from Heller to
  Chekhov, who most influenced his own development as a writer – and
  reveals the secret to a well-crafted sex scene [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/william-boyd-on-writers-who-have-inspired-me

Featured Special Report

[20]Crime & Thriller Writing
    Links:
      20. https://thebrowser.com/reports/crime-thriller-writing

Leading writers discuss their genre and select their top five essential
  reads, plus selected articles on the murky world of thrillers and
  whodunnits [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. https://thebrowser.com/reports/crime-thriller-writing

Reader Recommendations

[22]polit2k "... meltdown of the British establishment  ..." Timon of
  Athens: the power of money | Paul Mason
  [23]t.co/MVeTeG8L @[24]guardian  #[25]browsings [26]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      23. http://t.co/MVeTeG8L
      24. http://twitter.com/guardian
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/word-world-forest-by-ursula-le-guin

[28]The Word for World is Forest by Ursula Le Guin
    Links:
      28. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/word-world-forest-by-ursula-le-guin

[29]Paul Kingsnorth says: “It’s an allegory about the human destruction
  of nature… a colonisation story set on a planet called Athshe”
  [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/paul-kingsnorth-on-civilisation-and-its-discontents
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]Daniel Kahneman Discusses Well-being
    Links:
      31. https://thebrowser.com/videos/daniel-kahneman-discusses-well-being

Goals matter. But take care to pick the right one
  [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]Dwight Macdonald, on Time magazine
    Links:
      33. http://www.easthamptonstar.com/?q=Books/2012717/Long-Island-Books-Great-Contrarian#.UAoJJEwr5Lo.twitter

"As smoking gives us something to do with our hands when we aren’t
    using them, Time gives us something to do with our minds when we
    aren’t thinking”

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

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