Newsletter 765


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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]How Not To Reconstruct Iraq, Afghanistan – Or America
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/NNkmUO

Peter Van Buren | Nation/TomDispatch | 16 August 2012

Lacerating critique by former US foreign service officer. "Once
  corruption and pure greed are strained out and the vanity projects
  crossed off, what's left is our desire for them to be like us." It
  doesn't work [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. https://thebrowser.com/articles/how-not-reconstruct-iraq-afghanistan-–-or-america

[8]Understanding Ego Depletion
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/PvNvFz

Dan Ariely | Dan Ariely | 15 August 2012

On will power, and the difficulty of maintaining it. "When we become
  depleted, we’re not only more apt to make bad and/or dishonest choices,
  we’re also more likely to allow ourselves to be tempted to make them in
  the first place" [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. https://thebrowser.com/articles/understanding-ego-depletion

[10]John Williams, The Music Master
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/SxVKkA

Clemency Burton-Hill | FT | 17 August 2012

"I always wrote music for my friends, but my focus was on playing the
  piano. I didn't think I'd be quite good enough to be a soloist, but I
  believed that if I worked hard enough, I could work as a teacher. Maybe
  even an accompanist" [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. https://thebrowser.com/articles/john-williams-music-master

[12]How 'God' Evolved
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/S2NMTa

Adam Benton | EvoAnth | 16 August 2012

Anthropologists speculate. "As co-operation became more and more
  important to survival, the beliefs which fostered this co-operation
  also became more and more important and as a result more and more
  common" [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. https://thebrowser.com/articles/how-god-evolved

[14]Man Who Dug The Hole For Saddam
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/R6iB9F

Kevin Sullivan | Washington Post | 15 August 2012

Interview with Iraqi farmer who hid Saddam Hussein in "spider hole"
  after US invasion. “He came here and he asked us for help and I said
  yes. In our Arab tribal tradition, and by Islamic law, when someone
  needs help, we help him” [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. https://thebrowser.com/articles/man-who-dug-hole-saddam

[16]A Right Fit: Navigating The World of Literary Agents
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/PpbdTZ

Michael Bourne | Millions | 14 August 2012

What do literary agents do all day? Say no to writers, mostly. Michelle
  Brower sends out 18 rejection letters in 14 minutes. Scott Hoffman
  reckons the chance of getting on his list without an introduction at
  about 1 in 11,111 [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. https://thebrowser.com/articles/right-fit-navigating-world-literary-agents

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Heather Brooke on Holding Power to Account
    Links:
      18. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/heather-brooke-on-holding-power-account

Power corrupts – and even those who start out with good intentions can
  be affected. The freedom of information campaigner tells us about books
  to help us remember this, from Orwell to a memoir of apartheid [19]Read
  on
    Links:
      19. https://thebrowser.com/interviews/heather-brooke-on-holding-power-account

Featured Special Report

[20]Epic Adventures
    Links:
      20. https://thebrowser.com/reports/epic-adventures

Extreme tourism, unwise adventure and plain bad luck. Enjoy it all from
  the comfort of your armchair [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. https://thebrowser.com/reports/epic-adventures

Reader Recommendations

[22]rszbt RT @[23]polit2k: RT @[24]EvanHD: Very good Observer piece on
  science, paradigms and paradigm shifts. [25]t.co/injg2HKd via
  @[26]guardian #[27]browsings [28]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://twitter.com/rszbt
      23. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      24. http://twitter.com/EvanHD
      25. http://t.co/injg2HKd
      26. http://twitter.com/guardian
      27. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      28. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[29]Book of the Day
    Links:
      29. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/man-without-face-by-masha-gessen

[30]The Man Without a Face by Masha Gessen
    Links:
      30. https://thebrowser.com/recommended/man-without-face-by-masha-gessen

[31]Edward Lucas says: “Masha Gessen inverts this common picture of
  [Putin] as a glamorous, decisive, tough guy to show that the reality is
  sordid, scary and in a way rather pathetic” [32]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/edward-lucas-on-putin-and-russian-history
      32. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[33]Heart of Coppola
    Links:
      33. https://thebrowser.com/videos/heart-coppola

A homage, of sorts
  [34]More videos
    Links:
      34. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[35]William Gibson, on terrorism
    Links:
      35. http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/09/vulture_transcript_william_gib.html

If the terrorist can get you to think about what he’s doing as
    terrorism, you’re already in his win position

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

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