Newsletter 769


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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]The Elusive Obama Doctrine
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/O5p54y

Leslie Gelb | National Interest | 22 August 2012

Generally friendly essay critiquing US foreign policy under President
  Obama. He avoided big errors. Handled tactical challenges fairly well.
  But he's lacked strategic thinking, and doesn't understand interplay of
  strategy and power [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/elusive-obama-doctrine

[8]Interview: Richard Dawkins
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/SqaCEu

Anonymous | Playboy | 20 August 2012

And this month's centrefold is... Britain's atheist-in-chief. If only.
  "I think a particular god like Zeus or Jehovah is as unlikely as the
  tooth fairy, but the idea of some kind of creative intelligence is not
  quite so ridiculous" [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/interview-richard-dawkins-0

[10]Follow The Money
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/PzmjZ6

David Conn | London Review Of Books | 22 August 2012

How English football became a business. Superb overview from 1980s to
  present day. Key moment was creation of the Premier League in 1992, a
  money grab by the big clubs that cut funding from the rest of football
  [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/follow-money-0

[12]Preparing For A Worst-Case Euro Scenario
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/QVAaVT

Miguel Angel Garcia Vega | El País | 20 August 2012

“The euro zone was put together along the lines of a lobster trap: Easy
  to get in, but very difficult to get out.” Which is a worry for
  companies across the region, who now feel they need to prepare for a
  break-up. But how? [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/preparing-worst-case-euro-scenario

[14]Lester Bangs: Truth Teller
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/RBN3Lh

Maria Bustillos | New Yorker | 21 August 2012

Short fat alcoholic. Died at 33. Finest rock critic of his generation.
  Prose stylist. On Mick Jagger: “A spastic flap-lipped tornado writhing
  from here to a million steaming snatches and beyond in one
  undifferentiated mass" [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/lester-bangs-truth-teller

[16]Life On Board A British Nuclear Submarine
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/RC1Aqh

Stephen Moss | Guardian | 21 August 2012

"Climbing the ladders between decks exhausts me; I am forever hitting
  my head on protruding bits of metal; and once in the control room,
  while leaning against the periscope, I stumble backwards and
  accidentally press a button" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/life-board-british-nuclear-submarine

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Norman Davies on Europe’s Vanished States
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/norman-davies-on-europe’s-vanished-states

The rise of China means the study of its history is suddenly in vogue.
  But, says the historian, there’s as much to learn, if not more, from
  looking at states that have disappeared [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/norman-davies-on-europe’s-vanished-states

Featured Special Report

[20]Human Modification
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/human-modification

Scientists are experimenting with different ways to enhance humans.
  What's possible? And what may be possible in the future? Does messing
  with Mother Nature raise ethical questions? [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/human-modification

Reader Recommendations

@rszbt Nizhny Novgorod's old city: @ForeignPolicy: The life and death
  of a great Russian city [22]t.co/V2vqZfwo" [23]#browsings [24]More like
  this
    Links:
      22. http://t.co/V2vqZfwo
      23. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/mirages-marriage-by-william-lederer-and-don-jackson

[26]The Mirages of Marriage by William Lederer and Don Jackson
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/mirages-marriage-by-william-lederer-and-don-jackson

[27]Mira Kirshenbaum says: "People don’t just exchange information.
  They do things with words. They issue commands even when they think
  they’re just describing reality." [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mira-kirshenbaum-on-relationship-therapy
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]Larry Woodstore
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/larry-woodstore

If you aren't confused by this, you haven't been watching it closely
  [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Jay Ulfeder, on legitimacy
    Links:
      31. http://abandonedfootnotes.blogspot.com/2012/08/legitimacy-as-solow-residual-of.html

"We appeal to legitimacy when we need to explain the persistence of
    political arrangements that defy our materialist predictions"

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

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