From New Internationalist, a special issue on Afghanistan. Who carries out spectacular acts of terrorism and why? From PUP, here are three chapters from Introduction to Modern Economic Growth by Daron Acemoglu; and the first chapter from Mostly Harmless Econometrics: An Empiricist's Companion by Joshua D. Angrist and Jorn-Steffen Pischke. From Radical Middle, an article on reinventing the law.  From IHE, a review of Talking Out of School: Memoir of an Educated Woman by Kass Fleisher; and New School economist Teresa Ghilarducci on her adventures with Rush Limbaugh. No sex please, we're American: The most controversial books in America. From LiveScience, an imperfect body might be just what the doctor ordered for women; research suggests men may flirt with risk because they think it will help them score women; and an article on sex and cheating: When does it count? The first chapter from Global Fragments: Globalizations, Latinamericanisms, and Critical Theory by Eduardo Mendieta. A review of Annie Leibovitz at Work. A review of Loot: The Battle Over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World by Sharon Waxman. Major League Baseball winds up its pitch to China, envisioning a billion fans. The introduction to Markets and Democracy: Participation, Accountability and Efficiency, ed. Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis.