From New Statesman, Tom Wright's literal belief in the Resurrection makes him a hero to conservative Christians worldwide; he declares war on militant atheists and liberals, and explains why heaven is not the end of the world; conservative Christianity is now a militant and rapidly growing force; and Mary Warnock on why religious belief is no basis for law-making. From The Global Spiral, here's a fabulous evolutionary defense of dualism. Darcy Cosper reviews Andrew Sean Greer’s The Story of a Marriage. Getting it right on the money: A global crusade is under way to teach personal finance to the masses. Shankar Vedantam on Cass Sunstein and Libertarian Paternalism. S & M and tea: When it comes to sex, be careful in judging the affairs of others. A review of Right of the Dial: The Rise of Clear Channel and the Fall of Commercial Radio by Alec Foege. A review of Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching by Paula J. Giddings. A review of The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments by George Johnson (and more). A review of Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare. Policing the frontiers of finance: Is foreign capital a luxury that poor countries can live without? Are human brains unique? Michael Gazzaniga investigates. A review of Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely (and more).
From HNN, a review of Walter Hixson's The Myth of American Diplomacy: National Identity and U.S. Foreign Policy; and a review of Larry Ceplair's The Marxist and the Movies: A Biography of Paul Jarrico. A look at how brain scanners can see your decisions before you make them. David Warsh on politics, economics and the news. Dose Encounters: Melody Petersen’s breathless prose is well suited to the characters and machinations of Big Pharma. What were you thinking? The government can't read our minds — yet. The Art of Politics: Does pro-Obama creativity say more about the candidate or his fans? An interview with Christina Binkley, author of Winner Takes All: Steve Wynn, Kirk Kerkorian, Gary Loveman, and the Race to Own Las Vegas. The Future Is Now: It's heading right at us, but we never see it coming. Richard Florida on the rise of the mega-region. In Search of a Lost Africa: Her idyllic childhood was shattered by a violent civil war; her return from exile revealed what she had, and had not, left behind. How English became English: A review of The Secret Life of Words by Henry Hitchings (and more). Our nomadic future: Prepare to see less of your office, more of your family—and still perhaps be unhappy. An excerpt from The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor: The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi by Les Leoppold.
From American Scientist, a review of The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics by Roger A. Pielke, Jr.; a review of Why Youth Is Not Wasted on the Young: Immaturity in Human Development by David Bjorklund; a review of The Emerald Planet: How Plants Changed Earth's History by David Beerling; and a review of The Social Atom: Why the Rich Get Richer, Cheaters Get Caught, and Your Neighbor Usually Looks Like You by Mark Buchanan. More and more reviews of books on China. Scott McLemee reviews Richard Sennett’s The Craftsman (and more and more and an excerpt and an interview). Aging acts account for most of the music industry's live performance revenue — what happens when these acts are gone? International front: The term "world music" has finally become redundant in 2008. A review of Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon. A review of What Sport Tells Us About Life by Ed Smith (and more and more). From The Nation, a special issue on the annexation of Hawaii by the United States. Michael Ruse reviews Why Think? Evolution and the Rational Mind by Ronald de Sousa. The introduction (and an interview) to The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State by Noah Feldman (and a review).