From Smithsonian, a special section on American Indian history and culture. From Reason, how America was sold on world war: Remembering George Creel, the founder of modern war propaganda; and managed destruction, or, where are the paleo-Schumpeterians when we need them?: Can Carlota Perez save the global economy? A review of Things I Like About America: Tales of an American Drifter by Poe Ballantine. A review of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey. A review of Eliezer Schweid's The Philosophy of the Bible as Foundation of Jewish Culture. A review of Christianity and War, and Other Essays Against the Warfare State by Laurence M. Vance. A review of Hunter S. Thompson: An Insider's View of Deranged, Depraved, Drugged Out Brilliance by Jay Cowan. An excerpt from Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq by Peter R. Mansoor. An article on solving the mystery of the vanishing bees. Murder on Music Row: Is this the end of traditional country music? Fortune goes inside the world's biggest hedge fund: Bridgewater founder Ray Dalio's intense focus on principles helps him make money in good times and bad — now he's bracing for some very tough times indeed. Danger is booming as a pastime — are we crazy, or just reacting against mollycoddling?


Beyond the Skin Trade: How does black nationalism stay relevant in the age of Barack Obama? 50 years of stupid grammar advice: A look at why The Elements of Style does not deserve the enormous esteem in which it is held by American college graduates (and more and more and more and more). Lingo and then some: Would a master thesaurus contain the history of human perception? From The Morning News, a look at your favorite thing about the recession. Do-It-Yourself Governance: Without new social movements, there will be no new New Deal. Too big to save: Saskia Sassen on the end of financial capitalism. There is one particular type of bad argument that has always existed, but it has now spread like tar over the world-wide web, and is seeping into the pubs, coffee shops and opinion columns everywhere. A review of Naive Decision Making: Mathematics Applied to the Social World by T. W. Korner. From JASSS, a review of Reason and Rationality by Jon Elster; a review of Honest Signals: How They Shape Our World by Alex Pentland; a review of Artificial Psychology: The Quest for What It Means to Be Human by Jay Friedenberg. A review of Sarah Blaffer Hrdy's Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding. A review of The Criminal Brain: Understanding Biological Theories of Crime by Nicole Rafter.


Chris Hoofnagle (UC-Berkeley): Beyond Google and Evil: How Policy Makers, Journalists and Consumers Should Talk Differently about Google and Privacy. New Web tools allow you to track the details of your life and share them with the world — but do you really want to? A review of Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the Worlds Problems by Michael Strong and John Mackey. From Commentary, an article on the only way to prevent a genocide. What happens when a person is unable to repair the damage — financial, emotional, physical or otherwise — they have inflicted upon others? A review of In Defense of America by Bronwen Maddox. An interview with Gwen Iffil, author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. Should Historically Black Colleges and Universities be saved? A review of Whitewashed: America's Invisible Middle Eastern Minority by John Tehranian. A review of Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation by Tariq Ramadan. A review of Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary by Miri Rubin. From New Scientist, a review of books on mythical beasts and a look at why money messes with your mind. The Gibraltar barrage: Controlling the sea level of the Mediterranean would be an engineering feat and may be both possible and necessary.


From Monthly Review, Michael E. Tigar (Duke) and John Mage (MR): The Reichstag Fire Trial, 1933–2008: The Production of Law and History; Tariq Amin-Khan (Ryerson): Analyzing Political Islam: A Critique of Traditional Historical Materialist Analytic (and a response by Samir Amin); and a review of Vijay Prashad's The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World. Bluemen and yellowcake: Stefan Simanowitz reports from West Africa on the struggle of the Tuareg. With nationalist demagogues rising to power in both India and Israel, Pankaj Mishra examines their parallel histories. A Foreign Affairs roundtable discussion on the causes of instability in Pakistan and what, if anything, can be done about them; and who gets a state, and why? Stephen Krasner investigates. A look at The Venus Project, a radical plan to change the world. From IEET, an article on evolutionary ethics. Human evolution: Why people think life is a beach. From CT, a review of Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition by Robert Pogue Harrison and Heirloom: Notes from an Accidental Tomato Farmer by Tim Stark; and a review of The Arcadian Friends: Inventing the English Landscape Garden by Tim Richardson. A review of The Intelligibility of Nature: How Science Makes Sense of the World by Peter Dear. The other kind of smart: Is it time for schools to try to boost kids' emotional intelligence?

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