A review of The Human Footprint: A Global Environmental History by Anthony Penna. An excerpt from A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change by William H. Calvin. An interview with John Shepherd on books on science and climate change. Is Earth past the tipping point? A review of How to Cool the Planet by Jeff Goodell. Despite its potential to trigger conflict, geoengineering will likely be part of the global response to climate change. Could a rich man's experiment trigger an Ice Age? A new effort will be launched to craft research restrictions for geoengineering, or large scale efforts to tinker with the planet's climate system (and more and more). From Wired, 200 scientists gather in an attempt to determine how research into the possibilities of geoengineering the planet to combat climate change should proceed; six ways we’re already geoengineering Earth; and an interview with Eli Kintisch, author of Hack the Planet: Science's Best Hope — or Worst Nightmare — for Averting Climate Catastrophe: "Geoengineering is a bad idea whose time has come" (and an excerpt). Hacking the planet: who decides? An interview with James Lovelock: Humans are too stupid to prevent climate change (and more). Marc Morano broke the Swift Boat story and effectively stalled John Kerry's presidential run; now he is working against an even bigger enemy — belief in climate change, and, somehow, he seems to be winning. More on Why We Disagree about Climate Change by Mike Hulme. The doubters of global warming are emboldened, but the experience of comparable assaults on the discipline of peace studies in the 1980s suggests that hostile scrutiny can have longer-term benefits. Urgent calls to escalate the war against climate skeptics may lead scientists and their organizations into a dangerous trap.

From Genders, Chris Coffman (UA-Fairbanks): Woolf’s Orlando and the Resonances of Trans Studies; and a special issue (2008) on female celebrity in reality, tabloid and scandal genres. Saviors & Sovereigns: Mark Mazower on the rise and fall of humanitarianism (and more on No Enchanted Palace: The End of Empire and the Ideological Origins of the United Nations). Rocker Matthew Roberts learned that Charles Manson might be his biological father, then came the strange part: His whole life suddenly made sense. An excerpt from Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves. Global Inheritance is a growing network of progressive-minded citizens with well-developed artistic sides, who plan to save the world through art and music. Benjamin Anastas reviews Ian McEwan's Solar (and more and more and more and more and more and more). The Strange Case of the Chevalier d’Eon: In the mid-18th century a French spy with a peculiar personal agenda came to prominence in London. Savior vs. Savior: George Tiller was one of the last men in America willing to provide late-term abortions; Scott Roeder was convinced that killing his kind was the duty of the righteous — Devin Friedman re-creates the fateful day their paths and their convictions finally crossed. Anglophone science fiction writers fear not to tackle alien beings, civilizations, and consciousnesses from other planets — but what about the ones on this one? (and a response) Machiavelli 2.0: Alexander Schellong on the fundamentals of network society. Could Google (eventually) put translators out of business? A review of Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic That Remains One of Medicine’s Greatest Mysteries by Molly Caldwell Crosby. A review of Obliquity: Why Our Goals Are Best Achieved Indirectly by John Kay (and more).

The first chapter from Capital Ideas: The IMF and the Rise of Financial Liberalization by Jeffrey Chwieroth. A look at how the global rush to develop modern financial institutions — including stock markets — has had a huge downside. Who needs Wall Street? Society profits little from a dizzying casino. Ponzi Nation: Andy Kroll on how get-rich-quick crime came to define an era. Dan Jones looks at past episodes of runaway greed and the moral lessons learnt. From Economic Principals, three books about the CDS market have appeared recently, a triptych that reveals a great deal about the process of financial innovation (and more); and here’s a relatively light-hearted way to tackle the question of what caused the macroeconomic mess of 2008 and 2009. More on Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin. Simon Johnson reviews Henry Paulson's On The Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Finance System (and more). A review of Getting Off Track: How Government Actions and Interventions Caused, Prolonged, and Worsened the Financial Crisis by John Taylor and The Fundamental Principles of Financial Regulation. Heading off the next financial crisis: David Leonhardt on the case for more — and more nuanced — regulation. Seize power, shareholders: More regulation won't fix Wall Street, but a shareholder revolution will. A review of The Crisis of Capitalist Democracy by Richard Posner (and more and more). Austerity is not the only way to make up for massive government debt and lack of revenue following self‑induced disasters in private finance — there are fairer ways to balance the books. An excerpt from The End of Influence: What Happens When Other Countries Have the Money by Brad DeLong and Stephen Cohen (and more and more and more and more and more).

From The Futurist, a series on 2020 visionaries: Andrew Hessel showcases his vision for open-source drug manufacturing and Robert Freitas details the medical future of nanorobotics; Janna Anderson and Mark Bauerlein present two distinct visions for education in the twenty-first century; Cory Ondrejka and Andrew Keen on how the Internet will redefine culture in the next 10 years; and Roy Speckhardt and Ayya Gotami on how spirituality, science, and the Internet may influence one another in the decades ahead. Lionel Shriver's health care novel So Much for That just so happens to be insanely topical. Blame Canada, for it has made, by way of protest and free-speech ignorance, a martyr out of wingnut Ann Coulter — which is about the stupidest thing a country can do these days. From the Enfield Poltergeist to the most haunted pub in England, Gary Day has still to see proof of ghosts. From Dissent's new blog "Arguing the World", Michael Walzer on what ought to be done, and Richard Wolin on an age of identity politics. Antoine de Saint Exupery wrote his classic, world-famous novella The Little Prince in 1943, but he was even more famous for his other career as an aviator. Priests and Pedophilia: A look at what authoritarian religion, families and schools have wrought. From Vice, a special issue on fashion, including an interview with the Kaiser himself, Karl Lagerfeld (and more); and an article on the return of the hat. One wonders how George Orwell avoided despair — hadn't he read Friedrich Hayek's The Road to Serfdom? Growing Up Gaga: The self-invented, manufactured, accidental, totally on-purpose New York creation of the world’s biggest pop star. Are essays viable in the twenty-first century? Quotidiana author Patrick Madden sure hopes so. Hitler is long gone but Mein Kampf still haunts.

The first chapter from The Torah for Dummies by Arthur Kurzweil. A review of The Biblical Saga of King David by John Van Seters. A review of Introduction to the Prophets by Paul L. Redditt. A review of Disability in the Hebrew Bible: Interpreting Mental and Physical Differences by Saul M. Olyan. A review of The Natural History of the Bible: An Environmental Exploration of the Hebrew Scriptures by Daniel Hillel. A review of Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible by Ellen Davis. From Review of Biblical Literature, a review of Body, Soul, and Human Life: The Nature of Humanity in the Bible by Joel Green; a review of Deep Exegesis: The Mystery of Reading Scripture by Peter J. Leithart; and a review of Sustaining Fictions: Intertextuality, Midrash, Translation, and the Literary Afterlife of the Bible by Lesleigh Cushing Stahlberg. A review of Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible by Robert Alter. The first chapter from Lost Books of the Bible for Dummies by Daniel L. Smith-Christopher and Stephen Spignesi. An excerpt from Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and Why We Don't Know About Them) by Bart Ehrman. A review of Bible Babel: Making Sense of the Most Talked About Book of All Time by Kristin Swenson. A review of The Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible by David Plotz. The Greatest Business Story Ever Told: How Bible publishers went forth and multiplied. Is the Bible more violent than the Quran? The origins of a holy book: Using ancient texts, scholars have begun an audacious effort to unravel the story of the Koran — what will they find? The first chapter from The Koran for Dummies by Sohaib Sultan.