Werner Bonefeld (York): History and Human Emancipation: Struggle, Uncertainty, and Openness. A review of John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge's God Is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith is Changing the World (and more and more and more and more and more and more). An interview with Gordon Hempton and John Grossmann, authors of One Square Inch of Silence: One Man's Search for Natural Silence in a Noisy World. From The Washington Monthly, a review of Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America by Nathaniel Frank; and a review of Big Boy Rules: America’s Mercenaries Fighting in Iraq by Steve Fainaru. From H-Net, a review of Donald R. Wright's The World and a Very Small Place in Africa: A History of Globalization in Niumi, The Gambia; and a review of Gregory Clark's A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World. The introduction to Famine: A Short History by Cormac O Grada. Wall Street Civil War: Banks and hedge funds turn their dark armies of lobbyists against each other. An excerpt from Slumming: Sexual and Racial Encounters in American Nightlife, 1885-1940 by Chad Heap. A review of Judith Rich Harris' The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do (and more). The Observer profiles Pete Seeger.

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