From TNR, a review of History of the Art of Antiquity (Texts & Documents) by Johann Winckelmann; and a look at how Moses became an American icon. A review of Greek Architecture and its Sculpture by Ian Jenkins. A review of Euripides and the Poetics of Nostalgia by Gary S. Meltzer. A review of Spartacus: Film and History. Between Riddle and Revelation: A review of Dante: the Poet, the Political Thinker, the Man by Barbara Reynolds. Building Democracy: A review of Architecture of Democracy: American Architecture and the Legacy of the Revolution, by Allan Greenberg. A review of God's Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain by Rosemary Hill. Mussolini spared no effort in transforming Rome into the seat of his empire, turning its architecture into the embodiment of fascism’s muscular, overblown ideals.
Does all this so-called social networking crap make you wish people would stop being so fucking friendly? Do you long to disconnect? No Social Networking which is here to fulfill your need for greater social isolation. The Facebook economy: The No. 2 social network is fast evolving into a new kind of software platform - and the race is on to figure out how to turn users' every move into dollars for enterprising developers. Blogs To You! Kevin Anderson explains the difference between old-school journalism and new-school blogging. Proof of an afterlife: The blog of a dead woman lives on, perhaps redefining the nature of mourning, the nature of love. A small but growing number of parents are getting domain names for their young kids, long before they can do more than peck aimlessly at a keyboard. It turns out that the people who are hiding behind anonymity online for nefarious or selfish reasons are not little guys in pajamas but the very bastions of accountability that haters of the Web have deified.
Charles Jones (UC-Berkeley): The Weak Link Theory of Economic Development. A review of Fair Trade For All: How Trade Can Promote Development by Joseph Stiglitz and Andre Charlton. Should market liberalisation precede democracy? The citizens' point of view: Evidence suggests that democracy generates some popular support for the market, but economic liberalisation does not clearly enhance the support for democracy. Globalisation is like the elephant in the tale, experienced differently by everyone, a capacious category that encompasses many different aspects of the interconnectedness among States and societies. Liberalisation is only one part of globalisation, and it is useful to differentiate between the two.
An excerpt from Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia by Joe Studwell (and more). The Last Gasp of Resistance: The arrest and upcoming trial of ethnic Hmong in the United States might just mark the end of armed resistance in Laos. A review of After They Killed Our Father: A Daughter from the Killing Fields Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind by Loung Ung. The sunny continent: An article on Africa's optimistic businessmen. A new era for African media: Why does the West think that war, famine and death are Africa's only commodities? Diamonds Are a Guerrilla's Best Friend: Why was war good for Angola's big miners? The death and life of Kigali: After being decimated by the genocide 13 years ago, Kigali - the capital of Rwanda - now seems to be exploding out of the ashes like a phoenix in the African heartland.
A review of The Discovery of France by Graham Robb. To understand Nicolas Sarkozy, who has been President of France for three intense months, it helps to know the story of the human bomb. Meet the president, our perfect CEO: A business culture has overtaken the civil service ethos in France plc. Even before Gordon Brown became prime minister, London-based media had been trumpeting a rise of Scotophobia, a waning sense of Britishness, and the imminent emancipation of the Scots. A review of Foreigners: Three English Lives by Caryl Phillips. Shooting down the system: Reinhard Jirgl on new evidence of the order to shoot in the former East Germany. Philosophy and recycling in Albania: After spending the last couple of years studying environmental conservation, Kieran Cook reports on the unusual people he met in Albania coping with an ever increasing mountain of discarded material.
From Government Executive, the worst thing about "starve the beast" is the idea that a straightforward argument for low taxes and spending cannot be pressed successfully. It is a strategy based not only on outwitting the Democrats, but on outwitting the electorate as well. It would be a pity if it worked. From National Journal, the Bush administration likes to point to the reduced deficit, but it's the large federal debt that will be the president's budget legacy. From TAP, Share the Credit: Michael Lind on why extending income tax credits to payroll tax payers should be the next big idea in American politics; and Mark Schmitt on how Every Fight Tells a Story: Political strategists will always make the argument for incrementalism. But public policy is littered with incremental changes that never went beyond the first step and actually foreclosed the pressure for further changes. From the Mises Institute, here's a Political Theory of Geeks and Wonks.
From Mute, Fictitious Capital For Beginners: Imperialism, "anti-imperialism", and the continuing relevance of Rosa Luxemburg. An interview with John Lott, author of Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories Don't. Across the world, central bankers aim to keep inflation low, but alive. Why not try to eradicate it altogether? Martin Wolf on why the Federal Reserve has to keep the party going. Send Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Business Executives: Why are big American companies hiring foreign-born CEOs? Michael Kinsley on Workin' Private Equity: Goin' down, down, down. Does a trillion pounds of debt matter? Media stories suggest the nation's debt is at worrying levels. But what's the full story, behind the statistics in the headlines?
From The American Prospect, a special report on Tomorrow's Amazonia. From Orion, Horse Power: A practical suggestion that would transform the way we live; and what’s the use of pets? Wildness and domesticity at Global Pet Expo. Hair of the Dog: Scientists are testing animal fur to track pollutants in the environment. From PopMatters, an article on barbeque as the new environmental battleground. Man's inhumanity to otters: A review of Silent Fields: The long decline of a nation's wildlife by Roger Lovegrove. State of Emergency: The slaughter of four endangered mountain gorillas in war-ravaged Congo sparks conservationist action. A review of The Final Call: In Search of the Real Cost of Our Holidays, by Leo Hickman and Ecotourism, NGOs and Development, by Jim Butcher.
A review of Why Beauty is Truth: The History of Symmetry by Ian Stewart; The Equation that Couldn’t be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry by Mario Livio; The Poincare Conjecture: In Search of the Shape of the Universe by Donal O'Shea; and MetaMaths: The Quest for Omega by Gregory Chaitin. The foreword to Fearful Symmetry: The Search for Beauty in Modern Physics by A. Zee. Master of the Enlightenment: A review of The Scientific Correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks, 1765-1820. An over-celebrated pathologist: A review of Lethal Witness: Sir Bernard Spilsbury, Honorary Pathologist by Andrew Rose. Eliciting why blood gives life: A review of Max Perutz and the Secret of Life by Georgina Ferry (and more). A review of Suffer And Survive: Gas Attacks, Miners’ Canaries, Spacesuits And The Bends — The Extreme Life of Dr JS Haldane by Martin Goodman.
Tyrant who unified China: The terracotta army that guards his tomb is world famous. But what about Qin Shi Huangdi himself? Clifford Coonan investigates the legend of one of the most extraordinary men who ever lived. A review of Inquisition: The Reign of Fear by Toby Green. A review of The Plot Against Pepys by James Long and Ben Long (and more). A discovery in Virginia raises questions about Pocahontas' people. A review of For Liberty and Glory: Washington, Lafayette, and Their Revolutions by James Gaines. A review of Lenin's Private War: The Voyage of the Philosophy Steamer and the Exile of the Intelligentsia by Lesley Chamberlain. A review of The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression by Amity Shlaes. The birth of the teen: A review of Teenage: The creation of youth 1875-1945 by Jon Savage.
From California Literary Review, Notes From Italy: Looking back at Mussolini. Heroism — and humour — in hell: A review of Absolute War by Chris Bellamy. A review of Endgame 1945 by David Stafford. A review of After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation by Giles MacDonogh (and more). How much did the Marshall Plan really matter? Niall Ferguson reviews The Most Noble Adventure: The Marshall Plan and the Time When America Helped Save Europe by Greg Behrman. A review of Ike: An American Hero by Michael Korda (and more). An interview with Edward W. Wood Jr., author of Worshipping the Myths of World War II.