From THES, a review of Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World; and a review of The Disrespect Agenda or How the Wrong Kind of Niceness is Making us Weak and Unhappy by Lincoln Allison. A review of Worlds at War: The 2,500-Year Struggle Between East and West by Anthony Pagden. Irrational, passionate, unpredictable — politicians' marriages remind us of all the things that drive us nuts about relations (and government). A review of The Flash Press: Sporting Male Weeklies in 1840s by Patricia Cline Cohen, Timothy J. Gilfoyle, and Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz. The first chapter from Guesstimation: Solving the World's Problems on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin by Lawrence Weinstein and John A. Adam (and test your estimability). From Comment, an interview with Timothy Shah on the opening of the evangelical mind. David Frum remembers William F. Buckley, the loyal son. Change the world (in five easy steps): Even with millions of signatures, the success of petitions is hard to gauge — which do we sign, forward or delete? A review of ID: The Quest for Identity in the 21st Century by Susan Greenfield. A review of Dawn, Dusk, or Night: A year with Nicolas Sarkozy by Yasmina Reza. A review of The Powers to Lead by Joseph Nye. Everyone wants girls to have as many opportunities in sports as boys, but can we live with the greater rate of injuries they suffer?
From PopMatters, there are four hip-hop rules for families: One, fathers, take care of your children and their mothers; two, don't talk about other people's mamas; three, be good to your own mother; four, repeat as necessary. A review of The Creative Feminine and Her Discontents: Psychotherapy, Art and Destruction by Juliet Miller. The bipartisan folly of farm subsidies: How the latest farm bill provides welfare for the wealthy. From Seed, science, and morality, of our planet's modern palate: Humanity's rapidly increasing appetite for meat is fast becoming a matter of global consequence; and the evolutionary psychologist Marc Hauser and the documentary filmmaker Errol Morris discuss game theory, Stanley Milgram, and whether science can make us better people. An interview with Sidney Blumenthal, author of The Strange Death of Republican America. The Popularity Gap: A new study reveals that for teens, it's not whether you're really popular — it's whether you think you are. A review of Chris Hedges’ I Don’t Believe in Atheists. An article on the parallel dimension in which anti-Obama chain e-mails make sense. A review of The Fabric of America: How Our Borders and Boundaries Shaped the Country and Forged Our National Identity by Andro Linklater. A review of The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart by Bill Bishop.
From Index on Censorship, just as Russia's economic growth has obviated talk of democracy, the media's financial successes leave no place for ethical debate. A review of Making Prehistory: Historical Science and the Scientific Realism Debate by Derek Turner. A look at how natural disasters often prompt political reforms — and, sometimes, revolutionary changes. From Transit, Mykola Riabchuk on how he became a Czech and a Slovak. From Gelf, an interview with Daniel Radosh, author of Rapture Ready!; and Paul Collins on how he used statistics to understand the true power of amicus curiae briefs on the Supreme Court. An interview with Matt Taibbi, author of The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire (and a review). From The Atlantic, a lawyer discovers that making ethics entertaining is the right thing to do. Thomas Frank on our great economic u-turn. From Nextbook, an article on the rise and fall—and rise—of “Jewess”. As the country turns 60, novelist Arnon Grunberg reconsiders Zionism amid revealing encounters with the Israeli military. Why the world would be a better place if women ruled. More on The Roads to Modernity by Gertrude Himmelfarb. An easy out when you don’t want to read the book: An excerpt from The Solitary Vice: Against Reading by Mikita Brottman (and a review).