From the EuroMemorandum Group, an essay on alternatives to finance-driven capitalism. We may become so good that we really reach a point where we have the "final plague", and where we are really capable of catching so many of these things that new pandemics become an oddity. A review of Voice of Hezbollah: The Statements of Sayed Hassan Nasrallah. A review of Teenagers: A Natural History by David Bainbridge. A review of So Damn Much Money: The Triumph of Lobbying and the Corrosion of American Government by Robert G. Kaiser (and more). A review of Measuring Up: What Educational Testing Really Tells Us by Daniel Koretz. At 37, The Joy of Sex gets a major face-lift. From HNN, an article on Howard Zinn and the historian as Don Quixote. A look at why some people can't put two and two together. The End of Solitude: As everyone seeks more and broader connectivity, the still, small voice speaks only in silence. A review of The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability by James Gustave Speth. Fed Up: An article on the popular uprising against central banking. What's good for business? An article on the ethical legacy of Catholic business schools. What if globalization and geopolitics were not contradictory forces but complementary undercurrents in our stage of human history? (and part 2)
From PUP, the first chapter from Rational Decisions by Ken Binmore; and an excerpt from Reason and Rationality by Jon Elster. A review of The Soul of a Leader: Character, Conviction, and Ten Lessons in Political Greatness by Waller R. Newell and Baptism by Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office in Times of Crisis by Mark K. Updegrove. A review of Madame Prosecutor: Confrontations with Humanity’s Worst Criminals and the Culture of Impunity by Carla Del Ponte and Chuck Sudetic. A review of The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America by Steven Johnson (and more). From Minding the Campus, shouldn't all students learn economics? An interview with Martti Ahtisaari, Nobel Peace Prize winner. A review of Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America by Russ Baker. Is France's First Lady Carla Bruni a traitor to Italy? Doubting altruism: New research casts a skeptical eye on the evolution of genuine altruism. The critical browser: Douglas Wolk on the language of the new WhiteHouse.gov. Dominick Dunne attends Sunny von Bulow's memorial service, speaks with her children, and remembers Claus von Bulow’s trials for attempted murder. Wise up, WWE offers lessons in political ideologies.
From International Social Science Review, a review of Hillary Rodham Clinton: Polarizing First Lady by Gil Troy; a review of Memo to a New President: The Art and Science of Presidential Leadership by Michael Genovese; a review of Sanford Levinson's Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It); and more on Paul Collier's The Bottom Billion. Learning to love the bomb: A review of The Dynamite Club: How a Bombing in Fin-de-Siecle Paris Ignited the Age of Modern Terror by John Merriman and The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in Its First Age of Terrorism by Beverly Gage (and more from Bookforum). Only makes you stronger: Walter Russell Mead on why the recession bolstered America. From New Scientist, a series on the six biggest mysteries of out solar system. Davos Man, confused: Why the world's economic leaders blame the catastrophe on the system instead of themselves. Disco Fever: Disco isn’t dead, but you might be surprised where it’s still kicking. How to sell your soul to Corporate America: Some graduates are taking this whole "entering society" thing a little lighter than others. A review of Why Us? How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves by James Le Fanu. Correctiquette: Ready to improve someone's language? Hold on.
From Human Organization, an article on the prevalence of male clients of street prostitute women in the United States. An excerpt from Creating a World Without Poverty by Muhammad Yunus. A review of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential by Dan Pallotta. The Bushification of Barack Obama: They have already begun — but attempts to paint the new U.S. president as little more than a clone of his predecessor have only a slim chance of success. A review of Popular Ideologies: Mass Culture at Mid-Century by Susan Smulyan. From The Daily Beast, the Internet has already changed the way the way movies are made, viewed, and distributed, but is the film industry — or the audience — ready to face what technology can actually do? Who wants to friend a millionaire? A Facebook for the rich tries its best to “keep out the average guy”. A review of Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin by Norah Vincent. Lib and Let Die: John McWhorter on why the well-intentioned effort to reclaim the word "liberal" is doomed (and a response). A look at what Elizabeth Cheney's 1988 college thesis tells us about the Bush presidency. Yes, swearing can be a substitute for real humour — but used wisely and judiciously it can also be subversively witty. Do humanlike machines deserve human rights?