From Smithsonian, a special section on American Indian history and culture. From Reason, how America was sold on world war: Remembering George Creel, the founder of modern war propaganda; and managed destruction, or, where are the paleo-Schumpeterians when we need them?: Can Carlota Perez save the global economy? A review of Things I Like About America: Tales of an American Drifter by Poe Ballantine. A review of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey. A review of Eliezer Schweid's The Philosophy of the Bible as Foundation of Jewish Culture. A review of Christianity and War, and Other Essays Against the Warfare State by Laurence M. Vance. A review of Hunter S. Thompson: An Insider's View of Deranged, Depraved, Drugged Out Brilliance by Jay Cowan. An excerpt from Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq by Peter R. Mansoor. An article on solving the mystery of the vanishing bees. Murder on Music Row: Is this the end of traditional country music? Fortune goes inside the world's biggest hedge fund: Bridgewater founder Ray Dalio's intense focus on principles helps him make money in good times and bad — now he's bracing for some very tough times indeed. Danger is booming as a pastime — are we crazy, or just reacting against mollycoddling?
Beyond the Skin Trade: How does black nationalism stay relevant in the age of Barack Obama? 50 years of stupid grammar advice: A look at why The Elements of Style does not deserve the enormous esteem in which it is held by American college graduates (and more and more and more and more). Lingo and then some: Would a master thesaurus contain the history of human perception? From The Morning News, a look at your favorite thing about the recession. Do-It-Yourself Governance: Without new social movements, there will be no new New Deal. Too big to save: Saskia Sassen on the end of financial capitalism. There is one particular type of bad argument that has always existed, but it has now spread like tar over the world-wide web, and is seeping into the pubs, coffee shops and opinion columns everywhere. A review of Naive Decision Making: Mathematics Applied to the Social World by T. W. Korner. From JASSS, a review of Reason and Rationality by Jon Elster; a review of Honest Signals: How They Shape Our World by Alex Pentland; a review of Artificial Psychology: The Quest for What It Means to Be Human by Jay Friedenberg. A review of Sarah Blaffer Hrdy's Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding. A review of The Criminal Brain: Understanding Biological Theories of Crime by Nicole Rafter.
Chris Hoofnagle (UC-Berkeley): Beyond Google and Evil: How Policy Makers, Journalists and Consumers Should Talk Differently about Google and Privacy. New Web tools allow you to track the details of your life and share them with the world — but do you really want to? A review of Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the Worlds Problems by Michael Strong and John Mackey. From Commentary, an article on the only way to prevent a genocide. What happens when a person is unable to repair the damage — financial, emotional, physical or otherwise — they have inflicted upon others? A review of In Defense of America by Bronwen Maddox. An interview with Gwen Iffil, author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. Should Historically Black Colleges and Universities be saved? A review of Whitewashed: America's Invisible Middle Eastern Minority by John Tehranian. A review of Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation by Tariq Ramadan. A review of Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary by Miri Rubin. From New Scientist, a review of books on mythical beasts and a look at why money messes with your mind. The Gibraltar barrage: Controlling the sea level of the Mediterranean would be an engineering feat and may be both possible and necessary.
From Monthly Review, Michael E. Tigar (Duke) and John Mage (MR): The Reichstag Fire Trial, 1933–2008: The Production of Law and History; Tariq Amin-Khan (Ryerson): Analyzing Political Islam: A Critique of Traditional Historical Materialist Analytic (and a response by Samir Amin); and a review of Vijay Prashad's The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World. Bluemen and yellowcake: Stefan Simanowitz reports from West Africa on the struggle of the Tuareg. With nationalist demagogues rising to power in both India and Israel, Pankaj Mishra examines their parallel histories. A Foreign Affairs roundtable discussion on the causes of instability in Pakistan and what, if anything, can be done about them; and who gets a state, and why? Stephen Krasner investigates. A look at The Venus Project, a radical plan to change the world. From IEET, an article on evolutionary ethics. Human evolution: Why people think life is a beach. From CT, a review of Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition by Robert Pogue Harrison and Heirloom: Notes from an Accidental Tomato Farmer by Tim Stark; and a review of The Arcadian Friends: Inventing the English Landscape Garden by Tim Richardson. A review of The Intelligibility of Nature: How Science Makes Sense of the World by Peter Dear. The other kind of smart: Is it time for schools to try to boost kids' emotional intelligence?
From Al-Ahram, why such a great fear of democracy? Galal Nassar examines the pathology of apathy; and a special issue of "Beyond" on reclaiming the street. An interview with John Perry on the problem of identity. A review of Transfigurements: On the True Sense of Art by John Sallis. Can the sassy, foul-mouthed, hectoring tone that prompted millions of women to buy Skinny Bitch work for men? A review of Free Market Madness: Why Human Nature Is At Odds With Economics — And Why It Matters by Peter A. Ubel (and more and more). What happened to the Perry Bible Fellowship? From Bookforum, second, third, and even more acts: Fitzgerald didn’t believe in second acts for American lives, but his work gets several in adaptation. Wikipedia may be the closest thing to a metropolis yet seen online; like a city, Wikipedia is greater than the sum of its parts (and more). From THES, the internet may one day hold the library of all knowledge, but not while Wikipedia predominates; and publishers see every download of a pirate copy of a textbook as a sale lost; now they are fighting back against the bookaneers. A review of Beyond Uncertainty: Heisenberg, Quantum Physics, and The Bomb by David C. Cassidy. A look at what drives people to steal precious books. Is America’s love affair with the mall over?
From The Boston Globe Magazine, a special issue of unemployment. The beauty of most modern sport is a product of the symmetry of its rules — a legacy of Victorian England. A review of Demagogue: The Fight to Save Democracy from Its Worst Enemies by Michael Signer. A review of Ronald R. Gauch's It's Great! Oops, No It Isn't: Why Clinical Research Can't Guarantee The Right Medical Answers. Tim Griffin reviews Versed by Rae Armantrout. A review of The Thoreau You Don't Know by Robert Sullivan (and more and more and more). The Scarlet Library's reissues of classic erotica are the perfect summer reading for anyone who gets off on good grammar. There's no denying the tagline in every issue of The Saturday Evening Post is a beaut: "Founded A.D. 1728 by Benjamin Franklin". A review of Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin by Norah Vincent. A look at why numbers no longer win arguments. Why Facebook can't succeed: Letting readers call all the shots is great for community but bad for business. A review of The Face on Your Plate: The Truth about Food by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (and more). An article on do-it-yourself magazines, cheaply slick. A review of Shapes: Nature’s Patterns — A Tapestry in Three Parts by Philip Ball (and more).
From Philosophy and Literature, Ihab Hassan (Wisconsin): Literary Theory in an Age of Globalization. From PUP, the first chapter from Picturing the Uncertain World: How to Understand, Communicate, and Control Uncertainty through Graphical Display by Howard Wainer; and the first chapter from How Do You Know? The Economics of Ordinary Knowledge by Russell Hardin. More and more on More Than Just Race by William Julius Wilson. Why do people worship religious relics, and why is the number of trainee exorcists rising? Two new books suggest that our desire to believe in magical forces remains irresistible. A review of Grave Expectations: Planning the End Like There’s No Tomorrow by Sue Bailey and Carmen Flowers. An excerpt from The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It by Joshua Cooper Ramo (and more and more). The Greater Greed: Wall Street didn't invent excess — it just upped the ante. A review of The Forbidden Apple: A Century of Sex and Sin in New York City by Kat Long and Licentious Gotham: Erotic Publishing and Its Prosecution in Nineteenth-Century New York by Donna Dennis. Summer of ’69: John Buffalo Mailer on his father’s campaign to liberate New York from New York.
From Family Security Matters, are conservative principles the foundation of American liberty? From TAC, finding Atlas: As Ayn Rand’s sales soar, remember Isabel Paterson, the woman who inspired her; how right was Reagan? At a time when they should be returning to first principles, conservatives look instead to their favorite matinee idol; and what would Burke do? Reviving the Constitution depends on restoring the tie between church and state. Science, spirituality, and some mismatched socks: Researchers turn up evidence of "spooky" quantum behavior and put it to work in encryption and philosophy. The past and future of human rights: Barack Obama could be America’s first human rights president. When it comes to Marx, there's no time like the present. Tyler Cowen on how to keep your job: Forget boasting and flattery — if you want to avoid getting laid off, right now it's all about the money. Brad DeLong on our future as a financial colony. Build your own nation: An article on the case for micronations and artificial islands. Hell in the Pacific: Lessons from Nauru, the brokest country on Earth. Kristen Sheeran and Mindy Lubber on the cost of climate change inaction. Does nature have economic value? Ecological economists know the price of everything — and the value of nothing.
Jeff Taylor (WIU): Fighting Bob vs. Silent Cal: The Conservative Tradition from La Follette to Taft and Beyond. The textured life: A look at what we can still learn from the '70s. Nature v nurture? The question has fuelled some of history's fiercest scientific and political feuds — now we have an answer. Can a click replace a glance? Newspapers offered a serendipitous reading experience that online formats haven't managed to replicate. A review of Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW, and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century by Randy Shaw. Dan Willingham, author of Why Don’t Students Like School? A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for Your Classroom, on how teachers can get more respect (and part 2). An interview with Carrie Tucker, author of I Love Geeks: The Official Handbook. The introduction to Whose Culture? The Promise of Museums and the Debate over Antiquities. That the rise in state sovereignty challenges has been mostly ignored by the national news media isn’t surprising. Matthew Ladd reviews In the United States of Africa by Abdourahman A. Waberi. Sitting Vainly: Nothing gets your self-absorption flowing quite like sitting for a portrait. The financial picture for zoos isn't a good one — would that the WPA was still around.
From The Claremont Review of Books, a review of The Warping of Government Work by John D. Donahue and A Government Ill Executed: The Decline of the Federal Service and How to Reverse It by Paul C. Light; four leading thinkers explain the current economic situation; and Hadley Arkes on civil rights and the conservative soul (and a response by William Voegeli). From 24/7 Wall Street, a look at why the sun is setting on Business Week, Forbes, and Fortune. A review of Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East by Rashid Khalidi. Noah Eli Gordon reviews The Sound Mirror by Andrew Joron. A review of As They See 'Em: A Fan's Travels in the Land of Umpires by Bruce Weber. Should we “chemically castrate” sex offenders? Victims’ rights groups, Governor Bobby Jindal — and even some sex offenders themselves — say yes. Peter Augustine Lawler on irresponsible professors and lonely students. Odd Prize: An article on judging a book by its title. Dinesh D'Souza on why Peter Singer makes the New Atheists nervous. Rachel Morris on how Obama can reverse justice’s long slow slide to the right. Rebels without a cause: Liberal over-reaction makes it harder to have a rational debate about the database state. Dating Games: To play or not to play — and who makes the rules, anyway?