The true significance of the human species

From TAP, a review of Engaging the Muslim World by Juan Cole, Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East by Rashid Khalidi, and Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East by Robin Wright (and more); a review of Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days that Created Modern America by Adam Cohen and The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR's Secretary of Labor and his Moral Conscience by Kristin Downey; and a review of The Marriage-Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today by Andrew Cherlin and The Lonely American: Drifting Apart in the Twenty-First Century by Jacqueline Olds and Richard Schwartz. From Miller–McCune, Shahid Naeem on the importance of biodiversity and the true significance of the human species; a look at the least influenced (most wild) areas of major terrestrial biomes; and more on the Human Footprint Index and Human Influence Index. Sesquipedalian Delight: A review of Alphabet Juice by Roy Blount. A review of First of the Year: 2008 (and a response at First of the Month). A review of False Economy: A Surprising Economic History of the World by Alan Beattie. A review of The Privatization of Roads and Highways by Walter Block (and an excerpt).