From the Journal of Global History, a review of Pathfinders: a global history of exploration by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto; a review of Bound together: how traders, preachers, adventurers, and warriors shaped globalization by Nayan Chanda; a review of Dictating development: how Europe shaped the global periphery by Jonathan Krieckhaus; and a review of The shock of the old: technology and global history since 1900 by David Edgerton. From Think, Paul Kurtz (SUNY-Buffalo): Why I am a Skeptic About Religious Claims; Lisa Bortolotti (Birmingham): What Does Fido Believe? A review of Farm Friends: From the Late Sixties to the West Seventies and Beyond by Tom Fels.  From New Statesman, a look why greens must learn to love nuclear power. When two intrepid women set out to slay the Wedding Industrial Complex, things get complicated fast. A review of The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case for the Existence of the Soul by Mario Beauregard and Denyse O’Leary. The introduction to Public Freedom by Dana Villa. A review of The Eagle and the Crown: Americans and the British Monarchy by Frank Prochaska and In Defence of America by Bronwen Maddox. A review of Tell Me How This Ends: General David Petraeus and the Search for a Way Out of Iraq by Linda Robinson.

Vanity Fair goes inside Colombia’s hostage war. From Psychology Today, coddled from infancy and raised to be academic machines, China's only children expect the world — now they're buckling under the pressure of their parents' deferred dreams; and why are millions of Japanese youths hiding from friends and family? A review of How Sadness Survived: The Evolutionary Basis of Depression by Paul Keedwell. A review of Clean: A History of Personal Hygiene and Purity by Virginia Smith and The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History by Katherine Ashenburg. A review of Sensory History: Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Tasting, and Touching in History by Mark M. Smith. A review of books on loneliness. Tom Davis Gives Up: He was a star in the Republican Party; now, like dozens of his G.O.P. colleagues, he’s quitting Congress, fed up with his party, his president and the process. A review of Right is Wrong by Arianna Huffington and Why We're Liberals by Eric Alterman. A review of The Race between Education and Technology by Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz. An excerpt from Enemies of Intelligence: Knowledge and Power in American National Security by Richard K. Betts. A review of Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are by Rob Walker (and an interview). 

Here's CQ’s guide to all of the races. From TLS, a review of books on Lucretius; and a review of books on what the West makes of Chinese science. Naked ambition: Here's a step-by-step guide on the secrets for success in the Playboy empire. A review of Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream by Steven Watts (and more). The New Larry Flynt: Strip-club king Joe Redner is Florida's unlikeliest folk hero. From Policy Innovations, an article on the founding of Transparency International: A global campaign against corruption takes form. A review of Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You by Sam Gosling (and more and more and more).  Everett Ehrlich and Felix Rohatyn on a new bank to save our infrastructure. The One-Man Wall: How a single Arizona legislator's obsession has changed immigration policy for the worse. A review of The Idea of a European Superstate: Public Justification and European Integration by Glyn Morgan. From TED, Steven Pinker on language and how it expresses what goes on in our minds; and Noah Feldman on how politics and religion are technologies. A review of Blue Dixie: Awakening the South's Democratic Majority by Bob Moser. An interview with Dave Zirin, author of A People’s History of Sports in the United States. From Cracked, here are the 10 Commandments of Facebook

Keally McBride (USF): State of Insecurity: The Trial of Job and Secular Political Order. We are not yet done screwing up this planet, OK? Scott Feschuk shall teach the tribe of philosophy and the miracle of fire, of triumphs like the McRib. Climate engineering will not be perfect, but who thought it would be? A review of Fixing Climate: What Past Climate Changes Reveal About the Current Threat—And How to Counter It by Wallace Broecker (and an interview). What does volume 140 of Harvard Law Review reveal about Obama's future career? From Communalism, an essay on Murray Bookchin’s originality. A look at why running "on the record" is harder than you think. A review of The Political Mind by George Lakoff (and more on the mind and the Obama magic, and more and more). How much do Republican-leaning corporations benefit from Republican political success? A review of Provoking Democracy: Why We Need the Arts by Caroline Levine. Here's a look at 5 myths about lobbyists. Thomas Friedman on Palin’s kind of patriotism. An interview with BHL on McCain, Obama and the Left. Here are four ways McCain might be able to turn it around and win. Patricia Williams on the politics of Michelle Obama's hair. The Philadelphia Story: Obama finally speaks to an inner-city crowd — and it could not have been more different than McCain's recent events.