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The Science Delusion

Are the humanities—literature, history, art, religion and philosophy—useless? Some scientists would have you think so.

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The Unwinding

This book’s vision of how things went bad over the past generation covers such diverse topics as the fast food-obesity nexus, the loss of localism, the end of cheap oil, the housing collapse and, above all, the death of trust.

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The Race for What’s Left

It’s dire but simple: There are no longer any essential resources for economic expansion or survival that are abundant, accessible or safe to obtain.

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE

How to Make a Million Dollars an Hour

People who manufacture nothing and bet on everything control the financial destinies of everyone else—and they make stupendous amounts of money doing it. Because, as Les Leopold writes in his book, “Making a million an hour means never having to say you’re sorry.”

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE

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Act of Congress

A new book examines the House and Senate through the evolution of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, and “Congress comes across as the nation’s grandfather: antiquated, inconsistent, as slow-moving as it is dull-witted.”

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Daily Rituals

“Daily Rituals: How Artists Work,” which describes the routines of more than 150 creative people, including playwrights, composers, painters and writers, is a compact, quirky and frequently delightful book.

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The Girls of Atomic City

In 1942, the U.S. government created an instant, secret city in rural Tennessee to process uranium for the world’s first atomic bomb. And Rosie, it turns out, did much more than drive rivets.

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The Divine Comedy

We talk with Clive James, translator and cultural critic, about tackling Dante’s masterpiece. “Dante,” writes James, “was the first to put the scientific attitude into art.”

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE

Color Blind

Twelve years before Jackie Robinson began dismantling baseball’s racial barriers, an integrated team of five whites and six blacks played in Bismarck, N.D., and went on to win the national semipro championship.

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 READ MORE

The Second Arab Awakening

Adeed Dawisha’s new book examines why democracy has historically failed to take hold in the Middle East, and contemplates the current and future role of Islamists.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE

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