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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.”

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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.

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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.

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The Terror Courts

The details about the courts at Guantanamo Bay have remained sketchy. Until now, as a new book explains how a small group of Bush-era political appointees developed a parallel justice system designed to ensure a specific outcome.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE



Digital Disconnect

“The ways capitalism works and does not work,” Robert McChesney writes in his new book, “determine the role the Internet might play in society. ... The problem is that [Internet] celebrants often believe digital technology has superpowers over political economy.”

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Sticks and Stones

Many of the adults interviewed by author Emily Bazelon “could access, with riveting clarity, a memory of childhood bullying. … These early experiences of cruelty were transformative, no matter which role you played in the memory reel.”

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 READ MORE


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