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Where the bias is more to recently-published books and today's lifestyle questions
Peter Andreas and Kelly M. Greenhill, (Eds.), Sex, Drugs and Body Counts: The Politics of Numbers in Global Crime and Body Counts. Cornell University Press, 2010, 287pp.
Danielle Archibugi, The Global Commonwealth of Citizens. Princeton, 2009, 298pp.
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Sarah Bakewell, How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Answers. Chatto and Windus, 2010, 400pp.
Derek Bok, The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn From The New Reserarch on Well-Being. Princeton, 2010, 262pp.
Maryrose Cuskelly, Original Skin: Exploring the Marvels of the Human Hide. Scribe, 2010, 320pp.
Richard E. Cytowic and David M. Eagleman, Wednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia. The MIT Press, 2009, 309pp.
Denis Dutton, The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure and Human Evolution. Oxford University Press, 2009, 288pp. (The Koran mentions Mary's name more often than the gospels do)
Barbara Ehenreich, Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World. Granta, 2010, 206pp. (A plea for "a more vigilant sense of realism")
Sue Gerhardt, The Selfish Society. Simon and Schuster, 2010, 388pp.
On climate, Clive Hamilton, Requiem For A Species: Why we resist the truth about climate change. Allen and Unwin, 2010, 286pp. (Assumes that serious climate change is unavoidable) -- James Hansen, Storms Of My Grandchildren: The truth about the coming climate catastrophe and our last chance to save humanity. (Pessimistic account of climate-change issues and scenarios) -- Richard Hamblyn, Terra. Picador, 2010, 267pp. (Probably a fascinating book, tracing the way natural disasters have helped toshape human consciousness and awareness of the need to respond wisely. Cases in point are 1755, the Lisbon earthquake, which helped initiate a set of rules for international humanitarian aid, and helped start seismology as a science. In 1783 Europe had a summer of dramatic and unusual weather which assisted the development of climatology as a science and foreshadowed the role of use of the mass media in advising the public about disaster information. In 1883 in Indonesia, Krakatoa erupted with such force that (with the aid of the newly-invented telegraph) the effects of the explosion affected the climate around the world for some time (nuclear winter scenario). This ushered in a global awareness of the effects of natural disasters.)
Maggie Hamilton, What's Happening To Our Boys? Viking, 2010, 301pp. (How to steer boys in the best directions)
Korea: Jasper Becker, Rogue Regime: Kim Jong Il and the Looming Threat of North Korea. Oxford University Press, 2005, 274pp.
Kevin N. Laland, John Odling-Smee & Sean Myles, How culture shaped the human genome: bringing genetics and the human sciences together. p137 | doi:10.1038/nrg2734 Theoretical, anthropological and genetic studies suggest that human evolution has been shaped by gene-culture interactions. This Review collates data from these diverse fields, and highlights the potential for cross-disciplinary exchange to provide novel insights into how culture has shaped the human genome.
Italy - Ernesto De Martino, The Land of Remorse: A Study of Southern Italian Tarantism. (Trans. by Dorothy Louise Zinn), Free Association Books, 332pp, 2006. ("An ancient southern Italian possession cult is suddenly fashionable".)
Christopher Phillips, Six Questions of Socrates: A Modern-Day Journey of Discovery Through Modern Philosophy. WW Norton, 2005, 333pp. (More pop philosophy)
Poetry by sufferers of Bi-Polar Disorder (“manic depression”): (website moderated by their psychiatrist) at: www.bipolarpoetry.com/
Andrew Potter, The Authenticity Hoax: How We Got Lost Finding Ourselves. . Scribe, 2010, 296pp. (Thinking about your lifestyle but not thinking about your thinking may not be so wise)
Massimo Pigliucci, Nonsense on Stilts: How To Tell Science from Bunk. University of Chicago Press, 2010, 332pp.
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Barbara Strauch, Secrets of the Grown-Up Brain. Black Inc., 2010, 230pp.
Shankar Vedantam, The Hidden Brain: How are Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars and Save our Lives. Scribe, 2010, 270pp. (How to give our thinking brain a few extra helpful chances)
Ethan Watters, Crazy Like Us: The Globalisation of the American Psyche. Scribe, 2010, 306pp.
Lewis Wolper, How We Live And Why We Die: The Secret Lives of Cells. Faber and Faber, 2009, 240pp.
Richard Wrangham, Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human. Profile, 2010, 320pp.
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