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Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt

British Historian Tony Judt has written a brilliant polemic on the way we view government.  Judt’s Ill Fares the Land challenges the following notions on government: (1) government exists to aid us in getting richer, (2) public services can only … Continue reading

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The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr

Some of you may remember Nicholas Carr’s Atlantic article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” that was published back in 2008.  I recall reading the article and leaving somewhat skeptical of Carr’s overall argument.   Since then Carr has expanded his argument … Continue reading

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The Novel: an Alternative History: Beginnings to 1600 by Steven Moore

I don’t know about you, but when I think of early novels the books that come to mind include Cervantes’s Don Quixote or Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe.  Boy was I wrong.  Steven Moore’s first volume—what he describes as an alternative history—is … Continue reading

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Eating Animals by Jonathan Safron Foer

What does compassion have to do with what we eat?  Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything is Illuminated, makes the argument that the answer to this question does matter.  At least he’s betting on it as compassion becomes the driving, … Continue reading

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Asthma: the Biography by Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson, Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter, contributed a volume on asthma for Oxford University Press’s series Biographies of Disease.  Asthma and allergies, as you may … Continue reading

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Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex by Elizabeth Reis

Elizabeth Reis, Associate Professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the History Department at the University of Oregon, shines a bright light into a dark alley in the history of American medicine.  The question for medical professionals: how … Continue reading

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Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe by Greg M. Epstein

Greg M. Epstein, Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University, takes on the challenging assertion made by believers that with no God there can’t be morality or meaning to one’s life.  Epstein, wading into the battlefield left by the “New Atheists” Richard … Continue reading

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