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Hope in the Dark – Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities

Free ebook – Hope in the Dark – Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit

“With Hope in the Dark, Rebecca Solnit makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable. Drawing on her decades of activism and a wide reading of environmental, cultural, and political history, Solnit argued that radicals have a long, neglected history of transformative victories, that the positive consequences of our acts are not always immediately seen, directly knowable, or even measurable, and that pessimism and despair rest on an unwarranted confidence about what is going to happen next. Originally published in 2004, now with a new foreword and afterword, Solnit’s influential book shines a light into the darkness of our time in an unforgettable new edition.”

Insights from new book – How Achieving Emotional Agility Can Help You – at Work and in Life

“Just like physical agility, emotional agility is important to overall health, well-being and successful relationships at work. But in a fast-paced world fraught with so much stress and upheaval, how do you achieve it? Psychologist Susan David, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, offers insights in a new book titled Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change,… Continue Reading

The Hidden Wealth of Nations

The Hidden Wealth of Nations – Gabriel Zucman, Assistant professor, UC Berkeley. September 2015, University of Chicago Press. The book: Presentation slides (short, long) Introduction Table of contents Tables and figures included in the book Supplementary material: Technical appendix  Global offshore wealth: computation of the world’s offshore wealth since 2001 Switzerland: offshore wealth in Switzerland since 1914 Luxembourg:… Continue Reading

World’s Most Literate Nations

“The World’s Most Literate Nations (WMLN) ranks nations on—not their populace’s ability to read but rather—their populace’s literate behaviors and their supporting resources. The rankings are based on five categories standing as indicators of the literate health of nations: libraries, newspapers, education inputs and outputs, and computer availability. This multidimensional approach to literacy speaks to… Continue Reading

Ruth Bader Ginsburg will publish her first book since joining Supreme Court in 1993

“Simon & Schuster announced [March 10, 2016] that it will publish Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s My Own Words, which is her first book since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993…My Own Words will be a selection of writings and speeches by Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the workways of the Supreme… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Book Review of “The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory”

Via LLRX.com – Book Review of “The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory” – Alan Rothman writes that for interested readers who either did or did not come of age at some point during the past two decades, this highly engaging account of the extraordinary changes throughout the music industry will provide them with a… Continue Reading

Swedish crime writer best known for his Kurt Wallander books, dedicated political activist

The Guardian – Henning Mankell obituary “Henning Mankell, who has died aged 67, after being diagnosed with cancer last year, established almost single-handedly the global picture of Sweden as a crime writer’s ideal dystopia. He took the existing Swedish tradition of crime writing as a form of leftwing social criticism and gave it international recognition,… Continue Reading

UN Human Rights Office launches a major online database of treaty body case law

“The UN Human Rights Office has launched a major public online database, http://juris.ohchr.org, that contains all case law issued by the UN human rights expert committees, the Treaty Bodies. “The database is designed to be a key reference tool for scholars, lawyers, civil society organisations, governments and civil servants, our UN partners and the general… Continue Reading

Book Review – The Limits of Social Engineering

Tapping into big data, researchers and planners are building mathematical models of personal and civic behavior. But the models may hide rather than reveal the deepest sources of social ills, by Nicholas Carr on April 16, 2014, MIT Technology Review. “…Even if we assume that the privacy issues can be resolved, the idea of what Pentland  [Alex… Continue Reading

Book Reviews: The Economics of Unhappiness

The Chronicle of Higher Education: “The American tradition is to enshrine economic activity as a central element of “the pursuit of happiness.” In reality, however, economic activity is largely concerned with the relief of unhappiness. At the subsistence level of economic activity that has prevailed through most of human history, people must work to eat… Continue Reading

LLRX Book Review – The Little Red Book of Wine Law: A Case of Legal Issues

LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips: The Little Red Book of Wine Law: A Case of Legal Issues – Heather A. Phillips recommends this slim volume as it provides an engaging and accessible introduction to American wine law and history that will broaden the reader’s appreciation of the wine industry. Though short and non-technical,… Continue Reading

New Book Review on LLRX.com: Just and Unjust Warriors

LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips – Just and Unjust Warriors: the moral and legal status of soldiers – Heather A. Phillips describes how though a series of eleven well-written and closely reasoned original essays this book question the treatments of many of the foundations of classical just war theory, such as a non-volunteer… Continue Reading