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BOOK WORLD - June 13, 2010

1. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (Norton, $27.95). By Michael Lewis 2. Spoken from the Heart (Scribner, $30). By Laura Bush 3. To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine (Regnery, $29.95). By Newt Gingrich 4. War (Twelve, $26.99)....

By Christopher Schoppa  |  June 12, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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BOOK WORLD - June 13, 2010

NONFICTION HARDCOVER 1. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE (Norton, $27.95). By Michael Lewis. The murky world of financial derivatives. (12) 2. WOMEN FOOD AND GOD: AN UNEXPECTED PATH TO ALMOST EVERYTHING (Scribner, $24). By Geneen Roth. Tackling compulsive...

By Christopher Schoppa  |  June 12, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The curse of consumerism

The American economy is off-track -- creeping along on mistaken beliefs: that free trade and gobalization are always good, that the market is always right and government regulation always wrong and that consumption rather than production should power growth. Clyde...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  June 11, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: fixing the U.S. economy; u.s. consumerism; consumption society; problems of globalization;  
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The myth of post-racial America

Was the election of Barack Obama the turning point in America’s racial development? Is the United States now set on a path to realize all its hopes and dreams of the civil rights era and narrow the divisions between the...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  June 10, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: race in america; obama and race;  
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Frauenfelder's do-it-yourself happiness

If you got the time and ability, Mark Frauenfelder has a strategy for you for coping in the modern world. It's summed up in the title of his book "Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World." Frauenfelder...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  June 9, 2010; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ocean research funding gap

Would greater funding for ocean science research and technology have left us better prepared to respond to the Gulf coast oil spill? Ellen Prager, a scientist with extensive experience in undersea research, argues that investment in ocean sciences takes a...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  June 9, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: ocean science funding; oil spill and ocean science investment; ocean sciences vs. space exploration  
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Spill’s danger to migratory birds

The BP oil spill isn’t a disaster relegated just to Gulf coast life. The area becomes an important stopover point for many migratory birds. Slickened waters and fouled feeding grounds pose a danger during the migrations and underscore the wide...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  June 8, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: oil spill and migratory birds; oil spill's effect on birds;  
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BOOK WORLD - June 6, 2010

NONFICTION HARDCOVER 1. THE BETRAYAL OF AMERICAN PROSPERITY: FREEMARKET DELUSIONS, AMERICA’S DECLINE ... (Free Press, $26). By Clyde Prestowitz (1) 2. TO SAVE AMERICA: STOPPING OBAMA’S SECULAR-SOCIALIST MACHINE (Regnery, $29.95) By Newt Gingrich. More pummeling of the president. (2) 3....

By Christopher Schoppa  |  June 7, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Oil spill opens door to Cuba

Could the oil disaster in the Gulf have a silver lining for U.S.-Cuba relations? Ann Louise Bardach, an award-winning reporter, explores the potential for oil diplomacy with our long estranged neighbor in the wake of the BP accident. Bardach’s latest...

By Steven E. Levingston  |  June 7, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Guest Blogger  | Tags: u.s.-cuba relations; oil spill and cuba; cuba as oil exporter;  
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