In this insightful social commentary, David Weinberger goes beyond misdirected hype to reveal what is truly revolutionary about the Web. Just as Marshall McLuhan forever altered our view of broadcast media, Weinberger shows that the Web is transforming not only social institutions but also bedrock concepts of our world such as space, time, self, knowledge-even […]
We all know we should give to charity, but who really does? Approximately three quarters of Americans give their time and money to various charities, churches, and causes, the other quarter of the population does not. Why has America split into two nations: givers and non-givers? Arthur Brooks, a top scholar of economics and public […]
With more than a billion people, a two trillion dollar economy, and the growing ability to shape outcomes in its region and beyond, India is a huge country, a colossus in every sense of the word. Its very scale means that its decisions have global impact. It is also a transparent and deliberative democracy, one […]
A sweeping history of the United States from the era of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, West from Appomattox stretches the boundaries of our understanding of Reconstruction. Heather Cox Richardson ties the North and West into the post–Civil War story that usually focuses narrowly on the South, and in so doing, shows that the […]
Kenneth Neil Cukier is the Data Editor of the Economist and writes widely about what is happening in the big data arena. He is the author, with Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, published by Eamon Dolan Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Big Data has been translated into more than a […]
Samuel Brown is Assistant Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Medicine at the University of Utah/Intermountain Healthcare, where his scientific focus is life-threatening infections and the ethical and humanistic implications of critical care. A faculty member of the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, Dr. Brown has published widely in medical, ethics, and history journals. He […]
Virginia DeJohn Anderson, is Professor of History at the University of Colorado, where she has taught early American history since 1985. She is the author of C<em>reatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America</em>, published by Oxford University Press, the winner of the 2005 Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society book award. Most recently, she is the author of <em>The Martyr and the Traitor: The Perilous Lives of Nathan Hale and Moses Dunbar</em>, also published by Oxford University Press.
Ariane De Lannoy is a senior researcher at the Children’s Institute and lecturer in the Sociology Department of the University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on youth transitions to adulthood in South Africa, and she has published on young adults and educational decision making, youth belonging and citizenship, and youth violence in a context […]
Who are the happiest Americans? Surveys show that religious people think they are happier than secularists, and secularists think they are happier than religious people. Liberals believe they are happier than conservatives, and conservatives disagree. In fact, almost every group thinks they are happier than everyone else. In this provocative new book, Arthur C. Brooks […]
Drawing from a study of over 2,500 people in 460 companies, Simplicity has been hailed as “ a breakthrough in the design of understanding,” a book that “outlines the future of leadership.” It’s a powerful guide to working smarter, not harder, and, in the process, creating more flexible and productive organizations, more compelling experiences for customers, and […]
When Thomas Paine’s name is mentioned, you might think “pamphleteer,” “radical,” “author,” but probably not “bridge builder,” either literally or figuratively. Yet Paine spent much of the last several decades of his life dedicated to designing, promoting, and building an iron bridge that could span rivers without impeding the flow of waterborne traffic below. At […]
Twenty years after the end of apartheid, a new generation is building a multiracial democracy in South Africa but remains mired in economic inequality and political conflict. The death of Nelson Mandela in 2013 arrived just short of the twentieth anniversary of South Africa’s first free election, reminding the world of the promise he represented […]
Jon Butler is a historian and the Howard R. Lamar Professor Emeritus of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies at Yale University. At Yale, he served as chair of the American Studies Program from 1988 to 1993, the director of the Division of the Humanities from 1997 to 1999, and chair of the Department of […]
Paul Freedman is the Chester D. Tripp Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at Yale University. He specializes in medieval social history, the history of Spain, and comparative studies of the peasantry. Paul Freedman taught for eighteen years at Vanderbilt University before joining the Yale faculty in 1997. At Vanderbilt, he was awarded […]
Susan R. Barry is professor emeritus of biology at Mount Holyoke College. She received her Ph.D. in biology from Princeton University and has is the author of scientific papers on the study of nerve cells, neuronal plasticity and eye-head-hand coordination. Dubbed “Stereo Sue” by neurologist Oliver Sacks in a New Yorker article by that name, Sue went […]
Amy Elizabeth Smith teaches writing and literature at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Her book, <em>All Roads Lead to Austen: A Year Long Journey with Jane</em> was published by Sourcebooks. <em>Booklist</em> called the book, “a fun twist on the fascination with all things Jane.” A lifetime member of JASNA (The Jane Austen Society of North America), she has been publishing scholarly articles for years, but this is her first venture into travel writing.