What We Are Reading Today: The Lessons of Tragedy

What We Are Reading Today: The Lessons of Tragedy
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Updated 28 November 2021

What We Are Reading Today: The Lessons of Tragedy

What We Are Reading Today: The Lessons of Tragedy

Authors: Hal Brands and Charles Edel

Today, after more than seventy years of great‑power peace and a quarter‑century of unrivaled global leadership, Americans have lost their sense of tragedy. They have forgotten that the descent into violence and war has been all too common throughout human history. This amnesia has become most pronounced just as Americans and the global order they created are coming under graver threat than at any time in decades.
In this book, Hal Brands and Charles Edel argue that a tragic sensibility is necessary if America and its allies are to address the dangers that menace the international order today, according to a review on goodreads.com.


What We Are Reading Today: Maria Theresa: The Habsburg Empress in Her Time

What We Are Reading Today: Maria Theresa: The Habsburg Empress in Her Time
Updated 21 January 2022

What We Are Reading Today: Maria Theresa: The Habsburg Empress in Her Time

What We Are Reading Today: Maria Theresa: The Habsburg Empress in Her Time

Author: Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger

Maria Theresa (1717–1780) was once the most powerful woman in Europe.

At the age of 23, she ascended to the throne of the Habsburg Empire, a far-flung realm composed of diverse ethnicities and languages, beset on all sides by enemies and rivals.

Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger provides the definitive biography of Maria Theresa, situating this exceptional empress within her time while dispelling the myths surrounding her.

Drawing on a wealth of archival evidence, Stollberg-Rilinger examines all facets of 18th-century society, from piety and patronage to sexuality and childcare, ceremonial life at court, diplomacy, and the everyday indignities of warfare.

She challenges the idealized image of Maria Theresa as an enlightened reformer and mother of her lands who embodied both feminine beauty and virile bellicosity, showing how she despised the ideas of the Enlightenment.


What We Are Reading Today: The Process of Animal Domestication by Marcelo Sanchez-Villagra

What We Are Reading Today: The Process of Animal Domestication by Marcelo Sanchez-Villagra
Updated 19 January 2022

What We Are Reading Today: The Process of Animal Domestication by Marcelo Sanchez-Villagra

What We Are Reading Today: The Process of Animal Domestication by Marcelo Sanchez-Villagra

Across the globe and at different times in the past millennia, the evolutionary history of domesticated animals has been greatly affected by the myriad, complex, and diverse interactions humans have had with the animals closest to them. 

The Process of Animal Domestication presents a broad synthesis of this subject, from the rich biology behind the initial stages of domestication to how the creation of breeds reflects cultural and societal transformations that have impacted the biosphere.

Marcelo Sanchez-Villagra draws from a wide range of fields, including evolutionary biology, zooarchaeology, ethnology, genetics, developmental biology, and evolutionary morphology to provide a fresh perspective to this classic topic.

Relying on various conceptual and technical tools, he examines the natural history of phenotypes and their developmental origins.

He presents case studies involving mammals, birds, fish, and insect species, and he highlights the importance of domestication for the comprehension of evolution, anatomy, ontogeny, and dozens of fundamental biological processes.


What We Are Reading Today: The Psychology of Money

What We Are Reading Today: The Psychology of Money
Updated 18 January 2022

What We Are Reading Today: The Psychology of Money

What We Are Reading Today: The Psychology of Money

Author: Morgan Housel

The Psychology of Money is a book written by award-winning author Morgan Housel, teaching its readers about the behavioral aspect of money management.
The book presents us with nineteen short stories about the different ways in which individuals think about finances, but without the dense business jargon and math-based approach.
In the book, the author makes an argument that finances-related decision-making happens mostly in social setting such as meetings or dinner, hence, making the reader look deeper into behavioral psychology of money and the way we think about it rather than mere numbers.
He also argues that much more goes into the way we look at finances such as personal greed, history, and ego.
Housel was a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, won the Best Business award from the Society of American business Editors and Writers twice, with his book becoming an international bestseller with over one million copies sold worldwide.


What We Are Reading Today: Grief: A Philosophical Guide by Michael Cholbi

What We Are Reading Today: Grief: A Philosophical Guide by Michael Cholbi
Updated 18 January 2022

What We Are Reading Today: Grief: A Philosophical Guide by Michael Cholbi

What We Are Reading Today: Grief: A Philosophical Guide by Michael Cholbi

Experiencing grief at the death of a person we love or who matters to us — as universal as it is painful — is central to the human condition.

Surprisingly, however, philosophers have rarely examined grief in any depth.

In Grief, Michael Cholbi presents a groundbreaking philosophical exploration of this complex emotional event, offering valuable new insights about what grief is, whom we grieve, and how grief can ultimately lead us to a richer self-understanding and a fuller realization of our humanity.


What We Are Reading Today: Grant by Ron Chernow

What We Are Reading Today: Grant by Ron Chernow
Updated 16 January 2022

What We Are Reading Today: Grant by Ron Chernow

What We Are Reading Today: Grant by Ron Chernow

Ulysses S. Grant’s life has typically been misunderstood. All too often the American military officer and politician is caricatured as a chronic loser and inept businessman.

These stereotypes don’t come close to capturing adequately his spirit and the sheer magnitude of his monumental accomplishments.

A biographer at the height of his powers, Ron Chernow has produced a portrait of Grant that is a masterpiece, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency, according to a review on goodreads.com.