Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers

Martin Cohen, editor of The Philosopher, is reading Marketing the Moon: The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program (MIT Press, 2014) by David Meerman Scott and Richard Jurek. "Here's a book that really ought to have been written long ago, because the lunar programme was as much a triumph of marketing as of science. I remember watching the first landings on TV and some of the magic has always remained with me. What a delight to find a book full of unexpected details and background stories."

Jonathan Eaton, research and engagement manager, HE Directorate, Newcastle College, is reading Ben Shephard's Headhunters: The Search for a Science of the Mind (Bodley Head, 2014). "A stimulating intellectual biography of a group of scholars who had a profound impact on neuroscience before, during and after the First World War. Although they are mostly remembered for their involvement in the treatment of 'shellshock' and related disorders, Shephard proves decisively that William Rivers, Grafton Elliot Smith, Charles Myers and William McDougall contributed to disciplines including archaeology and anthropology."

Judie Newman, professor of American studies, University of Nottingham, is reading Lily King's Euphoria (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2014). "King takes her inspiration from the months spent in New Guinea in 1933 by three competitive anthropologists: Margaret Mead, her second husband Reo Fortune and her soon-to be third husband Gregory Bateson (a triangle also haunted by Mead's relationship with Ruth Benedict). …

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