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The Observer's choices for the best of 2009 in entertainment

Books

Sultan Ahmed

Issue date: 12/4/09 Section: Focus
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2. The Predictioneer's Game by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
Decision making is very difficult for some people, probably for most people. There are always so many variables to consider and so many unknowns that often make people afraid to really decide anything. In this work, Mesquita sets out a decision making plan based on game theory and self interest. Learning a method to predict outcomes will allow a person to discern and even control their future. While you may not agree with Mesquita, he presents a unique outlook on life that is worth examining.

1. For Love of the Father: A Psychoanalytic Study of Religious Terrorism by Ruth Stein
This book is a pioneering work in the psychology of terrorism. Perhaps it is at the top of my list because it tickles my philosophical fancy, but it is nevertheless insightful for everyone. Stein argues that the main psychological motive for Islamic terrorism is not hatred for the West, political gain, or even power. It is rather the desire to be loved by God, to join with the transcendent Father. Stein does a wonderful job constructing her analysis.
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  • Surviving the home stretch
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  • The Observer's choices for the best music of 2009
  • The Observer's choices for the best video games of 2009
  • The Spectrum Drag Ball
  • tUnE-yArDs' debut record merges folk music with noise
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