1. Splendid Charles Mann review of Hugh Thomas, a real zinger.
2. Is it illegal for a customer to write down prices in a store?
3. Trade politics in Middle Earth.
4. New book: Timothy Besley and Torsten Persson, Pillars of Prosperity: The Political Economics of Development Clusters, web page for the book is here.
5. How some regions are successfully reforming education.
6. Are autistics more likely to be atheists and agnostics (pdf)?