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If Books Could Kill
If Books Could Kill
Michael Hobbes & Peter Shamshiri

The airport bestsellers that captured our hearts and ruined our minds

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Episodes

The Better Angels of Our Nature

This week we're tackling Steven Pinker's 900 page dissection of the reasons why violence, torture and war have declined over... more

22 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 37 minutes
The Art of the Deal

Before Donald Trump became America's most prominent politician and birth certificate inspector, he spent his days making everyone in New... more

11 Jan 2024 · 52 minutes
The Worst Takes of 2023 [TEASER]

To hear the rest of the episode, support us on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod

21 Dec 2023 · 28 minutes
The Identity Trap

"There are two kinds of political scientists: The types who deal with noisy data and post on Twitter with a... more

14 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 47 minutes
Pundit Portraits: Kathleen Parker and Chris Cillizza [TEASER]

To hear the rest of the episode, support us on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/IfBooksPod

28 Nov 2023 · 29 minutes
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

You stare, mouth agape, at the bookstore display. It’s a self-help book, but with curse words in the title?! This... more

21 Nov 2023 · 45 minutes
The 48 Laws of Power

In 1996, a frustrated screenwriter got a fellowship in Italy. Twenty years later, Beyoncé released "Lemonade." Content warning: This episode includes... more

02 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
The "Organized Retail Crime" Panic [TEASER]

Retailers have been sounding the alarm about a shoplifting epidemic driven by organized criminal syndicates. In a shocking twist, it... more

26 Oct 2023 · 31 minutes
San Fransicko

This week we're tackling "San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities," a book that dares to ask: What if everything that... more

19 Oct 2023 · 1 hour,
The 4-Hour Workweek

Have you ever wanted to escape the grind and follow your dreams? This week we're discussing "The 4-Hour Workweek," which... more

21 Sep 2023 · 56 minutes
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