Summer reading: Current events
Allah, Liberty and Love

The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom

Irshad Manji

Simon & Schuster: $25

The author looks at the contentious world views sometimes dividing Muslims and non-Muslims and suggests solutions to transcend those differences. (June)

An Anatomy of Addiction

Sigmund Freud, William Halsted and the Miracle Drug Cocaine

Howard Markel

Pantheon: $27.95

Markel recounts the decades-long use of cocaine by Freud, father of modern psychoanalysis, and by Halsted, father of modern surgery. (July)

The Believing Brain

From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies — How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths

Michael Shermer

Times Books: $28

Is there a God? Are there ghosts? The founding publisher of Skeptic magazine looks at the web of personal, subjective and psychological factors that influence our understanding of reality. (June)

Bill Moyers Journal

The Conversation Continues

Bill Moyers

New Press: $29.95