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Ferdydurke

by Witold Gombrowicz & Danuta Borchardt

In this bitterly funny novel a writer finds himself tossed into a chaotic world of schoolboys by a diabolical professor who wishes to reduce him to childishness. Originally published in Poland in 1937, Ferdydurke...


A Little History of the World

by E.H. Gombrich & Clifford Harper

E. H. Gombrich’s bestselling history of the world for young readers tells the story of mankind from the Stone Age to the atomic bomb, focusing not on small detail but on the sweep of human experience, the...


Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

by Melissa V. Harris-Perry

Jezebel's sexual lasciviousness, Mammy's devotion, and Sapphire's outspoken anger—these are among the most persistent stereotypes that black women encounter in contemporary American life. Hurtful and dishonest,...


Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America's Soul

by Michael Reid

Latin America has often been condemned to failure. Neither poor enough to evoke Africa’s moral crusade, nor as explosively booming as India and China, it has largely been overlooked by the West. Yet this vast...


White Guard

by Mikhail Bulgakov, Marian Schwartz & Evgeny Dobrenko

White Guard, Mikhail Bulgakov?s semi-autobiographical first novel, is the story of the Turbin family in Kiev in 1918. Alexei, Elena, and Nikolka Turbin have just lost their mother?their father had died years...


Hamlet

by William Shakespeare

One of the most frequently read and performed of all stage works, Shakespeare’s Hamlet is unsurpassed in its complexity and richness. Now the first fully annotated version of Hamlet makes the play completely...


What Art Is

by Arthur C. Danto

What is it to be a work of art? Renowned author and critic Arthur C. Danto addresses this fundamental, complex question. Part philosophical monograph and part memoiristic meditation, What Art Is challenges the...


Menachem Begin

by Avi Shilon & Danielle Zilberberg

Menachem Begin, father of Israel's right wing and sixth prime minister of the nation, was known for his unflinchingly hawkish ideology. And yet, in 1979 he signed a groundbreaking peace treaty with Egypt for...


The Divided Brain and the Search for Meaning: Why We Are So Unhappy

by Iain McGilchrist

In this 10,000-word essay, written to complement Iain McGilchrist's acclaimed The Master and His Emissary, the author asks why - despite the vast increase in material well-being - people are less happy today...


The Spirit of the Buddha

by Martine Batchelor

In this slim, enlightening volume, internationally recognized Buddhist teacher Martine Batchelor presents the basic tenets and teachings of the Buddha through a selection of essential texts from the Pali canon,...


Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation

by Richard Sennett

Living with people who differ—racially, ethnically, religiously, or economically—is the most urgent challenge facing civil society today. We tend socially to avoid engaging with people unlike ourselves,...


Anna Karenina

by Leo Tolstoy, Marian Schwartz & Gary Saul Morson

Tolstoy produced many drafts of Anna Karenina. Crafting and recrafting each sentence with careful intent, he was anything but casual in his use of language. His project, translator Marian Schwartz observes,...


Artists Under Hitler: Collaboration and Survival in Nazi Germany

by Jonathan Petropoulos

"What are we to make of those cultural figures, many with significant international reputations, who tried to find accommodation with the Nazi regime?" Jonathan Petropoulos asks in this exploration of some of...


Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology

by Frederick Rowe Davis

Rachel Carson's eloquent book Silent Spring stands as one of the most important books of the twentieth century and inspired important and long-lasting changes in environmental science and government policy....


Holy Resilience: The Bible's Traumatic Origins

by David M. Carr

Human trauma gave birth to the Bible, suggests eminent religious scholar David Carr. The Bible's ability to speak to suffering is a major reason why the sacred texts of Judaism and Christianity have retained...


The Yaquis and the Empire: Violence, Spanish Imperial Power, and Native Resilience in Colonial Mexico

by Raphael Brewster Folsom

This important new book on the Yaqui people of the north Mexican state of Sonora examines the history of Yaqui-Spanish interactions from first contact in 1533 through Mexican independence in 1821. The Yaquis...


Babel in Zion: Jews, Nationalism, and Language Diversity in Palestine, 1920-1948

by Liora R. Halperin

The promotion and vernacularization of Hebrew, traditionally a language of Jewish liturgy and study, was a central accomplishment of the Zionist movement in Palestine in the years following World War I. Viewing...


The Clerics of Islam: Religious Authority and Political Power in Saudi Arabia

by Nabil Mouline & Ethan S. Rundell

Followers of Muhammad b. 'Abd al-Wahhab, often considered to be Islam's Martin Luther, shaped the political and religious identity of the Saudi state while also enabling the significant worldwide expansion of...


Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel

by Anita Shapira

David Ben-Gurion cast a great shadow during his lifetime, and his legacy continues to be sharply debated to this day. There have been many books written about the life and accomplishments of the Zionist icon...


Selected Writings of Thomas Paine

by Thomas Paine, Jane E. Calvert & Ian Shapiro

A central figure in Western history and American political thought, Thomas Paine continues to provoke debate among politicians, activists, and scholars.  People of all ideological stripes are inspired by his...