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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...


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,...


The Rise and Decline of Nations: Economic Growth, Stagflation, and Social Rigidities

by Mancur Olson

The years since World War II have seen rapid shifts in the relative positions of different countries and regions. Leading political economist Mancur Olson offers a new and compelling theory to explain these...


Wall Street: America's Dream Palace

by Steve Fraser & Mark Crispin Miller

Wall Street: no other place on earth is so singularly identified with money and the power of money. And no other American institution has inspired such deep moral, cultural, and political ambivalence. Is the...


The Craftsman

by Richard Sennett

Defining craftsmanship far more broadly than ?skilled manual labor,? Richard Sennett maintains that the computer programmer, the doctor, the artist, and even the parent and citizen engage in a craftsman?s work....


Psychotherapy without the Self: A Buddhist Perspective

by Mark Epstein

Immersed in Buddhist psychology prior to studying Western psychiatry, Dr. Mark Epstein first viewed Western therapeutic approaches through the lens of the East. This posed something of a challenge. Although...


Hitler, the Germans, and the Final Solution

by Ian Kershaw

This book is the culmination of more than three decades of meticulous historiographic research on Nazi Germany by one of the period?s most distinguished historians. The volume brings together the most important...


Property Outlaws: How Squatters, Pirates, and Protesters Improve the Law of Ownership

by Eduardo M. Penalver & Sonia Katyal

Property Outlaws puts forth the intriguingly counterintuitive proposition that, in the case of both tangible and intellectual property law, disobedience can often lead to an improvement in legal regulation....


Jacob's Legacy: A Genetic View of Jewish History

by David B Goldstein

Who are the Jews? Where did they come from? What is the connection between an ancient Jewish priest in Jerusalem and today?s Israeli sunbather on the beaches of Tel Aviv? These questions stand at the heart of...


The Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By

by Scott A. Shane

There are far more entrepreneurs than most people realize. But the failure rate of new businesses is disappointingly high, and the economic impact of most of them disappointingly low, suggesting that enthusiastic...


Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer

National Book Critics Circle for Biography 2007

by Tim Jeal

"A magnificent new life . . . [and] a superb adventure story. . . . There have been many biographies of Stanley, but Jeal's is the most felicitous, the best informed, the most complete and readable and exhaustive,...


The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It

by Jonathan Zittrain

This extraordinary book explains the engine that has catapulted the Internet from backwater to ubiquity—and reveals that it is sputtering precisely because of its runaway success. With the unwitting help of...


Nobility of Spirit: A Forgotten Ideal

by Rob Riemen

In the pages of this slim, powerful book Rob Riemen argues with passion that ?nobility of spirit? is the quintessence of a civilized world. It is, as Thomas Mann believed, the sole corrective for human history....