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Words & Ideas

A brilliant and concise account of the lives and ideas of the great philosophers--Plato, Aristotle, Bacon, Spinoza, Voltaire, Kant, Schopenhauer, Spencer, Nietzsche, Bergson, Croce, Russell, Santayana, James, and Dewey--"The ... read more

The Story of Philosophy
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Words of Wisdom brings together 360 of Philosophy's most famous quotations, explaining their meaning and telling the stories behind them. Western philosophy may be said to have begun ... read more

Words of Wisdom: Philosophy's Most Important Quotations and Their Meaning
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Sudhir Hazareesingh's How the French Think is a warm yet incisive exploration of the French intellectual tradition, and its exceptional place in a nation's identity and lifestyle. Why ... read more

How the French Think: An Affectionate Portrait of an Intellectual People
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What is happiness, and how does the pursuit of happiness shape our lives? Happiness appears to be a simple emotion, individual and pleasurable, yet the problems associated with happiness in politics, e... read more

On Happiness : New Ideas for the Twenty-First Century
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From a creative crisis to a dissatisfied editor, and from a bizarre twist of fate to an untimely death, behind each unpublished book lies a unique and compelling story. ... read more

Greatest Books You'll Never Read: Unpublished Masterpieces by the World's Greatest Writers
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The Universe is the ultimate in extremes and superlatives. The biggest. The heaviest. The oldest. The most powerful explosions. Even black holes - which can literally lead to regions beyond our infinite Universe! In... read more

Cosmos: An Infographic Book of Space
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Robinson has plumbed the depths of the human spirit in her trilogy of novels - Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, Orange-Prize winning Home and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Lila - and in her moving essay collection ... read more

The Givenness of Things
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Social thinkers in all fields are faced with one unavoidable question: What does it mean to be human in the 21st century? This ambitious and groundbreaking book provides the first synthesis of historical, philosophical and sociological insights needed to address this question in a thoughtful and creative manner.

Humanity 2.0 : What it Means to be Human Past, Present and Future
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Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity.

Sex at Dawn : The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality
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The pitch is the absolute essence of modern business. Ideas are the most valuable commodity in the modern economy and it is human skill which develops them. In pitching for new business, ideas and emotional intelligence dominate. Howe... read more

Life's a Pitch
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What are things made of? What is the sun? Why is there night and day, winter and summer? Why do bad things happen? Are we al... read more

The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True
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"It might be thought the height of poor taste to ascribe good fortune to a healthy man with a young family struck down at the age of sixty by an incurable degenerative disorder from which he must shortly die. But there is more tha... read more

The Memory Chalet
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The world in 2050 will be radically different from today. Northern countries - notably Canada, Russia and Scandinavia - will rise at the expense of southern ones. Places like New Zealand, Argentina and interior Brazil wi... read more

The New North : The World in 2050
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In this elegant treatise, David Malouf returns to one of the most fundamental questions and gives it a modern twist: what makes for a happy life? With grace and profundity, Malouf discusses new ... read more

The Happy Life: The Search for Contentment in the Modern World
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This is a straightforward, readable look at the problems of the future, how they might interact, and what might be done about them. It is not designed for 'experts', but for everyone. The text rang... read more

Dodging the Steamroller: A Survival Guide for Century 21
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'I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewher... read more

Nophoto
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The BBC Radio 4 series, "A Point of View", has been on the air since 2007. This is the book of the radio series.
Over the years, it's had a variety of presenters - including the national treasure that is Clive James - talking f... read more

A Point of View
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"A decade after his internationally bestselling The Weather Makers, acclaimed scientist and author Tim Flannery argues that Earth's climate system is approaching a crisis. Catastrophe is not inevitable, but time is fast running ... read more

Atmosphere of Hope
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