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  • The Invisible Hookby Peter T. Leeson

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 16.95 US$ 13.56

    Pack your cutlass and blunderbuss--it's time to go a-pirating! The Invisible Hook takes readers inside the wily world of late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century pirates. With swashbuckling irreverence and devilish wit, Peter Leeson uncovers the hidden economics behind pirates' notorious, entertaining, and sometimes downright shocking behavior.... more...

  • The Measure of Civilizationby Ian Morris

    Princeton University Press 2013; US$ 19.95 US$ 15.96

    In the last thirty years, there have been fierce debates over how civilizations develop and why the West became so powerful. The Measure of Civilization presents a brand-new way of investigating these questions and provides new tools for assessing the long-term growth of societies. Using a groundbreaking numerical index of social development that... more...

  • Planetary Climatesby Andrew Ingersoll

    Princeton University Press 2013; US$ 27.95 US$ 22.36

    This concise, sophisticated introduction to planetary climates explains the global physical and chemical processes that determine climate on any planet or major planetary satellite--from Mercury to Neptune and even large moons such as Saturn's Titan. Although the climates of other worlds are extremely diverse, the chemical and physical processes that... more...

  • Would You Kill the Fat Man?by David Edmonds

    Princeton University Press 2013; US$ 9.99 US$ 7.99

    A runaway train is racing toward five men who are tied to the track. Unless the train is stopped, it will inevitably kill all five men. You are standing on a footbridge looking down on the unfolding disaster. However, a fat man, a stranger, is standing next to you: if you push him off the bridge, he will topple onto the line and, although he will... more...

  • Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?by Timothy Verstynen; Bradley Voytek

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 19.95 US$ 15.96

    Even if you've never seen a zombie movie or television show, you could identify an undead ghoul if you saw one. With their endless wandering, lumbering gait, insatiable hunger, antisocial behavior, and apparently memory-less existence, zombies are the walking nightmares of our deepest fears. What do these characteristic behaviors reveal about the... more...

  • Eugenio Montale's Poetryby Glauco Cambon

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 39.95 US$ 31.96

    Glauco Cambon draws on twenty-five years of commitment to Montale's poetry and prose for this extended critical analysis. Originally published in 1983. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These... more...

  • The Rise and Fall of American Growthby Robert J. Gordon

    Princeton University Press 2016; US$ 39.95 US$ 31.96

    A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In the century after the Civil War, an economic revolution improved the American standard of living in ways previously unimaginable. Electric lighting, indoor plumbing, home appliances, motor vehicles, air travel, air conditioning, and television transformed households and workplaces. With medical advances, life expectancy... more...

  • The Gunpowder Ageby Tonio Andrade

    Princeton University Press 2016; US$ 39.95 US$ 31.96

    The Chinese invented gunpowder and began exploring its military uses as early as the 900s, four centuries before the technology passed to the West. But by the early 1800s, China had fallen so far behind the West in gunpowder warfare that it was easily defeated by Britain in the Opium War of 1839?42. What happened? In The Gunpowder Age , Tonio Andrade... more...

  • Group Theory in a Nutshell for Physicistsby A. Zee

    Princeton University Press 2016; US$ 90.00 US$ 72.00

    Although group theory is a mathematical subject, it is indispensable to many areas of modern theoretical physics, from atomic physics to condensed matter physics, particle physics to string theory. In particular, it is essential for an understanding of the fundamental forces. Yet until now, what has been missing is a modern, accessible, and self-contained... more...

  • Politics and the Passions, 1500-1850by Victoria Kahn; Neil Saccamano; Daniela Coli

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 38.95 US$ 31.16

    Focusing on the new theories of human motivation that emerged during the transition from feudalism to the modern period, this is the first book of new essays on the relationship between politics and the passions from Machiavelli to Bentham. Contributors address the crisis of moral and philosophical discourse in the early modern period; the necessity... more...