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  • The Moral Imaginationby Gertrude Himmelfarb

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2012; US$ 29.99

    The Moral Imagination describes how some of the most provocative thinkers of modern times, coming from different traditions, responding to different concerns, and writing in different genres, shared a moral passion that permeated their work. The second edition includes a revised introduction and three new essays on Adam Smith, Lord Acton, and... more...

  • A History of Food in 100 Recipesby William Sitwell

    Little, Brown and Company 2013; Not Available

    A riveting narrative history of food as seen through 100 recipes, from ancient Egyptian bread to modernist cuisine. We all love to eat, and most people have a favorite ingredient or dish. But how many of us know where our much-loved recipes come from, who invented them, and how they were originally cooked? In A HISTORY OF FOOD IN 100 RECIPES,... more...

  • Sorry!by Henry Hitchings

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013; US$ 18.99

    A humorous and charming investigation into what it really means to have proper manners Most of us know a bit about what passes for good manners?holding doors open, sending thank-you notes, no elbows on the table?and we certainly know bad manners when we see them. But where has this patchwork of beliefs and behaviors come from? How did manners develop?... more...

  • How to Lose a War at Seaby Bill Fawcett

    HarperCollins 2013; Not Available

    An engrossing compendium of high-seas military disasters From the days of the Spanish Armada to the modern age of aircraft carriers, battles have been bungled just as badly on water as they have been on land. Some blunders were the result of insufficient planning, overinflated egos, espionage, or miscalculations; others were caused by ideas that... more...

  • The Complete Short Stories: 1960s Part Oneby Brian Aldiss

    HarperCollins Publishers 2015; Not Available

    The Complete Short Stories from the 1960s, from Sci-Fi Master Brian Aldiss. more...

  • Altered Pastsby Richard J. Evans; Hedva Ben-Israel

    Brandeis University Press 2014; US$ 28.99

    A thought-provoking survey and critique of ?what-if?? history more...

  • Gottlandby Mariusz Szczygiel; Antonia Lloyd-Jones

    Melville House 2014; US$ 25.95

    Winner of the Europe Book Prize One of Europe?s most preeminent investigative journalists travels to the Czech Republic?the Czech half of the former Czechoslovakia, the land that brought us Kafka?to explore the surreal fictions and the extraordinary reality of its twentieth century. For example, there?s the story of the small businessman who adopted... more...

  • How Should We Live?by Roman Krznaric

    BlueBridge 2014; US$ 19.99

    How Should We Live? explores twelve universal topics—including love, family, and empathy; work, time, and money—and shows what history can teach us about the art of living. more...

  • Fallen Leavesby Will Durant

    Simon & Schuster 2014; US$ 25.00

    The final and most personal work from Pulitzer Prize?winning author and historian Will Durant?discovered thirty-two years after his death?is a message of insight for everyone who has sought meaning in life or the council of a wise friend in navigating life?s journey. From 1968 to 1978, Will Durant made four public allusions to the existence of Fallen... more...

  • Fallen Leavesby Will Durant

    Simon & Schuster 2014; Not Available

    The final and most personal work from Pulitzer Prize?winning author and historian Will Durant?discovered thirty-two years after his death?is a message of insight for everyone who has sought meaning in life or the council of a wise friend in navigating life?s journey. From 1968 to 1978, Will Durant made four public allusions to the existence of Fallen... more...