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  • 1491 (Second Edition)by Charles C. Mann

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2006; US$ 17.00

    In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.   Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who... more...

  • Pathologies of Powerby Paul Farmer

    University of California Press 2004; US$ 27.95

    Pathologies of Power uses harrowing stories of life—and death—in extreme situations to interrogate our understanding of human rights. Paul Farmer, a physician and anthropologist with twenty years of experience working in Haiti, Peru, and Russia, argues that promoting the social and economic rights of the world’s poor is the most important human rights... more...

  • Building a Bridge to the 18th Centuryby Neil Postman

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.00

    At a time when we are reexamining our values, reeling from the pace of change, witnessing the clash between good instincts and "pragmatism," dealing with the angst of a new millennium, Neil Postman, one of our most distinguished observers of contemporary society, provides for us a source of guidance and inspiration. In Building a Bridge to the Eighteenth... more...

  • Homo Deusby Yuval Noah Harari

    Random House 2016; US$ 14.09

    **From the author of the number 1 global bestseller Sapiens ** **The Top Ten Sunday Times Bestseller** Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus shows us where we're going. War is obsolete. You are more likely to commit suicide than be killed in conflict. Famine is disappearing. You are at more risk of obesity than starvation.... more...

  • The Power of Mythby Joseph Campbell; Bill Moyers

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 17.00

    The national bestseller, now available in a non-illustrated, standard format paperback edition   The Power of Myth launched an extraordinary resurgence of interest in Joseph Campbell and his work. A preeminent scholar, writer, and teacher, he has had a profound influence on millions of people--including Star Wars creator George Lucas. To Campbell,... more...

  • Languages: A Very Short Introductionby Stephen Anderson

    OUP Oxford 2012; US$ 7.99

    How many languages are there? What differentiates one language from another? Are new languages still being discovered? Why are so many languages disappearing? These are some of the questions considered in this Very Short Introduction. By examining the science of languages, we find that the answers are not as simple as we might expect. more...

  • The Cambridge Companion to Modern Arab Cultureby Dwight F. Reynolds

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 24.00

    An accessible and wide-ranging survey of modern Arab culture covering political, intellectual and social aspects. more...

  • Respectby Richard Sennett

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; US$ 21.14

    In this provocative and timely book, Richard Sennett examines the forces that erode respect in modern society. Respect can be gained by attaining success, by developing talents, through financial independence and by helping others. But, Sennett argues, many who are not able to achieve the demands of today's meritocracy lose the esteem that should... more...

  • The Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguisticsby Robert Bayley; Richard Cameron; Ceil Lucas

    Oxford University Press 2012; US$ 54.99

    This major new survey of sociolinguistics identifies gaps in our existing knowledge base and provides directions for future research. more...

  • The Omnivore's Dilemmaby Michael Pollan

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2009; US$ 9.99

    The startling truth behind the food we consume in the twenty-first century more...