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Recently-Added  Books

What If? Answers to Hypothetical Questions book by Randall Munroe  "What If?: Serious Scientific Answers To Absurd Hypothetical Questions" [2014]
by Randall Munroe

articles first posted to the hilarious, informative & wildly popular web-comic XKCD
Kindle Edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [9/2014] for $11.99
John Murray Publrs Ltd 7¾x5 pb [2015] out of print/60+ used
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 9x7 hardcover [9/2014] for $14.59
'Lights Out: How It All Ends' in Kindle format from Scientific American Magazine   "Lights Out: How It All Ends" for Kindle [2012]
The editors of Scientific American look at several 'end of the world' scenarios – or at least, things that could make human life really difficult . . .
235-page Kindle Edition from Scientific American Magazine [12/2012] for $4.99
Pulitzer Prize-winning The Sixth Extinction book by Elizabeth Kolbert  "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History" [2014]
by Elizabeth Kolbert

New York Times bestseller; book won the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction
Kindle Edition from Henry Holt & Co. [2/2014] for $9.99
Picador 8¼x5½ pb [1/2015] for $11.02
Henry Holt & Co. 9½x6¼ hardcover [2/2014] for $18.66
Laughter in Ancient Rome book by Mary Beard  "Laughter In Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up" [2014]
by Mary Beard

Kindle Edition from Univ California Press [6/2014] for $19.46 {sic}
Univ California Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [6/2014] for $22.19
Third Industrial Revolution book by Jeremy Rifkin  "The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, The Economy, and The World" [2011] by Jeremy Rifkin
Kindle Edition from Palgrave Macmillan [10/2011] for $9.99
Palgrave Macmillan 9¼x6½ pb [1/2013] for $12.22
Palgrave Macmillan 9½x6½ hardcover [9/2011] for $19.90
Short History of Progress book by Ronald Wright  "A Short History of Progress" [2004] by Ronald Wright
Kindle Edition from Da Capo Press [2004 edition] for $9.99
Da Capo Press 8x5½ pb [3/2004] for $13.15
Canongate Books Ltd. 8½x5½ hardcover [3/2005] out of print/used
Golden Years My Ass book by Roger Welsch  "Golden Years My Ass: Adventures In Geriatric Indignity" [2010]
by Roger Welsch

"Anyone who is thinking about getting older will profit from reading this book"
LULU.com 9x6 pb [11/2010] for $16.16
Brilliant, Evolution of Artificial Light book by Jane Brox  "Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light" [2010]
by Jane Brox

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 8½x5½ hardcover [7/2010] for $15.00
101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived book by Allan Lazar, Dan Karlan & Jeremy Salter  "The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived: How Characters of Fiction, Myth, Legends, Television, and Movies Have Shaped Our Society, Changed Our Behavior, and Set The Course of History" [2006]
by Allan Lazar, Dan Karlan & Jeremy Salter

Kindle Edition from HarperCollins Publrs [10/2009] for $8.00
William Morrow 8x5½ pb [10/2006] for $11.00
History of Thought and Invention book by Peter Watson  "Ideas: A History of Thought and Invention, From Fire To Freud" [2005]
by Peter Watson

Kindle Edition from HarperCollins Publrs [10/2009] for $11.04
Harper Perennial 9½x7 850-page pb [9/2006] for $13.59
Harper 9½x7½ 850-page hardcover [8/2005] out of print/many used
100 Ideas that Changed the World book by the editors of TIME Magazine  "TIME: 100 Ideas That Changed The World: History's Greatest Break-throughs, Inventions, and Theories" [2011]
by the Editors of TIME Magazine

Time-Life Books 10¾x8 pb [5/2011] out of print/used
Time-Life Books 11¼x8½ hardcover [5/2011] for $18.79


Books  To  Ponder,  2006 to Present

Wikinomics, How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything book by Don Tapscott & Anthony D. Williams  "Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything" [2006]
by Don Tapscott & Anthony D. Williams

Kindle Edition from Portfolio Hardcover [4/2008] Expanded Edition for $13.93
Portfolio 9x6 hardcover [4/2008] Expanded Edition for $18.45
Survival Hot List book by Joseph A. Bagnall  "The Survival Hot List: Conquering The Seven Deadly Trends" [2006]
by Joseph A. Bagnall

iUniverse 9x6 pb [1/2006] for $13.95
author's website
Harley-Davidson & Philosophy book  "Harley-Davidson and Philosophy: Full-Throttle Aristotle" [2006]
Foreword by R.K. Stratman, essays by Steven E. Alford, Randall E. Auxier, Craig Bourne, Fred Feldman, Jonathan Goldstein, Graham Harman, David Jones, Gary L. Kieffner, Alan R. Pratt, Graham Priest & Bernard E. Rollin
Open Court Publng 8¾x6 pb [2/2006] for $13.46
Dark Ages America book by Morris Berman  "Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire" [2006] by Morris Berman
"Whatever crimes this book may be charged with, its worst offense is stating the plain truth."
Kindle Edition from W.W. Norton [2/2011] for $9.99
W.W. Norton 8¼x5½ pb [2007] for $13.76
W.W. Norton 9¼x6½ hardcover [4/2006] out of print/50+ used
author website
Politics of Small Things book by Jeffrey C. Goldfarb  "The Politics of Small Things: The Power of The Powerless In Dark Times" [2006]
by Jeffrey C. Goldfarb

Univ Chicago Press hardcover [4/2006] for $29.00
Screw It, Let's Do It: Lessons In Life book by Sir Richard Branson  "Screw It, Let's Do It: Lessons In Life and Business" [2006]
by Sir Richard Branson

Virgin Books 7½x5 expanded edition pb [3/2007] for $15.67
Virgin Books 7½x5 pb [5/2006] for $6.99
Hegemony of Common Sense book by Dean Wolfe Manders  "The Hegemony of Common Sense: Wisdom & Mystification In Everyday Life"
[2006] by Dean Wolfe Manders

examines how deeply embedded 'class' is in American society, thru paroemiology, the study of popular sayings
Peter Lang Publg pb [8/2006] for $34.95
Primates & Philosophers / Morality book by Frans de Waal  "Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved" [2006]
by Frans de Waal

refutes the common 'veneer theory' of morality and explains how evolution works to produce both Machiavellian survival and natural empathy
Princeton Univ Press 8½x5¾ hardcover [9/2006] for $15.61
author entry at Wikipediaauthor homepage at Emory Univ.
Power and Powerlessness book by Susan Rosenthal  "Power and Powerlessness" [2006]
by Susan Rosenthal

Trafford 10¾x8¼ pb [9/2006] for $12.40
official booksite
Make the Impossible Possible book by Bill Strickland  "Make The Impossible Possible: One Man's Crusade To Inspire Others To Dream Bigger & Achieve The Extraordinary" [2007]
by Bill Strickland, with Vince Rause

Broadway Business 8x5 pb [10/2009] for $10.08
Broadway Business 9x6½ hardcover [12/2007] for $16.29
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild website

Ten Books that Screwed Up the World book by Benjamin Wiker  "10 Books That Screwed Up The World: And 5 Others That Didn't Help" [2008]
by Benjamin Wiker, PhD

Books from publisher Regnery always skew conservative (slash) right-wing; this book offers fifteen well-known works that they disapprove of; the list itself is telling, and Wiker's opinions are often off-base, but they still make for interesting discussion or thought. Books/chapters include "Machiavelli's The Prince" [1532]; "Discourse On The Method" [1637] by René Descartes; "Leviathan" [1651] by Thomas Hobbes; "Discourse On The Origin and Foundations of Inequality Among Men" [1755] by Jean-Jacques Rousseau; "The Commu-nist Manifesto" [1848] by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels; "Utilitarianism" [1861 essays] by John Stuart Mill; "The Descent of Man" [1871] by Charles Darwin; "Beyond Good and Evil" [1886] by Friedrich Nietzsche; "The State and Revolution" [1917] by Vladimir Lenin; "The Pivot of Civilization" [1922] by Margaret Sanger; "Mein Kampf (My Battle)" [1925-26] by Adolf Hitler; "The Future of An Illusion" [1927] by Sigmund Freud; "Coming of Age In Samoa" [1928] by Margaret Mead; "Sexual Behavior In The Human Male" [1948] by Alfred Kinsey; and "The Feminine Mystique" [1963] by Betty Friedan
Kindle Edition from Regnery Publng [2008 edition] for $13.42
Regnery Publng 8x6½ hardcover [4/2008] for $18.45
author's official website

Back to Basics Guide to Traditional Skills book by Abigail R. Gehring  "Back To Basics: A Complete Guide To Traditional Skills" [2008]
by Abigail R. Gehring

Kindle Edition from Skyhorse Publng [4/2008 3rd edition] for $14.82
Skyhorse Publng 3rd edition 8¾x10¾ hardcover [4/2008] for $16.47

Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization book by Anthony Esolen  "The Politically Incorrect Guide To Western Civilization" [2008]
by Anthony Esolen

Wide-ranging coverage of Western history since the Greeks & Romans that several Amazon reviewers praise highly; HOWEVER: author is biased against Chinese & Arabic & other cul-tures, against liberal and multicultural concepts per se, and for Catholic/Christian history as the source of our entire civilization. (Book probably interesting, but the premise is invalid.)
Kindle Edition from Perseus Distrbn [2008 edition] for $9.99
Regnery 9x7¼ pb [5/2008] for $13.57
Regnery 9x6 hardcover [5/2008] out of print/used
Uncommon Sense in Self Development book by C. William 'Bill' Salm  
"Uncommon Sense In Self Development: Striving To Be The Best You Can Be!" [2008] by C. William Salm
AuthorHouse 8¾x5¾ pb [6/2008] for $14.49
AuthorHouse 9x6¼ hardcover [6/2008] for $24.99
Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time book by Michael Brooks  "13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time" [2008] by Michael Brooks
"Science starts to get interesting when things don’t make sense." Topics include anomalies in research into homeopathic remedies, carbon-based life forms on Mars, cold fusion, dark matter, free will, creation of life, and sexual reproduction. Amazon reviewers point out that 'failing to prove negatives does not constitute scientific mystery', yet the book appears to be an interesting read.
Kindle Edition from Random House Digital [8/2008] for $11.99
Vintage 8x5¼ pb [8/2009] for $12.98
Doubleday 9½x6½ hardcover [8/2008] for $16.19
Lies, Damned Lies, and Science book by Sherry Seethaler  
"Lies, Damned Lies, and Science: How To Sort Through The Noise Around Global Warming, The Latest Health Claims, and Other Scientific Contro-versies" [2009] by Sherry Seethaler
F.T. Press 9x6 hardcover [1/2009] for $15.74
The Element, Finding Your Passion book by Sir Ken Robinson  "The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything" [2009]
by Sir Ken Robinson, with Lou Aronica

Penguin 7½x5 pb [12/2009] for $10.20
Viking 8¼x5½ hardcover [1/2009] for $17.13
author's official website
2045 dystopian novel by Peter Seidel  "2045: A Story of Our Future" [2009] by Peter Seidel
A dystopian novel describing what life will be like when eight dominant mega-companies rule every aspect of the planet: commerce, politics, and even the internet.
Prometheus Books 9x6 pb [3/2009] for $12.92
Heroes and Villains / Greatest Warriors In History book by Frank McLynn  "Heroes and Villains: Inside The Minds of The Greatest Warriors In History"
[2009] by Frank McLynn

The focus is on the psychology of six able tacticians, whose military acumen is brought forth as evidence of what motivated them: Spartacus [c.109–71 B.C.E.], Attila the Hun [406-453 C.E.], England’s Crusader King Richard the Lionheart [1157-99], Hernán Cortés of Spain [1485-1547], Tokugawa Ieyasu of Japan [1543-1616], and Napoléon Bonaparte [1769-1821]
Pegasus Books 8½x5½ pb Pegasus Books [6/2010] for $10.07
Pegasus Books 9x6 hardcover [4/2009] for $20.48
In Pursuit of Elegance book by Matthew E. May  
"In Pursuit of Elegance: Why The Best Ideas Have Something Missing" [2009]
by Matthew E. May, Foreword by Guy Kawasaki

Broadway Business hardcover [5/2009] for $16.29
Blackstone Audio UNABR library edition audio CD [5/2009] for $50.37
Case For Rational Optimism book by Frank S. Robinson  "The Case For Rational Optimism" [2009]
by Frank S. Robinson

Transaction 9¼x6¼ hardcover [7/2009] for $32.54
You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto book by Jaron Lanier  "You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto" [2010] by Jaron Lanier
"Encapsulation is what allows for the possibility of testing and feedback that enables a quest for excellence. To be constantly diffused in a global mush is to embrace mundanity."
  — Jaron Lanier

Knopf hardcover [1/2010] for $14.97
author's official website
100 People Who Changed the World book by the editors of LIFE Magazine  "LIFE 100 People Who Changed The World" [2010]
by the Editors of LIFE Magazine

Time-Life Books 11x8½ hardcover [4/2010] for $19.77
Pursuit of Nobility book by Tim Daniel  "The Pursuit of Nobility: Living A Life That Matters" [2010]
by Tim Daniel

Health Communications, Inc. 8¾x6 hardcover [5/2010] for $17.12
official book site
On the Grid, the Systems that Make Our World Work book by Scott Huler  "On The Grid: A Plot of Land, An Average Neighborhood, and The Systems That Make Our World Work" [2010] by Scott Huler
Rodale Books 9x6 hardcover [5/2010] for $16.49
Being Wrong book by Kathryn Schulz  "Being Wrong: Adventures In The Margin of Error" [2010]
by Kathryn Schulz

Ecco Books 10x6¾ hardcover [6/2010] for $17.81
Sex at Dawn / Prehistoric Sexuality book by Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jethá  "Sex At Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality" [2010]
by Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jethá

HarperCollins 9x6½ hardcover [6/2010] for $17.15
Honeybee Democracy book by Thomas D. Seeley  "Honeybee Democracy" [2010] by Thomas D. Seeley
"an intriguing look at how social insects arrive at a consensus"
Princeton Univ Press hardcover [9/2010] for $18.99
At Home, Short History of Private Life book by Bill Bryson  "At Home: A Short History of Private Life" [2010] by Bill Bryson
"Houses are really quite odd things," says Bryson: Each basic room becomes a starting point for a free-ranging discussion of rarely-noticed but foundational aspects of ancient-to-modern social life.
Doubleday 9½x6½ hardcover [10/2010] for $14.48
100 Most Influential People of All Time book by the editors of TIME Magazine  "TIME: The 100 Most Influential People of All Time" [2012]
by the Editors of TIME Magazine, Foreword by Douglas Brinkley

Time-Life Books 11¼x8½ hardcover [7/2012] for $21.62
76 Fallacies book by Michael LaBossiere   "42 Fallacies" [2010] by Dr. Michael C. LaBossiere
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [11/2010] for 99¢ {sic}
"30 More Fallacies" [2011] by Dr. Michael C. LaBossiere
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [5/2011] for 99¢ {sic}
"76 Fallacies" [2012] by Dr. Michael C. LaBossiere
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [7/2012] for 99¢ {sic}
Car Guys vs. Bean Counters book by Bob Lutz  
"Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle For The Soul of American Business"
[2011] by Bob Lutz

Portfolio 8¼x6 hardcover [6/2011] for $15.11
The Swerve book by Stephen Greenblatt  "The Swerve: How The World Became Modern" [2011]
by Stephen Greenblatt - won the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction

Italian scholar Poggio Bracciolini discovered the last manuscript of the poem "On The Nature of Things" by the Roman Lucretius in 1417 and ordered copies made; author contends that that single action triggered the later Renaissance.
Kindle Edition from W.W. Norton [9/2012] for $9.43
W.W. Norton & Co. 8x5½ pb [9/2012] for $11.53
W.W. Norton & Co. 9¼x6¼ hardcover [9/2011] for $17.76


A  Look  At  Language
"History does not merely touch on language, but takes place in it."
— philosopher Theodor W. Adorno [1903-69]

Once started, this section 'grew like Topsy'; cut to its own page in November 2016.


Business  Management  Books
This section also grew so large that it was cut to its own page (mid-2012)
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movies & documentaries on management, Wall Street, the Corporate Wars, and the
G.O.P. Economic Meltdown are on Magic Lantern's 'Rat Race' Film Festival Page

Three Laws of Performance book by Steve Zaffron & Dave Logan  "The Three Laws of Performance: Rewriting The Future of Your Organization and Your Life" [2009] by Steve Zaffron & Dave Logan
"This book - filled with insights, real-life encounters and experiences - shows us how we may do the work of transformation. Steve and David have written an inspiring, practical book, applicable in the corporate, labour, political and civil society sectors, that will assist all who seek to rewrite the future of our world." — Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Laureate
Kindle Edition from Jossey-Bass [2/2009] for $10.16
Jossey-Bass 9x6 pb [8/2011] for $11.29
Jossey-Bass 9x6½ hardcover [2/2009] for $15.21
official book siteofficial Landmark Worldwide website


Physics  &  The  Universe
Maison d'Être Bookstore's Albert Einstein [1879-1955] Page
Maison d'Être Bookstore's Stephen W. Hawking Page
Maison d'Être Bookstore's Dr. Michio Kaku Page
Quantum Physics Page on Working Minds Philosophy website

Elegant Universe book by Brian Greene  "The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions & The Quest For The Ultimate Theory" [1999]
by Brian Greene

Vintage 8x5 pb [2/2000] for $10.85
W.W. Norton 9¼x6¼ pb [2/99] out of print/used
W.W. Norton 9½x6½ hardcover [2/99] for $13.57
Elegant Universe P.B.S. TV special  "The Elegant Universe" 3-hour tv special [P.B.S./Nova aired Oct 2003]
P.B.S./WGBH letterbox color DVD [1/2004] for $19.95
P.B.S./WGBH color VHS [1/2004] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbP.B.S. official program site
"Physics: The Elegant Universe & Beyond": 3-hour P.B.S. program above, plus "Einstein Revealed" [1996] and "Einstein's Big Idea" [2005]
P.B.S./WGBH color DVD box set [2/2006] 4 disks for $34.99

Fabric of the Cosmos book by Brian Greene  "The Fabric of The Cosmos: Space, Time & The Texture of Reality"
[2004] by Brian Greene

Knopf 9½x6½ hardcover [2/2004] for $19.69
Random House ABR audio CD [2/2004] for $20.37
Random House ABR audio [2/2004] for $17.65
Road To Reality book by Roger Penrose  "The Road To Reality: A Complete Guide To The Laws of The Universe" [2005]
by Roger Penrose

Vintage 9x6 pb [1/2007] for $16.50
Knopf 9½x6½ hardcover [2/2005] for $26.40
Reinventing Physics book by Robert Laughlin  "A Different Universe: Reinventing Physics From The Bottom Down"
[2005] by Robert Laughlin

Basic Books 9½x6&frac hardcover [3/2005] for $17.16
Clockwork To Crapshoot Physics book by Roger G. Newton  "From Clockwork To Crapshoot: A History of Physics" [2007]
by Roger G. Newton

Belknap Press 8¼x5½ hardcover [1/2007] for $19.77
Uncertainty / Soul of Science book by David Lindley  "Uncertainty: Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr & The Struggle For The Soul of Science" [2007] by David Lindley
Anchor 8x5 pb [2/2008] for $10.17
Doubleday 8¼x6 hardcover [2/2007] for $17.16


T.E.D.  (Technology, Entertainment, Design)  Conference
Founded in February 1984 and held annually since 1990; conference location was Long Beach, California until 2013; held at Vancouver, BC, Canada since 2014.
Official slogan is 'ideas worth spreading'. A video of each talk is posted online at both the T.E.D. YouTube Channel and the T.E.D. website for free viewing
or download (under Creative Commons rules). Annual TEDglobal conferences were held from 2005 to 2014.
official T.E.D. websiteT.E.D. entry at WikipediaT.E.D. YouTube Channel [est. 2006]
recommended/popular talks by Dan Pallotta
recommended/popular talks by Sir Ken Robinson

Local independent 'TEDx' websites and conferences require a license; videos are included on the 'TEDx Talks' YouTube Channel and the T.E.D. website.
As-of 2014, there are 30,000 TEDx films available online; TEDx events include TEDxHarvard, TEDxWarsaw, TEDxStockholm, etc.
TEDx Programs official info pages'TEDx Talks' YouTube Channel [est. 2009]

T.E.D. Cinema Experience [est. 2017]  4/2017
T.E.D. Cinema Experience [launched April 2017]
Produced by Fathom Events and shown at local theater venues across the country (like they do for operas & concerts); first time will be three events
from the 2017 T.E.D. Conference in Vancouver, BC: Opening Night on April 24, TED Prize on April 25, Highlights on Sunday April 30.


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