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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" 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,  1946 to Present

Man's Search for Meaning 1946 book by Viktor Frankl  GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's The 35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime, 9/2013  "Man's Search For Meaning" [1946] by Viktor E. Frankl
Extremely influential book; the first part details experiences of Frankl and others in Nazi concentration camps; the second part examines the possible meanings for an individual after such an experience.
Beacon Press 8x6 pb [6/2006] for $7.47
Beacon Press mass pb [6/2006] for $6.99
book entry at Wikipedia

"Man’s Search For Meaning" [Straight Up Films - in development 2017]  
Announced 2/2016: Director Kimberly Peirce is set to direct a film based on Viktor Frankl’s international
best-selling memoir and psychiatristic analysis • not yet listed at IMDb

Western Intellectual Tradition book by Jacob Bronowski  "The Western Intellectual Tradition: From Leonardo To Hegel" [1962]
by Jacob Bronowski [1908-74] & Bruce Mazlish

a compelling overview of Western thought from the XVth to the XIXth centuries
Harper Perennial 8x5½ pb [9/62] for $18.00
Marboro Books 8½x5½ hardcover [6/86] out of print/used
SM's Jacob Bronowski fansite
Sincerity & Authenticity book by Lionel Trilling  "Sincerity and Authenticity" [1972]
by Lionel Trilling [1905-74]

Harvard Univ Press 8x5¼ pb [2/2005] for $16.95
Harvard Univ Press hardcover [1972] out of print/used
How Real is Real? book by Paul Watzlawick  "How Real Is Real?: Confusion, Disinformation, Communication - An Anecdotal Introduction To Communications Theory" [1976]
by Paul Watzlawick

Vintage pb [1/77] out of print/used
Random House hardcover [76] out of print/used
Culture of Narcissism book by Christopher Lasch  "Culture of Narcissism: American Life In An Age of Diminishing Expectations" [1979] by Christopher Lasch
W.W. Norton 8x5½ pb [5/91] for $11.16
W.W. Norton hardcover [1/79] out of print/used
Ten Philosophical Mistakes book by Mortimer J. Adler  "Ten Philosophical Mistakes: Basic Errors In Modern Thought - How They Came About, Their Consequences & How To Avoid Them" [1985]
by Dr. Mortimer J. Adler [1902-2001]

Touchstone 8¼x5½ pb [4/97] for $9.75
Scribner 7¾x9¾ hardcover [3/85] out of print/used
Blackstone audio [7/94] for $32.95
Distinction The Judgement of Taste book by Pierre Bourdieu  
"Distinction: A Social Critique of The Judgement of Taste" [1987]
by Pierre Bourdieu; translation by Richard Nice

Harvard Univ Press 9.2x6 pb [9/87] for $25.00
Wittgenstein’s Mistress novel by David Markson  "Wittgenstein’s Mistress" [1988]
by David Markson [1927-2010], Afterword by Steven Moore

The story has nothing to do with Ludwig Wittgenstein [1889-1951], except in the abstract; recommended by David Foster Wallace [1962-2008]. A woman types stream-of-consciousness thoughts on a typewriter at a beachhouse, believing that she is the only person left on the planet.
Dalkey Archive Press 8½x5¾ pb [3/2006] for $11.89book entry at Wikipedia
Dalkey Archive Press hardcover [2/90] out of print/used
Time's Arrow Time's Cycle book by Stephen Jay Gould  
"Time's Arrow / Time's Cycle: Myth & Metaphor In The Discovery of Geological Time" [1988] by Stephen Jay Gould
Harvard Univ Press 9x6 pb [10/88] for $10.62
Evolution of Technology book by George Basalla  "The Evolution of Technology" (Cambridge History of Science Series) [1989]
by George Basalla

Cambridge Univ Press 8½x6¾ pb [2/89] for $31.99
Cambridge Univ Press hardcover [2/89] out of print/used
Myth and Philosophy book by Lawrence J. Hatab  "Myth and Philosophy: A Contest of Truths" [1990]
by Lawrence J. Hatab

An interpretive study, inspired by Nietzsche and Heidegger, of the historical relationship between myth and philosophy in ancient Greece
Open Court Publng 8¾x6 pb [1/90] for $45.00
Open Court Publng 9¼x6½ hardcover [1/90] out of print/used
Signifying Nothing book by Brian Rotman  "Signifying Nothing: The Semiotics of Zero" [1993]
by Brian Rotman

Stanford Univ Press 9x6 pb [6/93] for $12.76
The Ghost In Turing's Machine essay by Brian Rotman  "Ad Infinitum – The Ghost In Turing's Machine: Taking God Out of Mathematics & Putting The Body Back In" [1993]
An essay in corporeal semiotics by Brian Rotman

"astonishing in its elegance & satisfaction"
Stanford Univ Press 9x5½ pb [6/93] for $14.36
Stanford Univ Press hardcover [6/93] for $45.00
Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore's Alan Turing [1912-54] Page
Last Book You'll Ever Read book by Frank Ogden  
"The Last Book You'll Ever Read: And Other Lessons From The Future" [1993]
by Frank Ogden

MW&R 10x6½ hardcover & CD-ROM [6/93] out of print/used
author's website
Race Matters book by Cornel West  "Race Matters" [1993] by Cornel West
Kindle Edition from Beacon Press [2001 edition] for $11.49
Vintage 8¼x5 pb [3/94] for $13.15
Beacon Press hardcover [4/2001] for $16.65
Audio Partners UNABR audio [6/94] out of prodn/used
Incomplete Education book by Judy Jones & William Wilson  "An Incomplete Education: 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned But Probably Didn't" [orig 1987, rev 1995 & 2006] by Judy Jones & William Wilson
"surprise hit & instant classic"
Ballantine 3rd edition hardcover [4/2006] for $23.10
RH/Ballantine 9½x7¾ hardcover [11/95] for $21.45
Random House pb [4/97] out of print/used

Full House The Spread of Excellence book by Stephen Jay Gould  "Full House: The Spread of Excellence From Plato To Darwin" [1996]
by Stephen Jay Gould

Random House 9x6 pb [10/97] for $11.20
Three Rivers hardcover [9/96] out of print/used
Visions Science Will Revolutionize book by Michio Kaku  "Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize The 21st Century" [1997]
by Dr. Michio Kaku

Bantam 8x5½ pb [5/98] for $11.20
Doubleday 10x6½ hardcover [1/97] out of print/used
author's website
Forbes Business Quotations book from Forbes Magazine  "The Forbes Book of Business Quotations: 14,266 Thoughts On The Business of Life" [1997] by editors of Forbes Magazine
Black Dog & Leventhal 9½x8¼ hardcover [4/97] for $40.00
Future of the Self book by Walter Truett Anderson  "Future of The Self: Exploring The Post-Identity Society" [1997]
by Walter Truett Anderson

Tarcher 9¼x6¼ hardcover [12/97] out of print/used
author website
Consilience Unity of Knowledge book by Edward O. Wilson  "Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge" [1998]
by Edward O. Wilson

Random House 8x5 pb [4/99] for $11.20
Knopf 9½x6½ hardcover [4/98] for $19.25
Audio Scholar ABRIDGED cassette [10/99] for $24.95
Give Me Liberty! book by Gerry Spence  "Give Me Liberty!: Freeing Ourselves In The Twenty-First Century" [1998]
by Gerry Spence

Griffin 9.2x6 pb [10/99] for $10.47
St Martin 9½x6.4 hardcover [10/98] for $17.47
author's website
Life The Movie book by Neal Gabler  "Life: The Movie - How Entertainment Conquered Reality" [1998]
by Neal Gabler

"The story of how our bottomless appetite for novelty, gossip, glamour, and melodrama has turned everything of importance – from news and politics to religion and high culture – into one vast public entertainment."
Vintage 8x5¼ pb [2/2000] for $11.20
Knopf hardcover [11/98] out of print/used

Soul of a Citizen book by Paul Rogat Loeb  "Soul of A Citizen: Living With Conviction In Challenging Times"
[orig 1999, rev 2010] by Paul Rogat Loeb

Kindle Edition from St. Martin's Griffin [3/2010] for $9.99
St. Martin's Griffin 8¼x5½ pb [3/2010] for $11.55
official book site
Faster Everything book by James Gleick  "Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything" [1999]
by James Gleick

Vintage 8x5 pb [9/2000] for $11.20
Random House 9¼x6 hardcover [9/99] out of print/many used

Guns, Germs & Steel book by Jared Diamond  "Guns, Germs & Steel: The Fates of Human Societies" [1999 bestseller]
by Jared Diamond

Two years on the N.Y. Times bestseller lists; won the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction
Kindle Edition from W.W. Norton [1999 edition] for $7.07
W.W. Norton 9¼x6 pb [4/99] for $11.24
W.W. Norton 9½x7 hardcover [7/2005] for $17.82
Age of Access / Hypercapitalism book by by Jeremy Rifkin  "The Age of Access: The New Culture of Hypercapitalism, Where All of Life Is A Paid-For Experience" [2000] by Jeremy Rifkin
Tarcher 9x6 pb [3/2001] for $10.17
Tarcher 9x6¼ hardcover [3/2000] out of print/used
Twilight of American Culture book by Morris Berman  "The Twilight of American Culture" [2000]
by Morris Berman

W.W.Norton 8¼x5½ pb [6/2001] for $10.74
W.W.Norton hardcover [12/2000] out of print/used
author's website
Leading the Revolution / Innovation / Way of Life book by Gary Hamel  "Leading The Revolution: How To Thrive In Turbulent Times By Making Innovation A Way of Life" [2000] by Gary Hamel
Plume 9x6¼ pb [8/2002] for $11.20
Harvard Press 9½x6½ hardcover [10/2002] for $23.10
Harvard Press 9½x7 hardcover [8/2000] out of print/used
Highbridge audio CD [9/2000] 2 disks for $17.53

Socrates Cafe Philosophy book by Christopher Phillips  "Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy" [2001]
by Christopher Phillips

W.W.Norton 8¼x5½ pb [4/2002] for $17.46
W.W.Norton 7¾x5½ hardcover [2/2001] for $16.77
author's website
Question Behind the Question book by John G. Miller  "QBQ! The Question Behind The Question: Practicing Personal Accountability At Work and In Life" [2001] by John G. Miller
Penguin 7½x5 pb [4/2005] out of print/used
Putnam 8¾x6 hardcover [9/2004] for $13.57
Denver Press 7¾x5 hardcover [4/2001] out of print/many used
Denver Press Spanish-language 7½x5 pb [4/2003] for $12.50
Difference Engine First Computer book by Doron Swade  "The Difference Engine: Charles Babbage & The Quest To Build The First Computer" [2001] by Doron Swade
Viking 8x5¼ hardcover [9/2001] for $17.46
Loving Life, The Morality of Self-Interest book by Craig Biddle  "Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and The Facts That Support It" [2002]
by Craig Biddle

A lucid and elegant discussion of the principles, values, and virtues that are essential to human life and happiness, defining and defending the social & political conditions required for people to live together as civilized beings. His conclusion: the essence of moral virtue defines laissez-faire capitalism as the only moral social system.
Kindle Edition from Glen Allen Press [2002 edition] for $9.95
Glen Allen Press 8½x5½ pb [2002] for $12.95
author's official website

New Kind of Science book by Stephen Wolfram  "A New Kind of Science" [2002 bestseller]
by Stephen Wolfram

Instant hit: the initial printing of 50,000 sold out in just weeks! 1280 pages!
Wolfram Media 9¾x8 hardcover [5/2002] for $44.95
Web Thinking For Success book by Dr. Linda Seger  "Web Thinking: Connecting, Not Competing For Success" [2002]
by Dr. Linda Seger

Inner Ocean Publg 7.4x5.4 hardcover [6/2002] for $13.27
Zero Point Anti-Gravity Technology book by Nick Cook  "The Hunt For Zero Point: Inside The Classified World of Anti-Gravity Technology" [2002] by Nick Cook
Broadway Books 8x5¼ pb [8/2003] for $10.17
Broadway Books 9½x6½ hardcover [8/2002] for $17.16
Politics of Stupid book by Susan Powter  "The Politics of Stupid" [2002] by Susan Powter
Powter's style may be tough to take (for some) but underneath that, what she has to say about power & women in America is both accurate & inspiring
Crone 8½x5½ pb [11/2002] for $11.96
author website
Constants of Nature book by John D. Barrow  "The Constants of Nature: From Alpha To Omega - The Numbers That Encode The Deepest Secrets of The Universe" [2003] by John D. Barrow
Vintage 8x5¼ pb [3/2004] for $10.50
Pantheon 9½x6½ hardcover [1/2003] for $17.68
Walking Tightrope of Reason book by Robert J. Fogelin  "Walking The Tightrope of Reason: The Precarious Life of A Rational Animal"
[2003] by Robert J. Fogelin

"...[written] with a wonderful sense of danger, as if it matters what philosophers think." — Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Book Review
Oxford Univ Press 7½x5¼ hardcover [8/2003] for $15.40

Guts, Seven Laws of Business book by Robert A. Lutz  "Guts: The Seven Laws of Business That Made Chrysler The World's Hottest Car Company" [orig 1998; rev 2003] by Robert A. Lutz
Wiley & Sons rev & updated 9x6½ hardcover [9/2003] for $23.93
Wiley & Sons 8¾x6 pb [10/99] out of print/many used
Wiley & Sons 9¼x6 hardcover [9/98] out of print/dozens used
Innovator's Solution Sustaining Successful Growth book by Clayton M. Christensen & Michael E. Raynor  "The Innovator's Solution: Creating & Sustaining Successful Growth" [2003]
by Clayton M. Christensen & Michael E. Raynor

Harvard Press 9½x6½ hardcover [9/2003] for $19.77
Why Not? Everyday Ingenuity book by Barry J. Nalebuff & Ian Ayres  "Why Not? How to Use Everyday Ingenuity To Solve Problems Big and Small"
[2003] by Barry J. Nalebuff & Ian Ayres

Harvard Business School Press hardcover [10/2003] for $19.25
Cheating Culture book by David Callahan  "The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong To Get Ahead"
[2004] by David Callahan

Harcourt 9x6¼ hardcover [1/2004] for $18.20
Recorded Books UNABR audio CD [1/2004] for $20.99
How To Change The World book by David Bornstein  "How To Change The World: Social Entrepreneurs & The Power of New Ideas"
[orig 2004, updated 2007] by David Bornstein

Interviews with fellows of the Ashoka program reveal six qualities of successful social entrepreneurs and four practices of innovative organizations.
Oxford Univ Press 9x6 pb [9/2007] for $11.16
Oxford Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [2/2004] for $24.00
Impossible / Citizen's Guide book edited by Paul Rogat Loeb  "The Impossible Will Take A Little While: A Citizen's Guide To Hope In A Time of Fear" [2004] Edited by Paul Rogat Loeb
Basic Books 8x5¼ pb [8/2004] for $10.37
Hacker Manifesto book by McKenzie Wark   "A Hacker Manifesto" [2004] by McKenzie Wark
Draws in equal measure on Guy Debord & Gilles Deleuze and offers a systematic restatement of Marxist thought for the age of cyberspace and globalization; examines the realm of intel-lectual property that gives rise to a whole new kind of class conflict that pits the creators of information – researchers & authors, artists & bio-logists, chemists & musicians, philosophers & programmers – against a possessing class demanding protection of their patents & copy-rights, and who would monopolize the new information commons.
Kindle Edition from Harvard Univ Press [2004 edition] for $12.07
Harvard Univ Press 8½x5½ hardcover [10/2004] for $14.52

Guernica The Biography of Picasso's Painting book by Gijs van Hensbergen  "Guernica: The Biography of A Painting" [2004]
by Gijs van Hensbergen

"Ingeniously chronicling the last century using Picasso's visionary tableau, van Hensbergen offers a new way of understanding our own history."
Bloomsbury hardcover [11/2004] for $23.80
Don't Know Much About Mythology book by Kenneth C. Davis  "Don't Know Much About Mythology: Everything You Need To Know About The Greatest Stories In Human History But Never Learned" [2005]
by Kenneth C. Davis

Harper 8¼x5¼ pb [8/2006] for $10.17
HarperCollins hardcover [11/2005] for $17.79
"Don't Know Much About World Myths" [ages 9-12; 2005]
by Kenneth C. Davis

HarperTrophy 9x6 pb [4/2005] for $6.99
HarperTrophy 9x6 hardcover [4/2005] for $19.99
Short History of Myth book by Karen Armstrong  
"A Short History of Myth" [2005]
by Karen Armstrong

Canongate 7½x5 pb [10/2006] for $9.00
Canongate 7½x5¼ hardcover [10/2005] for $12.24
Flipping the Switch / QBQ! book by John G. Miller  "Flipping the Switch: Unleash The Power of Personal Accountability Using The QBQ!" [2005] by John G. Miller
Putnam 8¼x5¾ hardcover [12/2005] for $13.57
Happiness Hypothesis book by Jonathan Haidt  "The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth In Ancient Wisdom – Why The Meaningful Life Is Closer Than You Think" [2005] by Jonathan Haidt
Basic Books 7¾x5¼ pb [12/2006] for $10.85
Basic Books 9¼x6½ hardcover [12/2005] for $17.16
official book site
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
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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

Classics  &  Bestsellers
in Roman times, Medieval Asia, and from 1841 to 2000

On The Nature of Things book by Lucretius  "On The Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura)" [First Century B.C.E.]
by Titus Lucretius Carus [99?-55? B.C.E.]

De Rerum Natura entry at Wikipedia
NOTE: The translation by the Fowlers is biased against Lucretius's pro-Reason arguments
Kindle Edition {Ian Johnston translxn} from Richer Resources Publns [10/2010] for $1.99
Kindle Edition (A.E. Stallings translation} from Penguin [2007 edition] for $7.97
Penguin Classics (A.E. Stallings translation} 7¾x5¼ pb [7/2007] for $10.20
Indiana Univ Press {Rolfe Humphries translation} 7¾x5 pb [1968] for $13.95
RECOMMENDED: poetic translation by Anthony M. Ensolen
Johns Hopkins Univ Press 9x6 pb [6/95] for $25.48
Johns Hopkins Univ Press 7x5 hardcover [6/95] out of print/used

Essays in Idleness / Tsurezuregusa book by Kenko Yoshida  "Essays In Idleness (Tsurezuregusa)" [1350 C.E.]
by Kenko Yoshida [1283?-1350?], Translated by Donald Keene

Kenko retired late in life and became a Buddhist monk and hermit; his 243 essays were written during 1330-32 C.E. in the zuihitsu (follow the brush) style and pasted on the walls of his dwelling; the essays were taken down after his death and published; the work is considered a classic of Japanese literature and is part of the modern Japanese high school curriculum
Columbia Univ Press 8¾x5½ pb [4/98] for $23.73
Columbia Univ Press 8¾x5½ hardcover [1967] out of print/used
Charles E. Tuttle 7x4¼ tankoban hardcover [1981] out of print/used
older translations
Kindle Edition from Cosimo Classics [2005 edition] for $8.29
Cosimo Classics 8½x5½ hardcover [12/2009] for $29.99
author entry at Wikipediabook entry at Wikipedia

see also Maison d'Être Philosophy Bookstore's Sun Tzu & 'The Art of War' Page

Extraordinary Popular Delusions & The Madness of Crowds book by Charles Mackay  "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds"
[1841 classic] by Charles Mackay

Besides looking at too-frequent financial bubbles & schemes, the book covers alchemy, the Crusades, witchery, haunted houses, fashions, fortune-telling and other mass phenomena.
Three Rivers Press 9x6 pb [7/95] for $10.85
Prometheus Books 8½x5½ pb [5/2001] for $20.00
Harriman House 7½x4½ hardcover [12/2003] for $12.91

Bergson's Time & Free Will essay by Henri Bergson  "Time & Free Will: An Essay On The Immediate Data of Consciousness"
[1889] by Henri Bergson [1859-1941];
translated by F. L. Pogson
Nabu Press 9½x7½ pb [8/2010] for $20.75
General Books LLC 9x6 pb [8/2009] for $8.03
Kessinger Publng 10¼x7¼ hardcover [facsimile 1913 edition] for $32.64
Bergson's Creative Mind book by Henri Bergson  "The Creative Mind: An Introduction To Metaphysics" [1903]
by Henri Bergson [1859-1941]

Citadel Press 8½x6¾ pb [2/2002] for $10.36
Citadel Press 8¼x5½ pb [9/97] for $17.95
Replica Books hardcover [2/99] for $31.85
Generation of Vipers classic book by Philip Wylie  "Generation of Vipers" [Farrar & Rinehart 1942 classic]
by Philip Wylie

"Wylie's classic, written with devastating wit and a pen as sharp as a barber's razor, wages war on all forms of American hypocrisy."
Dalkey Archive Press 8x5½ pb [9/96] for $11.16
Larlin Corp. hardcover [12/79] out of print/used

Glass Bead Game / Magister Ludi by Hermann Hesse  "The Glass Bead Game" [1943] by Hermann Hesse [1877-1962]
American title: "Magister Ludi"; original German title: "Das Glasperlenspiel"; translation 1970 by Richard & Clara Winston
Henry Holt 8¼x5½ pb [6/90] for $12.60
Peter Smith 8½x5½ hardcover [12/92] for $28.00
Abolition of Man classic book by C.S. Lewis  "The Abolition of Man" [1943 classic] by C.S. Lewis [1898-1963]
a defense of objective value & natural law against subjectivism in education and science
HarperSanFrancisco 8x5¼ pb [3/2001] for $9.95
Touchstone 8¾x5¾ pb [6/96] out of print/used
book review at Wikipedia
Lonely Crowd / American Character classic book by David Reisman  "The Lonely Crowd: A Study of The Changing American Character" [1950 classic]
by David Reisman [1909-2002], with Nathan Glazer & Reuel Denney

Yale Univ Press 7¾x5 pb [3/2001] for $12.21
More Than Human scifi novel by Ted Sturgeon  "More Than Human" [1953 novel] by Theodore Sturgeon [1918-85]
Most speculative fiction is merely science fiction; this work is considered a classic, and asks questions about the definition of human being.
Vintage 8x5 pb [12/98] for $11.01
Del Rey mass pb [4/85] out of print/used
Uses of Literacy classic book by Richard Hoggart  "The Uses of Literacy: Aspects of Working-Class Life With Special Reference To Publications & Entertainments" [1957 classic]
by Richard Hoggart

Transaction Publrs 9x6 pb [2/98] out of print/used
Oxford Univ Press pb [1/70] out of print/used
Logic of Scientific Discovery book by Karl Popper  
"The Logic of Scientific Discovery" [1959]
by Karl Popper

Routledge pb [10/92] for $38.95
Stranger in a Strange Land book by Robert A. Heinlein  "Stranger In A Strange Land" [1961]
by Robert A. Heinlein [1907-88]

counter-culture classic & winner of the Hugo Award 1962
Ace pb [8/95] for $7.99
Putnam hardcover [6/61] out of print/used
Blackstone UNABR audio [4/96] for $83.95
Structure of Scientific Revolutions book by Thomas S. Kuhn  "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" [1962 classic]
by Thomas S. Kuhn [1922-96]

"If ever there were a true classic on the history & development of science that is must reading for each new generation, it is Kuhn's benchmark work."
3rd edition for Kindle from Univ Chicago Press [10/2010] for $8.77
Univ Chicago Press 8x5¼ pb [12/96] for $9.23
Univ Chicago Press 8x5½ hardcover [12/96] for $30.00
The Image / Pseudo-Events In America classic book by Daniel J. Boorstin  "The Image: A Guide To Pseudo-Events In America" [1962 classic]
by Daniel J. Boorstin

Vintage 8x5¼ pb [9/92] for $10.47
Vintage pb [11/71] out of print/many used
Peter Smith Publng hardcover [12/84] out of print/used
Blackstone audio [8/97] 7 tapes for $49.95
Anti-Intellectualism In American Life book by Richard Hofstadter  "Anti-Intellectualism In American Life" [1963 classic]
by Richard Hofstadter

won the 1964 Pulitzer Prize in Non-Fiction
Vintage 8x5 pb [2/66] for $12.24
Knopf 9½x7 hardcover [5/63] out of print/used
Self-Renewal book by John W. Gardner  "Self-Renewal: The Individual & The Innovative Society" [1964]
by John W. Gardner

"...should be required reading for any person wondering just where he is going on life's long journey." — Los Angeles Times review 1964
W.W. Norton 8¼x5½ pb [8/95] for $8.80

Boys In The Band play & movie by Mart Crowley  "The Boys In The Band: A Play In Two Acts" [1968]
off-Broadway play by Mart Crowley

A revelation back then, it still astounds; a poignant & enlightening view into a world perhaps unknown to you
Alyson Books 40th anniv edition 8x5½ pb [4/2008] for $10.92
Samuel French pb [6/68] out of print/used
1970 film adaptation directed by William Friedkin
Paramount widescreen color DVD [11/2008] for $19.99
Fox color VHS [12/80] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

Myths to Live By book by Joseph Campbell  "Myths To Live By: How We Re-Create Ancient Legends In Our Daily Lives To Release Human Potential" [1972]
by Joseph Campbell [1904-87]

Arkana 8½x5½ pb [2/93] for $11.20
Viking hardcover [4/72] out of print/used
Denial of Death book by Ernest Becker  "Denial of Death" [S&S 1973] by Ernest Becker [1925-74]
won the Pulitzer Prize in 1974
Free Press 8½x5½ pb [5/97] for $10.65
Free Press 8¼x5½ pb [3/85] out of print/used
Peter Smith Publrs 8¾x5¾ hardcover [11/98] for $31.75
Escape From Evil book by Ernest Becker  "Escape From Evil" [1975] sequel to "Denial of Death"
by Ernest Becker [1925-74]

Free Press pb [3/85] for $17.95
Free Press hardcover [11/1975] out of print/used
Origins of Knowledge & Imagination lecture series by Jacob Bronowski  "The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination" [1978]
text of lecture series by Jacob Bronowski [1908-74]

Yale Univ Press 8x5 pb [9/79] for $16.00
Yale Univ Press hardcover [1/78] out of print/used
SM's Jacob Bronowski fansite
Guide for the Perplexed  "A Guide For The Perplexed" [1978]
by E. F. Schumacher
(author of "Small Is Beautiful" below)
HarperCollins 8x5¼ pb [6/78] for $9.60
Gödel, Escher, Bach Eternal Golden Braid book by Douglas R. Hofstadter  "Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid" [1979]
by Douglas R. Hofstadter

won the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction
Basic Books 9x6 pb [1/99] for $15.10
Basic Books hardcover [3/79] out of print/many used
Realism & The Aim of Sciencebook by Karl Popper  "Realism and The Aim of Science: Postscript To The Logic of Scientific Discovery" [1982]
by Karl Popper

Routledge pb [4/92] for $34.95
Closing of the American Mind bestseller book by Allan Bloom  "The Closing of The American Mind" [1988 bestseller]
by Allan Bloom

Touchstone 8¼x5¼ pb [5/88] for $11.20
Blackstone UNABR audio narrated by Christopher Hurt [1/93] for $76.95
Small Is Beautiful book by E.F. Schumacher  "Small Is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered – 25 Years Later . . . With Commentaries" [1999]
by E.F. Schumacher

Hartley & Marks 9¼x7½ pb [rev 12/99] for $19.95
original edition [1974]
HarperCollins 8x5¼ pb [8/89] for $10.50
Tipping Point Can Make A Big Difference classic book by Malcolm Gladwell  "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference"
[2000 classic] by Malcolm Gladwell

Back Bay Books 8¼x5½ pb [1/2002] for $14.95
Little, Brown 8¼x5¾ hardcover [2/2000] for $15.72
TimeWarner ABR audio CD [1/2005] for $16.31
TimeWarner ABR audio [2/2000] for $12.23

"Sex and The Single Girl" [1962] by Helen Gurley Brown
sold 2M copies in three weeks; LA Times, NY Times & TIME bestseller lists [1964]

"The Feminine Mystique" [Feb 1963] by Betty Friedan
six weeks on the New York Yimes bestseller list

"The Second Stage" [1980] by Betty Friedan

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