Recommendations

  • Maps of Meaning

    Maps of Meaning

    Maps of Meaning

    Jordan B. Peterson
    Psychology
    4.1 (4,129)

    Why have people from different cultures and eras formulated myths and stories with similar structures? what does this similarity tell us about the mind, morality, and structure of the world itself? jordan peterson offers a provocative new hypothesis that explores the connection between what modern neuropsychology tells us about the brain and what rituals, myths, and religious stories have long narrated. a cutting-edge work that brings together neuropsychology, cognitive science, and freudian and jungian approaches to mythology and narrative, maps of meaning presents a rich theory that makes the wisdom

    Jordan Peterson

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  • The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956

    The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956

    The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956

    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn,Edward E. Ericson Jr.
    History
    4.3 (24,066)

    Drawing on his own incarceration and exile, as well as on evidence from more than 200 fellow prisoners and soviet archives, aleksandr i. solzhenitsyn reveals the entire apparatus of soviet repression—the state within the state that ruled all-powerfully. through truly shakespearean portraits of its victims—men, women, and children—we encounter secret police operations, labor camps and prisons; the uprooting or extermination of whole populations, the welcome that awaited russian soldiers who had been german prisoners of war. yet we also witness the astounding moral courage of the incorruptible, who, defenseless, endured

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  • Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment

    David McDuff,Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Fiction
    4.24 (725,526)

    Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders through the slums of st petersburg and commits a random murder without remorse or regret. he imagines himself to be a great man, a napoleon: acting for a higher purpose beyond conventional moral law. but as he embarks on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, raskolnikov is pursued by the growing voice of his conscience and finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. only sonya, a downtrodden sex worker, can offer the

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  • The Idiot

    The Idiot

    The Idiot

    Anna Brailovsky,Constance Garnett,Eva M. Martin,Fëdor Michajlovič Dostoevskij,Fyodor Dostoevsky,Joseph Frank,Martin Geeson
    Fiction
    4.18 (151,649)

    Returning to russia from a sanitarium in switzerland, the christ-like epileptic prince myshkin finds himself enmeshed in a tangle of love, torn between two women—the notorious kept woman nastasya and the pure aglaia—both involved, in turn, with the corrupt, money-hungry ganya. in the end, myshkin’s honesty, goodness, and integrity are shown to be unequal to the moral emptiness of those around him. in her revision of the garnett translation, anna brailovsky has corrected inaccuracies wrought by garnett’s drastic anglicization of the novel, restoring as much as possible the syntactical structure

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  • Affective Neuroscience

    Affective Neuroscience

    Affective Neuroscience

    Jaak Panksepp
    Medical
    4.38 (329)

    Some investigators have argued that emotions, especially animal emotions, are illusory concepts outside the realm of scientific inquiry. however, with advances in neurobiology and neuroscience, researchers are demonstrating that this position is wrong as they move closer to a lasting understanding of the biology and psychology of emotion. in affective neuroscience, jaak panksepp provides the most up-to-date information about the brain-operating systems that organize the fundamental emotional tendencies of all mammals. presenting complex material in a readable manner, the book offers a comprehensive summary of the fundamental neural sources of

    Jordan Peterson

    One of the best books on the neuroscience of emotion

    Apr 23, 2020 — Source

  • Notes from Underground

    Notes from Underground

    Notes from Underground

    Fyodor Dostoevsky,Larissa Volokhonsky,Richard Pevear
    Fiction
    4.15 (105,981)

    Dostoevsky’s most revolutionary novel, notes from underground marks the dividing line between nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction, and between the visions of self each century embodied. one of the most remarkable characters in literature, the unnamed narrator is a former official who has defiantly withdrawn into an underground existence. in complete retreat from society, he scrawls a passionate, obsessive, self-contradictory narrative that serves as a devastating attack on social utopianism and an assertion of man’s essentially irrational nature.richard pevear and larissa volokhonsky, whose dostoevsky translations have become the standard, give us

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  • The Brothers Karamazov

    The Brothers Karamazov

    The Brothers Karamazov

    Borut Kraševec,Fernando Otero,Fyodor Dostoevsky,Larissa Volokhonsky,Marta Rebón,Marta Sánchez-Nieves,Richard Pevear
    Fiction
    4.33 (274,038)

    The brothers karamazov is a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and an exploration of erotic rivalry in a series of triangular love affairs involving the “wicked and sentimental” fyodor pavlovich karamazov and his three sons―the impulsive and sensual dmitri; the coldly rational ivan; and the healthy, red-cheeked young novice alyosha. through the gripping events of their story, dostoevsky portrays the whole of russian life, is social and spiritual striving, in what was both the golden age and a tragic turning point in russian culture.this award-winning translation by richard pevear and

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  • A History of Religious Ideas Volume 1
    Jordan Peterson

    Mircea Eliade wrote a book called A History of Religious Ideas, which I would strongly recommend.

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  • A History of Religious Ideas, Volume 2

    A History of Religious Ideas, Volume 2

    A History of Religious Ideas, Volume 2

    Mircea Eliade,Willard R. Trask
    4.49 (792)

    In volume 2 of this monumental work, mircea eliade continues his magisterial progress through the history of religious ideas. the religions of ancient china, brahmanism and hinduism, buddha and his contemporaries, roman religion, celtic and german religions, judaism, the hellenistic period, the iranian syntheses, and the birth of christianity—all are encompassed in this volume.

    Jordan Peterson

    Mircea Eliade wrote a book called A History of Religious Ideas, which I would strongly recommend.

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  • A History of Religious Ideas, Volume 3

    A History of Religious Ideas, Volume 3

    A History of Religious Ideas, Volume 3

    Alf Hiltebeitel,Diane Apostolos-Cappadona,Mircea Eliade
    4.45 (641)

    This volume completes the immensely learned three-volume a history of religious ideas. eliade examines the movement of jewish thought out of ancient eurasia, the christian transformation of the mediterranean area and europe, and the rise and diffusion of islam from approximately the sixth through the seventeenth centuries. eliade's vast knowledge of past and present scholarship provides a synthesis that is unparalleled. in addition to reviewing recent interpretations of the individual traditions, he explores the interactions of the three religions and shows their continuing mutual influence to be subtle but unmistakable.as

    Jordan Peterson

    Mircea Eliade wrote a book called A History of Religious Ideas, which I would strongly recommend.

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  • Ordinary Men

    Ordinary Men

    Ordinary Men

    Christopher R. Browning
    History
    4.08 (14,836)

    Christopher r. browning’s shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of jews—now with a new afterword and additional photographs. ordinary men is the true story of reserve police battalion 101 of the german order police, which was responsible for mass shootings as well as round-ups of jewish people for deportation to nazi death camps in poland in 1942. browning argues that most of the men of rpb 101 were not fanatical nazis but, rather, ordinary middle-aged, working-class men who

    Jordan Peterson

    Ordinary Men is the best book of its type—maybe it’s the only book of its type.

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  • In the Closet of the Vatican

    In the Closet of the Vatican

    In the Closet of the Vatican

    Frédéric Martel
    Church and social problems
    3.84 (1,984)

    In the closet of the vatican exposes the rot at the heart of the vatican and the roman catholic church today. this brilliant piece of investigative writing is based on four years' authoritative research, including extensive interviews with those in power.the celibacy of priests, the condemnation of the use of contraceptives, countless cases of sexual abuse, the resignation of benedict xvi, misogyny among the clergy, the dramatic fall in europe of the number of vocations to the priesthood, the plotting against pope francis - all these issues are clouded in

    Jordan Peterson

    It's destined to cause a tremendous amount of trouble.

    Mar 25, 2019 — Source

  • Factfulness

    Factfulness

    Factfulness

    Anna Rosling Rönnlund,Hans Rosling,Ola Rosling
    Business & Economics
    Nature
    4.34 (150,518)

    When asked simple questions about global trends—what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school—we systematically get the answers wrong. so wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, nobel laureates, and investment bankers.in factfulness, professor of international health and global ted phenomenon hans rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, anna and ola, offers . they reveal —from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and

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  • Enlightenment Now

    Enlightenment Now

    Enlightenment Now

    Steven Pinker
    Psychology
    4.22 (24,929)

    If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.is the world really falling apart? is the ideal of progress obsolete? in this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual steven pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. instead, follow

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  • The Rational Optimist

    The Rational Optimist

    The Rational Optimist

    Matt Ridley
    Business & Economics
    3.98 (9,993)

    Life is getting better—and at an accelerating rate. food availability, income, and life span are up; disease, child mortality, and violence are down — all across the globe. though the world is far from perfect, necessities and luxuries alike are getting cheaper; population growth is slowing; africa is following asia out of poverty; the internet, the mobile phone, and container shipping are enriching people’s lives as never before. the pessimists who dominate public discourse insist that we will soon reach a turning point and things will start to get worse.

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  • The Great Escape

    The Great Escape

    The Great Escape

    Angus Deaton
    Business & Economics
    3.84 (1,966)

    The world is a better place than it used to be. people are healthier, wealthier, and live longer. yet the escapes from destitution by so many has left gaping inequalities between people and nations. in "the great escape," angus deaton--one of the foremost experts on economic development and on poverty--tells the remarkable story of how, beginning 250 years ago, some parts of the world experienced sustained progress, opening up gaps and setting the stage for today's disproportionately unequal world. deaton takes an in-depth look at the historical and ongoing patterns

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  • The Discovery of the Unconscious

    The Discovery of the Unconscious

    The Discovery of the Unconscious

    Henri F. Ellenberger
    Psychology
    4.45 (198)

    This classic work is a monumental, integrated view of man's search for an understanding of the inner reaches of the mind. in an account that is both exhaustive and exciting, the distinguished psychiatrist and author demonstrates the long chain of development—through the exorcists, magnetists, and hypnotists—that led to the fruition of dynamic psychiatry in the psychological systems of janet, freud, adler, and jung.

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  • Life at the Bottom

    Life at the Bottom

    Life at the Bottom

    Theodore Dalrymple
    Social Science
    4.22 (2,770)

    Here is a searing account-probably the best yet published-of life in the underclass and why it persists as it does. theodore dalrymple, a british psychiatrist who treats the poor in a slum hospital and a prison in england, has seemingly seen it all. yet in listening to and observing his patients, he is continually astonished by the latest twist of depravity that exceeds even his own considerable experience. dalrymple's key insight in life at the bottom is that long-term poverty is caused not by economics but by a dysfunctional set

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  • Zorba the Greek

    Zorba the Greek

    Zorba the Greek

    Ahmet Angın,Carl Wildman,Nikos Kazancakis,Nikos Kazantzakis
    Fiction
    4.06 (42,940)

    The classic novel, international sensation, and inspiration for the film starring anthony quinn explores the struggle between the aesthetic and the rational, the inner life and the life of the mind.the classic novel zorba the greek is the story of two men, their incredible friendship, and the importance of living life to the fullest. zorba, a greek working man, is a larger-than-life character, energetic and unpredictable. he accompanies the unnamed narrator to crete to work in the narrator’s lignite mine, and the pair develops a singular relationship. the two men

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  • The Great Mother

    The Great Mother

    The Great Mother

    Erich Neumann,Ralph Manheim
    Psychology
    4.34 (361)

    Neumann examines how the feminine has been experienced and expressed in many cultures from prehistory to our own time. appearing as goddess and demon, gate and pillar, garden and tree, hovering sky and containing vessel, the feminine is seen as an essential factor in the dialectical relation of individual consciousness, symbolized by the child, to the ungraspable matrix, symbolized by the great mother.

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  • The Maltese Falcon

    The Maltese Falcon

    The Maltese Falcon

    Dashiell Hammett
    Fiction
    3.89 (101,265)

    Sam spade is hired by the fragrant miss wonderley to track down her sister, who has eloped with a louse called floyd thursby. but miss wonderley is in fact the beautiful and treacherous brigid o'shaughnessy, and when spade's partner miles archer is shot while on thursby's trail, spade finds himself both hunter and hunted: can he track down the jewel-encrusted bird, a treasure worth killing for, before the fat man finds him?

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  • The Systems Bible

    The Systems Bible

    The Systems Bible

    John Gall
    Análisis de sistemas
    3.99 (742)

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  • Myth and Reality

    Myth and Reality

    Myth and Reality

    Mircea Eliade,Willard R. Trask
    Religion
    4.09 (933)

    An informative guide to the modern mythologies! this classic study, translated from the original french, deals primarily with societies around the world in which myth is--or was until very recently-- "living," in the sense that it supplies models for human behavior and, by that very fact, gives meaning and value to life. the author believes that understanding the structure and function of myths in these traditional societies serves to clarify a stage in the history of human thought: "myths reveal that the world, man, and life have a supernatural origin

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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    John Steinbeck
    California
    3.98 (814,044)

    The pulitzer prize-winning epic of the great depression, a book that galvanized—and sometimes outraged—millions of readers.first published in 1939, steinbeck’s pulitzer prize-winning epic of the great depression chronicles the dust bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one oklahoma farm family, the joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of california. out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an america divided into haves and have-nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in

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  • The Gay Science

    The Gay Science

    The Gay Science

    Friedrich Nietzsche,Walter Kaufmann
    Philosophy
    4.26 (14,879)

    Nietzsche called the gay science "the most personal of all my books." it was here that he first proclaimed the death of god—to which a large part of the book is devoted—and his doctrine of the eternal recurrence.walter kaufmann's commentary, with its many quotations from previously untranslated letters, brings to life nietzsche as a human being and illuminates his philosophy. the book contains some of nietzsche's most sustained discussions of art and morality, knowledge and truth, the intellectual conscience and the origin of logic.most of the book was written just

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  • Point Counter Point

    Point Counter Point

    Point Counter Point

    Aldous Huxley
    Fiction
    3.86 (11,075)

    Aldous huxley's lifelong concern with the dichotomy between passion and reason finds its fullest expression both thematically and formally in his masterpiece point counter point. by presenting a vision of life in which diverse aspects of experience are observed simultaneously, huxley characterizes the symptoms of "the disease of the modern man" in the manner of a composer--themes and characters are repeated, altered slightly, and played off one another in a tone that is at once critical and sympathetic.first published in 1928, huxley's satiric view of intellectual life in the '20s

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  • Myths, Dreams and Mysteries

    Myths, Dreams and Mysteries

    Myths, Dreams and Mysteries

    Mircea Eliade
    4.13 (360)

    The author's purpose is to interpret, and to ease, an encounter which history has made inevitable. but professor eliade is too good a scholar, and it too wise in his judgment, to fall into syncretist fallacies. he has no argument to offer other than that which is implicit in a penetrating and sympathetic scrutiny of the mythologies that vivify ancient communities and tell us so much of the perennial meaning and destiny of man...

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  • Awakenings

    Awakenings

    Awakenings

    Oliver Sacks
    Psychology
    4.11 (11,468)

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  • The First Circle

    The First Circle

    The First Circle

    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn,Thomas P. Whitney
    Fiction
    4.23 (7,568)

    Notice: "in the first circle" and "the first circle": "in the first circle" is 200pp longer; "the first circle" is a censored and abridged version.set in moscow during a three-day period in december 1949, 'the first circle' is the story of the prisoner gleb nerzhin, a brilliant mathematician. at the age of thirty-one, nerzhin has survived the war years on the german front and the postwar years in a succession of russian prisons and labor camps. his story is interwoven with the stories of a dozen fellow prisoners - each

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  • Brain Architecture

    Brain Architecture

    Brain Architecture

    Larry W. Swanson
    Medical
    4.07 (84)

    Now in its second edition, brain architecture is the continued exploration of how the brain works. at the very core of our existence, the brain generates our thoughts and feelings, directs our voluntary interactions with the environment, and coordinates all of the vital functions within the body itself. this long-overdue new edition explains this oftentimes daunting intricacy and exquisite detail. the first half of the book discusses the basic parts and how they work, presenting an overview of the nervous system at both the microscopic and macroscopic levels. the approach

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  • An Outline of Psycho-Analysis

    An Outline of Psycho-Analysis

    An Outline of Psycho-Analysis

    James Strachey,Peter Gay,Sigmund Freud
    3.71 (1,494)

    Freud approved the overall editorial plan, specific renderings of key words and phrases, and the addition of valuable notes, from bibliographical and explanatory. many of the translations were done by strachey himself; the rest were prepared under his supervision. the result was to place the standard edition in a position of unquestioned supremacy over all other existing versions.newly designed in a uniform format, each new paperback in the standard edition opens with a biographical essay on freud's life and work —along with a note on the individual volume—by peter gay,

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  • A Way of Being

    A Way of Being

    A Way of Being

    Carl R. Rogers,Irvin D. Yalom
    Social Science
    4.24 (2,312)

    The late carl rogers, founder of the humanistic psychology movement and father of client-centered therapy, based his life's work on his fundamental belief in the human potential for growth. a way of being was written in the early 1980s, near the end of carl rogers's career, and serves as a coda to his classic on becoming a person. more philosophical than his earlier writings, it traces his professional and personal development and ends with a prophetic call for a more humane future.

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  • The Big Sleep

    The Big Sleep

    The Big Sleep

    Raymond Chandler
    Fiction
    3.95 (144,901)

    This is the code of the private eye as defined by raymond chandler in his 1944 essay 'the simple act of murder.' such a man was philip marlowe, private eye, an educated, heroic, streetwise, rugged individualist and the hero of chandler's first novel, the big sleep. this work established chandler as the master of the 'hard-boiled' detective novel, and his articulate and literary style of writing won him a large audience, which ranged from the man in the street to the most sophisticated intellectual.

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  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Hunter S. Thompson,Ralph Steadman
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.07 (323,044)

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  • Cancer Ward

    Cancer Ward

    Cancer Ward

    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn,David Burg,Nicholas Bethell
    Fiction
    4.23 (14,602)

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  • A History of Religious Ideas 1

    A History of Religious Ideas 1

    A History of Religious Ideas 1

    Mircea Eliade,Willard R. Trask
    Religion
    4.44 (1,411)

    Les trois tomes de l' "histoire des croyances et des idées religieuses" - "de l'âge de la pierre aux mystères d'eleusis" (1975), "de gautama bouddha au triomphe du christianisme" (1978) et "de mahomet à l'âge des réformes" (1983) - représentent une œuvre irremplaçable. l'érudition et la puissance intellectuelle synthétique de mircea eliade apportent au lecteur une vision des religions qui fait apparaître à la fois "l'unité fondamentale des phénomènes religieux et l'inépuisable nouveauté de leurs expressions" selon sa formule. le tome i nous conduit des premiers comportements magico-religieux des hommes

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  • The Charterhouse of Parma

    The Charterhouse of Parma

    The Charterhouse of Parma

    Arthur Schurig,C.K. Scott Moncrieff,Richard Howard,Robert Andrew Parker,Stendhal
    Fiction
    3.81 (15,906)

    Richard howard's exuberant and definitive rendition of stendhal's stirring tale has brought about the rediscovery of this classic by modern readers. stendhal narrates a young aristocrat's adventures in napoleon's army and in the court of parma, illuminating in the process the whole cloth of european history. as balzac wrote, "never before have the hearts of princes, ministers, courtiers, and women been depicted like this...one sees perfection in every detail."with beautiful illustrations by robert andrew parker.

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  • Psychology and Alchemy

    Psychology and Alchemy

    Psychology and Alchemy

    C.G. Jung,Herbert Read,Michael Fordham
    Psychology
    4.33 (2,069)

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  • Little Science, Big Science... and Beyond
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  • I, Claudius

    I, Claudius

    I, Claudius

    Robert Graves
    Fiction
    4.2 (63,507)

    Into the 'autobiography' of clau-clau-claudius, the pitiful stammerer who was destined to become emperor in spite of himself, graves packs the everlasting intrigues, the depravity, the bloody purges and mounting cruelty of the reigns of augustus and tiberius, soon to culminate in the deified insanity of caligula.i, claudius and its sequel, claudius the god, are among the most celebrated, as well the most gripping historical novels ever written.cover illustration: brian pike

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  • Existence

    Existence

    Existence

    Rollo May
    Medical
    4.1 (79)

    Since its publication in 1958, existence has been regarded as the most important, complete and lucid account of the existentialist approach to psychology. from the works of the leading spokesmen of the existential analytical movement, the editors have selected classic case histories and other writings to define the new approach which seeks to understand mental illness, in the words of rollo may, "...not as deviations from the conceptual yardstick of this or that psychiatrist...but as deviations in the structure of the particular patient's existence, the disruptions of his condition humaine."

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  • Aion

    Aion

    Aion

    C.G. Jung,Gerhard Adler,R.F.C. Hull
    Self
    4.36 (1,110)

    Aion: researches into the phenomenology of the self , originally published in german in 1951, is one of the major works of jung's later years. the central theme of the volume is the symbolic representation of the psychic totality through the concept of the self, whose traditional historical equivalent is the figure of christ. jung demonstrates his thesis by an investigation of the allegoria christi, especially the fish symbol, but also of gnostic and alchemical symbolism, which he treats as phenomena of cultural assimilation. the first four chapters, on the

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  • An Anthropologist on Mars

    An Anthropologist on Mars

    An Anthropologist on Mars

    Oliver Sacks
    Psychology
    4.12 (21,283)

    Paradoxical portraits of seven neurological patients, including a surgeon consumed by the compulsive tics of tourette's syndrome unless he is operating; an artist who loses all sense of color in a car accident, but finds new creative power in black & white; & others.

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  • A Farewell to Arms

    A Farewell to Arms

    A Farewell to Arms

    Ernest Hemingway
    Fiction
    3.81 (285,031)

    A farewell to arms is the unforgettable story of an american ambulance driver on the italian front and his passion for a beautiful english nurse. set against the looming horrors of the battlefield - the weary, demoralized men marching in the rain during the german attack on caporetto; the profound struggle between loyalty and desertion—this gripping, semiautobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep. ernest hemingway famously said that he rewrote his ending to a farewell to arms thirty-nine times

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  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    Raymond Chandler
    Fiction
    4.18 (39,706)

    Down-and-out drunk terry lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of la fast. so he turns to the only friend he can trust: private investigator philip marlowe. marlowe is willing to help a man down on his luck, but later lennox commits suicide in mexico and things start to turn nasty. marlowe is drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in la's idle valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover. marlowe is sure lennox didn't kill his

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  • Play, Dreams and Imitation in Childhood
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  • Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    William Golding
    Fiction
    3.69 (2,519,647)

    At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. at first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; this far from civilization the boys can do anything they want. anything. they attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin and evil. and as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far from reality as the hope of

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  • On the Genealogy of Morals / Ecce Homo

    On the Genealogy of Morals / Ecce Homo

    On the Genealogy of Morals / Ecce Homo

    Friedrich Nietzsche,R.J. Hollingdale,Walter Kaufmann
    Philosophy
    4.16 (14,541)

    The genealogy of morals consists of three essays exploring morality and its origins where nietzsche makes ample use of his training as a philologist. these works contain nietzsche's most thorough and clear expression of his psychological philosophy. this edition includes ecce homo, nietzsche's review of his life and works, with the exception of the antichrist. these two books are compiled, translated and annotated by renowned nietzsche scholar walter kaufmann.

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  • A History of Religious Ideas, Volume 3

    A History of Religious Ideas, Volume 3

    A History of Religious Ideas, Volume 3

    Alf Hiltebeitel,Diane Apostolos-Cappadona,Mircea Eliade
    Religion
    4.45 (641)

    This volume completes the immensely learned three-volume a history of religious ideas. eliade examines the movement of jewish thought out of ancient eurasia, the christian transformation of the mediterranean area and europe, and the rise and diffusion of islam from approximately the sixth through the seventeenth centuries. eliade's vast knowledge of past and present scholarship provides a synthesis that is unparalleled. in addition to reviewing recent interpretations of the individual traditions, he explores the interactions of the three religions and shows their continuing mutual influence to be subtle but unmistakable.as

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  • Symbols of Transformation

    Symbols of Transformation

    Symbols of Transformation

    C.G. Jung,Gerhard Adler,R.F.C. Hull
    Psychology
    4.45 (791)

    A complete revision of psychology of the unconscious (orig. 1911-12), jung's first important statement of his independent position.

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  • Sometimes a Great Notion

    Sometimes a Great Notion

    Sometimes a Great Notion

    Ken Kesey
    Fiction
    4.19 (21,888)

    Following the astonishing success of his first novel, one flew over the cuckoo's nest, ken kesey wrote what charles bowden calls "one of the few essential books written by an american in the last half century." this wild-spirited tale tells of a bitter strike that rages through a small lumber town along the oregon coast. bucking that strike out of sheer cussedness are the stampers. out of the stamper family's rivalries and betrayals ken kesey has crafted a novel with the mythic impact of greek tragedy.

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  • Earth in Human Hands

    Earth in Human Hands

    Earth in Human Hands

    David Grinspoon
    Science
    4.21 (259)

    For the first time in earth's history, our planet is experiencing a confluence of rapidly accelerating changes prompted by one species: humans. climate change is only the most visible of the modifications we've made—up until this point, inadvertently—to the planet. and our current behavior threatens not only our own future but that of countless other creatures. by comparing earth's story to those of other planets, astrobiologist david grinspoon shows what a strange and novel development it is for a species to evolve to build machines, and ultimately, global societies with

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  • Mysterium Coniunctionis

    Mysterium Coniunctionis

    Mysterium Coniunctionis

    C.G. Jung,Gerhard Adler,R.F.C. Hull
    Psychology
    4.56 (384)

    Bollingen series xxs/t: an inquiry into the separation & synthesis of psychic opposites in alchemy 'what jung has to convey is so truly original & so far-ranging in its implications that i suspect that this book will be a real challenge even to those most psychologically sophisticated. what he here presents in rich & documented detail can perhaps best be described as an anatomy of the objective psyche...broadly speaking it is a treasury of images pertaining to the individual's discovery of the self...mysterium coniunctionis is a splendid capstone to the

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  • A History of Religious Ideas, Volume 2

    A History of Religious Ideas, Volume 2

    A History of Religious Ideas, Volume 2

    Mircea Eliade,Willard R. Trask
    Religion
    4.5 (792)

    In volume 2 of this monumental work, mircea eliade continues his magisterial progress through the history of religious ideas. the religions of ancient china, brahmanism and hinduism, buddha and his contemporaries, roman religion, celtic and german religions, judaism, the hellenistic period, the iranian syntheses, and the birth of christianity—all are encompassed in this volume.

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  • Animal Farm

    Animal Farm

    Animal Farm

    C.M. Woodhouse,George Orwell,Russell Baker
    Domestic animals
    3.97 (3,167,153)

    Librarian's note: there is an alternate cover edition for this edition of this book here.a farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. with flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned –a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible. when animal farm was first published, stalinist russia was seen as its target.

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  • Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Harold S. Kushner,Isle Lasch,Viktor E. Frankl,William J. Winslade
    Existential psychotherapy
    4.35 (520,549)

    Psychiatrist viktor frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. at the heart of his theory, known as logotherapy, is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful. man's

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  • Genius

    Genius

    Genius

    James Gleick,Richard P. Feynman
    Physicists
    4.06 (24,102)

    An illuminating portrayal of richard feynman—a giant of twentieth century physics—from his childhood tinkering with radios, to his vital work on the manhattan project and beyond raised in depression-era rockaway beach, physicist richard feynman was irreverent, eccentric, and childishly enthusiastic—a new kind of scientist in a field that was in its infancy. his quick mastery of quantum mechanics earned him a place at los alamos working on the manhattan project under j. robert oppenheimer, where the giddy young man held his own among the nation’s greatest minds. there, feynman turned

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  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

    The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

    The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

    Oliver Sacks
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.05 (188,728)

    If a man has lost a leg or an eye, he knows he has lost a leg or an eye; but if he has lost a self—himself—he cannot know it, because he is no longer there to know it. dr. oliver sacks recounts the stories of patients struggling to adapt to often bizarre worlds of neurological disorder. here are people who can no longer recognize everyday objects or those they love; who are stricken with violent tics or shout involuntary obscenities; who have been dismissed as autistic or retarded, yet

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  • Words with Power

    Words with Power

    Words with Power

    Northrop Frye
    Literary Criticism
    4.15 (93)

    Frye continues his exploration, begun in the great code, of the influence of biblical themes and forms of expression on western literature, with discussions of authors ranging from chaucer and shakespeare to yeats and eliot. frye identifies four key elements found in the bible-the mountain, the garden, the cave, and the furnace-and describes how they recur in later secular writings. indices.

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  • The Origins and History of Consciousness

    The Origins and History of Consciousness

    The Origins and History of Consciousness

    C.G. Jung,Erich Neumann
    Social Science
    4.35 (1,206)

    The first of erich neumann's works to be translated into english, this eloquent book draws on a full range of world mythology to show that individual consciousness undergoes the same archetypal stages of development as has human consciousness as a whole. neumann, one of jung's most creative students and a renowned practitioner of analytical psychology in his own right, shows how the stages begin and end with the symbol of the uroboros, or tail-eating serpent. the intermediate stages are projected in the universal myths of the world creation, great mother,

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  • The Will to Power

    The Will to Power

    The Will to Power

    Friedrich Nietzsche,R.J. Hollingdale,Walter Kaufmann
    Philosophy
    4.05 (9,436)

    Nietzsche's notebooks, kept by him during his most productive years, offer a fascinating glimpse into the workshop and mind of a great thinker, and compare favorably with the notebooks of gide and kafka, camus and wittgenstein. the will to power, compiled from the notebooks, is one of the most famous books of the past hundred years, but few have studied it. here, at last, is the first critical edition in any language.down through the nazi period the will to power was often mistakenly considered to be nietzsche's crowning systematic labor;

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  • Our Culture, What's Left of It

    Our Culture, What's Left of It

    Our Culture, What's Left of It

    Theodore Dalrymple
    Social Science
    4.13 (1,273)

    This new collection of essays bears the unmistakable stamp of theodore dalrymple's bracingly clearsighted view of the human condition. in these twenty-six pieces, dr. dalrymple ranges over literature and ideas, from shakespeare to marx, from the break-down of islam to the legalization of drugs. the book includes "when islam breaks down," named by david brooks of the new york times as the best journal article of 2004.informed by years of medical practice in a wide variety of settings, dr. dalrymple's acquaintance with the outer limits of human experience allows him

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  • The Neuropsychology of Anxiety
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  • Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles

    Jeffrey Burton Russell
    History
    4.09 (139)

    Mephistopheles is the fourth and final volume of a critically acclaimed history of the concept of the devil. the series constitutes the most complete historical study ever made of the figure that has been called the second most famous personage in christianity.in his first three volumes jeffrey burton russell brought the history of christian diabology to the end of the middle ages, showing the development of a degree of consensus, even in detail, on the concept of the devil. mephistopheles continues the story from the reformation to the present, tracing

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  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

    William L. Shirer
    History
    4.16 (117,888)

    Hitler boasted that the third reich would last a thousand years. it lasted only 12. but those 12 years contained some of the most catastrophic events western civilization has ever known.no other powerful empire ever bequeathed such mountains of evidence about its birth and destruction as the third reich. when the bitter war was over, and before the nazis could destroy their files, the allied demand for unconditional surrender produced an almost hour-by-hour record of the nightmare empire built by adolph hitler. this record included the testimony of nazi leaders

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  • The Denial of Death

    The Denial of Death

    The Denial of Death

    Daniel Goleman,Ernest Becker,Sam Keen
    Philosophy
    4.13 (9,983)

    Winner of the pulitzer prize in 1974 and the culmination of a life's work, the denial of death is ernest becker's brilliant and impassioned answer to the "why" of human existence. in bold contrast to the predominant freudian school of thought, becker tackles the problem of the vital lie -- man's refusal to acknowledge his own mortality. in doing so, he sheds new light on the nature of humanity and issues a call to life and its living that still resonates more than twenty years after its writing.

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  • The Crisis of Islam

    The Crisis of Islam

    The Crisis of Islam

    Bernard Lewis
    History
    3.7 (3,123)

    In his first book since bernard lewis examines the historical roots of the resentments that dominate the islamic world today and that are increasingly being expressed in acts of terrorism. he looks at the theological origins of political islam and takes us through the rise of militant islam in iran, egypt, and saudi arabia, examining the impact of radical wahhabi proselytizing, and saudi oil money, on the rest of the islamic world. ranges widely through thirteen centuries of history, but in particular it charts the key events of the twentieth

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  • The Anti-Christ

    The Anti-Christ

    The Anti-Christ

    Friedrich Nietzsche,H.L. Mencken
    Philosophy
    3.92 (23,481)

    The reference to the antichrist is not intended to refer to the biblical antichrist but is rather an attack on the "slave morality" and apathy of western christianity. nietzsche's basic claim is that christianity is a poisoner of western culture and perversion of the words of and practice of jesus. throughout the text, nietzsche is very critical of institutionalized religion and its priest class, from which he himself was descended. the majority of the book is a systematic attack upon the interpretations of christ's words by st. paul and those

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  • Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Aldous Huxley
    Fiction
    3.99 (1,609,283)

    Brave new world is a dystopian novel by english author aldous huxley, written in 1931 and published in 1932. largely set in a futuristic world state, inhabited by genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific advancements in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that are combined to make a dystopian society which is challenged by only a single individual: the story's protagonist.

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  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    Robert M. Pirsig
    Essence (Philosophy)
    3.77 (219,476)

    Robert m. pirsig's zen & the art of motorcycle maintenance is an examination of how we live, a meditation on how to live better set around the narration of a summer motorcycle trip across america's northwest, undertaken by a father & his young son.

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  • The Great Code

    The Great Code

    The Great Code

    Northrop Frye
    Literary Collections
    4.09 (496)

    An examination of the influence of the bible on western art and literature and on the western creative imagination in general. frye persuasively presents the bible as a unique text distinct from all other epics and sacred writings. “no one has set forth so clearly, so subtly, or with such cogent energy as frye the literary aspect of our biblical heritage” (new york times book review). indices.

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  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

    Tom Wolfe
    History
    3.91 (73,044)

    Tom wolfe's much-discussed kaleidoscopic non-fiction novel chronicles the tale of novelist ken kesey and his band of merry pranksters. in the 1960s, kesey led a group of psychedelic sympathizers around the country in a painted bus, presiding over lsd-induced "acid tests" all along the way. long considered one of the greatest books about the history of the hippies, wolfe's ability to research like a reporter and simultaneously evoke the hallucinogenic indulgence of the era ensures that this book, written in 1967, will live long in the counter-culture canon of american

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  • East of Eden

    East of Eden

    East of Eden

    John Steinbeck
    Fiction
    4.38 (468,261)

    In his journal, nobel prize winner john steinbeck called east of eden “the first book,” and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth. set in the rich farmland of california’s salinas valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the trasks and the hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of adam and eve and the poisonous rivalry of cain and abel.adam trask came to california from the east to farm and raise his family on the new rich land. but the birth

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  • Two Essays on Analytical Psychology

    Two Essays on Analytical Psychology

    Two Essays on Analytical Psychology

    C.G. Jung,Gerhard Adler,R.F.C. Hull
    Psychology
    4.34 (542)

    This volume has become known as perhaps the best introduction to jung's work. in these famous essays. "the relations between the ego and the unconscious" and "on the psychology of the unconscious," he presented the essential core of his system. historically, they mark the end of jung's intimate association with freud and sum up his attempt to integrate the psychological schools of freud and adler into a comprehensive framework. this is the first paperback publication of this key work in its revised and augmented second edition of 1966. the earliest

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  • Modern Man in Search of a Soul

    Modern Man in Search of a Soul

    Modern Man in Search of a Soul

    C.G. Jung
    Jungian psychology
    4.19 (9,949)

    Considered by many to be one of the most important books in the field of psychology, modern man in search of a soul is a comprehensive introduction to the thought of carl gustav jung. in this book, jung examines some of the most contested and crucial areas in the field of analytical psychology, including dream analysis, the primitive unconscious, and the relationship between psychology and religion. additionally, jung looks at the differences between his theories and those of sigmund freud, providing a valuable basis for anyone interested in the fundamentals

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  • The Old Man and the Sea

    The Old Man and the Sea

    The Old Man and the Sea

    Ernest Hemingway
    Fiction
    3.79 (949,524)

    Librarian's note: an alternate cover edition can be found herethis short novel, already a modern classic, is the superbly told, tragic story of a cuban fisherman in the gulf stream and the giant marlin he kills and loses—specifically referred to in the citation accompanying the author's nobel prize for literature in 1954.

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  • The Symbolic Life

    The Symbolic Life

    The Symbolic Life

    C.G. Jung,Gerhard Adler,R.F.C. Hull
    Psychoanalysis
    4.3 (81)

    Bollingen series xx'collected works, the symbolic life' has 160 items representative of the author's numerous interests, his wide circle of professional & personal acquaintance, & his inquiring mind. its contents span 60 years; they include forewords to books by pupils & colleagues, replies to journalistic questionnaires, encyclopedia articles, occasional addresses & letters on technical subjects.

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  • The Stone Angel

    The Stone Angel

    The Stone Angel

    Adele Wiseman,Margaret Laurence
    Fiction
    3.74 (11,720)

    In her best-loved novel, the stone angel, margaret laurence introduces hagar shipley, one of the most memorable characters in canadian fiction. stubborn, querulous, self-reliant – and, at ninety, with her life nearly behind her – hagar shipley makes a bold last step towards freedom and independence.as her story unfolds, we are drawn into her past. we meet hagar as a young girl growing up in a black prairie town; as the wife of a virile but unsuccessful farmer with whom her marriage was stormy; as a mother who dominates her

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  • The Emotional Brain
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  • On Becoming a Person

    On Becoming a Person

    On Becoming a Person

    Carl R. Rogers,Peter D. Kramer
    Social Science
    4.16 (14,722)

    The late carl rogers, founder of the humanistic psychology movement, revolutionized psychotherapy with his concept of "client-centered therapy." his influence has spanned decades, but that influence has become so much a part of mainstream psychology that the ingenious nature of his work has almost been forgotten. a new introduction by peter kramer sheds light on the significance of dr. rogers's work today. new discoveries in the field of psychopharmacology, especially that of the antidepressant prozac, have spawned a quick-fix drug revolution that has obscured the psychotherapeutic relationship. as the pendulum

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  • Tolstoy

    Tolstoy

    Tolstoy

    Henri Troyat,Nancy Amphoux
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.32 (670)

    Leo tolstoy embodies the most extraordinary contradictions. he was a wealthy aristocrat who preached the virtues of poverty and the peasant life, a misogynist who wrote anna karenina, and a supreme writer who declared, "literature is rubbish." from tolstoy's famously bad marriage to his enormously successful career, troyat presents a brilliant portrait that reads like an epic novel written by tolstoy himself.

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  • The Moral Judgment of the Child

    The Moral Judgment of the Child

    The Moral Judgment of the Child

    Jean Piaget
    Psychology
    3.98 (206)

    This classic study examines a problem that stands at the heart of society: how does a child distinguish between right and wrong? professor piaget and his colleagues begin their investigation by analyzing the "rules of the game" - in this case a seemingly simple game of marbles - as handed down from one group of children to another. they observe the child's total acceptance of the consensus rules and describe the moral pressure of the group on the individual. piaget proceeds to an analysis of lying, cheating, adult authority, punishment,

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  • The Master and Margarita

    The Master and Margarita

    The Master and Margarita

    Diana Lewis Burgin,Ellendea Proffer,Hans Fronius,Katherine Tiernan O'Connor,Mikhail Bulgakov
    Fiction
    4.29 (281,575)

    An audacious revision of the stories of faust and pontius pilate, the master and margarita is recognized as one of the essential classics of modern russian literature. the novel's vision of soviet life in the 1930s is so ferociously accurate that it could not be published during its author's lifetime and appeared only in a censored edition in the 1960s. its truths are so enduring that its language has become part of the common russian speech.one hot spring, the devil arrives in moscow, accompanied by a retinue that includes a

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  • Answer to Job

    Answer to Job

    Answer to Job

    C.G. Jung,R.F.C. Hull
    4.16 (1,515)

    Jung has never pursued the "psychology of religion" apart from general psychology. the unique importance of his work lies rather in his discovery and treatment of religious, or potentially religious, factors in his investigation into the unconscious as a whole and in his general therapeutic practice. in answer to job, first published in zurich in 1952, jung employs the familiar language of theological discourse. such terms as "god," "wisdom," and "evil" are the touchstones of his argument. and yet, answer to job, perhaps jung's most controversial work, is not an

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  • How to Spend $75 Billion to Make the World a Better Place

    How to Spend $75 Billion to Make the World a Better Place

    How to Spend $75 Billion to Make the World a Better Place

    Bjørn Lomborg
    3.63 (207)

    The world faces myriad challenges - yet we are constrained by scarce resources. in the 21st century, how do we deal with natural disasters, tackle global warming, achieve better nutrition, educate children...and address countless other urgent global issues?if you want to change the world, this inspiring and enlightening book is for you. bjørn lomborg presents the costs and benefits of the smartest solutions to twelve global problems. by prioritizing the top solutions, this helps us better spend $75 billion to do the most good.featuring the cutting edge research of more

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  • The Interpretation of Dreams

    The Interpretation of Dreams

    The Interpretation of Dreams

    Sigmund Freud
    Psychology
    3.82 (68,789)

    Freud's discovery that the dream is the means by which the unconscious can be explored is undoubtedly the most revolutionary step forward in the entire history of psychology. dreams, according to his theory, represent the hidden fulfillment of our unconscious wishes.

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  • Beyond Good and Evil

    Beyond Good and Evil

    Beyond Good and Evil

    Friedrich Nietzsche,Michael Tanner,R.J. Hollingdale
    Philosophy
    3.99 (80,054)

    Friedrich nietzsche's beyond good and evil is translated from the german by r.j. hollingdale with an introduction by michael tanner in penguin classics.beyond good and evil confirmed nietzsche's position as the towering european philosopher of his age. the work dramatically rejects the tradition of western thought with its notions of truth and god, good and evil. nietzsche demonstrates that the christian world is steeped in a false piety and infected with a 'slave morality'. with wit and energy, he turns from this critique to a philosophy that celebrates the present

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  • Shamanism

    Shamanism

    Shamanism

    Mircea Eliade,Wendy Doniger,Willard R. Trask
    Body
    Mind & Spirit
    Business & Economics
    4.21 (2,377)

    First published in 1951, "shamanism" soon became the standard work in the study of this mysterious & fascinating phenomenon. writing as the founder of the modern study of the history of religion, romanian emigre--scholar mircea eliade (1907-86) surveys the practice of shamanism over two & a half millennia of human history, moving from the shamanic traditions of siberia & central asia--where shamanism was first observed--to north & south america, indonesia, tibet, china & beyond. in this authoritative survey, eliade illuminates the magico-religious life of societies that give primacy of place

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  • The Mystery of Capital

    The Mystery of Capital

    The Mystery of Capital

    Hernando De Soto
    Business & Economics
    4 (3,815)

    "the hour of capitalism's greatest triumph," writes hernando de soto, "is, in the eyes of four-fifths of humanity, its hour of crisis." in the mystery of capital, the world-famous peruvian economist takes up the question that, more than any other, is central to one of the most crucial problems the world faces today: why do some countries succeed at capitalism while others fail?in strong opposition to the popular view that success is determined by cultural differences, de soto finds that it actually has everything to do with the legal structure

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  • The Red and the Black

    The Red and the Black

    The Red and the Black

    Roger Gard,Stendhal
    Fiction
    3.88 (63,419)

    Handsome, ambitious julien sorel is determined to rise above his humble provincial origins. soon realizing that success can only be achieved by adopting the subtle code of hypocrisy by which society operates, he begins to achieve advancement through deceit and self-interest. his triumphant career takes him into the heart of glamorous parisian society, along the way conquering the gentle, married madame de rênal, and the haughty mathilde. but then julien commits an unexpected, devastating crime - and brings about his own downfall. the red and the black is a lively,

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  • The World's Religions

    The World's Religions

    The World's Religions

    Huston Smith
    Religion
    4 (12,993)

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    12 Rules for Life

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    The Horse's Mouth

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    The Forge and the Crucible

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    The Rise of Statistical Thinking, 1820-1900

    The Rise of Statistical Thinking, 1820-1900

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    Mathematics
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    Emphasizing the debt of science to nonspecialist intellectuals, theodore porter describes in detail the nineteenth-century background that produced the burst of modern statistical innovation of the early 1900s. statistics arose as a study of society--the science of the statist--and the pioneering statistical physicists and biologists, maxwell, boltzmann, and galton, each introduced statistical models by pointing to analogies between his discipline and social science.

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    The Rape of Nanking

    The Rape of Nanking

    Iris Chang
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    Beyond Good and Evil

    Beyond Good and Evil

    Friedrich Nietzsche,Michael Tanner,R.J. Hollingdale
    3.99 (80,100)

    Friedrich nietzsche's beyond good and evil is translated from the german by r.j. hollingdale with an introduction by michael tanner in penguin classics.beyond good and evil confirmed nietzsche's position as the towering european philosopher of his age. the work dramatically rejects the tradition of western thought with its notions of truth and god, good and evil. nietzsche demonstrates that the christian world is steeped in a false piety and infected with a 'slave morality'. with wit and energy, he turns from this critique to a philosophy that celebrates the present

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    Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Harold S. Kushner,Isle Lasch,Viktor E. Frankl,William J. Winslade
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    Our Culture, What's Left of It

    Our Culture, What's Left of It

    Theodore Dalrymple
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    This new collection of essays bears the unmistakable stamp of theodore dalrymple's bracingly clearsighted view of the human condition. in these twenty-six pieces, dr. dalrymple ranges over literature and ideas, from shakespeare to marx, from the break-down of islam to the legalization of drugs. the book includes "when islam breaks down," named by david brooks of the new york times as the best journal article of 2004.informed by years of medical practice in a wide variety of settings, dr. dalrymple's acquaintance with the outer limits of human experience allows him

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    Point Counterpoint

    Point Counterpoint

    Aldous Huxley
    3.86 (11,078)

    Aldous huxley's lifelong concern with the dichotomy between passion and reason finds its fullest expression both thematically and formally in his masterpiece point counter point. by presenting a vision of life in which diverse aspects of experience are observed simultaneously, huxley characterizes the symptoms of "the disease of the modern man" in the manner of a composer--themes and characters are repeated, altered slightly, and played off one another in a tone that is at once critical and sympathetic.first published in 1928, huxley's satiric view of intellectual life in the '20s

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    On the Genealogy of Morals

    On the Genealogy of Morals

    Douglas Smith,Friedrich Nietzsche
    4.13 (22,470)

    On the genealogy of morals (1887) is a book about the history of ethics and about interpretation. nietzsche rewrites the former as a history of cruelty, exposing the central values of the judaeo-christian and liberal traditions - compassion, equality, justice - as the product of a brutal process of conditioning designed to domesticate the animal vitality of earlier cultures. the result is a book which raises profoundly disquieting issues about the violence of both ethics and interpretation. nietzsche questions moral certainties by showing that religion and science have no claim

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    Of Mice and Men

    Of Mice and Men

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    3.88 (2,168,663)

    They are an unlikely pair: george is "small and quick and dark of face"; lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation. laborers in california's dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. for george and lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own.when they land jobs on a ranch in the salinas valley, the

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    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

    Tom Wolfe
    3.91 (73,052)

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    An Outline of Psychoanalysis

    An Outline of Psychoanalysis

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    3.72 (1,497)

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    The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious

    The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious

    C.G. Jung,Herbert Read,Michael Fordham,R.F.C. Hull
    4.32 (5,592)

    Bollingen series xxessays which state the fundamentals of jung's psychological system: "on the psychology of the unconscious" & "the relations between the ego & the unconscious," with their original versions in an appendix.

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    Mysterium Coniunctionis

    Mysterium Coniunctionis

    C.G. Jung,Herbert Read,Michael Fordham
    4.56 (384)

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    The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception

    The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception

    James J. Gibson
    4.3 (193)

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    Emphasizing the debt of science to nonspecialist intellectuals, theodore porter describes in detail the nineteenth-century background that produced the burst of modern statistical innovation of the early 1900s. statistics arose as a study of society--the science of the statist--and the pioneering statistical physicists and biologists, maxwell, boltzmann, and galton, each introduced statistical models by pointing to analogies between his discipline and social science.

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    Stalin

    Edvard Radzinsky
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    Granted privileged access to russia's secret archives, edvard radzinsky has broken down the iron curtain of myth, secrecy and lies that has surrounded stalin's life and career, painting a picture of the soviet strongman as more calculating, ruthless and blood-crazed than has ever been described or imagined.

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    Beyond Order

    Beyond Order

    Jordan B. Peterson,Juliette Fogra
    4.22 (11,028)

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  • How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

    How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

    How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

    Bill Gates
    Science
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