In this extraordinary work of cultural and intellectual history, Professor Hunt grounds the creation of human rights in the changes that authors brought to literature, the rejection of torture as a means of finding out truth, and the spread of empathy over the centuries.
An irreverant trip through American culture by a critic who “cracks jokes as easily as one would crack peanut shells” (Washington Post). Americans have long been fascinated with the oddness of the British, but the English, according to Terry Eagleton, find their transatlantic neighbors equally... More Info
A microbiologist describes his adventure-filled career, discussing his time spent in Central Africa in the 1970s identifying the Ebola virus and his work there again in the 1980s as part of the area's first international AIDS efforts. 20,000 first printing.
The irresistible, ever-curious, and always best-selling Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. “America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach... More Info
“The kind of writing that makes us want to read the whole book as soon as possible; a shot of adrenaline that immediately takes us to a new world.”—David Varno, Words Without Borders Journalist Daniel Mandelkern leaves Hamburg on assignment to interview Dirk Svensson, a reclusive children's... More Info
This collection of letters from one of England's greatest comic writers includes his humorous and touching correspondence with family, friends and great literary figures of the 20th century, including Agatha Christie, George Orwell and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 10,000 first printing.
A sophisticated and suspenseful novel about the poignant lives of two women living in different eras. On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, a young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless but secure marriage or... More Info
A startling anecdotal history of gay life in twentieth-century New York explores the confluence of historical and social factors that made Manhattan a mecca for homosexuals in the second half of this century. Reprint. 13,000 first printing.
This portable edition of the infamous journal by the Swiss psychologist presents his thoughts, experiences and everything he felt after a period of time spent seeing visions, hearing voices and inducing hallucinations. 25,000 first printing.
A reference for parents who want to avoid psychiatric medications outlines a child-focused family therapy plan that treats children's problems not as biologically determined disorders but as responses to relationships that can be altered with the help of therapists, in a guide that includes... More Info
Describes the pirate radio stations operating in coastal waters off Britain in the 1960s and how competition between the free-market entrepreneurs came to a head when pirate operator Oliver Smedley shot and killed rival Reg Calvert.
Presents the life of the South African leader in graphic novel format, from his early efforts working as an activist against apartheid, to his twenty-seven year imprisonment, to his election to the presidency of the country in 1994.
An intimate portrait of an invisible man—a powerful story of one man’s life that contains multitudes. Like Dave Eggers’s Zeitoun and Alexander Masters’s Stuart, this is a tour de force of narrative reportage. Mohammed Ashraf studied biology, became a butcher, a tailor, and an... More Info
The author of Dirt and Oak brings to life this quickest, most sustaining, most communicative element of the earth. Air sustains the living. Every creature breathes to live, exchanging and changing the atmosphere. Water and dust spin and rise, make clouds and fall again, fertilizing the dirt. Twenty... More Info
Leaving her uncomprehending family behind, a gifted young woman becomes a writer and travels to London, where she is taken under the wing of artist Henry Fuseli, poet William Blake, and writer William Godwin. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
A vital new moral perspective on the climate change debate. Esteemed philosopher John Broome avoids the familiar ideological stances on climate change policy and examines the issue through an invigorating new lens. As he considers the moral dimensions of climate change, he reasons clearly through... More Info
Describes the impact that the translation of "On the Nature of Things" by Roman philosopher Lucretius had on history, inspiring artists, great thinkers, and scientists of the fifteenth century and fueling the beginning of the Renaissance.
A new look at the legendary folklorist and his work. More than fifty years ago, on a trip dubbed “the Southern Journey,” Alan Lomax visited Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Tennessee, uncovering the little-known southern backcountry and blues music that we now consider... More Info
A provocative history of world democracy chronicles the practices of the ancient Myceans through the manifestations of democracy in today's world while considering such notions as the origins of democracy and whether or not the western world lives up to democratic ideals. By the author of The Media... More Info
Epigenetic means "on the gene," and the term refers to the recent discovery that stress in the environment can impact an individual's physiology so deeply that those biological scars are actually inherited by the next several generations. "Epigenetics" is the first book for general readers on this... More Info
The grandson of an ayatollah and a New York Times best-selling author discusses the blend of “Islamic democracy” favored by Iran's current leaders in a tour of the political and social landscape of the country. Reprint.
This illustrated, interactive workbook offers 50 different strategies and models for making better choices and decisions, including explanations and guidance for applying the Rubber Band Model, the Personal Performance Model, the Pareto Principle and others to tackle life's challenges. 20,000 first... More Info
One of the most influential French intellectuals of this century, Jacques Lacan is seen here at the height of his powers. Lacan dedicates this seventh year of his famous seminar to the problematic role of ethics in psychoanalysis. His exploration leads us to startling insights on "the consequence... More Info
Ayyan Mani, a member of India's lowest caste and resident of the slums of Mubmai, discovers an illicit romance between his married boss and a married female researcher at the institute where he works. Original.
A complete translation of the seminar that Jacques Lacan gave in the course of a year's teaching within the training programme of the Socie'te' Francaise de Psychanalyse. The French text was prepared by Jacques-Alain Miller in consultation with Jacques Lacan, from the transcriptions of the seminar.