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November 09, 2009

Gifts for the Curious: What to Get the Dan Brown Fan

The popularity of Dan Brown’s latest novel, The Lost Symbol, has opened up the secretive world of the Freemasons to millions of readers. The ancient society and puzzling ciphers featured in the book have sparked interest in finding out more about both.

October 16, 2009

WHISKEY & PHILOSOPHY: A Small Batch of Spirited Ideas

The aromatic nose, the smooth taste, and the warm burn down the throat all characterize what makes drinking whiskey a passionate hobby for connoisseurs. Now, a new book unearths the philosophical underpinnings of this pastime.

October 12, 2009

FINAL FANTASY AND PHILOSOPHY: The Ultimate Walkthrough

Launched in 1987, Final Fantasy now ranks as one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time. The beloved series’ next installment is currently set to release in early 2010, but not before the first, unauthorized book probes the philosophical themes behind the game’s compelling characters and stories.  

October 06, 2009

Political Correctness: A History of Semantics and Culture

New Book Breaks Down the Public Discourse Surrounding Political Correctness

October 05, 2009

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Releases Questionable Survey Results

Recent Article from the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies Questions Validity of Chamber Survey

October 04, 2009

“Big Ideas of History” will save Globalization and Preserve Civilization

It is a truth (somewhat) universally acknowledged that globalization has given us the most remarkable sixty years of economic growth in world history. It is a process that has lifted hundreds of millions worldwide out of extreme poverty, and has helped raise life expectancy and literacy rates.

October 01, 2009

Western Power in Asia: Its Slow Rise and Swift Fall, 1415 – 1999

For centuries, the major powers of the West were seduced by the allure of the countries of “the Far East”. Spices, textile, silk and tea were the staples of East-West trade. But competition between Western traders eventually led to military intervention and the establishment of colonial empires. These actions have shaped the history of Asia, leaving behind a legacy that continues to influence and shape this region today.

September 21, 2009

Uncover How China’s Leaders Think and the Inside Story of China’s Reform

Who are China’s Leaders? How do they think? What does it mean for the future?  These are the questions of the moment as New China celebrates its 60th anniversary, because China impacts everyone—an economic superpower competing in every arena of human endeavor.  But China’s astonishing transformation comes with challenges and contradictions.  Is there a looming “China Threat?” Or an emerging “China Model?”

September 01, 2009

THE UNOFFICIAL GUIDE TO WALT DISNEY WORLD 2010

Is it possible to use evolutionary algorithms to create touring plans that can save up to 4.5 hours of waiting in line per day? How about using a technological optimization program that determines which of the admissions options is the best suited for a particular visitor?

August 26, 2009

Unseen Bed-In for Peace Photos of John Lennon and Yoko Ono from Life Photographer Gerry Deiter

This year marks the 40th anniversary of John and Yoko’s Bed-In for Peace, which took place May 26 – June 2, 1969.  It was there, on June 1st, that the legendary anthem “Give Peace a Chance” was recorded. Life magazine photographer Gerry Deiter was present for all eight days of the Bed-in, capturing both large, boisterous gatherings of journalists and celebrities, and the smaller, more intimate moments between John and Yoko. The result was an archive of almost 500 images, many of which were never published – until now. 

August 21, 2009

HEROES AND PHILOSOPHY: Buy the Book, Save the World

When ordinary individuals from around the world inexplicably develop superhuman abilities, they question who they are, struggle to cope with their new responsibilities, and choose whether to use their new powers for good or for evil. Such is the mythological universe of Tim Kring's hit TV show Heroes, a critical and popular success that has been developed into interactive websites, magazines, action figures, games, clothing, and now, just in time for the new fall season, the first unauthorized book to explore the show’s epic philosophies.

August 10, 2009

POCKET GUIDE TO SAINTHOOD: A Field Manual for the Super-Virtuous Life

Love ‘em or leave ‘em, the saints have left their imprint on our culture. A brief look in the phone book at the names of hospitals, schools, and churches proves the point. But who were these saints and what made them so holy?

August 10, 2009

POCKET GUIDE TO THE AFTERLIFE: Heaven, Hell, and Other Ultimate Destinations

Where do we go when we die? Will we have personal chats with God on fluffy clouds? What are the odds I will be devoured by a demon? And, most importantly, is Michael Jackson in heaven? Life’s deepest mysteries question what happens when life is over.  

August 10, 2009

POCKET GUIDE TO THE BIBLE: A Little Book About the Big Book

Do you know…how God employed talking donkeys, monkeys, mentally unstable prophets and helpful prostitutes in the master plan?  Which saints are the patrons of bowel disorders, serial killers, and stamp collections? What to expect upon arrival in destinations like Heaven, Purgatory, and the Chinvat Bridge?

July 29, 2009

It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bailouts, Bonuses, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street

Many Americans understand by now that while Wall Street ruined the American economy, the federal government was asleep at the wheel.  As Nomi Prins explains, far fewer understand that the government actually woke up last fall, drove the bus into the ditch on purpose, threw a party on it for all their friends, and then sent the rest of us the bill.

April 27, 2009

TERMINATOR AND PHILOSOPHY: I?ll Be Back, Therefore I Am

Terminator is one of the most popular sci-fi franchises ever created, captivating millions with its edgy depiction of the struggle of humankind for survival against its own creations. As Christian Bale steps into the role of John Connor in Terminator Salvation—the next highly anticipated movie in the Terminator franchise opening on Memorial Day—a new book exploring the franchise’s deepest conundrums hits the book shelves.

February 23, 2009

NOW OR NEVER: Getting Down to the Business of Saving Our American Dream

In this follow up to his bestselling It's Getting Ugly Out There, CNN commentator and veteran journalist Jack Cafferty covers the colossal blunders and hypocrisies the Bush administration has perpetrated on the world. 

January 12, 2009

Watchmen and Philosophy: A Rorschach Test

Watchmen is widely considered the greatest graphic novel of all time, receiving critical acclaim by both the comics and mainstream press. The ideal companion book for the most avid fan, Watchmen and Philosophy (Wiley, $17.95, paperback) provides all the philosophical insight into the story that will make readers view Watchmen in a completely new light.         

 

December 16, 2008

House and Philosophy: Everybody Lies

Dr. Gregory House is arguably the most complex and challenging antihero in the history of television, but there is more to this self-important genius than gray matter and ego. HOUSE AND PHILOSOPHY (Wiley, $17.95, paperback) takes a deeper look at House to reveal the philosophical underpinnings of this popular medical drama and its cane-waving curmudgeon’s most outrageous behavior.

December 15, 2008

Enroll Now in Boyfriend University and Learn from Your Man While You Can

For centuries, smart and sexy women have existed and thrived–women who weren’t afraid to use the very things that made them different from men to their advantage in order to succeed and accomplish their dreams.

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