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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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discover the x-factor — the driving force behind extraordinary success of some of the biggest stars. In THE CREATIVE EDGE (Wiley, $29.95; December 2008), Brent D. Taylor examines the lives of 17 cultural icons to determine how they became ‘outsiders’ and why this gave them a creative edge.