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Meditations
A New Translation
Written by Marcus Aurelius
Translated by Gregory Hays


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 14, 2002
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-64260-2 (0-679-64260-9)

Few ancient works have been as influential as the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, philosopher and emperor of Rome (A.D. 161–180). A series of spiritual exercises filled with wisdom, practical guidance, and profound understanding of human behavior, it remains one of the greatest works of spiritual and ethical reflection ever written. Marcus’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, trade paperback and a trade paperback.

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Blue Revolution
Unmaking America's Water Crisis
Written by Cynthia Barnett


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0328-2 (0-8070-0328-X)

Selected for Summit County (Colorado) Reads

Americans see water as abundant and cheap: we turn on the faucet and out it gushes, for less than a penny a gallon. We use more water than any other culture in the world, much to quench what’s now our largest crop–the lawn. Yet most Americans... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Choices Under Fire
Moral Dimensions of World War II
Written by Michael Bess


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27580-6 (0-307-27580-9)

World War II remains a celebrated event in our collective memory—a time of great high-minded clarity, patriotic sacrifice, and national unity of purpose. It was the quintessential “good war,” in which the forces of freedom triumphed over the forces of darkness. Now, in his provocative new book, historian Michael Bess explodes... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Secrets
On the Ethics of Concealment and Revelation
Written by Sissela Bok


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72473-5 (0-679-72473-7)

In this "distinguished and necessary book" (The New York Times Book Review) Bok discusses the ethical issues raised by secrets and secrecy in government, science, public affairs, family life, psychotherapy and the confessional.

Under what circumstances is it wrong to pry into secrets?
Are there times when a promise of secrecy must be... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Lives of Moral Leadership
Men and Women Who Have Made a Difference
Written by Robert Coles


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75835-5 (0-375-75835-6)

In this rich and illuminating book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author Robert Coles creates a portrait of moral leadership--what it is, and how it is achieved--through stories of people who have led and inspired him: Robert Kennedy, Dorothy Day, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Erik Erikson, a Boston bus driver, teachers in college, medical... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Life's Dominion
An Argument About Abortion, Euthanasia, and Individual Freedom
Written by Ronald Dworkin


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 28, 1994
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73319-5 (0-679-73319-1)

Examining the presence of abortion and euthanasia as two of the most deeply divisive moral issues of our time, Dworkin presents a brilliantly original view of these crucially related acts and their meaning in an ethically committed society. Life's Dominion offers as well the most complete and persuasive statement yet of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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White Coat, Black Hat
Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine
Written by Carl Elliott


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 13, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6144-2 (0-8070-6144-1)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated O - Outstanding

A tongue-in-cheek account of the changes that have transformed medicine into big business. Physician and medical ethicist Carl Elliott tracks the new world of commercialized medicine from start to finish, introducing the professional guinea pigs, ghostwriters... Read more >

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Ethical Chic
The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love
Written by Fran Hawthorne


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0060-1 (0-8070-0060-4)

Consumers are told that when they put on an American Apparel t-shirt, leggings, jeans, gold bra, or other item, they look hot. Not only do they look good, but they can also feel good because they are helping US workers earn a decent wage (never mind that some of those female... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Ethical Chic
The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love
Written by Fran Hawthorne


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 19, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0094-6 (0-8070-0094-9)

“Hawthorne gives readers an impartial picture of the difficulties of running a profitable company while trying to maintain a positive corporate belief system…Highly recommended.”—Library Journal, starred review

Consumers are told that when they put on an American Apparel t-shirt, leggings, jeans, gold bra, or other item, they look hot. Not only do... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Overloaded Liberal
Shopping, Investing, Parenting, and Other Daily Dilemmas in an Age of Political Activism
Written by Fran Hawthorne


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 15, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0129-5 (0-8070-0129-5)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated S — Special Interest

Today’s shoppers don’t just consume; we investigate and categorize the impact of our decisions on climate change, animals, our health, our political views, geopolitical relationships, working conditions, and more. Yet when we actually try to... Read more >

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Assholes
A Theory
Written by Aaron James


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 22, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7135-9 (0-8041-7135-1)

What does it mean for someone to be an asshole? The answer is not obvious, despite the fact that we are often stuck dealing with people for whom there is no better name. We try to avoid them, but assholes are everywhere—at work, at home, on the road, in the public... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Mountains Beyond Mountains
The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World
Written by Tracy Kidder


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 31, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7301-3 (0-8129-7301-1)

ALA Notable Book
A New York Times Notable book


This paperback edition includes a Reading Group Guide.

Selected for Common Reading: 

Colleges & Universities

Adirondack Comm. Coll., Augustana Coll., Austin Coll., Barton Coll., Bernard M. Baruch Coll., CUNY, Berry Coll., Boise State Univ., Boston Coll., Bowdoin Coll., Brandeis Univ., Butler Univ., Bunker Hill Comm. Coll., California... Read more >

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Mountains Beyond Mountains

Written by Tracy Kidder


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-50616-1 (0-375-50616-0)

ALA Notable Book, 2003


Tracy Kidder is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, and Home Town. He has been described by the Baltimore Sun as the “master of the non-fiction narrative.” This powerful and inspiring new book... Read more >

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Diet for a Small Planet

Written by Frances Moore Lappe


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 27, 1991
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-37366-3 (0-345-37366-9)

Over twenty years ago Lappe broke new ground by teaching America the social and personal significance of a new way of eating. She stresses how her philosophy remains valid, and how food remains the central issue through which to understand world politics. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Managed Care Ethics
Essays on the Impact of Managed Care on Traditional Medical Ethics
Written by John LaPuma


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
On Sale: May 18, 1998
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-57826-012-6 (1-57826-012-4)

Medical ethical dilemmas in managed care look, sound, and feel different from those in fee-for-service medicine. The first book to address the new set of ethical problems facing managed care, Managed Care Ethics is written for physicians practicing in HMOs and others adjusting to the new health care environment. John La... Read more >

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Ethical Oil
The Case for Canada's Oil Sands
Written by Ezra Levant


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-4643-8 (0-7710-4643-X)

Canada’s “no. 1 defender of freedom of speech” and the bestselling author of Shakedown makes the timely and provocative case that when it comes to oil, ethics matter just as much as the economy and the environment.

In 2009, Ezra Levant’s bestselling book Shakedown revealed the corruption of Canada’s human rights commissions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Ethical Oil
The Case for Canada's Oil Sands
Written by Ezra Levant


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-4641-4 (0-7710-4641-3)

In 2009, Ezra Levant’s bestselling book Shakedown revealed the corruption of Canada’s human rights commissions and was declared the “most important public affairs book of the year.” In Ethical Oil, Levant turns his attention to another hot-button topic: the ethical cost of our addiction to oil. While many North Americans may... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Willing Slaves Of Capital
Spinoza And Marx On Desire
Written by Frederic Lordon


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-160-2 (1-78168-160-0)

Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Museum Governance
Mission, Ethics, Policy
Written by Marie Malaro


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 17, 1994
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-363-7 (1-56098-363-9)

In Museum Governance, Marie Malaro addresses a range of issues facing museum administrators and trustees, arguing they can handle their duties intelligently only if they understand two points–why our country sustains a nonprofit sector and what constitutes trusteeship. Armed with this knowledge, trustees can sort out knotty problems relating to corporate... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Quest for a Moral Compass
A Global History of Ethics
Written by Kenan Malik


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-403-5 (1-61219-403-6)

In this remarkable and groundbreaking book, Kenan Malik explores the history of moral thought as it has developed over three millennia, from Homer’s Greece to Mao’s China, from ancient India to modern America. It tells the stories of the great philosophers, and breathes life into their ideas, while also challenging many... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ethical Wisdom
The Search for a Moral Life
Written by Mark Matousek


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3068-0 (0-7679-3068-1)

In this engagingly written and deeply insightful book, bestselling author Mark Matousek explores a perennially troubling question: How can we be both good and evil?

Contrary to what we’ve been taught in our reason-obsessed culture, argues Matousek, emotions are the bedrock of ethical life; without them, human beings cannot be empathic, moral... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Basic Writings of Nietzsche

Written by Friedrich Nietzsche
Translated by Walter Kaufmann
Introduction by Peter Gay


Format: Trade Paperback, 896 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 28, 2000
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78339-8 (0-679-78339-3)

One hundred years after his death, Friedrich Nietzsche remains the most influential philosopher of the modern era. Basic Writings of Nietzsche gathers the complete texts of five of Nietzsche's most important works, from his first book to his last: The Birth of Tragedy; Beyond Good and Evil; On the Genealogy of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook and a hardcover.

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Beyond Good & Evil
Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future
Written by Friedrich Nietzsche
Translated by Walter Kaufmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72465-0 (0-679-72465-6)

This translation (by distinguished Nietzsche scholar Walter Kaufmann) of one of the most influential books of the nineteenth century is based on the only edition Nietzsche himself published, and all variant readings in later editions are noted. It includes an index of subjects and persons referred to in the book as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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On the Genealogy of Morals and Ecce Homo

Written by Friedrich Nietzsche
Edited by Walter Kaufmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72462-9 (0-679-72462-1)

On the Genealogy of Morals is Nietzsche's major work on ethics. It shows him using philosophy, psychology, and classical philology in an effort to give new directions to an ancient discipline. Also included in this volume is Ecce Home, Nietzsche's review of his life and works, first published posthumously in 1908... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Ethics on the Ark
Zoos, Animal Welfare, and Wildlife Conservation
Edited by Bryan G. Norton, Michael Hutchins, Terry Maple and Elizabeth Stevens


Format: Trade Paperback, 360 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 17, 1996
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-689-8 (1-56098-689-1)

Ethics on the Ark presents a passionate, multivocal discussion–among zoo professionals, activists, conservation biologists, and philosophers–about the future of zoos and aquariums, the treatment of animals in captivity, and the question of whether the individual, the species, or the ecosystem is the most important focus in conservation efforts. Contributors represent all... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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