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The Birth of the Clinic
An Archaeology of Medical Perception
Written by Michel Foucault


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 29, 1994
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75334-6 (0-679-75334-6)

The Birth of Clinic charts the dramatic transformation of medical knowledge which took place in the eighteenth century, when medicine took on a precision that had formerly belonged only to mathematics. The body became something that could be mapped.  Disease became subject to new rules of classification.  And doctors began to describe phenomena... Read more >

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Discipline & Punish
The Birth of the Prison
Written by Michel Foucault


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75255-4 (0-679-75255-2)

Using academic works and legal documents dating back to the early 1700s, Foucault constructs a history of punishment, beginning with the spectacle of corporal punishment and public execution and ending with the institution of the modern prison.  He argues that over the course of approximately eighty years (between the torture and execution... Read more >
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The History of Sexuality
An Introduction
Written by Michel Foucault


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 14, 1990
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72469-8 (0-679-72469-9)

In the History of Sexuality (Volume1) Foucault traces the history of sexuality in Europe from the Classical period to modern times in terms of shifts in the control of sexual practices.  He offers a brilliant analysis of how the merely "unlawful" became the "un-natural," relating this change to his theory of power/knowledge... Read more >
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The History of Sexuality, Vol. 2
The Use of Pleasure
Written by Michel Foucault


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 14, 1990
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75122-1 (0-394-75122-1)

In this second volume of his history of sexuality, Foucault analyzes an array of ancient Greek texts on eroticism as he tries to answer basic questions about the West's perception of sexual experience as a moral issue, and why the other appetites of the body, such as hunger, and collective concerns... Read more >
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The History of Sexuality, Vol. 3
The Care of the Self
Written by Michel Foucault


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 28, 1988
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-74155-0 (0-394-74155-2)

Foucault takes us into the first two centuries of our own era, into the Golden Age of Rome, to reveal a subtle but decisive break from the classical Greek vision of sexual pleasure.  He explores the whole corpus of moral reflection among philosophers (Plutarch, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca) and physicians of the... Read more >
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Madness and Civilization
A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason
Written by Michel Foucault


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 28, 1988
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72110-9 (0-679-72110-X)

Foucault discusses the question of madness and how to define it by studying madness from 1500 to 1800--from the Middle Ages when insanity was considered part of everyday life and fools and madmen walked the streets, to the point when these people began to be considered a threat, asylums were built... Read more >
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The Order of Things
An Archaeology of Human Sciences
Written by Michel Foucault


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 29, 1994
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75335-3 (0-679-75335-4)

Foucault offers startling evidence that "man"--man as a subject of scientific knowledge--is at best a recent invention, the result of a fundamental mutation in our culture.  He cuts across disciplines and reaches back into the seventeenth century to show how classical systems of knowledge, which linked all of nature within a great... Read more >
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Man's Search for Meaning

Written by Viktor E. Frankl
Afterword by William J. Winslade
Foreword by Harold S. Kushner


Format: Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 2006
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1429-5 (0-8070-1429-X)

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. Between 1942 and 1945, Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the... Read more >
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Enlightenment Volume 1

Written by Peter Gay


Format: eBook, 560 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 26, 2013
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83137-8 (0-307-83137-X)

The eighteenth century Enlightenment marks the beginning of the modern age when the scientific method and belief in reason and progress came to hold sway over the Western world. In the twentieth century, however, the Enlightenment has often been judged harshly for its apparently simplistic optimism. Here a master historian goes... Read more >

Enlightenment Volume 2

Written by Peter Gay


Format: eBook, 720 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 26, 2013
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83145-3 (0-307-83145-0)

The Science of Freedom completes Peter Gay's brilliant reinterpretation begun in The Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Paganism. In the present book, he describes the philosophes' program and their views of society. His masterful appraisal opens a new range of insights into the Enlightenment's critical method and its humane and libertarian... Read more >

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Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler
The Age of Social Catastrophe
Written by Robert Gellately


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3213-6 (1-4000-3213-X)

This remarkably ambitious book tells the story of the great social and political catastrophe that enveloped Europe between 1914 and 1945. In a period of almost continuous upheaval, society was transformed by two world wars, the Russian Revolution, the Holocaust, and the rise and fall of the Third Reich. Combining a... Read more >
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Isaac Newton

Written by James Gleick


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3295-2 (1-4000-3295-4)

*Winner of the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science*

James Gleick has long been fascinated by the making of science—how ideas order visible appearances, how equations can give meaning to molecular and stellar phenomena, how theories can transform what we see. In Chaos, he chronicled the emergence of a new way of... Read more >
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The Scientists
A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors
Written by John Gribbin
Illustrated by Adam Hook


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6788-3 (0-8129-6788-7)

In this new and landmark history of modern science, author and trained astrophysicist John Gribbin recounts the development of science over the past five-hundred years—as seen specifically through the lives and achievements of individual scientists.

John Gribbin has written extensively before on scientific subjects such as the theory of everything, the existence... Read more >

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The Book of the Courtesans
A Catalogue of Their Virtues
Written by Susan Griffin


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 10, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0451-3 (0-7679-0451-6)

In The Book of the Courtesans, Susan Griffin offers true tales and informative anecdotes from the courtesans’ memoirs to further reveal how these cunning women seized their opportunity to become the West’s first female liberators, free to choose their own lovers and command remarkable respect. Griffin tears away the superficial veneer... Read more >
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Fear
Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz
Written by Jan Gross


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: August 14, 2007
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6746-3 (0-8129-6746-1)

Poland suffered an exceedingly brutal Nazi occupation during the Second World War. Close to five million Polish citizens lost their lives as a result. More than half the casualties were Polish Jews. Thus, the second largest Jewish community in the world–only American Jewry numbered more than the three and a half... Read more >
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Life and Fate

Written by Vasily Grossman
Introduction by Robert Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 896 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 16, 2006
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-201-8 (1-59017-201-9)

A book judged so dangerous in the Soviet Union that not only the manuscript but the ribbons on which it had been typed were confiscated by the state, Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a profound reckoning with the dark forces that dominated the twentieth... Read more >
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The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way
Aristotle Leads the Way
Written by Joy Hakim


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 17, 2004
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-160-0 (1-58834-160-7)

Not too long ago, in earth time, no one thought the universe had a history. The scientific and religious experts believed that the world had been created as it is today and that nothing had changed. Those experts did their best but they were wrong--really wrong. The Story of Science: Aristotle... Read more >

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The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension
Einstein Adds a New Dimension
Written by Joy Hakim


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 1, 2007
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-162-4 (1-58834-162-3)

Joy Hakim’s The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension brings us to the recent past and the groundbreaking discoveries made in it: the quantum world, the theory of relativity, and nuclear physics. These discoveries created our modern world, from solar-powered calculators to cell phones to global positioning systems and... Read more >

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The Story of Science: Newton at the Center
Newton at the Center
Written by Joy Hakim


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: November 1, 2005
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-161-7 (1-58834-161-5)

In volume two, students will watch as Copernicus’s systematic observations place the sun at the center of our universe–to the dismay of establishment thinkers. After students follow the achievements and frustrations of Galileo, Kepler, and Descartes, they will appreciate the amazing Isaac Newton, whose discoveries about gravity, motion, colors, calculus, and... Read more >

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The Crisis of the European Mind
1680-1715
Written by Paul Hazard
Translated by J. Lewis May
Introduction by Anthony Grafton


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-619-1 (1-59017-619-7)

Paul Hazard’s magisterial, widely influential, and beloved intellectual history offers an unforgettable account of the birth of the modern European mind in all its dynamic, inquiring, and uncertain glory.

Beginning his story in the latter half of the seventeenth century, while also looking back to the Renaissance and forward to the future... Read more >
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The Roads to Modernity
The British, French, and American Enlightenments
Written by Gertrude Himmelfarb


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 9, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7722-9 (1-4000-7722-2)

In an elegant, eminently readable work, one of our most distinguished intellectual historians gives us a brilliant revisionist history. The Roads to Modernity reclaims the Enlightenment—an extraordinary time bursting with new ideas about human nature, politics, society, and religionfrom historians who have downgraded its importance and from scholars who have given... Read more >
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The Struggle for Europe
The Turbulent History of a Divided Continent 1945 to the Present
Written by William I. Hitchcock


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 3, 2004
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49799-2 (0-385-49799-7)

From the ashes of World War II to the advent of the Euro, the definitive history of the postwar rebirth of Europe by one of our finest young historians.

After a century of war, genocide, and ideological rivalry, Europe has at last emerged as a continent striving for stability, tolerance, democracy and... Read more >
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The Forge of Christendom
The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West
Written by Tom Holland


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27870-8 (0-307-27870-0)

At the approach of the first millennium, the Christians of Europe did not seem likely candidates for future greatness. Weak, fractured, and hemmed in by hostile nations, they saw no future beyond the widely anticipated Second Coming of Christ. But when the world did not end, the peoples of Western Europe... Read more >
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I Wish I'd Been There (R)
Book Two: European History
Edited by Byron Hollinshead and Theodore K. Rabb


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27764-0 (0-307-27764-X)

“What is the scene or incident in European history that you would like to have witnessed-and why?”

In this companion to I Wish I'd Been There: Twenty Historians Bring to Life the Dramatic Events that Changed America, some of our finest historical writers now turn their attention to Europe, with lively and... Read more >
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The Age of Wonder
The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Science
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 2, 2010
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3187-0 (1-4000-3187-7)

A riveting history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science.

When young Joseph Banks stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, he hoped to discover Paradise. Inspired by the scientific ferment sweeping through Britain... Read more >
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