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Ernest Gellner
An Intellectual Biography
Written by John A. Hall


Format: eBook, 416 pages
On Sale: June 10, 2014
Price: $29.95

Ernest Gellner (1925–95) was a multilingual polymath and a public intellectual who set the agenda in the study of nationalism and the sociology of Islam. Having grown up in Paris, Prague, and England, he was also one of the last great Jewish thinkers from Central Europe to experience directly the impact... Read more >
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The Impostor
BHL in Wonderland
Written by Jade Lindgaard and Xavier De La Porte


Format: eBook, 288 pages
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $16.95

How do we explain what Perry Anderson calls “the bizarre prominence of Bernard-Henri Lévy,” easily the best-known “thinker” under sixty in France? “It would,” he continues, “be difficult to imagine a more extraordinary reversal of national standards of taste and intelligence than the attention accorded this crass booby in France’s public... Read more >
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Aleister Crowley
Aleister Crowley
Written by Tobias Churton
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ISBN: 9781780283845
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Aleister Crowley
The Biography: Spiritual Revolutionary, Romantic Explorer, Occult Master and Spy
Written by Tobias Churton


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
On Sale: May 20, 2014
Price: $19.95

Churton's illuminating biography includes a detailed account of Crowley's adventures as a British spy during World War I; his astonishing family background, with secrets that have remained hidden for over a century; his philosophical, scientific and psychological brilliance, comparable to say, Sigmund Frued; and his rich legacy of highly original ideas... Read more >
Hannah Arendt: The Last Interview
And Other Conversations
Written by Hannah Arendt


Format: eBook
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $15.95

Arendt was one of the most important thinkers of her time, famous for her idea of "the banality of evil" which continues to provoke debate. This collection provides new and startling insight into Arendt's thoughts about Watergate and the nature of American politics, about totalitarianism and history, and her own experiences... Read more >
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Hannah Arendt: The Last Interview
Hannah Arendt: The Last Interview
Written by Hannah Arendt
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781612193113
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Hannah Arendt: The Last Interview
And Other Conversations
Written by Hannah Arendt


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $15.95

“There are no dangerous thoughts for the simple reason that thinking itself is such a dangerous enterprise.”
—Hannah Arendt

In these interviews—including her final interview given in October 1973, in the midst of Watergate and the Yom Kippur War—Hannah Arendt discusses politics, war, protest movements, the Eichmann trial, Jewish identity, and language... Read more >
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The Letters of Martin Buber
The Letters of Martin Buber
Written by Martin Buber
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780804150132
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The Letters of Martin Buber

Written by Martin Buber


Format: eBook, 736 pages
On Sale: September 4, 2013
Price: $18.99

Edited by Profesor Nahum N. Glatzer and Paul Mendes-Flohr

“No matter how brilliant it may be, the human intellect that wishes to keep to a plane above the events of the day is not really alive,” wrote Martin Buber in 1932. The correspondence of Martin Buber reveals a personality passionately involved in... Read more >
The Freud Scenario
The Freud Scenario
Written by Jean-Paul Sartre, Translated by Quintin Hoare
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ISBN: 9781844677726
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The Freud Scenario

Written by Jean-Paul Sartre
Translated by Quintin Hoare


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $29.95

In 1958, the US director John Huston asked Jean-Paul Sartre to write a scenario for a film about Sigmund Freud. Huston wanted Sartre to concentrate on the conflict-ridden period of Freud’s life when he abandoned hypnosis and invented psychoanalysis. The Freud Scenario, discovered in Sartre’s papers after his death, is the... Read more >
Adieux
Adieux
Written by Simone De Beauvoir
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307832184
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Adieux
A Farewell to Sartre
Written by Simone De Beauvoir


Format: eBook, 464 pages
On Sale: January 9, 2013
Price: $11.99

Simone de Beauvoir’s account of the last ten years of Jean-Paul Sartre’s life provides a focus for understanding one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century. But the book, consisting of both a year-by-year account of Sartre’s last decade and a conversation between him and de Beauvoir about his life...

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Voltaire in Love
Voltaire in Love
Written by Nancy Mitford, Introduction by Adam Gopnik
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ISBN: 9781590175781
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Voltaire in Love

Written by Nancy Mitford
Introduction by Adam Gopnik


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $16.95

The inimitable Nancy Mitford’s account of Voltaire’s fifteen-year relationship with the Marquise du Châtelet—the renowned mathematician who introduced Isaac Newton’s revolutionary new physics to France—is a spirited romp in the company of two extraordinary individuals as well as an erudite and gossipy guide to French high society during the Enlightenment. Mitford’s... Read more >
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Voltaire in Love

Written by Nancy Mitford
Introduction by Adam Gopnik


Format: eBook, 280 pages
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $16.95

The inimitable Nancy Mitford’s account of Voltaire’s fifteen-year relationship with the Marquise du Châtelet—the renowned mathematician who introduced Isaac Newton’s revolutionary new physics to France—is a spirited romp in the company of two extraordinary individuals as well as an erudite and gossipy guide to French high society during the Enlightenment. Mitford’s... Read more >
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The Struggle with the Daemon
The Struggle with the Daemon
Written by Stefan Zweig, Translated by Cedar Paul and Eden Paul
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781906548865
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The Struggle with the Daemon
Hölderlin, Kleist and Nietzsche
Written by Stefan Zweig
Translated by Cedar Paul and Eden Paul


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
On Sale: September 18, 2012
Price: $18.95

The Struggle with the Daemon is a brilliant analysis of the European psyche by the great novelist and biographer Stefan Zweig. Zweig studies three giants of German literature and thought: Friedrich Ho¨lderlin, Heinrich von Kleist and Friedrich Nietzsche – powerful minds whose ideas were at odds with the scientific positivism of... Read more >
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The Struggle with the Daemon
Hölderlin, Kleist and Nietzsche
Written by Stefan Zweig
Translated by Cedar Paul and Eden Paul


Format: eBook
On Sale: July 24, 2012
Price: $9.99

The Struggle with the Daemon is a brilliant analysis of the European psyche by the great novelist and biographer Stefan Zweig. Zweig studies three giants of German literature and thought: Friedrich Ho¨lderlin, Heinrich von Kleist and Friedrich Nietzsche – powerful minds whose ideas were at odds with the scientific positivism of... Read more >
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Walter Benjamin

Written by Gershom Scholem
Translated by Harry Zohn
Introduction by Lee Sigel


Format: eBook
On Sale: July 11, 2012
Price: $19.95

Gershom Scholem is celebrated as the twentieth century’s most profound student of the Jewish mystical tradition; Walter Benjamin, as a master thinker whose extraordinary essays mix the revolutionary, the revelatory, and the esoteric. Scholem was a precocious teenager when he met Benjamin, who became his close friend and intellectual mentor. His... Read more >
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Ernest Gellner
Ernest Gellner
Written by John A. Hall
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781844677580
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Ernest Gellner
An Intellectual Biography
Written by John A. Hall


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
On Sale: February 1, 2012
Price: $29.95

Ernest Gellner was a multilingual polymath who set the agenda in the study of nationalism and the sociology of Islam for an entire generation of academics and students. This definitive biography follows his trajectory from his early years in Prague, Paris and England to international success as a philosopher and public... Read more >
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The Impostor
The Impostor
Written by Jade Lindgaard and Xavier De La Porte
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781844677481
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The Impostor
BHL in Wonderland
Written by Jade Lindgaard and Xavier De La Porte


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
On Sale: February 1, 2012
Price: $16.95

How do we explain what Perry Anderson calls “the bizarre prominence of Bernard-Henri Lévy,” easily the best-known “thinker” under sixty in France? “It would,” he continues, “be difficult to imagine a more extraordinary reversal of national standards of taste and intelligence than the attention accorded this crass booby in France’s public... Read more >
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War Diaries
War Diaries
Written by Jean-Paul Sartre, Translated by Quintin Hoare
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781844677849
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War Diaries
Notebooks from a Phony War 1939-40
Written by Jean-Paul Sartre
Translated by Quintin Hoare


Format: Trade Paperback, 392 pages
On Sale: January 16, 2012
Price: $15.95

During the phony war that preceded the invasion of France, between late 1939 and the summer of 1940, the young Jean-Paul Sartre was stationed in his native Alsace as part of a meteorological unit. He used his considerable periods of spare time, between mundane duties like watching weather balloons, to make... Read more >
Aleister Crowley: The Biography
Spiritual Revolutionary, Romantic Explorer, Occult Master - and Spy
Written by Tobias Churton


Format: eBook
On Sale: January 1, 2012
Price: $14.99

In early 20th-century England, Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was considered "the wickedest man in the world." Today he's seen as a prophet, a master of the occult, and a spiritual pioneer—and his reputation just keeps on growing. This new biography, written with the cooperation of leading Crowley scholars and including new revelations... Read more >
Learning to Live Finally
Learning to Live Finally
Written by Jacques Derrida, Translated by Pascal-Anne Brault and Michael Naas
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781612190945
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Learning to Live Finally
The Last Interview
Written by Jacques Derrida
Translated by Pascal-Anne Brault and Michael Naas


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Price: $15.95

With death looming, Jacques Derrida, the world's most famous philosopher, known as the father of "deconstruction," sat down with journalist Jean Birnbaum of the French daily Le Monde. They revisited his life's work and his impending death in a long, surprisingly accessible, and moving final interview.

Sometimes called "obscure" and... Read more >
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How to Live
How to Live
Written by Sarah Bakewell
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ISBN: 9781590514832
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How to Live
Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
Written by Sarah Bakewell


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
On Sale: September 20, 2011
Price: $16.95

Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography

How to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love—such questions arise in most people’s lives. They are all versions of a bigger question: How do you live? This question obsessed Renaissance... Read more >
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Aleister Crowley - The Biography
Aleister Crowley - The Biography
Written by Tobias Churton
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781780280127
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Aleister Crowley - The Biography
Spiritual Revolutionary, Romantic Explorer, Occult Master and Spy
Written by Tobias Churton


Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
On Sale: September 1, 2011
Price: $29.95

This definitive biography of Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), the most notorious and controversial spiritual figure of the 20th century, brings together a life of world-shaking 'magick', sexual and psychological experimentation at the outer limits, world-record-beating mountaineering and startling prophetic power - as well as poetry, adventure, espionage, wisdom, excess, and intellectual brilliance... Read more >
Bakunin
The Creative Passion-A Biography
Written by Mark Leier


Format: eBook
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Price: $17.95

The spellbinding story of both the man and the theory, Bakunin chronicles one of the most notorious radicals in history: Mikhail Bakunin, the founder of anarchism, here revealed as a practical moral philosophy rooted in a critique of wealth and power.
Mark Leier corrects many of the popular misconceptions about Bakunin and... Read more >
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Remembering Tomorrow
From SDS to Life After Capitalism: A Memoir
Written by Michael Albert


Format: eBook
On Sale: January 4, 2011
Price: $22.95

In this lucid political memoir, veteran anti-capitalist activist Michael Albert offers an ardent defense of the project to transform global inequality. Albert, a uniquely visionary figure, recounts a life of uncompromising commitment to creating change one step at a time. Whether chronicling the battles against the Vietnam War, those waged on... Read more >
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How to Live
How to Live
Written by Sarah Bakewell
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781590514252
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How to Live
Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
Written by Sarah Bakewell


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $25.00

Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography

How to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love—such questions arise in most people’s lives. They are all versions of a bigger question: how do you live? How do you do... Read more >
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How to Live
Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
Written by Sarah Bakewell


Format: eBook
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $15.95

Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography

How to get along with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love—such questions arise in most people’s lives. They are all versions of a bigger question: how do you live? How do you... Read more >
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Georges Bataille
Georges Bataille
Written by Michel Surya, Translated by Krzysztof Fijalkowski and Michael Ricardson
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781859841532
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Georges Bataille
An Intellectual Biography
Written by Michel Surya
Translated by Krzysztof Fijalkowski and Michael Ricardson


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
On Sale: March 15, 2010
Price: $29.95

Georges Bataille was a philosopher, writer, librarian, pornographer and a founder of the influential journals Critique and Acéphale. He has had an enormous impact on contemporary thought, influencing such writers as Barthes, Baudrillard, Derrida, Foucault and Sontag. Many of his books, including the notorious Story of the Eye and the fascinating... Read more >
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