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Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature
Borges, Jorge Luis
A startling, idiosyncratic, fresh, and highly opinionated tour of English literature from Beowulf to Oscar Wilde. Borges’s lectures -- delivered extempore by a man of extraordinary erudition -- bring the canon to remarkably vivid life. Translated into English for the first time, the lectures are acc... (more)

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Ovid's Erotic Poems: Amores and Ars Amatoria
Krisak, Len, trans.
Best known for his Metamorphoses, Ovid also wrote lively and lewd verse on the subjects of love, sex, marriage, and adultery. In this modern English translation that retains the irreverent wit and verve of the original, Len Krisak captures the music of Ovid's richly textured Latin meters through rhy... (more)

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Great Plague: A People's History
Lord, Evelyn
This intimate history of the extraordinary Black Plague pandemic that swept through the British Isles in 1665 focuses on the plague's effects on smaller towns, where every death was a singular blow affecting the entire community. Lord's fascinating reconstruction of life during plague times presents... (more)

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Moral Culture of the Scottish Enlightenment, 1690-1805
Ahnert, Thomas
In the European Enlightenments it was often argued that moral conduct, rather than adherence to theological doctrine, was the true measure of religious belief. Thomas Ahnert argues that this characteristically "enlightened" emphasis on conduct in religion was less reliant on arguments from reason al... (more)

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Age of Secrecy: Jews, Christians, and the Economy of Secrets, 1400-1800
Jütte, Daniel
The premodern era in Europe was a time when arcane knowledge was widely believed to be positive knowledge that extended into all areas of daily life, from the economic, scientific, and political spheres to the general activities of ordinary people. This volume explores how widespread acceptance and ... (more)

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Genius: Elijah of Vilna and the Making of Modern Judaism
Stern, Eliyahu
Claimed by traditionalists, enlighteners, Zionists, and the Orthodox, Elijah ben Solomon, the "Genius of Vilna," has been perhaps the best-known and, paradoxically, most understudied figure in modern Jewish history. Through the story of the "Vilna Gaon," Stern presents a new model for understanding ... (more)

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Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions
Walzer, Michael
Why have secular democratic movements been unable to reproduce their political culture beyond one or two generations? Michael Walzer, one of America's foremost political thinkers, examines this perplexing trend by studying India, Israel, and Algeria, three nations whose founding principles and insti... (more)

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Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals
Mayer, Jane
A riveting account of how the US made self-destructive decisions in the pursuit of terrorists around the world -- decisions that not only violated the Constitution, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. Mayer relates how key players, namely Vice President Dick Cheney and his powerful, secretive... (more)

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Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic
Stewart, Matthew
The ideas that inspired the American Revolution were neither British nor Christian but largely ancient, pagan, and continental: the fecund universe of the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius, the potent (but nontranscendent) natural divinity of the Dutch heretic Benedict de Spinoza. Drawing deeply ... (more)

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Italian Ways: On and off the Rails from Milan to Palermo
Parks, Tim
A wry and revealing portrait of Italian life -- as seen by riding its trains. Through memorable encounters with ordinary Italians he meets along the way, Parks captures what makes Italian life distinctive: an obsession with speed but an acceptance of slower, older ways; a blind eye toward brutal arc... (more)

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