Best of 2015

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  • Problem of Political Authority: An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey

    The Problem of Political Authority: An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey


    The state is often ascribed a special sort of authority, one that obliges citizens to obey its commands and entitles the state to enforce those commands through threats of violence. This book argues that this notion is a moral illusion: no one has ever possessed that sort of authority.

  • The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

    Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion


    “Overdressed does for T-shirts and leggings what Fast Food Nation did for burgers and fries.”—Katha Pollitt Cheap fashion has fundamentally changed the way most Americans dress. Stores ranging from discounters like Target to traditional chains like JCPenny now offer the newest trends at unprecedentedly low prices. And we have little reason to keep wearing and repairing the clothes we already own when styles change so fast and it’s cheaper to just buy more. Cline sets out to uncover the true n…

  • The History of America's Future

    Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584 to 2069


    Hailed by national leaders as politically diverse as former Vice President Al Gore and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Generations has been heralded by reviewers as a brilliant, if somewhat unsettling, reassessment of where America is heading.William Strauss and Neil Howe posit the history of America as a succession of generational biographies, beginning in 1584 and encompassing every-one through the children of today. Their bold theory is that each generation belongs to one of four types…

  • Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (Big Nerd Ranch Guides)

    Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (Big Nerd Ranch Guides)


    Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide: is an introductory Android book for programmers with Java experience. Based on Big Nerd Ranch’s popular Android Bootcamp course, this guide will lead you through the wilderness using hands-on example apps combined with clear explanations of key concepts and APIs. This book focuses on practical techniques for developing apps compatible with all versions of Android widely used today (Android 2.2 – 4.2). Write and run code every step of the way – cr…

  • We Live By

    Metaphors We Live By


    The now-classic Metaphors We Live By changed our understanding of metaphor and its role in language and the mind. Metaphor, the authors explain, is a fundamental mechanism of mind, one that allows us to use what we know about our physical and social experience to provide understanding of countless other subjects. Because such metaphors structure our most basic understandings of our experience, they are “metaphors we live by”—metaphors that can shape our perceptions and actions without our eve…

  • For Sale

    Space For Sale


    Kingsley Pretorius, a South African dot-com-billionaire, genius, playboy, philanthropist is a man with a plan: to retire on Mars. When the thirty-year-old starts his own space program, he’s laughed at and dismissed as a pipe-dreamer. Kingsley believes he can make access to space cheaper, and is willing to take on that challenge against all odds. His lofty ideas put him in the cross-hairs of massive corporations that are hell-bent on protecting their turf as well as rival eccentric billionaire…

  • Big Lie: Motherhood

    The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock


    A candid assessment of the pros and cons of delayed motherhood.       Biology does not bend to feminist ideals and science does not work miracles. That is the message of this eye-opening discussion of the consequences of delayed motherhood. Part personal account, part manifesto, Selvaratnam recounts her emotional journey through multiple miscarriages after the age of 37. Her doctor told her she still “had time,” but Selvaratnam found little reliable and often conflicting information about a m…

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    Eisenhorn (A Warhammer 40,000 Omnibus)


    Inquisitor Eisenhorn is one on the most senior members of the Imperial Inquisition. With his warband he scourges the galaxy in order to root out heresy. When that heresy is found to infiltrate the hierarchy of the Imperium and the Inquisition itself, he must rely on himself alone to deal with it – even if it means making deals with the enemy. All three books of the Eisenhorn trilogy along with two short stories and Eisenhorn’s case book and compendium are included in one big volume

  • Revere's Ride

    Paul Revere’s Ride


    Paul Revere’s midnight ride looms as an almost mythical event in American history–yet it has been largely ignored by scholars and left to patriotic writers and debunkers. Now one of the foremost American historians offers the first serious look at the events of the night of April 18, 1775–what led up to it, what really happened, and what followed–uncovering a truth far more remarkable than the myths of tradition.In Paul Revere’s Ride, David Hackett Fischer fashions an exciting narrative th…

  • Mushrooms of the World: An Identification Guide

    Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World: An Identification Guide


    From the author of GROWING GOURMET AND MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS comes the only identification guide exclusively devoted to the world’s psilocybin-containing mushrooms. Detailed descriptions and color photographs for over 100 species are provided, as well as an exploration of their long-standing (and often religious) use by ancient peoples and their continued significance to modern-day culture. Some of the species included have just been discovered in the past year or two, and still others have nev…

  • The Craft of Salting

    Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing (Revised and Updated)


    An essential update of the perennial bestseller.Charcuterie exploded onto the scene in 2005 and encouraged an army of home cooks and professional chefs to start curing their own foods. This love song to animal fat and salt has blossomed into a bona fide culinary movement, throughout America and beyond, of curing meats and making sausage, pâtés, and confits. Charcuterie: Revised and Updated will remain the ultimate and authoritative guide to that movement, spreading the revival of this ancient…

  • If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions


    From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask. Millions of people visit each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a…

  • Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good

    VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good


    If you’re one of the millions who have thought of trying a vegan diet but fear it’s too monotonous or unfamiliar, or simply don’t want to give up the foods you love to eat, VB6 will introduce a new, flexible, and quite simply better way of eating you can really live with for life. Six years ago, an overweight, pre-diabetic Mark Bittman faced a medical directive: adopt a vegan diet or go on medication. He was no fan of a lifelong regimen of pills, but as a food writer he lived—and worked—t…

  • Python: A Cookbook for Hackers

    Violent Python: A Cookbook for Hackers, Forensic Analysts, Penetration Testers and Security Engin…


    Violent Python shows you how to move from a theoretical understanding of offensive computing concepts to a practical implementation. Instead of relying on another attacker’s tools, this book will teach you to forge your own weapons using the Python programming language. This book demonstrates how to write Python scripts to automate large-scale network attacks, extract metadata, and investigate forensic artifacts. It also shows how to write code to intercept and analyze network traffic using P…

  • Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee

    How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee


    New York Times bestselling author and Bible expert Bart Ehrman reveals how Jesus’s divinity became dogma in the first few centuries of the early church.The claim at the heart of the Christian faith is that Jesus of Nazareth was, and is, God. But this is not what the original disciples believed during Jesus’s lifetime—and it is not what Jesus claimed about himself. How Jesus Became God tells the story of an idea that shaped Christianity, and of the evolution of a belief that looked very differ…

  • to Cook Everything: 2

    How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food,10th Anniversary Edition


    Mark Bittman’s award-winning How to Cook Everything has helped countless home cooks discover the rewards of simple cooking. Now the ultimate cookbook has been revised and expanded (almost half the material is new), making it absolutely indispensable for anyone who cooks—or wants to. With Bittman’s straightforward instructions and advice, you’ll make crowd-pleasing food using fresh, natural ingredients; simple techniques; and basic equipment. Even better, you’ll discover how to relax and enjoy…

  • Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979

    The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, an…


    ****New York Times Best Seller**** ****Picked by Billboard as One of the 100 Greatest Music Books of All-Time********Pitchfork Book Club’s first selection**** Here’s what The Rap Year Book does: It takes readers from 1979, widely regarded as the moment rap became recognized as part of the cultural and musical landscape, and comes right up to the present, with Shea Serrano hilariously discussing, debating, and deconstructing the most important rap song year by year. Serrano al…

  • Musk: Tesla

    Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future


    New York Times Bestseller – Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Audible and Amazon In Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley’s most audacious entrepreneur. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family and friends, the book traces the entrepreneur’s journey from a rough upbringing in…

  • Leather: Race

    Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest


    Imperial Leather chronicles the dangerous liaisons between gender, race and class that shaped British imperialism and its bloody dismantling. Spanning the century between Victorian Britain and the current struggle for power in South Africa, the book takes up the complex relationships between race and sexuality, fetishism and money, gender and violence, domesticity and the imperial market, and the gendering of nationalism within the zones of imperial and anti-imperial power.

  •'s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Gian...

    It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Gian…


    “The Gang” from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia attempts their most ill-conceived, get-rich quick scheme yet: publishing a “self-help book” to hilarious, sometimes dangerous, and often revolting, results.The Gang may have finally found their golden ticket. Left alone to close down Paddy’s Pub one night, Charlie Kelly inadvertently scored himself, and his friends, the opportunity of a lifetime—a book deal with a real publishing company, real advance money, and a real(ly confused) editor. Whi…