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  • booksreddit.com:The Measure of Reality: Quantification and Western Society

    The Measure of Reality: Quantification and Western Society, 1250-1600

    7475

    “Magic” was widely acknowledged in the old world. Is there any evidence or record of such magic being used in a public, verifiable setting at any point in history? Why did so many people buy into this idea?
    Western Europeans were among the first, if not the first, to invent mechanical clocks, geometrically precise maps, double-entry bookkeeping, precise algebraic and musical notations, and perspective painting. More people in Western Europe thought quantitatively in the sixteenth century than in any other part of the world, enabling them to become the world’s leaders. With amusing detail and historical anecdote, Alfred Crosby discusses the shift from qualitative to quantitative perception that… more about book…


  • booksreddit.com:The Measure of Reality: Quantification and Western Society

    The Measure of Reality: Quantification and Western Society, 1250-1600

    7475

    Western Europeans were among the first, if not the first, to invent mechanical clocks, geometrically precise maps, double-entry bookkeeping, precise algebraic and musical notations, and perspective painting. More people in Western Europe thought quantitatively in the sixteenth century than in any other part of the world, enabling them to become the world’s leaders. With amusing detail and historical anecdote, Alfred Crosby discusses the shift from qualitative to quantitative perception that…


  • booksreddit.com:Pointing: Where Language

    Pointing: Where Language, Culture, and Cognition Meet

    1992

    Pointing has captured the interest of scholars from various fields who study communication. However, ideas and findings have been scattered across diverse publications in different disciplines, and opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange have been very limited. The editor’s aim is to provide an arena for such exchange by bringing together papers on pointing gestures from disciplines, such as developmental psychology, psycholinguistics, sign-language linguistics, linguistic anthropology, …


  • booksreddit.com:The Palmer Method of Business Writing

    The Palmer Method of Business Writing

    1799

    This early work is both expensive and hard to find in its first edition. It comprises a series of self-teaching lessons in rapid, plain, unshaded, coarse-pen, muscular movement writing for use in all schools, public or private, where an easy and legible handwriting is the object sought. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, mod…


  • booksreddit.com:Meditations: A New Translation (Modern Library)

    Meditations: A New Translation (Modern Library)

    463

    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 insights and advice—on everything from living in the world to coping with adversity and interacting with others—have made the Meditations required readin…


  • booksreddit.com:Outliers: The Story of Success

    Outliers: The Story of Success

    410

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way …


  • booksreddit.com:Eating Animals

    Eating Animals

    373

    Like many young Americans, Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian. As he became a husband, and then a father, the moral dimensions of eating became increasingly important to him. Faced with the prospect of being unable to explain why we eat some animals and not others, Foer set out to explore the origins of many eating traditions and the fictions involved with creating them. Traveling to the darkest…


  • booksreddit.com:Glock: The Rise of America's Gun

    Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun

    370

    Based on fifteen years of research, Glock is the riveting story of the weapon that has become known as American’s gun.  Today the Glock pistol has been embraced by two-thirds of all U.S. police departments, glamorized in countless Hollywood movies, and featured as a ubiquitous presence on prime-time TV. It has been rhapsodized by hip-hop artists, and coveted by cops and crooks alike.   Created in 1982 by Gaston Glock, an obscure Austrian curtain-rod manufacturer, and swiftly adopted by the Au…


  • booksreddit.com:Chocolate Wars: The 150-Year Rivalry Between the World's Greatest Chocolate Makers

    Chocolate Wars: The 150-Year Rivalry Between the World’s Greatest Chocolate Makers

    366

    With a cast of characters that wouldn’t be out of place in a Victorian novel, Chocolate Wars tells the story of the great chocolatier dynasties, through the prism of the Cadburys. Chocolate was consumed unrefined and unprocessed as a rather bitter, fatty drink for the wealthy elite until the late 19th century, when the Swiss discovered a way to blend it with milk and unleashed a product that would conquer every market in the world. Thereafter, one of the great global business rivalries unfold…


  • booksreddit.com:Flash Boys

    Flash Boys

    345

    Four years after his #1 bestseller The Big Short, Michael Lewis returns to Wall Street to report on a high-tech predator stalking the equity markets.Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and that, post–financial crisis, the markets have become not more free but less, and more controlled by the big Wall Street banks. Working at different firms, they come to this realization separately; but aft…


  • booksreddit.com:Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy

    Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy

    275

    From its roots in 17th-century Britain to its modern incarnation in Enron and WorldCom, the modern corporation — restless, autonomous, and self-perpetuating — has gained potency. Designed to seek profit and power, the corporation has pursued both objectives with endless tenacity, steadily bending the framework of the law and incurring destruction in its path. Where did the corporation come from? How did it get so much power? What is its ultimate trajectory? Considering the importance of suc…


  • booksreddit.com:Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights

    Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights

    265

    Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human RightsWas the Boston Tea Party the first WTO-style protest against transnational corporations? Did Supreme Court sell out America’s citizens in the nineteenth century, with consequences lasting to this day? Is there a way for American citizens to recover democracy of, by, and for the people?Thom Hartmann takes on these most difficult questions and tells a startling story that will forever change your understanding of …


  • booksreddit.com:The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea (Modern Library Chronicles)

    The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea (Modern Library Chronicles)

    194

    From the acclaimed authors of A Future Perfect comes the untold story of how the company became the world’s most powerful institution.Like all groundbreaking books, The Company fills a hole we didn’t know existed, revealing that we cannot make sense of the past four hundred years until we place that seemingly humble Victorian innovation, the joint-stock company, in the center of the frame. With their trademark authority and wit, Economist editors John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge reveal…