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  • Capitalism and Freedom
    Capitalism and Freedom (English, Paperback) Milton Friedman, P. N. Snowden

    How can we benefit from the promise of government while avoiding the threat it poses to individual freedom? Milton Friedman presents his view of the proper role of competitive capitalism both as a device for achieving economic freedom and a necessary condition for political freedom

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  • The Tacit Dimension
    The Tacit Dimension (English, Paperback) Michael Polanyi

    Suitable for students and scholars, this title challenges the assumption that skepticism, rather than established belief, lies at the heart of scientific discovery.

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  • Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes
    Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes (English, Paperback) Robert M. Emerson, Rachel I. Fretz

    Presents a series of guidelines, suggestions, and practical advice for creating useful fieldnotes in a variety of settings. This title discusses different organizational and descriptive strategies and shows how transforming direct observations into descriptions results not simply from good memory but from learning to envision scenes as written.

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  • How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog)
    How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog) (English, Hardback) Lee Alan Dugatkin, Lyudmila Trut

    In southern Siberia resides Mavrik, the size of a sheepdog, who wags his tail, rolls on his back, and pants in anticipation of human attention. He's as docile and playful as any lapdog. And yet he is a fox, the result of the most extraordinary breeding experiment ever conducted. More than a half century ago, a Soviet biologist named Dmitry Belyaev decided to gather up 130 foxes from Siberian fox farms and figure out just how long it would take to domesticate them. Their goal was to recreate the evolution of wolves into dogs. Most accounts of the natural evolution place it over a time span of about 15,000 years, but within ten years of starting the fox breeding program, Belyeav experiments had resulted in puppy-like foxes. Floppy ears appeared within one generation, then followed the piebald spots we are so used to seeing on the bellies and foreheads of dogs?and pigs and cows for that matter. Belyeav had literally compressed thousands of years of domestication into a handful of years, and with the experiments, he then turned to unlocking the molecular mysteries of domestication. Belyaev died in 1985, but not before recruiting Lyudmila Trut to the experiment, who has run it ever since?53 generations of foxes have been domesticated. And this is their story, recounted for the first time in book form.

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  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry David Thoreau (English, Hardback) Laura Dassow Walls

    "Walden. Yesterday I came here to live." That entry from the journal of Henry David Thoreau, and the intellectual journey it began, would by themselves be enough to place Thoreau in the American pantheon. His attempt to "live deliberately" in a small woods at the edge of his hometown of Concord has been a touchstone for individualists and seekers since the publication of Walden in 1854....

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  • The Human Condition
    The Human Condition (English, Paperback) Hannah Arendt

    Considering humankind from the perspective of the actions of which it is capable, this text addresses diminishing human agency and political freedom - the paradox that as human powers increase through technology and inquiry, we are less equipped to control the consequences of our actions.

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  • Write No Matter What
    Write No Matter What (English, Paperback) Joli Jensen

    With growing academic responsibilities, family commitments, and inboxes, scholars are struggling to fulfill their writing goals. A finished book?or even steady journal articles?may seem like an impossible dream. But, as Joli Jensen proves, it really is possible to write happily and productively in academe....

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  • The Great Derangement
    The Great Derangement (English, Paperback) Amitav Ghosh

    Are we deranged? The acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that future generations may well think so. How else to explain our imaginative failure in the face of global warming? In his first major book of nonfiction since In an Antique Land, Ghosh examines our inability?at the level of literature, history, and politics?to grasp the scale and violence of climate change....

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  • Palmyra
    Palmyra (English, Hardback) Paul Veyne

    Originally published as: Palmyre: l'irremplaocable traesor.

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  • The Chicago Manual of Style
    The Chicago Manual of Style (English, Hardback) University of Chicago Press

    Technologies may change, but the need for clear and accurate communication never goes out of style. That is why for more than one hundred years The Chicago Manual of Style has remained the definitive guide for anyone who works with words....

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  • Writing for Social Scientists
    Writing for Social Scientists (English, Hardback) Howard Saul Becker

    Students and researchers write under pressure, and those pressures - the desire to impress your audience rather than to communicate with them - often lead to pretentious prose, academic posturing, and writer's block. This title takes account of changes in computer tools and also analyses how academic institutions create problems for writers.

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  • The Companion Species Manifesto
    The Companion Species Manifesto (English, Paperback) Donna J. Haraway

    "The Companion Species Manifesto" is about the implosion of nature and culture in the joint lives of dogs and people, who are bonded in "significant otherness". In all their historical complexity, Donna Haraway tells us, dogs matter. They are not surrogates for theory, she says; they are not here just to think with.

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  • The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, Fourth Edition
    The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, Fourth Edition (English, Paperback) William Allin Storrer

    From sprawling houses to compact bungalows and from world-famous museums to a still-working gas station, Frank Lloyd Wright's designs can be found in nearly every corner of the country. While the renowned architect passed away more than fifty years ago, researchers and enthusiasts are still uncovering structures that should be attributed to him....

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  • Tough Enough
    Tough Enough (English, Paperback) Deborah Nelson

    This book focuses on six brilliant women who are often seen as particularly tough-minded: Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Diane Arbus, and Joan Didion. Aligned with no single tradition, they escape straightforward categories. Yet their work evinces an affinity of style and philosophical viewpoint that derives from a shared attitude toward suffering. What Mary McCarthy...

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  • The Iliad of Homer
    The Iliad of Homer (English, Paperback) Homer

    This long-awaited new edition is designed to bring the book into the 21st century--while leaving the poem as firmly rooted in ancient Greece as ever. Lattimore's elegant, fluent verses--with their memorably phrased heroic epithets and remarkable fidelity to the Greek--remain unchanged, but classicist Martin has added a wealth of supplementary materials designed to aid new generations of readers.

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  • The Concept of the Political
    The Concept of the Political (English, Paperback) Carl Schmitt

    Argues that liberalism's basis in individual rights cannot provide a reasonable justification for sacrificing one-self for the state. This edition highlights the author's intellectual journey through the turbulent period of German history leading to the Hitlerian one-party state.

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  • Vivian Maier
    Vivian Maier (English, Hardback) Pamela Bannos

    Who was Vivian Maier? Many people know her as the reclusive Chicago nanny who wandered the city for decades, constantly snapping photographs, which were unseen until they were discovered in a seemingly abandoned storage locker. They revealed her to be an inadvertent master of twentieth-century American street photography. Not long after, the news broke that Maier had recently died and had no...

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  • Tales of the Field
    Tales of the Field (English, Paperback) John Van Maanen

    A reference and guide for students, scholars, and practitioners of ethnography and beyond. It discusses about the deskwork of fieldwork and the various ways culture is put forth in print.

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  • Legal Writing in Plain English
    Legal Writing in Plain English (English, Paperback) Bryan A. Garner

    Encourages legal writers to challenge conventions and offers valuable insights into the writing process that will appeal to other professionals: how to organize ideas, create and refine prose, and improve editing skills. This title includes case examples from past decade and addresses the widespread use of legal documents in electronic formats.

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  • Sweet Science
    Sweet Science (English, Paperback) Amanda Jo Goldstein

    Today we do not expect poems to carry scientifically valid information. But it was not always so. In Sweet Science, Amanda Jo Goldstein returns to the beginnings of the division of labor between literature and science to recover a tradition of Romantic life writing for which poetry was a privileged technique of empirical inquiry....

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