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Genius Denied:  How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds
Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds by Jan Davidson

With all the talk of failing schools these days, we forget that schools can fail their brightest students, too. We pledge to "leave no child behind," but in American schools today, thousands of gifted and talented students fall short of their potential. In Genius Denied, Jan and Bob Davidson describe the "quiet crisis" in education: gifted students... (See the whole review)

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The Moon and Sixpence
The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham

Inspired by the life of Paul Gauguin, the Moon and Sixpence is an unforgettable study of a man possessed by the need to create — regardless of the cost to himself, and to others. Excerpts: "And man, subservient to interests he has persuaded himself are greater than his own, makes himself a slave to his taskmaster. He sits him on a sea... (See the whole review)

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The Handmaid
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

"A novel that brilliantly illuminates some of the darker interconnections between politics and sex . . . Just as the world of Orwell's 1984 gripped our imaginations, so will the world of Atwood's handmaid!" --Washington Post Book World "Atwood takes many trends which exist today and stretches them to their logical and chilling co... (See the whole review)

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Watership Down
Watership Down by Richard Adams

This story is about a group of rabbits who leave their home in search of a new place to live because of dangers that threaten them. Along the way they meet other rabbits and come across many warrens, some of which they are invited to live at, others which they must escape from. The story is not only a page turner at times, but I thought the author ... (See the whole review)

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The Rise and Fall of Elites
The Rise and Fall of Elites by Vilfredo Pareto

Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923) was an Italian sociologist, who, in his 1901 treatise, The Rise and Fall of Elites, foretold the ascent of socialism as a ruling doctrine in the decades to come. Pareto, to his credit, does not even remotely consider socialism capable of achieving the existential and moral utopia that its advocates espoused. Moreover, he... (See the whole review)

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The Giver
The Giver by Lois Lowry

This "children's" book is probably the single most horrifying and depressing thing I've ever read... even more so than George Orwell's 1984.  It revolves around a falsely utopian nightmare society that provides its wonders at a chilling cost.  Although Lowry does employ a bit of fantasy in just a few places, her story is still a very effect... (See the whole review)

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven R. Covey

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity -- principles that give... (See the whole review)

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The Jewish Phenomenon : Seven Keys to the Enduring Wealth of a People
The Jewish Phenomenon : Seven Keys to the Enduring Wealth of a People by Steven Silbiger

Why have Jews risen to the top of the business and professional world in numbers staggeringly out of proportion to their percentage of the American population? Steven Silbiger has the answer. Combining the huge appeal of the bestsellers The Millionaire Next Door and The Gifts of the Jews, The Jewish Phenomenon sets forth the seven principles that f... (See the whole review)

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Travels
Travels by Michael Crichton, M.D.

Often I feel I go to some distant region of the world to be reminded of who I really am. ... (See the whole review)

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The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet : An Innovative Program for Ridding Your Body of Acidic Wastes
The Acid Alkaline Balance Diet : An Innovative Program for Ridding Your Body of Acidic Wastes by Felicia Kliment

Modern agriculture and food-preservation methods have done serious damage to the human diet. The detrimental effects on the human body caused by acidic wastes from processed food and chemical additives are myriad. Byproducts of the foods we eat, acidic wastes are the common denominator in all degenerative diseases. When acidic wastes accumulate, th... (See the whole review)

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Touch
Touch by Tiffany Field, Ph.D.

Few physicians talk about the clinical use of touch, and few medical schools teach it specifically, even though touch is a unique tool for diagnosis and therapeutic applications, as well as a means of communicating a caring attitude. In the poem "Line Drive," by Allen Ginsberg, the physician realizes that he "forgot to touch or be touched" while gi... (See the whole review)

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Inventing the AIDS Virus
Inventing the AIDS Virus by Peter Duesberg, M.D.

At last! This is the book every AIDS-watcher has been awaiting, in which the most prominent and persistent critic of HIV as the cause of AIDS presents his case most exhaustively and popularly. Duesberg, himself a virologist, stoutly maintains that HIV cannot cause AIDS because it fails to meet the rules by which a virus is implicated as disease-cau... (See the whole review)

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The Calcium Factor:  The Scientific Secret of Health and Youth
The Calcium Factor: The Scientific Secret of Health and Youth by Robert Barefoot

While the jury may yet be out on the empirical benefits of Barefoot's coral calcium, this book yields an enormous wealth of incredibly distilled and concentrated human biochemistry information... things that the mainstream medical industry definitely does not want you to know. ... (See the whole review)

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The Age of Spiritual Machines:  When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence
The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence by Ray Kurzweil

In his provocative new book The Age of Spiritual Machines, Ray Kurzweil, who Forbes Magazine calls "the ultimate thinking machine," takes readers on an breathtaking tour of the history of computation and artificial intelligence and makes startling predictions for the future of technology, such as: * 2010: A translating telephone will allow you to s... (See the whole review)

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The Burden of Bad Ideas:  How Modern Intellectuals Misshape Our Society
The Burden of Bad Ideas: How Modern Intellectuals Misshape Our Society by Heather MacDonald

Critics have attacked the foolishness of some of today’s elite thought from many angles, but few have examined the real-world consequences of those ideas. In The Burden of Bad Ideas, Heather Mac Donald reports on their disastrous effects throughout our society. At a Brooklyn high school, students perfect their graffiti skills for academic credit. A... (See the whole review)

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Why Zebras Don
Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: An Updated Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping by Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D.

Why don't zebras get ulcers--or heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases--when people do? In a fascinating look at the science of stress, biologist Robert Sapolsky presents an intriguing case, that people develop such diseases partly because our bodies aren't designed for the constant stresses of a modern-day life--like sitting in daily t... (See the whole review)

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A Beautiful Mind
A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar

How could you, a mathematician, believe that extraterrestrials were sending you messages?" the visitor from Harvard asked the West Virginian with the movie-star looks and Olympian manner. ... (See the whole review)

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The Hand of God
The Hand of God by Michael Reagan

(This book is not what you think)  Founder of Lionheart Books, Reagan has produced the ideal smaller coffee-table book for the 21st century. The Hand of God combines dozens of dazzling images of starscapes and far planets captured by the Hubble telescope with reflections on the self, the stars, and the universe, from writers as various as Oscar Wil... (See the whole review)

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Drawing the Head and Figure
Drawing the Head and Figure by Jack Hamm

As an illustrator and student of art, I say without reservation that this is the best damn book ever for learning how to draw the human face and body.  All the other books pale by comparison; this book is what they just don't teach in art classes any more, because postmodernism has destroyed all objective standards. I recently bought... (See the whole review)

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The Way Life Works
The Way Life Works by Mahlon Hoagland, Ph.D.

Subtitled The Science Lover's Illustrated Guide to How Life Grows, Develops, Reproduces, and Gets Along, The Way Life Works is what happens when a biologist and artist share an interest in life from bacteria to humans, and collaborate on taking their knowledge public. The result is a most magnificent science book, devoted to the wonder and unity of... (See the whole review)

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An End To Evil
An End To Evil by David Frum

Some observers see the global political landscape as a complex amalgam of divergent worldviews, shades of gray that usually move in harmony but sometimes collide with violent results. David Frum and Richard Perle, authors of An End to Evil think it's a great deal simpler than that: the United States is good, those who pose a threat, current or futu... (See the whole review)

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Please Understand Me
Please Understand Me by David Keirsey

Phenomenon: Keirsey and Bates's Please Understand Me, first published in 1978, sold nearly 2 million copies in its first 20 years, becoming a perennial best seller all over the world. Advertised only by word of mouth, the book became a favorite training and counseling guide in many institutions -- government, church, business -- and colleges across... (See the whole review)

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The War Against Boys:  How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men
The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men by Christina Hoff Sommers

Despite popular belief, American boys tag behind girls in reading and writing ability, and they are less likely to go to college. Our young men are greatly at risk, yet the best-known studies and experts insist that it's girls who are in need of our attention. The highly publicized "girl crisis" has led to many changes in American schools, politics... (See the whole review)

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The Philosophical Programmer
The Philosophical Programmer by Daniel Kohansky

Meditative and yet authoritative, The Philosophical Programmer celebrates the creative possibilities of programming while reminding the reader of technology's ethical conundrums. Daniel Kohanski keeps this slim volume rooted in valid examples, providing a rich exploration of the thought process involved in machine code. He treats programming as a l... (See the whole review)

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The Myth of Male Power
The Myth of Male Power by Warren Farrell, Ph.D.

Farrell debunks the myth of male power. He dares to question the image of male-as-oppressor, arguing that this misconception has hindered not only men, but women as well. (See the whole review)

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Why I Am Not A Christian
Why I Am Not A Christian by Bertrand Russell

Dedicated as few men have been to the life of reason, Bertrand Russell has always been concerned with the basic questions to which religion also addresses itself -- questions about man's place in the universe and the nature of the good life, questions that involve life after death, morality, freedom, education, and sexual ethics. He brings to his t... (See the whole review)

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The Watchmen
The Watchmen by Alan Moore

"The Watchmen" is set in a unique universe where superheroes have been banned and the world is on the brink of nuclear war. The story starts off as a murder mystery and grows into a tale of truly epic proportions. Alan Moore paints a largely dark picture of humanity and weaves a story that is so intricate it absolutely demands your full attention. ... (See the whole review)

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Batman:  The Dark Knight Returns
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

This is one of the milestone comic stories of this era. Written by Frank Miller, the story shows a brooding, old and retired Bruce Wayne. The world is in chaos and Bruce Wayne decides to take back the world by donning the mantel of the Bat. But his second coming is met with opposition from all classes, the mutant gangs and its leader, the Gotham Ci... (See the whole review)

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Evil:  Inside Human Violence and Cruelty
Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty by Roy Baumeister, Ph.D.

Why is there evil, and what can scientific research tell us about the origins and persistence of evil behavior? Considering evil from the unusual perspective of the perpetrator, Baumeister asks, How do ordinary people find themselves beating their wives? Murdering rival gang members? Torturing political prisoners? Betraying their colleagues to the ... (See the whole review)

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Inside the Criminal Mind
Inside the Criminal Mind by Stanton Samenow, Ph.D.

In 1984, this groundbreaking book presented a chilling profile of the criminal mind that shattered long-held myths about the sources of and cures for crime. Now, with the benefit of twenty years' worth of additional knowledge and insight, Stanton Samenow offers a completely updated edition of his classic work, including fresh perceptions into crime... (See the whole review)

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Y:  The Last Man
Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan

This is a brilliant comic book series that takes the insult, "not if you were the last man on earth", and makes an eerie Twilight Zone series out of it. In the story, a mysterious plague has selectively killed off all the males of all animal species on earth, except for Yorick Brown and his pet monkey.  Now, Yorick seeks to reunite with his ... (See the whole review)

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Wizard
Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind

This is the first novel in Goodkind's Sword of Truth series, comprised so far of eight books following the life of Richard, The Seeker of Truth.  Wizard's First Rule begins with Richard as a simple woods-guide, but quickly transforms into a face-paced action/fantasy read that spans a massive continent made up of three realms of varying magical qual... (See the whole review)

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Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World
Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World by Margaret Thatcher

Though a tiny bit outdated being published in 2002, Statecraft takes the reader through what Thatcher considers all of the world's most pressing foreign policy issues. Her examinations are broad and insights interesting and applicable to more than just any specific issue. Statecraft reads like a combination history, prophecy, and memoir, because ... (See the whole review)

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Empire
Empire by Niall Ferguson

The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power ... (See the whole review)

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Moral Rights And Political Freedom
Moral Rights And Political Freedom by Tara Smith

Marvellous teleological defence of individual rights. Smith is an Objectivist (ARI) although she comes over as more generally Aristotelian here.

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The Mechanism of Mind
The Mechanism of Mind by Edward de Bono

Widely known for encouraging the idea that thinking is a skill that can be taught, and for his promotion of the skill of 'lateral thinking' to enhance creativity, de Bono's Mechanism of Mind uses stories, metaphors and models to help explain how your mind works, and how you can help it to work better. (See the whole review)

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Judging the Jury
Judging the Jury by Valerie P. Hans

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Economic Sophisms
Economic Sophisms by Frederic Bastiat

In this book, Bastiat defends free markets by crushing the arguments for intervention.  He goes through one economic fallacy after another, demolishing them with logic and especially wit.  Bastiat explains his ideas through stories and examples, always showing the absurdity of these bad ideas.  The style is funny and light-hearted, and he makes the... (See the whole review)

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Give Me a Break
Give Me a Break by John Stossel

If you like John Stossel, you'll like this book.  It's the story of his intellectual and professional development.  He explains what evidence he ran into that made him a strong advocate of free-markets.  He reviews the major ideas and issues he's dealt with, going over many of his television specials. ... (See the whole review)

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Darwin
Darwin's Dangerous Idea, Evolution and the Meanings of Life by Daniel C. Dennet

Evolution, Biology, Philosophy and more. Dense but well written.

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Ender
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

This Hugo and Nebula award winning masterpiece captures the world from a small child's point of view amazingly well.  Ender is a little boy who is smaller than everyone else his age and smarter than most everyone else of any age.  His very existence is due solely to the hope that he might one day save the world.  He is persecuted by his jealous cla... (See the whole review)

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The Constitutional Thought of Thomas Jefferson
The Constitutional Thought of Thomas Jefferson by David N. Mayer

Jefferson's theory and practice have often been seen as inconsistent or contradictory. Mayer attempts to show that much of Jefferson's views and actions are consistent with a contextual view of the Constitution. The contextual view, as explained in this book, provides an interesting way of understanding the purpose and structure of the Constitution... (See the whole review)

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1984
1984 by George Orwell

1984 is a dystopian story set in the future of a statist world. The main character, Winston Smith, struggles to live in a world where there is no privacy, and the government controls every aspect of your life. The symbol of the government is Big Brother, a fictitious leader who is said to benevolently watch over his people. In practice, the citizen... (See the whole review)

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Anthem
Anthem by Ayn Rand

A short novella about a man trapped in a future society that has taken collectivism to its full and natural course. He struggles against that society and eventually breaks free and discovers the most glorious word in the english language, "I".

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The Fountainhead
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

This is Ayn Rand's first popular novel which brought her fame and a large following. "It is the story of a gifted young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggled to defeat him." (back cover) It shows man as a heroic being: Howard Roark, the perfect Egoist.

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Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

The story of people finding the moral conviction to live their own lives, and of a man who stops the motor of the world to pave the way.  This is Ayn Rand's magnum opus. It is her comprehensive philosophical novel, dealing with each of the major categories of philosophy. This book lays down the basis of her entire philosophy in a compelling story. ...

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The Art of Nonfiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers
The Art of Nonfiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers by Ayn Rand

A remarkable series of lectures on the art of creating effective nonfiction by one of the 20th century's most profound writers and thinkers-now available for the first time in print. Culled from sixteen informal lectures Ayn Rand delivered to a select audience in the late 1960s, this remarkable work offers indispensable guidance to the aspi... (See the whole review)

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The Art of Fiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers
The Art of Fiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers by Ayn Rand

In 1958, Ayn Rand, already the world-famous author of such bestselling books as "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead", gave a private series of extemporaneous lectures in her own living room on the art of fiction. Tore Boeckmann and Leonard Peikoff for the first time now bring readers the edited transcript of these exciting personal statements. "... (See the whole review)

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How the Mind Works
How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker

In this extraordinary bestseller, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading cognitive scientists, does for the rest of the mind what he did for language in his 1994 book, "The Language Instinct". He explains what the mind is, how it evolved, and how it allows us to see, think, feel, laugh, interact, enjoy the arts, and ponder the mysteries of life.... (See the whole review)

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The Demon-Haunted World: Science As a Candle in the Dark
The Demon-Haunted World: Science As a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan muses on the current state of scientific thought, which offers him marvelous opportunities to entertain us with his own childhood experiences, the newspaper morgues, UFO stories, and the assorted flotsam and jetsam of pseudoscience. Along the way he debunks alien abduction, faith-healing, and channeling; refutes the arguments that scienc... (See the whole review)

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