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Six Names of Beauty

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ISBN: 9780415979924
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Published: Routledge - June 19th, 2006

This extraordinary little book tackles the word "beauty" in six different languages and cultures. It will expand your linguistic, visual, and emotional vocabulary to enhance the way you perceive beauty, and, consequently, the world.

 

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Confessions of a Heretic

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ISBN: 9781910749128
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Published: Notting Hill Editions - March 28th, 2017

A delightfully controversial book, there is much here to chew on. Witty, thoughtful, and occasionally funny, Scruton's insight is both timely and timeless in a world where sometimes we just need to slow down and look.

Matthew


An Atlas of Countries that Don't Exist

When I first heard about this book, I assumed these were made up places. They aren't. This atlas is full of real states with complex histories that have disqualified them from being official countries. Some are contemporary, some historical, while others have seen their recognition reneged in recent decades. You'll find everywhere from Lakotah (80,000 mi² within the United States), to Taiwan or Catalonia, to a concrete platform off the coast of England, and many more.

 

Matthew


Salvation on Sand Mountain

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ISBN: 9780306818363
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Published: Da Capo Press - August 11th, 2009

Despite his Alabama roots, Dennis Covington only knew about snake handling in a vague sense, until the New York Times asked him to cover a story about a snake handling death in the 1990s. Intrigued by the culture, Covington extended the project and wrote this book. This American subculture is filled with everything from quiet piety to sexual power play; cultish leaders to naive victims. In his thoughtful and elegant book, Covington offers few conclusions, but peels back a side of our country few people know about.

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Protestantism After 500 Years

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By Thomas Albert Howard (Editor), Mark A. Noll (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780190264796
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - August 1st, 2016

There is no overstating the significance of the Protestant Reformation, and so its 500th anniversary is an event deserving reflection. In Protestantism After 500 Years, two leading Reformation scholars compile essays devoted to how events of 1517 kick-started history's greatest revolution. A must-read for understanding religion's role in the development of modernity.

Matthew


The Moviegoer

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ISBN: 9780375701962
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Published: Vintage - April 14th, 1998

Binx Bolling is as typical a fellow as can be: 1950s middle-class stock broker who never strays far from home, and is content with his banal lifestyle. However, he is as existentially self-aware as a Dostoevsky's Ivan or Raskolnikov, and struggles to remain connected to reality, despite the listlessness of life and the movie theater threatening to tear him away from himself.

 

Matthew


Confessions of a Heretic

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Published: Notting Hill Editions - March 28th, 2017

A delightfully controversial book, there is much here to chew on. Witty, thoughtful, and occasionally funny, Scruton's insight is both timely and timeless in a world where sometimes we just need to slow down and look.

Matthew


Beren and Luthien

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By J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (Editor), Alan Lee (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781328791825
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - June 1st, 2017

After emerging from the horror of the First World War, J.R.R. Tolkien gave us a world of hobbits, elves, and wizards; feasts and adventures. However, this is Tolkien's most personal story, so much so that the names of Beren and Luthien are engraved on the tombstone he shares with his wife.


Democracy in America

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By Alexis de Tocqueville, Harvey C. Mansfield (Translated by), Delba Winthrop (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780226805368
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Published: University of Chicago Press - April 1st, 2002

Probably the best comprehensive analysis of American political thought, as observed by a foreigner documenting the socio-political climate of our country in its early years. Despite being written in the early 19th century, Tocqueville remains one of the most insightful and riveting thinkers on the subjects of both democracy and the United States. After the Constitution, probably the most useful text to understanding American politics.

Matthew


Brideshead Revisited

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ISBN: 9780316216456
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Published: Back Bay Books - December 11th, 2012

In Brideshead Revisited, Waugh portrays every aspect in which one might pride oneself, and then eclipses it. Are you sophisticated? Meet Anthony Blanche. An aesthete? See Charles Ryder. Charming? Enter Sebastian. Erudite, heart-wrenching, and witty, Brideshead is a novel to which I am constantly returning, as Waugh masterfully captures humankind's intolerable wrestle with our loss of innocence and the hope of someday coming home.

 

Matthew


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