Run for Your Life: Mindful Running for a Happy Life [Audiobook]

Run for Your Life: Mindful Running for a Happy Life [Audiobook]
Run for Your Life: Mindful Running for a Happy Life [Audiobook] by William Pullen, read by Roy McMillan
2017 | M4B@64 kbps | 4 hrs 4 mins | 111.89MB

Anyone who has ever gone for a run, a jog or even a walk knows that uplifting, happy feeling they get at the end of their journey. Some call it the runner's high; others put it down to endorphins. Here William Pullen teaches us focus that incredible energy to experience our emotions in motion.

In Run for Your Life, Pullen argues that we need a radical new approach to mindfulness - an approach which originates in the body itself. DRT offers just that. Whether the you are looking for strategies to cope with anxiety, anger, change, or decision making, Run for Your Life offers carefully tailored thought exercises (and talking therapies for pairs or groups) inspired by mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy, specifically designed to be implemented whilst on a run or walk.

The book is designed to offer space for you to reflect on your practice and see your progress as you run through life's ups and downs. Offering practical steps to combine mental and physical well-being, Run for Your Life introduces DRT as a truly holistic approach to living, bringing the mind in perfect harmony with the body and combining the power of both in order to show how we might achieve our fullest potential.

The Edge of the World: A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe [EPUB]

The Edge of the World: A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe [EPUB]
The Edge of the World: A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe by Michael Pye
2015 | EPUB | 9.41MB

An epic adventure ranging from the terror of the Vikings to the golden age of cities: Michael Pye tells the amazing story of how modernity emerged on the shores of the North Sea.

Saints and spies, pirates and philosophers, artists and intellectuals: they all criss-crossed the grey North Sea in the so-called "dark ages," the years between the fall of the Roman Empire and the beginning of Europe's mastery over the oceans. Now the critically acclaimed Michael Pye reveals the cultural transformation sparked by those men and women: the ideas, technology, science, law, and moral codes that helped create our modern world.

This is the magnificent lost history of a thousand years. It was on the shores of the North Sea where experimental science was born, where women first had the right to choose whom they married; there was the beginning of contemporary business transactions and the advent of the printed book. In The Edge of the World, Michael Pye draws on an astounding breadth of original source material to illuminate this fascinating region during a pivotal era in world history.

Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them [EPUB]

Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them [EPUB]
Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them by Nancy Marie Brown
2015 | EPUB | 2.09MB

In the early 1800s, on a Hebridean beach in Scotland, the sea exposed an ancient treasure cache: 93 chessmen carved from walrus ivory. Norse netsuke, each face individual, each full of quirks, the Lewis Chessmen are probably the most famous chess pieces in the world. Harry played Wizard’s Chess with them in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Housed at the British Museum, they are among its most visited and beloved objects.

Questions abounded: Who carved them? Where? Ivory Vikings by Nancy Marie Brown explores these mysteries by connecting medieval Icelandic sagas with modern archaeology, art history, forensics, and the history of board games. In the process, Ivory Vikings presents a vivid history of the 400 years when the Vikings ruled the North Atlantic, and the sea-road connected countries and islands we think of as far apart and culturally distinct: Norway and Scotland, Ireland and Iceland, and Greenland and North America. The story of the Lewis chessmen explains the economic lure behind the Viking voyages to the west in the 800s and 900s. And finally, it brings from the shadows an extraordinarily talented woman artist of the twelfth century: Margret the Adroit of Iceland.

The Bible's Cutting Room Floor: The Holy Scriptures Missing from Your Bible [EPUB]

The Bible's Cutting Room Floor: The Holy Scriptures Missing from Your Bible [EPUB]
The Bible's Cutting Room Floor: The Holy Scriptures Missing from Your Bible by Joel M Hoffman
2014 | EPUB | 0.9MB

The Bible you usually read is not the complete story. Some holy writings were left out for political or theological reasons, others simply because of the physical restrictions of ancient bookmaking technology. At times, the compilers of the Bible skipped information that they assumed everyone knew. Some passages were even omitted by accident.

In The Bible's Cutting Room Floor, acclaimed author and translator Dr. Joel M. Hoffman provides the stories and other texts that didn't make it into the Bible even though they offer penetrating insight into the Bible and its teachings.

The Book of Genesis tells us about Adam and Eve's time in the Garden of Eden, but not their saga after they get kicked out or the lessons they have for us about good and evil. The Bible introduces us to Abraham, but it doesn't include the troubling story of his early life, which explains how he came to reject idolatry to become the father of monotheism. And while there are only 150 Psalms in today's Bible, there used to be many more.

Dr. Hoffman deftly brings these and other ancient scriptural texts to life, exploring how they offer new answers to some of the most fundamental and universal questions people ask about their lives. An impressive blend of history, linguistics, and religious scholarship, The Bible's Cutting Room Floor reveals what's missing from your Bible, who left it out, and why it is so important.

The Great British Dream Factory: The Strange History of Our National Imagination [EPUB]

The Great British Dream Factory: The Strange History of Our National Imagination [EPUB]
The Great British Dream Factory: The Strange History of Our National Imagination by Dominic Sandbrook
2015 | EPUB | 96.25MB

Britain's empire has gone. Our manufacturing base is a shadow of its former self; the Royal Navy has been reduced to a skeleton. In military, diplomatic and economic terms, we no longer matter as we once did. And yet there is still one area in which we can legitimately claim superpower status: our popular culture.

It is extraordinary to think that one British writer, J. K. Rowling, has sold more than 400 million books; that Doctor Who is watched in almost every developed country in the world; that James Bond has been the central character in the longest-running film series in history; that The Lord of the Rings is the second best-selling novel ever written (behind only A Tale of Two Cities); that the Beatles are still the best-selling musical group of all time; and that only Shakespeare and the Bible have sold more books than Agatha Christie. To put it simply, no country on earth, relative to its size, has contributed more to the modern imagination.

This is a book about the success and the meaning of Britain's modern popular culture, from Bond and the Beatles to heavy metal and Coronation Street, from the Angry Young Men to Harry Potter, from Damien Hirst toThe X Factor.

Seasons in the Sun: The Battle for Britain, 1974-1979 [EPUB]

Seasons in the Sun: The Battle for Britain, 1974-1979 [EPUB]
Seasons in the Sun: The Battle for Britain, 1974-1979 by Dominic Sandbrook
2013 | EPUB | 22.02MB

Dominic Sandbrook's magnificent account of the late 1970s in Britain - the book behind the major BB2 series The Seventies

In this gloriously colourful book, Dominic Sandbrook recreates the extraordinary period of the late 1970s in all its chaos and contradiction, revealing it as a decisive point in our recent history. Across the country, a profound argument about the future of the nation was being played out, not just in families and schools but in everything from episodes of Doctor Who to singles by the Clash. These years saw the peak of trade union power and the apogee of an old working-class Britain - but also the birth of home computers, the rise of the ready meal and the triumph of the Grantham grocer's daughter who would change our history forever.

State of Emergency: The Way We Were: Britain, 1970-1974 [EPUB]

Seasons in the Sun: The Battle for Britain, 1974-1979 [EPUB]
State of Emergency: The Way We Were: Britain, 1970-1974 by Dominic Sandbrook
2011 | EPUB | 32.4MB

In the early 1970s, Britain seemed to be tottering on the brink of the abyss. Under Edward Heath, the optimism of the Sixties had become a distant memory. Now the headlines were dominated by strikes and blackouts, unemployment and inflation. As the world looked on in horrified fascination, Britain seemed to be tearing itself apart. And yet, amid the gloom, glittered a creativity and cultural dynamism that would influence our lives long after the nightmarish Seventies had been forgotten.

In this brilliant new history, Dominic Sandbrook recreates the gaudy, schizophrenic atmosphere of the early Seventies: the world of Enoch Powell and Tony Benn, David Bowie and Brian Clough, Germaine Greer and Mary Whitehouse. An age when the unions were on the march and the socialist revolution seemed at hand, but also when feminism, permissiveness, pornography and environmentalism were transforming the lives of millions. It was an age of miners' strikes, tower blocks and IRA atrocities, but it also gave us celebrity footballers and high-street curry houses, organic foods and package holidays, gay rights and glam rock.

For those who remember the days when you could buy a new colour television but power cuts stopped you from watching it, this book could hardly be more vivid. It is the perfect guide to a luridly colourful Seventies landscape that shaped our present from the financial boardroom to the suburban bedroom.

Downstream from Trout Fishing in America: A Memoir of Richard Brautigan [EPUB]

Downstream from Trout Fishing in America: A Memoir of Richard Brautigan [EPUB]
Downstream from Trout Fishing in America: A Memoir of Richard Brautigan by Keith K Abbott
2012 | EPUB | 3.63MB

In Downstream From Trout Fishing In America: A Memoir of Richard Brautigan, Keith Abbott paints a portrait of Richard Brautigan as a lovable and whimsical friend. Abbott explains the writer's dedication to the art of fiction and his quest to break beyond the pop culture, hippie label that haunted him until his suicide in 1984.

Brautigan's tight prose inspired authors such as Haruki Murakami, and his experimentation with the line won him accolades from authors like Ishmael Reed, Raymond Carver, and Michael McClure. His work is highly influential and Abbott draws a clear connection between Brautigan's life and his writing. This book is essential for anyone who is interested in the work of Richard Brautigan. As Raymond Carver wrote of this biography: "Truly the best thing I've ever seen written of the man."

Algren: A Life [EPUB]

Algren: A Life [EPUB]
Algren: A Life by Mary Wisniewski
2016 | EPUB | 2.3MB

A tireless champion of the downtrodden, Nelson Algren, one of the most celebrated writers of the 20th century, lived an outsider’s life himself. He spent a month in prison as a young man for the theft of a typewriter; his involvement in Marxist groups earned him a lengthy FBI dossier; and he spent much of his life palling around with the sorts of drug addicts, prostitutes, and poor laborers who inspired and populated his novels and short stories.

Most today know Algren as the radical, womanizing writer of The Man with the Golden Arm, which won the first National Book Award, in 1950, but award-winning reporter Mary Wisniewski offers a deeper portrait. Starting with his childhood in the City of Big Shoulders, Algren sheds new light on the writer’s most momentous periods, from his on-again-off-again work for the WPA to his stint as an uninspired soldier in World War II to his long-distance affair with his most famous lover, Simone de Beauvoir, to the sense of community and acceptance Algren found in the artist colony of Sag Harbor before his death in 1981.

Wisniewski interviewed dozens of Algren’s closest friends and inner circle, including photographer Art Shay and author and historian Studs Terkel, and tracked down much of his unpublished writing and correspondence. She unearths new details about the writer’s life, work, personality, and habits and reveals a funny, sensitive, and romantic but sometimes exasperating, insecure, and self-destructive artist biography.

The first new biography of Algren in over 25 years, this fresh look at the man whose unique style and compassionate message enchanted readers and fellow writers and whose boyish charm seduced many women is indispensable to anyone interested in 20-century American literature and history.

Diabetes A to Z: What You Need to Know about Diabetes - Simply Put [EPUB]

Diabetes A to Z: What You Need to Know about Diabetes - Simply Put [EPUB]
Diabetes A to Z: What You Need to Know about Diabetes - Simply Put by American Diabetes Association
2016 | EPUB | 1.63MB

Revised and updated, Diabetes A to Z covers everything a person living with diabetes needs to know in simple, direct, and easy-to-understand language. Whether the topic is eye disease, high blood pressure, or skin care, Diabetes A to Z gives the answers curious readers want to know.

This new edition contains a variety of important updates, including information on new medications and insulins, new nutrition recommendations to match the Associations new dietary guidelines, an all new insurance section discussing new coverage options and details brought about by the Affordable Care Act, and much more!

Appropriate for all people with diabetes and their caregivers, and backed by the credibility of The American Diabetes Association, this latest edition to Diabetes A to Z is the home reference every person with diabetes should own.

Amulets and Superstitions: The Original Texts With Translations and Descriptions of a Long Series of Egyptian, Sumerian, Assyrian, Hebrew, Christian [EPUB]

Amulets and Superstitions: The Original Texts With Translations and Descriptions of a Long Series of Egyptian, Sumerian, Assyrian, Hebrew, Christian [EPUB]
Amulets and Superstitions: The Original Texts With Translations and Descriptions of a Long Series of Egyptian, Sumerian, Assyrian, Hebrew, Christian by E A Wallis Budge
2011 | EPUB | 22.95MB

A vulture tied to the neck of a mummy gave it the strength of the goddess Isis … Women in Central Africa ate a frog to have large families … A serpent head amulet could ward off venomous snakes … Ethiopians wore stones to keep the Evil Eye away … Abracdabra healed a man suffering from fever … Hebrew women wore stones to prevent miscarriage … Emeralds cured diseases of the eye … Garnets protected man from terrifying dreams and skin diseases … Melitites warded off infantile diseases … Moonstones protected men against epilepsy … Rubies protected men from witchcraft, plague, and famine …

By far the most thorough, most fascinating coverage of amulets and superstitions is the present book by Dr. E. Wallis Budge. In it he presents a wealth of information on the origins of amulets and talismans of many cultures and traditions: Arab, Persian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Egyptian, Ethiopian, Gnostic, Hebrew, Mandaean, Phoenician, Samaritan, and Syriac. He discusses ring amulets, terra cotta devil-traps; stones and their prophylactic and therapeutic qualities; the importance of color, shape, and form in amulets; the Swastika; the cross; the crucifix; the evil eye; the Kabbalah; astrology; the seven astrological planets; theories about numbers (good and bad luck numbers, sequences, magic squares); divination by water, earth, or sand; lucky and unlucky days; the hand of Fatimah; contracts with the devil and envoûtement. The text is profusely illustrated, with many reproductions of amulets, stones, prayers, crosses, numbers, seals, gods, rings, signs of the zodiac, and much more.

The Ultimate Book of Modern Juicing [EPUB]

The Ultimate Book of Modern Juicing [EPUB]
The Ultimate Book of Modern Juicing: More than 200 Fresh Recipes to Cleanse, Cure, and Keep You Healthy by Mimi Kirk
2015 | EPUB | 21.96MB

The most current and comprehensive juicing guide available

Step aside, Juicing Bible and Big Book of Juices: Mimi Kirk is back with the most current and fresh guide to juicing yet. With more than 200 recipes, handy advice on how to get the most from your juicing, and an eye toward taste, health, and cost, The Ultimate Book of Modern Juicing is the only book on the topic you'll ever need. Kirk has been juicing vegetables and fruits for more than 40 years, yet she doesn't look a day over 50. (And yes, those two things are connected.) She recently became more interested in how to use juicing to feel and look even better. Her discoveries―genuinely up-to-the-minute―are shared here, along with vibrant photographs of her creations The Ultimate Book of Modern Juicing is a must-have for everyone interested in or committed to the juicing lifestyle.

Live Raw: Raw Food Recipes for Good Health and Timeless Beauty [EPUB]

Live Raw: Raw Food Recipes for Good Health and Timeless Beauty [EPUB]
Live Raw: Raw Food Recipes for Good Health and Timeless Beauty by Mimi Kirk
2011 | EPUB | 21.35MB

Everyone knows that eating well makes you feel good, but Mimi Kirk is living proof that eating well—ideally raw vegan food—can make you look amazing. She’s routinely taken to be at least twenty years younger than her age. Live Raw offers 120 recipes sprinkled with must-have advice, including such topics as:

  • Detoxifying—So Gravity Won’t Get You Down: A detoxifying program to rid your body of dangerous toxins—drop weight in the process and experience an abundance of energy.
  • What You Need to Eat Every Day, and Why: An easy-to-read chart of the foods your body needs daily, what vitamins they contain, and what part of the body they compliment and nourish.
  • Delicious Raw Food Recipes That Won’t Scare Off Non- Vegetarians: Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Basil Pesto, Pomodoro Lasagna, Lemony Cheesecake, and more.

Learn how to feel better and look better with Mimi Kirk in this engaging, one-of-a-kind guide.

The Meaning of Herbs: Myth, Language & Lore [EPUB]

The Meaning of Herbs: Myth, Language & Lore [EPUB]
The Meaning of Herbs: Myth, Language & Lore by Ann Field, Gretchen Scoble
2015 | EPUB | 7.98MB

"Take borage for courage. Send a bouquet of yarrow to declare war. Hang a sprig of rue at the door to keep witches at bay."

Like flowers, herbs are steeped in myth and magic, secrets and lore. For centuries, their powers have been called upon to seduce lovers and dispel witches, send hidden messages and brew potent elixirs, entice the palate and soothe the mind. Illustrated with enchanting collages by acclaimed artist Ann Field, this delightful tribute to the meaning and magic of herbs offers a contemporary introduction to an age-old tradition.

The text draws on botanical, mythological, and historical sources worldwide, from ancient Rome to Victorian England, from Asia to the Americas, presenting profiles of over 50 herbs favored through the ages. Blending fact, folktale, natural history, and original art, The Meaning of Herbs explores the language and lore of nature's most versatile and powerful gifts.

Raising the Bar: The Life and Work of Gerald D Hines [Audiobook]

Raising the Bar: The Life and Work of Gerald D Hines [Audiobook]
Raising the Bar: The Life and Work of Gerald D Hines [Audiobook] by Mark Seal, read by Jonathan Smallwood
2017 | MP3@32 kbps | 12 hrs 10 mins | 167.59MB

Gerald D. Hines stands at the top of the international real estate investment and development world. A Purdue graduate with a degree in engineering, Hines may have arrived in Houston in 1948 for a nine-to-five job at a heating and air conditioning company, but before long he was making the deals that would transform Houston's skyline. Later, with his revolutionary idea that great architecture was good business, he was reshaping the skylines of the world. Today, Hines is a respected global organization with a presence in 20 countries that has developed, redeveloped or acquired more than 1,100 properties.

Raising the Bar: The Life and Work of Gerald D. Hines tracks one man's incredible rise, from building small office/warehouses to manifesting Houston icons like The Galleria, One Shell Plaza, and Pennzoil Place to cultivating the national and then global expansion of his company. It paints a portrait of a man who himself is a study in contradictions: a child of the Depression and a citizen of the world; an engineer who still carries the slide rule that has guided his career yet commissions daring feats of art and architecture; a reserved and humble man in a field known for being brash and aggressive who takes on physical challenges with wild abandon. With enlivening anecdotes and revealing characterizations, Raising the Bar reveals the man behind the premier real estate company in the world like never before.

Wish Lanterns: Young Lives in New China [EPUB]

Wish Lanterns: Young Lives in New China [EPUB]
Wish Lanterns: Young Lives in New China by Alec Ash
2016 | EPUB | 1.71MB

This is the generation that will change China. The youth, over 320 million of them in their teens and twenties, more than the population of the USA. Born after Mao, with no memory of Tiananmen, they are destined to transform both their nation and the world.

These millennials, offspring of the one-child policy, face fierce competition to succeed. Pressure starts young, and their road isn't easy. Their stories are also like those of young people all over the world: moving out of home, starting a career, falling in love.

Wish Lanterns follows the lives of six young Chinese. Dahai is a military child and netizen; 'Fred' is a daughter of the Party. Lucifer is an aspiring superstar; Snail a country migrant addicted to online games. Xiaoxiao is a hipster from the freezing north; Mia a rebel from Xinjiang in the far west.

Alec Ash, a writer in Beijing of the same generation, has given us a vivid, gripping account of young China as it comes of age. Through individual stories, Wish Lanterns shows with empathy and insight the challenges and dreams that will define China's future global impact.

The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East [EPUB]

The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East [EPUB]
The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East by Christopher Phillips
2016 | EPUB | 0.6MB

An unprecedented analysis of the crucial but underexplored roles the United States and other nations have played in shaping Syria’s ongoing civil war

Most accounts of Syria’s brutal, long-lasting civil war focus on a domestic contest that began in 2011 and only later drew foreign nations into the escalating violence. Christopher Phillips argues instead that the international dimension was never secondary but that Syria’s war was, from the very start, profoundly influenced by regional factors, particularly the vacuum created by a perceived decline of U.S. power in the Middle East. This precipitated a new regional order in which six external protagonists—the United States, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar—have violently competed for influence, with Syria a key battleground.

Drawing on a plethora of original interviews, Phillips constructs a new narrative of Syria’s war. Without absolving the brutal Bashar al-Assad regime, the author untangles the key external factors which explain the acceleration and endurance of the conflict, including the West’s strategy against ISIS. He concludes with some insights on Syria and the region's future.

Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter, Second Edition [Audiobook]

Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter, Second Edition [Audiobook]
Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter, Second Edition [Audiobook] by Ilya Somin, read by Peter Lerman
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 7 mins | 306.41MB

One of the biggest problems with modern democracy is that most of the public is usually ignorant of politics and government. Many people understand that their votes are unlikely to change the outcome of an election and don't see the point in learning much about politics. This creates a nation of people with little political knowledge and little ability to objectively evaluate what they do know.

Ilya Somin mines the depths of public ignorance in America and reveals it as a major challenge for democracy. He weighs various potential solutions, provocatively arguing that political ignorance is best mitigated and its effects lessened by decentralizing and limiting government.

This second edition of fully updates its analysis and its implications for "voting with your feet", the connection between political ignorance and the disproportionate political influence of the wealthy, new proposals for increasing political knowledge, and up-to-date survey data on political ignorance from recent elections.

One World Now: The Ethics of Globalization [EPUB]

One World Now: The Ethics of Globalization [EPUB]
One World Now: The Ethics of Globalization by Peter Singer
2016 | EPUB | 0.4MB

One World Now seamlessly integrates major developments of the past decade into Peter Singer's classic text on the ethics of globalization, One World. Singer, often described as the world's most influential philosopher, here addresses such essential concerns as climate change, economic globalization, foreign aid, human rights, immigration, and the responsibility to protect people from genocide and crimes against humanity, whatever country they may be in. Every issue is considered from an ethical perspective.

This thoughtful and important study poses bold challenges to narrow nationalistic views and offers valuable alternatives to the state-centric approach that continues to dominate ethics and international theory. Singer argues powerfully that we cannot solve the world’s problems at a national level, and shows how we should build on developments that are already transcending national differences. This is an instructive and necessary work that confronts head-on both the perils and the potentials inherent in globalization.

Haunted: On Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies, and Other Monsters of the Natural and Supernatural Worlds [EPUB]

Haunted: On Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies, and Other Monsters of the Natural and Supernatural Worlds [EPUB]
Haunted: On Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies, and Other Monsters of the Natural and Supernatural Worlds by Leo Braudy
2016 | EPUB | 1.79MB

An award-winning scholar and author charts four hundred years of monsters and how they reflect the culture that created them

Leo Braudy, a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, has won accolades for revealing the complex and constantly shifting history behind seemingly unchanging ideas of fame, war, and masculinity.

Continuing his interest in the history of emotion, this book explores how fear has been shaped into images of monsters and monstrosity. From the Protestant Reformation to contemporary horror films and fiction, he explores four major types: the monster from nature (King Kong), the created monster (Frankenstein), the monster from within (Mr. Hyde), and the monster from the past (Dracula). Drawing upon deep historical and literary research, Braudy discusses the lasting presence of fearful imaginings in an age of scientific progress, viewing the detective genre as a rational riposte to the irrational world of the monstrous. Haunted is a compelling and incisive work by a writer at the height of his powers.

The Edge of Reason: A Rational Skeptic in an Irrational World [EPUB]

The Edge of Reason: A Rational Skeptic in an Irrational World [EPUB]
The Edge of Reason: A Rational Skeptic in an Irrational World by Julian Baggini
2016 | EPUB | 0.4MB

An urgent defense of reason, the essential method for resolving—or even discussing—divisive issues

Reason, long held as the highest human achievement, is under siege. According to Aristotle, the capacity for reason sets us apart from other animals, yet today it has ceased to be a universally admired faculty. Rationality and reason have become political, disputed concepts, subject to easy dismissal.

Julian Baggini argues eloquently that we must recover our reason and reassess its proper place, neither too highly exalted nor completely maligned. Rationality does not require a sterile, scientistic worldview, it simply involves the application of critical thinking wherever thinking is needed. Addressing such major areas of debate as religion, science, politics, psychology, and economics, the author calls for commitment to the notion of a “community of reason,” where disagreements are settled by debate and discussion, not brute force or political power. Baggini's insightful book celebrates the power of reason, our best hope—indeed our only hope—for dealing with the intractable quagmires of our time.