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Dark Commerce: How a New Illicit Economy Is Threatening Our Future

Dark Commerce
How a New Illicit Economy Is Threatening Our Future

Louise I. Shelley

Read by Kate Harper

 

Audiobook | 2018 | ISBN: 9780691193052

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A comprehensive look at the world of illicit trade

Though mankind has traded tangible goods for millennia, recent technology has changed the fundamentals of trade, in both legitimate and illegal economies. In the past three decades, the most advanced forms of illicit trade have broken with all historical precedents and, as Dark Commerce shows, now operate as if on steroids, tied to computers and social media. In this new world of illicit commerce, which benefits states and diverse participants, trade is impersonal and anonymized, and vast profits are made in short periods with limited accountability to sellers, intermediaries, and purchasers. Learn More


Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology

Gods and Robots
Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology

Adrienne Mayor

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Audiobook | 2018 | ISBN: 9780691193021

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The fascinating untold story of how the ancients imagined robots and other forms of artificial life—and even invented real automated machines

More than 2,500 years ago, long before medieval automata, and centuries before technology made self-moving devices possible, Greek mythology was exploring ideas about creating artificial life—and grappling with still-unresolved ethical concerns about biotechne, “life through craft.” In this compelling, richly illustrated book, Adrienne Mayor tells the fascinating story of how ancient Greek, Roman, Indian, and Chinese myths envisioned artificial life, automata, self-moving devices, and human enhancements—and how these visions relate to and reflect the ancient invention of real animated machines. Learn More


Ibn Khaldun: An Intellectual Biography

Ibn Khaldun
An Intellectual Biography

Robert Irwin

Read by John Telfer

 

Audiobook | 2018 | ISBN: 9780691193038

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The definitive account of the life and thought of the medieval Arab genius who wrote the Muqaddima

Ibn Khaldun (1332–1406) is generally regarded as the greatest intellectual ever to have appeared in the Arab world--a genius who ranks as one of the world's great minds. Yet the author of the Muqaddima, the most important study of history ever produced in the Islamic world, is not as well known as he should be, and his ideas are widely misunderstood. In this groundbreaking intellectual biography, Robert Irwin provides an engaging and authoritative account of Ibn Khaldun's extraordinary life, times, writings, and ideas. Learn More


Iran Rising: The Survival and Future of the Islamic Republic

Iran Rising
The Survival and Future of the Islamic Republic

Amin Saikal

Read by Alex Jennings

 

Audiobook | 2018 | ISBN: 9780691193069

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On the fortieth anniversary of the 1978–79 Iranian revolution, a definitive political picture of the Islamic Republic

When Iranians overthrew their monarchy, rejecting a pro-Western shah in favor of an Islamic regime, many observers predicted that revolutionary turmoil would paralyze the country for decades to come. Yet forty years after the 1978–79 revolution, Iran has emerged as a critical player in the Middle East and the wider world, as demonstrated in part by the 2015 international nuclear agreement. In Iran Risingi>, renowned Iran specialist Amin Saikal describes how the country has managed to survive despite ongoing domestic struggles, Western sanctions, and countless other serious challenges. Learn More


Making Up Your Own Mind: Thinking Effectively through Creative Puzzle-Solving

Making Up Your Own Mind
Thinking Effectively through Creative Puzzle-Solving

Edward B. Burger

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Audiobook | 2018 | ISBN: 9780691193014

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How you can become better at solving real-world problems by learning creative puzzle-solving skills

We solve countless problems—big and small—every day. With so much practice, why do we often have trouble making simple decisions—much less arriving at optimal solutions to important questions? Are we doomed to this muddle—or is there a practical way to learn to think more effectively and creatively? In this enlightening, entertaining, and inspiring book, Edward Burger shows how we can become far better at solving real-world problems by learning creative puzzle-solving skills using simple, effective thinking techniques.Learn More


On the Future: Prospects for Humanity

On the Future
Prospects for Humanity

Martin Rees

Read by  Samuel West and Introduced by the Author

 

Audiobook | 2018 | ISBN: 9780691192994

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A provocative and inspiring look at the future of humanity and science from world-renowned scientist and bestselling author Martin Rees

Humanity has reached a critical moment. Our world is unsettled and rapidly changing, and we face existential risks over the next century. Various outcomes—good and bad—are possible. Yet our approach to the future is characterized by short-term thinking, polarizing debates, alarmist rhetoric, and pessimism. In this short, exhilarating book, renowned scientist and bestselling author Martin Rees argues that humanity’s prospects depend on our taking a very different approach to planning for tomorrow.Learn More


Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents for the Holidays

Scroogenomics
Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents for the Holidays

Joel Waldfogel

 

 

Audiobook | 2009 | ISBN: 9781400830749

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Christmas is a time of seasonal cheer, family get-togethers, holiday parties, and-gift giving. Lots and lots--and lots--of gift giving. It's hard to imagine any Christmas without this time-honored custom. But let's stop to consider the gifts we receive--the rooster sweater from Grandma or the singing fish from Uncle Mike. How many of us get gifts we like? How many of us give gifts not knowing what recipients want? Did your cousin really look excited about that jumping alarm clock? Lively and informed, Scroogenomicsi> illustrates how our consumer spending generates vast amounts of economic waste--to the shocking tune of eighty-five billion dollars each winter. Economist Joel Waldfogel provides solid explanations to show us why it's time to stop the madness and think twice before buying gifts for the holidays.Learn More


Unfabling the East: The Enlightenment's Encounter with Asia

Unfabling the East
The Enlightenment's Encounter with Asia

Jürgen Osterhammel
Translated by Robert Savage

Read by Ric Jerrom

 

Audiobook | 2018 | ISBN: 9780691193045

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How Enlightenment Europe rediscovered its identity by measuring itself against the great civilizations of Asia

During the long eighteenth century, Europe's travelers, scholars, and intellectuals looked to Asia in a spirit of puzzlement, irony, and openness. In this panoramic and colorful book, Jürgen Osterhammel tells the story of the European Enlightenment's nuanced encounter with the great civilizations of the East, from the Ottoman Empire and India to China and Japan.Learn More


Workers' Tales: Socialist Fairy Tales, Fables, and Allegories from Great Britain

Workers' Tales
Socialist Fairy Tales, Fables, and Allegories from Great Britain

Edited by Michael Rosen

 

 

Audiobook | 2018 | ISBN: 9780691193007

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A collection of political tales—first published in British workers’ magazines—selected and introduced by acclaimed critic and author Michael Rosen

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, unique tales inspired by traditional literary forms appeared frequently in socialist-leaning British periodicals, such as the Clarion, Labour Leader, and Social Democrat. Based on familiar genres—the fairy tale, fable, allegory, parable, and moral tale—and penned by a range of lesser-known and celebrated authors, including Schalom Asch, Charles Allen Clarke, Frederick James Gould, and William Morris, these stories were meant to entertain readers of all ages—and some challenged the conventional values promoted in children’s literature for the middle class. In Workers’ Tales, acclaimed critic and author Michael Rosen brings together more than forty of the best and most enduring examples of these stories in one beautiful volume.. Learn More