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book image On the Abolition of All Political Parties
Abolition of All Political Parties
Simone Weil
Weil
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In this famous essay, now widely available for the first time in English translation, Weil challenges the foundation of the modern liberal political order and proposes that politics can only begin where the party spirit comes to an end. The volume also includes a portrait of Weil by the Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz and an essay about Weil’s friendship with Albert Camus by Simon Leys.
Contributors: Simon Leys , Czeslaw Milosz

book image Augustus
Augustus
John Williams
Williams
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Williams's biographical treatment of the founder of the Roman Empire won him the National Book Award and reveals him to be as transformative a writer of historical novels as he is of westerns (in Butcher's Crossing) and the campus drama (in Stoner).
Contributors: Daniel Mendelsohn

book image The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914
Burning of the World
Béla Zombory-Moldován
Zombory-Moldován
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Recently discovered among private papers and published here for the first time in any language, this extraordinary reminiscence by a young artist, drafted into the bloody combat of the First World War, is a deeply moving addition to the literature of the terrible conflict that defined the shape of the twentieth century.
Contributors: Peter Zombory-Moldovan

book image Fighting for Life
Fighting for Life
S. Josephine Baker
Baker
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In 1918, Dr. S. Josephine Baker made the shocking assertion that front-line soldiers enjoyed better survival rates than infants born in NYC. And then she did something about it, developing hygiene programs that turned the city into one of the safest places to be born and in the process creating the discipline of preventive medicine. Here she recounts her many crusades, including her successful identification of Typhoid Mary and work as a suffragist.
Contributors: Helen Epstein

book image Frederick the Great
Frederick the Great
Nancy Mitford
Mitford
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While writing Voltaire in Love, Nancy Mitford found herself drawn to the wit and humanity of his often misunderstood patron and friend, Frederick of Prussia. The result was her only biography of a non-French subject, and the one she considered her finest. “Vivid, detailed, and highly personal.”—Kate Williams
Contributors: Liesl Schillinger

book image The New York Review Abroad: Fifty Years of International Reportage
New York Review Abroad
Robert B. Silvers
Silvers
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Fifty years of the best international reportage published in The New York Review of Books. Includes entries from Susan Sontag, Alma Guillermoprieto, Mark Danner, Ryszard Kapuscinski, and others. Each essay includes a prologue by Ian Buruma that provides context and brings the story into the present day.
Contributors: Ian Buruma

book image The Crisis of the European Mind: 1680–1715
Crisis of the European Mind
Paul Hazard
Hazard
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In this landmark of intellectual history, Paul Hazard looks at the period leading up the Enlightenment, years which saw the erosion of the classical values of respect for tradition, stability, and proportion, as well as a growing awareness of non-European cultures. Hazard captures the excitement of a revolution, the impact of which continues to be felt in our own time.
Contributors: Anthony Grafton , J. Lewis May

book image Voltaire in Love
Voltaire in Love
Nancy Mitford
Mitford
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The inimitable Nancy Mitford’s account of Voltaire’s 16-year affair with Émilie du Châtelet—a renowned mathematician and scientist—is a spirited romp in the company of two extraordinary individuals as well as an erudite and gossipy guide to the French Enlightenment. “Voltaire in Love caps [Mitford's] career as the nonpareil popular biographer of that era.”—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
Contributors: Adam Gopnik

book image The Stammering Century
Stammering Century
Gilbert Seldes
Seldes
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19th-century America bred fads, cults, and new religions as perhaps no other time or place ever has. Writing without judgement, but with plenty of verve, Seldes profiles the charismatic and often off-kilter leaders of these movements and sketches their hidden histories.
Contributors: Greil Marcus

book image When The World Spoke French
When The World Spoke French
Marc Fumaroli
Fumaroli
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If you were a writer, thinker, or lover of la douceur de vivre (the sweetness of life) during the 17th century, you conversed and corresponded in French. Eminent scholar Fumaroli has here assembled an unparalleled collection of the most fascinating figures from the period and brought together their rarely seen writings originally penned in French. Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Howard translates.
Contributors: Richard Howard

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