Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? by Michael J. Sandel pdf free download

Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? by Michael J. Sandel pdf free download

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“For Michael Sandel, justice is not a spectator sport,” The Nation‘s reviewer of Justice remarked. In his acclaimed book―based on his legendary Harvard course―Sandel offers a rare education in thinking through the complicated issues and controversies we face in public life today. It has emerged as a most lucid and engaging guide for those who yearn for a more robust and thoughtful public discourse. “In terms we can all understand,” wrote Jonathan Rauch in The New York Times, Justice “confronts us with the concepts that lurk . . . beneath our conflicts.”

Affirmative action, same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide, abortion, national service, the moral limits of markets―Sandel relates the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of the day, and shows how a surer grasp of philosophy can help us make sense of politics, morality, and our own convictions as well.

Justice is lively, thought-provoking, and wise―an essential new addition to the small shelf of books that speak convincingly to the hard questions of our civic life.

Review

“[Sandel] The most famous teacher of philosophy in the world [has] shown that it is possible to take philosophy into the public square without insulting the public’s intelligence.” ―Michael Ignatieff, The New Republic

“Michael Sandel. . . is currently the most effective communicator of ideas in English.” ―The Guardian

“This book is absolutely indispensable for anyone who wants to be a good citizen. It shows how to balance competing values, a talent our nation desperately needs nowadays.” ―Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

“Sandel dazzles in this sweeping survey of hot topics . . . Erudite, conversational and deeply humane, this is truly transformative reading.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

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The LEGO Architect by Tom Alphin free download

The LEGO Architect by Tom Alphin free download

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Travel through the history of architecture in The LEGO Architect. You’ll learn about styles like Art Deco, Modernism, and High-Tech, and find inspiration in galleries of LEGO models. Then take your turn building 12 models in a variety of styles. Snap together some bricks and learn architecture the fun way!

First, a disclaimer: I am lucky enough to be in the index of this book. Tom did a builder profile of me for the book, and featured a couple pictures of my LEGO models.

That said, I LOVE this book! Tom did a great job of assembling together a wealth of information about 7 architectural styles of the modern era. It’s not so much as to be an overwhelming read – the whole book reads in about an hour or so. The picture quality is great, both for the LEGO models and the real architectural subjects.

At the end of every chapter is a set of instructions for building your own small-scale building of that architectural style. The instructions are done quite professionally, to the point that they are indistinguishable from official LEGO instructions. Each of these sample builds is done all in white to keep the focus on architectural shapes instead of coloration.

FANTASTIC FANTASTIC FANTASTIC book for Lego lovers. Bought this for my 11 year old son’s birthday, and it is a gem! It gives instructions on how to assemble many of the buildings it features. It was like getting multiple kits in a book. Now we can use some of the bins of Legos we have sitting around and assemble new buildings!! Great book! I recommend!

About the Author

Tom Alphin is a User Experience Program Manager at Microsoft and a passionate LEGO fan.

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The best American science and nature writing 2015 by Rebecca Skloot and Tim Folger pdf free download

The best American science and nature writing 2015 by Rebecca Skloot and Tim Folger pdf free download

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The Best American Series

The next edition in a series praised as “undeniably exquisite” (Maria Popova), The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015 includes work from both award-winning writers and up-and-coming voices in the field. From Brooke Jarvis on deep-ocean mining to Elizabeth Kolbert on New Zealand’s unconventional conservation strategies, this is a group that celebrates the growing diversity in science and nature writing alike. Altogether, the writers honored in this year’s volume challenge us to consider the strains facing our planet and its many species, while never losing sight of the wonders we’re working to preserve for generations to come.
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015 includes
Sheri Fink, Atul Gawande, Leslie Jamison, Sam Kean, Seth Mnookin, Matthew Power, Michael Specter
and others

REBECCA SKLOOT’s award-winning science writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere. Her book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, was an instant New York Times bestseller. It was named a best book of 2010 by more than sixty media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly and NPR, and by the National Academies of Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, among others. Skloot is currently writing a book about humans, animals, science, and ethics.

TIM FOLGER, series editor, is a contributing editor at Discover and writes about science for several magazines.

From the Back Cover

The Best American Series

The next edition in a series praised as “undeniably exquisite” (Maria Popova), The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015 includes work from both award-winning writers and up-and-coming voices in the field. From Brooke Jarvis on deep-ocean mining to Elizabeth Kolbert on New Zealand’s unconventional conservation strategies, this is a group that celebrates the growing diversity in science and nature writing alike. Altogether, the writers honored in this year’s volume challenge us to consider the strains facing our planet and its many species, while never losing sight of the wonders we’re working to preserve for generations to come.

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Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery pdf free download

Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery pdf free download

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In 2000 Harcourt proudly reissued Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s masterpiece, The Little Prince, in a sparkling new format. Newly translated by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Richard Howard, this timeless classic was embraced by critics and readers across the country for its purity and beauty of expression. And Saint-Exupéry’s beloved artwork was restored and remastered to present his work in its original and vibrant colors.

Now Harcourt is issuing uniform full-color foreign language editions. The restored artwork glows like never before. These affordable and beautiful editions are sure to delight an entire new generation of readers, students, children, and adults for whom Saint-Exupéry’s story will open the door to a new understanding of life.

Review

“While a pop-up edition of de Saint-Exupery’s enduring tale may initially seem like a gimmick, the resulting volume is a beautiful piece of bookmaking that actually extends the classic story … this unabridged volume offers a creative, accessible entree to the timeless story.”–Booklist
I was given this book to read for a high school French class, and I’m so glad I did. (If you’re by some fluke reading this, Coop, thanks so much for introducing me to “Le petit prince”!) It may be classified here as “children’s” literature, but it’s so much more. This is a beautiful, moving story of the little prince and his journeys through planets and on Earth. It contains some incredibly deep philosophy and will make you appreciate the simplicity and innocence of childhood… and make you want to regain that outlook on life. I know that I’m trying to see the world as a child again.
…Et si vous pouvez lire ce livre en français, c’est beaucoup plus beau. Le livre en anglais n’est pas mal, mais il n’y a pas l’élégance.
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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde pdf free download

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde pdf free download

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Here is Oscar Wilde’s most brilliant tour de force, a witty and buoyant comedy of manners that has delighted millions in countless productions since its first performance in London’s St. James’ Theatre on February 14, 1895.The Importance of Being Earnest is celebrated not only for the lighthearted ingenuity of its plot, but for its inspired dialogue, rich with scintillating epigrams still savored by all who enjoy artful conversation.
From the play’s effervescent beginnings in Algernon Moncrieff’s London flat to its hilarious denouement in the drawing room of Jack Worthing’s country manor in Hertfordshire, this comic masterpiece keeps audiences breathlessly anticipating a new bon mot or a fresh twist of plot moment to moment. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

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‘Oscar Wilde’s Victorian comedy of manners can still seem thrillingly contemporary – the sharp repartee and delicious skeweing of hypocrisy and pomposity can still make you laugh out loud.’ Siobhan Murphy, Metro (London), 10.7.09 ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ is the most perfect high comedy in the English language.’ Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph, 10.7.09 ‘a revelation of inter-personal social engineering that keeps things firmly in the family in a gloriously superficial piece of serious fun.’ Neil Cooper, Herald, 25.10.10 ‘A treasure trove of delicious aphorisms and quotable epigrams’ Robert Dawson Scott, The Times, 27.10.10 ‘Wilde’s 1895 masterpiece is a magnificent piece of theatre’ Joyce McMillan, Scotsman, 29.10.10 ‘a biting satire wrapped in a romantic comedy’ Mark Brown, Sunday Herald, 31.10.10 ‘Wilde’s tale of love, snobbery, misunderstandings and unlikely coincidences’ Mark Brown, Sunday Herald, 31.10.10 ‘Oscar Wilde’s most celebrated comedy’ Allan Radcliffe, List, 4.11.10 –This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker free download

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker free download

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A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.  When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

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“[The Art of Hearing Heartbeats] is a love story set in Burma…imbued with Eastern spirituality and fairy-tale romanticism…Fans of Nicholas Sparks and/or Elizabeth Gilbert should eat this up.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An epic narrative that requires…a large box of tissues.” —Publishers Weekly

 “Sweetly tragic.” —Library Journal

“No matter what I even attempt to say, I can’t possibly capture the absolute magic of this book. Like a spell, it haunts. Like love, it’s going to endure.” —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

“A story at once both poignant and joyous, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats reaffirms how love can transform the harshest of realities into a mystical one. Sendker takes us from contemporary, upscale New York to impoverished Burma, weaving a complex tale that is part romance, part father-daughter story. Reading this book was like reading poetry, with full attention required for each sentence. A thoroughly immersive and enjoyable read.” —Margaret Dilloway, author of How to Be an American Housewife.

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How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing by Paul J. Silvia pdf free download

How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing by Paul J. Silvia pdf free download

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All students and professors need to write, and many struggle to finish their stalled dissertations, journal articles, book chapters, or grant proposals. Writing is hard work and can be difficult to wedge into a frenetic academic schedule. In this practical, light-hearted, and encouraging book, Paul Silvia explains that writing productively does not require innate skills or special traits but specific tactics and actions. Drawing examples from his own field of psychology, he shows readers how to overcome motivational roadblocks and become prolific without sacrificing evenings, weekends, and vacations. After describing strategies for writing productively, the author gives detailed advice from the trenches on how to write, submit, revise, and resubmit articles, how to improve writing quality, and how to write and publish academic work.

From the Publisher

A contemporary admonition tells us, “If you talk the talk, you have to be able to walk the walk.” Paul Silvia does both; he writes effectively about how to write effectively. Without being either a scold or a Pollyanna, he identifies ways in which each of us can achieve our goals of being more proficient authors.
–Lawrence S. Wrightsman, Professor of Psychology, University of Kansas, Lawrence; author of The Psychology of the Supreme Court and coauthor of Forensic Psychology (2nd ed.) with Sol Fulero.

A common complaint among faculty and graduate students alike is that writing often takes a backseat to other professional and personal commitments. For those who have trouble writing enough, Paul Silvia explains how to write more. For those who already write plenty, he shows how to do so more efficiently and with lower cost to one’s other obligations. Every researcher will benefit from the gems of advice in this book.
–Mark R. Leary, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

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The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition by Thomas S. Kuhn, Ian Hacking free download

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition by Thomas S. Kuhn, Ian Hacking free download

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A good book may have the power to change the way we see the world, but a great book actually becomes part of our daily consciousness, pervading our thinking to the point that we take it for granted, and we forget how provocative and challenging its ideas once were—and still are. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is that kind of book. When it was first published in 1962, it was a landmark event in the history and philosophy of science. Fifty years later, it still has many lessons to teach.

With The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Kuhn challenged long-standing linear notions of scientific progress, arguing that transformative ideas don’t arise from the day-to-day, gradual process of experimentation and data accumulation but that the revolutions in science, those breakthrough moments that disrupt accepted thinking and offer unanticipated ideas, occur outside of “normal science,” as he called it. Though Kuhn was writing when physics ruled the sciences, his ideas on how scientific revolutions bring order to the anomalies that amass over time in research experiments are still instructive in our biotech age.

This new edition of Kuhn’s essential work in the history of science includes an insightful introduction by Ian Hacking, which clarifies terms popularized by Kuhn, including paradigm and incommensurability, and applies Kuhn’s ideas to the science of today. Usefully keyed to the separate sections of the book, Hacking’s introduction provides important background information as well as a contemporary context.  Newly designed, with an expanded index, this edition will be eagerly welcomed by the next generation of readers seeking to understand the history of our perspectives on science.

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Antigone by Sophocles pdf free download

Antigone by Sophocles pdf free download

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The curse placed on Oedipus lingers and haunts a younger generation in this new and brilliant translation of Sophocles’ classic drama. The daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, Antigone is an unconventional heroine who pits her beliefs against the King of Thebes in a bloody test of wills that leaves few unharmed. Emotions fly as she challenges the king for the right to bury her own brother. Determined but doomed, Antigone shows her inner strength throughout the play.

Antigone raises issues of law and morality that are just as relevant today as they were more than two thousand years ago. Whether this is your first reading or your twentieth, Antigone will move you as few pieces of literature can.

To make this quintessential Greek drama more accessible to the modern reader, the Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Classics edition of Antigone includes a glossary of difficult terms, a list of vocabulary words, and convenient sidebar notes.

I downloaded this book for my 10th grade English students to read. The language is understandable, but offers some challenging words to use for vocabulary purposes. The sidebar information is informative and helpful. The introductory information about the play itself, Greek mythology and Greek tragedy gives the students good background information. The book explains what a “classic” is and why classics are important. Finally, it gives the students what themes and conflicts to look for.

This edition of the second in the Oedipus trilogy is a MUST for all high school English teachers working with the new 9th grade core curriculum. It has masterful notes and a summary of Sophocles’ first play in the trilogy for reluctant students unfamiliar with Oedipus’ story. Teachers, you will be thrilled working with this edition. I can also recommend it for anyone who wants to becone familiar with this classic on one’s own.

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A Pocket Style Manual by Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers pdf free download

A Pocket Style Manual by Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers pdf free download

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Your students need clear, complete answers to their questions about research, writing, and grammar—and they often need them at a moment’s notice. As their teacher, you are their greatest resource, but you can’t be available 24/7. For help with work in class and at home and especially for questions at odd hours, students can turn to A Pocket Style Manual.The thoughtfully revised seventh edition makes it even easier for students to effectively and independently address their writing and research challenges. With 325 documentation models in four styles and coverage of drafting thesis statements, writing correctly and effectively, finding and evaluating sources, and writing research papers, A Pocket Style Manual supports writers across the disciplines.

About the Author

Diana Hacker personally class-tested her handbooks with nearly four thousand students over thirty-five years at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland, where she was a member of the English faculty. Hacker handbooks, built on innovation and on a keen understanding of the challenges facing student writers, are the most widely adopted in America. Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin’s, include The Bedford Handbook, Ninth Edition (2014); A Writer’s Reference, Eighth Edition (2015); Rules for Writers, Seventh Edition (2012); and A Pocket Style Manual, Seventh Edition (2015).
Nancy Sommers, who has taught composition and directed composition programs for thirty years, now teaches writing and mentors new writing teachers at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.  She led Harvard’s Expository Writing Program for twenty years, directing the first-year writing program and establishing Harvard’s WAC program. A two-time Braddock Award winner, Sommers is well known for her research and publications on student writing. Her articles “Revision Strategies of Student and Experienced Writers” and “Responding to Student Writing” are two of the most widely read and anthologized articles in the field of composition.  Her recent work involves a longitudinal study of college writing to understand the role writing plays in undergraduate education. Sommers is the lead author on Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin’s, and is coauthor of Fields of Reading, Ninth Edition (2010).

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