|Yale University Press's Freshman Reads presents outstanding and original interdisciplinary works that offer critical, stimulating reading for incoming freshmen or for other summer reading programs. The books listed here will encourage thoughtful discussion and reflection among students as they begin their academic lives.|
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Treasures of the Earth
Need, Greed, and a Sustainable Future
An internationally recognized expert and natural resource mediator seeks to reconcile the tensions between environmentalism and capitalism through a pragmatic approach to the consumption of natural resources that would lead to a new kind of environmentally driven material culture.2010 304 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300167825
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The Elements of Learning
This engaging and helpful book is both a thoughtful celebration of the learning process and a practical guide to becoming a better student. Written by the acclaimed authors of the Elements of Teaching, it discusses the qualities a student needs to get the most out of education and aspects of the environment—teachers, curriculum, and the transition from school to college—that contribute to a...2001 198 pp. - Paper ISBN: 9780300084528
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From Aristotle to Brain Science
From the acclaimed author of Lying, a brilliant exploration of happiness set in the context of the world’s great philosophers, leaders, writers, and artists.2011 224 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300178104
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Why Marx Was Right
In this combative, controversial book, Terry Eagleton takes issue with the prejudice that Marxism is dead and done with.2012 272 pp. - Paper ISBN: 9780300181531
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In this witty, accessible study, the prominent Marxist thinker Terry Eagleton launches a surprising defense of the reality of evil, drawing on literary, theological, and psychoanalytic sources to suggest that evil is a real phenomenon with palpable force in our contemporary world.2011 192 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300171259
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Nearly five centuries after Thomas More wrote Utopia, his book continues to address issues of powerful contemporary concern—religious pluralism, women’s rights, state-sponsored education, colonialism, and justified warfare. Clarence Miller’s new translation of this foundational text in philosophy and political theory reflects with unprecedented accuracy the sense and tone of More’s original...A Nota Bene book
2001 208 pp. - Paper ISBN: 9780300084290
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Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Second Edition
Correspondent Ahmed Rashid brings the shadowy world of the Taliban—the world’s most extreme and radical Islamic organization—into sharp focus in this enormously insightful book. New to this updated edition of the #1 New York Times Bestseller with more than 1.5 million copies sold worldwide: how the Taliban has regained its strength; how and why the Taliban has spread acros...2010 344 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300163681
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Nobility of Spirit
A Forgotten Ideal
In the pages of this slim, powerful book Rob Riemen argues with passion that “nobility of spirit” is the quintessence of a civilized world. It is, as Thomas Mann believed, the sole corrective for human history. Without nobility of spirit, culture vanishes. Yet in the early twenty-first century, a time when human dignity and freedom are imperiled, the concept of nobility of spirit is scarcely co...2009 160 pp. - PB-with Flaps ISBN: 9780300158533
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The Future of Reputation
Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet
This engrossing book explores the profound implications of personal information on the Internet, preserved forever even if it is false, biased, or humiliating. Brimming with examples of online gossip, slander, and rumor, the book discusses the tensions between privacy and free speech and proposes how to balance the two. What information about you is on the Internet?
2008 256 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300144222
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The Bridge at the Edge of the World
Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability
The author of Red Sky at Morning would be the first to agree that we are in deep environmental trouble, but he offers hope that there is still time to avert global catastrophe. Gus Speth explores a wide variety of promising and even radical ideas for transforming modern capitalism so as to protect and restore the natural world.
2009 320 pp. - Paper ISBN: 9780300151152
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This handsome, affordable paperback edition of Walden is the most authoritative version of Thoreau’s masterpiece to date. Cramer’s newly edited text is based on the original 1854 edition of Walden, with emendations taken from Thoreau’s draft manuscripts, his own markings on page proofs, and notes in his personal copy of the book. An elegantly produced paperbac...A Nota Bene book
2006 464 pp.
Paper ISBN: 9780300110081
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The Courage to Be
In this classic and deeply insightful book, one of the world’s most eminent philosophers describes the dilemma of modern man and points a way to the conquest of the problem of anxiety. This edition includes a new introduction by Peter J. Gomes that reflects on the impact of this book in the years since it was written.A Nota Bene book - The Terry Lectures Series
2000 238 pp. - Paper ISBN: 9780300084719
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An Ethical Compass
Coming of Age in the 21st Century
A landmark anthology of prizewinning essays by college students across the country that reflects Elie Wiesel’s conviction about the vital importance of teaching ethics.2010 400 pp.
PB-with Flaps ISBN: 9780300169157
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