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Curiosity
Alberto Manguel

Curiosity has been seen through the ages as the impulse that drives our knowledge forward and the temptation that leads us toward dangerous and forbidden waters. The question “Why?” has appeared under a multiplicity of guises and in vastly different contexts throughout the chapters of human history. Why does evil exist? What is beauty? How does language inform us? What defines our identity? What is our responsibility to the world? In Alberto Manguel’s most personal book to date, the author tracks his own life of curiosity through the reading that has mapped his way.
 
Manguel chooses as his guides a selection of writers who sparked his imagination. He dedicates each chapter to a single thinker, scie...


2015   392 pp.  51 b/w illus.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300184785  $30.00

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The Invention of News
How the World Came to Know About Itself
 



The Allure of the Archives
 



Silence Was Salvation
Child Survivors of Stalin’s Terror and World War II in the Soviet Union
 



Roads Taken
The Great Jewish Migrations to the New World and the Peddlers Who Forged the Way
 



Stalin and the Lubianka
A Documentary History of the Political Police and Security Organs in the Soviet Union, 1922–1953
 



The Crusader States
 



Speed Limits
Where Time Went and Why We Have So Little Left
 



Global Crisis
War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century
 



Stalin's World
Dictating the Soviet Order
 



Italian Venice
A History
 



A Little History of Literature
 



Siberia
A History of the People
 



Gulag Town, Company Town
Forced Labor and Its Legacy in Vorkuta
 



Hitler's Philosophers
 



A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
 



Robert the Bruce
King of the Scots
 



The Bigot
Why Prejudice Persists
 



Genocide on the Drina River
 



The Bronze Horseman
Falconet's Monument to Peter the Great
 



The Five "Confucian" Classics
 

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