New & Notable

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, scientist, artist,...

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

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Italian Venice
A History

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

Before Religion
A History of a Modern Concept

The Gardens of the British Working Class

The Power of Knowledge
How Information and Technology Made the Modern World

Voyaging in Strange Seas
The Great Revolution in Science

Waterloo and the Fortunes of Peace 1814–1852

The Tree That Has Nourished, Healed, and Inspired Through the Ages

Prisoners, Lovers, and Spies
The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda

From Myth to Reality

The Ten Commandments
A Short History of an Ancient Text

The Path to Victory 1769-1814

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

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