The Swerve: How the World Became Modern - Stephen J. Greenblatt

The world into which Lucretius’s On the Nature of Things was reborn in 1417 felt threatened by the ideas expressed there. But The Swerve (W.W. Norton, $26.95) history took in this event, from a God-centered to a material conception of the universe, influenced subsequent thinkers and changed the course of Western culture. In his riveting and suspenseful story of those ideas and their rediscovery, the eminent scholar Stephen Greenblatt, author of the popular Will in the World, recounts how Poggio Bracciolini, a canny and ruthless papal apparatchik, but also an intrepid book hunter with exquisite handwriting, found the only surviving copy of this classical masterpiece secreted in a remote German monastery. Greenblatt, himself heir to the humanistic turn effected by the surfacing of On the Nature of Things, has made narrative central to our understanding of literature and culture and unfailingly finds anecdotes that catch the reflected light of an entire cosmos.

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 26th, 2011

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 4th, 2012

The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World - Daniel Yergin

In the past twenty years, since he won the Pulitzer for The Prize, his encyclopedic history of the discovery of oil and the ensuing battles for control over the world’s supply, Daniel Yergin, our neighbor, has become the global media’s go-to expert on all matters about oil, energy, and geopolitics. The media loves him not only because he is so smart, but because he has the rare ability to communicate his knowledge clearly. The exploding growth in energy demand and the growing awareness of the ominous effects of energy use on Earth’s climate are the two major global issues that require national leaders to come to consensus, and Yergin clearly lays out what and where the options are. The New York Times book critic Dwight Garner says Yergin’s new The Quest (Penguin Press, $37.95) should be required reading for “C.E.O.s, conservationists, lawmakers, generals, spies, tech geeks, and thriller writers,” and that means a lot of people in Washington.

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ISBN: 9780143121947
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Published: Penguin Books - September 26th, 2012

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created - Charles C. Mann

From Charles C. Mann, the author of 1491, the best-selling study of the pre-Colombian Americas, comes this fascinating account of the ongoing biological cataclysm known as the Colombian Exchange. Most histories look either only at the “Big Picture” or get bogged down in the details. 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (Knopf, $30.50), does both, and in the best possible way.  Here are the stories of the grand sweep of History, from the Slave Trade to the Potato Famine, but also of the personal struggles of the individuals caught up in the flow, people who had agency, but not always understanding of the forces, large and small, that influenced their lives. 

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ISBN: 9780307265722
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Published: Knopf - August 9th, 2011

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ISBN: 9780307278241
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Published: Vintage - July 24th, 2012

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