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This page comprises a list of books by and about many different important people in history. Many of the books were carried by the “CCI Bookshelf.” The alcove in the lexture room where Galambos kept the books which were for sale to students.

A few of the books listed here were not carried by the CCI Bookshelf when I handled the business for Galambos. Such as Temperatures (Very Low & Very High), by Zemansky. But Galamobos often spoke very favorably of the work of Zemansky. And there were no books by or about Hoiles. Although he was another person whom Galambos often mentioned and who he respected. The two items here about Hoiles are a sad commentary on what often happens to the next genertion of a person of major importance. Something that Galambos often discussed.


  1. Mainspring of Human Progress - Henry Grady Weaver Galambos Favorite
  2. The Library of Alexandria - MacLead (Editor)
  3. Sears and Zemansky's University Physics - Young and Friedman
  4. Temperatures (Very Low & Very High) - Mark W Zemansky
  5. University Physics - Zemansky, Sears and Young
  6. The Discoverers - Daniel J Boorstin
  7. Economics in One Lesson - Henry Hazlitt
  8. Discovery of Freedom - Rose Wilder Lane
  9. Register Heir Hoiles in New Battle-With His Lawyer - Rick Reiff
  10. Fractious Family Seks to Liquidate Libertarian Freedom - The Cole Group
  11. The Life of Emile Zola - Paul Muni
  12. I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang VHS Tape - Paul Muni
  13. Actor, the life and times of Paul Muni - Jerome Laerence
  14. The Dreyfus Affair - Zola and Pages
  15. Flatland - Edwin Abbott Galambos Favorite
  16. My Life A Record Of Events And Opinions - Alfred Russell Wallace
  17. Albert Ballin - Bernhard Hulderman
  18. Sad-Face Clown: Emmett Kelly - J. L. Wilkerson
  19. The God of the Machine - Isabel Paterson
  20. Louis Pasteur: Founder of Modern Medicine - Tiner, Tiner, and Denman
  21. Germ Theory and Its Applications to Medicine & on the Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery - Lister and Pasteur
  22. Ponzi's Scheme : The True Story of a Financial Legend - Zuskow
  23. American Infidel: Robert G. Ingersoll - Larson
  24. Collected Works of Lysander Spooner - Lysander Spooner
  25. The Lysander Spooner Reader - Spooner & Smith
  26. Akhenaten and the Religion of Light - Hornung & Lorton
  27. A God Against the Gods - Drury
  28. The Immortal Count - Lennig
  29. Bela Lugosi - Gary & Susan Svehla
  30. World Almanac Book of Inventions - Valérie-Anne Giscard d'Estaing
  31. Inventions and Discoveries 1993 - Valérie-Anne Giscard d'Estaing
  32. The second world almanac book of inventions - Valérie–Anne Giscard d'Estaing
  33. The Book of Inventions and Discoveries - Valérie-Anne Giscard d'Estaing
  34. Galileo - DVD Video
  35. Biography - Leonardo Da Vinci - DVD Video
  36. Leonardo: A Dream of Flight - VHS Tape
  37. Marie Curie: More Than Meets the Eye - VHS Tape
  38. The Lord of Uraniborg - Victor E. Thoren
  39. On Tycho's Island : Tycho Brahe - John Robert Chistianson
  40. The Valor of Ignorance - Homer Lea
  41. Heroes of civilization - Bolder Landry
  42. The Library of Alexandria - Roy MacLeod (Editor)
  43. A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom (Two Volume Set) [Paperback] – Andrew Dixon White
  44. Miracle at Kitty Hawk: The Letter of Wilbur & Orville Wright [Paperback] - Fred C. Kelly
  45. The Wright Brothers Aviators Bookshelf [Paperback] (1983) - Fred C.Kelly
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Mainspring of Human Progress   A Galambos favorite
Henry Grady Weaver
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University Physics (Addison-Wesley Series in Physics) (Hardcover)
by Mark W. Zemansky, Francis W. Sears, Hugh D. Young

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The Discoverers
by Daniel J. Boorstin
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Perhaps the greatest book by one of our greatest historians, The Discoverers is a volume of sweeping range and majestic interpretation. To call it a history of science is an understatement; this is the story of how humankind has come to know the world, however incompletely ("the eternal mystery of the world," Einstein once said, "is its comprehensibility"). Daniel J. Boorstin first describes the liberating concept of time--"the first grand discovery"--and continues through the age of exploration and the advent of the natural and social sciences. The approach is idiosyncratic, with Boorstin lingering over particular figures and accomplishments rather than rushing on to the next set of names and dates. It's also primarily Western, although Boorstin does ask (and answer) several interesting questions: Why didn't the Chinese "discover" Europe and America? Why didn't the Arabs circumnavigate the planet? His thesis about discovery ultimately turns on what he calls "illusions of knowledge." If we think we know something, then we face an obstacle to innovation. The great discoverers, Boorstin shows, dispel the illusions and reveal something new about the world.

Although The Discoverers easily stands on its own, it is technically the first entry in a trilogy that also includes The Creators and The Seekers. An outstanding book--one of the best works of history to be found anywhere.
--John J. Miller
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly
In Boorstin's 1983 bestseller The Discoverers , the achievements of Galileo, Columbus, Darwin, Gutenberg and Freud emerged as upwellings of creativity and courage, ingenious acts of revolt against ingrained habit. This richly illustrated two-volume edition reveals the world as known to the discovers themselves. We see the tools of discovery--Egyptian obelisks, early clocks, Leeuwenhoek's microscope, Mercator's maps, botanical drawings from James Cook's voyages--and glimpse the social, cultural and political background, made concrete in 550 pictures including paintings, sculpture, engravings and architecture. A photograph of 15th-century cast bronze type from Korea underscores an Eastern invention that could have changed the course of printing, perhaps of science and culture. In a feast for the mind and eye, itself a delightful adventure in discovery, Boorstin, librarian of Congress emeritus, profiles--and places in context--scores of innovators who broke with dogma and tradition.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Economics in One Lesson
by Henry Hazlitt
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Here is a case in which the spoken-word leads to better memory retention than the written version did—for this reviewer, anyway. Hazlitt was a remarkably lucid writer, and this short book is justly regarded as a classic introduction to the dismal science of economics. But it comes across even better in Jeff Riggenbach's interpretation. Riggenbach has a knack for making routine discursive sentences come alive. It's not that he's effusive or histrionic, but that his presentation suits the material; he could be a college professor lecturing, the kind of lecturer who really can teach. He sounds reasonable, engaging and thoroughly likeable. D.W. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright � AudioFile, Portland, Maine--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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A simple, straightforward analysis of economic fallacies that are so prevalent they have almost become a new orthodoxy.

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Discovery of Freedom
by Rose Wilder Lane
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Ed Crane, president, Cato Institute
[This is] a work that is so powerful it may well have launched the modern freedom movement. Originally published in 1943, Discovery had the impact of a lightening bolt, setting intellectual fires that burn brighter than ever among the modern intellectuals who are leading the growing assault on government control of our lives.

This is a book of timeless importance. It must be read by anyone who is seriously interested in the heritage of liberty--not just in America, but the world over. And reading it is a joy. Lane, who is said to have written the book 'at white heat,' was at once a brilliant thinker and a gifted storyteller.

This book is a withering attack on statism, nationalism, and what Nobel Laureate F. A. Hayek calls the 'fatal conceit' of national economic planning. It is an intellectual tour de force that stood up to the collectivist paradigm of its time and pointed the way to rediscovering the principles of the American Revolution--a true revolution unlike those of the Old World that 'are revolutions only in the sense that a wheel's turning is a revolution.' Her exciting description of the revolutionary period (you can tell she wishes she'd been there to lend a hand to Paine, Mason, Jefferson and the gang) is the best of a brilliant book.

Rose Wilder Lane was a truly remarkable woman. Like Jefferson, she attacked life, living it to the fullest, as adventurer, journalist, world traveller, iconoclast, and just prior to her death, war corespondent in Vietnam. Not surprisingly, the clear-eyed determination and supercharged energy she brings to attacking the enemies of liberty in Discovery is unique among prominent proliberty writers.

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Register Heir Hoiles in New Battle-With His Lawyer : An article from: Orange County Business Journal [HTML]
by Rick Reiff
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Fractious Family Seeks to Liquidate Libertarian Freedon, California's Orange Country Register, 38 other papers, up for grabs.(Hoiles family places Freedom ... Inc. up for sale) : An article from: NewsInc [HTML]

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Citation Details Title: Fractious Family Seeks to Liquidate Libertarian Freedon California's Orange Country Register, 38 other papers, up for grabs.(Hoiles family places Freedom Communications Inc. up for sale) Publication: NewsInc (Magazine/Journal) Date: March 10, 2003 Publisher: The Cole Group Volume: 15 Issue: 7

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Fractious families are the mother's milk of the media business -- without them, most media conglomerates would not have grown.

And so it was last week that the latest in a long and illustrious line of fractious families -- the Hoiles of California's Orange County -- voted to put a "for sale" sign on Freedom Communications Inc., a multimedia company that owns 28 daily newspapers, 37 weeklies and eight TV stations

The Life of Emile Zola (Special Edition) (1937)
Starring: Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard Director: William Dieterle
Rating: ∗∗∗∗

Genres: Biography, Drama
Plot Outline: The biopic of the famous French muckracking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair.
Plot Synopsis: A serious biopic of the life of Emile Zola. Starting in Paris in 1862 it deals, among other events, with the Dreyfus Affair and anti-semitism in France.

Still as potently relevant today as it was in 1937, The Life of Emile Zola is a marvelously entertaining slab of Hollywood social issue-mongering. The life of the French writer is broadly sketched in the early going, but the film settles into its groove with the Dreyfus affair: the scandalous railroading of a military captain for treason, which shook France to its foundation in the 1890s. The elderly Zola's gradual involvement in the case, climaxing with his electrifying "J'accuse!" essay and subsequent trial for libel, is the heart and soul of the picture.

Warner Bros.' version of this story, directed by William Dieterle, carries over the passion (and hokum) of the previous year's Story of Louis Pasteur. It also retains that film's leading man, Paul Muni, who turns in an elaborately theatrical performance. The result was a box-office smash and three Oscars, for best picture, script, and supporting actor (Joseph Schildkraut, who plays Dreyfus). While the film occasionally creaks with Hollywood artifice, the clarion call of truth and outrage come through surprisingly strongly--indeed the film looks prescient as a warning about governments closing ranks to cover up mistakes. Mostly sidestepped is the anti-Semitic vitriol of the campaign against Dreyfus (his Jewishness is referenced only in a written report glimpsed for a moment). This is an old-fashioned barnburner that encourages the viewer to fan the flames.
--Robert Horton

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The Life of Emile Zola episodically explores the career of the novelist who championed the cause of France's oppressed. Zola (Paul Muni) is a hugely successful French author who risks all his success and comfort to come to the defense of the unjustly jailed Capt. Dreyfus (Oscar winner Joseph Schildkraut). Winner of three Oscars overall-and of immense critical and popular success-this distinguished film is a must-see portrait of a life that's "a moment of the conscience of man." Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. Year: 1937 Director: William Dieterle, Irving Rapper Starring: Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut, Gloria Holden, Donald Crisp, Erin O'Brien-Moore, Henry O'Neil, Morris Carnovsky, Louis Calhern.

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The Dreyfus Affair
by Emile Zola, Alain Pages (Editor), Eleanor Levieux (Translator)
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Written in defense of the court-martialed French soldier Alfred Dreyfus, Zola's essay "J'accuse!" is one of the most famous pieces of rhetorical journalism ever published. This volume collects, for the first time in English, all of Zola's writings on the Dreyfus Affair. Zola's many essays and open letters balance a seething fury at injustice with unrelenting, fiercely logical assaults on Dreyfus's accusers. Balancing these polemics are Zola's poignant, sadly domestic letters home during the year he spent exiled in England after his 1898 libel conviction. Levieux's readable translation lets Zola's forceful, somewhat bombastic tone shine through. The volume is not really a history of the affair, and the notes by Pages (editor of the French edition of Zola's letters) are sparse. (A more comprehensive treatment is available in Jean-Denis Bredin's The Affair, Braziller, 1986.) Instead, the Yale volume is documentation of one man's extraordinary public efforts to clear another's name. Recommended for academic collections.?Robert Persing, Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib., Philadelphia
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Book Description When French authorities accused Jewish Army captain Alfred Dreyfus of espionage in 1894, the resulting anti-Semitic controversy bitterly divided France and its intellectual world. This book is the first complete edition in English of the pivotal contribution of French novelist Emile Zola to the Dreyfus affair. His impassioned writings represent a classic defense of human rights and a searing denunciation of fanaticism and prejudice, as significant today as when they were written.

The Life of Emile Zola (Special Edition) (1937)
Starring: Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard Director: William Dieterle

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My Life A Record Of Events And Opinions (Paperback)
by Alfred Russell Wallace

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1908. The autobiography of Wallace, an English naturalist, evolutionist, geographer, anthropologist, and social critic and theorist, who spent many years in the Malay Archipelago. On the basis of his observations of its flora and fauna he arrived at the theory of natural selection independent of Darwin; learning of their co-discovery led them to publish it in a joint paper. Early on he came into contact with supporters of the utopian socialist Robert Owen. In My Life he recollects that he even once heard Owen himself speak; from that point on he would describe himself in disciple terms. Two of his other essays from this early period are discussed in My Life. In the decade that followed, Wallace published over 150 works, including essays, letters, reviews, book notices, and monographs. His scientific writings would focus on natural selection, geographical distribution, and glaciology, and include three classic books: The Geographical Distribution of Animals, Tropical Nature, and Other Essays, and Island Life. Darwinism, while perhaps the highpoint of his later scientific work, was nevertheless only a very small part of it. Although social studies were absorbing more and more of his attention throughout the 1880s and 1890s, he was still left with plenty of time to crank out a steady stream of writings on more scientific subjects. During the 1890s alone he again published a total of over 150 works, dozens of these dealing with evolutionary, biogeographic, and physical geography subjects. In his later years he became a Spiritualist. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

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Albert Ballin (Hardcover)
by Bernhard Hulderman

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The author records Albert Ballin's part in bringing about the economic advancement of Germany during the golden age of the empire's modern history, and relates how Ballin tried to prevent the structure he helped to raise from falling to ruin in the time of the country's distress. In writing this book, the author carries out the behest of Ballin, who asked him to collect his papers, and to make whatever use he thought fit of them.

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Text: English, German (translation)

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Albert Ballin: Der Reeder des Kaisers. (Paperback)
by Eberhard Straub

For site visitors who may not speak German, "Der Reeder des Kaisers," means "The Emperor's Shiopowner."

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Sad-Face Clown: Emmett Kelly (The Great Heartlanders Series) (Paperback)
by J. L. Wilkerson

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Grade 5-8�The image of Weary Willie, the clown who "couldn't make that spotlight disappear," is symbolic of the life of his creator, Emmett Kelly. The man who performed with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus was born on a farm in Kansas in 1898 and grew up with dreams of becoming an artist. In spite of his failure to obtain work in the field of art, Kelly used his creativity to invent a clown who embodied both the sadness and joy of life, reminding people of their own lives. Wilkerson's writing is direct, readable, and engaging. Woven throughout the well-organized text are brief historical vignettes that aid readers' comprehension of events in Kelly's life. Black-and-white illustrations and photos add authenticity to the text. This book offers the life story of an ordinary person made extraordinary by events and personal choices.�Rebecca Sheridan, Easttown Library & Information Center, Berwyn, PAbr / Copyright© Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang(1932) VHS Tape
Paul Muni


Genres: Crime, Film-Noir, Drama
Tagline: Six sticks of dynamite that blasted his way to freedom… and awoke America's conscience!
Plot Outline: Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him.
Plot Synopsis: Returning veteran James Allen, rejecting a return to the old factory grind, degenerates into a hobo. Innocently involved in robbery, he is railroaded onto an incredibly brutal chain gang. Finally escaping, he makes his way to Chicago, where he finds success in the construction industry… and grasping girlfriend Marie, who threatens to expose him if he doesn't marry her. When he meets and falls for Helen, things go from bad to worse.

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang is one of the toughest and most uncompromising movies to ever come out of Hollywood. Paul Muni stars as a regular Joe, just back from World War I, who is unjustly convicted of a crime and sentenced to 10 years of bruisingly unfair treatment on a chain gang. Even a successful escape can't shake the spectre of the chains, nor the amazingly fatalistic twists the screenplay has in store. This picture could only have been made at Warner Bros., where social-justice movies flourished in the 1930s and criticism of judicial systems and prisons was sanctioned.

Muni's weird acting style (he was recently off Scarface) somehow fits the film's furious tone, and director Mervyn LeRoy—as in his earlier Little Caesar—was dexterous enough to build the action to an unforgettable ending. It's a film that filters the American Dream through Depression realities and noirish pessimism (with a streak of pre-Code sexual frankness--note the one-night "friend" Muni makes the night of his escape). This one holds up, folks; it's a stunner.
--Robert Horton

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The God of the Machine (Paperback)
by Isabel Paterson,
Stephen D. Cox (Introduction)

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Louis Pasteur: Founder of Modern Medicine (Sowers.) (Paperback)
by John Hudson Tiner, John Tiner, Michael L. Denman (Illustrator)

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Germ Theory and Its Applications to Medicine & on the Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery (Great Minds Series) (Paperback)
by Louis Pasteur, Joseph Lister
"It is characteristic of science to reduce incessantly the number of unexplained phenomena…"

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Actor, the life and times of Paul Muni (Hardcover)
by Jerome Lawrence

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Ponzi's Scheme : The True Story of a Financial Legend (Hardcover)
by Mitchell Zuckoff
"The huge blue car moved slowly through the crooked streets of the old city, its owner sitting on the wide rear seat, his bottom comforted…"

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The huge blue car moved slowly through the crooked streets of the old city, its owner sitting on the wide rear seat, his bottom comforted by deep, horsehair-filled cushions that absorbed the bumps from the uneven cobblestones.

From Publishers Weekly
Before Charles Ponzi (1882��"1949) sailed from Italy to the shores of America in 1903, his father assured him that the streets were really paved with gold - and that Ponzi would be able to get a piece. As journalist Zuckoff observes in this engaging and fast-paced biography, Ponzi learned as soon as he disembarked that though the streets were often cobblestone, he could still make a fortune in a culture caught in the throes of the Gilded Age. Zuckoff deftly chronicles Ponzi's mercurial rise and fall as he conjured up one get-rich-quick scheme after another. Charming, gregarious and popular, Ponzi devised and carried out the scheme that carries his name in 1920 in the open (and with a brief period of approval from Boston's newspapers and financial sector). Many investors did indeed double their investments, as Ponzi would use money of new investors to pay old investors, and Ponzi himself became a millionaire. Eventually, Zuckoff shows, the Boston Post uncovered this "robbing Peter to pay Paul" system (as it was then known), and Ponzi's life unraveled. Zuckoff provides not only a definitive portrait of Ponzi's life but also insights into immigrant life and the social world of early 20th-century Boston.
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A journalism professor at Boston University, Zuckoff has written a solid biography of a great American legend. Zuckoff, who mined archival newspapers, almanacs, letters, and photographs, recreates intriguing characters. Greed may have driven Ponzi, who led a comfortable life in Italy, and yet the great schemer emerges as charismatic, clever, and even strangely lovable. The efficient narrative, despite some digressions, focuses on Ponzi�s story and largely ignores the era�s social and political milieu. At the same time, a parallel tale of young Boston publisher Richard Grozier competes for attention. Flaws aside, Ponzi�s Scheme captures a compelling story. After all, wrote the Boston Post at the time, "Of all the get-rich-quick magnates � Ponzi is the king." In this day and age, that is quite an accomplishment.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.

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American Infidel: Robert G. Ingersoll (Paperback)
by Orvin Larson

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Biography of Robert G. Ingersoll (1833-1899)

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Freethought flowered in the United States in the latter half of the 19th century, and its best known advocate was Robert Green Ingersoll, a lawyer and Civil War officer, who travelled the continent for 30 years, speaking to capacity audiences. Although his repertoire included lectures on Shakespeare, Voltaire and Burns, the largest crowds turned out to hear him denounce the bible, and religion.

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Collected Works of Lysander Spooner (34 works/6 volumes) (Library Binding)
by Lysander Spooner, Charles Shively

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I bought this book for myself as a reward for finishing the first year of law school. Spooner isn't your everyday lawyer writing an everyday book. Spooner was a 19th Century radical abolitionist, who earned his law license by suing the Massachusetts Supreme Court. He is the father of cheap postage in America, the founder of the modern jury nullification movement in America, the source behind Fredrick Douglass' arguments about the unconstitutionality of slavery, and one of the bravest, most original thinkers America has ever produced.

This set of books belongs on the shelves of every American interested in the forgotten history of American intellectual resistance to tyranny.

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View theWikipedia entry on Lysander Spponer. It has images of some of his stamps and otherinteresting information.

The Cato Institute also offers an interesting article about Spooner. This provides some good information on the operation of the US Postal Monoply at the time.

The Lysander Spooner Reader (Paperback)
by Lysander Spooner (Editor), George H. Smith
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Tom G. Palmer
It has been nearly 20 years since I read Spooner in high school, and my life has not been the same since. After wrestling with Spooner's tightly reasoned arguments against the state in "No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority," you'll never look at the government the same way again.

Lawyer, abolitionist, radical, friend of liberty, one of the most fascinating figures in American history: that was Spooner. A ferocious opponent of slavery, he supported the right of secession. An ardent enemy of statist legislation, he was a brilliant jurist who put his faith in the law. An eloquent foe of prohibition of alcohol or drugs, he offered a moral defense of liberty.

Includes "Vices Are Not Crimes," "Natural Law," "Trial by Jury," "Letter to Thomas Bayard," "No Treason," and the eulogy for Spooner by American individualist-anarchist publisher Benjamin Tucker.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Lawyer, abolitionist, radical; Spooner was one of the most fascinating figures in American history and a champion of individualism. This selection includes "Vices Are Not Crimes," "Natural Law," "Trial by Jury," "No Treason, the Constitution of No Authority," "Letter to Thomas Bayard," and Benjamin Tucker's eulogy.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Akhenaten and the Religion of Light (Paperback)
by Erik Hornung, David Lorton (Translator)

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Akhenaten, also known as Amenhotep IV, was king of Egypt during the Eighteenth Dynasty and reigned from 1375 to 1358 b.c. Called the "religious revolutionary," he is the earliest known creator of a new religion. The cult he founded broke with Egypt's traditional polytheism and focused its worship on a single deity, the sun god Aten. Erik Hornung, one of the world's preeminent Egyptologists, here offers a concise and accessible account of Akhenaten and his religion of light.

Hornung begins with a discussion of the nineteenth-century scholars who laid the foundation for our knowledge of Akhenaten's period and extends to the most recent archaeological finds. He emphasizes that Akhenaten's monotheistic theology represented the first attempt in history to explain the entire natural and human world on the basis of a single principle. "Akhenaten made light the absolute reference point," Hornung writes, "and it is astonishing how clearly and consistently he pursued this concept." Hornung also addresses such topics as the origins of the new religion; pro-found changes in beliefs regarding the afterlife; and the new Egyptian capital at Akhetaten which was devoted to the service of Aten, his prophet Akhenaten, and the latter's family.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. ,/p>

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"Akhenaten, also known as Amenhotep IV, was king of Egypt during the Eighteenth Dynasty and reigned from 1375 to 1358 B.C.E. Called the "religious revolutionary," he is the earliest known creator of a new religion. The cult he founded broke with Egypt's traditional polytheism and focused its worship on a single deity, the sun god Aten. Erik Hornung, one of the world's preeminent Egyptologists, here offers a concise and accessible account of Akhenaten and his religion of light."
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A God Against the Gods
by Allen Drury
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The Immortal Count
by Arthur Lennig
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Lennig's lifelong worship of his subject adds an intensely personal flavor to this biography of the complex horror king, which shines in its ability to respect Lugosi's talent, regardless of personality flaws. A ladies' man and opportunist, Lugosi married his first wife for money, later rewriting her as a great love. After triumphing in Broadway's Dracula, Lugosi (1882-1956) solidified his image with the 1931 film version: as he told the New York Times, "every producer in Hollywood had definitely set me down as a `type.'... I was both amused and bitterly disappointed." Lennig details the key creative tragedy of Lugosi's life: turning down the part of Frankenstein, which enabled Boris Karloff to win it. Lugosi sank permanently to second position in the horror hall of fame. Lennig knowledgeably analyzes every important Lugosi film, and those who don't adore the genre may skim some of the voluminous commentary. But the character details are always engrossing, and Lugosi's declaration that "[e]very actor is somewhat mad, or else he'd be a plumber or a bookkeeper or a salesman" is in keeping with his tormented psyche. Lennig describes the star's last years without maudlin excess, as Lugosi struggles with unemployment, financial problems, depression, drinking and drugs. Like many underappreciated geniuses, Lugosi had to cope with vitriolic reviews; it's heartening that he surmounted them and attained classic status after death. Lennig lucidly illustrates through Lugosi's words why his reputation has continued to grow: "You can't make people believe in you if you play a horror part with your tongue in your cheek... you must believe in it while you are playing it." 75 b&w photos.
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"A moving, lively, witty, sad book that revives once more the long dead Count Dracula."

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Bela Lugosi (Midnight Marquee Actors Series) (Paperback)
by Gary Svehla (Editor), Susan Svehla (Editor)
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The first entry in the Midnight Marquee Actors Series offers in-depth analyses of 32 of the films that helped create Lugosi's cinematic persona as the first true horror film legend. This book covers Lugosi's films from the pre-Dracula early sound ear, details his Universal and 1930s' classics, investigates his stint on poverty row at Monogram and PRC in the 1940s, and explores the downward spiral and his much discussed film work for Edward D. Wood, Jr. in the 1950s.

Some of today's foremost horror film writers contributed to this exploration of Bela Lugosi's work.

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World Almanac Book of Inventions (Paperback)
by Valérie–Anee Giscard D'Estaing

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Inventions and Discoveries 1993: What's Happened, What's Coming, What's That? (Inventions and Discoveries) (Hardcover)
by Valérie–Anne Giscard D'Estaing, Mark Young (Editor)

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This beautifully illustrated work (the first U.S. edition of a French and European best seller) is an informative and entertaining dictionary of inventions through the ages that have intrigued and enlightened us. It is organized into 12 chapters, ranging from "Weapons and Warfare" to "Information Technology," each with more than 100 concise descriptions of inventions, inventors, and discoveries arranged chronologically. Special features include a "What on Earth?" section that examines the world's zaniest inventions, a "Tomorrow's World" section that focuses on future technologies, and a list of all Nobel Prize winners and their accomplishments. This book may be useful for identifying a time period or as a springboard for in-depth research. Though name and subject indexes are included, citations to sources are not, and there are no bibliographies. Its timeliness and scope, though, makes it a better choice than the Oxford Illustrated Encyclopedia of Invention and Technology ( LJ 3/1/93) for most libraries.
- Joe Accardi, Northeastern Illinois Univ. Lib., Chicago
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The second world almanac book of inventions (Paperback)
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The Book of Inventions and Discoveries (Hardcover)
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Galileo — DVD
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This installment of The Inventors' Specials, a series that invites youngsters to think about great inventors (including Edison and Einstein), focuses on the man who brought the wonder of science into the Dark Ages. Michael Moriarty gives vigor to his role as the scientist who is forced to take on a…

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Biography - Leonardo Da Vinci:
Renaissance Master (A&E DVD Archives) (2000)

Daniel Jolley
Leonardo da Vinci was probably the most brilliant thinker to ever live. We all know he painted the Mona Lisa and the definitive portrait of The Last Supper, but he was also a scientist, an engineer, and so much more - a true Renaissance man. In fact, he was the original Renaissance man of the 15th century. He changed the art world forever by introducing a three dimensional aspect to his paintings and by giving life to human portraits so vivid and realistic that one almost forgets that they are not real people. I've never been much of an art fan, but da Vinci inspires in me an inspirational, almost devotional fascination with the truly great art he created. Just think how good a painter he could have been if he had been able to concentrate on his work - da Vinci was utterly fascinated with everything around him, and his mind could rarely stay focused on one thing for very long. I did not know this, but he actually left many of his most famous works of art unfinished - yet even these unfinished portraits stunned the art world and established him as the most influential painter of the age and probably of all time - although this fact was not fully appreciated in da Vinci's own time.

This video follows da Vinci from childhood in Italy to his death in France, succeeding fairly well in capturing the scope of ingenious thoughts and ideas. I knew little about the life of da Vinci, so I sat back and absorbed just about everything that came at me. I was a little saddened to learn that he was not truly appreciated during his own time; Florence, Italy, as things turned out, just wasn't big enough for da Vinci and Michelangelo both (and might I mention the fact that Michelangelo was quite a sourpuss about the whole thing). While his paintings amazed those who saw them and even caused his mentor to give up painting altogether, da Vinci was never truly acknowledged as a master among his contemporary rivals. On several occasions, he had to search out a sponsor for his work, and he was not included among the group of Italian masters sent to Rome in answer to a call for the country's most brilliant artists. More often that not, he assumed the duties of an engineer, and the ideas he played around with in his head almost defy belief. His notebooks record the working of this great mind at work in incredible detail (and da Vinci's distinctive backwards handwriting). Da Vinci's notebooks are simply teeming with new ideas, hyper-studious observations of man and machine, and incredible sketches and illustrations of such futuristic things as submarines, helicopters, automatic machine guns, fortification measures, and all sorts of incredible things that would not become reality until the twentieth century. We don't get to see nearly enough of these notebooks in the video, but of course one can never really see enough of them.

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Marie Curie: More Than Meets the Eye(2000) — VHS Tape
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TV Guide, June 6, 1998
Unlike the usual chronological biography ("She did this, then she did that"), which can get a little boring even for adults, Marie Curie weaves historical detail into enjoyable fiction. What could be dry textbook material comes alive through the eyes of two young girls.

Starweek, The Toronto Star, June 6, 1998
"As usual with these Inventors' Specials and the earlier Composers' Specials, Canada's Devine Entertainment has created the feel of the past while speaking through the vernacular of modern kids. We see the determination it can take to convince others of new discoveries, as we watch Curie fight for permission to take her portable X-ray van to the front lines to diagnose injured soldiers. Yet by the end of the war, 20 such vans - nicknamed Petite Curies - and 200 radiological outposts took more

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Marie Curie was filmed in at selected locations in Dublin and its environs. Devine Entertainment had previously made Bratislava, the capital of the Slovak Republic, resemble Dublin for the sake of Handel's Last Chance, so it not unusual when Dublin now needed to play Paris during World War I. "It wasn't easy to find what we needed," says director Richard Mozer. "Dublin is a beautiful city, but it's not 'European.' Its architecture is mostly Georgian, and the parts that could have been easily used, like Temple Bar, have been restored and are now hot tourist districts." Assisted by local location scouts, the series is a Canadian-Irish co-production, producers Devine and Mozer finally settled on a complex of buildings and gardens that had once been St. Anne's Convent and School. "In enough subtle ways, the place had a French, or at least Continental, look, and we ended up shooting most of the film there, controlling it almost as if we were in studio," says Mozer.

The interior scenes--the Boudreau and Yolles apartments, the primitive Curie laboratory, the hospital, and the Radium Institute were filmed there. Moving outdoors, the former Royal Hospital, now the city's modern art museum, served as the exterior of the Radium Institute. Kiladoon, the nearby country estate of the Clement family, posed as the hospital facade, while its grounds allowed Curie to drive to the war's Front lines, with Martine's mother in hot pursuit. And initial expectations to the contrary, Mozer did end up shooting in Temple Bar, on a perfect cul-de-sac called Foster's Place, for the exterior of the Boudreau House.

Naturally, scenes of Curie at work required authentic laboratory equipment, some of which production designer Cameron Porteous was able to locate, some that had to be rebuilt so that it would "perform" safely on camera. "We needed to fake X-ray tubes without, shall we say, bombarding everyone on the set with X-rays," says Mozer. But Marie Curie's large, glowing pre-operative X-ray screens posed a problem until the 11th hour--when Porteous happened to be watching on TV the handover of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China. During a display of synchronized mass celebration, Porteous saw thousands of phosphorescent sticks being waved--and suddenly remembered what they were: Snap-Lites, as they're called in North America. "I had a case of them shipped over the next day," says Porteous, who broke the tubes open and then spent hours figuring out how to make the oozing liquid cooperate for the camera.

As for the finished X-rays, Mozer and Porteous didn't have to look far at all. "Apparently, under the Irish medical system, if you have X-rays taken, you pay for them and they're yours," says Mozer. "So the X-rays you see in the film came from some of the crew!" Rain early in the 15-day shoot required some nimble juggling of locations, but the on-screen result is definitely to Mozer's liking: "I think the wet streets enhance the mysteriousness that the girls feel from time to time."

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  • Director: Richard Mozer
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Digital Sound, Dolby, Full length, Full Screen, Surround Sound, NTSC
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  • Video Release Date: July 16, 1999
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  • The Lord of Uraniborg: A Biography of Tycho Brahe (Hardcover)
    Victor E. Thoren

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    The Lord of Uraniborg is a comprehensive biography of Tycho Brahe, father of modern astronomy, famed alchemist, and litt�rateur of the sixteenth-century Danish Renaissance. Written in a lively and engaging style, Victor Thoren's biography offers fresh perspectives on Tycho's life and presents new analyses of virtually every aspect of his scientific work. A range of readers interested in astronomy, history of astronomy, and the history of science will find this book fascinating.

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    On Tycho's Island : Tycho Brahe, Science, and Culture in the Sixteenth Century (Paperback)
    by John Robert Christianson

    "Before there were island universes, there was Tycho's island, where a new kind of observatory and research institution linked a Danish island to the planets and stars. What I love best about John Christianson's book is the level of detail his scholarship probes. If you want to know who taught the incomparable Tycho his trigonometry or who engineered the hydraulic system that delivered running water to all the rooms in the castle of Uraniborg, you'll find their names and follow their lively adventures here." Dava Sobel, author of Longitude and Galileo's Daughter

    "… Christianson puts Tycho's scientific achievements in the context of the daily life, intellectual milieu, and courtly politics of the era...Christianson provides a double share of fascinating insights into the era and the career of perhaps the greatest astronomer of the pre-telescope era. A gold mine for anyone interested in one of the giants of Renaissance science." Kirkus

    "16th century scientist Tycho Brahe receives relatively little mention in modern times: this explores his entire range of scientific activities which go beyond his better-known astronomical explorations. A well-rounded portrait of Brahe the man as well as his many scientific interests and his works on his private island is presented in a study which includes intriguing facts on his contemporaries." Midwest Book

    "On Tycho's Island brims with intriguing material...." Physics Today

    "Anyone with an interest in astronomy or the history of science will enjoy this tale, thanks to Christianson's lively style and thorough research." Dan Falk, Toronto Globe & Mail

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    Tycho Brahe (1546-1601), the premier patron-practitioner of science in sixteenth-century Europe, established a new role of scientist as administrator, active reformer, and natural philosopher. This book explores his wide range of activities, which encompass much more than his reputed role of astronomer. Christianson broadens this singular perspective by portraying him as Platonic philosopher, Paracelsian chemist, Ovidian poet, and devoted family man. From his private island in Denmark, Tycho Brahe used patronage, printing, friendship, and marriage to incorporate men and women skilled in science, technology, and the fine arts into his program of cosmic reform. This pioneering study includes capsule biographies of two dozen individuals, including Johannes Kepler, Willebrord Snel, Willem Blaeu, several artists, two bishops, a rabbi, and various technical specialists, all of whom helped shape the culture of the Scientific Revolution.

    Under Tycho's leadership, their teamwork achieved breakthroughs in astronomy, scientific method, and research organization that were essential to the birth of modern science. John Robert Christianson is research professor of history at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he taught history for thirty years. In 1985, Christianson was awarded the Bronze Medal of the League of Finnish-American Societies and received the Alf Mjoen Prize in 1989. In 1995, he was dubbed Knight of the Royal Norweigian Order of Merit by King Harald II. Christianson is a former fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and has held grants from the American Philosophical Society and the National Endowment of the Humanities, among others. He has traveled throughout Scandanavia and has written, edited, or translated several books about Scandanavia and Scandanavian-American topics, as well as articles in Scientific American, Isis, and other journals.

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    The Valor of Ignorance
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    One of the foremost strategists of the American Army in the first decade of the twentieth century warns of the great danger of militarized Japan and forcasts -- 44 years before it actually happened -- the Japanese invasion of the Philippines.

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    Heroes of civilization  A brief study of character sketches of the greatest creative forces in history (Unknown Binding)
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    The Library of Alexandria
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    Libraries and Culture
    This is a valuable addition to the literature on the Alexandrian library... --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

    "Fascinating… [and] … should appeal to the general as well as the academic reader." …The Anglo-Hellenic Review

    "Informative, assiduously researched and exhaustively stimulating." … Library Review

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    A History of the Warfare of Science With Theology in Christendom (Two Volume Set)–PB
    by Andrew Dixon White
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    Galambos often mentioned this book as a very interesting and important book. And Andrew Dixon White as being important in history.

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    “It reminds the reader of just how far we have advanced in our understandings of the relationships among religion, science, technology, and theology.” —Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith.

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    In this important work, which spawned a great deal of contoversy at its appearance, White exhaustively documents the battle between science and religion in matters of creation versus evolution, the geocentric versus the heliocentric universe, and the “fall of man” versus anthropology. The struggle of science over outmoded concepts is still emerging. Even a century after its publication, White’s great work has much to teach us about the dangerous effects of religious doctrinalism on education and moral growth.

    This title is sold as two volume set, two separate books rubber banded together. It has one ISBN. Volume II contains Chapter XIII through the index.

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    Miracle at Kitty Hawk: The Letters of Wilbur & Orville Wright (Paperback)
    by Fred C. Kelley
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    Note: If you visit the Amazon page link for this book, you might find a link to order a used, hardcover version of the book.

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    From Library Journal
    This volume of correspondence among the Wright brothers, family members, and others is also a chronicle of their building of the first successful airplanes and their historic early flights. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    “The Wright brothers come alive, warm, sometimes amusing, and always penetrating and analytical.” — New York Times

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    The Wright Brothers (Aviator’s Bookshelf [Paperback]
    by Fred C. Kelly

    This book appears to be a little bit “scarce”, maybe not always available. But, if you visit the Amazon bookpage link, you may find it avaible in both paperback and hardcover.

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