Brave New World

Brave New World
Author: Aldous Huxley
Publsiher: RosettaBooks
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2010-07-01
ISBN 10: 9780795311253
ISBN 13: 0795311257
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Brave New World Book Review:

Huxley's bleak future prophesized in Brave New World was a capitalist civilization which had been reconstituted through scientific and psychological engineering, a world in which people are genetically designed to be passive and useful to the ruling class. Satirical and disturbing, Brave New World is set some 600 years ahead, in "this year of stability, A.F. 632"--the A.F. standing for After Ford, meaning the godlike Henry Ford. "Community, Identity, Stability," is the motto. Reproduction is controlled through genetic engineering, and people are bred into a rigid class system. As they mature, they are conditioned to be happy with the roles that society has created for them. The rest of their lives are devoted to the pursuit of pleasure through sex, recreational sports, the getting and having of material possessions, and taking a drug called Soma. Concepts such as family, freedom, love, and culture are considered grotesque. Against this backdrop, a young man known as John the Savage is brought to London from the remote desert of New Mexico. What he sees in the new civilization a "brave new world" (quoting Shakespeare's The Tempest). However, ultimately, John challenges the basic premise of this society in an act that threatens and fascinates its citizens. Huxley uses his entire prowess to throw the idea of utopia into reverse, presenting us what is known as the "dystopian" novel. When Brave New World was written (1931), neither Hitler nor Stalin had risen to power. Huxley saw the enduring threat to society from the dark side of scientific and social progress, and mankind's increasing appetite for simple amusement. Brave New World is a work that indicts the idea of progress for progress sake and is backed up with force and reason.

ANTIC HAY

ANTIC HAY
Author: Aldous Huxley
Publsiher: e-artnow
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2019-06-03
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: EAN:4057664148896
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

ANTIC HAY Book Review:

Antic Hay takes place in London, and depicts the aimless or self-absorbed cultural elite in the sad and turbulent times following the end of World War I. The story follows one Theodore Gumbril in his invention of Gumbril's Patent Small-Clothes, trousers which contain a pneumatic cushion in the seat. Gumbril's quest for love occasionally makes him resort to utilizing "The Complete Man" which is a disguise he concocts around a false full beard. He relates to a diverse cast of characters in bohemian, artistic and intellectual circles. Everybody is lost but at the same time looking for happiness while everything is going out of control in a ridiculous and comic way.

Amusing Ourselves to Death

Amusing Ourselves to Death
Author: Neil Postman
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 184
Release: 1986
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: PSU:000012455942
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Amusing Ourselves to Death Book Review:

Examines the effects of television culture on how we conduct our public affairs and how "entertainment values" corrupt the way we think.

Age of Discovery

Age of Discovery
Author: Ian Goldin,Chris Kutarna
Publsiher: St. Martin's Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2016-05-24
ISBN 10: 1250085101
ISBN 13: 9781250085108
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Age of Discovery Book Review:

The present is a contest between the bright and dark sides of discovery. To avoid being torn apart by its stresses, we need to recognize the fact—and gain courage and wisdom from the past. Age of Discovery shows how. Now is the best moment in history to be alive, but we have never felt more anxious or divided. Human health, aggregate wealth and education are flourishing. Scientific discovery is racing forward. But the same global flows of trade, capital, people and ideas that make gains possible for some people deliver big losses to others—and make us all more vulnerable to one another. Business and science are working giant revolutions upon our societies, but our politics and institutions evolve at a much slower pace. That’s why, in a moment when everyone ought to be celebrating giant global gains, many of us are righteously angry at being left out and stressed about where we’re headed. To make sense of present shocks, we need to step back and recognize: we’ve been here before. The first Renaissance, the time of Columbus, Copernicus, Gutenberg and others, likewise redrew all maps of the world, democratized communication and sparked a flourishing of creative achievement. But their world also grappled with the same dark side of rapid change: social division, political extremism, insecurity, pandemics and other unintended consequences of discovery. Now is the second Renaissance. We can still flourish—if we learn from the first.

Brave New World Revisited

Brave New World Revisited
Author: Aldous Huxley
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 150
Release: 2014-01-01
ISBN 10: 1443434396
ISBN 13: 9781443434393
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Brave New World Revisited Book Review:

When Aldous Huxley wrote his famous novel Brave New World, he did so with the sincere belief that the dystopian world he created was a true possibility given the direction of the social, political and economic world order. Written almost thirty years later, Brave New World Revisited is a re-evaluation of his predictions based on the changes he had witnessed in the meantime. In this twelve-part essay, Huxley argues that society is moving toward his dystopian vision even faster than he had originally assumed, and provides his own suggestions on how to bring an end to this decadent decline. Brave New World Revisited condemns symptoms of modern life such as overpopulation, propaganda and extreme government control while providing a staunch defence of individualism. Despite being published over fifty years ago, the problems identified in Brave New World Revisited are still startlingly relevant, lending a chilling creditability to Aldous Huxley’s unsettling predictions. HarperTorch brings great works of non-fiction and the dramatic arts to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperTorch collection to build your digital library.

Amusing Ourselves to Death

Amusing Ourselves to Death
Author: Neil Postman
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 9780143036531
ISBN 13: 014303653X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Amusing Ourselves to Death Book Review:

Examines the ways in which television has transformed public discourse--in politics, education, religion, science, and elsewhere--into a form of entertainment that undermines exposition, explanation and knowledge, in a special anniversary edition of the classic critique of the influence of the mass media on a democratic society. Reprint.

The Dark Beyond the Stars

The Dark Beyond the Stars
Author: Frank M. Robinson
Publsiher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 408
Release: 1998
ISBN 10: 9780312866242
ISBN 13: 0312866240
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dark Beyond the Stars Book Review:

A powerful epic of interstellar travel, alternate sexuality, and overpoweringobsession, "The Dark Beyond the Stars" is currently in development by FrancisFord Coppola for a major motion picture project.

Brave New Work

Brave New Work
Author: Aaron Dignan
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2019-02-19
ISBN 10: 0525536213
ISBN 13: 9780525536215
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Brave New Work Book Review:

“This is the management book of the year. Clear, powerful and urgent, it's a must read for anyone who cares about where they work and how they work.” —Seth Godin, author of This is Marketing “This book is a breath of fresh air. Read it now, and make sure your boss does too.” —Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg When fast-scaling startups and global organizations get stuck, they call Aaron Dignan. In this book, he reveals his proven approach for eliminating red tape, dissolving bureaucracy, and doing the best work of your life. He’s found that nearly everyone, from Wall Street to Silicon Valley, points to the same frustrations: lack of trust, bottlenecks in decision making, siloed functions and teams, meeting and email overload, tiresome budgeting, short-term thinking, and more. Is there any hope for a solution? Haven’t countless business gurus promised the answer, yet changed almost nothing about the way we work? That’s because we fail to recognize that organizations aren’t machines to be predicted and controlled. They’re complex human systems full of potential waiting to be released. Dignan says you can’t fix a team, department, or organization by tinkering around the edges. Over the years, he has helped his clients completely reinvent their operating systems—the fundamental principles and practices that shape their culture—with extraordinary success. Imagine a bank that abandoned traditional budgeting, only to outperform its competition for decades. An appliance manufacturer that divided itself into 2,000 autonomous teams, resulting not in chaos but rapid growth. A healthcare provider with an HQ of just 50 people supporting over 14,000 people in the field—that is named the “best place to work” year after year.. And even a team that saved $3 million per year by cancelling one monthly meeting. Their stories may sound improbable, but in Brave New Work you’ll learn exactly how they and other organizations are inventing a smarter, healthier, and more effective way to work. Not through top down mandates, but through a groundswell of autonomy, trust, and transparency. Whether you lead a team of ten or ten thousand, improving your operating system is the single most powerful thing you can do. The only question is, are you ready?

Oryx and Crake

Oryx and Crake
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publsiher: Vintage Canada
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2010-07-27
ISBN 10: 0307400840
ISBN 13: 9780307400840
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Oryx and Crake Book Review:

A stunning and provocative new novel by the internationally celebrated author of The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize. Margaret Atwood’s new novel is so utterly compelling, so prescient, so relevant, so terrifyingly-all-too-likely-to-be-true, that readers may find their view of the world forever changed after reading it. This is Margaret Atwood at the absolute peak of her powers. For readers of Oryx and Crake, nothing will ever look the same again. The narrator of Atwood's riveting novel calls himself Snowman. When the story opens, he is sleeping in a tree, wearing an old bedsheet, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. He searches for supplies in a wasteland where insects proliferate and pigoons and wolvogs ravage the pleeblands, where ordinary people once lived, and the Compounds that sheltered the extraordinary. As he tries to piece together what has taken place, the narrative shifts to decades earlier. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, who think of him as a kind of monster, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief. With breathtaking command of her shocking material, and with her customary sharp wit and dark humour, Atwood projects us into an outlandish yet wholly believable realm populated by characters who will continue to inhabit our dreams long after the last chapter.

Brave New World

Brave New World
Author: Aldous Huxley
Publsiher: Anonim
Total Pages: 234
Release: 2020-08-23
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: 9798678001818
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Brave New World Book Review:

Dystopian novel published in 1932.

The Stand

The Stand
Author: Stephen King
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 1200
Release: 2008-06-24
ISBN 10: 038552885X
ISBN 13: 9780385528856
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Stand Book Review:

Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting—eerily plausible—as when it was first published. The New York Times called it "the book that has everything. Adventure. Romance. Prophecy. Allegory. Satire. Fantasy. Realism. Apocalypse. Great!" Soon to be a limited series on CBS All Access A patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying a deadly weapon: a mutated strain of super-flu that will wipe out 99 percent of the world’s population within a few weeks. Those who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge—Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious “Dark Man,” who delights in chaos and violence. As the dark man and the peaceful woman gather power, the survivors will have to choose between them—and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity. (This edition includes all of the new and restored material first published in The Stand: The Complete And Uncut Edition.)

The Acolyte

The Acolyte
Author: Nick Cutter
Publsiher: ChiZine
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2015-04-21
ISBN 10: 1771483296
ISBN 13: 9781771483292
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Acolyte Book Review:

Jonah Murtag is an Acolyte on the New Bethlehem police force. His job: eradicate all heretical religious faiths, their practitioners, and artefacts. Murtag’s got problems—one of his partners is a zealot, and he’s in love with the other one. Trouble at work, trouble at home. Murtag realizes that you can rob a citizenry of almost anything, but you can’t take away its faith. When a string of bombings paralyzes the city, religious fanatics are initially suspected, but startling clues point to a far more ominous perpetrator. If Murtag doesn’t get things sorted out, the Divine Council will dispatch The Quints, aka: Heaven’s Own Bagmen. The clock is ticking towards doomsday for the Chosen of New Bethlehem. And Jonah Murtag’s got another problem. The biggest and most worrisome . . . Jonah isn’t a believer anymore.

A Journey to Other Worlds

A Journey to Other Worlds
Author: John Jacob Astor
Publsiher: e-artnow
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2018-12-21
ISBN 10: 8027248043
ISBN 13: 9788027248049
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Journey to Other Worlds Book Review:

This eBook has been formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. A Journey to Other Worlds is a tale about life in the year 2000 on the planets Saturn and Jupiter. Space travel is achieved through apergy, an anti-gravitational energy force. Jupiter proves to be a jungle world, with flesh-eating plants, vampire bats, giant snakes and mastodons, and flying lizards. Saturn, in contrast, is an ancient world of silent spirits. The spirit beings provide the explorers with foresight of their own deaths.

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Publsiher: Anonim
Total Pages: 147
Release: 1968
ISBN 10: 9780671872298
ISBN 13: 067187229X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fahrenheit 451 Book Review:

A fireman in charge of burning books meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Depicts a future world in which all printed reading material is burned.

From Naked Ape to Superspecies

From Naked Ape to Superspecies
Author: David Suzuki,Holly Dressel
Publsiher: Greystone Books Ltd
Total Pages: 406
Release: 2009-07-01
ISBN 10: 1926685199
ISBN 13: 9781926685199
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Naked Ape to Superspecies Book Review:

For millennia, we lived in harmony with the Earth, taking only what we required to survive. But in just the past few centuries, we have used our powers to satisfy our obsession with consumption and new technology, without regard for the consequences. And in doing so, we have exploited our surroundings on an unprecedented scale. In this revised and updated edition of From Naked Ape to Superspecies, David Suzuki and Holly Dressel lucidly describe how we have evolved beyond our needs, trampling other species, believing that we can make the Earth work the way we want it to. And they introduce us to the people who are fighting back, those who are resisting the inexorable advance of the "global economy" juggernaut, the people whose voices are difficult to hear over the din of corporate public relations machines. We learn about how human arrogance—demonstrated by our disregard for the small and microscopic species that constitute the Earth’s engine and our reckless use of technological inventions like powerful herbicides or genetically engineered crops—is threatening the health of our children and the safety of our food supply.

The Palace of Eternity

The Palace of Eternity
Author: Bob Shaw
Publsiher: Gateway
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2011-09-29
ISBN 10: 0575111100
ISBN 13: 9780575111103
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Palace of Eternity Book Review:

Shrouded by its shell of drifting lunar fragments, the planet Mnemosyne is a refuge for creative artists and poets, a place isolated from the desperate, losing struggle of the humans against the Syccans. But then COMsac, theFederation's High Command, come to Mnemosyne, and suddenly the planet is more a military colony than a place for artists. For Mack Taverner, the dilemma is stark: either go along with the brutal military visitation or join the hopeless resitance and become a 'traitor'. His choice has awesome and extraordinary consequenses . . .

How to Read a Book

How to Read a Book
Author: Mortimer J. Adler,Charles Van Doren
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 426
Release: 2011-05-10
ISBN 10: 9781439144831
ISBN 13: 1439144834
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How to Read a Book Book Review:

With half a million copies in print, How to Read a Book is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader, completely rewritten and updated with new material. A CNN Book of the Week: “Explains not just why we should read books, but how we should read them. It's masterfully done.” –Farheed Zakaria Originally published in 1940, this book is a rare phenomenon, a living classic that introduces and elucidates the various levels of reading and how to achieve them—from elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading. Readers will learn when and how to “judge a book by its cover,” and also how to X-ray it, read critically, and extract the author’s message from the text. Also included is instruction in the different techniques that work best for reading particular genres, such as practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science and mathematics, philosophy and social science works. Finally, the authors offer a recommended reading list and supply reading tests you can use measure your own progress in reading skills, comprehension, and speed.

Handbook on Critical Life Issues

Handbook on Critical Life Issues
Author: John A. Leies,Donald G. McCarthy,Edward J. Bayer
Publsiher: Anonim
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2004
ISBN 10: 9780935372472
ISBN 13: 0935372474
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Handbook on Critical Life Issues Book Review:

Sophie's World

Sophie's World
Author: Jostein Gaarder
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2007-03-20
ISBN 10: 1466804270
ISBN 13: 9781466804272
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sophie's World Book Review:

One day Sophie comes home from school to find two questions in her mail: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" Before she knows it she is enrolled in a correspondence course with a mysterious philosopher. Thus begins Jostein Gaarder's unique novel, which is not only a mystery, but also a complete and entertaining history of philosophy.

The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell

The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell
Author: Aldous Huxley
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2009-09-29
ISBN 10: 0061892823
ISBN 13: 9780061892820
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell Book Review:

Half an hour after swallowing the drug I became aware of a slow dance of golden lights . . . Among the most profound explorations of the effects of mind-expanding drugs ever written, here are two complete classic books—The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell—in which Aldous Huxley, author of the bestselling Brave New World, reveals the mind's remote frontiers and the unmapped areas of human consciousness. This new edition also features an additional essay, "Drugs That Shape Men's Minds," which is now included for the first time.