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The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion…

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At seventeen Lori Schiller was the perfect child -- the only daughter of an affluent, close-knit family. Six years later she made her first suicide attempt, then wandered the streets of New York City dressed in ragged clothes, tormenting voices crying out in her…

Common Sense

by Thomas Paine

|April 22, 1997

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Enormously popular and widely read pamphlet, first published in January of 1776, clearly and persuasively argues for American separation from Great Britain and paves the way for the Declaration of Independence. This highly influential landmark document attacks…

The Prince

by Niccolo Machiavelli

|September 21, 1992

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Classic guide to acquiring and maintaining political power is refreshing in its directness, yet often disturbing in its cold practicality. Starkly relevant to the political upheavals of the 20th century, this calculating prescription for power remains today,…

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Considered a heroine of feminism, Wollstonecraft argues that women, rather than cultivating power from sexual allure, should be honest, intelligent, and independent. Her views about how women's innate worth is denigrated by improper definitions of the feminine…

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"Where are you from?" "What is your nationality?" "I didn't know you were..." "I'm not racist, but..." "It's just a joke." "What does a white person know about racism?" "Some of my best friends are..." James and Shadd's enormously popular Talking About…

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In this founding work in the literature of black protest, Du Bois eloquently affirms that it is beneath the dignity of a human being to beg for those rights that belong inherently to all mankind. He also charges that the strategy of accommodation to white…

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Compiled by Regina Leader-Post crime and court reporters Barb Pacholik and Jana Pruden, this volume contains accounts of 40 unique crime stories that have taken place in Saskatchewan over the course of the past century. Some of the stories have all but…

The Politics

by Aristotle

|December 1, 1962

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Aristotle's Politics is a key document in Western political thought. In these first two books Aristotle shows his complete mastery of political theory and practice, and raises many crucial issues still with us today. In Book I he argues vigorously for a…

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"A knowledge of classical mythology is indispensable in understanding and appreciating much of the great literature, sculpture, and painting of both the ancients and the moderns. Unless we know the marvelous stories of the deities and heroes of the ancients,…

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Sitting down to a daily family meal has long been a tradition for billions of people. But in every corner of the world this age-old custom is rapidly changing. From increased trade between countries to the expansion of global food corporations like Kraft and…

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Spanning the ages and the globe, Spiro Kostof explores the city as a "repository of cultural meaning" and an embodiment of the community it shelters. Widely used by both architects and students of architecture, The City Shaped won the AIA's prestigious book…