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From the Ruins of Empire

An enthralling group portrait of the Asian intellectuals -- among them Gandhi, Sun Yat-sen, and Jamal al-Din al-Afghani -- who sought to create a tradition independent of the Western philosophic canon.  Journalist Panjak Mishra finds a rich seam of reflective thought that exercises rapidly growing influence over world culture.

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What?

A small book packed with life-enriching mysteries, Mark Kurlanksy's latest distills the musings of thinkers from Confucius to Freud to arrive at a set of questions that may ever remain unanswered, but which nonetheless provide valuable signposts on the road to living an examined life.

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The Immaterial

French social philosopher Gorz, idealogue of innovative leftist thought, pins our current economic woes solely on our misunderstanding of the radical transformations engendered by "the knowledge economy." Proposing an overhaul of copyright and patent law to encourage creative cooperation, Gorz proves himself a utopian to the end—and a lyrical, inspiring one.

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April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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