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The World's Wealth

An Economics Exhibit
The World's Wealth:  An Economics Exhibit

This virtual exhibit offers significant insight into the money, economic theories and political influence on economies.  The historical economic discoveries and records of common men and great economists alike have been preserved in a treasure trove of works and documents in the World’s Wealth Exhibit.  A focused exploration into historical documents within our Collection will give readers a sound foundation for understanding of government, society and finance processes.


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Worlds Within Words

A Literature Exhibit
Worlds Within Words:  A Literature Exhibit

Literature comes from the Greek word litaritura, or "writing formed with letters."

Literature pertains to the nature of books and writings that are culturally or historically significant.  This virtual exhibit, "Worlds Within Words," presents the development of literature from the oral histories to the invention of writing by the Babylonians to the most influential authors of our time.  Reading books and writing letters were once a significant part of daily existence, and was treated as entertainment and recreational experiences. It is hoped, with all the Collections contained within our many Classic and Children's Literature Collections, people will again turn to the wonderful discovery and the broadening of horizons that reading provides.  Great authors such as:  Charles Dickens, Emily Brontë, John Steinbeck, George Orwell, Shakespeare, Mark Twain and thousands of others represented in our many Literature Collections.
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"The Art of War" by Sun Tzu

The Behind the Book Lecture Series
"The Art of War"  

Sun Tzu said victorious warriors win first and then go to war. Defeated warriors go to war seeking to win. The supreme art of war is to vanquish your enemy without even fighting.
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"The White Company" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Behind the Book Lecture Series
"The White Company"

You know, it wasn’t as if he was in love with the character of Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes was an extremely profitable character for him. Books like The White Company he wrote because he wanted to write them. 
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"Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe

The Behind the Book Lecture Series
"Robinson Crusoe"

You’re one person on an island and you get to be king of the world, what would you do? Is there a noble form of colonization? This novel in some sense puts it right in your face and forces you to struggle with that question.
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"The Social Contract" by Jean Jacques Rousseau

The Behind the Book Lecture Series
"The Social Contract"

He was unstable, bouts of hypochondria and extreme paranoia; he was scandalous and super influential in the revolutionary spirit of his day. He was a contrast. Jean Jacques Rousseau was Hollywood before there was Hollywood.
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"Das Kapital" by Karl Marx

The Behind the Book Lecture Series
"Das Kapital"

Das Kapital or “Capital: Critique of Political Economy” was written by Karl Marx in 1867 and it is the masterwork of communist ideology, political theory, and economic critique.
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The Science of Conflict

An Exhibit on Warfare
The Science of Conflict:  An Exhibit on Warfare

This exhibition demonstrates the frailty and vulnerabilities of humankind.  Violence, social disruption and economic and physical destruction of lives are the abhor-able consequences of warfare.  However, without war...there could be no peace.  In life, there is always a struggle with achieving balance.  In our many Collections, there are opportunities to read about what the most significant minds (from military generals to philosophers to the writings of religious orders to the greatest literary novelists, about war and peace.
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"The Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals" by Immanuel Kant

The Behind the Book Lecture Series
"The Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals"

The Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals has never not been famous. 
It was an immediate success. We have the ability to choose what is right and what is wrong. To understand how we have that ability and the implications of that ability is what the groundwork sets out.
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"The Prince" by Niccolo Machiavelli

The Behind the Book Lecture Series
"The Prince"

Machiavelli’s The Prince has become the foremost treatise on power. The driving idea in The Prince: how do you make a dangerous and fluid situation stable? And his answer was, by any means necessary.
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"Two Treatises of Government" by John Locke

The Behind the Book Lecture Series
"Two Treatises of Government"

What makes government good? And his answer was that good government came from the people, was for the people, was by the people. Locke was so influential on a minority revolution in North America in a country that would come to be called The United States.
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Order

A Law Exhibit
Order:  A Law Exhibit

Our many book collections feature the top 100 greatest books which showcase the formation of governments and their varied legal systems from around the world, throughout time.  Books from our Government and Law Collections are included, as are books from a Religion and Philosophy Collections - since these disciplines have played a significant role in the development of systems and governments.  The Magna Carta and Code Napoléon and Declaration of Independence are examples of the the timeless documents which remain more relevant as ever and continue to be referenced and analyzed as systems of cooperation between world citizens.
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Sacred Words and Deeds

An Exhibit on Religion
Sacred Words and Deeds:  An Exhibit on Religion

Nothing motivates people more than faith.  Religions have brought both comfort and struggle to world populations throughout time.  Faith in religious, and hence, moral concepts have expanded from the reading and studying of The Bible or Qu'ran to include an inter-disciplinary of complex ideologies.  From the inspirational to the mathematical:  these multi-volume Collections assist readers and life students in their quest to understand man's relationship to God or gods, to nature and each other.
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Charge Your Style with Life

March Poetry Corner Exhibit

Charge Your Style with Life

By Thad Higa
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Black History Month

A Look Back
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History of Healing

A Medical Exhibit
History of Healing:  A Medical Exhibit

This collection of 100  of the most influential medical texts and curated from our extensive collections of books, medical journals which illustrates the history of medicine, health and fitness and biology.  Mankind's need to heal and understand disease and how it affects populations.  The greatest Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers' writings, esteemed medical journals, medical canons, and history of medicine, all in digitally remastered.   Ancient medical books were technically not books, but papyri scrolls, which have been preserved by museums throughout the world.  In truth, ancient medical texts have almost all been lost to history.  The books, journals and manuscripts in our collections celebrates the history of healing, medical practitioners and advocates, and the countless precious scribes who wrote down this important foundation of knowledge so that it could be passed on to others. Our collections draw a detailed picture of the evolution and migration of medical knowledge that continues to influence modern medicine and other healing arts today.   The exhibit is accompanied by books about the world history of medicine and its evolution from superstition and magic to tested theories.
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Power

An Exhibit on Politics
Power:  An Exhibit on Politics

This virtual exhibit examines the history of political ideologies and the on the application of personal and political power within the context of social and resource control.  Throughout history, man has struggled for both control, and sovereignty. The concepts of freedom and independence have been great inspiration for writers throughout millenia.  These documents are located in the following Collections: Politics, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, Government, Law, Literature...among many other volumes of influential works.


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"Leviathan" by Thomas Hobbes

The Behind the Book Lecture Series
"Leviathan"

Thomas Hobbes "Leviathan" was the foundational text of social contract theory. It was the first really robust exploration into why people come together, under governments, and what makes those governments legitimate and workable.
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History's Classroom

A Historical Perspective on Education
History's Classroom:  A Historical Perspective on Education

The voices of mathematicians, scientists, philosophers are included in this virtual exhibit, "History's Classroom:  A Historical Perspective on Education." 

From ancient manuscripts to the unmatched selection of the world's much treasured children's picture books, the enduring importance of education and literacy is illustrated in the thousands of books contained in many collections joined to this exhibit:  Subjects such as Anthropology, Religion, Sociology, astronomy and Shakespeare.  These books are vital to the continuation of mankind, as the sharing of knowledge, teaching and literacy are the cornerstone of everything we do, and want to accomplish - yet to be imagined.   Perpetual pursuit of knowledge moves society forward.
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Building Societies

An Exhibit on Governments
Building Societies:  An Exhibit on Governments

The titles in the Building Societies Collection includes important historic works regarding the complex processes needed in order to manage conflicts and the details that arise when administering territories and as populations grow. The exhibit contains the most important books written in the thousands of years histories of rising and falling governments, conquerors and statesman, important theorists and philosophers.

This presentation is representative of the most significant accounts of those that have shaped the world we live in today, including, but not limited to the most influential top 100 books in Government, Economics and Political Science and Philosophy Collections. On the subject of governance, Aristotle wrote: "...But one factor of liberty is to govern and be governed in turn; for the popular principle of justice is to have equality according to number, not worth, ...And one is for a man to live as he likes; for they say that this is the function of liberty inasmuch as to live not as one likes is the life of a man that is a slave..."  (The Works of Aristotle, Aristotle).  
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Quantifying the Universe

A Mathematics Exhibit
Quantifying the Universe:  A Mathematics Exhibit

Explaining everything through numbers and formulas may seem counter-intuitive to most, however, the very best physicists and mathematicians in history have been able to explain (with mat), most everything that up to 50 years ago had been a mystery.  With the rare documents and books within our Math, Astronomy, Science-Chemistry and Physics Collections...you too, can experience the gift of knowledge that great scientists like Albert Einstein, Isaac Asimov, Aristotle and more, have given us.
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Human Innovation

A Technology Exhibit
Human Innovation:  A Technology Exhibit

Presents a unparalleled group of books showing the progression of the human race through technology.  Once man was controlled by nature, now he is conquering both time and space.  The following collections represent our endless quest for knowledge to bring us to where we are today:  a high technology, globally connected world.  Large cultural leaps were made and revolutions begun with inventions such as the Gutenberg Press, radio, the telephone and the rocket engine.  Collections:  Technology, Science, Physics, Mathematics, warfare and under other disciplines.

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Words of the People

An Exhibit on Language
The Words of the People:  An Exhibit on Language

From the oldest forms of writings with pictographs and Cuneiform in 3500 B.C. to the generation of the first alphabet; of all the strides that we have made in technology, Language has been the single most important "invention" since the dawn of man.  In fact, language defies time.  Language is the greatest man-made achievement.  Tone, intonation, inflection, the tongue, the throat, the breath and the brain:  all lifeforms have some form of communication.  The proceeding Collections in "The Words of the People:  An Exhibit on Language" includes the most significant books on the subject of language.

Language, Literature, Children's Literature, Hawaiiana, Poetry and more.
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Character Growth

An Exhibit on Children's Literature

Character Growth:  An Exhibit on Children's Literature


Childhood reading builds character and books open young minds to the world and the limitless realm of imagination, and learning.  Prior to the advent of mass media communication and transmission, books and letter writing were a part of the daily lives of people.  Reading letters from loved ones and books were considered the entertainment of the day:  recreational reading was anticipated with enthusiasm and brought joy to everyone in the home.  Additionally, reading to children below age 6, teaches them how to use their minds:  solving mysteries, recognizing patterns, literacy and diction; all critical skills.  In this exhibit, entitled "Character Growth:  An Exhibit on Children's Literature," the world's greatest children's writers and famed novelists, explores the most extensive digitally remastered classic children's literature in the world.   From Classic Children's Literature titles, Baby's ABC Book to The Velveteen Rabbit - building character in young ones begins with both parental guidance, and books. 

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Examining the Universe

A Science Exhibit
Examining the Universe: A Science Exhibit

This exhibit celebrates man's perennial search for an understanding of his relationship to nature.  "Examining the Universe: A Science Exhibit," features the most important scientific titles by the greatest minds in math, physics, philosophy, chemistry medicine and biology.  The hundreds of volumes in these collections illustrate the systematic study of the mysterious thread that runs through the life. 
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Human Expression

A Fine Arts Exhibit
Human Expression:  A Fine Arts Exhibit

Critical to survival of man:  a need for expression of all kinds:  speech, acrylic paintings, literature, architecture, song...even the food that we eat - they express a need.  theories and opinions regarding the greatest fine art, low art and literature are showcased in our collections.

Art is everywhere we look, everything we touch, feel and hear.  In other words, someone conjured these out of their imaginations, for our benefit. The books in our dozens of collections (representing hundreds of books) that bring beauty to the world.  Explore topics such as Cookbooks, audio book recordings,fine arts, technology, mathematics, film and television and poetry
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The Message

A Media Exhibit
The Message:  A Media Exhibit

"The Message: A Media Exhibit" reveals that although some (throughout history) have been recognized as “inventors” of media technology, this was actually a collaborative and collective process to build upon past communication technologies and infrastructures that have evolved to a point where technology is a part of the lifestyle of the majority of the world populations. 

Media has connected humankind as never before, and now the greatest stories of these inventions and their creators and their idea of spreading knowledge all over the world, can be readily accessed (with technology) within these Collections.  From the invention of the Gutenberg Press to cellphone technology, explore the wonders of media innovation...
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Love of Wisdom

A Philosophy Exhibit
Love of Wisdom:  A Philosophy Exhibit

When philosophy is read over time, it tells a story of a grand quest for wisdom.  Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Frederick Douglass, Viktor Frank, Wittgenstein, Simone de Beauvoir - trailblazing teachers who wanted to teach people to think.

Logic and Ethics are important philosophical principles for evaluating information, given and received.  No man can think, argue, love or live without this organization of reasoning - its absence makes one passionless, and fully satisfied when present.  Some philosophers, like Socrates sacrificed for their belief that everyone should ask the question, "Why?" Other thinkers such as Viktor Frankl's philos was borne out of profound personal periods in their life.  However, for whatever reason, their teachings continue having a deep impact on society even after hundreds of years.  The great philosophers of history, and their teachings are preserved in the Education, Government, Philosophy, Economics, Science-Astronomy and many other topics.
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The Human Mind

An Exhibit on Psychology
The Human Mind:  An Exhibit on Psychology

“If free will is an illusion, the positive or negative consequences affect if preceding actions would be repeated.” Discerning illusion from reality is essential in operating in a group. Confucius illustrated this well with his writings in the book, Analects.  The psychology books in Collections concentrate on the historic studies about human behavior and level of social acceptance by a group.  Other schools for the study of psychology include Carl Jung, Burrhus Skinner, Siegmund Freud who sought to seeks to mold behavior and understand patients by way of analysis and dreams, emotions, observable behavior, psychologists study and heal others – they are the doctors of the mind and the healers of the spirit. 

Our many Psychology works can be found in the following Collections:  Psychology, Sociology, Literature, Philosophy and more fine Collections to explore.


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Organizing Relationships

A Sociology Exhibit
Organizing Relationships:  A Sociology Exhibit

Many disciplines beyond Sociology, such as Mathematics and Psychology and Economics, are utilized in the Social Sciences.  In our Collections under these and other topics, contain hundreds of titles by writers and theorists who have dedicated to their lives to the study of human society.  Featured books in the following collections include Herbert Spencer, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Talcott Parsons and David Emile Durkheim.
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"The Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith

The Behind the Book Lecture Series
"The Wealth of Nations"

The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith’s most famous economic treatise, is his comprehensive work. If you leave the market alone will it do good? Or will it do evil? Adam Smith started that debate.
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