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Leading the Way

Novelist Edith Wharton


Edith Wharton was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927, 1928 and 1930. Wharton combined her insider's view of America's privileged classes with a brilliant, natural wit to write humorous, incisive novels and short stories of social and psychological insight. She was well acquainted with many of her era's other literary and public figures, including Theodore Roosevelt.

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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  A focused exploration into historical documents within our Collection will give readers a sound foundation for understanding of government, society and finance processes.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 great warriors are already victorious before they go to war. The supreme art of war is to vanquish your enemy without fighting.
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"The White Company" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Behind the Book Lecture Series

Sherlock Holmes was an extremely profitable character for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His character is still prevalent today in literature and pop culture.
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"Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe

The Behind the Book Lecture Series
"Robinson Crusoe"

If you were on an island and you got to be king of that world, how would you govern it? Is there a noble form of colonization? This novel forces readers to struggle with this question.
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"The Social Contract" by Jean Jacques Rousseau

The Behind the Book Lecture Series
The Social Contract

He was unstable, with bouts of hypochondria and extreme paranoia; he was scandalous and super influential in the revolutionary spirit of his day. 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 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 it was how do you make a dangerous and fluid situation stable? His answer: 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? John Locke's answer was that good government came from the people, was for the people, and 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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International Women's Day

Celebrating Rebellious Women
International Women's Day (IWD), is celebrated on March 8 every year.

In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political, and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended the culture of many countries, primarily in Europe, especially those in the Soviet Bloc. In some regions, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for people to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother's Day and Valentine's Day. In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. Some people celebrate the day by wearing purple ribbons.

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Freedom to Read

Banned Books
Banned books are books or other printed works such as essays or plays which are prohibited by law or to which free access is not permitted by other means. The practice of banning books is a form of censorship, from political, legal, religious, moral, or (less often) commercial motives. This article lists notable banned books and works, giving a brief context for the reason that each book was prohibited. Banned books include fictional works such as novels, poems and plays and non-fiction works such as biographies and dictionaries.

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Threadbare

Lace in Literature
The socioeconomic symbolism of lace throughout much of fashion history cannot be underestimated. Readers of historical romance understands the significance of any mention of a four-inch lace hem, lace-trimmed ruffles, or a froth of lace at throat and cuffs.

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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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Literature of Foodies

Whetting the Appetite
Foodies are a distinct hobbyist group. Typical foodie interests and activities include the food industry, wineries and wine tasting, breweries and beer sampling, food science, following restaurant openings and closings and occasionally reopenings, food distribution, food fads, health and nutrition, cooking classes, culinary tourism, and restaurant management

Works on Gastronomy

There have been many writings on gastronomy throughout the world that capture the thoughts and aesthetics of a culture's cuisine during a period in their history. In some cases, these works continue to define or influence the contemporary gastronomic thought and cuisine of their respective cultures.

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Charge Your Style with Life

March Poetry Corner Exhibit
In the countable sense, a verse is formally a single metrical line in a poetic composition. However, verse has come to represent any division or grouping of words in a poetic composition, with groupings traditionally having been referred to as stanzas.

In the uncountable (mass noun) sense verse refers to "poetry" as contrasted to prose. Where the common unit of verse is based on meter or rhyme, the common unit of prose is purely grammatical, such as a sentence or paragraph. Verse has had a traditional application in drama, which is therefore known as dramatic poetry, verse drama, or dramatic verse.     


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Tomato vs. Book vs. Fiction vs. Farce

A Gander Into Farce

A peanut gallery was, in the days of vaudeville, a nickname for the cheapest (and ostensibly rowdiest) seats in the theater, the occupants of which were often known to heckle.

The least expensive snack served at the theatre would often be peanuts, which the patrons would sometimes throw at the performers on stage to convey their disapproval. The phrases "no comments from the peanut gallery" or "quiet in the peanut gallery" are extensions of the name.

In 1943 the Howdy Doody children's radio show adopted the name to represent its audience of children. Howdy Doody is most remembered for its later transition to television, which continued the Peanut Gallery audience, now on camera.


http://worldheritage.org/articles/Peanut_gallery

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Black History Month

A Look Back

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February and the United Kingdom.

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History of Healing

A Medical Exhibit
History of Healing: A Medical Exhibit

This collection of 100 is filled with the most influential medical texts and curated from our extensive collections of books and medical journals which illustrate the history of medicine, health, fitness and biology. It tells the story of 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, are included, all digitally remastered. 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

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 are within. 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. 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 include important historic works regarding the complex processes needed in order to manage conflicts and the details that arise when administering territories as populations grow. The exhibit contains the most important books written about the histories of rising and falling governments, conquerors and statesman, and 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, 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 an unparalleled group of books showing the progression of the human race through technology. Once man was controlled by nature; now he is attempting to conquer 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, books and letter writing were a part of the daily lives of people. Reading letters 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 helps them develop critical skills like solving mysteries, recognizing patterns, literacy and diction. 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 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

Man has always expressed a need for expression of all kinds: speech, acrylic paintings, literature, architecture, song...even the food that we eat. Theories and opinions regarding the greatest of these expressions are showcased in our collections.

Art is everywhere we look. Someone conjured these works out of their imaginations. The books in our dozens of collections (representing hundreds of books) bring beauty to the world. Explore topics such as cookbooks, audio book recordings, fine arts, technology, mathematics, film, 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 this debate.
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March Author Spotlight

BS Murthy
BS Murthy was born in 1948, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, India. He has worked as a Hyderabad-based insurance surveyor and loss assessor since 1986. He is married with two sons, the elder one holding a Ph.D. in finance and the younger a master’s degree in Engineering.
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The Literature of Vermin

World Rat Day
April 4 is World Rat Day. The very thought of celebrating vermin detested the world over makes one shiver with loathing. 
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Children's Literature

Based in the Classics

Children's literature or juvenile literature includes stories, books, magazines, and poems that are enjoyed by children. Modern children's literature is classified in two different ways: genre or the intended age of the reader.

Children's literature can be traced to stories and songs, part of a wider oral tradition, that adults shared with children before publishing existed. The development of early children's literature, before printing was invented, is difficult to trace. Even after printing became widespread, many classic "children's" tales were originally created for adults and later adapted for a younger audience. Since the 1400s, a large quantity of literature, often with a moral or religious message, has been aimed specifically at children. The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries became known as the "Golden Age of Children's Literature" as this period included the publication of many books acknowledged today as classics.    


http://worldheritage.org/articles/Children's_literature 

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Racial Inequality

African American Stories

Racial inequality in the United States underlies a wide range of societal issues that affect the life chances of different groups disproportionately by race. There are vast differences in wealth across racial groups in the United States. There are many causes, including years of home ownership, household income, unemployment, and education, but inheritance might be the most important.

http://worldheritage.org/articles/Racial_inequality_in_the_United_States

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