e99 Store Help
Store Home  Browse:   Books ... Nonfiction


Image Size:   Small  Medium  
  • Automotive
  • Audiobooks
  • Crime & Criminals
  • Current Events
  • Education
  • Economics
  • Government
  • Holidays
  • Philosophy
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Social Sciences
  • Transportation
  • True Accounts
  • Urban Planning & Development
  • Women's Studies
  • 1-10 of 49 Results       Next
    $10.86 (28% off)
    The Tao of Pooh
    $19.04 (32% off)
    The Official LSAT SuperPrep
    $14.39 (20% off)
    The Story of the World
    $10.01 (37% off)
    Under the Banner of
    $10.36 (39% off)
    Discipline & Punish
    $14.20 (21% off)
    The Story of the World
    $13.36 (21% off)
    Orientalism
    $40.34
    Strategies That Work
    $12.92 (32% off)
    The Shock Doctrine
    $17.84 (41% off)
    The Black Swan


    1. The Tao of Pooh
    by Benjamin Hoff
    List Price:
    Price:
    You Save:
    US$15.00
    US$10.86
    US$4.14 (28%)
    Category: Paperback Brand: Penguin Books
    (1983-07-28)
    Publisher: Penguin Books
    ISBN: 0140067477
    Sales Rank: 1874
    Lowest New Price: $6.87
    Lowest Used Price: $1.49 (294 Used Items)
    Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Product Description

    For Taoists everywhere, the New York Times bestseller from the author of The Te of Piglet.

    Happy 90th birthday (10/14/16), to one of the world's most beloved icons of literature, Winnie-the-Pooh! 

    The how of Pooh? The Tao of who? The Tao of Pooh!?! In which it is revealed that one of the world's great Taoist masters isn't Chinese--or a venerable philosopher--but is in fact none other than that effortlessly calm, still, reflective bear. A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh! While Eeyore frets, and Piglet hesitates, and Rabbit calculates, and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is.

    And that's a clue to the secret wisdom of the Taoists.

    Amazon.com Review

    Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey. Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us as our morning breakfast bowl. Romp through the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living.

    ... Read more

    Features:

    • Great product!

    Similar Items:
    1. The Te of Piglet
    2. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
    3. 365 Tao: Daily Meditations
    4. Tao Te Ching: A New English Version (Perennial Classics)
    5. Positively Pooh: Timeless Wisdom from Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh)
    6. Tao Te Ching
    7. Tao Te Ching
    8. Red Azalea
    9. Tao Te Ching
    10. Tao: The Watercourse Way .

    2. The Official LSAT SuperPrep: The Champion of LSAT Prep
    by Law School Admission Council
    List Price:
    Price:
    You Save:
    US$28.00
    US$19.04
    US$8.96 (32%)
    Category: Paperback Brand: Law School Admission Council
    (2007-10-01)
    Publisher: Law School Admission Council
    ISBN: 0979305063
    Sales Rank: 4179
    Lowest New Price: $15.00
    Lowest Used Price: $4.30 (170 Used Items)
    Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Product Description

    SuperPrep is our most comprehensive LSAT preparation book. It includes:

    • 3 complete PrepTests
    • a guide to LSAT logic
    • explanations for every item in all 3 tests (Feb. 2000, Feb. 1999, Feb. 1996)
    • sample Comparative Reading questions and explanations

    ... Read more

    Features:

    • ISBN13: 9780979305061
    • Condition: New
    • Notes: BRAND NEW FROM PUBLISHER! 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Tracking provided on most orders. Buy with Confidence! Millions of books sold!

    Similar Items:
    1. 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests
    2. 10 New Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests with Comparative Reading: (PrepTests 52-61) (Lsat Series)
    3. 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests Volume V: PrepTests 62 through 71 (Lsat Series)
    4. 10 More, Actual Official LSAT PrepTests: (PrepTests 19 through 28) (Lsat Series)
    5. The Next 10 Actual, Official LSAT PrepTests (Lsat Series)
    6. The PowerScore LSAT Reading Comprehension Bible (PowerScore LSAT Bible) (PowerScore LSAT Bible Series)
    7. The PowerScore LSAT Logical Reasoning Bible
    8. The PowerScore LSAT Logic Games Bible (Powerscore LSAT Bible) (Powerscore Test Preparation)
    9. The PowerScore LSAT Bible Trilogy
    10. Official LSAT Preptest 72: June 2014 LSAT .


    3. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: The Middle Ages: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance (Second Revised Edition) (Vol. 2) (Story of the World)
    by Susan Wise Bauer
    List Price:
    Price:
    You Save:
    US$17.95
    US$14.39
    US$3.56 (20%)
    Category: Paperback Brand: Peace Hill Press
    (2007-04-16)
    Publisher: The Well-Trained Mind Press
    ISBN: 1933339098
    Sales Rank: 8910
    Lowest New Price: $9.82
    Lowest Used Price: $8.47 (45 Used Items)
    Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Product Description

    This second book in the four-volume narrative history series for elementary students will transform your study of history. The Story of the World has won awards from numerous homeschooling magazines and readers' polls―over 150,000 copies of the series in print!

    Now more than ever, other cultures are affecting our everyday lives―and our children need to learn about the other countries of the world and their history. Susan Wise Bauer has provided a captivating guide to the history of other lands. Written in an engaging, straightforward manner, this revised edition of The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 2: The Middle Ages weaves world history into a story book format. Who discovered chocolate? What happened to the giant Fovor of the Mighty Blows? Why did the Ottoman Turks drag their war ships across dry land?

    The Story of the World covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas―find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. Designed as a read-aloud project for parents and children to share together, The Story of the World includes each continent and major people group. Volume 2: The Middle Ages, is the second of a four-volume series and covers the major historical events in the years 400 to 1600 CE, as well as including maps, illustrations, and tales from each culture.

    Each Story of the World volume provides a full year of history study when combined with the Activity Book, Audiobook, and Tests―each available separately to accompany each volume of TheStory of the World Text Book. Volume 2 Grade Recommendation: Grades 1-6. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white drawings and maps

    ... Read more

    Features:

    • Peace Hill Press

    Similar Items:
    1. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Activity Book 2: The Middle Ages: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance
    2. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 3: Early Modern Times
    3. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor, Revised Edition
    4. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 4: The Modern Age: From Victoria's Empire to the End of the USSR
    5. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: The Middle Ages: Tests and Answer Key (Vol. 2) (Story of the World)
    6. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Ancient Times: Tests and Answer Key (Vol. 1) (Story of the World)
    7. The Story of the World, Activity Book 1: Ancient Times - From the Earliest Nomad to the Last Roman Emperor
    8. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Early Modern Times: Tests and Answer Key (Vol. 3) (Story of the World)
    9. The Story of the World Activity Book Four: The Modern Age: From Victoria's Empire to the End of the USSR
    10. The Story of the World Activity Book Three: Early Modern Times .


    4. Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
    by Jon Krakauer
    List Price:
    Price:
    You Save:
    US$16.00
    US$10.01
    US$5.99 (37%)
    Category: Paperback Brand: Krakauer, Jon
    (2004-06-08)
    Publisher: Anchor
    ISBN: 1400032806
    Sales Rank: 5934
    Lowest New Price: $4.95
    Lowest Used Price: $0.25 (656 Used Items)
    Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Product Description

    This extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America’s isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities, where some 40,000 people still practice polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God.

    At the core of Krakauer’s book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith. Along the way he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.

    Amazon.com Review

    In 1984, Ron and Dan Lafferty murdered the wife and infant daughter of their younger brother Allen. The crimes were noteworthy not merely for their brutality but for the brothers' claim that they were acting on direct orders from God. In Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer tells the story of the killers and their crime but also explores the shadowy world of Mormon fundamentalism from which the two emerged. The Mormon Church was founded, in part, on the idea that true believers could speak directly with God. But while the mainstream church attempted to be more palatable to the general public by rejecting the controversial tenet of polygamy, fundamentalist splinter groups saw this as apostasy and took to the hills to live what they believed to be a righteous life. When their beliefs are challenged or their patriarchal, cult-like order defied, these still-active groups, according to Krakauer, are capable of fighting back with tremendous violence. While Krakauer's research into the history of the church is admirably extensive, the real power of the book comes from present-day information, notably jailhouse interviews with Dan Lafferty. Far from being the brooding maniac one might expect, Lafferty is chillingly coherent, still insisting that his motive was merely to obey God's command. Krakauer's accounts of the actual murders are graphic and disturbing, but such detail makes the brothers' claim of divine instruction all the more horrifying. In an age where Westerners have trouble comprehending what drives Islamic fundamentalists to kill, Jon Krakauer advises us to look within America's own borders. --John Moe

    ... Read more

    Features:

    • Anchor Books

    Similar Items:
    1. Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
    2. Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
    3. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
    4. Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men And Mountains
    5. Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way
    6. Into the Wild
    7. Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints
    8. No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith
    9. Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs
    10. The 19th Wife: A Novel .


    5. Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison
    by Michel Foucault
    List Price:
    Price:
    You Save:
    US$17.00
    US$10.36
    US$6.64 (39%)
    Category: Paperback Brand: Vintage Books
    (1995-04-25)
    Publisher: Vintage Books
    ISBN: 0679752552
    Sales Rank: 6257
    Lowest New Price: $8.05
    Lowest Used Price: $3.50 (87 Used Items)
    Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Product Description

    In this brilliant work, the most influential philosopher since Sartre suggests that such vaunted reforms as the abolition of torture and the emergence of the modern penitentiary have merely shifted the focus of punishment from the prisoner's body to his soul.

    ... Read more

    Features:

    • Vintage Books

    Similar Items:
    1. Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason
    2. The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1: An Introduction
    3. The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences
    4. The History of Sexuality, Vol. 2: The Use of Pleasure
    5. The History of Sexuality, Vol. 3: The Care of the Self
    6. The Wretched of the Earth
    7. The Archaeology of Knowledge: And the Discourse on Language
    8. The Birth of the Clinic: An Archaeology of Medical Perception
    9. Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972-1977
    10. The Foucault Reader .


    6. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 3: Early Modern Times
    by Susan Wise Bauer
    List Price:
    Price:
    You Save:
    US$17.95
    US$14.20
    US$3.75 (21%)
    Category: Paperback Brand: Peace Hill Press
    (2004-04-12)
    Publisher: The Well-Trained Mind Press
    ISBN: 0971412995
    Sales Rank: 8674
    Lowest New Price: $9.25
    Lowest Used Price: $7.19 (72 Used Items)
    Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Product Description

    This third book in the four-volume narrative history series for elementary students will transform your study of history. The Story of the World has won awards from numerous homeschooling magazines and readers' polls―over 150,000 copies of the series in print!

    Now more than ever, other cultures are affecting our everyday lives―and our children need to learn about the other countries of the world and their history. Susan Wise Bauer has provided a captivating guide to the history of other lands. Written in an engaging, straightforward manner, The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child; Volume 3: Early Modern Times weaves world history into a story book format. Who was the Sun King? Why did the Luddites go around England smashing machines? And how did samurai become sumo wrestlers?

    The Story of the World covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas―find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. Designed as a read-aloud project for parents and children to share together, The Story of the World includes each continent and major people group. Volume 3: Early Modern Times is the third of a four volume series and covers the major historical events in the years 1600 to 1850, as well as including maps, illustrations, and tales from each culture.

    Each Story of the World volume provides a full year of history study when combined with the Activity Book, Audiobook, and Tests―each available separately to accompany each volume of TheStory of the World Text Book. Volume 3 Grade Recommendation: Grades 3-8. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white drawings and maps

    ... Read more

    Features:

    • History for Children
    • Read-aloud
    • Classical curriculum
    • Homeschool curriculum

    Similar Items:
    1. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 4: The Modern Age: From Victoria's Empire to the End of the USSR
    2. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: The Middle Ages: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance (Second Revised Edition) (Vol. 2) (Story of the World)
    3. The Story of the World Activity Book Three: Early Modern Times
    4. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor, Revised Edition
    5. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Early Modern Times: Tests and Answer Key (Vol. 3) (Story of the World)
    6. The Story of the World Activity Book Four: The Modern Age: From Victoria's Empire to the End of the USSR
    7. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Vol. 3: Early Modern Times, 2nd Edition (9 CDs)
    8. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: The Middle Ages: Tests and Answer Key (Vol. 2) (Story of the World)
    9. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Activity Book 2: The Middle Ages: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance
    10. The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Ancient Times: Tests and Answer Key (Vol. 1) (Story of the World) .


    7. Orientalism
    by Edward W. Said
    List Price:
    Price:
    You Save:
    US$17.00
    US$13.36
    US$3.64 (21%)
    Category: Paperback Brand: Peace Hill Press
    (1979-10-12)
    Publisher: Vintage
    ISBN: 039474067X
    Sales Rank: 12463
    Lowest New Price: $8.98
    Lowest Used Price: $4.71 (142 Used Items)
    Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Product Description

    More than three decades after its first publication, Edward Said's groundbreaking critique of the West's historical, cultural, and political perceptions of the East has become a modern classic.

    In this wide-ranging, intellectually vigorous study, Said traces the origins of "orientalism" to the centuries-long period during which Europe dominated the Middle and Near East and, from its position of power, defined "the orient" simply as "other than" the occident. This entrenched view continues to dominate western ideas and, because it does not allow the East to represent itself, prevents true understanding. Essential, and still eye-opening, Orientalism remains one of the most important books written about our divided world.

    ... Read more

    Similar Items:
    1. Culture and Imperialism
    2. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism
    3. The Wretched of the Earth
    4. Black Skin, White Masks
    5. Discourse on Colonialism
    6. The Colonizer and the Colonized
    7. The Location of Culture (Routledge Classics) (Volume 55)
    8. The Question of Palestine
    9. Orientalism: A Reader
    10. Out of Place: A Memoir .


    8. Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement
    by Pearson Prof. Growth
    List Price:
    Price:
    US$37.68Stenhouse Publishers13398710041908071BookABIS_BOOK2007Stenhouse PublishersStenhouse PublishersStrategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement771USD$7.71
    US$40.34
    Category: Paperback Brand: Brand: Stenhouse Publishers
    (2007)
    Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
    ISBN: 157110481X
    Sales Rank: 28893
    Lowest New Price: $19.99
    Lowest Used Price: $12.16 (84 Used Items)
    Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Product Description

    Since its publication in 2000, Strategies That Work has become an indispensable resource for teachers who want to explicitly teach thinking strategies so that students become engaged, thoughtful, independent readers. In this revised and expanded edition, Stephanie and Anne have added twenty completely new comprehension lessons, extending the scope of the book and exploring the central role that activating background knowledge plays in understanding. Another major addition is the inclusion of a section on content literacy which describes how to apply comprehension strategies flexibly across the curriculum. The new edition is organized around four sections:

    Part I highlights what comprehension is and how to teach it, including the principles that guide practice, a review of recent research, and a new section on assessment. A new chapter, Tools for Active Literacy: The Nuts and Bolts of Comprehension Instruction, describes ways to engage students in purposeful talk through interactive read alouds, guided discussion and written response.

    Part II contains lessons and practices for teaching comprehension. A new first chapter emphasizes the importance of teaching students to monitor their understanding before focusing on specific strategies. Five lessons on monitoring provide a sound basis for launching comprehension instruction. At the end of each strategy chapter, the authors outline learning goals and ways to assess students' thinking, sharing examples of student work, and offering suggestions for differentiating instruction.

    Part III, Comprehension Across the Curriculum, is new. Comprehension strategies are essential for content-area reading, where information can be challenging, and presented in unfamiliar formats. This section includes chapters on social studies and science reading, topic study research, textbook reading and the genre of test reading.

    Part IV shows that kids need books they can sink their teeth into and the updated appendix section recommends a rich diet of fiction and nonfiction, short text, kid's magazines, websites and journals that will assist teachers as they plan and design comprehension instruction

    Through its focus on instruction that is responsive to kids' interests and learning needs, the first edition of Strategies That Work helped transform comprehension instruction for teachers across the country. For them, this new edition will be a welcome extension of that work. Those coming to it for the first time will find a current and essential resource. When readers use these strategies, they enjoy a more complete, thoughtful reading experience. Engagement is the goal. When kids are engaged in their reading they enhance their understanding, acquire knowledge, and learn from and remember what they read. And best yet, they will want to read more!

    ... Read more

    Features:

    • Used Book in Good Condition

    Similar Items:
    1. Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency: Thinking, Talking, and Writing About Reading, K-8
    2. Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction (6th Edition) (Words Their Way Series)
    3. Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide
    4. Reading with Meaning, 2nd edition: Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grades
    5. Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally
    6. Comprehension Going Forward: Where We Are and What's Next
    7. Intervention Strategies to Follow Informal Reading Inventory Assessment: So What Do I Do Now? (3rd Edition) (Response to Intervention)
    8. Running Records for Classroom Teachers
    9. The Daily 5: Fostering Literacy in the Elementary Grades
    10. Qualitative Reading Inventory-6, with Enhanced Pearson eText -- Access Card Package (6th Edition) (What's New in Literacy) .


    9. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
    by Naomi Klein
    List Price:
    Price:
    You Save:
    US$19.00
    US$12.92
    US$6.08 (32%)
    Category: Paperback Brand: Picador
    (2008-06-24)
    Publisher: Picador
    ISBN: 0312427999
    Sales Rank: 14301
    Lowest New Price: $7.95
    Lowest Used Price: $0.99 (213 Used Items)
    Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Product Description

    In this groundbreaking alternative history of the most dominant ideology of our time, Milton Friedman's free-market economic revolution, Naomi Klein challenges the popular myth of this movement's peaceful global victory. From Chile in 1973 to Iraq today, Klein shows how Friedman and his followers have repeatedly harnessed terrible shocks and violence to implement their radical policies. As John Gray wrote in The Guardian, "There are very few books that really help us understand the present. The Shock Doctrine is one of those books."

    Amazon.com Review

    Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine advances a truly unnerving argument: historically, while people were reeling from natural disasters, wars and economic upheavals, savvy politicians and industry leaders nefariously implemented policies that would never have passed during less muddled times. As Klein demonstrates, this reprehensible game of bait-and-switch isn't just some relic from the bad old days. It's alive and well in contemporary society, and coming soon to a disaster area near you.

    "At the most chaotic juncture in Iraq'' civil war, a new law is unveiled that will allow Shell and BP to claim the country's vast oil reserves… Immediately following September 11, the Bush Administration quietly outsources the running of the 'War on Terror' to Halliburton and Blackwater… After a tsunami wipes out the coasts of Southeast Asia, the pristine beaches are auctioned off to tourist resorts… New Orleans residents, scattered from Hurricane Katrina, discover that their public housing, hospitals and schools will never be re-opened." Klein not only kicks butt, she names names, notably economist Milton Friedman and his radical Chicago School of the 1950s and 60s which she notes "produced many of the leading neo-conservative and neo-liberal thinkers whose influence is still profound in Washington today." Stand up and take a bow, Donald Rumsfeld.

    There's little doubt Klein's book--which arrived to enormous attention and fanfare thanks to her previous missive, the best-selling No Logo, will stir the ire of the right and corporate America. It's also true that Klein's assertions are coherent, comprehensively researched and footnoted, and she makes a very credible case. Even if the world isn't going to hell in a hand-basket just yet, it's nice to know a sharp customer like Klein is bearing witness to the backroom machinations of government and industry in times of turmoil. --Kim Hughes

    ... Read more

    Features:

    • Great product!

    Similar Items:
    1. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
    2. No Logo: 10th Anniversary Edition with a New Introduction by the Author
    3. Profit Over People: Neoliberalism & Global Order
    4. No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
    5. A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
    6. Contextualizing Disaster (Catastrophes in Context)
    7. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
    8. Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy
    9. When Poetry Ruled the Streets: The French May Events of 1968
    10. The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War .


    10. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable (Incerto)
    by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    List Price:
    Price:
    You Save:
    US$30.00
    US$17.84
    US$12.16 (41%)
    Category: Hardcover Brand: Hyperion EA
    (2007-04-17)
    Publisher: Random House
    ISBN: 1400063515
    Sales Rank: 26018
    Lowest New Price: $12.74
    Lowest Used Price: $1.83 (239 Used Items)
    Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Product Description

    The Black Swan is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. The other books in the series are Fooled by Randomness, Antifragile, and The Bed of Procrustes.

    A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a black swan; so was 9/11. For Nassim Nicholas Taleb, black swans underlie almost everything about our world, from the rise of religions to events in our own personal lives.
     
    Why do we not acknowledge the phenomenon of black swans until after they occur? Part of the answer, according to Taleb, is that humans are hardwired to learn specifics when they should be focused on generalities. We concentrate on things we already know and time and time again fail to take into consideration what we don’t know. We are, therefore, unable to truly estimate opportunities, too vulnerable to the impulse to simplify, narrate, and categorize, and not open enough to rewarding those who can imagine the “impossible.”
     
    For years, Taleb has studied how we fool ourselves into thinking we know more than we actually do. We restrict our thinking to the irrelevant and inconsequential, while large events continue to surprise us and shape our world. In this revelatory book, Taleb explains everything we know about what we don’t know, and this second edition features a new philosophical and empirical essay, “On Robustness and Fragility,” which offers tools to navigate and exploit a Black Swan world.
     
    Elegant, startling, and universal in its applications, The Black Swan will change the way you look at the world. Taleb is a vastly entertaining writer, with wit, irreverence, and unusual stories to tell. He has a polymathic command of subjects ranging from cognitive science to business to probability theory. The Black Swan is a landmark book—itself a black swan.
     
    Praise for Nassim Nicholas Taleb
     
    “The most prophetic voice of all.”—GQ
     
    Praise for The Black Swan
     
    “[A book] that altered modern thinking.”The Times (London)
     
    “A masterpiece.”—Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired, author of The Long Tail
     
    “Idiosyncratically brilliant.”—Niall Ferguson, Los Angeles Times
     
    The Black Swan changed my view of how the world works.”—Daniel Kahneman, Nobel laureate
     
    “[Taleb writes] in a style that owes as much to Stephen Colbert as it does to Michel de Montaigne. . . . We eagerly romp with him through the follies of confirmation bias [and] narrative fallacy.”—The Wall Street Journal
     
    “Hugely enjoyable—compelling . . . easy to dip into.”Financial Times
     
    “Engaging . . . The Black Swan has appealing cheek and admirable ambition.”—The New York Times Book Review

    Amazon.com Review

    Bestselling author Nassim Nicholas Taleb continues his exploration of randomness in his fascinating new book, The Black Swan, in which he examines the influence of highly improbable and unpredictable events that have massive impact. Engaging and enlightening, The Black Swan is a book that may change the way you think about the world, a book that Chris Anderson calls, "a delightful romp through history, economics, and the frailties of human nature." See Anderson's entire guest review below.


    Guest Reviewer: Chris Anderson

    Chris Anderson is editor-in-chief of Wired magazine and the author of The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More.

    Four hundred years ago, Francis Bacon warned that our minds are wired to deceive us. "Beware the fallacies into which undisciplined thinkers most easily fall--they are the real distorting prisms of human nature." Chief among them: "Assuming more order than exists in chaotic nature." Now consider the typical stock market report: "Today investors bid shares down out of concern over Iranian oil production." Sigh. We're still doing it.

    Our brains are wired for narrative, not statistical uncertainty. And so we tell ourselves simple stories to explain complex thing we don't--and, most importantly, can't--know. The truth is that we have no idea why stock markets go up or down on any given day, and whatever reason we give is sure to be grossly simplified, if not flat out wrong.

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb first made this argument in Fooled by Randomness, an engaging look at the history and reasons for our predilection for self-deception when it comes to statistics. Now, in The Black Swan: the Impact of the Highly Improbable, he focuses on that most dismal of sciences, predicting the future. Forecasting is not just at the heart of Wall Street, but it’s something each of us does every time we make an insurance payment or strap on a seat belt.

    The problem, Nassim explains, is that we place too much weight on the odds that past events will repeat (diligently trying to follow the path of the "millionaire next door," when unrepeatable chance is a better explanation). Instead, the really important events are rare and unpredictable. He calls them Black Swans, which is a reference to a 17th century philosophical thought experiment. In Europe all anyone had ever seen were white swans; indeed, "all swans are white" had long been used as the standard example of a scientific truth. So what was the chance of seeing a black one? Impossible to calculate, or at least they were until 1697, when explorers found Cygnus atratus in Australia.

    Nassim argues that most of the really big events in our world are rare and unpredictable, and thus trying to extract generalizable stories to explain them may be emotionally satisfying, but it's practically useless. September 11th is one such example, and stock market crashes are another. Or, as he puts it, "History does not crawl, it jumps." Our assumptions grow out of the bell-curve predictability of what he calls "Mediocristan," while our world is really shaped by the wild powerlaw swings of "Extremistan."

    In full disclosure, I'm a long admirer of Taleb's work and a few of my comments on drafts found their way into the book. I, too, look at the world through the powerlaw lens, and I too find that it reveals how many of our assumptions are wrong. But Taleb takes this to a new level with a delightful romp through history, economics, and the frailties of human nature. --Chris Anderson



    ... Read more

    Similar Items:
    1. Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets (Incerto)
    2. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)
    3. The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms (Incerto)
    4. Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets (Incerto)
    5. Thinking, Fast and Slow
    6. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't
    7. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
    8. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)
    9. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
    10. Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics .


    1-10 of 49 Results       Next

    Questions on ordering or shipping? click here for help.

    Copyright © 1998-2007 geometry.net

    contact: info@n2000.com