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The White Tiger
Aravind Adiga
And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks
Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs
Haruki Murakami
The Bachman Books: Four Early Novels by Stephen King
Stephen King, Richard Bachman
The Complete Stories
Franz Kafka
Jay Rubin, Philip Gabriel, Haruki Murakami
The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso
Dante Alighieri, Robin Kirkpatrick, Eric Drooker
The Purgatorio (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Dante Alighieri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Peter Bondanella, Julia Conaway Bondanella
The Interpretation of Dreams (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Sigmund Freud, A.A. Brill, Daniel T. O'Hara, Gina Masucci MacKenzie

ESSENTIALS OF PHILOSOPHY: The Basic Concepts of the World's Greatest Thinkers

ESSENTIALS OF PHILOSOPHY: The Basic Concepts of the World's Greatest Thinkers - James Mannion Concise and informative for the most part. It introduces and briefly explains a bunch of different philosophies, including other departments such as religion, new-age spirituality, psychology and anthropology. Where the book gets rather baffling is in the final chapter, in which the heretofore faceless author suddenly decides to show off his vast knowledge of the Star Trek universe & goes off into a lengthy digression about his favorite TV shows that he feels have philosophical relevance. The problem being that he gives this interpolation more page space than any of the philosophical explanations given in the book. Regardless, this is a very easy read and worthwhile to someone looking for a brief overview of philosophy.