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The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute
Zac Bissonnette

Portfolio, 2015

A bestselling journalist delivers the never-before-told story of the plush animal craze that became the tulip mania of the 1990s In the annals of consumer crazes, nothing compares to Beanie Babies. In just three years, collectors who saw the toys as a means of speculation made creator Ty Warner, an eccentric college dropout, a billionaire--without advertising or big-box distribution. Beanie Babies were ten percent of eBay's sales ...


The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions
David Berlinski

Basic Books, 2009

Militant atheism is on the rise. In recent years Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens have produced a steady stream of best-selling books denigrating religious belief. These authors are merely the leading edge of a larger movement that includes much of the scientific community. In response, mathematician David Berlinski, himself a secular Jew, delivers a biting defense of religious thought. The Devil’s ...


Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds (Wordsworth Reference)
Charles MacKay

Wordsworth Edition Ltd, 1999

Whenever struck by campaigns, fads, cults and fashions, the reader may take some comfort that Charles Mackay can demonstrate historical parallels for almost every neurosis of our times. The South Sea Bubble, Witch Mania, Alchemy, the Crusades, Fortune-telling, Haunted Houses, and even 'Tulipomania' are only some of the subjects covered in this book, which is given a contemporary perspective through Professor Norman Stone's lively new ...


Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference
Cordelia Fine

W. W. Norton & Company, 2011

“[Fine’s] sharp tongue is tempered with humor. . . . Read this book and see how complex and fascinating the whole issue is.”— The New York Times It’s the twenty-first century, and although we tried to rear unisex children—boys who play with dolls and girls who like trucks—we failed. Even though the glass ceiling is cracked, most women stay comfortably beneath it. And everywhere we hear about vitally important “hardwired” ...


The God Delusion
Richard Dawkins

Mariner Books, 2008

A preeminent scientist -- and the world's most prominent atheist -- asserts the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11. With rigor and wit, Dawkins examines God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign (but still illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for ...


Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding
Husain Haqqani

PublicAffairs, 2015

The relationship between America and Pakistan is based on mutual incomprehension and always has been. Pakistan—to American eyes—has gone from being a quirky irrelevance, to a stabilizing friend, to an essential military ally, to a seedbed of terror. America—to Pakistani eyes—has been a guarantee of security, a coldly distant scold, an enthusiastic military enabler, and is now a threat to national security and a source of humiliation. The ...


The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life
Dr.Jeffrey S. Bland, Dr. Mark Hyman

HarperWave, 2015

For decades, Dr. Jeffrey Bland has been on the cutting edge of Functional Medicine, which seeks to pinpoint and prevent the cause of illness, rather than treat its symptoms. Managing chronic diseases accounts for three quarters of our total healthcare costs, because we’re masking these illnesses with pills and temporary treatments, rather than addressing their underlying causes, he argues. Worse, only treating symptoms leads us down the path ...


Delusions (Affinity Book 2), 2012

Can Fate be wrong? When all signs point to a certain someone, do you just blindly follow? What if that person turns out to be someone you hate? Could Destiny be so cruel? Li2sa Miller is busy with family, work, friends and…revenge. Her last summer in high school should be spent, having fun. But ever since Logan Tate played a prank on her,she spends all of her free time trying to get even. Unfortunately Logan's not making it easy for her, ...


Delusion in Death (In Death, Book 35)
J. D. Robb

Berkley, 2013

It was just another after-work happy hour at a bar downtown—until the madness descended. And after twelve minutes of chaos and violence, more than eighty people lay dead. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is trying to sort out the inexplicable events. Surviving witnesses talk about seeing things—monsters and swarms of bees. They describe sudden, overwhelming feelings of fear and rage and paranoia. When forensics makes its report, the mass delusions ...


A Delusion Of Satan: The Full Story Of The Salem Witch Trials
Frances Hill

Da Capo Press, 2002

This acclaimed history illuminates the horrifying episode of Salem with visceral clarity, from those who fanned the crisis to satisfy personal vendettas to the four-year-old "witch" chained to a dank prison wall in darkness till she went mad. Antonia Fraser called it "a grisly read and an engrossing one."


The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom
Evgeny Morozov

PublicAffairs, 2012

Updated with a new Afterword “The revolution will be Twittered!” declared journalist Andrew Sullivan after protests erupted in Iran. But as journalist and social commentator Evgeny Morozov argues in The Net Delusion , the Internet is a tool that both revolutionaries and authoritarian governments can use. For all of the talk in the West about the power of the Internet to democratize societies, regimes in Iran and China are as stable and ...


The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street
Justin Fox

HarperBusiness, 2011

“Do we really need yet another book about the financial crisis? Yes, we do—because this one is different….A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the mess we’re in.” —Paul Krugman, New York Times Book Review   “Fox makes business history thrilling.” — St. Louis Post-Dispatch   A lively history of ideas, The Myth of the ...


Delusions of Grandeur (Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights, Book 9)
Kevin J. Anderson

Berkley, 1997

As the young Jedi Knights continue their search for Raynor Thul's father, they turn for assistance to a dangerous resource, the reprogrammed assassin droid IG-88, a fearsome bounty hunter that the young Jedis may or may not have under control. Original."


Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds
Charles MacKay

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds is a work by Charles MacKay now brought to you in this new edition of the timeless classic.


Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds: Volume 1, 2, and 3 (Illustrated and Bundled with ..., ..., 2014

The book has an active table of contents for readers to access each chapter of the following titles: 1. Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds: Volume 1, 2, and 3 – Charles MacKay 2. The Psychology of the Stock Market – George Charles Selden 3. How to Invest When Prices are Rising – Irving Fisher Irving Fisher was one the greatest economists in the United States who did deep research about the stock markets with ...


Delusions of Mediocrity: How UnderEarning, Codependency and Stupidity Wreak Havoc on Your Life-and How to Get ...

Adoxography Books, 2013

At Least One in Every Three U.S. Workers Is An Underearner Underearning crosses all salary levels: whether you are making minimum wage or pulling down six figures annually, you may be an underearner—someone who earns far below what your abilities, skill set, potential, or job and title should command. The majority of underearners do not bring home enough to meet their monthly obligations, let alone build a future. Many have debt and most ...


Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies
David Bentley Hart

Yale University Press, 2010

In this provocative book one of the most brilliant scholars of religion today dismantles distorted religious “histories” offered up by Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and other contemporary critics of religion and advocates of atheism. David Bentley Hart provides a bold correction of the New Atheists’s misrepresentations of the Christian past, countering their polemics with a brilliant account of Christianity and its message of ...


The Darwin Delusion (The Darwinverse Book 3), 2015

In the gripping, thrilling, and utterly bizarre finale to Ian McLeod's Darwin Trilogy, we find Our Hero, John Madison Darwin, in deep trouble after the events of CURRENTLY UNTITLED. To make matters worse, his madcap entourage of minions, friends, and cohorts are each faced with their own difficulties, ranging from espionage within a publishing company, to arguing the finer points of theology, to running afoul of the Russian Mob. The story ...


Delusions in Science and Spirituality: The Fall of the Standard Model and the Rise of Knowledge from Unseen ...
Susan B. Martinez Ph.D.

Bear & Company, 2015

Debunks cherished theories of mainstream consensus and reveals the deeper mysteries of the science of the unseen • Reveals a new “Theory of Everything” to replace the standard model and complete our knowledge of Earth Science, anthropology, psychology, and spirituality • Explains the failings of the Big Bang, evolution, ice age theory, and global warming • Shows how the Freudian and Jungian theories of the unconscious have ...


Citizens of the Green Room: Profiles in Courage and Self-Delusion
Mark Leibovich

Blue Rider Press, 2014

Author of the groundbreaking #1 New York Times bestseller This Town, Mark Leibovich returns with a masterly collection of portraits of Washington’s elite, and wannabe elites. Hailed by The Washington Post as a “master of the political profile,” Leibovich has spent his career writing memorable, buzz-worthy, and often jaw-dropping features about politicians and other notables. Currently chief national correspondent for The New York ...



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