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Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre
Ethan Mordden

Oxford University Press, 2013

Ethan Mordden has been hailed as "a sharp-eared listener and a discerning critic," by Opera News , which compares his books to "dinner with a knowledgeable, garrulous companion." The "preeminent historian of the American musical" ( New York Times ), he "brings boundless energy and enthusiasm buttressed by an arsenal of smart anecdotes" ( Wall Street Journal ). Now Mordden offers an entirely fresh and infectiously delightful history of American ...
  
  











  



  
The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam
Barbara W. Tuchman

Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1985

Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman, author of the World War I masterpiece The Guns of August, grapples with her boldest subject: the pervasive presence, through the ages, of failure, mismanagement, and delusion in government.   Drawing on a comprehensive array of examples, from Montezuma’s senseless surrender of his empire in 1520 to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Barbara W. Tuchman defines folly as the pursuit ...
  
  











  



  
One Man's Folly: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood
Julia Reed

Rizzoli, 2014

When it comes to interiors style, antiques, and Southern vernacular architecture, Furlow Gatewood is a one-of-a-kind classic-this book presents his magical private enclave for the first time. Antiques expert Furlow Gatewood's highly personal property in bucolic Americus, Georgia, where he has meticulously restored his family's carriage house and added intimate dwellings and outbuildings-several rescued from demolition-has evolved over decades ...
  
  











  



  
From Aristocracy to Monarchy to Democracy: A Tale of Moral and Economic Folly and Decay
Hans-Hermann Hoppe

Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2014

In this tour de force essay, Hans-Hermann Hoppe turns the standard account of historical governmental progress on its head. While the state is an evil in all its forms, monarchy is, in many ways, far less pernicious than democracy. Hoppe shows the evolution of government away from aristocracy, through monarchy, and toward the corruption and irresponsibility of democracy to have been identical with the growth of the leviathan state. There is hope ...
  
  











  



  
The Praise of Folly and Other Writings (Norton Critical Editions)
Desiderius Erasmus

W. W. Norton & Company, 1989

This Norton Critical Edition provides a wide selection of Erasmus’s writings, translated from the Latin into fresh, modern English. Besides the celebrated Praise of Folly , Robert M. Adams has included the political "Complaint of Peace," the brutal antipapal satire "Julius Excluded from Heaven," two versions of Erasmus’s important preface to the Latin translation of the New Testament, and a selection both serious and comic of his ...
  
  











  



  
How to Read Proverbs (How to Read Series How to Read)
Tremper Longman III

InterVarsity Press, 2002

Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife. A perverse person spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends. Go to the ant, you lazybones; consider its ways, and be wise. Everyday we make choices on the path of life. Proverbs are memorable capsules of wisdom, chiseled in words and polished through use by those who have traveled that path ahead of us. But the proverbs of the Bible make a greater claim ...
  
  











  



  
This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly
Carmen M. Reinhart, Kenneth Rogoff

Princeton University Press, 2011

Throughout history, rich and poor countries alike have been lending, borrowing, crashing--and recovering--their way through an extraordinary range of financial crises. Each time, the experts have chimed, "this time is different"--claiming that the old rules of valuation no longer apply and that the new situation bears little similarity to past disasters. With this breakthrough study, leading economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff ...
  
  











  



  
Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
Richard Rhodes

Vintage, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes delivers a remarkable story of science history: how a ravishing film star and an avant-garde composer invented spread-spectrum radio, the technology that made wireless phones, GPS systems, and many other devices possible.   Beginning at a Hollywood dinner table, Hedy's Folly tells a wild story of innovation that culminates in U.S. patent number 2,292,387 for a "secret communication system." Along the ...
  
  











  



  
Praise of Folly (Penguin Classics)
Desiderius Erasmus

Penguin Classics, 1994

Erasmus of Rotterdam (c. 1466 1536) is one of the greatest figures of the Renaissance humanist movement, which abandoned medieval pieties in favour of a rich new vision of the individual's potential. Praise of Folly, written to amuse his friend Sir Thomas More, is Erasmus's best-known work. Its dazzling mixture of fantasy and satire is narrated by a personification of Folly, dressed as a jester, who celebrates youth, pleasure, drunkenness and ...
  
  











  



  
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
Scott Anderson

Anchor, 2014

Finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography One of the Best Books of the Year: The Christian Science Monitor NPR The Seattle Times  St. Louis Post-Dispatch  Chicago Tribune A New York Times Notable Book The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War I was, in the words of T. E. Lawrence, “a sideshow of a sideshow.” As a result, the conflict was shaped to a remarkable degree by a small handful of ...
  
  











  



  
Sondheim on Music: Minor Details and Major Decisions
Mark Eden Horowitz

Scarecrow Press, 2010

Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as the most important composer and lyricist of musical theater in the second half of the 20th century. Celebrating his 80th birthday, this new edition of Sondheim on Music finds him in these guided interviews expounding in great depth and detail on his craft. As a natural teacher, thoughtful and opinionated, Sondheim discusses the art of musical composition, lyric writing, the collaborative process of ...
  
  











  



  
To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism
Evgeny Morozov

PublicAffairs, 2014

In the very near future, “smart” technologies and “big data” will allow us to make large-scale and sophisticated interventions in politics, culture, and everyday life. Technology will allow us to solve problems in highly original ways and create new incentives to get more people to do the right thing. But how will such “solutionism” affect our society, once deeply political, moral, and irresolvable dilemmas are recast as uncontroversial ...
  
  











  



  
Behind the Palace Doors: Five Centuries of Sex, Adventure, Vice, Treachery, and Folly from Royal Britain
Michael Farquhar

Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2011

Spanning 500 years of British history, a revealing look at the secret lives of some great (and not-so-great) Britons, courtesy of one of the world’s most engaging royal historians   Beleaguered by scandal, betrayed by faithless spouses, bedeviled by ambitious children, the kings and queens of Great Britain have been many things, but they have never been dull. Some sacrificed everything for love, while others met a cruel fate at the edge of ...
  
  











  



  
Nicky Haslam's Folly De Grandeur: Romance and Revival in an English Country House
Nicky Haslam

Rizzoli, 2013

For anyone who has nurtured the dream of having a country house in the English style, celebrated designer Nicholas Haslam has created an inspiring series of exquisite yet relaxed interiors that blend traditional comfort with elegance and a passion for collecting art and antiques. Nicholas Haslam’s delightful "Folly de Grandeur" is a unique country house that many in the interior design community consider to be one of the world’s most ...
  
  











  



  
The Miracle of Castel di Sangro: A Tale of Passion and Folly in the Heart of Italy
Joe McGinniss

Broadway Books, 2000

Master storyteller Joe McGinniss travels to Italy to cover the unlikely success of a ragtag minor league soccer team--and delivers a brilliant and utterly unforgettable story of life in an off-the-beaten-track Italian village. When Joe McGinniss sets out for the remote Italian village of Castel di Sangro one summer, he merely intends to spend a season with the village's soccer team, which only weeks before had, miraculously, reached the ...
  
  











  



  
Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster
Kristen Johnston

Gallery Books, 2013

The New York Times bestseller—a harrowing and hysterical memoir by the two-time Emmy Award-winning actress from the hit television show 3rd Rock from the Sun. “It felt like I was speeding on the Autobahn toward hell, trapped inside a DeLorean with no brakes. And even if I could somehow stop, I’d still be screwed, because there’s no way I’d ever be able to figure out how to open those insane, cocaine-designed doors.” ...
  
  











  



  
On Folly Beach
Karen White

New American Library, 2010

Folly Beach, South Carolina, has survived despite hurricanes and war. But it's the personal battles of Folly Beach's residents that have left the most scars, and why a young widow has been beckoned there to heal her own... To most people, Folly Beach is simply the last barrier island before reaching the great Atlantic. To some, it's a sanctuary for lost souls, which is why Emmy Hamilton's mother encourages her to buy the local book store, ...
  
  











  



  
A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life
William Law

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013

William Law was a priest at the Church of England in the 18th century. Law's book A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life is considered a classic that all Christians should read. In the book Law suggests practices which will lead to good Christian living through prayer and devotion.
  
  











  



  
The Power of Collective Wisdom: And the Trap of Collective Folly
Alan Briskin, Sheryl Erickson, ...

Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2009

In a world facing increasing complexity, ambiguity, and uncertainty, it is both good and necessary to be reminded of deeper truths and practical principles for creating lasting change. Winner of the Nautilus Award for Conscious Business and Leadership, this book is for leaders, groups, communities, and networks desiring to increase our human capacity for creativity, well being, and social change. The Power of Collective Wisdom is a ...
  
  











  



  
Jazz Age Beauties: The Lost Collection of Ziegfeld Photographer Alfred Cheney Johnston
Robert Hudovernik

Universe, 2006

Despite Prohibition, the '20s was the decade of jazz, flappers and hip flasks. While some took their vote and joined the Woman's Christian Temperance Movement, others, well, took liberties. Compiled here for the first time are more than 200 publicity stills and photos of some of America's first "It" girls—the silent film-era starlets who paved the way for the cacophony of Monroes and Madonnas to follow. Accompanying these iconic images are the ...
  
  











  








   



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