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Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child
Mr. Anthony Esolen

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2013

“Esolen signals with this book his presence in the top rank of authors of cultural criticism.” — American Spectator Play dates, soccer practice, day care, political correctness, drudgery without facts, television, video games, constant supervision, endless distractions: these and other insidious trends in child rearing and education are now the hallmarks of childhood. As author Anthony Esolen demonstrates in this elegantly written, ...


The Great Tradition: Classic Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2009

Frustrated with the continuing educational crisis of our time, concerned parents, teachers, and students sense that true reform requires more than innovative classroom technology, standardized tests, or skills training. An older tradition—the Great Tradition—of education in the West is waiting to be heard. Since antiquity, the Great Tradition has defined education first and foremost as the hard work of rightly ordering the human soul, ...


Office Of Assertion: An Art Of Rhetoric For Academic Essay
Scott F. Crider

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2005

Scott F. Crider addresses the intelligent university student with respect and humor. A short but serious book of rhetoric, it is informed by both the ancient rhetorical tradition and recent discoveries concerning the writing process. Though practical, it is not simply a how-to manual; though philosophical, it never loses sight of writing itself. Crider combines practical guidance about how to improve an academic essay with reflection on the ...


Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism (American Ideals & Institutions)
Robert P George

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2013

“Many in elite circles yield to the temptation to believe that anyone who disagrees with them is a bigot or a religious fundamentalist. Reason and science, they confidently believe, are on their side. With this book, I aim to expose the emptiness of that belief.” —From the introduction Assaults on religious liberty and traditional morality are growing fiercer. Here, at last, is the counterattack. Showcasing the talents that have made ...


Did Muhammad Exist?: An Inquiry into Islam's Obscure Origins
Robert Spencer

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2014

Everything you thought you knew about Islam is about to change   This stunning book uncovers provocative evidence that forces us to ask: Did Muhammad, Islam’s founding prophet, even exist?   It is a question that few have thought—or dared—to ask. But the widely accepted story of Islam’s origins begins to crumble on close examination.   In Did Muhammad Exist? bestselling author Robert Spencer brings to ...


The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis
Robert R. Reilly

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2011

The book you must read to understand the Islamist crisis—and the threat to us all   Robert R. Reilly’s eye-opening book masterfully explains the frightening behavior coming out of the Islamic world. Terrorism, he shows, is only one manifestation of the spiritual pathology of Islamism.   Reilly uncovers the root of our contemporary crisis: a pivotal struggle waged within the Muslim world nearly a millennium ago. In a heated battle over ...


Students Guide To U.S. History: U.S. History Guide (Guides To Major Disciplines)
Wilfred M. Mcclay

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2000

The ISI Guides to the Major Disciplines are reader-friendly introductions to the most important fields of knowledge in the liberal arts. Written by leading scholars for both students and the general public, they will be appreciated by anyone desiring a reliable and informative tour of important subject matter. Each title offers an historical overview of a particular discipline, explains the central ideas of each subject, and evaluates the works ...


How the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity
Rodney Stark

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2014

Finally the Truth about the Rise of the West Modernity developed only in the West—in Europe and North America. Nowhere else did science and democracy arise; nowhere else was slavery outlawed. Only Westerners invented chimneys, musical scores, telescopes, eyeglasses, pianos, electric lights, aspirin, and soap. The question is, Why? Unfortunately, that question has become so politically incorrect that most scholars ...


Choosing the Right College 2014-15: The Inside Scoop on Elite Schools and Outstanding Lesser-Known ...
John Zmirak

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2013

“By far the best college guide in America” —Thomas Sowell “Easily the best of the college guides” — American Spectator “Indispensable” — First Things “An essential reference” — Homeschool Magazine “A godsend” — National Catholic Register Over the past decade, Choosing the Right College has established itself as the indispensable resource for students—and parents—who want the unvarnished truth about ...


Everyday Graces: A Child's Book of Good Manners
Karen Santorum

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2003

The regrettable fact is that the subject of manners is not much discussed anymore, and good manners seem practiced even less. But good manners are a prerequisite for the growth of moral character; they are the habits of conduct and behavior by which we express in the most ordinary circumstances our fundamental respect for others, whether parents, friends, colleagues, or strangers. Fortunately, Karen Santorum has produced for parents and ...


Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign That Changed America
Craig Shirley

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2011

The election that changed everything: Craig Shirley’s masterful account of the 1980 presidential campaign reveals how a race judged “too close to call” as late as Election Day became a Reagan landslide—and altered the course of history.


Great Contemporaries: Churchill Reflects on FDR, Hitler, Kipling, Chaplin, Balfour, and Other Giants of His ...
Winston Churchill

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2012

Churchill Sizes Up the Giants of His Age, Offers Wisdom for Our Own Winston Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on the strength of “his mastery of historical and biographical description.” Nowhere is that mastery more evident than in Great Contemporaries (1937), which features Churchill’s brief lives of those he called “Great Men of our age.”   ISI Books is proud to publish a brand-new, illustrated edition of ...


On the Meaning of Sex
Ph.D. J. Budziszewski Ph.D

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2014

What is the meaning of sex? Everyone in every time and place is interested in sex. Our own time is obsessed by it. One would think that a society obsessed by sex would understand it very well. But the truth is that obsession drives out understanding. We no longer understand even the common sense of sexuality, the things that were common knowledge in supposedly less enlightened times. Acclaimed philosopher J. Budziszewski remedies this ...


Roots Of American Order
Russell Kirk

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2003

In this now classic work, Russell Kirk describes the beliefs and institutions that have nurtured the American soul and commonwealth of the United States. Advertising.


The Life of the Mind: On the Joys and Travails of Thinking
James V. Schall

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2008

In "The Life of the Mind," Georgetown University's James V. Schall takes up the task of reminding us that, as human beings, we naturally take a special delight and pleasure in simply knowing. Because we have not only bodies but also minds, we are built to know what is. In this volume, Schall, author of "On the Unseriousness of Human Affairs "(ISI Books),"" among many other volumes of philosophical and political reflection, discusses the various ...


On The Unseriousness Of Human Affairs: Teaching Writing Playing Believing
James V. Schall

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2012

Echoing philosophers such as Josef Pieper, this book explains how the modern world has inverted the rational order of human affairs, devaluing the activities of leisure and placing an exaggerated emphasis on utilitarian concerns.


Dupes: How America's Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century
Paul Kengor

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2010

Historian Kengor shines a light on a deeply troubling aspect of American history: the prominent role of the dupe. Packed with stunning revelations, "Dupes" shows in frightening detail the extent to which U.S. adversaries exploit the American homefront.


The Solzhenitsyn Reader: New and Essential Writings, 1947-2005
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2009

This reader, compiled by renowned Solzhenitsyn scholars Edward E. Ericson, Jr., and Daniel J. Mahoney in collaboration with the Solzhenitsyn family, provides in one volume a rich and representative selection of Solzhenitsyn's voluminous works. Reproduced in their entirety are early poems, early and late short stories, early and late "miniatures" (or prose poems), and many of Solzhenitsyn’s famous—and not-so-famous—essays and speeches. ...


The Quest for Community: A Study in the Ethics of Order and Freedom (Background: Essential Texts for the ...
Robert Nisbet

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2010

One of the leading thinkers to emerge in the postwar conservative intellectual revival was the sociologist Robert Nisbet. His book The Quest for Community , published in 1953, stands as one of the most persuasive accounts of the dilemmas confronting modern society.   Nearly a half century before Robert Putnam documented the atomization of society in Bowling Alone , Nisbet argued that the rise of the powerful modern state had eroded the ...


Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin
Tracy Lee Simmons

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2007

In Climbing Parnassus , winner of the 2005 Paideia Prize, Tracy Lee Simmons presents a defense and vindication of the formative power of Greek and Latin. His persuasive witness to the unique, now all-but-forgotten advantages of study in and of the classical languages constitutes a bracing reminder of the genuine aims of a truly liberal education.



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