The Violet Hour by David Bergman

The Violet Hour: The Violet Quill and the Making of Gay Culture by David Bergman
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.3MB
Overview: The members of the literary circle known as the Violet Quill-Andrew Holleran, Felice Picano, Edmund White, Christopher Cox, Michael Grumley, Robert Ferro, and George Whitmore-collectively represent the aspirations and the achievement of gay writing during and after the gay liberation movement. David Bergman’s social history shows how the works of these authors reflected, advanced, and criticized the values, principles, and prejudices of the culture of gay liberation.

In spinning many of the most important stories gay men told of themselves in the short period between the 1969 Stonewall Riots and the devastation of the AIDS epidemic during the 1980s, the Violet Quill exerted an enormous influence on gay culture. The death toll of the AIDS epidemic, including four of the Violet Quill’s seven members, has made putting such recent events into a historical context all the more important and difficult.

The work of the Violet Quill expresses the joy, suffering, grief, hope, activism, and caregiving of their generation. The Violet Hour meets the urgent need for a history of the men who bore witness not only to the birth but also to the decimation of a culture.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational

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Happy Hour Is for Amateurs by The Philadelphia Lawyer +

Happy Hour Is for Amateurs: A Lost Decade in the World’s Worst Profession by The Philadelphia Lawyer
Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 1.6MB
Overview: For some people, happy hour is never enough

This is a book about escape. It’s also about laughing gas. And bourbon and dope and sex and mushrooms and every other vice millions of us indulge in to forget our jobs, the office, and the stifling, corporate caricatures we’re forced to become for paychecks. This is a book about a decade lost in a senseless career no one likes and all the ridiculous things I did to run from it. In the end, it’s probably your story as much as mine. We’re everywhere. We just can’t say it out loud.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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The Crowded Hour by Clay Risen

The Crowded Hour: Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and the Dawn of the American Century by Clay Risen
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 38 MB
Overview: The dramatic story of the most famous regiment in American history: the Rough Riders, a motley group of soldiers led by Theodore Roosevelt, whose daring exploits marked the beginning of American imperialism in the 20th century.

When America declared war on Spain in 1898, the US Army had just 26,000 men, spread around the country-hardly an army at all. In desperation, the Rough Riders were born. A unique group of volunteers, ranging from Ivy League athletes to Arizona cowboys and led by Theodore Roosevelt, they helped secure victory in Cuba in a series of gripping, bloody fights across the island. Roosevelt called their charge in the Battle of San Juan Hill his "crowded hour"-a turning point in his life, one that led directly to the White House. "The instant I received the order," wrote Roosevelt, "I sprang on my horse and then my ‘crowded hour’ began." As The Crowded Hour reveals, it was a turning point for America as well, uniting the country and ushering in a new era of global power.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New…


The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)
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Thomas Aquinas: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern

Thomas Aquinas: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 37.7 MB
Overview: Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Aquinas in just one hour. Thomas Aquinas remains the unacknowledged maestro of Scholasticism – the static, cumulative philosophy of the medieval period. More a method of learning than pure theology, Aquinas’ Scholasticism saw the careful synthesis of Christian doctrine with Greek rationalism – an amalgamation that came to define Catholic philosophy. Aquinas’ influence stretches far across the western world; much modern philosophy has been conceived as either a reaction against, or in accordance with, his original ideas. This audiobook showcases an account of Thomas Aquinas’s life and philosophical ideas – entertainingly written and is above all easy listening. Also included are selections from Thomas Aquinas’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Aquinas in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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Machiavelli: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern

Machiavelli: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 44.6 MB
Overview: Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Machiavelli in just one hour. Niccolò Machiavelli’s work remains misunderstood – synonymous with wicked scheming and underhand politics – nearly 350 years after his death. His philosophy of statecraft was scientific and highly rational, leaving sentiment, and ultimately morality, to one side. His advice is as relevant to modern politics as it was during the Renaissance – and reflects many profound and disturbing truths about the human condition. This audiobook is an expert account of Machiavelli’s life and philosophical ideas – entertainingly written and above all easy listening. Also included are selections from Machiavelli’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Machiavelli in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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Leibniz: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern

Leibniz: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 33.0 MB
Overview: Philosophy for busy people. Read a succinct account of the philosophy of Leibniz in just one hour. Leibniz was the first great German philosopher to produce an all-embracing philosophical system. He came to the remarkable conclusion that space and time do not exist – they are mere superstitious assumptions. Only things exist and only God is able to see things as they truly are – from a perspectiveless viewpoint. Yet the infinite of ultimate objects that make up the world (‘monads’) are not material: they are metaphysical and thus not subject to the laws of cause and effect. Their apparent interaction is the result of a ‘pre-established’ harmony that is part of God’s creation. Here is a concise, expert account of Leibniz’s life and philosophical ideas that is entertainingly written and easy to understand. Also included are selections from Leibniz’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Leibniz in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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Kierkegaard: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern

Kierkegaard: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 41.8 MB
Overview: Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Kierkegaard in just one hour. Although Kierkegaard was not a philosopher in the academic sense, he produced what many people expect of philosophy. He didn’t write about the world, he wrote about life – how we live and how we choose to live, particularly focussing on the individual and the notion of his (or her) existence. Kierkegaard was one of the founders of existentialism, regarding the ‘existing being’ as a purely subjective entity that lay beyond the reach of reason, logic, philosophical systems, theology and even ‘the pretences of psychology’, yet simultaneously remaining the source of all these subjects. This audiobook is an expert account of Kierkegaard’s life and philosophical ideas – entertainingly written and is above all easy listening. Also included are selections from Kierkegaard’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Kierkegaard in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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Hume: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern

Hume: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 37.3 MB
Overview: Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Hume in just one hour. Hume reduced philosophy to ruins, denying the existence of everything except our actual perceptions themselves. The world is nothing more than part of my consciousness. Yet we know the world remains, and we go on as before. What Hume expressed was the status of our knowledge about the world – a world in which neither religion nor science is certain. This audiobook is an expert account of Hume’s life and philosophical ideas – entertainingly written and easy to listen to. Also included are selections from Hume’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Hume in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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Heidegger: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern

Heidegger: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 40.8 MB
Overview: Philosophy for busy people who are always on the go but have always wanted to read up on certain figures in history that have shaped the way we think and live.Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Heidegger in just one hour. One of the two major philosophical traditions of the twentieth century was linguistic analysis, derived largely from Wittgenstein. The other, diametrically opposed, came from Heidegger, and its fundamental question was: ‘What is the meaning of existence?’ For Heidegger, this was not a query that could simply be ‘analysed away’ – it was beyond the reach of logic or reason. This was the primary ‘given’ of every individual life. To confront it, Heidegger needed to develop an entirely new form of philosophy. Here is a concise, expert account of Heidegger’s life and philosophical ideas that is entertainingly written and easy to understand. Also included are selections from Heidegger’s work, suggested further reading and chronologies that place Heidegger in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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Dewey: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern

Dewey: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 39.8 MB
Overview: Philosophy for busy people. Read a succinct account of the philosophy of John Dewey in just one hour. In early twentieth-century America John Dewey was regarded as the foremost philosopher of his age – no mean feat when his colleagues included the likes of Russell, Wittgenstein and Heidegger. Dewey produced a distinctly American philosophy, essentially different from that of his European contemporaries – his pragmatic theory of ‘instrumentalism’ or ‘experimentalism’, relying on modern experimental methods to prove truth and reality. Dewey saw the ultimate reality as being nothing more or less than that which we encounter in everyday life – there is no mystery hidden within. Here is a concise, expert account of Dewey’s life and philosophical ideas that is entertainingly written and easy to understand. Also included are selections from Dewey’s work, suggested further reading and chronologies that place Dewey in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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Derrida: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern

Derrida: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 45.5 MB
Overview: Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Derrida in just one hour. Jacques Derrida’s ‘deconstructionism’ is nothing less than an effort to destroy all ‘writing’ by demonstrating its inevitable falsehood. The writer writes but does not know what he is writing. Derrida argues that all texts have their own hidden agenda and contain their own metaphysical assumptions – the writer’s very language inevitably distorts what he thinks and writes. The ‘truth’ of all our knowledge is thus undermined; post-structuralism arrives. This is audiobook is an expert account of Derrida’s life and philosophical ideas – entertainingly written and is above all easy listening. Also included are selections from Derrida’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Derrida in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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Wittgenstein: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern

Wittgenstein: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 32.2 MB
Overview: Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Wittgenstein in just one hour. Ludwig Wittgenstein saw himself as ‘the last philosopher’. In his view, philosophy in the traditional sense was finished. A superb logician, Wittgenstein distrusted language and sought to solve the problems of philosophy by reducing them to the purest form of logic. Everything else – metaphysics, aesthetics, ethics, finally even philosophy itself – was excluded. He famously stated, ‘of that which we cannot speak we must remain silent’, thus eliminating all concepts which do not arise from experience or are amenable to logical thought Wittgenstein: Philosophy in an Hour is an audiobook showcasing an expert account of Wittgenstein’s life and philosophical ideas – entertainingly written and above all easy to listen to. Also included are selections from his work, suggested further reading and chronologies that place Wittgenstein in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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Schopenhauer: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern

Schopenhauer: Philosophy in an Hour by Paul Strathern
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 35.9 MB
Overview: Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Schopenhauer in just one hour. Arthur Schopenhauer, the ‘philosopher of pessimism,’ makes it clear that he regards the world and our life in it as a bad joke. However, if the world is indifferent to our fate it doesn’t thwart us deliberately – its façade is supported by what Schopenhauer calls the universal Will. He saw this as a force that is blind and without purpose, bringing on all our misery and suffering. Schopenhauer taught that our only hope is to liberate ourselves from the terrible power of the Will and from the trappings of individualism and egoism that are at its mercy. This audiobook is an expert account of Schopenhauer’s life and philosophical ideas – entertainingly written and above all easy listening. Also included are selections from Schopenhauer’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Schopenhauer in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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