The Four Horsemen: The Conversation That Sparked an Atheist Revolution

At the dawn of the new atheist movement, the thinkers who became known as the four horsemen, the heralds of religion s unraveling Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett sat down together over cocktails What followed was a rigorous, pathbreaking, and enthralling

Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth

The New York Times film critic shows why we need criticism now than ever Few could explain, let alone seek out, a career in criticism Yet what A.O Scott shows in Better Living Through Criticism is that we are, in fact, all critics because critical thinking informs almost every aspect of

Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization

Roy Scranton lucidly articulates the depth of the climate crisis with an honesty that is all too rare, then calls for a reimagined humanism that will help us meet our stormy future with as much decency as we can muster While I don t share his conclusions about the potential for social movements to

The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power

A groundbreaking investigation of how and why, from the 18th century to the present day, American resistance to our ruling elites has vanished.From the American Revolution through the Civil Rights movement, Americans have long mobilized against political, social, and economic privilege Hierarchies

Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind

An engrossing dual biography and fascinating intellectual history that examines two of the greatest minds of European history Erasmus of Rotterdam and Martin Luther whose heated rivalry gave rise to two enduring, fundamental, and often colliding traditions of philosophical and religious thought.

Centuries of Change: Which Century Saw the Most Change and Why it Matters to Us

History s greatest tour guide is back And he s ringing the changes In a contest of change, which century from the past millennium would come up trumps Imagine the Black Death took on the female vote in a pub brawl, or the Industrial Revolution faced the internet in a medieval joust whose side