Monday, December 26, 2011

A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Books

Charles Dickens; edited with an introduction and notes by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
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A Christmas Carol has gripped the public imagination since it was first published in 1843, and it is now as much a part of the holiday season as is mistletoe or Santa's reindeer. Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future--it is impossible to go anywhere during the month of December and not hear these names, time and again.

Now comes a wonderful new collection of Dickens' Christmas stories, graced with many of the original drawings that appeared in the first edition. Pride of place goes to A Christmas Carol, of course, but the book also includes four other marvelous tales: The Chimes, The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man. All five stories show Dickens at his unpredictable best, jumbling together comedy and melodrama, genial romance and urgent social satire, in pursuit of his aim "to awaken some loving and forbearing thoughts, never out of season in a Christian land." The volume also features an excellent introduction by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, who offers invaluable background to the Christmas stories, illuminating the social questions they set out to address, outlining their reception and the enduring popularity of A Christmas Carol, and highlighting how their style and themes resonate in more complex ways in his major fictions. In addition, the book includes two appendices containing Dickens's article, "What Christmas Is As We Grow Older," and facsimile pages from Dickens's reading version of A Christmas Carol.

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熊秉元 著
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Monday, December 19, 2011

Making the Good Life Last: Four Keys to Sustainable Living

Michael A. Schuler
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The Sustainable Life Is the Good Life

In our materialist culture, the idea of "the good life"--fancy cars, designer clothes, once-in-a-lifetime vacations--leaves even those few who can afford it feeling anxious, empty, and dissatisfied. Michael Schuler deconstructs the assumption that consumption and constant stimulation equal happiness. He shows how, by applying the principles of sustainability to our personal lives, we can discover treasures of perennial value: a beautiful and healthy earth home, enduring relationships, strong communities, work that contributes to the common good, and play that restores our bodies and lifts our souls.

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我負丹靑: 吳冠中自傳

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全書分三部份:第一部份是〈生命之流〉;主要記載畫家思想感情的成長、發展、 轉變和興衰,「這生命之流如繪了一幅《清明上河圖》,著力於長河的全貌與主要轉折,而許多局部細節須用放大鏡觀察。」第二部份〈此情此景〉;便是局部放大圖,這裡包括有關生活的、文藝觀的,其中還有不少引起過強烈反響和爭議的文章。第三部份是畫家親定的年表。




Monday, December 12, 2011

Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision

David duChemin
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Within the Frame is a book about finding and expressing your photographic vision, specifically where people, places, and cultures are concerned. A personal book full of real-world wisdom and incredible images, author David duChemin (of shows you both the how and the why of finding, chasing, and expressing your vision with a camera to your eye. Vision leads to passion, and passion is a cornerstone of great photography. With it, photographs draw the eye in and create an emotional experience. Without it, a photograph is often not worth—and can’t capture—a viewer’s attention.

Both instructional and inspirational, Within the Frame helps you on your photographic journey to make better images of the places and people you love, whether they are around the world or in your own backyard. duChemin covers how to tell stories, and the technology and tools we have at our disposal in order to tell those narratives. Most importantly, he stresses the crucial theme of vision when it comes to photographing people, places, and cultures—and he helps you cultivate and find your own vision, and then fit it within the frame.

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梵谷傳 (Lust for Life: The Story of Vincent Van Gogh)

伊爾文.史東 (Irving Stone) ; 余光中 譯
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史東藉由梵谷與弟弟西奧往來的三卷書信,考證藝術史,寫出藝術家的心靈吶喊。 並並勾勒出當時印象派與後期印象派的主要畫家:羅特列克、高敢、秀拉、賽尚、盧梭……等。畫家們的聚會熱鬧非凡:盧梭高興地報告收到畫迷小姐來信;塞拉又想到新理論,正把塞尚困在窗前;一會笑聽高敢講的黃色笑話;一會又陪盧梭猜他那女朋友是誰;一會又和羅特列爭論……而梵谷與高敢兩大畫家的故事,更令人動容:高敢個性外傾,自負而專橫,常挖苦梵谷。梵谷性情內向,不擅言詞,他把高敢當作師兄來請教,卻也堅持自己的信念,據理力爭。




Monday, December 5, 2011

Concerning the Spiritual in Art

By Wassily Kandinsky
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A pioneering work in the movement to free art from its traditional bonds to material reality, this book is one of the most important documents in the history of modern art. Written by the famous nonobjective painter Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), it explains Kandinsky's own theory of painting and crystalizes the ideas that were influencing many other modern artists of the period. Along with his own ground-breaking paintings, this book had a tremendous impact on the development of modern art.

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藝術的故事 (The Story of Art)

宮布利希 (E.H. Gombrich))
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Lift: Becoming a Positive Force in Any Situation

Ryan W. Quinn and Robert E. Quinn
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Just as the Wright Brothers combined science and practice to finally achieve the dream of flight, Ryan and Robert Quinn combine research and experience to demonstrate how we can elevate ourselves and the situations and people around us to greater heights of integrity, openness, and achievement to achieve the psychological equivalent of aerodynamic lift.

Solidly based in social science literature with a special focus on recent advances in the study of positive psychology and strengths based leadership, as well as Robert Quinn’s groundbreaking work on organizational effectiveness Lift identifies four mindsets that will enable us to become a consistently positive influence in every aspect of our lives: being purpose centered, internally directed, other focused, and externally open. Separate chapters explore each of these components in depth, analyzing the psychological and social factors that keep people from applying them and what we can do to overcome those obstacles.

Although exercises and tools are included throughout to help you understand and apply the authors’ lift framework as well as compelling stories of personal and professional applications of lift this is not a book about tactics. Instead, the Quinns challenge you to ask, “What can I do to be a positive influence, rather than simply try to wield influence in a positive way?”

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駕馭時間的藝術 (How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life)

阿倫.萊肯 (Alan Lakein)
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Academic Discourse: English in a Global Context

Ken Hyland
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Academic discourse is a rapidly growing area of study, attracting researchers and students from a diverse range of fields. This is partly due to the growing awareness that knowledge is socially constructed through language and partly because of the emerging dominance of English as the language of scholarship worldwide. Large numbers of students and researchers must now gain fluency in the conventions of English language academic discourses to understand their disciplines, establish their careers and to successfully navigate their learning.

This accessible and readable book shows the nature and importance of academic discourses in the modern world, offering a clear description of the conventions of spoken and written academic discourse and the ways these construct both knowledge and disciplinary communities. This unique genre-based introduction to academic discourse will be essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying TESOL, applied linguistics, and English for Academic Purposes.

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沒有名片, 你是誰?: 感受真實的自我, 創造有力的存在價值 (The Other Side of the Card)

邁可・莫里森 (Mike Morrison)
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• 要是不看名片上的工作稱職和聯絡方式,你是誰?
• 在我們的真實身分岌岌可危的混亂世界裡,你變成了什麼?
• 最重要的是,在形成真正領導主張的個人旅程中,你走到了哪裡?



Monday, November 14, 2011

The Optimism Advantage : 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results

Terry L. Paulson
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Sharpen your skills and shape attitudes to achieve high levels of success personally and professionally.

The Optimism Advantage offers tangible, proven techniques for turning life's obstacles into opportunities with confidence and competence. Today's economy offers plenty of reasons to feel powerless and frustrated. But why would you, when it offers just as many reasons to be optimistic, resourceful, and persistent? After all, adversity is everywhere...but it's how you handle adversity that makes the difference in your personal and professional life.

Each chapter provides new ways to sharpen your own skills and help others to face ever-present organizational and personal challenges with the kind of positive attitude that leads to resilience and results.
• Presents important truths for maintaining your sanity and effectiveness during times of economic or organizational turmoil
• Shows you how to turn yourself into a valuable, recyclable asset, rather than a disposable "employee"
• Author Terry Paulson is a preeminent expert on the human side of optimism and a powerful, renowned professional speaker

The Optimism Advantage offers much needed relief, hope, and practical tools for everyone who feels trapped and powerless in the face of current economic conditions.

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演講的藝術 (The Art of Public Speaking)

史迪芬. E. 盧卡斯 (Stephen E. Lucas)
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Monday, November 7, 2011

A Beautiful Math: John Nash, Game Theory, and the Modern Quest for a Code of Nature

Tom Siegfried
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Millions have seen the movie and thousands have read the book but few have fully appreciated the mathematics developed by John Nash's beautiful mind. Today Nash's beautiful math has become a universal language for research in the social sciences and has infiltrated the realms of evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and even quantum physics. John Nash won the 1994 Nobel Prize in economics for pioneering research published in the 1950's on a new branch of mathematics known as game theory. At the time of Nash's early work, game theory was briefly popular among some mathematicians and Cold War analysts. But it remained obscure until the 1970's when evolutionary biologists began applying it to their work. In the 1980's economists began to embrace game theory. Since then it has found an ever expanding repertoire of applications among a wide range of scientific disciplines. Today neuroscientists peer into game players brains, anthropologists play games with people from primitive cultures, biologists use games to explain the evolution of human language, and mathematicians exploit games to better understand social networks. A common thread connecting much of this research is its relevance to the ancient quest for a science of human social behaviour, or a Code of Nature, in the spirit of the fictional science of psychohistory described in the famous Foundation novels by the late Isaac Asimov. In "A Beautiful Math", acclaimed science writer Tom Siegfried describes how game theory links the life sciences, social sciences, and physical sciences in a way that may bring Asimov's dream closer to reality.

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美麗心靈: 納什傳 (A Beautiful Mind)

西爾維婭.娜薩 (Sylvia Nasar)
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Monday, October 31, 2011

Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World

Don Tapscott
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Chances are you know a person between the ages of 11 and 30. You've seen them doing five things at once: texting friends, downloading music, uploading videos, watching a movie on a two-inch screen, and doing who-knows-what on Facebook or MySpace. They're the first generation to have literally grown up digital--and they're part of a global cultural phenomenon that's here to stay.

The bottom line is this: If you understand the Net Generation, you will understand the future.

If you're a Baby Boomer or Gen-Xer: This is your field guide. …

A fascinating inside look at the Net Generation, Grown Up Digital is inspired by a $4 million private research study. New York Times bestselling author Don Tapscott has surveyed more than 11,000 young people. Instead of a bunch of spoiled “screenagers” with short attention spans and zero social skills, he discovered a remarkably bright community which has developed revolutionary new ways of thinking, interacting, working, and socializing.

Grown Up Digital reveals:
• How the brain of the Net Generation processes information
• Seven ways to attract and engage young talent in the workforce
• Seven guidelines for educators to tap the Net Gen potential
• Parenting 2.0: There's no place like the new home
• Citizen Net: How young people and the Internet are transforming democracy

Today's young people are using technology in ways you could never imagine. Instead of passively watching television, the “Net Geners” are actively participating in the distribution of entertainment and information. For the first time in history, youth are the authorities on something really important. And they're changing every aspect of our society-from the workplace to the marketplace, from the classroom to the living room, from the voting booth to the Oval Office.

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蘇格拉底之道: 最充分地運用你的智慧的 7 把萬能鑰匙 (Socrates' Way)

羅納德・格羅斯 (Ronald Gross)
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Brain Storm: Tap Into Your Creativity to Generate Awesome Ideas and Remarkable Results

Jason R. Rich
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Business people, entrepreneurs, artists, entertainers, parents, students, teachers, and people from all walks of life can improve their lives by learning how to brainstorm. Successfully implementing an idea is what generates success and results, whether it's a business or personal challenge. Here is a fun, easy-to-read, upbeat book designed to help people boost creativity by learning how to brainstorm and transform their best ideas into reality. Starting with the basics, this book discusses the anatomy of ideas and how they're generated. Focusing on various brainstorming techniques, it offers step-by-step directions for using these techniques as an individual or in a group situation. It helps readers analyze their ideas, pick out the best ones, and implement those ideas to produce positive and measurable results. This book also features in-depth interviews and profiles of a handful of well known people whose brainstorming skills have led them to incredible success.

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重塑心靈: NLP--一門使人成功快樂的學問

李中瑩 著
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Monday, October 17, 2011

Learning, Work and Social Responsibility: Challenges for Lifelong Learning in a Global Age

Karen Evans
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The political consensus on lifelong learning which marked the end of the 20th century fundamentally reshaped discourses on the role of lifelong learning. In ‘knowledge-based’ economies, we are engaged in a lifelong competition for livelihoods; learning for a living as part of a global learning revolution.

The argument (of the author), put simply, revolves around social justice, and active and engaged citizenry. Policies to encourage lifelong learning are based on the view that individuals must learn new things primarily to secure employment in an ever-changing world. The result of these policies has been to open up unsustainable inequalities which ordinary people are unlikely to tolerate for much longer. For politicians, bringing politics closer to the world and aspirations of ordinary people will mean seeking solutions based on broader and fairer forms of meritocracy and bringing work and the pursuit of broader social purposes into a better balance at all levels of the social world.

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全球財富創造大師比爾蓋茲: 微軟總裁經營成功十大祕訣 (Business the Bill Gates Way)

戴斯. 狄洛夫 (Des Dearlove)
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Monday, October 10, 2011

The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience

Carmine Gallo
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Apple CEO Steve Jobs’s wildly popular presentations have set a new global gold standard—and now this step-by-step guide shows you exactly how to use his crowd-pleasing techniques in your own presentations. The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs is as close as you’ll ever get to having the master presenter himself speak directly in your ear. Communications expert Carmine Gallo has studied and analyzed the very best of Jobs’s performances, offering point-by-point examples, tried-and-true techniques, and proven presentation secrets that work every time. With this revolutionary approach, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to sell your ideas, share your enthusiasm, and wow your audience the Steve Jobs way.

Watch Carmine Gallo describe how you can inspire, motivate, and lead your team to do "insanely great" things.

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第一次就說對話: 讓你有效溝通, 輕鬆領導 (Say It Right the First Time)

羅莉塔.瑪蘭多 (Loretta Malandro)
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Monday, October 3, 2011

Creativity 101

James C. Kaufman
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What is creativity and how can we measure it?

Creativity 101 serves as a brief, engaging introduction to the field of creativity. Dr. Kaufman presents the cutting-edge research and analyzes new and emerging theories in the field. This book investigates the many definitions of creativity, as well as how it is manifested and measured in schools, the workplace, business, art, media, and more.

Key topics discussed:
• The "Four P's" of creativity: person, product, process, and press
• How creativity influences personality, motivation, intelligence, and talent
• The dark side of creativity: the remarkable relationship between creativity and mental illness
• Emerging directions in creativity research, with discussions on neuroscience, the media, and literature

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幸福的方法 (更快樂 / Happier)

泰勒.本-沙哈爾 (Tal Ben-Shahar)
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……有關“幸福”的研究表明,人的幸福感主要取決於三個因素:遺傳基因、與幸福有關的環境因素,以及能夠幫助我們獲得幸福的行動。本書用積極心理學的最新科學研究成果和傳統智慧精華,教給你提升幸福指數和獲得持久滿足感的方法!…… 讀這本書,並按書中的方法去思考和堅持練習,你便開始踏上了獲得持久快樂、幸福和滿足感的旅程。






Monday, September 26, 2011

Skilful Time Management!

Peter Levin
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'I was getting badly behind with my work ' missing deadlines and not covering essential ground. Peter's practical suggestions have helped me prioritize my tasks, make much better use of my time, and get back on track.'
BSc Economics student

Are you, like many other students, faced with complex and often conflicting demands on your time? Do you feel as though you're constantly under pressure to make difficult decisions about what task to get on with next? Do you find having irregular deadlines superimposed on top of your weekly timetable a headache to deal with?

This book is designed to help you cope with academic demands in a way that makes best use of your time, and puts you in control of your life. It is based on the principle that an ounce of organization can save you a ton of struggle. It shows you, among other things, how to

• Create a time-use strategy and put it into practice
• Plan your weekly routine
• Prioritize tasks, and manage two or more tasks at once
• Use your time productively
• Overcome blocks to getting started on tasks
• Make sure you meet deadlines

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走出思維的誤區 (Asking the Right Questions)

M.尼爾.布朗 (M. Neil Browne) , 斯圖爾特.M.基利 (Stuart M. Keeley)
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Monday, September 19, 2011

The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism

Colin Neville
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Why is accurate referencing important?
How do I reference sources correctly?
What must I do to avoid plagiarism in my written work?
How can I use referencing to assert my own ideas?

This excellent new edition of The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism continues to demystify the referencing process and provide essential guidance to make sure you are not committing plagiarism. It provides clear guidelines on why and when to reference as well as how to correctly cite from a huge range of sources.

Tackling all the main forms of referencingHarvard, APA, MLA and Numerical referencing stylesin an accessible and comprehensive manner, you'll want to dip into this book time and again. A unique feature of the book is the comparisons it makes between different referencing styles, which are shown side-by-side. This provides a useful guide, particularly for students on combined studies courses who may be expected to use two, and sometimes three, different referencing styles.

This new edition offers:
• A detailed guide to referencing electronic sources and choosing reliable internet sites
• Additional ‘frequently asked questions’ and answers
• Research findings of student perceptions of referencing
• Cases of referencing in practice by real students
• Examples of referencing in action
• Exercises and quizzes to test your knowledge
• Advice on the use of referencing management software

The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism is essential reading for all students and professionals who need to use referencing in academic writing to reflect their own ideas, constructively apply the work of others, and to avoid plagiarism.

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社會硏究方法基礎 (The Basics of Social Research)

艾爾. 巴比(Earl Babbie)
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《社會研究方法基礎》是《社會研究方法》(第八版)的精簡本,是為沒有時間系統研讀《社會研究方法》的讀者準備的。 《社會研究方法》自1975年第一版出版以來,不斷修訂,始終是所有社會科學專業最受歡迎的教材,《社會研究方法基礎》一書更加簡練地展示了社會科學研究的理念與方法。




Monday, September 12, 2011

Writing at University: A Guide for Students

Phyllis Creme and Mary R. Lea
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Writing at University offers guidance on how to develop the writing you have to do at university along with a greater understanding of what is involved in this complex activity. Writing is seen as a tool for learning as well as a product to be assessed. The importance of what you yourself can bring as a writer to your academic writing is stressed throughout the book.

The book looks at an array of writing projects, including essays, reports and dissertations, and analyzes what is expected of each form of assignment. The authors provide examples of student writing and reflections on writing by both tutors and students.

This edition includes new sections on:
• Making an argument and persuading your reader
• Using sources creatively
• Avoiding plagiarism
• Writing online
• Further sources of information about academic writing

Writing at University is an essential resource for all college and university students, including postgraduates, who wish to develop their academic writing. It will also be an invaluable aid for tutors in supporting their students.

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讀書的樂趣 = The Joy of Reading

编者白素平, 胡衛星, 任文閣; 任朕 主編
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這樣一本書不但能使讀者學到生動優美的語言,提高語言能力,而能讓讀者增長知識,陶冶情操,提高文化修養,更重要的是,讀者可從書中學到許多寶貴無價的東西―讀書的方法 ……


Monday, September 5, 2011

Critical Thinking : A Concise Guide

Tracy Bowell and Gary Kemp
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Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide is a much-needed guide to argument analysis and a clear introduction to thinking clearly and rationally for oneself. Through precise and accessible discussion this book equips students with the essential skills required to tell a good argument from a bad one.

Key features of the book are:
• Clear, jargon-free discussion of key concepts in argumentation
• How to avoid common confusions surrounding words such as ‘truth’, ‘knowledge’ and ‘opinion’
• How to identify and evaluate the most common types of argument
• How to spot fallacies in arguments and tell good reasoning from bad
• Chapter summaries, glossaries and useful exercises

This third edition has been revised and updated throughout, with new exercises, and up-to-date topical examples, including: ‘real-world’ arguments; practical reasoning; understanding quantitative data, statistics, and the rhetoric used about them; scientific reasoning; and expanded discussion of conditionals, ambiguity, vagueness, slippery slope arguments, and arguments by analogy.

The Routledge Critical Thinking companion website, features a wealth of further resources, including examples and case studies, sample questions, practice questions and answers, and student activities.

Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide is essential reading for anyone, student or professional, at work or in the classroom, seeking to improve their reasoning and arguing skills.

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治學方法與論文寫作 = An Approach to Academic Studies and Thesis Writing

徐有富 著
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Monday, August 29, 2011

Effective Study Skills

Geraldine Price and Pat Maier
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This is a high-quality, rigorous academic skills textbook providing essential guidance to the core areas of practical, aspirational and transferable skills needed by a student both to achieve success on any academic course and to secure improved grades. It will also develop key workplace skills that will enable them to achieve success in their onward career.

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實用思考指南: 批判性思考及創造性思考的訓練 (The Art of Thinking)

芮基洛 (Vincent Ryan Ruggiero)
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1. 著重做什麼,而不是不該做什麼。
2. 引導讀者了解創造性思考的原則與技巧。
3. 教導讀者批判自己的想法,一如對別人想法的批判。
4. 教導讀者如何說服別人。


Monday, August 22, 2011

How to Get a Good Degree: Making the Most of Your Time at University

Phil Race
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• How can I ensure my hard work pays off?
• How should I integrate new technologies into my study habits?
• How can I study strategically and avoid going off at a tangent?

Are you motivated to succeed at university but unsure how to achieve your full potential? This book will help to unlock the secrets to getting a good degree and all the benefits that can come from it. A strong degree opens up career choices and enhances earning potential. The world is your oyster! More than anything else, a good degree brings freedom to choose, to change direction, and to follow up exciting options. Whether you go on to further study or not, people will still look at whether your first degree was a good one.

…If you are an undergraduate, this book will help you to reap the rewards for the time and investment you expend while studying for your degree.

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輕鬆自在交朋友 (Making Friends)

安德魯・馬修斯 (Andrew Matthews)
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Monday, August 15, 2011

Windows on Japan: A Walk through Place and Perception

Bruce Roscoe
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In Windows on Japan a New Zealander walks across rural Japan and ponders centuries-old perceptions about the country that is still prisoner to an isolationist past. In a deeply insightful commentary, the author surveys cultural, social and political mores, explores the wellspring of racial perception and the problem of the memory of war. Windows on Japan alternates chapters of physical travel with travel through perception about Japan, and challenges the logic of much Western thought about the country that perplexes as much as it pleases. The author walked a route that connects the ports of Niigata and Yokohama and from these windows on the world considers perceptions of people and place. He also assesses the effect of Japan on writers from Jonathan Swift to Oscar Wilde, Shirley MacLaine and Paul Theroux with surprising results. The trading entity that wraps its tentacles around the globe, converses in most languages and understands most customs, is perceptive and urbane and none appears more capable or cosmopolitan. Yet the individuals who inhabit these islands take refuge in their language as a private habitat, resent intrusions, and are captured by a cultural particularism that distances them from others. The author discusses this paradox, as well as environmental and linguistic issues and topics of history and literature. Along the way, he lifts a veil on the life of a snow country geisha, discusses current events with a priest and a reporter, and takes advice on becoming a Japanese. Though he is understood, it is only on return visits to places he has come to love that he wins acceptance. Notes on music delightfully enrich the narrative.
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班卓 著
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Monday, August 8, 2011

A Journey into Michelangelo's Rome

From St. Peter’s Basilica to the Capitoline Hill, this unique resource—part biography, part history, and part travel guide—provides an intimate portrait of the relationship between Michelangelo and the city he restored to artistic greatness. Lavishly illustrated and richly informative, this travel companion tells the story of Michelangelo’s meteoric rise, his career marked by successive artistic breakthroughs, his tempestuous relations with powerful patrons, and his austere but passionate private life. Providing street maps that allow readers to navigate the city and discover Rome as Michelangelo knew it, each chapter focuses on a particular work that amazed Michelangelo’s contemporaries and modern tourists alike.

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阿城 著
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Monday, August 1, 2011

Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization

Akbar Ahmed
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Globalization, the war on terror, and Islamic fundamentalism-followed closely by a rise in Islamophobia-have escalated tensions between Western nations and the Muslim world. Yet, internationally renowned Islamic scholar Akbar Ahmed believes that through dialogue and understanding, these cultures can coexist peacefully and respectfully. That hope and belief result in an extraordinary journey. To learn what Muslims think and how they really view America, Ahmed traveled to the three major regions of the Muslim world the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia. Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization is the riveting story of his search for common ground. His absorbing narrative and personal photos bring the reader on a tour of Islam and its peoples. Ahmed sought to understand the experiences and perceptions of ordinary Muslims. Visiting mosques, madrassahs, and universities, he met with people ranging from Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to prime ministers, princes, sheikhs, professors, and students. He observed, listened, and asked them questions. For example, who inspires them? What are they reading? How do the Internet and international media impact their lives? How do they view America, the West, and changes in society? Ahmed's anthropological expedition enjoyed extensive access to women and youths, revealing unique information on large yet often misunderstood populations. Lamentably, he found high levels of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism and a widespread perception that Islam is under attack from the West. But he also brought back reason for hope. He returned from his groundbreaking travels both impressed with the concerned, kind nature of the individuals he encountered and invigorated with the vitality and passion they displayed. Journey into Islam makes a powerful plea for forming friendships across religion, race, and tradition to create lasting peace between Islam and the West.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Invisible China: A Journey Through Ethnic Borderlands

Colin Legerton and Jacob Rawson
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In this eloquent and eye-opening adventure narrative, Colin Legerton and Jacob Rawson, two Americans fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and Uyghur, throw away the guidebook and bring a hitherto unexplored side of China to light. They journey over 14,000 miles by bus and train to the farthest reaches of the country to meet the minority peoples who dwell there, talking to farmers in their fields, monks in their monasteries, fishermen on their skiffs, and herders on the steppe.

In Invisible China, they engage in a heated discussion of human rights with Daur and Ewenki village cadres; celebrate Muhammad’s birthday with aging Dongxiang hajjis who recount the government’s razing of their mosque; attend mass with old Catholic Kinh fishermen at a church that has been forty years without a priest; hike around high-altitude Lugu Lake to farm with the matrilineal Mosuo women; and descend into a dry riverbed to hunt for jade with Muslim Uyghur merchants. As they uncover surprising facts about China’s hidden minorities and their complex position in Chinese society, they discover the social ramifications of inconsistent government policies--and some deep human truths as well.

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季羨林 著
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Monday, July 18, 2011

The Ice Cave: A Woman's Adventures from the Mojave to the Antarctic

Lucy Jane Bledsoe
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For Lucy Jane Bledsoe, wilderness had always been a source of peace. But during one disastrous solo trip in the wintry High Sierra she came face to face with a crisis: the wilderness no longer felt like home. The Ice Cave recounts Bledsoe’s wilderness journeys as she recovers her connection with the wild and discovers the meanings of fear and grace.

These are Bledsoe’s gripping tales of fending off wolves in Alaska, encountering UFOs in the Colorado Desert, and searching for mountain lions in Berkeley. Her memorable story “The Breath of Seals” takes readers to Antarctica, the wildest continent on earth, where she camped out with geologists, biologists, and astrophysicists. These fresh and deeply personal narratives remind us what it means to be simply one member of one species, trying to find food and shelter—and moments of grace—on our planet.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

The Moon, Come to Earth: Dispatches from Lisbon

Philip Graham
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A dispatch from a foreign land, when crafted by an attentive and skilled writer, can be magical, transmitting pleasure, drama, and seductive strangeness.

In The Moon, Come to Earth, Philip Graham offers an expanded edition of a popular series of dispatches originally published on McSweeney’s, an exuberant yet introspective account of a year’s sojourn in Lisbon with his wife and daughter. Casting his attentive gaze on scenes as broad as a citywide arts festival and as small as a single paving stone in a cobbled walk, Graham renders Lisbon from a perspective that varies between wide-eyed and knowing; though he’s unquestionably not a tourist, at the same time he knows he will never be a local. So his lyrical accounts reveal his struggles with (and love of) the Portuguese language, an awkward meeting with Nobel laureate José Saramago, being trapped in a budding soccer riot, and his daughter’s challenging transition to adolescence while attending a Portuguese school—but he also waxes loving about Portugal’s saudade-drenched music, its inventive cuisine, and its vibrant literary culture. And through his humorous, self-deprecating, and wistful explorations, we come to know Graham himself, and his wife and daughter, so that when an unexpected crisis hits his family, we can’t help but ache alongside them.

A thoughtful, finely wrought celebration of the moment-to-moment excitement of diving deep into another culture and confronting one’s secret selves, The Moon, Come to Earth is literary travel writing of a rare intimacy and immediacy.

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山居歲月: 普羅旺斯的一年 (A Year in Provence)

彼德.梅爾(Peter Mayle)
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法國南部的普羅旺斯地區,自古以來是歐美人心目中的福地仙鄉。那兒盛產美酒美食,人民熱情樸實,生活舒緩愜意。作者,一位曾任國際大廣告公司主管的名作家,在他生命與事業的巔峰時刻,自紐約與倫敦的絢爛都會光圈中淡出,,偕愛妻與愛犬,豹隱普羅旺斯山區,追求恬淡閒適的生活原味。洞燭世情的他,以機智風趣的筆觸,精確刻畫山鄉居民的生活面貌,描繪山村時序的推移、景物的變換,甫出版即獲英國書卷獎(English Book Awards)選為「年度最佳旅遊書」。泰晤士報形容它「是一齣高級喜劇」,讚許它「機鋒百出」、「讓人愛不釋手」。