Monday, January 16, 2017

The Politics Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

Paul Kelly, consultant editor
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From ancient and medieval philosophers such as Confucius and Thomas Aquinas, to revolutionary thought leaders such as Thomas Jefferson and Leon Trotsky, to the voices who have shaped modern politics today — Mao Zedong, Malcolm X, Che Guevara, and more — The Politics Book clearly and simply explains more than 100 groundbreaking ideas in the history of political thought.

With easy-to-follow graphics, succinct quotations, and accessible text, The Politics Book is an essential reference for students and anyone wondering how politics works.

(Excerpt from

走讀周有光 : 漢語拼音之父

陳光中 著
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Monday, January 9, 2017

At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails

Sarah Bakewell; with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others
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A New York Times "Ten Best Books of 2016"
From the best-selling author of How to Live, a spirited account of one of the twentieth century’s major intellectual movements and the revolutionary thinkers who came to shape it

Paris, 1933: three contemporaries meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are the young Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and longtime friend Raymond Aron, a fellow philosopher who raves to them about a new conceptual framework from Berlin called Phenomenology. “You see,” he says, “if you are a phenomenologist you can talk about this cocktail and make philosophy out of it!”

It was this simple phrase that would ignite a movement, inspiring Sartre to integrate Phenomenology into his own French, humanistic sensibility, thereby creating an entirely new philosophical approach inspired by themes of radical freedom, authentic being, and political activism. This movement would sweep through the jazz clubs and cafés of the Left Bank before making its way across the world as Existentialism.

Featuring not only philosophers, but also playwrights, anthropologists, convicts, and revolutionaries, At the Existentialist Café follows the existentialists’ story, from the first rebellious spark through the Second World War, to its role in postwar liberation movements such as anticolonialism, feminism, and gay rights. Interweaving biography and philosophy, it is the epic account of passionate encounters—fights, love affairs, mentorships, rebellions, and long partnerships—and a vital investigation into what the existentialists have to offer us today, at a moment when we are once again confronting the major questions of freedom, global responsibility, and human authenticity in a fractious and technology-driven world.

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走路, 也是一種哲學 (A Philosophy of Walking)

斐德利克・葛霍 (Frédéric Gros)
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• 一本難以歸類的好書,書中思想燦爛猶如晨光照耀。—— 法國L’Express週刊
• 令人讚嘆的小巧之作,就連最足不出戶的懶蟲也會被深深打動。——法國《世界》日報 (Le Monde)
• 這部優雅之作啟發了我們對「走路」這個常被忽略的主題的思索—— 出版人週刊 (Publisher's Weekly)


Monday, January 2, 2017

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
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A book that shows you how to build—design—a life you can thrive in, at any age or stage

Designers create worlds and solve problems using design thinking. Look around your office or home—at the tablet or smartphone you may be holding or the chair you are sitting in. Everything in our lives was designed by someone. And every design starts with a problem that a designer or team of designers seeks to solve.

In this book, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise.

"Designing Your Life walks readers through the process of building a satisfying, meaningful life by approaching the challenge the way a designer would. Experimentation. Wayfinding. Prototyping. Constant iteration. You should read the book. Everyone else will."
—Daniel Pink, bestselling author of Drive

“An empowering book based on their popular class of the same name at Stanford University . . . Perhaps the book’s most important lesson is that the only failure is settling for a life that makes one unhappy. With useful fact-finding exercises, an empathetic tone, and sensible advice, this book will easily earn a place among career-finding classics.” —Publishers Weekly

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20幾歲,敢衝,才不枉青春 = Everything Can Be Changed in Your Twenties

水淼 著
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蘇格拉底說:「世界上最快樂的事,莫過於為理想而奮鬥。」 理想和現實往往一個在山頂,一個在山腳,而現在的你在哪裡? 想要靠近理想、實現理想,你必須早點準備、勇敢向前,才不枉青春。 社會新鮮人的心靈導師水淼獻給想抓住理想的年輕人青春無悔守則: