• Essays in Biography

    By Joseph Epstein
    Axios Press, 2012. Hardcover, 603 pages. $24.00
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    Who is the greatest living essayist writing in English? Unquestionably Joseph Epstein. Epstein is penetrating. He is witty. He has a magic touch with words, that hard to define but immediately recognizable quality called style. Above all, he is impossible to put down. How easy it is today to forget the simple delight of reading for no intended purpose. Each of the 40 pieces in this book is a pure pleasure to read.

  • Bernard Baruch

    The Adventures of a Wall Street Legend
    By James Grant
    Axios Press, 2012. Paperback, 376 pages. $15.00
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    Bernard Baruch was a self-made millionaire, legendary stock trader, and venture investor. For most of the first half of the 20th century, he epitomized the “good side” of Wall Street in the public mind. Celebrated as “Adviser to Presidents” and “The Park Bench Statesman,” he also became known as “The Man Who Sold out before the Crash.” James Grant’s much praised biography draws on a wealth of previously untapped material.

  • Bud the Spud

    By Adam Byrn Tritt and Illustrated by Java John Goldacker
    Axios Press, 2012. Hardcover, 49 pages. $16.95
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    What happens when a kid eats too much junk food and watches too much TV, and never, ever leaves the couch? You guessed it: he turns into a couch potato—literally! In a unique feature, the book has three separate endings—three different outcomes for poor Bud—which range from the positive and uplifting to the decidedly macabre (which kids thoroughly love). Behind the humor is a serious message to help combat childhood obesity.

  • The Essence of Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals

    Edited with an Introduction by Hunter Lewis
    Axios Press, 2012. Paperback, 62 pages. $12.00
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    Axios’s Essence of … Series takes the greatest works of practical philosophy and pares them down to their essence. Selected passages flow together to create a seamless work that will capture your interest from page one. Kant may be the greatest Western philosopher. In this extraordinary little book, one of the most influential in history, he offers an ethics based on universal logic. This edition makes his own words both readable and understandable.

  • The Essence of Spinoza’s Ethics

    Edited with an Introduction by Hunter Lewis
    Hunter Lewis, 2012. Paperback, 219 pages. $12.00
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    Axios’s Essence of … Series takes the greatest works of practical philosophy and pares them down to their essence. Selected passages flow together to create a seamless work that will capture your interest from page one. Goethe: ” [In his] Ethics …, I found the serenity to calm my passions….” This new edition makes Spinoza’s own words understandable by everyone.

  • As Always, Jack

    A World War Two Love Story
    By Emma Sweeney
    Axios Press, 2012. Hardcover, 181 pages. $17.00
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    Near the end of World War Two, a Navy pilot meets and falls in love with a beautiful California girl. They have a brief two weeks together before he is shipped off to the South Pacific. This is an engaging collection of his letters, compiled by the daughter he never got to meet. Full of poignant detail—a chronicle of the passions and fears of wartime—the book is the ultimate love story of America’s “greatest generation.”

  • The Essence of George Fox’s Journal

    Edited with an Introduction by Hunter Lewis
    Axios Press, 2012. Paperback, 260 pages. $12.00
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    Axios’s Essence of … Series takes the greatest works of practical philosophy and pares them down to their essence. Selected passages flow together to create a seamless work that will capture your interest from page one. George Fox founded The Religious Society of Friends, better known as Quakers, a form of Christianity which has had an immense influence throughout the world. The story contained in his journal is gripping and hard to put down.

  • The Essence of Jane Addams’s Twenty Years at Hull House

    Edited with an Introduction by Hunter Lewis
    Axios Press, 2012. Paperback, 221 pages. $12.00
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    Axios’s Essence of … Series takes the greatest works of practical philosophy and pares them down to their essence. Selected passages flow together to create a seamless work that will capture your interest from page one. Jane Addams was arguably the most influential woman in American history. Her mission as a public intellectual, social activist and reformer shines forth brightly in her inspiring and easy-to-read autobiography. In her time, she was as famous as a president.

  • Waiting for the Moon

    Poems of Bo Juyi
    Translation by Arthur Waley
    Axios Press, 2012. Paperback, 201 pages. $12.00
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    The Tang Dynasty was the golden age of Chinese poetry, and Bo Juyi is generally acclaimed as one of China’s greatest poets. For him, writing poetry was a way to expose the ills of society; his was the poetry of everyday human concerns. His poems have an appealing style, written with a deliberate simplicity. They were extremely popular in his lifetime, in both China and Japan, and they continue to be read in both countries today.

  • Desires, Right & Wrong

    The Ethics of Enough
    By Mortimer J. Adler
    Axios Press, 2012. Paperback, 289 pages. $12.00
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    What is “moral” in the modern age? What is truly “ethical”? Adler skillfully separates “real” good from “apparent” good, and shows how excesses—like gluttony, or the lust for power—simply mistake the means for the ends. Drawing on the entire Western philosophical tradition, he tackles (and solves) some of the thorniest ethical problems facing the world today. This clear and straightforward book is geared toward the lay reader rather than the philosophy student.

  • Where Keynes Went Wrong

    And Why World Governments Keep Creating Inflation, Bubbles, and Busts
    By Hunter Lewis
    Axios Press, 2011. Paperback, 387 pages. $12.00
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    In responding to the financial crash of 2008, both the Bush and the Obama Administrations have relied on prescriptions developed by John Maynard Keynes, the most important economist since Marx. But should we be relying on Keynes? What did Keynes actually say? Hunter Lewis concludes in his criticism of Keynesian economics that he did not. If Keynes economics was wrong then so are the economic policies of virtually all world governments today, and are opposed to libertarian ideas like those of Ron Paul and the Tea Party movement.

  • Pharmocracy

    How Corrupt Deals and Misguided Medical Regulations are Bankrupting America—and What to do About It
    By William Faloon
    Praktikos Books, 2011. Hardcover, 381 pages. $24.00
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    Our healthcare system is irretrievably broken, and now it is devastating the US financially. Pharmocracy uncovers egregious FDA incompetence and abuse, and shows how over-regulation causes lifesaving medications to be delayed or suppressed altogether, and makes consumers pay inflated prices for FDA-approved therapies that are only minimally effective and often dangerous. A free market approach to healthcare, Faloon argues, would spare Medicare and Medicaid from insolvency, while significantly improving the health of the American public.

  • Death by Medicine

    By Gary Null, PhD with Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD; and Carolyn Dean, MD, ND
    Praktikos Books, 2011. Paperback, 232 pages. $12.00
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    The medical environment has become a labyrinth of interlocking corporate, hospital, and governmental boards of directors, infiltrated by the drug companies. Drug company representatives write glowing articles about pharmaceuticals, which are then signed by physicians paid handsomely for their cooperation, though they may not know the adverse side effects of the drugs they promote. The most toxic substances are often approved first, while milder and more natural alternatives are ignored for financial reasons. It’s death by medicine.

  • The Essence of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations

    Edited with an Introduction by Hunter Lewis
    Axios Press, 2011. Paperback, 480 pages. $12.00
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    Axios’s Essence of … Series takes the greatest works of practical philosophy and pares them down to their essence. Selected passages flow together to create a seamless work that will capture your interest from page one. Usually regarded as a bible of free market capitalism, this famous work is also a stinging indictment of what is today called crony capitalism.

  • The Essence of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics

    Edited by Hunter Lewis and Stuart Kellogg with an Introduction by Hunter Lewis
    Axios Press, 2011. Paperback, 125 pages. $12.00
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    Axios’s Essence of … Series takes the greatest works of practical philosophy and pares them down to their essence. Selected passages flow together to create a seamless work that will capture your interest from page one. Aristotle formulated a unique way of looking at the good life. The motto: moderation in all things is completely Aristotelian, although he would probably have added: moderation in all things including moderation.

  • The Essence of Machiavelli’s The Prince

    Edited with an Introduction by Carlo Celli
    Axios Press, 2011. Paperback, 116 pages. $12.00
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    Axios’s Essence of … Series takes the greatest works of practical philosophy and pares them down to their essence. Selected passages flow together to create a seamless work that will capture your interest from page one. Before Machiavelli, writers described human beings as they ought to be, not as they are. Machiavelli was brutally realistic, not to mention cynical and amoral. Must reading for anyone managing a business, organization, or nation.

  • Prophets of a New Age

    Counterculture and the Politics of Hope
    By Martin Green
    Axios Press, 2011. Paperback, 485 pages. $12.00
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    The “New Age,” contrary to its stereotype of crystals, incense, and Tarot cards, describes important cultural movements of the 18th through 20th centuries which share a preoccupation with political change, experimental art, sex, new ideas about medicine, primitivism, and the familiar axis of love/nature/peace/spirituality. Green analyzes the influence of Gandhi, Tolstoy, Jung, William Blake, Gary Snyder, Rachel Carson, and many others, presenting an immense amount of diverse material in a coherent, imaginative, and convincing form.

  • Spirit of Place

    Letters and Essays on Travel
    By Lawrence Durrell
    Axios Press, 2011. Paperback, 642 pages. $12.00
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    From one of the last century’s greatest storytellers, Lawrence Durrell, comes a sumptuous collection of essays that describe the author’s unique and cherished approach to life, with its pagan enjoyments as well as its intellectual pursuits. The book contains Durrell’s articles about the Mediterranean and Aegean islands he loved so much, along with passages from his letters.

  • Trying to Please

    A Memoir
    By John Julius Norwich
    Axios Press, 2010. Hardcover, 425 pages. $20.00
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    John Julius Norwich’s life has reflected an appetite for living, enlivened by a sense of personal theater. Trying to Please is an engaging and amusing memoir that describes a glamorous but vanishing world. From the monasteries on Mt. Athos to a camel trek across the Sahara, the book shows how Norwich’s passions for history, travel, and music have combined with simpler pleasures like friendship and a close family. A remarkable life and a thoroughly enjoyable read.

  • From the Sahara to Samarkand

    Selected Travel Writings of Rosita Forbes, 1919-1937
    Edited with an Introduction by Margaret Bald
    Axios Press, 2010. Paperback, 369 pages. $15.00
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    This book is an anthology of the travel writings of Rosita Forbes, the fascinating English writer and explorer of the 1920s and 1930s. It includes selections from eight of her travel books, an introduction to her life and work, and will introduce her to a new generation of readers.