Though economics may not have a reputation as a riveting subject, this book defies the stereotype. The Very Short Introductions always attract experts who are able to explain their subjects clearly, concisely, and engagingly. Partha Dagupta splits the discussion into two perspectives, Becky’s and Desta’s – the former a middle class American and the latter the daughter of an Ethiopian farmer – and explores economic theories in these very different worlds. He brings in considerations that you rarely find in economics books: environmental, humanitarian, evolutionary. If you know nothing about economics, read this book. It will introduce basic concepts and explain their real-world significance. If you know a lot about economics, read this book. It will provide a framework for your knowledge and make you look at concepts in a new way. Go ahead, be a know-it-all.
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - April 1st, 2007

If you’ve only read Grimm’s fairy tales in their simplified, sanitized versions, then you haven’t read Grimm’s fairy tales. Philip Pullman’s new translation of Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm (Viking, $27.95) includes all of my (and Pullman’s) favorite stories, including “Thousand Furs,” “Godfather Death,” and “Jorinda and Joringel,” and even some that, I must admit, I had never heard of before. The language is simple and vivid, just right for telling a fairy tale. Pullman provides an introduction, marvelous translations, and witty reflections at the end of each tale. For the folklore scholar, the book also includes the ATU (Aarne-Thompson) tale type, similar stories, and cites the source at the end. This is the perfect way to honor the 200th anniversary of the Grimms’ first fairy-tale collection.

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Published: Viking - November 8th, 2012

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Floods, snakes, the afterlife, the beginning and the end of the world—these have been the stuff of myth since time immemorial. Mythology: The Complete Guide to Our Imagined Worlds (Thames and Hudson, $40), by Christopher Dell, explores the reasons for our enduring fascination with certain subjects. The book divides myths from around the world into eight broad themes, such as Gifts from the Gods, Origin Myths, and Heroes, then discusses their similarities. It includes familiar fare such as Prometheus’s theft of fire as well as more exotic tales like that of Sekhmet’s rampage in Egypt. Each theme is vividly illustrated with stunning images (420 in all) that exemplify both the myths and their persistent influence on artists. The volume concludes with family trees of the Greek and Roman pantheons, the Vikings, Celts, Japanese, Native Americans, and many other ancient peoples.
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Published: Thames & Hudson - September 30th, 2012

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