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Great Gift Books from Notre Dame Press

Looking for gift ideas this holiday season? Treat your family and friends to books from Notre Dame Press! No matter their interest, we have titles that deserve to be under your tree. 


Interested in religion and Jewish thought? The Star of Redemption brings theology and philosophy, Judaism and Christianity together in a key document of modern existential thought.

Faithful Persuasion: In Aid of a Rhetoric of Christian Theology is an excellent gift for those interested in theology. David S. Cunningham offers a sustained account of the relationship between rhetoric and Christian theology, and explains how an organic understanding of the process of persuasion wins out over strictly formal logic. 

Interested in philosophy? Your shelf isn’t complete without A Short History of Ethics: A History of Moral Philosophy from the Homeric Age to the Twentieth Century, Second Edition. Written by Alasdair MacIntyre, one of the most important living philosophers today, the book is a significant contribution on ethics and morality. 

For fans of science and science fiction, The Extraterrestrial Life Debate, Antiquity to 1915: A Source Book is a must have. This book has key documents on the debate over extraterrestrial life, from Aristotle to Darwin. We’ve been arguing about aliens for centuries, and it’s a fascinating look at the history of the debate as well as historical context for it. 

If you’re interested in Ireland and the country’s rich history, Finding Ireland: A Poet’s Explorations of Irish Literature and Culture is the book for you. Celebrated American poet and critic Richard Tillinghast orients us to Ireland today with his love for the country, its writers, and its history. The book captures an expatriate’s enthusiasm for his new country and its evolving identity.

Interested in the history of civil rights? In Abandoned Tracks: The Underground Railroad in Washington County, Pennsylvania, W. Thomas Mainwaring bridges the gap between scholarly and popular perceptions of the Underground Railroad.

For history and political science buffs, America and the Just War Tradition: A History of U.S. Conflicts is a must read title. This book examines and evaluates each of America’s major wars from a just war perspective, and not only explores the causes of each war, but also offers policy guidance on the use of force in the world today. 

If you’re interested in literature and political theory, Lessons from Walden: Thoreau and the Crisis of American Democracy is for you! Bob Pepperman Taylor presents a wide-ranging inquiry into the nature and implications of Thoreau’s thought. He allows all sides to have their say, even as he persistently steers the discussion back to a nuanced reading of Thoreau’s actual position.

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