Category: Book Excerpts

An Excerpt from “March 1917: The Red Wheel, Node III, Book 3,” by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

One of the masterpieces of world literature, The Red Wheel is Nobel prize–winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s multivolume epic work about the Russian Revolution told in the form of a historical novel. March 1917—the third node—tells the story, day by day, of the Russian Revolution itself. Until recently, the final two nodes have been unavailable in English. The publication of […]

An Excerpt from “The Way of Medicine” by Farr Curlin and Christopher Tollefsen

What is medicine and what is it for? What does it mean to be a good doctor? Answers to these questions are essential both to the practice of medicine and to understanding the moral norms that shape that practice. The Way of Medicine: Ethics and the Healing Profession articulates and defends an account of medicine and medical […]

An Excerpt from “Dante and Violence” by Brenda Deen Schildgen

This month, celebrate the legacy of Dante Alighieri on the 700th anniversary of his death! Keep an eye on our blog for content featuring our Dante studies books, and take a peek in our William and Katherine Devers Series in Dante and Medieval Italian Literature catalog to learn more. Finally, through September 30th, enjoy 50% […]

An Excerpt from “American Statesmanship,” edited by Joseph R. Fornieri, Kenneth L. Deutsch, and Sean D. Sutton

With an eye on the elusive qualities of political greatness, American Statesmanship: Principles and Practice of Leadership considers the principles and practices of diverse political leaders who influenced the founding and development of the American experiment in self-government. Providing both breadth and depth, this work is a virtual “who’s who” from the founding to modern […]

An Excerpt from “Godsends” by William Desmond

For many years, William Desmond has been patiently constructing a philosophical project—replete with its own terminology, idiom, grammar, dialectic, and its metaxological transformation—in an attempt to reopen certain boundaries: between metaphysics and phenomenology, between philosophy of religion and philosophical theology, between the apocalyptic and the speculative, and between religious passion and systematic reasoning. In Godsends: From […]

An Excerpt from “Sin” by Gregory Mellema

Most of the scholarly literature on sin has focused on theological issues, making book-length philosophical treatments of the topic hard to find. Sin, the newest book by Gregory Mellema, fills the gap by providing a short and lively summary of what contemporary philosophers are saying about the relationship between the traditional theological category of sin and […]

An Excerpt from “Boom and Bust in Puerto Rico” by A. W. Maldonado

In this engaging and approachable book, journalist A. W. Maldonado charts the rise and fall of the Puerto Rican economy and explains how a litany of bad political and fiscal policy decisions in Washington and Puerto Rico destroyed an economic miracle. Under Operation Bootstrap in the 1950s and ’60s, the rapid transformation and industrialization of […]

An Excerpt from “Defiance in Exile” by Waed Athamneh with Muhammad Masud

The al-Zaatari Camp in northern Jordan is the largest Syrian refugee camp in the world, home to 80,000 inhabitants. While al-Zaatari has been described by the Western media as an ideal refugee camp, the Syrian women living within its confines offer a very different account of their daily reality. Defiance in Exile: Syrian Refugee Women in […]

An Excerpt from “Gay, Catholic, and American” by Greg Bourke

In this compelling and deeply affecting memoir, Greg Bourke recounts growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, and living as a gay Catholic. Gay, Catholic, and American describes Bourke’s early struggles for acceptance as an out gay man living in the South during the 1980s and ’90s, his unplanned transformation into an outspoken gay rights activist after […]