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Benjamin Franklin is one man that continues to be looked up to throughout history. Virtually self-taught, he excelled as an athlete, a man of letters, a printer, a scientist, a wit, an inventor, an editor, and a writer, and he was probably the most successful diplomat in American history. David Hume hailed him as the first great philosopher and great man of letters in the New World.
Franklin's autobiography was initially written to guide his son through the lively tales and spellbinding account of his unique and eventful life.
"The Count of Monte Cristo" is one of the most enduring classics of English literature. It is a great adventure novel loaded with well written characters and enough action to make you forget its a 1,344 page book. Penned by Alexandre Dumas, it traces the life of Edmond Dantes, a young French sailor who is at the threshold of happiness and prosperity.
This book covers the story of the Battle of the Alamo. Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and William Travis came to Texas – then part of Mexico as peaceful settlers under the 1824 Constitution declaring Mexico a Republic. But then President and General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna declares himself dictator abolishing the constitution. The Taxican’s make a stand for the 1824 constitution and their rights as Santa Anna masses an army to defeat them.
War and Peace is a novel by Leo Tolstoy, first published from 1865 to 1869, which tells the story of Russian society during the Napoleonic Era. It is usually described as one of Tolstoy's two major masterpieces (the other being Anna Karenina) as well as one of the world's greatest novels.
War and Peace offered a new kind of fiction, with a great many characters caught up in a plot that covered nothing less than the grand subjects indicated by the title, combined with the equally large topics of youth, marriage, age, and death.
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) is commonly referred to as "the father of psychoanalysis" and his work has been highly influential, popularizing such notions as the unconscious, the Oedipus complex, defense mechanisms, Freudian slips and dream symbolism.
Dream psychology is the key to Freud's works and to all modern psychology. With a simple, compact manual such as Dream Psychology there is no longer any excuse for ignorance of the most revolutionary psychological system of modern times.
Chapters in this book:
- Introduction by Andre Tridon
I Dreams Have A Meaning
This classic time-management book has inspired generations of men and women to live conscious, deliberate lives. Originally published in 1908, this collection of time-saving tips is still amazingly current as it discusses the challenge to live the fullest life possible.
Uncle Tom's Cabin is one of those books that everybody has heard of, but few people have actually read. It deserves to be read - not just because it is one of the bestselling books of all time, nor the case that its vivid dramatization of slavery’s cruelties so aroused readers, that Abraham Lincoln told Stowe her work had been a catalyst for the Civil War. This is a book that changed history.
"How to Tell a Story and Other Essays" is a classic collection of essays first published in 1897 under the direction of Mark Twain, America’s most famous satirist. It is but one volume in the phenomenal 29-volume Oxford Mark Twain.
"Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offences," the best-known and best-loved essay in this collection, is Mark Twain’s how-to guide for the would-be author. A hilarious and cutting critique of what not to do, this deliciously wicked essay also reveals what writers should and must do if they want their fiction to come alive--as Twain's own fiction always does.
The Brothers Grimm are the most notorious fairy tale writers in history. This collection features over 60 of their most celebrated stories, translated directly from the original versions as opposed to the watered-down versions brought to us by Disney. The originals found in this book feature the intriguing, witty and dark-humored style that made them famous long before their stories were turned into shallow cartoons.
Included in this book are some of the most recognized classics such as Rapunzel, along with other lesser known tales like The Twelve Dancing Princesses.
Have you ever heard the expression "machiavellian"? It comes from this historical book. The Prince, a political and philosophical discourse on real-world leadership, was written in 1513 by the celebrated diplomat and theorist Niccolo Machiavelli, and is still one of the most important books on strategic management ever written.
As opposed to authors from our time, Machiavelli lived in a time of principalities and met with countless princes as a prominent diplomat in Florence. From these experiences he gathered the most successful traits of leaders, and explains his findings in The Prince.