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The Histories (Oxford World's Classics) Cover Image
By Herodotus, Robin Waterfield (Translator), Carolyn Dewald (Editor)
ISBN: 9780199535668
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 1st, 2008

A man from southwest Turkey travels the eastern Mediterranean, Egypt and Ethiopia interviewing the locals. There are thousands of passion-flaring stories in here. I yelled, I stopped to think, and I actually threw the book once!

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The Annals of Imperial Rome Cover Image
By Tacitus, Michael Grant (Translated by), Michael Grant (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140440607
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Published: Penguin Classics -

Edward Gibbon wrote 'The Decline and Fall' having only read the primary texts of Roman historians, shunning modern commentaries as grist for his giant mill. To get a real sense of the Roman Empire, our mother-system, a million data points must pass before our eyes. A small handful of writers fulfill this need (Livy, Suetonius, Tacitus, Dio, Plutarch, Polybius, Pliny the younger, etc.) with Tacitus being one of the most commonly cited, as he had speciall access through his senatorial position to the Senate's recotds. The Annals provides coverage of 14-68 A.D., a perfet prelude to 69 A.D., a truly awful year! This is stellar, exciting writing! Who excluded this from public school curriculum?

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The Essays: A Selection Cover Image
By Michel de Montaigne, M. A. Screech (Translated by), M. A. Screech (Introduction by), M. A. Screech (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780140446029
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 3rd, 1994

"He was writing about me." -Eric Hoffer

"It seems to me as if I myself had written the book." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give this to your mother or professor, they'll love it. 

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Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World: An Identification Guide Cover Image
By Paul Stamets, Andrew Weil (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780898158397
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 1st, 1996

Patent-laden mycologist Paul Stamets has written an authoratative intro to the psilocybin genera (white pages), and a technical field guide (yellow pages). In full color, Stamets details key principles of identification, including look-alikes. We all harbor opinions on magic mushrooms; form yours based on facts!