The Practicing Stoic is a book about human nature and its management. The wisest students of that subject in ancient times, and perhaps of all time, were known as the Stoics. Their insights have long been hard to see as a whole because they are spread over a wide range sources that are two thousand years old. This book brings together the most valuable of the Stoic teachings in one place for the first time. It presents the original words of the Stoics in freshly revised translations, organizes them in an intuitive way for the modern reader, and surrounds them with commentary that makes their meaning clear. It is a perfect book for the newcomer to Stoicism, and an indispensable reference for anyone with an interest in the subject.
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Classical English Metaphor is a set of lessons in the art of comparison. The book shows how masters of metaphor and simile have used those devices to remarkable effect in the best English literature and oratory. It is a sequel to Classical English Rhetoric (below), and is similar in format. It is also another book (like The Legal Analyst) about tools for thought. Metaphor is both a way to communicate more powerfully and a language that we use to interpret and explain the world to ourselves and to others. This book is a detailed study of how comparisons have been used for all those purposes by great writers, thinkers, and students of human nature.
Classical English Rhetoric is a book about the art of good writing. Its particular subject is the use of rhetorical figures: patterns for the arrangement of words that make them more attractive, compelling and memorable. The patterns were first studied and named in Ancient Greece and Rome, and have since been put to use by the all the most effective writers and orators in English. Classical English Rhetoric explains the most useful of the devices and illustrates their effects with hundreds of examples from Lincoln, Churchill, Burke, and other masters of rhetoric.
The most important part of a legal education isn’t the knowledge gained of legal rules. It’s the knowledge gained of tools for thought that can help solve problems of every description. The Legal Analyst is a guide to the most useful of those tools—principles from economics, game theory, cognitive psychology and other fields that can be used to take apart questions of all kinds. The book gathers the most interesting such ideas and explains them in plain language with many clear examples of how they work. It’s an ideal book for those starting law school, and also valuable for lawyers, scholars, and anyone else with an interest in the legal system.
Restitution is the name of the legal theory that allows one party to recover unjust enrichment from another. It is a fascinating body of law and highly useful to the practitioner. Restitution has also, until now, never been the subject of a one-volume treatment that explains how it works. Restitution provides a clear, lively, and interesting account of this important set of legal principles.
Predator at the Chessboard is the largest body of instruction on chess tactics yet written. The two volumes in the series organize the universe of good chess moves into five families, twenty themes, and more than a hundred subthemes. Every theme and subtheme is illustrated repeatedly and progressively, and every example is accompanied by a commentary showing not just the right moves but a train of thought that leads from the position to its solution. Long strings of notation are held to a minimum; everything is explained in clear English. These are the perfect books for anyone who wants to improve at chess and likes explanations in words.
Volume 1 of Predator at the Chessboard is devoted to the double attack and the discovered attack. Volume 2—a bit longer than Volume 1—covers the Pin, the Skewer, Removal of the Guard, and Mating Patterns. The two books taken together discuss every major type of chess combination in unprecedented detail, with over 1,000 examples and explanations. The organization and discussions make the patterns involved simpler to understand, easier to recognize, and more fun to master. The contents of both books can be studied for free online at www.chesstactics.org.