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Biographies & Memoirs

Biographies & Memoirs

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1 Doherty, Eddie Wisdom's Fool A Biography of St. Louis De Montfort
Montfort Publications 1995 0910984093 / 9780910984096 Paperback 
0.6 x 8.1 x 5.2 Inches 
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Vintage 1988 0679720448 / 9780679720447 Paperback Good 
1.4 x 8 x 5.1 Inches; 616 pages 
Price: 3.00 USD
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Hyperion 2000 0786885416 / 9780786885411 Paperback Good 
0.9 x 8 x 5.1 Inches; 288 pages; Known to millions of readers of The Perfect Storm as the captain of the Hannah Boden, sister ship to the Andrea Gail, Linda Greenlaw is also known as one of the best sea captains on the East Coast. Here she offers an adventure-soaked tale of her own, complete with danger, humour, and characters so colourful they seem to have been ripped from the pages of Moby Dick. 
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4 Kaplan, Robert D. ARABISTS The Romance of an American Elite
Free Press 1995 0028740238 / 9780028740232 Paperback 
1 x 9 x 5.9 Inches; 340 pages; In this highly acclaimed and original work of social and cultural history, the author of the bestselling Balkan Ghosts relates the never-before-told story of the expatriate elite that shaped American policy in the Middle East for more than a century. 39 photos. 
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5 Karnos, David D. & Robert G. Shoemaker Falling in Love with Wisdom American Philosophers Talk About Their Calling
Oxford University Press, USA 1993 0195072014 / 9780195072013 Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
1.01 x 9.54 x 6.45 Inches; 272 pages; David Lynn Hall's love of philosophy began with a fifty-cent paperback. Then an adolescent facing an 18-hour bus trip across the great Southwest, desperate for anything to read, Hall bought Alfred North Whitehead's Adventures of Ideas at a rest stop in Pecos, Texas. He didn't have a clue who Whitehead was, but the book had a colorful, exotic cover, and nothing else on the revolving wire bookrack appealed to him. "I paid fifty cents, boarded the Trailways bus, nestled into my narrow seat and into the vastness of the desert spaces--and soon into the yet vaster spaces of humanity's great thoughts.... As I recall that first encounter with philosophic thinking, I seem to capture the exact emotion--a mixture of intrigue and perplexity, a congealed sense of awe--the apotheosis of which is the feeling philosophy now represents for me." That Mentor paperback still sits on his shelf, a treasured relic held together by rubberbands. Hall is just one of over sixty philosophers whose revealing memoirs appear in Falling in Love with Wisdom, a fascinating look at how some people became philosophers. Contributed by thinkers young and old, male and female, famous and obscure, these pieces reveal in very human terms both the rewards and hazards of a life dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom. Many recall a single memorable moment, an epiphany that changed forever the way they thought about themselves and the world around them. Huston Smith reveals how powerful these moments can be: "My excitement had been mounting all evening and around midnight it exploded, shattering mental stockades. It was as if a fourth dimension of space had opened, and ideas--now palpable--were unrolling like carpets before me." Others, such as Diane Michelfelder, find their gravitation to philosophy more subtle: "I sometimes think that one becomes a philosopher the same way one becomes many other things: a lover, a neighbor, a friend, an adult. You wake up one morning to discover that is what you have become." Still others speak of valued mentors (Angela Davis recounts her relationship with Herbert Marcuse), brushes with death, and the personal pain of social prejudice and ostracism. And throughout the book, there is much humor (Wallace Matson recounts his mother's horrified reaction to his precocious religious scepticism: "If you don't believe in God," she cried, "you can never be elected to public office!") and many surprises (Arthur C. Danto, for instance, admits he entered Columbia's graduate program in philosophy simply to keep getting the GI Bill while he pursued his true ambition, painting: "I had no great interest in philosophy, and certainly no intention of becoming a philosopher"). These sixty-four memoirs--almost all of which were written for this volume--reveal that the road to wisdom has many on-ramps. Yet all would ultimately agree with Henry Kyburg. "I imagine being asked," Kyburg writes, "'How did a healthy, ambitious, accomplished man like you, with all the advantages you have had, end up in such a useless dead end profession?' To which I would smugly reply, 'Just lucky, I guess.'" 
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6 Rocha, Adriana A CHILD OF ETERNITY An Extraordinary Young Girl's Message from the World Beyond
Ballantine Books 1995 034538945x / 9780345389459 Paperback Good in Good dust jacket 
0.8 x 8.3 x 5.5 Inches; 299 pages 
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7 Wise, David SPY WHO GOT AWAY
Random House 1988 039456281x / 9780394562810 Hardcover Good in Good dust jacket 
1.3 x 9.2 x 6.1 Inches; 16 pages 
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