The most memorable film my wife Wendy and I saw last year—we've watched it three times now—was Of Gods and Men. If you also have been moved by the film and want to know more about the events on which it was based, a good place to go is The Monks of Tibhirine. John Kiser's book is as timely today as it was when it was first published, just a few months after 9/11.
How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians
Weary unto death (already) of the 2012 presidential campaign Do not despair. There is solace at hand in this little book, which takes only a few minutes to read. It consists of a letter written in 64 B.C. by Quintus Tullius Cicero to his more famous brother, Marcus Tullius Cicero, who was running for the office of consul of the Roman Republic. Translated (the Latin text appears on facing pages) and put in context by Philip Freeman, whose biography of Julius Caesar was widely praised, the letter is cynical, worldly wise, and oddly reassuring.
Wright Morris Territory: A Treasury of Work
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