From one of our most celebrated writers on religion comes this fresh, bold, and unsettling new translation of the New Testament David Bentley Hart undertook this new translation of the New Testament in the spirit of “etsi doctrina non daretur,” “as if doctrine is not given.” Reproducing the texts’ often fragmentary formulations without augmentation or correction, he has produced a pitilessly literal translation, one that captures the texts’ impenetrability and unfinished quality while awakening readers to an uncanniness that often lies hidden beneath doctrinal layers. The early Christians’ sometimes raw, astonished, and halting prose challenges the idea that the New Testament affirms the kind of people we are. Hart reminds us that they were a company of extremists, radical in their rejection of the values and priorities of society not only at its most degenerate, but often at its most reasonable and decent. “To live as the New Testament language requires,” he writes, “Christians would have to become strangers and sojourners on the earth, to have here no enduring city, to belong to a Kingdom truly not of this world. And we surely cannot do that, can we?”
Published by: Yale University Press | Publication date: 10/24/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 616 pages
A trusted economic commentator provides a penetrating account of the threats to China's continued economic rise Under President Xi Jinping, China has become a large and confident power both at home and abroad, but the country also faces serious challenges. In this critical take on China’s future, economist George Magnus explores four key traps that China must confront and overcome in order to thrive: debt, middle income, the Renminbi, and an aging population. Looking at the political direction President Xi Jinping is taking, Magnus argues that Xi’s authoritarian and repressive philosophy is ultimately not compatible with the country’s economic aspirations. Thorough and well researched, the book also investigates the potential for conflicts over trade, China’s evolving relationship with Trump, and the country’s attempt to win influence and control in Eurasia through the Belt and Road initiative.
Published by: Yale University Press | Publication date: 09/11/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 248 pages
A foremost thinker on science and religion argues that an adequate understanding of cosmic history requires attention to the emergence of interiority, including religious aspiration Over the past two centuries scientific advances have made it clear that the universe is a story still unfolding. In this thought-provoking book, John F. Haught considers the deeper implications of this discovery. He contends that many others who have written books on life and the universe—including Stephen Hawking, Stephen Jay Gould, and Richard Dawkins—have overlooked a crucial aspect of cosmic history: the drama of life’s awakening to interiority and religious awareness. Science may illuminate the outside story of the universe, but a full telling of the cosmic story cannot ignore the inside development that interiority represents. Haught addresses two primary questions: what does the arrival of religion tell us about the universe, and what does our understanding of the cosmos as an unfinished drama tell us about religion? The history of religion may be ambiguous and sometimes even barbarous, he asserts, but its role in the story of cosmic emergence and awakening must be taken into account.
Published by: Yale University Press | Publication date: 10/24/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults (Yale University Press Health & Wellness)
A leading expert in the assessment and treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder dispels myths and offers reassuring, practical information about treatments. Drawing on recent findings in neuroscience and a rich variety of case studies from his own clinical practive, Dr. Thomas E. Brown describes what ADD syndrome is, how it can be recognized at different ages, and how it can best be treated.This is the first book to address the perplexing question about ADD: how can individuals, some very bright, be chronically unable to “pay attention,” yet be able to focus very well on specific tasks that strongly interest them? Dr. Brown disputes the “willpower” explanation and explains how inherited malfunctions of the brain’s management system prevent some people from being able to deal adequately with challenging tasks of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. His book is an authoritative and practical guide for physicians and psychologists, parents and teachers, and the 7 to 9 percent of persons who suffer from ADD/ADHD.
Published by: Yale University Press | Publication date: 09/22/2005Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 384 pages
This book examines the small library of 24 books common to all Jewish and Christian Bibles—books that preserve the efforts of diverse writers over a span of many centuries to make sense of their personal experiences and those of their people, the ancient Israelites. Professor Christine Hayes guides her readers through the complexities of this polyphonous literature that has served as a foundational pillar of Western civilization, underscoring the variety and even disparities among the voices that speak in the biblical texts.
Published by: Yale University Press | Publication date: 10/30/2012Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 450 pages
The Voynich Manuscript: The History of the Mysterious Renaissance Codex that Has Never Been Deciphered
*Includes pictures*Includes contemporary accounts describing the manuscript and attempts to decipher it*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading*Includes a table of contents“Yet it may be roundly asserted that human ingenuity cannot concoct a cipher which human ingenuity cannot resolve.” – Edgar Allan Poe, excerpt from “A Few Words On Secret Writing,” 1841For as long as language and communication have existed, humans have been inventing ways to mask their messages from prying eyes. Military and diplomatic officials often devise secret codes to transmit sensitive data and confidential information to approved parties. This practice has become so commonplace in recent years that entire sciences, hobbies, and fully fledged professions have been established to decipher these cryptic texts, called “cryptographers.” Needless to say, these revolutionary methods of cryptography, though historic, are now considered archaic. Their simplistic secrets have been disclosed to the general public, and even incorporated into children's toys geared towards aspiring spies. With the bulk of modern civilization so dependent on the virtual world, secret codes have evolved to a whole new level, most notably through data encryption. Data encryption, which aims to conceal classified electronic information through the use of complex ciphers and algorithms, was initially used for governmental and military purposes, but it now acts as the primary medium of security that most online platforms (as of January 2017, at least half of them) provide for their users.As intricate and inextricable as data encryption might seem to people today, a growing number of brilliant but devious minds continue to successfully find ways to bypass supposedly state-of-the-art encryption software, rendering the efforts of the enormous teams employed to handle online security void. As a matter of fact, stories of unscrupulous hackers stealing episodes of popular TV shows and threatening to unleash them before their release dates, as well as reprobates poaching private images of unfortunate victims for ransom, are becoming increasingly commonplace. Meanwhile, government agencies are staffed with full-type cryptanalysts dedicated to retrieving encrypted intelligence and decoding them in the hopes of learning more about or thwarting potential domestic and foreign threats. With such incisive minds constantly at work, one could be forgiven for assuming there are no ciphers left unsolved. On the contrary, there exists quite a diverse array of both ancient and modern-day cryptographic challenges that have stumped even the most seasoned code crackers of today, and maybe even for generations to come. Among the most famous of these mysterious memorandums is a 600 year old document that continues to mystify those that lay their eyes upon it, whether it is for the first time or the millionth time: the one and only Voynich Manuscript.The Voynich Manuscript: The History of the Mysterious Renaissance Codex that Has Never Been Deciphered explores the history of the cryptic codex, the minds that attempted to tackle it, and aims to examine both credible and ludicrous interpretations and theories from various angles. Along with pictures depicting important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Voynich Manuscript like never before.
Published by: Charles River Editors | Publication date: 09/03/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 55 pages
My Parent's Keeper: The Guilt, Grief, Guesswork, and Unexpected Gifts of Caregiving (Yale University Press Health & Wellness)
When it comes time to provide care for those who once cared for us, where can we turn? This book offers practical guidance for a broad range of caregiving situations when family caregivers assume their new role.
- Uses the latest research and draws on case histories and interviews.
- Is a resource as well as a source of inspiration, with a blend of powerful stories and practical advice.
- Helps caregivers cope with numerous challenges, including parents who need but refuse help; siblings who don’t get along; the complexity of healthcare systems; financial issues; juggling work and caregiving; the use of technology; the power of connecting with a loved one who has dementia; and realizing the benefits amid the burdens of caregiving.
Published by: Yale University Press | Publication date: 05/22/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 352 pages
The Rise and Decline of Nations: Economic Growth, Stagflation, and Social Rigidities: Economic Growth, Stagflation and Social Rigidities
The years since World War II have seen rapid shifts in the relative positions of different countries and regions. Leading political economist Mancur Olson offers a new and compelling theory to explain these shifts in fortune and then tests his theory against evidence from many periods of history and many parts of the world.“[T]his elegant, readable book. . . sets out to explain why economies succumb to the ‘British disease,’ the kind of stagnation and demoralization that is now sweeping Europe and North America. . . . A convincing book that could make a big difference in the way we think about modern economic problems.”―Peter Passell, The New York Times Book Review“Schumpeter and Keynes would have hailed the insights Olson gives into the sicknesses of the modern mixed economy.”―Paul A. Samuelson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology“One of the really important books in social science of the past half-century.”―Scott Gordon, The Canadian Journal of Economics“The thesis of this brilliant book is that the longer a society enjoys political stability, the more likely it is to develop powerful special-interest lobbies that in turn make it less efficient economically.”―Charles Peters, The Washington Monthly“Remarkable. The fundamental ideas are simple, yet they provide insight into a wide array of social and historical issues. . . . The Rise and Decline of Nations promises to be a subject of productive interdisciplinary argument for years to come.”―Robert O. Keohane, Journal of Economic Literature“I urgently recommend it to all economists and to a great many non-economists.”―Gordon Tullock, Public Choice“Olson’s theory is illuminating and there is no doubt that The Rise and Decline of Nations will exert much influence on ideas and politics for many decades to come.”―Pierre Lemieux, ReasonCo-winner of the 1983 American Political Science Association’s Gladys M. Kammerer Award for the best book on U.S. national policy
Published by: Yale University Press | Publication date: 09/10/1984Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 276 pages
How is critical thinking taught? How will the next generation cope with an ever-changing and increasingly complex world?These are questions that the Grand Strategy program at Yale seeks to address. The Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy seeks to revive the study and practice of grand strategy by devising methods to teach that subject at the graduate and undergraduate levels, by training future leaders to think about and implement grand strategies in imaginative and effective ways, and by organizing public events that emphasize the importance of grand strategy.The program defines grand strategy” as a comprehensive plan of action, based on the calculated relationship of means to large ends. Never an exact science, grand strategy requires constant reassessment and adjustment. Flexibility is key. Traditionally believed to belong to and best-developed in the politico-military and governmental realms, the concept of grand strategy appliesand ISS believes is essentialto a broad spectrum of human activities, not least those of international institutions, non-governmental organizations, and private businesses and corporations.For fifteen years, the Grand Strategy program has been cultivating leadership skills of undergraduates and graduate students of Yale University. In Linda Kulman’s compelling book, we learn about this remarkable program from the inside, sharing the stress of the murder boards,” the revelation of applying the classics to current geopolitical situations, and the crucial importance of fast decision-making under duress. Teaching Common Sense weaves together on-site reporting, archival research, and original survey data into an intellectual history of the Grand Strategy program.
Published by: Prospecta Press | Publication date: 06/07/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 240 pages
An authoritative new edition of the third volume in Marcel Proust’s epic masterwork, In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust’s monumental seven-part novel In Search of Lost Time is considered by many to be the greatest novel of the twentieth century. This edition of volume three, The Guermantes Way, is edited and annotated by noted Proust scholar William C. Carter, who endeavors to bring the classic C. K. Scott Moncrieff translation closer to the spirit and style of the author’s original text. Continuing the story begun in Swann’s Way and In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, The Guermantes Way follows Proust’s young protagonist as he advances through aristocratic French society in late-nineteenth-century Paris. A departure from the intimacy of the sprawling novel’s previous two installments, part three unfolds against a colorful backdrop of Parisian life, moving from literary salon to opulent social gathering to provide a biting and satirical commentary on culture, human foibles, the ways of the world, and the irretrievable loss of time.
Published by: Yale University Press | Publication date: 11/01/2018Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 680 pages