Sun Yat-sen's shadow is a Chinese box. A story within another story, within a new and different one... In its pages we will discover the life of Sun Yixian or Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), the man who transformed the Chinese empire into a republic. He was the son of two peasants who emigrated to Hawaii, ..
Bruce Lee Artist of Life explores the development of his thoughts about Gung Fu (Kung Fu), philosophy, psychology, poetry, Jeet Kune Do, acting, and self-knowledge. Edited by John Little, a leading authority on Lee's life and work, the book includes letters that demonstrate how Lee provided advice t..
This book is a yoga treatise written in the form of a biography. Although it’s divided into two parts -East and West- yoga is the common thread that defines the spiritual path of the author. Yoga is understood as the individual trip towards the interior of oneself and where everything can be discove..
Artist, designer, and entrepreneur Alan Moore shares wisdom on how design transforms lives—whether it's a carefully constructed table, innovative typography, or a thoughtfully engineered device. Here are entries on the power of curiosity, the importance of considering function, and practices to crea..
Is there an art to drinking alcohol? Can drinking ever be a virtue? The Renaissance humanist and neoclassical poet Vincent Obsopoeus (ca. 1498–1539) thought so. In the winelands of sixteenth-century Germany, he witnessed the birth of a poisonous new culture of bingeing, hazing, peer pressure, and co..
In a world where social media, online relationships, and relentless self-absorption threaten the very idea of deep and lasting friendships, the search for true friends is more important than ever. In this short book, Cicero offers a compelling guide to finding, keeping, and appreciating friends. / ..
Along with Stoicism and Epicureanism, Skepticism is one of the three major schools of ancient Greek philosophy that claim to offer a way of living as well as thinking. How to Keep an Open Mind provides an unmatched introduction to skepticism by presenting a fresh, modern translation of key passages ..
How to Give: An Ancient Guide to Giving and Receiving
"To give and receive may be the most human thing you can do―but it is also the closest you can come to divinity. So argues the great Roman Stoic thinker Seneca (c. 4 BCE–65 CE) in his longest and most searching moral treatise, “On Benefits” (De Beneficiis). James Romm’s splendid new translation of e..
In How to Grow Old, the great Roman orator and statesman eloquently describes how you can make the second half of life the best part of all. Presented in a lively new translation, the book addresses the fears of growing older and argues why these worries are greatly exaggerated?or altogether mistake..
When life is moving at a neck breaking pace or when at times we’re confronted with almost unreasonable demands clogging up our calendars, it can seem as if we have no time left to simply do nothing. Spending more time surrounded by calmness, resting and recovering, gives us the space to really proce..
Essential selections from “On Anger,” presented with an enlightening introduction and the original Latin on facing pages, offers readers a timeless guide to avoiding and managing anger. It vividly illustrates why the emotion is so dangerous and why controlling it brings benefits to individuals and s..
Born a slave, the Roman Stoic philosopher Epictetus (c. 55–135 AD) taught that mental freedom is supreme, since it can liberate one anywhere, even in a prison. Freedom is not a human right or a political prerogative but a psychological and ethical achievement, a gift that we alone can bestow on ours..