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The State and Culture in 20th Century France (L’Etat et la culture en France au XXe siecle)

HISTORY The strong implication of State in these cultural fields is often shown as a French peculiarity. For one decade, the set of themes of the “cultural State” is feeding in many ways a critic of the cultural policy. The 20th century shows a growing intervention of the authorities. Philippe Poirrier insists on the fact […]

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Hacking Politics

TECHNOLOGY | CURRENT AFFAIRS Includes unpublished material by internet activist Aaron Swartz, whose tragic death in January 2013 at age 26 was mourned by many throughout the world. Hacking Politics is a firsthand account of how a ragtag band of activists and technologists overcame a $90 million lobbying machine to defeat the most serious threat […]

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How To Keep Your Spirits Up (Comment garder le moral)

HOW TO KEEP YOUR SPIRITS UP (EVEN IN TIMES OF CRISIS)? SELF-HELP | PSYCHOLOGY | PRACTICAL GUIDE Today, more than ever, we need to cultivate our joie de vivre, our joy of living. That isn’t easy though, in the current context of global crisis! Yet some people manage to keep their spirits up, without necessarily being […]

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What Gandhi Says, About Nonviolence, Resistance and Courage

ESSAY Many of us believe we know who Gandhi was and what he represented. The truth is something quite different, and important. As Norman said to me when he gave me this tiny volume, you can read it in one sitting. That will be an essential sitting for anyone who is interested in the matter […]

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Gangsterismo. The United States, Cuba and the Mafia, 1933 to 1966

HISTORY Gangsterismo is an extraordinary accomplishment, the most comprehensive history yet of the clash of epic forces over several decades in Cuba. It is a chronicle that touches upon deep and ongoing themes in the history of the Americas, and more specifically of the United States government, Cuba before and after the revolution, and the […]

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Brazilian Saga: A people’s long struggle for its currency (A Saga Brasileira: A Longa Luta De Um Povo Por Sua Moeda)

BRAZILIAN SAGA stayed at the top of bestseller lists, selling over 70,000 copies! Awards: The Jabuti Prize for Best Reportage Book of 2011 and also the Best Non-Fiction book of the year. The Jabuti prize is Brazil’s biggest literary prize, and virtually the only one for Non-Fiction. Click here for a very insightful and clear […]

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The Five Parts of the World (Les Cinq parties du monde)

LITERARY FICTION On July 21, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin are about to walk on the moon. On a rainy night in Toulon, in the neighborhood of Little Chicago, two sailors – Petty Officer Christian Victor-Marie Duval and Victor Colbert, his cabin-boy called “Vichy-Menthe” – push the door of the Miami Bar. The […]

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What Is Philosophy? (Qu’est-ce que la philosophie?)

  PHILOSOPHY The question asked by this little book is quite plain: can we go beyond the acknowledgment of crisis and impotence that philosophy has been proclaiming for more than a century? Can we talk about science without an inferiority complex, about God without obscurantism, about existence without bar-room philosophizing, about politics without cynicism, and […]

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The New Soldiers of the Vatican (Les nouveaux soldats du Vatican)

ESSAY At times, it appears that Catholicism has succeeded in its aggiornamento. In this light, the John Paul II and Benedict XVI’s years look like the revenge against the intransigent Catholics. During two pontificates, they have become the new soldiers of the Vatican, to the detriment of older religious orders and, more than that, of […]

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Free City (Cidade livre)

LITERARY FICTION You can’t resist the pleasure of this virtuous, sensitive and humorous story, which is specifically rooted in the history of Brazil and our common modernity. João Almino welcomes us in a hotel with many rooms, and we’re happy to be his guest ~ 20 Minutes on the French translation, Hotel Brasilia It’s an event: […]

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