You see it all over Washington, practice it in politics and academics, hear it in the English language, revive it in names like Helen and Julian. It’s THE CLASSICAL TRADITION (Harvard Univ., $49.95), and it’s all around us, in the architecture, the politics, the museums. Ancient Greece and Rome did more than leave us ruins to uncover—they established a living legacy on which Western civilization continues to build. To get a sense of how all-encompassing an influence this is, an international team of experts, headed by Anthony Grafton, Princeton professor of history and author of The Footnote; Glenn W.  Most, of the University of Chicago; and Salvatore Settis, of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, has compiled this rich encyclopedia. Organized alphabetically, the 500 authoritative articles cover all facets of Greek and Roman thought, from cartography and democracy to maxims and tragedy. Color and black-and-white images present the visual end of the spectrum, which runs the gamut from Palladio to I.M Pei, from the Pre-Raphaelites to Charles Addams. 

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By Anthony Grafton (Editor), Glenn W. Most (Editor), Salvatore Settis (Editor)
ISBN: 9780674072275
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Published: Belknap Press - May 6th, 2013

Looking back to the war years, Sartre noted that “during the occupation, we had two choices: collaborate or resist.” As the former New York Times cultural correspondent Alan Riding demonstrates in his masterful history of World War II Paris, the options were many and unclear. AND THE SHOW WENT ON (Knopf, $28.95) presents numerous cases of artists, painters, writers, musicians, and filmmakers forced to comply with German dictates or find other ways to make a living. Riding’s chronicle is detailed and fast-paced, starting with France’s mood of uncertainty and rising anti-Semitism in the late 1930s, proceeding to the panic in the face of the Nazi invasion in June 1940, and charting the seeming normality as movie theaters reopened that July, the Paris Opera picked up with its interrupted production of Berlioz in August, and art galleries received visitors again in September (with free admission for Germans). Above all, Riding considers the debate over whether Parisian wartime cultural activities showed a France vibrantly defiant of the military occupation, or whether they legitimized the Nazi regime, even as the entertainment itself helped pacify a public that might otherwise have resisted more strenuously.

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ISBN: 9780307389053
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

Many animals, insects, and birds are described as social, but their colonies, hives, and flocks can’t be said to have a culture. Similarly, while animals are credited with intelligence and emotion, they’re not believed to have the “autobiographical self” that humans do. In his latest exploration of the unique qualities of the human brain, the neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, author of Looking for Spinoza and Descartes’ Error, again combines science and philosophy to uncover the deepest secrets of what makes us human. SELF COMES TO MIND (Pantheon, $28.95) considers the continuum of brain and mind, consciousness and self; where is that elusive point at which a mass of cells yields abstract ideas, or where sensory awareness gives rise to a sense of one’s self as an autonomous being? If the answers remain elusive, the search for consciousness as a biological and evolutionary process is fascinating.

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ISBN: 9780307474957
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Published: Vintage - March 6th, 2012