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Moby Dick

Moby Dick

Herman Melville, Tony Tanner

A bored school teacher seeks adventure as a whale hunter. He has no idea that the mad captain of the Pequod is interested in pursuing only one whale- the enormous white beast that bit off his leg! Now it's too late to turn back....

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For Whom The Bell Tolls

For Whom The Bell Tolls

Ernest Hemingway

High in the pine forests of the Spanish Sierra, a guerrilla band prepares to blow up a vital bridge. Robert Jordan, a young American volunteer, has been sent to handle the dynamiting. There, in the mountains, he finds the dangers...

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All the King's Men

All the King’s Men

Robert Penn Warren

Set in the 1930s, this is a novel on American politics. It traces the rise and fall of Willie Stark, who resembles the real-life Huey Kingfish Long of Louisiana. Stark begins his political career as an idealistic man of the...

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Theory Of Moral Sentiments Part 1

Theory Of Moral Sentiments Part 1

Adam Smith

Investigating the flip side of economic self-interest, this title advances ideas about conscience, moral judgement and virtue that have taken on the importance in business and politics.

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The Wealth of Nations: Books I-III

The Wealth of Nations: Books I-III

Adam Smith, Andrew Skinner

Gives a comprehensive treatment of political economy. Originally delivered in the form of lectures at Glasgow, this book's includes the author's assessment of the mercantile system, his advocacy of the freedom of commerce and...

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The Quiet American

The Quiet American

Graham Greene, Zadie Smith

Discover Graham Green's prescient political masterpiece 'The novel that I love the most is The Quiet American' Ian McEwan Into the intrigue and violence of 1950s Indo-China comes CIA agent Alden Pyle, a young idealistic...

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In Dubious Battle

In Dubious Battle

John Steinbeck

Features Jim Nolan, disenfranchised and alone, his family destroyed by the system. Desperate to find his place in the world, Jim joins the Communist Party and becomes entangled in a strike of migrant workers which spirals out of...

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Cancer Ward

Cancer Ward

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

FROM THE NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO 'Solzhenitsyn is one of the towering figures of the age, as a writer, as moralist, as hero' Edward Crankshaw After years in enforced exile on the Kazakhstan...

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The Power and the Glory

The Power and the Glory

Graham Greene, John Updike

During a vicious persecution of the clergy in Mexico, a worldly priest, the 'whisky priest', is on the run. With the police closing in, his routes of escape are being shut off, his chances getting fewer. But compassion and...

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The Souls of Black Folk

The Souls of Black Folk

W. E. B. Du Bois, David Levering Lewis

Containing an introduction by David Levering Lewis, this book was one of Modern Library's 100 Best Non-fiction Books of the 20th Century.

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Song of Solomon: A Novel

Song of Solomon: A Novel

Toni Morrison

This is the story of Macon Milkman Dead, heir to the richest black family in a Midwestern town, as he makes a voyage of rediscovery, travelling southwards geographically and inwards spiritually. Through the enlightenment of one...

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