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The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers

The City of Dreaming Books (original title: Die Stadt der Träumenden Bücher) is the fourth novel in the Zamonia series written and illustrated by German author Walter Moers, but the third to be translated into English by John Brownjohn. The German version was released in Autumn 2004, and the English version followed in Autumn 2007. It is followed by two sequels, The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books (2011) and The Castle of Dreaming Books.


거꾸로 읽는 세계사 (History Read Backwards by Rhyu Si Min)

거꾸로 읽는 세계사 is a South Korean book by Rhyu Si Min.


10대를 위한 JUSTICE 정의란 무엇인가 (Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?) by Michael J. Sandel

What are our obligations to others as people in a free society? Should government tax the rich to help the poor? Is the free market fair? Is it sometimes wrong to tell the truth? Is killing sometimes morally required? Is it possible, or desirable, to legislate morality? Do individual rights and the common good conflict?

Michael J. Sandel’s “Justice” course is one of the most popular and influential at Harvard. Up to a thousand students pack the campus theater to hear Sandel relate the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of the day, and this fall, public television will air a series based on the course.Justice offers readers the same exhilarating journey that captivates Harvard students. This book is a searching, lyrical exploration of the meaning of justice, one that invites readers of all political persuasions to consider familiar controversies in fresh and illuminating ways. Affirmative action, same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide, abortion, national service, patriotism and dissent, the moral limits of markets—Sandel dramatizes the challenge of thinking through these conflicts, and shows how a surer grasp of philosophy can help us make sense of politics, morality, and our own convictions as well.Justice is lively, thought-provoking, and wise—an essential new addition to the small shelf of books that speak convincingly to the hard questions of our civic life.


총, 균, 쇠: 무기 병균 금속은 인류의 운명을 어떻게 바꿨는가,퓰리처상 수상작 (Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies) by Jared Diamond

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (also titled Guns, Germs and Steel: A short history of everybody for the last 13,000 years) is a 1997 transdisciplinary non-fiction book by Jared Diamond, professor of geography and physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In 1998, it won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and the Aventis Prize for Best Science Book. A documentary based on the book, and produced by the National Geographic Society, was broadcast on PBS in July 2005.[1]

The book attempts to explain why Eurasian civilizations (including North Africa) have survived and conquered others, while arguing against the idea that Eurasian hegemony is due to any form of Eurasian intellectual, moral, or inherent genetic superiority. Diamond argues that the gaps in power and technology between human societies originate primarily in environmental differences, which are amplified by various positive feedback loops. When cultural or genetic differences have favored Eurasians (for example, written language or the development among Eurasians of resistance to endemic diseases), he asserts that these advantages occurred because of the influence of geography on societies and cultures (for example, by facilitating commerce and trade between different cultures) and were not inherent in the Eurasian genomes.


Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties by Paul Johnson

The history of the 20th century is marked by two great narratives: nations locked in savage wars over ideology and territory, and scientists overturning the received wisdom of preceding generations. For Paul Johnson, the modern era begins with one of the second types of revolutions, in 1919, when English astronomer Sir Arthur Eddington translated observations from a solar eclipse into proof of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which turned Newtonian physics on its head. Eddington’s research became an international cause célèbre: “No exercise in scientific verification, before or since, has ever attracted so many headlines or become a topic of universal conversation,” Johnson writes, and it made Einstein into science’s first real folk hero.

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군주론 (The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli)

The Prince (Italian: Il Principe [il ˈprintʃipe]) is a 16th-century political treatise by the Italian diplomat and political theorist Niccolò Machiavelli. From correspondence a version appears to have been distributed in 1513, using a Latin title, De Principatibus (About Principalities). However, the printed version was not published until 1532, five years after Machiavelli’s death. This was done with the permission of the Medici pope Clement VII, but “long before then, in fact since the first appearance of The Prince in manuscript, controversy had swirled about his writings”.[2]

Although it was written as if it were a traditional work in the mirrors for princes style, it is generally agreed that it was especially innovative. This is only partly because it was written in the vernacular Italian rather than Latin, a practice which had become increasingly popular since the publication of Dante’s Divine Comedy and other works of Renaissance literature.[3][4]

The Prince is sometimes claimed to be one of the first works of modern philosophy, especially modern political philosophy, in which the effective truth is taken to be more important than any abstract ideal. It was also in direct conflict with the dominant Catholic and scholastic doctrines of the time concerning politics and ethics.[5][6]


경제로 보는 우리 시대의 키워드 by EBS 지식채널 (The keyword of our generation was seen by economy - EBS  Knowledge channel) 



통한군사 (Complete Korean History by Kim Sang Hoon) 

Vol. 1 통한국사 1Vol. 2 통한국사 2

조선왕조실록 (The Annals of the Joseon Dynasty  by Park Si Baek) 

Vol. 1 박시백의 조선왕조실록 1 개국Vol. 2 박시백의 조선왕조실록 2 태조.정종 실록

세상의 모든 지식 (The Whole Knowledge Of World by Kim Heung Sik)

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Status Anxiety by Alain De Botton 

Anyone who’s ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone call or the neighbor’s Lexus had better read Alain de Botton’s irresistibly clear-headed new book, immediately. For in its pages, a master explicator of our civilization and its discontents turns his attention to the insatiable quest for status, a quest that has less to do with material comfort than with love. To demonstrate his thesis, de Botton ranges through Western history and thought from St. Augustine to Andrew Carnegie and Machiavelli to Anthony Robbins.

Whether it’s assessing the class-consciousness of Christianity or the convulsions of consumer capitalism, dueling or home-furnishing, Status Anxiety is infallibly entertaining. And when it examines the virtues of informed misanthropy, art appreciation, or walking a lobster on a leash, it is not only wise but helpful.


Dali: The Paintings by Robert Descharnes, Gilles Neret

This publication presents in 2 volumes in a box the entire painted oeuvre of Salvadore Dali (1904-1989). After many years of research, Robert Descharnes and Gilles Neret finally located all the paintings of this highly prolific artist.

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헌법의 풍경: 잃어버린 헌법을 위한 변론 (Landscape of Constitution)


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어떻게 세계는 서양이 주도하게 되었는가: 세계 경제를 장악했던 동양은 어떻게 불과 2백 년 사이에 서양에게 역전당했는가  The Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Environmental Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-First Century (World Social Change) by Robert B. Marks   


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금융 이야기 (The Story Of Finance)


나는 누구인가: 플라톤 아카데미 총서, 세상이 묻고 인문학이 답하다 (Who am I: The series of Platon Academy, The world asks and Humanities answer by Kang Sinjoo) 


Sparks of Genius: The Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People by Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein


시오노 나나미의 국가와 역사  (Country and History by Nanami Shiono)