Jules Verne – The Mysterious Island

Like many Jules Verne classics, The Mysterious Island takes you on an unforgettable journey of adventure and reflection. During the American Civil War, a group of Union soldiers escape their confederate captors when they steal a balloon. What they didn’t anticipate is the violent storm that awaits them and leads them into uncharted territory.
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Niccol Machiavelli – The Prince

In an attempt to appeal to the Medici family during the Italian Renaissance, Machiavelli outlines the way to acquire and retain political power, and how great men should behave in a princely government. The book is divided into four parts – types of principalities and state, proper conduct of a prince as military leader, personal conduct of a prince, and the disparity of Italy’s political situation. Many listeners will be able to see principals that Machiavelli advocates for are still used in many political systems today.
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The Great Courses, Alan Charles Kors, Darren Staloff, Dennis Dalton, Douglas Kellner – Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition

For 3,000 years, mankind has grappled with fundamental questions about life. What is real? Who or what is God? When is it legitimate for one person to have power over others? What is justice? Beauty?
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Seamus Heaney (translator) – Beowulf

Written a thousand years ago, this long poem is the very first surviving piece of English literature. Join Beowulf, a young warrior, as he achieves glory by fighting and killing three fantastic monsters. This new translation, by the Nobel laureate poet Seamus Heaney, offers modern listeners an accessible, intensely dramatic text. It amply demonstrates why this epic has spread its influence over more than a millennium of literature.
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Alexandre Dumas – The Count of Monte Cristo

On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dants is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d’If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.
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