Mark Spencer

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A Summer with Montaigne: On the Art of Living Well

Agreeably useful reading in any season; as Compagnon quotes from Montaigne's concluding essay, "Aesop, that great man, saw his master piss as he walked: 'What then,' said he, 'must we drop as we run?' Let us manage our time; there yet remains a great deal idle and ill employed." Recommended for Montaigne scholars and general readers alike.
PREMIUM

A Summer with Montaigne: On the Art of Living Well

Agreeably useful reading in any season; as Compagnon quotes from Montaigne’s concluding essay, “Aesop, that great man, saw his master piss as he walked: ‘What then,’ said he, ‘must we drop as we run?’ Let us manage our time; there yet remains a great deal idle and ill employed.” Recommended for Montaigne scholars and general readers alike.

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Adam Smith: Father of Economics

This scholarly and well-crafted book will impart pleasure and knowledge to a range of readers, from the uninitiated to seasoned scholars and policymakers. Highly recommended.
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The Time Traveler's Guide to Restoration Britain: A Handbook for Visitors to the Seventeenth Century: 1660–1699

An accessible book, entertaining and learned, for professional historians and general readers alike.
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The Sensational Past: How the Enlightenment Changed the Way We Use Our Senses

With its episodic approach and a propensity for synthesis, this book is largely intended for general readers. It is also a highly entertaining account that achieves the author's stated goal: "If you learn a little or laugh a little, then I consider my job to be done."
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The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy

An accessible introduction to Enlightenment philosophers with much to offer all educated readers. [See Prepub Alert, 2/29/16.]
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An Essay on Man

Highly recommended to academic libraries.
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Adam Smith: His Life, Thought, and Legacy

This volume covers much that will be of interest to specialists and nonspecialists alike, but some may find the collection short shrifts Smith's 18th- and 19th-century reception.

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