Thursday, November 16, 2017

November Series of the Month: Book of Etiquette

Many of you will be celebrating Thanksgiving next week, a holiday spent with family and friends at the table surrounded by mounds and mounds of food. For some, perhaps this is a stressful time, and could benefit from an etiquette refresher. Therefore, Book of Etiquette by Lillian Eichler is our November Series of the Month!

The only serious competitor to Emily Post as etiquette maven to America between the wars, Lillian Eichler Watson (b. 1902) was a 19-year-old copywriter for the book publisher Doubleday when she was commissioned to rewrite the outdated Encyclopedia of Etiquette by Emily Holt. This is the two-volume guide to good manners she produced in 1921, mining her own experience as a social misfit and would-be social climber, and it was a huge hit with those aspiring to a grander station.

Volume I covers:

• why it pays to be agreeable
• the secret of social success
• engagements and weddings
• how and when to make an introduction
• the intricacies of the social call
• calling cards for the young lady, the married couple, and others
• correspondence and invitations
• appropriate dress for children
• addressing titled people
• and much more

Volume II covers:

• how to address servants
• correct dress for the butler
• use of the napkin
• evolution of the afternoon tea
• the man at the garden party
• yachting parties for bachelors
• musicales and private theatricals
• when the lady is asked to dance
• some important rules about golf
• the charm of correct speech
• the eccentric dresser
• poise in public
• and much more

The paperback retail list price: $33.98, but now: our price: $29.99 (you save $3.99 or a 13 percent discount)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November Quote of the Month: "I know not all that may be coming, ..........." - from Moby-Dick

This month, we have selected our November inspirational message from one of the greatest Classic writers:

"I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing."
-- Herman Melville in Moby-Dick (Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale)

"Call me Ishmael." So begins the famous opening chapter of Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. Young sailor Ishmael is hired as a crew member of a whaler named Pequod, captained by a man named Ahab. In between lengthy chapters on whale biology and descriptions of the crew and the whaling trade, readers are slowly introduced to a captivating tale. Ahab is out for revenge on the great white whale that stole his leg, leaving him with a whale-bone prosthesis and a withering hatred for the beast.

Known as Moby Dick, the whale is infamous for his encounters and escapes with whale ships, and Ahab offers a gold coin, nailed to the Pequod's mast, as a reward for whoever sights him first. Beginning on a cold Christmas morning, the crew embarks on a journey to find the whale and make their fortunes. An exciting staple of American literature, Moby-Dick is a must-read for anyone interested in the classics. Herman Melville was inspired to write Moby Dick by the 1821 biographical account Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whale-ship Essex (Cosimo Classics, 2015), which in turn inspired the 2000 novel and 2015 movie, In the Heart of the Sea.
With all the uncertainty going on the world, perhaps the best thing to do is take Melville's advice and find joy and laughter in the unknown.

About the AuthorHerman Melville (1819-1891) was an American novelist. Born in New York, Melville lived and worked in the city for many years before moving with his family to Massachusetts, where he enjoyed a short friendship with author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Many of Melville's books are inspired by his own experiences; he sailed on merchant and whaling ships, spent time on the Marquesas Islands with natives, and spent time in England, Egypt, and Palestine. Melville even wrote poetry reflecting on the American Civil War. He eventually retired in New York City, where he was buried in the Bronx, relatively unknown. Melville was the author of 19 books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including Typee (1846), Moby-Dick (1851), Bartelby the Scrivener (1853), Benito Cerino (1855), Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War (1866), and Billy Budd, Sailor (1891, unfinished).

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Happy Birthday Louisa May Alcott!

Cosimo is throwing on our party hats and raising a glass to the lovely Louisa May Alcott who was born on November 29 in1 832. Celebrate with us by picking up one of these great reads:

It is one of the most beloved novels in the English language, and its protagonists among the best friends a reader can have. Louisa May Alcott's Little Women-inspired by her own childhood with three sisters in Concord, Massachusetts-is the simple, elegant tale of tomboy Jo March, who strains against the limitations of women of her time, and dependable Meg, compassionate Beth, and spoiled Amy. Their childhood adventures and squabbles as well as their adult romances and travels continue to enthrall and delight readers a century and a half after the novel was first published, and have inspired stage plays, comic books, and countless film adaptations. 

This is the second book in the Little Women trilogy. Also titled Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys, the book follows Jo Bhaer and her husband Professor Bhaer as they run the Plumfield Estate School, taking under their wing young boys and girls in need of instruction and love. As in Little Women, each student has his or her own faults that make it all the more difficult to mature into proper young ladies and gentlemen. And, as in Little Women, the children must confront those difficulties and fears head-on before truly learning their lesson. Little Men focuses on Jo and her family, likely because Alcott modeled Jo after herself and always felt closest to the character. Readers fell in love with the most outgoing March sister as well, and their devotion continued through the exploits of her sons and students in the final two books in this captivating trilogy.

Taking place ten years after Little Men, Jo's Boys and How They Turned Out, is the third and final book in the Little Women trilogy. Originally published in 1886, two years before Ms. Alcott's death, Jo's Boys follows the lives of the young men readers came to love and cherish in its prequel. In it, we learn the fates of Jo's sons Rob and Teddy, along with the other boys at Plumfield Estate School. Written in classic Alcott style, we see how the boys struggle to overcome their many flaws, in the end learning life's lessons the hard way. Just as the March girls did, each boy must learn to deal with death, love, heartbreak, and the consequences of their actions. Readers will feel pain and joy along side each young man as he completes his life journey and fulfills his dreams in this classic conclusion to one of America's most beloved series.

Happy B-Day Ms. Alcott!

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

JFK Assassination Revisited with George Friedman and Oliver Stone

The Kennedy's arrive at Dallas airport on November 22, 1963
(Cecil Stoughton Wikimedia)
Earlier this week we reported about the release of 2,800 government documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It now turns out that not all documents, which were supposed to be released, have been released.

George Friedman, a geopolitical expert, says this in his recent article "Kennedy's Death and the World of Conspiracy Theories" in the Huffington Post about this partial release:

"The intelligence agencies claimed that the files contained highly sensitive material that would damage national security and that they needed time to review and remove this information. Given that they had known from the beginning that the files would be released someday, and that they had known for years when that day was coming, the request was doubly extraordinary: First, that more than half a century after the assassination there was still material so sensitive it had to be withheld, and second, that they hadn’t yet identified all the critical information. This is the point at which a reasonable person would assume that there is something amiss....................Starting with the handling of the Kennedy assassination, the intelligence community has done substantial damage to the stability of the U.S. It has systematically created the sense that it knows more than it is telling about the assassination, one of the most traumatic events in American history." Friedman then ends by stating that this decision by the intelligence community is linked to the present environment of distrust in government and politicians among the American people. He says: "The trail of distrust that began in 1963 and mushroomed into a political culture of fear and loathing is at the root of the problem."

In order to circumvent this political culture of fear, the only way for citizens to know what is really happening is following independ media and reading relevant books. One of those books, related to the assassination of President Kennedy is Trauma Room One:The JFK Medical Coverup Exposed by Dr. Crenshaw, one of the trauma doctors who treated President John F. Kennedy, offers the credible story about how he was shot. Oliver Stone, director of the Academy Award-winning docudrama JFK, wrote a foreword to this book showing his appreciation of Dr. Crenshaw expert opinion as witness of one of the most important historical events in U.S. 20th century political history. Read here what Stone wrote in his foreword:

"I have obviously offered my perspective on controversial issues through  the medium of film.  One such effort  was the movie, JFK, which hypothesized that there was a conspiracy behind the assassina­tion of President John Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The movie depicted actual evidence in a way that supported a controversial con­spiracy theory.

Dr. Charles Crenshaw is a true eyewitness to the historical event that was the subject of my movie. Unlike many conspiracy theorists, he was actually in a position to know critical facts when he participated on the Parkland Hospital trauma teams that endeavored to save the lives of President Kennedy and his accused assassin. When Dr. Crenshaw's book was first published in April of 1992 (shortly after release of my movie JFK, for which he served as a technical consultant), he made a signif­icant contribution to the historical record pertaining to the JFK assas­sination. It seems incredible that the awesome power of the media, includ­ing Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and those that reported on its New York City press conference in May 1992, could be employed so irresponsibly in an attempt to damage Dr. Crenshaw in the eyes and minds of millions of people-damage which can never be totally undone. Most private individuals obviously do not have the power or resources to adequately respond to attacks in the mass media. The legal system only provides a partial remedy. Because of the freedom provided to the media by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, no court can legally order publication of a correction or apology; but consider the chilling effect on an individual's exercise of free speech about a controversial subject that vilification in the mass media (or fear of same) can have. As philosopher Joseph Hall once said: "A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always  keep their eyes on the  spot  where the crack was."

One wonders whether JAMA and its former editor and writer real­ly believe that their handling of this matter served to dignify that allegedly prestigious, scientific medical journal. Do they really think that trying to destroy the reputation of a distinguished and honorable med­ical professional who merely offered his opinions on a controversial sub­ject was appreciated by its readers? The potentially devastating power of a free press requires that it be responsibly exercised, a notion that JAMA apparently either failed to learn or merely decided to ignore and abandon in the case of the JFK assassination."

Grab Your Popcorn, New Agatha Christie Movie Releases 11/10!

Fans of Agatha Christie rejoice!! The long awaited 2017 movie,  Murder on the Orient Express, will be coming to a theater new you next week! The film stars Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, and Michelle Pfeiffer, and releases in the United States on November 10. We at Cosimo are celebrating by stocking up on our mysteries and rereading our favorites below.

Agatha Christie (September 15, 1880 - January 12, 1976) was an iconic crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She was also the author of six romance novels. She has written numerous works, two of which Cosimo is proud to offer, and is recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling novelist of all time. 

First published in 1920, The Mysterious Affair at Styles was Agatha Christie's first novel. It introduced the world to Hercule Poirot, Christie's Belgian detective, who would go on to be featured in 39 of her novels. The mystery begins with the death of Emily Inglethorp at Styles, a manor in the English countryside. Captain Hastings, a guest at the house, calls upon his friend Poirot to help investigate. The obvious suspect is Emily's husband, who stood to inherit a large fortune upon her death. But the timeline doesn't quite work out, and Poirot must delve further into the lives and motivations of the family living at Styles to uncover who could have poisoned Emily with strychnine and why.

The grand dame of the cozy English murder mystery, Agatha Christie introduced Tommy and Tuppence, her duo of likeable upper-class detectives, in this 1922 novel, her second book. International intrigue, secret treaties, disguises, and blackmail follow this roguishly charming 1920s couple in their globetrotting quest to unravel the riddle of their disappearing client, disappearing diplomatic papers, and a devious plot that goes back to the sinking of the Lusitania. Beloved by Christie fans for their innocence and pluck, Tommy and Tuppence are a delight to spend quality crime-fighting time with.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

JFK Files Released and Trauma Room One

This week, President Trump approved the release of 2,800 documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Historians, conspiracy theorists, and citizens who are just downright curious, now have access to papers previously sealed to the public. For those who can't get enough of JFK and want to get the real background, Cosimo is thrilled to highlight Trauma Room One by Charles A. Crenshaw with a foreword by Oliver Stone. In this gripping account, Dr. Charles Crenshaw, one of the Dallas surgeons who worked on JFK in Trauma Room One just after he was brought into the hospital, shares what really happened within those walls. 
In November of 1963, the doctors who tried to save President John F. Kennedy at Parkland Hospital agreed---either out of respect or fear---not to publish what they have seen, heard, or felt. But in 1990, Charles Crenshaw stepped forward and decided that the American people ought to know the truth.

In 1992, when the first edition of this book was published under JFK: Conspiracy of Silence, Crenshaw revealed what he never had the opportunity to tell the Warren Commission. Crenshaw states, "The wounds to Kennedy's head and throat that I examined were caused by bullets that struck him from the front, not the back, as the public has been led to believe."

Shortly after publication, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) called Crenshaw's book a fabrication. But in court, the claim did not hold up, and Crenshaw subsequently prevailed in a defamation suit against JAMA. In the process, a number of new medical disclosures have emerged on the startling medical cover-up of the JFK assassination. 

If you read the just released documents, read especially the last paragraph of this link, which indicates what has been kept secret till now but that was already described in Crenshaw's book: President Kennedy was not killed by one bullet, as stated by the Warren Commission,  but by two bullets shot from two different positions.

This coming November when we remember President Kennedy's death, now already fifty-one years ago, Trauma Room One will be seen as a classic book that tells current readers the true story of how President Kennedy was killed.

Cosimo offers this title as an eBookhardcover and paperback at leading online bookstores including Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

October Book of the Month: The Supermarket Sorceress by Lexa Roséan

In celebration of Halloween and all things spooky, Cosimo is happy to present The Supermarket Sorceress: Spells, Charms, and Enchantments Using Everyday Ingredients to Make Your Wishes Come True by Lexa Roséan as our October Book of the Month.

In this enchanting book, experienced psychic, witch, and high priestess Lexa Roséan offers spells for every occasion in an amusing, magically effective, and easy-to-follow guide. Formulating spells based on history and legend, Lexa tailors tried-and-true Ancient Magick to the modern reader, substituting hard-to-find wild ingredients with their supermarket counterparts, resulting in spells that are simple and inexpensive. By following some simple rules--performing spells at a certain time of month, using fresh ingredients, with a specific intent--Lexa makes it possible for even the most inexperienced spell caster to successfully perform magick and get results. Lexa's philosophy is based on using your wishes and her spells to make positive things happen in your life, whether it's attracting success or improving your love life.

The Supermarket Sorceress was the first in a series of four books offering spells and enchantments using simple grocery-store ingredients. Originally published in 1996, this updated version includes new and revised spells and an introduction looking back 20 years and reflecting on the circumstances that inspired the original publication and launched the "Supermarket Sorceress" identity.

The Supermarket Sorceress is available in both print and eBook!

About the Author Lexa Roséan is a Wiccan High Priestess and has been counseling clients for more than thirty years through the medium of psychic Tarot and astrology. She also holds a master's degree in psychoanalysis. A leading pagan author, Lexa has published eight books on magick and the occult. She wrote the astrology column for CosmoGirl and worked as an astrology consultant for Seventeen magazine. The Village Voice named Lexa NYC's Best Witch and she has made numerous television appearances, including CNN, Fox News, and MTV. She has been written about in various news media including the New York Times, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly, among others. For more information see her website.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

October Classic of the Month: Abominable Snowmen with Loren Coleman

In case you can't get enough of snowmen this month (with the British crime thriller The Snowman coming to theaters, this art exhibit coming to San Francisco, and the best marshmallows to ever grace cereal), we at Cosimo are going to read Abominable Snowmen - Legend Come to Life this October!
Scottish zoologist Ivan Terrance Sanderson coined the word cryptozoology and first used it in print in this hard-to-find 1961 work, the story of "hairy hominids" across the planet from the very beginnings of human civilization until the mid 20th century.

With its scientific, anthropological approach, this is one of the first books to treat the phenomenon of "Bigfoot" seriously, and introduced a groundbreaking classification system for the spectrum of subhumanoids. 

"I am happy that a whole new generation of cryptozoologists-in-training will be able to read Ivan T. Sanderson's classic book," says cryptozoologist Loren Coleman in his new introduction. "This book opened the minds of many to the vastness of the hominoid reports. and spotlighted for people that Bigfoot/Sasquatch research was the next area for exploration in North America."
Cosimo is proud to offer Abominable Snowmen - Legend Come to Life by Ivan Terrance Sanderson with an intro by Loren Coleman in both hardcover and paperback.

For those interested in learning more about this elusive creature. Check out all of our Cosimo titles for even more information on the fascinating topic of cryptozoology.

About Loren Coleman
Today, Loren Coleman, as one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, is an honorary member of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, a life member of the International Society of Cryptozoology, and an inaugural inductee of the Roger Patterson Memorial Bigfoot Museum in Portland, Oregon. He travels extensively for fieldwork and lectures and writes a daily blog at the Internet’s most popular cryptozoology news site, Cryptomundo. Coleman is the director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Announcement Left at East Gate

Cosimo is announcing that it is suspending the distribution of the book, Left at East Gate, by Larry Warren and Peter Robbins.

Left at East Gate had originally been published by Marlowe & Company in 1997 and had received widespread praise from UFO experts and others. This book describes what some have called the most significant military UFO incident in history, that took place at RAF Bentwaters, a NATO base in the United Kingdom in 1980.  Recently, however, it has been brought to our attention that some of the experiences described in this book may be inaccurate or embellished.

Cosimo is committed to publishing both new and out-of-print books that offer enduring value.  We, at Cosimo, will continue to do so in order to inform and inspire our readers. As part of our mission, we specialize in making rare and unique out-of-print books available again, as we did with Left at East Gate.  As an independent publisher, we look for quality books in a wide range of genres from public affairs and personal development to history, philosophy and niche subjects such as ufology, and then make a determination whether these books fit well within our catalog. At this moment, we cannot be certain that Left at East Gate still meets this standard. Consequently, we have decided to suspend the distribution of this book, until the situation surrounding it has been clarified to our satisfaction.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

2017 Banned Books Week & Cosimo's Bibliography of Forbidden Books

Cosimo is celebrating Banned Books Week by highlighting one of our Classic series from 1877, Bibliography of Forbidden Books by Henry Spencer Ashbee!

In this three-volume work that established Henry Spencer Ashbee, British book collector, travel writer and bibliographer, as England's leading authority on pornography, Ashbee describes scores of "curious, uncommon and erotic books" that were banned or otherwise prohibited from legitimate sale during the Victorian era... and some even until the 1960s. This catalog of mostly forgotten works is an invaluable (and highly entertaining) resource for bibliophiles, students of erotica, and collectors of Victoriana.

This series contains "gentlemen only" titles such as: Intrigues and Confessions of a Ballet Girl, The Pleasures of Kissing and Being Kissed, the infamous Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, the Cloisters Laid Open, Memoirs of Miss Mary-Catherine Cadiere, and Pretty Little Games for Young Ladies and Gentlemen.

About the AuthorBritish book collector, travel writer, and bibliographer Henry Spencer Ashbee (1834-1900), aka Pisanus Fraxi, is thought by some to have authored the notorious Victorian sexual memoir My Secret Life.

About the Organization
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. The 2017 celebration will be held September 24 - September 30. For this year's theme, the coalition of organizations that sponsors Banned Books Week will emphasize the importance of the First Amendment, which guarantees our inherent right to read. To find an event near you, please visit the Banned Books website.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cosimo Author Edward Bruce Bynum on Coast to Coast Radio

Congrats to our Cosimo author Edward Bruce Bynum on his interview with George Noory on the Coast to Coast radio show! Bynum was a guest on the show "Exploring Dreams/ Impact of Technology" where he discussed his research on dreaming, nightmares, telepathy, and sleep. For more information on the segment, or to hear the live interview, visit the Coast to Coast recording.

Bynum is not the first of Cosimo's authors who has been on this late-night radio talk show, that is one of the most popular American radio shows in the middle of the night with nearly three million listeners, from night workers to truckers to dedicated listeners interested in a wide variety of subjects, from dreams and the paranormal to remote viewing and climate change, but also from economics to the state of politics, all with a unique twist you don't get in main stream media. It airs every night from 1-5am (EST) and is now also available for a worldwide audience through its online presence, and can now also be heard by those who sleep at night.

About the Author Edward Bruce Bynum, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, Director of the Behavioral Medicine Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Health Services, a Senior Fellow in the Society for Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (BICA), and a Diplomat (ABPP) in the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Bynum is the author of numerous books and articles, including five texts in psychology and three poetry books. He has won numerous awards, including the Abraham H. Maslow Award from the APA, and is a student and practitioner of Kundalini Yoga. He is married with two sons and lives with his family in Amherst, Massachusetts.

To see all Bynum's books, click here.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

September Series of the Month: History of the Expedition Under the Command of Lewis and Clark

In recognition of the end of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (which began in May 1804 and lasted until September 1806), we have selected History of the Expedition Under the Command of Lewis and Clark by Elliot Coues as our September Series of the Month.

It is one of the grandest adventures in American history, and this is the premiere retelling of it. When explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark embarked on their continent-spanning journey across North America in 1804, they also began keeping daily journals full of detailed accounts of their travels and keen observations of the wildlife, flora, and native peoples they encountered. But it wasn't until 1893 that those journals were edited into this definitive presentation.

The original four-volume 1893 work is presented here in its entirety in three volumes, and including all of editor Elliot Coues's explanatory notes, chapter synopses, and more. Volume I also features a biography of Lewis written by Thomas Jefferson and a biography of Clark written by Coues. Volume II features the expedition's forging of the mighty Columbia River, encounters with Shoshone, Tillamook, and Chinnook Indians, and much more. 

As thrilling as it is informative, this is essential reading for anyone fascinated by the opening of the American frontier. 

About the Editor
American doctor, historian, ornithologist, and author Elliot Coues (1842-1899) helped create the taxonomic nomenclature still in use by zoologists. He wrote the foundational Key to North American Birds (1872) and edited The Travels of Zebulon M. Pike (1895).

The paperback retail list price for this series is: $53.97, but now our price is: $44.99 (you save $8.98 or a 16 percent discount)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September Quote of the Month: Never do tomorrow what you can do today - Charles Dickens

This month, we have selected our September inspirational message from one of the greatest Classic household names:

"Never do to-morrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time."

-- Charles Dickens in David Copperfield (The Complete Works of Charles Dickens)

It is impossible to overstate the importance of British novelist Charles Dickens not only to literature in the English language, but to Western civilization on the whole. He is arguably the first fiction writer to have become an international celebrity. He popularized episodic fiction and the cliffhanger, which had a profound influence on the development of film and television. He is entirely responsible for the popular image of Victorian London that still lingers today, and his characters (from Oliver Twist to Ebenezer Scrooge, from Miss Havisham to Uriah Heep) have become not merely iconic, but mythic.

But it was his stirring portraits of ordinary people, not the upper classes or the aristocracy, and his fervent cries for social, moral, and legal justice for the working poor, and in particular for poor children, in the grim early decades of the Industrial Revolution that powerfully impacted social concerns well into the 20th century. Without Charles Dickens, we may never have seen the likes of Sherlock Holmes, Upton Sinclair, or even Bob Dylan. 

Here, in 30 beautiful volumes (complete with all the original illustrations) is every published word written by one of the most important writers ever. The essential collector's set will delight anyone who cherishes English literature... and who takes pleasure in constantly rediscovering its joys. This volume contains Part I of David Copperfield, which was originally serialized in standalone installments in 1849. Dickens drew on his own life story for this tale of the life of the title character, and it is considered the most autobiographical of his works. It was Dickens's own favorite, and the work considered the best by many literary observers, including Tolstoy.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

September Classic of the Month: Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States

President Donald Trump's inaugural address at 1,433 words and 15 minutes was the shortest since President Carter in 1977 and second-shortest since President Kennedy in 1961. Still, it was far longer than the shortest-ever address by the first president of the United States, George Washington, in his second inaugural address on March 4, 1793, with just 135 words. On the other hand, will we remember President Trump's address or any of his quotes as we do with President Franklin Roosevelt's quote in 1933: "Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance," or President John Kennedy's quote in 1961: "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country?" Time will tell.

This volume, Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States, with inaugural addresses from each of the nation's new leaders, and the subsequent inaugural words of re-elected Presidents, collects the thoughts of the first leader, President George Washington, entering office on April 30, 1789, through the forty-fifth leader, President Donald Trump on January 20, 2017. Their words set the tenor for their administrations, and this firsthand document of American history is vital for understanding their work in the White House and the legacy they left for the future.

About JCCICThe Joint Congressional Committee of Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) coordinates the Inaugural swearing-in ceremony of the President and Vice President of the United States, the traditional Inaugural luncheon that follows, and all other Inaugural activities at the U.S. Capitol. It is comprised of the Senate Majority Leader, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Majority and Minority Leaders of the House of Representatives.

This collection of historical documents is a must-read for any historian, an excellent reference tool for librarians and students, and an educational informant for all. Cosimo is proud to offer this title in both paperback and hardcover at leading online bookstores including Barnes & Noble (hardcoverpaperback) and Amazon (hardcoverpaperback).

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

September Book of the Month: Psychic Exploration by Edgar D. Mitchell

Need to brush up on your science facts or psychology knowledge before school starts? Look no further than our September Book of the Month, Psychic Exploration, A Challenge for Science.

Published originally in 1974, it is considered a cornerstone to psychic research, life’s purpose, and the meaning of the universe. This book was compiled by Edgar D. MitchellApollo 14 astronaut and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, edited by John White with a host of renowned scientists covering consciousness, parapsychology, and telepathy like Willis W. HarmanJean HoustonStanley Krippner, Robert Masters, William G. RollRussell TargCharles T. Tart, Montague Ullman, and more. This reprint edition contains a new introduction by Dean Radin, senior scientist with IONS, and Marilyn Schlitz, former IONS president.  

The plethora of topics organized into a nearly thirty chapter anthology, continues to be as timeless as its initiator Edgar D. Mitchell.   

About the Author
Edgar D. Mitchell is the founder of IONS, The Institute of Noetic Sciences, a former Apollo astronaut, and a Navy Captain. Among his many degrees are four honorary doctorates and a ScD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. In July we remember Apollo 11, and all Apollo missions, as America celebrates the 45th anniversary of, “One giant leap for mankind.

Cosimo is proud to offer a paperback edition of Psychic Exploration at leading online bookstores including Barnes & Noble (paperback and eBook), and Amazon (eBook and paperback).

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

August Quote of the Month - I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then - Lewis Carroll

This month, we have selected our August inspirational message from a great Classic (book and author!):

"I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then."
-- Lewis Carroll in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

In 1865, English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, wrote a fantastical adventure story for the young daughters of a friend. The adventures of Alice-named for one of the little girls to whom the book was dedicated—who journeys down a rabbit hole and into a whimsical underworld realm, instantly struck a chord with the British public, and then with readers around the world. Dodgson's playfulness—with language, with mathematical puzzles, with testy creatures such as the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts—still confounds and teases lovers of fantasy fiction today.

Alice acolytes continue to unravel the book's strange riddles, and constantly find new meaning in the unexpected underlying themes, from the trials of early adolescence to the value of nonsense. The conundrums and delights of Alice ensures its ongoing influence over modern pop culture. This unabridged replica edition features the original illustrations by English artist Sir John Tenniel, and is a treasured addition to any library.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

August eBook of the Month: Two Scottish Tales of Medical Compassion - and the US healthcare debate

This month Cosimo presents Two Scottish Tales of Medical Compassion by John Brown, Ian Maclaren, and John Raffensperger as our August eBook of the Month.

We recently featured Two Scottish Tales of Medical Compassion as our June Book of the Month, and the editor of this book, John Raffensperger, MD, who re-discovered two classic stories, "Rab and His Friends," by John Brown, and "A Doctor of the Old School," by Ian MacLaren, offered his comments explaining the humanity of medicine as it was supposed to be and lessons for those who are now determining the future of US healthcare:

In this day of commercialized, impersonal medical care that is fraught with political meddling I had hoped that these stories of Scottish medicine in the 19th century might have an impact on the medical profession and the delivery of health care. Each story was popular at a time when the world was more literate. "Rab and His Friends", written in 1861 is at first glance a dog story. When I re-read it after becoming a surgeon, I realized that it is about an operation for breast cancer performed prior to those two medical blessings, anesthesia that banished the pain of surgery and antisepsis that prevents bacterial infections in surgical wounds. The surgeon in the story was James Syme, the father in law of Joseph Lister who discovered antisepsis. Dr. John Brown, the author of "Rab" was a beloved Edinburgh physician and author. When Samuel Clemens visited Edinburgh, Dr. Brown was his wife's physician. The story also influenced William Osler who became Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford to become a physician.

Dr. MacLure, in "A Doctor of the Old School" was a doctor for every organ as well as an accoucheur and surgeon in the highlands of Scotland. This is the story of how a 19th century physician brought gruff but compassionate care to his patients with little more than his bare hands, a few instruments and basic drugs, that included whiskey. At the good doctor's death, his friend, Lord Kilspindie said, " I pray that doctors everywhere may share his spirit."

Each of these stories reflects the Scottish system of medical education that combined science, bedside teaching and the humanities during the 19th century. Every doctor, indeed all those who are now determining how medical care will be delivered should pause, read these stories and reflect on how distant we now are from the ideals of medicine.

About the Authors
John Brown, M.D. (1810-1882) was a well-known Scottish doctor and writer from Edinburgh. He attended the medical school at the University of Edinburgh before becoming apprentice to James Syme at the Minto House Hospital. His experiences at the hospital influenced his writing, including "Rab and his Friends," the short stories in his book Horae Subsecivae, and others.

Ian Maclaren (1850-1907) was the pen name of Highland-born John Watson. Watson studied for the ministry at the University of Edinburgh and at Tubingen in Germany. In addition to serving at the Parish of Logielmond in Perthshire and the Sefton Park Church in Liverpool, he was well known as a writer and speaker, culminating in several speaking tours in the United States. His works include "A Doctor of the Old School," Beside the Bonnie Briar Bush, and The Days of Auld Lang Syne.

John Raffensperger, M.D. was a surgeon-in-chief at the Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago and a professor of surgery at Northwestern University. He has authored surgical textbooks, a history of the Cook County Hospital, a collection of short stories, and a "surgical thriller." He currently lives in Sanibel Island, Florida.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

August Series of the Month: The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll

American freethinker and author Robert Green Ingersoll was born in August of 1833, therefore, we at Cosimo are celebrating by reading The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll as our Series of the Month!

Ingersoll was a notorious radical whose uncompromising views on religion and slavery (they were bad, in his opinion), women's suffrage (a good idea, he believed), and other contentious matters of his era made him a wildly popular orator and critic of 19th-century American culture and public life. 

Legendary as a speaker—he memorized his speeches and could talk for hours without notes—and as a proponent of freethought, Ingersoll is an American original whose words still ring with truth and power today. His most important works are gathered in this 12-volume collected edition, first published posthumously in 1901.

The paperback retail list price for this series is: $215.88, but now our price is: $174.99 (you save $40.89 or a 19 percent discount)

The hardcover retail list price for this series is: $407.88, but now our price is: $324.99 (you save $82.89 or a 20 percent discount)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Prepare for the Total Solar Eclipse!

On Monday, August 21, all of North America will be able to witness a total eclipse of the sun! This is a big deal for many citizens of the US, since the last eclipse many Americans were able to experience, happened back in 1979. To refresh your knowledge on all things space, see our list of books to keep you company until you whip out your eclipse glasses on Monday!

Astrology for All by Alan Leo

He is considered the father of modern astrology: Alan Leo opened up the secrets of divination by the stars to the general public in the early 20th century with a popular line of astrology manuals that set off a craze for horoscopes that continues to this day. Here, in this replica of the 1910 fourth edition of his essential primer, Leo teaches us: the basics of astronomy required for an understanding of astrology, the nature and character of the twelve signs of the Zodiac, complete breakdowns of the affect of the Sun and the Moon on each house, what a horoscope is and how to cast one, and much more!

The Story of Astrology by Manly Palmer Hall

In this concise book, one of the preeminent metaphysicists of the 20th century gives us an extraordinarily informative and entertaining survey of the astrological disciplines and beliefs of the ancient Chinese, Tibetans, Hindus, Greeks, Romans, Aztecs, and Arabians. Then, his discussions of astrology as science, religion, and philosophy bring this paranormal system into the contemporary world, and he explains how, in his estimation, that the heavenly bodies, acting as the "foci of intellectual energy," dramatically sway the course of civilization itself. A classic of supernatural spirituality is a must-read for those fascinated by the influence of paranormal belief in the 20th century.

This charming introduction to astrology, first published in 1913 and difficult to find in print again until now, initiates the novice into the mysteries of the zodiac through a series of questions (with answers, of course!), such as: "Why should Astrology be known as the Law which governs the Solar system, and consequently our individual lives?", "Is it not supposed that the Pyramids were built especially for Astrological purposes?", "Which planet is said to represent "Evil" in the greatest degree?", "Is it not true that Planets have to go through the same kind of Pilgrimage as Humans"?, and many more. Discover the power of reading the stars... or get a new perspective on this ancient art.

From the Earth to the Moon and 'Round the Moon by Jules Verne

This is the legendary novel of technological speculation and social satire that launched an entire genre of adventure fiction: Verne's From the Earth to the Moon and 'Round the Moon is the first story of space exploration and remains a beloved work of daring exploits—and surprisingly accurate scientific conjecture. When the members of the Baltimore Gun Club—bored Civil War veterans—decide to fill their time by embarking on a project to shoot themselves to the moon, the race is on to raise money, overcome engineering challenges, and convince detractors that they're anything but "Lunatics." With this work, Verne inspired the first science fiction film, 1902's Le Voyage dans la lune, and accurately predicted that that ideal location for a spacebase is in Florida.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Congrats Henry David Thoreau!

This month, Cosimo is celebrating everything Henry David Thoreau with the recent release of the brand new United States Post Office Thoreau Forever Stamps!

“Thoreau was one of the great thinkers in this country’s history on a wide variety of subjects, and the expression on his face in the stamp image captures his introspective and inquisitive nature,” said U.S. Postal Service General Counsel and Executive Vice President Thomas J. Marshall. “Thoreau encouraged everyone to lead more thoughtful and considered lives. Given the pace of today’s world, the many demands on our time, and sometimes conflicting priorities, I am sure we could all benefit from his advice.”

Congrats Thoreau!

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

This is one of the most important works by the most important American philosopher: Henry David Thoreau, vital figure in the Transcendentalist movement, hero to environmentalists and ecologists, profound thinker on humanity's happiness. First published in 1854, Walden collects the penetrating reflections from the two years Thoreau lived in solitude on the shores of Massachusetts' Walden Pond. In lucid, poetic prose, Thoreau ponders the beauty of living simply and in communion with nature. It is a work of pastoral magnificence and wisdom that has moved generations of readers.

The Maine Woods by Henry David Thoreau

In 1846, Thoreau took the first of his three journeys into the woods of Maine, and each of his excursions, he pondered the allure of the wild, the impact of humanity, and on being a man moving through nature. Here, his thoughts on all three trips are gathering in one volume-first published in 1864-that is considered by some one of the best examples of outdoors writing ever. From the quiet of a lakeside to the campfire stewing of cranberries to surprising encounters with Indians, Thoreau offers us an intimate look at a landscape that is now all but gone, or radically different. His insights on his experiences, which have made him a hero to environmentalists and ecologists, are even more powerful today than perhaps they were when he first put them down on paper.

Walking by Henry David Thoreau

The philosophies of Thoreauhero to environmentalists and ecologists, profound thinker on humanity's happiness — have greatly influenced the American character, and his writings on human nature, materialism, and the natural world continue to be of profound import today. In this essay, first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and vital to any appreciation of the great man's work, Thoreau explores: the joys and necessities of long afternoon walks, how spending time in untrammeled fields and woods soothes the spirit, how Nature guides us on our walks, the lure of the wild for writers and artists,  why "all good things are wild and free," and more.

Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau

The writer himself once said, "I am eager to report the glory of the universe," and in this delightful worknot published till 1865, after his deathhe regales us with tales of his time on Massachusetts' Cape Cod, to where he journeyed four times between 1849 and 1857. While still profoundly philosophical, this is Thoreau's lightest work, full of amusing and reflective anecdotes about the wildlife, human inhabitants, and fishing industry that characterized the island of the day. Charming and provocative, Cape Cod will be cherished by readers of modern philosophies and armchair travelers alike.