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Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

“Who is John Galt?” With this question, Ayn Rand began her final novel, Atlas Shrugged, one of the most controversial, influential, and bestselling books of the 20th century. It’s a… Read more

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“The Laws of Nature” and Adam Smith’s Economy

Those who knew him described Adam Smith as dull, a day-dreamer, a hermit, and a hypochondriac, but the philosophical economist was certainly no less brilliant and worldly than his better-traveled… Read More

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The Story Behind Captain James Cook’s Voyages

The voyages of Captain James Cook stand among the greatest feats of exploration undertaken in any age. The only 18th – century explorer to lead more than one Pacific voyage,… Read More

Miniseries, Polar Disasters and the Madmen Who Perpetrated Them

John Franklin: The Man Who Ate His Boots, Part III

In the decade or so following his disastrous-if-heroic Coppermine Expedition to the Arctic, John Franklin kept fairly busy.  Upon his return to England, he married and became first a father… Read More

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The Story Behind The Second World War by Winston Churchill

Watch a short film featuring Las Vegas bookseller Greg Hicks and the story behind The Second World War by Winston Churchill.     Read More

Forgotten Founding Fathers, Miniseries

Forgotten Founders: Thomas Paine, Part 3

Before the battle of Trenton the half-clad, disheartened soldiers of Washington were called together in groups to listen to that thrilling exhortation… The literary musket reaches its mark… The great… Read More

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The Story Behind Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Watch a short film by Las Vegas bookseller Embry Clark with the story behind Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.         Read More

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“I’ll be your Boswell”: Words Coined From Literary Classics

When you call someone a “scrooge,” most people understand you to mean someone who is miserly, uncharitable, selfish, and just generally unfriendly.  Most people also know that “scrooge” stems from… Read More

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Favorite Authors: Virginia Woolf

In this short film, Las Vegas bookseller Mary Olsson tells you why she loves the work of Virginia Woolf.   Read More

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The Story Behind A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

In this short film, Las Vegas bookseller Christy Shannon tells you the story behind Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms.       Read More

Forgotten Founding Fathers, Miniseries

Forgotten Founders: Thomas Paine, Part 2

In Part 1, I explored the controversy over whether Thomas Paine was a Founding Father. This post is about Common Sense, his most famous work and the most influential, brilliant, and… Read More