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The mission of Self-Help Publishers is to help people discover more about themselves and also the nature of the world at the same time.  We hope to provide readers only with books that will help to understand more deeply the complexities of the world.

The Histories by Herodotus There is a common saying that history repeats itself and many people wonder where this comes from. Well, Herodotus has the answer in looking back at the exciting histories of many ancient civilizations. History repeats itself in the downfalls that great nations always face caused by 1)crossing natural boundaries and 2)disrespecting the culture and beliefs of the native people of an area. Ambition in leaders always leads to war which in turn leads to death and destruction. Herodotus goes in depth as he examines key figures in these great empires throughout history and explains their major flaws through the conversations that take place throughout the narratives. "With its kaleidoscopic blend of fact and legend, the "Histories" offers a compelling Greek view of the world of the fifth century BC." -Anonymous Reader
Working by Studs Terkel Everyone has to work at some point in order to make a living and provide for themselves and their families. Terkel provides a compelling look at over 100 jobs that are held by average citizens and provides interviews for every worker that he mentions. These interviews allow the reader to have an in-depth look at what goes on both in the life of the worker and the job. The interviews challenge the readers to look at themselves and their jobs and examine what they like and dislike about their jobs, and whether or not they have truly achieved happiness. The book shows many different jobs from gravediggers to policeman to football coaches, looking at their emotions involved in the job. "I enjoy my work. You meet people, you're out with the public." Terkel provides tremendous insight into the everyday lives of citizens that can only be grasped by reading the interviews that he wonderfully conducts. "Terkel provides an enormous amount of exciting material indispensable for any full understanding of this problem. He uses the discussion of work to get at so much of what is deepest and most intimate in so many people's lives, to understand work as Freud understood it, as the individual's firmest connection with reality. He has learned, as it were, to listen with the third ear. His book should be a best seller, and it deserves to be."- The New York Times
Utopia by Thomas More Ever wonder what it would be like to live in a perfect world? Well Thomas More's Utopia is sure to give anyone an idea. Utopia is a perfect society where people live happily and have free time to explore all of their interests. It outlines all of the necessities to have a perfect society, where all people live in unison in their everyday lives. How do six hour work days and social equality sound? These both are two of the many things that characterize the island of Utopia. More wonderfully characterizes the wants of most citizens and combines them into one to create this ideal civilization. "Utopia is a revolutionary text; and I do not use that term lightly. It challenged the contemporary society, questioning those conventions which allowed a minority to dominate while the majority were subjugated."- Richard McCarthy
The Nature of Things by Lucretius The one thing that always holds people back from any sort of pursuit is fear: fear of humiliation, fear of rejection, fear of punishment, and the list goes on. Lucretius offers a way to combat this fear with the help of his Epicurean doctrines. Lucretius states that all people and things are made up of different atoms and therefore are all similar in their makeup. He goes on to state how all the gods are also made up of these same atoms, so there is no need to live in fear. The gods are not interested in punishing humans nor rewarding them because they simply have no interest in human affairs. Therefore humans should not have any fear of the gods and feel free to pursue their own specific interests. Lucretius stated that the way to find happiness is to combat all fear and put it aside in order to pursue individual pleasures as long as they do not inflict any pain or suffering on any other person. If all people followed this simple remedy, all people will reach a state of ataraxia and achieve happiness. "Lucretius' poem On the Nature of Things combines a scientific and philosophical treatise with some of the greatest poetry ever written. With intense moral fervour he demonstrates to humanity that in death there is nothing to fear since the soul is mortal, and the world and everything in it is governed by the mechanical laws of nature and not by gods; and that by believing this men can live in peace of mind and happiness." - Anonymous Review
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels The Communist Manifesto is one of the most interesting and influential political pieces ever written Marx and Engels envision a classless society, where there is no private property nor state. They argue that class struggles have constantly been the main reason behind all disagreements in society. "The history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of class struggles." They believe the way to fix this is to have a classless society with a free market where each person has an opportunity. Marx and Engels believe this is the way to achieve a greater society where all people are seen as equals and conflict will cease to exist. "One could argue that no document written in the last 200 years has had such a profound effect on the course of world history. If we limit it to political history, then that case may be strengthened."
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli The Prince was written by Machiavelli to the ruler of Florence, Lorenzo de' Medici, as a guide on how to be an effective ruler. While it may seem outdated today, it does provide a lot of useful information and insight. Machiavelli does not use complex theory, but rather straightforward logic in order that all people can understand exactly what he is saying. He talks about when one needs to act with virtue and also when it is necessary to act without virtue in order for the better of society and the state. This information is useful because it can be applied to every day relationships in evaluating when it is necessary to act in certain ways, especially relating to parenting and when to discipline or reward children with the motive being that which is best for them. "Accordingly, The Prince seems to rationalize a number of actions done solely to perpetuate power. It is an examination of power-its attainment, development, and successful use."
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