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  • [Classic] #55. The Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins

    Richard Dawkins’ “The Selfish Gene” presents a new paradigm in evolutionary theory, explaining that genes are the fundamental units driving behavior and evolution. Dawkins argues that selfish genes create survival machines, and altruistic behavior stems from genetic selfishness. He introduces the concept of memes to explain cultural evolution and explores the fundamental principles underlying human…

  • [Classic] #54. 20th Century Korean History – Kang Man-gil

    Kang Man-gil’s “20th Century Korean History” provides an objective and insightful analysis of modern Korean history. Covering events from the Japanese occupation to the rise of military regimes, it addresses distorted historical education and emphasizes unification as a natural historical flow, integrating social and political perspectives with economic history. I. Introduction to the Author Kang…

  • [Classic] #52. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

    Adam Smith’s “The Wealth of Nations” explains how the division of labor increases productivity and leads to the emergence of exchange and money, forming markets. Labor is the measure of exchange value, and profit is proportional to invested capital. Wages and profits are determined by the average societal level, with employers holding an advantage over…

  • [Classic] #51. Ancient Futures – Helena Norberg-Hodge

    Helena Norberg-Hodge’s “Ancient Futures” explores the clash between Ladakh’s traditional culture and modernization, emphasizing the importance of self-sufficient communities and criticizing the impacts of Western industrial culture. She advocates for sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyles, highlighting Ladakh’s role in guiding modern societies towards a mutually considerate and nature-friendly future. I. Introduction to the Author Helena Norberg-Hodge,…

  • [Classic] #50. Jean-Paul Sartre’s “Plaidoyer pour les intellectuels”

    Jean-Paul Sartre’s “Plaidoyer pour les intellectuels” defines and discusses the role and function of intellectuals. Sartre portrays intellectuals as those who recognize social contradictions and assist the oppressed. They engage in continuous self-criticism and ideological struggle to help society achieve its goals. The book offers deep insights into the social importance of intellectuals. Introduction to…

  • [Classic] #49. Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude”

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” narrates the story of the Buendia family over seven generations in the fictional town of Macondo. Using magical realism, Marquez intertwines Latin American reality with myths, exploring human solitude and fate. The Buendia family’s saga reflects Latin American history and cultural identity, leaving a lasting impression on…

  • [Classic] #48. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “Faust”

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “Faust” delves into philosophical questions about human desire and redemption. Part 1 depicts the tragic love story of Faust and Gretchen, while Part 2 follows Faust’s grand projects for humanity. Despite his moral failures, Faust’s relentless striving leads to his ultimate salvation. Introduction to the Author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)…

  • [Classic] #47. Niccolò Machiavelli’s “The Prince”

    Niccolò Machiavelli’s “The Prince” is a 16th-century political treatise emphasizing the need for a strong ruler amidst Italy’s turmoil. Machiavelli presents a realistic perspective, separating politics from morality. He views humans as selfish and fickle, advocating for rule through fear and punishment. The Prince should adapt virtues and vices according to circumstances, highlighting the role…

  • [Classic] #46. Marshall McLuhan’s “Understanding Media”

    Marshall McLuhan’s “Understanding Media” analyzes the impact of media on human senses and social structures. McLuhan distinguishes between hot and cool media, emphasizing that the medium itself is the message. He argues that the development of media transforms human perception and creates new social structures. This book offers an innovative approach to media studies, remaining…

  • [Classic] #45. Edgar Snow’s “Red Star Over China”

    Edgar Snow’s “Red Star Over China” covers the Chinese communist movement. In 1936, Snow interviewed leaders like Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, revealing the inner workings of the movement. He documented the Long March and the support from peasants, providing a comprehensive view of Chinese communism to the West. Author Introduction Edgar Snow (July 17,…