Tuesday, August 14, 2018

August Classic of the Month: Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

In honor of the inauguration of Grant as United States Secretary of War in August 1867, we are highlighting Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant as our Classic of the Month for August.

Completed just days before his death and hailed by Mark Twain as "the most remarkable work of its kind since the Commentaries of Julius Caesar," this is the now-legendary autobiography of Ulysses Simpson Grant.

18th president of the United States and the Union general who led the North to victory in the Civil War. Though Grant opens with tales of his boyhood, his education at West Point, and his early military career in the Mexican-American war of the 1840s, it is Grant's intimate observations on the conduct of the Civil War, which make up the bulk of the work, that have made this required reading for history students, military strategists, and Civil War buffs alike.

This unabridged edition features all the material that was originally published in two volumes in 1885 and 1886, including maps, illustrations, and the text of Grant's July 1865 report to Washington on the state of the armies under his command.

About the Author
Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), 18th president of the United States and the Union general who led the North to victory in the Civil War. Though Grant opens with tales of his boyhood, his education at West Point, and his early military career in the Mexican-American war of the 1840s, it is Grant's intimate observations on the conduct of the Civil War, which make up the bulk of the work, that have made this required reading for history students, military strategists, and Civil War buffs alike.





Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Parkland Students Awarded the Danny Schechter Global Vision Award

It was recently announced that the students involved in the Parkland, Florida school shooting and following activism, will be receiving the Danny Schechter Global Vision Award. Fourteen students and three staff members were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as a result of a shooter, and the students launched the ‘Never Again’ movement and March for Our Lives protests. In honor of these brave teenagers who will be receiving the award, we wanted to highlight further reading from our dear friend and author, the late Danny Schechter.


Danny Schechter was the author of 17 books, he released the following with Cosimo: Plunder, Investigating our Economic Calamity and the Subprime ScandalWhen South Africa Called, We Answered - How the Media and International Solidarity Helped Topple Apartheid, and Blogothon: Reflections and Revelation from the News Dissector; and Occupy: Dissecting Occupy Wall Street. He also wrote introductions to the classic The History of the Standard Oil Company by muckraker Ida Tarbell and to the U,S. government's The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report.


About Danny Schechter 
Danny Schechter was a writer, television producer, and independent filmmaker who also spoke about media and financial issues. He was the editor of Mediachannel.org and blogged daily as the News Dissector at NewsDissector.net. Schechter was the author of sixteen books and produced and directed more than thirty documentaries and television specials. His blog was named the 2009 "Blog of the Year" by the Hunter College Media Department of the City University of New York.



About The Danny Schechter Global Vision Award for Journalism
The Global Center, a non-profit educational foundation dedicated to developing informative and socially responsible media and a new type of journalism in which the reporting of events and conditions is done in conjunction with those most affected by those events, is pleased to announce the creation of an annual award honoring the life and work of the late journalist, filmmaker and “News Dissector” Danny Schechter. The Danny Schechter Global Vision Award for Journalism will be given annually to a reporter who best emulates Schechter's practice of combining journalism with social activism and/or whose work is deserving of greater recognition and wider impact.

In addition to the award itself, which will be announced and promoted each year on or about Schechter's birthday of June 27th, each recipient will receive a check in the amount of $3000 to support future reporting. Recipients will be chosen by a panel including daughter Sarah Schechter and business partner Rory O'Connor.











Thursday, July 26, 2018

July Organization of the Month: The International UFO Museum And Research Center

Cosimo is happy to present the International UFO Museum And Research Center as our Organization of the Month for July!

The museum is dedicated to the Roswell Incident and is a sure entertainment hotspot for both believers and non believers! The International UFO Museum's mission is to collect and preserve all materials and information that are related to the 1947 Roswell Incident and other unexplained phenomena related to UFO research. 

The museum is open seven days a week and helped sponsor the 2018 UFO Festival! Attractions include an alien autotopsy, meet and greets with ufologists, and an extensive collection of research and books curatoed in their library. Curious tourists can also visit the UFO themed restaurant across the street post-museum tour!  

The museum also hosts a gift shop with a fantastic selection of our books! One of our favorites includes:



Aviation /science writer Don Berliner and nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman, the original civilian investigator of the so-called Roswell incident, have delved into the controversy to find the truth. They sifted through once-classified government documents, interviewed military and civilian witnesses, pieced together evidence, considered alternative theories, and concluded that a UFO crashed near Corona -- and the U.S. government knew it and covered it up.




The museum is located at 114 N Main Street in Roswell, New Mexico, stop by and say "hello!" from Cosimo!






Tuesday, July 24, 2018

July Quote of the Month: "We believe that no flying saucers have overflown the United States."


"We believe that no flying saucers have overflown the United States."— Donald Quarles USAF Secretary (1955)

Continuing our month of all things UFOs, we are highlighting this famous quote by the secretary of the US Air Force, Donald Quarles,  stated in a 1955 press release about supposed UFO sightings and the publication of a government report "Project Blue Book Special Report No. 14."


Among the reports debunking flying saucers, are The Roswell Reports.

Colonel Richard L. Weaver and First Lieutenant James McAndrew, at the request of Congressional Representative Steven Schiff (R-NM), sifted through old reports in order to explain the events that occurred in July 1947, which became known as the Roswell Incident. Included in the report known as Fact versus Fiction are references to Air Force experiments conducted at the time of the crash landing that could account for the debris discovered and investigated.

Case Closed includes further analysis and discussion of the events. The Foreword explains, "Our objective throughout this inquiry has been simple and consistent: to find all the facts and bring them to light. If documents were classified, declassify them; where they were dispersed, bring them into a single source for public review."

These reports, originally published in 1995 and 1997 respectively, include an all-new Introduction from UFO-expert Stanton Friedman. The U.S. Air Force is the aviation branch of the United States military. The headquarters of this branch authorized several research projects on the origin and existence of UFOs and published multiple reports of their findings from the 1950s through the 1980s. It is still the subject of speculation today whether the U.S. Air Force is responsible for a large-scale cover-up of UFO and extraterrestrial evidence.







Thursday, July 19, 2018

July eBook of the Month: Looking for Orthon by Colin Bennett

Cosimo is celebrating World UFO Day with our July eBook of the Month, Looking for Orthon: The Story of George Adamski, the First Flying Saucer Contactee, and How He Changed the World by Colin Bennett.

On November 20, 1952, George Adamski first made contact with extraterrestrials—including a long-haired youth from Venus named Orthon, in the California desert—or so he claimed. He offered photographic proof. He wrote books about his encounters, including the sensational bestseller Flying Saucers Have Landed. He never stopped advocating the truth of his claims even as he came under extraordinary ridicule. And in the process, however inadvertently, Adamski invented the modern mass counterculture.

This new edition of Colin Bennett's modern classic posits, in the author's uniquely engaging style, Adamski as a kind of unwitting performance artist who "structured one of the most blatant acts of visionary cheek of the twentieth century," introducing the jittery postwar Western world to the image of the UFO, which confounded and tweaked authority while also fully embodying Cold War neuroses. Whether Adamski was telling the truth or not is almost irrelevant—though Bennett has his own ideas about Adamski's veracity. What remains compelling about Adamski's bizarre and compelling tale of alien visitations is the transformative power of stories, even if they're false, to warp our culture on a grand scale

About the AuthorEducated at Balliol College, Oxford, Colin Bennett is the author of the novels Infantryman and The Entertainment Bomb, and paranormal nonfiction including Politics of the Imagination, a biography of Charles Fort; and An American Demonology, about the head of the 1950s UFO-hunting agency Project Blue Book.


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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

July Series of the Month: Roswell Reports

Continuing our month of all things UFOs, alien aircrafts, and Corona, we are highlighting on The Roswell Reports as our Series of the Month for July!

Colonel Richard L. Weaver and First Lieutenant James McAndrew, at the request of Congressional Representative Steven Schiff (R-NM), sifted through old reports in order to explain the events that occurred in July 1947, which became known as the Roswell Incident. Included in the report are references to Air Force experiments conducted at the time of the crash landing that could account for the debris discovered and investigated.

Case Closed includes further analysis and discussion of the events. The Foreword explains, "Our objective throughout this inquiry has been simple and consistent: to find all the facts and bring them to light. If documents were classified, declassify them; where they were dispersed, bring them into a single source for public review."

These reports, originally published in 1995 and 1997 respectively, include an all-new Introduction from UFO-expert Stanton Friedman. The U.S. Air Force is the aviation branch of the United States military. The headquarters of this branch authorized several research projects on the origin and existence of UFOs and published multiple reports of their findings from the 1950s through the 1980s. It is still the subject of speculation today whether the U.S. Air Force is responsible for a large-scale cover-up of UFO and extraterrestrial evidence.

The Roswell Reports are both available in paperback at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.





Thursday, July 12, 2018

July Classic of the Month: The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects

Cosimo is excited to present the July Classic of the Month, The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects: The Original 1956 Edition by Edward J. Ruppelt with an introduction by UFO expert and investigative writer Colin Bennett in memory of The Roswell Incident.

In 1947 that the phrase "flying saucer" gained national attention when a pilot named Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine unidentified objects flying in formation near Mount Rainier in Washington State.

The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects was the first serious, unbiased account written about UFOs by anyone connected with the official government investigations of UFO phenomena. Ruppelt, who coined the term "unidentified flying objects" and headed Project Blue Book from 1951 to 1953, includes his personal investigations and findings in his extensive research on UFOs. He discusses both well-publicized UFO sightings and lesser-known accounts, as well as the inner workings of Air Force UFO research.

About the Author
Edward J. Ruppelt (1923-1960) served at the Air Technical Intelligence Center, where he took over Project Grudge, a formal investigation by the U.S. military with the goal of debunking extraterrestrial and UFO activity. Under Ruppelt's supervision, the project, later named Blue Book, experienced its most fruitful years, when investigations were properly conducted without judgment or disdain.



Tuesday, July 10, 2018

July Book of the Month: Crash at Corona

In July of 1947, something crashed near Corona, a tiny town not far from Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. And that crash has been dissected and debated ever since.

Cosimo is highlighting Crash at Corona: The U.S. Military Retrieval and Cover-Up of a UFO - The Definitive Study of the Roswell Incident by Don Berliner and Stanton T. Friedman in honor of the upcoming anniversary of the the Roswell Incident.

Berliner and Friedman sifted through once-classified government documents, interviewed military and civilian witnesses, pieced together evidence, considered alternative theories, and concluded that a UFO crashed near Corona-and the U.S. government knew it and covered it up.

Praise for Crash at Corona
"One of the more credible books arguing the existence of UFOs...Most arresting of all is the testimony of those who handled the debris, who had no opportunity to compare notes, yet have described the materials ...in almost identical language." -- Publishers Weekly

About the Authors
Don Berliner has written more than 300 magazine articles and 25 books on aviation history and space and was also a staff writer for the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP). He is board chairman of the non-profit Fund for UFO Research, Inc., and is a delegate to the UFO Research Coalition.

Stanton T. Friedman is a nuclear physicist and is also the author of Top Secret/Majic. He has appeared on Larry King, Unsolved Mysteries, and Nightline and was involved with the documentaries UFOs Are Real and Flying Saucers Are Real. He has given more than 700 lectures on the subject of UFOs. Friedman also wrote introductions for two other titles published by Cosimo, The Roswell Report: Fact versus Fiction in the New Mexico Desert and The Roswell Report: Case Closed. To see Friedman in person, visit his events page for all upcoming conferences, lectures, and festivals near you!






Thursday, July 5, 2018

2018 UFO Festival is this Weekend!

Cosimo's very own author Stanton Friedman will be appearing at the 2018 UFO Festival this weekend in Roswell, New Mexico!

Both UFO enthusiasts and skeptics are invited to join in the celebration of one of the most debated incidents in history. The three-day event will feature guest speakers, authors, live entertainment, a costume contest, parade, a pet costume contest, parade, family-friendly activities and more. And the majority of events are free!

This year the Festival will be held July 6-8, 2018 – for more info on speakers, events, and tickets, please visit www.ufofestivalroswell.com.

About Stanton Friedman
Stanton T. Friedman is a nuclear physicist who has worked for General Electric, General Motors, Westinghouse, and other corporations. He is the author of Crash at Corona and wrote introductions to The Roswell Report: Case Closed and The Roswell Report: Fact versus Fiction. He has appeared on Larry King, Unsolved Mysteries, and Nightline, and was involved with the documentaries UFOs Are Real and Flying Saucers Are Real. He was the final speaker at the fiftieth anniversary conference at the International UFO Museum and Research Center at Roswell, and has given more than 700 lectures on the subject of UFOs.










Monday, July 2, 2018

Cosimo Classics Author Leibniz Featured on Google Homepage!

All of us at Cosimo are so happy to see the July Google Doodle, which highlighted author and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz!





The impact of the work of German mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) on modern science and technology is all but incalculable. His notation for infinitesimal calculus-which he developed independently of Newton-remains in use today, and his invention of binary counting is the basis for modern computing. He was a powerfully influential philosopher as well, and is still considered, alongside Descartes and Spinoza, one of the great 17th-century rationalists. Because much of Leibniz's thinking in the realm of the sciences flowed from his philosophy, understanding how he approached the natural world and humanity's place in it is vital to understanding his contributions to modern science.


 

Cosimo is proud to offer these books to our readers:


Discourse on Metaphysics and the Monadology

This edition collects two of Leibniz's foundational works, "Discourse on Metaphysics" and "The Monadology," which expound on concepts of philosophical "optimism"-that we live in the best of all possible worlds-and consequently features Leibniz's thoughts on the nature of physical matter. This classic work will intrigue all students of science and philosophy.









With no complete edition of his numerous writings on the wide range of subjects he expounded upon available even today, this 1920 collection of his early mathematical manuscripts—as well as some third-party commentary on them—continues to be essential to anyone wishing to understand Leibniz's contributions to modern science. Here students of the history of science and math lovers alike will enjoy Leibniz's thoughts on the infinitesimal calculus, including a series of manuscripts from 1675, 1676, and 1677, plus the essays "Leibniz in London" and "Leibniz and Pascal" by German scholar C.I. Gerhardt.





Theodicy

In this 1710 treatise, Gottfried Liebniz's only book-length work, he applies the idea of philosophical "optimism" — that we live in the best of all possible worlds —to the "problem of evil"— If a benevolent God exists, why do terrible things happen? He explores the possibility that humanity's happiness is not necessarily part of God's plan. Much of Leibniz's thinking in the realm of the sciences flowed from his philosophy-he believed the universe to operate under simple, intelligible, interconnected rules. Understanding how he approached the metaphysical world and humanity's place in it is vital to understanding his contributions to modern science.









Thursday, June 21, 2018

June Quote of the Month: "Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are."

"Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are." 
      James Allen in As a Man Thinketh 

We are offering this Quote of the Month for June to all of those who feel like life has no meaning, or for those who need a little uplifting this month.

Weaving his way through the inner dynamics of the human psyche, James Allen shows us what we already intuitively know: how changing ones' mind-set can improve one's circumstances - no matter how difficult. 

Literally a blueprint on living, this little gem serves as a course of action for approaching life in a meaningful manner. His practical philosophy of successful living has awakened millions to the discovery and perception of the truth. 

Written in a succinct, easy-to-digest style, As a Man Thinketh is a valuable tool to anyone serious about achieving a purpose-filled life.

About the AuthorJames Allen (1864-1912) was an Englishman who retired from the business world to pursue a lifestyle of writing and contemplation. His books are classics in the fields of inspiration and spirituality. Although best known for As a Man Thinketh, he authored several other books that deal with the power of thought including The Path to Prosperity, The Mastery of Destiny, The Way of Peace, and Entering the Kingdom.













Tuesday, June 19, 2018

June eBook of the Month: Noble Enterprise by Darwin Gillett

Happy graduation students! In celebration of all those who completed another year of school, are starting their first jobs, or who wish to grow in their careers, this June's eBook of the Month is for you!

If you want the insights, leadership tools-and inspiration-to create a noble enterprise and lead your people to new heights of performance, then Noble Enterprise by Darwin Gillett is the book for you.

In it you will learn how to:
- Strengthen your organization: Awaken and activate the rich array of human energy, wisdom, passion, and purpose in your organization
Revitalize your company: Create and implement a plan for turning around (and turning on) even the most "stuck" operation
- Build sustainable growth and profitability: Learn the secrets of corporate revitalization and apply them to achieve sustainable success
- Expand your leadership impact: Build employee morale and commitment-and help your people achieve big performance goals
- Inspire your people: Increase your people's enthusiasm and confidence, and turn your company into a high-performing noble enterprise

"A must-read for serious students and practitioners of leadership." 
      - Ken Bardach, associate dean and Charles and Joanna Knight Distinguished Director of   Executive Programs, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis

About the AuthorDarwin Gillett is currently working with colleagues Ken Bardach, Bill Catucci, and Karen Jeisi to create a "Leadership Guidebook" for Noble Leaders. You can learn more about Noble Enterprise at the Noble Advisors website, where you can find information about Gillett's speaking engagements, Noble publications, and consulting.


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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Happy Birthday Harriet Beecher Stowe!

Today, we are celebrating the birthday of Harriet Beecher Stowe (born on this day in 1811!) and her best-selling anti-slavery novel that catapulted her into the spotlight. Uncle Tom's Cabin helped influence anti-slavery movement in the northern parts of the United States as well as Britain, while simultaneously sparking anger in the southern parts of America.

It is the best known book about American slavery, and was so incendiary upon its first publication in 1852 that it actually ignited the social flames that led to Civil War less than a decade later. 

What began as a series of sketches for the Cincinnati abolitionist newspaper The National Era scandalized the North, was banned in the South, and ultimately became the bestselling novel of the 19th century. Today, controversy over this melodramatic tale of the dignified slave Tom, the brutal plantation owner Simon Legree, and Stowe's other vividly drawn characters continues, as modern scholars debate the work's newly appreciated feminist undertones and others decry it as the source of enduring stereotypes about African Americans. 

As one of the most influential books in U.S. history, it deserves to be read by all students of literature and of the American story. 

About the Author
American abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was born in Connecticut, daughter of a Congregationalist minister and sister to abolitionist theologian Henry Ward Beecher. She wrote more than two dozen books, both fiction and nonfiction.

We are pleased to offer the this great Classic title in both a practical paperback and attractive hardcover.








Tuesday, June 12, 2018

June Book of the Month: A Grumpy Man's Guide to Suburbia by Herbert Foster

Bust out the grill and open a few cans of beer, it is almost Father's Day! To show the various fathers in your life you care, why not pick up our June Book of the Month A Grumpy Man's Guide to Suburbia on Marriage, Kids, Chores, and More by Herbert Foster?

A Grumpy Man's Guide to Suburbia provides a hilarious perspective on life in the 'burbs. These short essays offer an entertaining look at everyday happenings, like tag sales ("Why would anyone work for fifty hours to make $43.25?") or what not to say when your wife comes home from the hairdresser ("You paid $25 for THAT?") or how to carve a turkey ("Score: Turkey 1, Herb 0").

The author provides humorous commentary on everything from houseguests to neighbors, from barbecuing to shopping for a spouse, and from marital communications to cleaning out the freezer. If you live in the suburbs or are married this book is a must. 

Happy Father's Day!


Thursday, June 7, 2018

June Series of the Month: The History of England from the Accession of James II

Still reminiscing about he Royal Wedding, afternoon tea, and horse-drawn carriages? Yeah, us too. To commemorate the new couple who are now Duke and Duchess of Sussex, our June Series of the Month is The History of England from the Accession of James II by Thomas Babington MacAulay.

Perhaps the most famous example of the "Whig interpretation of history"-the idea that the human story has been inevitably destined for enlightenment, progress, and scientific truth-this five-volume work instantly revolutionized the British understanding of history when its first volume was published in 1848.

About the AuthorThough not without its detractors-Karl Marx called author Baron Thomas Babington Macaulay(1800-1859), an English politician and historian, "a systematic falsifier of history"-it nevertheless became a standard text, and one that is today required reading for anyone who wishes to explore changing values and ideals in historical scholarship.

The hardcover retail list price for the series is $159.95 but now: our price: $129.99 (you save $30 or a 19 percent discount)

The paperback retail list price: $99.95, but now: our price: $79.99 (you save $20 or a 20 percent discount)