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.








Thursday, August 10, 2017

August Classic of the Month: A Vindication of the Rights of Women

In the spirit of Women's Equality Day, (selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.) Cosimo's Classic of the Month is A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft as our Classic of the Month.

This 1792 book is one of the earliest works of protofeminist thought and is the first published argument advocating for the societal elevation of women as the intellectual and emotional equals of men. Written during the time of the French Revolution, this revolutionary book reacts against the French Diplomat's, Charles Maurice's, statement that women should be educated only in domestic matters.

Well received in its day and still an important resource for anyone wishing to understand the history of feminism, this extended essay demolishes the sexual double standard of the day, offers a rational defense for the education of girls, and demands merely that women be treated as people.

A Vindication of the Rights of Women is available in hardcover and paperback at leading online bookstores, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

About the Author:
Mary Wollstonecraft was an eighteenth-century British writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights. During her brief career, she wrote novels, treatises, a travel narrative, a history of the French Revolution, a conduct book, and a children's book. Wollstonecraft is best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), in which she argues that women are not naturally inferior to men, but appear to be only because they lack education. She suggests that both men and women should be treated as rational beings and imagines a social order founded on reason.



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

August Book of the Month: Founding a Movement

This August, Cosimo is celebrating women all over the world with our Book of the Month Founding a Movement: Women's World Banking, 1975-1990, a detailed history of the first global women's microfinance organizations, run by women, for women. Its history is told by founder Michaela Walsh, who was president and CEO of the company from its inception at 1975 until 1990. Chock full of interviews from the organization's first board members and participants, it follows the difficult path WWB took to recognize its dream and make small businesses a reality for so many women around the world.

Founding a Movement shows how hard work and perseverance, not to mention a helping hand from fellow entrepreneurs and business owners, can help anyone take control of their economic destinies. In the words of Michaela Walsh, this book "shines a light on the value that women contribute through work, and when they support one another, to become full participants in the economy through access to financial institutions and services, and everything that goes with that access."

About the Author
Michaela Walsh is an activist, scholar, mentor, educator, and author. She has been a pioneer female manager for Merrill Lynch, the first female partner at Boettcher, and the founding president of Women's World Banking. She has taught at Manhattanville College, served on the Boards of several institutions, and was the chairperson of the 59th United Nations DPI/NGO Conference in 2006.She has received numerous awards, including in honor an honor in 2012 from Women's Funding Network for changing the face of philanthropy.




Thursday, July 27, 2017

July eBook of the Month: Psychic Exploration

This month Cosimo presents Psychic Exploration, A Challenge for Science, as our July eBook of the Month. 

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.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

July Series of the Month: The Works of Thomas Jefferson

Few men stand with as towering a stature in the annals of American legend as Thomas Jefferson. Author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States, he ranks as one of the most significant of the United States' Founding Fathers, his political philosophies continuing to impact the nation to this day.

This replica of the 12-volume "Federal Edition" of 1904 is considered a masterpiece of historical scholarship, praised for its attention to detail as well as its objective dispassion toward its subject.

Readers can discover

- Jefferson's itinerary and chronology, 1743-1770 
- his autobiography of 1743-1790
- "The Anas," notes and memoranda, 1791-1806
- correspondence and miscellaneous writings, 1760-1770
- letters to such persons as James Madison, John Adams, George Washington, and others
- papers including "Thoughts on Lotteries"
- Jefferson's will
- and much more!

About the Editor
In the late 19th century American biographer Paul Leicester Ford (1865-1902) assembled this collection of Jefferson's most important, most influential, and most revealing writings.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

July Classic of the Month: 400 years of America

Grilling, fireworks, eating watermelon, and sunbathing are all traditional activities many Americans have been taking part in at various Fourth of July parties around the country. Cosimo is wishing the United States of America a big old HBD to with our July Classic of the Month 400 years of America: Her Discovery, History, Achievements and Politics by Georgie D. Runyan.

First published in 1892 by The New Era Company, 400 Years of America: Her Discovery, History, Achievements, and Politics was originally a supplement to a prohibitionist political magazine, published by the same company, titled The Question. 

Chapter 1 starts with U.S. history that predates Columbus, leading up to all the major points in American history until 1892 and the book's publication. Contents include Columbus' discovery of America in 1492 and other early settlements, the Massachusetts Bay pilgrims, the establishment of the Federation and the states, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and all accompanying presidencies and political parties. 

A comprehensive, if biased, history if ever there was one, 400 Years of America should interest any true history buff. 

About the Author
Mrs. Georgie D. Runyan was a women's news editor in Springfield, OH, the same city in which 400 Years of America, her only book, and The Question, a political prohibitionist magazine, were published.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July Book of the Month Puts Spotlight on Roswell Incident

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Roswell Incident, which is why our current Book of the Month is The Roswell Report: Fact Versus Fiction in the New Mexico Desert with a foreword by Stanton Friedman.

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.

A follow-up to the report, Fact Versus Fiction in the New Mexico DesertCase 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.



Monday, July 3, 2017

June Book of the Month: Two Scottish Tales of Medical Compassion

With the recent news regarding the medical field in our current political climate (insurance and Medicaid, repealing ObamaCare, the Health Care Bill, and so much more), we at Cosimo are dedicating this post to health and doctors with Two Scottish Tales of Medical Compassion, by Dr. John Brown, Ian Maclaren, and Dr. John Raffensperger as our June Book of the Month.

Included in the book are the short stories "Rab and His Friends," by John Brown, and "A Doctor of the Old School," by Ian MacLaren. In "Rab and His Friends," Dr. John Brown recounts a true story from his early days as a doctor about a huge mutt named Rab and his owner, of whom the dog was fiercely protective. He discusses medical procedures that were cutting edge at the time, though they would be seen as invasive and rather cruel today.

In "A Doctor of the Old School," we are painted a picture of a typical doctor on call from the Scottish highlands, complete with an authentic Scottish dialect. This touching story shows how selfless small doctors in the backwoods of Scotland were, never taking a day off and treating patients right up until their own bodies gave out on them.

Finally, Dr. John Raffensperger, a retired surgeon with a deep love for and interest in these medicinal roots, paints a picture of the authors of these tales, John Brown and Ian MacLaren, showing how their ties to the Edinburgh School of Medicine shaped their stories and love of medicine. He takes us back to the first instances of modern medicine, where cleanliness standards were just beginning to be discovered and used and where medical procedures with anesthesia were rare. It is a fascinating glimpse into the old ways and will make any reader — doctor, patient, or friend — truly thankful for the advancements that have been made because of men like Dr. John Brown.

You can enjoy your copy in paperback, or order the eBook version straight to your Nook or Kindle and enjoy immediately.

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.




Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cryptozoology Fans: You're Invited!



Our very own author, Loren Coleman, Director of The International Cryptozoology Museum, cordially invites you to the Second Annual International Cryptozoology Conference!

The International Cryptozoology Museum is holding its Second Annual International Cryptozoology Conference in Portland, Maine, during Labor Day Weekend, focusing on Sunday, September 3, 2017, with special Thompson’s Point Museum tours on September 2nd through 4th. 

The ICC17 will showcase talks by famous cryptozoologists, by infrequently heard investigators, from an innovative panel of Young Cryptozoologists, and will exclusively have the East Coast Premier screening of Small Town Monsters’ new documentary on Mothman.

Special pre-sale tickets are currently available until July 15th (which includes discounted fees, free swag, and a ticket to the museum!) , after that the price goes up, be sure to save your spot soon.

To read, in-depth, about the speakers, schedule, locations, and more about the International Cryptozoology Conference, please click here.

About the Author
Loren Coleman has been investigating cryptozoological evidence and folklore since the Abominable Snowmen caught his interest more than five decades ago. He is the author of numerous popular books on cryptozoology, including Mysterious America, Bigfoot!: The True Story of Apes in America, and Mothman and Other Curious Encounters, and he regularly appears on radio and television programs including: National Public Radio, Coast to Coast AM, History, Travel Channel, NBC, and other media as an expert on strange creatures and inexplicable phenomena.

Today, as one of the world's leading cryptozoologists, Coleman 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, June 20, 2017

June eBook 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!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

June Series of the Month: National System of Political Economy

With all of the political turmoil happening around the world in the last few months (Brexit and the Theresa May election, The Paris Agreement, the James Comey testimony, etc.), we at Cosimo wanted to shine the spotlight on National System of Political Economy by Friedrich List for those readers interested in learning more about collaboration between countries and how it affects us.

One of the most prominent economic philosophers of the 19th century, on par with-but espousing quite different thinking than-Karl Marx and Adam Smith, Friedrich List explores in this three-volume series a reasoned doctrine of national and pan-national management of trade, a global collaboration between government and business. 

Volume 1 examines the pronounced influence of freedom prudently balanced with regulation in the economic histories of the nations of Europe and North America. In Volume 2, he delineates his theory of supportive interconnectedness, discussing everything from the value of the individual's ability to produce wealth to the edge established businesses have over new ones. Volume 3 explores the economic and political systems that nurture ascendant nations in their global sovereignty. 

A close reading of this 1841 classic is an absolute necessity for anyone who hopes to understand world economic history of the last 150 years. 

About the Author
German economist and journalist Friedrich List (1789-1846) served as professor of administration and politics at the University of Tübingen, but was later jailed and exiled to America for his political views. His is also the author of Outlines of American Political Economy (1827). 

Cosimo offers this series by individual volume at leading online bookstores or as a full two-volume set in paperback or hardcover. If you are interested in purchasing the full set, please contact us.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June Classic of the Month: Uncle Tom's Cabin



This month, we are celebrating the birthday of Harriet Beecher Stowe 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.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April Classic of the Month: Wallace D. Wattles Trilogy

We are pleased to offer this authors' most significant works together in one attractive hardcover or paperback book as our April Classic of the Month: Wallace D. Wattles Trilogy: The Science of Being Well, The Science of Getting Rich & The Science of Being Great by Wallace D. Wattles.

These books prescribe an exact method for readers to accomplish three basic goals that will make any person happy, applying principles of metaphysics and New Thought to overcome human error.

Each book focuses on a subject — wealth, health, and power — and applies an exact science that will allow anyone to achieve their goal by following some basic steps in a specific order, in a "Certain Way." Sacrificing explanations of philosophy for brevity, Wattles provides readers a stripped-down guide on shaping the universe to their benefit through the power of positive thinking.

We are pleased to offer the Wallace D. Wattles Trilogy in both a practical paperback and attractive hardcover.









Thursday, April 20, 2017

April eBook of the Month: Earth Fever


Earth Day is Saturday, April 22, and because of this great day, we at Cosimo would like to highlight Earth Fever: Living Consciously with Climate Change by Judy McAllister, Erik Van Praag, and Jan Paul van Soest as our eBook of the month. 

The human species is in a rather precarious situation. Poverty, the energy and financial crises, and above all the challenge of climate change (not to mention the rollback of major policies affecting the environment) mean that our civilization has come to a dangerous edge.

Our safety nets — on both collective and individual levels — have been removed. Can we create a future that allows for a dignified society and a peaceful world? With a change of consciousness and a new spirituality, we may.  The authors of this fascinating book bring to bear their diverse experience in the fields of sustainability, leadership, and entrepreneurialism on the challenge of building a radically different belief system about life such an endeavor will require. 

Along with the wisdom of international opinion leaders — including management consultant Peter Senge; Jeroen van der Veer, the former CEO of Royal Dutch Shell; cultural creative Paul Ray; Herman Wijffels, former governor at the World Bank; Princess Irene of the Netherlands, and others — Earth Fever delves into what is needed to bring about this essential new way of thinking.

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