Thursday, March 26, 2015

March Organization of the Month: EcoHealth Alliance

A few years ago Cosimo joined the "1 % for the Planet" network of businesses dedicated to supporting the environment. Among the organizations Cosimo is proud to support is EcoHealth Alliance, and we are happy to announce that it is our Organization of the Month for March.

EcoHealth Alliance is a global, nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation, wildlife protection, and the control and prevention of disease. Using research, education, training, policy initiatives, and global partnerships, EcoHealth Alliance fights the effects of damaged ecosystems and human-wildlife interaction. Headquartered in New York, the organization works in more than 20 countries worldwide.

Upcoming Event

A Journey to the Far East, a Benefit for EcoHealth Alliance

Thursday, April 23 2015, at 6:30pm

409 East 59th Street
New York City

Festive Attire Requested

This year's event will include some very special wildlife ambassadors who will welcome guests to a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, award ceremony and a seated dinner, all to benefit the EcoHealth Alliance.

Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor will be the scientific honoree this year for his wide-ranging contributions to communicating science, research and public health information.

For more information about the event, the organization, or to buy tickets, please visit EcoHealth Alliance's website.

About 1% for the Planet
1% for the Planet's mission is to build, support and activate an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet.

March Series of the Month: The Queens of Society

"Lord Dorchester, however, did not leave his daughter alone, and when a more complaisant suitor with a handsomer income offered himself, briefly commanded her to marry him. To disobey such an order was then the height of undutiful conduct; yet so great was the disgust which Lady Mary entertained for the gentleman proposed that she ventured to write to her father, offering not to marry at all rather than to unite with him. The furious parent sent for his daughter, and told her that she must marry him at once, or consent to pass the rest of her days, while he lived, in retirement in a remote part of the country."
                  -- From Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

First published in 1861, The Queens of Society by Katherine Byerley Thomson is a replica of the beautifully illustrated 1890 second edition. It will delight readers of aristocratic lives and fans of modern fabulosity. This charming two-volume collection is a collection of biographies of some of the most marvelous women of their day. This series will delight readers of aristocratic lives and fans of modern fabulosity and is perfect for those interested in history, women's rights, and of course, for those celebrating International Women’s Day this month.

A queen of society is a woman who, by force of her reputation, good management, abilities, manners, and even her rank and fortune commands a circle of persons of eminence, of fashion, and of celebrity. So say "Grace and Philip Wharton" -- a dual pseudonym for one writer, British author Katherine Byerley Thomson.

In Volume I we meet:
- Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough
- Madame Roland
- Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
- Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire
- Letitia Elizabeth Landon
- Madame de Sévigné
- Sydney Lady Morgan
- Jane, Duchess of Gordon

In Volume II we meet:
- Lady Hervey
- Mrs. Thrale-Piozzi
- Lady Caroline Lamb
- Anne Seymour Damer
- La Marquise du Deffand
- Mrs. Elizabeth Montagu
- Mary, Countess of Pembroke
- La Marquise de Maintenon
- and many, many more!

About the Author
Katherine Byerley Thomson (1797-1862) also wrote the three-volume Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745.

The paperback retail list price for this two-volume set is: $25.98 our price now is: $19.99 (you save $5.99 or a 23 percent discount) and free shipping.

Friday, March 20, 2015

March Book of the Month: When South Africa Called, We Answered

As South Africa just celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of apartheid, author and award-winning journalist, Danny Schechter is back with a new book, and Cosimo is proud to announce the new release of When South Africa Called, We Answered: How the Media and International Solidarity Helped Topple Apartheid as our March Book of the Month.

In this book, Schechter describes the crucial role media played in anti-apartheid achieving worldwide recognition, which enabled outsiders to support the anti-apartheid movement. In Schechter's view, it were ultimately the joint efforts by leaders like the late Nelson Mandela, freedom fighters, activists and media that led to the downfall of apartheid in South Africa.

When South Africa Called, We Answered is an inspiring and educational read for those interested in the role of the media in historic world events, the history of South Africa, journalism, and activism that mobilizes people for the greater good.

When South Africa Called, We Answered is available in paperback and eBook at leading online bookstores, including Amazon (Paperback, Kindle) and Barnes & Noble.

For more information on this timely new release and March Book of the Month, see our press release.

About the Author
Danny Schechter is a writer, television producer, and independent filmmaker who also speaks about media and financial issues. He is the editor of and blogs daily as the News Dissector at Schechter is the author of sixteen books and has 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.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

March Classic of the Month: Life of St. Patrick and His Place in History

Today is Saint Patrick’s Day, a day that has become associated with leprechauns, beer, and corned beef. However, this day is really a celebration of Saint Patrick who was responsible for bringing Christianity to Ireland. His technique of using the Shamrock to describe the Holy Trinity is well-known and one of the reasons he was chosen as the Patron Saint of Ireland. We are honored to present Life of St. Patrick and His Place in History by J.B. Bury as our Classic of the Month for March.

This renowned biography of the great Catholic saint, famous for converting Ireland to Christianity, is also a stunningly vivid portrait of life in the British Isles in the fifth century. Born in Britain as a Roman citizen and kidnapped by raiders to Ireland as a teenager, where he remained to do his holy work, Patrick's life encapsulates the themes of the era, as the new religion won out of paganism as the Roman Empire fell.

Almost as valuable as the biography itself are Bury's complex appendices, which comprise more than half the book, and include such important scholarly details as the author's notes on Patrick's own writings, the memoirs of the saint by other writers including Muirchu, an examination of other Irish source materials, and a look at the historical evidence for such events as the dates of Patrick's birth and captivity, his possible visit to Rome in 432, his consecration, the location of his burial, and much more.

About the Author
British historian John Bagnell Bury (1861-1927) was a professor of modern history at Cambridge. His writings, known for a readability combined with a scholarly depth, include History of the Later Roman Empire (1889), History of Greece (1900), and Idea of Progress (1920).
                                                                                                                                                       Cosimo is proud to offer Life of St. Patrick and His Place in History in hardcover and paperback formats at leading online bookstores including Barnes & Noble (paperback and hardcover) and Amazon (paperback and hardcover).

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from all of us at Cosimo!

Contact in the Desert Conference Featuring Stanton Friedman and Nick Redfern

The Contact in the Desert Conference will keep those interested in extraterrestrials in the know with lectures, workshops, and intensives, and will be featuring a wide array of panelists, experts, researchers and celebrities, including two of our very own authors, Nick Redfern and Stanton Friedman.

Redfern will be hosting a lecture entitled "The Contactee Files: Government Documents on the Space Brothers" and leading a workshop called "Ancient Structures, Levitation, and ETs." He will discuss the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, classified files detailing the original 1950s Contactees, as well as the theory that structures were built by levitation.

Friedman will be hosting the "Flying Saucers and Science: An Illustrated Lecture" series and "The UFO Why Questions" workshop. He will dive into the subjects of intelligently controlled extraterrestrial spacecrafts, cover-ups, scientific studies, and interstellar travel.

The conference boasts a packed weekend of information and details on:
- exploration into ancient astronauts
- extraterrestrial life
- human origins
- crop circles
- UFO sightings
- contact experiences, and much more

The conference will be held at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center in California from May 29 to 31, 2015. Discounted advanced passes for the conference and workshops are currently for sale. For more information about the schedule, speakers, location, and tickets, please visit Contact in the Desert.

About the Authors

Nick Redfern is the author of more than twenty books on UFOs, Bigfoot, lake-monsters, the Chupacabras, and Hollywood scandal, including A Covert Agenda, Strange SecretsBody Snatchers in the Desert, and Three Men Seeking Monsters. Nick has appeared on more than seventy TV shows, including: Fox News; the BBC’s Out of This World; the SyFy Channel’s Proof Positive; the History Channel’s Monster Quest, America’s Book of Secrets, Ancient Aliens, and UFO Hunters; the National Geographic Channel’s Paranatural; and MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

Stanton Friedman is a nuclear physicist who has worked for General Electric, General Motors, Westinghouse, and other corporations. He is also the author of Crash at Corona and 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.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

February Series of the Month: A Book of the Beginnings

After enjoying years as a popular journalist and poet, intellectual and freethinker Gerald Massey turned his vast studies in the field of Egyptology into A Book of the Beginnings, a bold statement that the origin of all civilization lays in ancient Egypt. His assertions, radical at the time-indeed, almost a century before the discovery of three-million-year-old human remains in Africa-resonate loudly today, when molecular biology is making corresponding discoveries alongside the still-raging creation-versus-evolution controversy. Massey lays the foundation of the Egypt-centric position through a scholarly comparative analysis of language, names, and mythology-delving not only into our most basic actions of naming and communicating, but also man's beloved, universal myths of death, awakenings, and love in this two volume set.

In Volume I, Massey lays the foundation of the Egypt-centric position through a scholarly comparative analysis of language, names, and mythology-delving not only into our most basic actions of naming and communicating, but also man's beloved, universal myths of death, awakenings, and love. In Volume II, Massey intelligently argues an Egyptian origin for Biblical symbology, lexicography, and mythology. Here, he not only asks if the oldest Jewish and Christian axioms were really born on the banks of the Nile, he offers a stalwart and profound "Yes!" 

About the Author
British author Gerald Massey (1828-1907) published works of poetry, spiritualism, Shakespearean criticism, and theology, but his best-known works are in the realm of Egyptology, including The Natural Genesis and Ancient Egypt: The Light of the World

The paperback retail list price for this two-volume set is: $56.98,  but now our price is: $49.99 (you save $6.99 or a 12 percent discount) and free shipping.

The hardcover retail list price for this two-volume set is: $89.98, but now our price is: $69.99 (you save $19.99 or a 22 percent discount) and free shipping.

Cosimo Honors Black History Month and Activist W. E. B. Du Bois

William Edward Burghardt (W. E. B.) Du Bois was a leader of the black community in America and fought for equal rights. Du Bois was known for his great roles as a civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, sociologist, historian, as well as author and editor. In honor of Du Bois'  work against discrimination and racism, and Black History Month, Cosimo would like to highlight some of Du Bois' greatest works.

The Suppression of the African Slave Trade to the United States of America 1638-1870 
Based on the Harvard thesis of DuBois-one of the great black intellectuals of American history-and incorporating analyses of national, state, and colonial statues, Congressional documents, personal narratives, and other foundational sources, this essential work of African-American history examines the prosecution of slavery laws in the early colonies in North America and explores the moral, political, and economical ramifications of the slave trade and its opposition. This study of the slave-trade laws remains a vital resource for students of early America.

The Souls of Black Folk
As an early work in the field of sociology, this book analyzes the interactions between the races and offers a solution for the strife and inequality that had come to characterize those interactions. DuBois believed that education was the route to a better life for all blacks, and his recommendation became the basis for the civil rights movement. Anyone interested in history, race relations, sociology, or the intellectual heritage of the United States will find this an essential read.

DARKWATER: Voices from Within the Veil
DuBois was the most influential black intellectual in American history, one whose voice and thoughts continue to enlighten and educate readers today, and this is a collection of his most inspired short-form writing. Collecting essays and poems from publications such as The Atlantic and The Journal of Race Development, this 1920 volume-provocative and aggressive and unflattering to the dominant white culture-raised the ire of many mainstream critics of the day, which continues to make it all the more valuable a read today.

The Negro
This is the classic history of the African peoples in Africa and the New World, a repudiation of the absurd belief, widely held in the post-Civil War period, that Africans had no civilization but the one foisted upon them by their slavetrading captors. Writing for a popular audience in 1915, DuBois lays out in easy-to-read, nonacademic prose the striking and illustrious story of the complex history and varied cultures of Africa, from the art and industry of the peoples of the continent to the dramatic impact the slave trade had both in Africa and on her descendents in the Western Hemisphere. Boldly proud and beautifully written, this essential work will delight readers of American and African history as well as students of great American literature.

About the Author
American writer, civil rights activist, and scholar William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963) was the first black man to receive a PhD from Harvard University. A cofounder of the NAACP, he was convinced that education was the means for African Americans to achieve equality.

See for other books by Du Bois our collection of Black History books.