ISI Guides to the Major Disciplines

ISI Guides to the Major Disciplines

“These slim volumes come close to constituting mini–great books in themselves.” —Wall Street Journal

In one sitting you’ll get an indispensable education in political philosophy, history, liberal learning, economics, or any other core subject in the liberal arts.

Written by leading scholars, the ISI Guides to the Major Disciplines are reader-friendly introductions perfect for both students and the general public.

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  1. A Student's Guide to American Political Thought

    A Student's Guide to American Political Thought

    By George W. Carey

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    Carey’s primer instructs students on the fundamental matters of American political theory while telling them where to turn to obtain a better grasp on the ideas that have shaped the American political heritage.

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  2. A Student's Guide to Classics

    A Student's Guide to Classics

    By Bruce S. Thornton

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    Bruce Thornton's crisp and informative Student's Guide to Classics provides readers with an overview of each of the major poets, dramatists, philosophers, and historians of ancient Greece and Rome.

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  3. A Student's Guide to Economics

    A Student's Guide to Economics

    By Paul Heyne

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    What is economics? And what can you expect to learn from studying it?

    Find in this invaluable guide. In just 60 pages, you’ll get an education in one sitting.

    “These slim volumes come close to constituting mini–great books in themselves.” —Wall Street Journal

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  4. A Student's Guide to International Relations

    A Student's Guide to International Relations

    Written by Angelo Codevilla

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    A Student’s Guide to International Relations provides a vital introduction to the geography, culture, and politics that make up the global environment.

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  5. A Student's Guide to Liberal Learning

    A Student's Guide to Liberal Learning

    By James V. Schall, S.J.

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    The one book you need as you head back to school

    What is an authentic liberal arts education? And how can you get one? Legendary Georgetown professor James V. Schall answers these questions in this quick, entertaining, and remarkably insightful guide.

    “These slim volumes come close to constituting mini–great books in themselves.” —Wall Street Journal

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  6. A Student's Guide to Literature

    A Student's Guide to Literature

    By R. V. Young

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    Learn how great fiction and poetry are integral to a liberal education, and visit the classic works of literature again—or for the first time.

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  7. A Student's Guide to Music History

    A Student's Guide to Music History

    R.J. Stove

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    R. J. Stove’s A Student’s Guide to Music History is a concise account, written for the intelligent lay reader, of classical music’s development from the early Middle Ages onwards.

    “A short, lively, opinionated book that is a miracle of compression.” Libretto

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  8. A Student's Guide to Natural Science

    A Student's Guide to Natural Science

    By Stephen M. Barr

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    Physicist Stephen M. Barr's lucid Student's Guide to Natural Science aims to give students an understanding, in broad outline, of the nature, history, and great ideas of natural science from ancient times to the present, with a primary focus on physics.

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  9. A Student's Guide to Philosophy

    A Student's Guide to Philosophy

    By Ralph M. McInerny

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    A Student's Guide to Philosophy examines these questions: Who is a philosopher? Can philosophical thought be avoided? What have philosophers written over the ages? And why should we care? In this critical essay, these and other questions are posed and answered by one of America's leading philosophers, Ralph McInerny of the University of Notre Dame.

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  10. A Student's Guide to Political Philosophy

    A Student's Guide to Political Philosophy

    By Harvey C. Mansfield

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    A little book packed with wisdom desperately needed in this confused and contentious political climate

    Harvard’s Harvey C. Mansfield, one of America’s leading political theorists, directs our gaze past scandals and attack ads and polls to the great thinkers and classic books that should shape our understanding of the proper ends of politics. An education in one sitting.

    “These slim volumes come close to constituting mini–great books in themselves.” —Wall Street Journal

    “Pocket mentors.” —Chronicle of Higher Education 

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  11. A Student's Guide to Psychology

    A Student's Guide to Psychology

    By Daniel N. Robinson

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    Psychology is frequently the most popular major on campus, but it can also be the most treacherous. In this guide, Daniel N. Robinson surveys the philosophical and historical roots of modern psychology and sketches the major schools and thinkers of the discipline.

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  12. A Student's Guide to Religious Studies

    A Student's Guide to Religious Studies

    ISI Books

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    D. G. Hart explores the conundrums of the ambiguous position of religious studies in the academy and offers advice about the best way to approach and benefit from the teaching and study of religion in contexts often hostile to faith.

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  13. A Student's Guide to the Core Curriculum

    A Student's Guide to the Core Curriculum

    By Mark C. Henrie

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    In a series of penetrating essays, A Student's Guide to the Core Curriculum explains the value of a traditional core of studies in Western civilization and then surveys eight courses available in most American universities which may be taken as electives to acquire such an education. This guide puts "the best" within reach of every student.

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  14. A Student's Guide to the Study of History

    A Student's Guide to the Study of History

    By John Lukacs

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    John Lukacs, one of today's most widely published historians, explains what the study of history entails, how it has been approached over the centuries, and why it should be undertaken by today's students. This guide is an invitation to become a master of the historian's craft.

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  15. A Student's Guide to the Study of Law

    A Student's Guide to the Study of Law

    By Gerard V. Bradley

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    In A Student’s Guide to the Study of Law, Gerard V. Bradley, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame Law School and an expert in the areas of constitutional law and law and religion, introduces readers to the major concepts, cases, and thinkers that have shaped American legal scholarship and history.

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  16. A Student's Guide to U.S. History

    A Student's Guide to U.S. History

    By Wilfred M. McClay

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    In this introduction to the study of American history, Wilfred M. McClay invites us to experience the perennial freshness and vitality of this great subject as he explores some of the enduring commitments and persistent tensions that have made America what it is.

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