Bryan Callen is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and podcaster. Callen initiated his career as one of the original cast members on the sketch comedy series MADtv. Callen now plays Coach Mellor in Schooled and is co-host of the podcast The Fighter and the Kid.

  • Atlas Shrugged

    Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand???s magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller???nominated as one of America???s best-loved novels by PBS???s The Great American Read. Who is John Galt? When he says that he will stop the motor of the world, is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battles not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves? You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the amazing men and women in this book. You will discover why a productive genius becomes a worthless playboy…why a great steel industrialist is working for his own destruction…why a composer gives up his career on the night of his triumph…why a beautiful woman who runs a transcontinental railroad falls in love with the man she has sworn to kill.,Atlas Shrugged, a modern classic and Rand???s most extensive statement of Objectivism???her groundbreaking philosophy???offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth century???s leading artists.

  • Bad Pharma

    We like to imagine that medicine is based on evidence and the results of fair testing and clinical trials. In reality, those tests and trials are often profoundly flawed. We like to imagine that doctors who write prescriptions for everything from antidepressants to cancer drugs to heart medication are familiar with the research literature about a drug, when in reality much of the research is hidden from them by drug companies. We like to imagine that doctors are impartially educated, when in reality much of their education is funded by the pharmaceutical industry. We like to imagine that regulators have some code of ethics and let only effective drugs onto the market, when in reality they approve useless drugs, with data on side effects casually withheld from doctors and patients.,All these problems have been shielded from public scrutiny because they’re too complex to capture in a sound bite. But Ben Goldacre shows that the true scale of this murderous disaster fully reveals itself only when the details are untangled. He believes we should all be able to understand precisely how data manipulation works and how research misconduct in the medical industry affects us on a global scale.,With Goldacre’s characteristic flair and a forensic attention to detail, Bad Pharma reveals a shockingly broken system and calls for regulation. This is the pharmaceutical industry as it has never been seen before.

  • Bad Science

    Guardian columnist Dr Ben Goldacre takes us on a hilarious, invigorating and informative journey through the bad science we’re fed by the worst of the hacks and the quacks! When Dr Ben Goldacre saw someone on daytime TV dipping her feet in an ‘Aqua Detox’ footbath, releasing her toxins into the water and turning it brown, he thought he’d try the same at home. ‘Like some kind of Johnny Ball cum Witchfinder General’, using his girlfriend’s Barbie doll, he gently passed an electrical current through the warm salt water. It turned brown. In his words: ‘before my very eyes, the world’s first Detox Barbie was sat, with her feet in a pool of brown sludge, purged of a weekend’s immorality.’,Dr Ben Goldacre is the author of the ‘Bad Science’ column in the Guardian and his book is about all the ‘bad science’ we are constantly bombarded with in the media and in advertising. At a time when science is used to prove everything and nothing, everyone has their own ‘bad science’ moments — from the useless pie-chart on the back of cereal packets to the use of the word ‘visibly’ in cosmetics ads.,This book will help people to quantify their instincts — that a lot of the so-called ‘science’ which appears in the media and in advertising is just wrong or misleading. Satirical and amusing — and unafraid to expose the ridiculous — it provides the reader with the facts they need to differentiate the good from the bad. Full of spleen, this is a hilarious, invigorating and informative journey through the world of ‘bad science’.

  • Excellent Sheep

    A groundbreaking manifesto about what our nation???s top schools should be???but aren???t???providing: ???The ex-Yale professor effectively skewers elite colleges, their brainy but soulless students (those ???sheep???), pushy parents, and admissions mayhem??? (People).,As a professor at Yale, William Deresiewicz saw something that troubled him deeply. His students, some of the nation???s brightest minds, were adrift when it came to the big questions: how to think critically and creatively and how to find a sense of purpose. Now he argues that elite colleges are turning out conformists without a compass.,Excellent Sheep takes a sharp look at the high-pressure conveyor belt that begins with parents and counselors who demand perfect grades and culminates in the skewed applications Deresiewicz saw firsthand as a member of Yale???s admissions committee. As schools shift focus from the humanities to ???practical??? subjects like economics, students are losing the ability to think independently. It is essential, says Deresiewicz, that college be a time for self-discovery, when students can establish their own values and measures of success in order to forge their own paths. He features quotes from real students and graduates he has corresponded with over the years, candidly exposing where the system is broken and offering clear solutions on how to fix it.,???Excellent Sheep is likely to make???a lasting mark???.He takes aim at just about the entirety of upper-middle-class life in America???.Mr. Deresiewicz???s book is packed full of what he wants more of in American life: passionate weirdness??? (The New York Times).

  • Fiasco

    This is the Story of The American Military Adventure in Iraq. The Heart of the story Fiasco has to tell, which has never been told before, is that of a Military occupation whose leaders failed to see a blooming insurgency for what it was and as a result lead their soldiers in such a way that the insurgency became inevitable.

  • Going Clear

    Scientology presents itself as a scientific approach to spiritual enlightenment, but its practices have long been shrouded in mystery. Now Lawrence Wright???armed with his investigative talents, years of archival research, and more than two hundred personal interviews with current and former Scientologists???uncovers the inner workings of the church. We meet founder L. Ron Hubbard, the highly imaginative but mentally troubled science-fiction writer, and his tough, driven successor, David Miscavige. We go inside their specialized cosmology and language. We learn about the church???s legal attacks on the IRS, its vindictive treatment of critics, and its phenomenal wealth. We see the church court celebrities such as Tom Cruise while consigning its clergy to hard labor under billion-year contracts.,Through it all, Wright asks what fundamentally comprises a religion, and if Scientology in fact merits this Constitutionally-protected label. Brilliantly researched, compellingly written, Going Clear pulls back the curtain on one of the most secretive organizations at work today.

  • On the Genealogy of Morals and Ecce Homo

    The great philosopher’s major work on ethics, along with Ecce Homo, Nietzche’s remarkable review of his life and works. On the Genealogy of Morals (1887) shows him using philosophy, psychology, and classical philology in an effort to give new direction to an ancient discipline.,The work consists of three essays. The first contrasts master morality and slave morality and indicates how the term “good” has widely different meanings in each. The second inquiry deals with guilt and the bad conscience; the third with ascetic ideals???not only in religion but also in the academy. ??,Ecce Homo, written in 1898 and first published posthumously in 1908, is Nietzsche’s review of his life and works.??It contains chapters on all the books he himself published. His interpretations are as fascinating as they are invaluable. ??Nothing Nietzsche wrote is more stunning stylistically or as a human document.,Walter Kaufmann’s masterful translations are faithful of the word and spirit of Nietzsche, and his running footnote commentaries on both books are more comprehensive than those in his other Nietzsche translations because these tow works have been so widely misunderstood.

  • Symposium

    A fascinating discussion on sex, gender, and human instincts, as relevant today as ever.,In the course of a lively drinking party, a group of Athenian intellectuals exchange views on eros, or desire. From their conversation emerges a series of subtle reflections on gender roles, sex in society and the sublimation of basic human instincts. The discussion culminates in a radical challenge to conventional views by Plato’s mentor, Socrates, who advocates transcendence through spiritual love. The Symposium is a deft interweaving of different viewpoints and ideas about the nature of love–as a response to beauty, a cosmic force, a motive for social action and as a means of ethical education.

  • The 4-Hour Body

    Thinner, bigger, faster, stronger… which 150 pages will you read?, is the result of an obsessive quest, spanning more than a decade, to hack the human body. It contains the collective wisdom of hundreds of elite athletes, dozens of MDs, and thousands of hours of jaw-dropping personal experimentation. From Olympic training centers to black-market laboratories, from Silicon Valley to South Africa, Tim Ferriss, the 1 , bestselling author of , fixated on one life-changing question:,For all things physical, what are the tiniest changes that produce the biggest results?,Thousands of tests later, this book contains the answers for both men and women. From the gym to the bedroom, it???s all here, and it all works.

  • The 4-Hour Workweek

    What do you do? Tim Ferriss has trouble answering the question. Depending on when you ask this controversial Princeton University guest lecturer, he might answer: “I race motorcycles in Europe.” “I ski in the Andes.” “I scuba dive in Panama.” “I dance tango in Buenos Aires.” He has spent more than five years learning the secrets of the New Rich, a fast-growing subculture who has abandoned the “deferred-life plan” and instead mastered the new currencies-time and mobility-to create luxury lifestyles in the here and now. Whether you are an overworked employee or an entrepreneur trapped in your own business, this book is the compass for a new and revolutionary world.,Join Tim Ferriss as he teaches you:

  • The Art of Learning

    In his riveting new book, ,, Waitzkin tells his remarkable story of personal achievement and shares the principles of learning and performance that have propelled him to the top???twice.,Josh Waitzkin knows what it means to be at the top of his game. A public figure since winning his first National Chess Championship at the age of nine, Waitzkin was catapulted into a media whirlwind as a teenager when his father???s book , was made into a major motion picture. After dominating the scholastic chess world for ten years, Waitzkin expanded his horizons, taking on the martial art Tai Chi Chuan and ultimately earning the title of World Champion. How was he able to reach the pinnacle of two disciplines that on the surface seem so different? ???I???ve come to realize that what I am best at is not Tai Chi, and it is not chess,??? he says. ???What I am best at is the art of learning.???,With a narrative that combines heart-stopping martial arts wars and tense chess face-offs with life lessons that speak to all of us, , takes readers through Waitzkin???s unique journey to excellence. He explains in clear detail how a well-thought-out, principled approach to learning is what separates success from failure. Waitzkin believes that achievement, even at the championship level, is a function of a lifestyle that fuels a creative, resilient growth process. Rather than focusing on climactic wins, Waitzkin reveals the inner workings of his everyday method, from systematically triggering intuitive breakthroughs, to honing techniques into states of remarkable potency, to mastering the art of performance psychology.,Through his own example, Waitzkin explains how to embrace defeat and make mistakes work for you. Does your opponent make you angry? Waitzkin describes how to channel emotions into creative fuel. As he explains it, obstacles are not obstacles but challenges to overcome, to spur the growth process by turning weaknesses into strengths. He illustrates the exact routines that he has used in all of his competitions, whether mental or physical, so that you too can achieve your peak performance zone in any competitive or professional circumstance.,In stories ranging from his early years taking on chess hustlers as a seven year old in New York City???s Washington Square Park, to dealing with the pressures of having a film made about his life, to International Chess Championships in India, Hungary, and Brazil, to gripping battles against powerhouse fighters in Taiwan in the Push Hands World Championships, , encapsulates an extraordinary competitor???s life lessons in a page-turning narrative.

  • The Fountainhead

    The revolutionary literary vision that sowed the seeds of Objectivism, Ayn Rand’s groundbreaking philosophy, and brought her immediate worldwide acclaim. This modern classic is the story of intransigent young architect Howard Roark, whose integrity was as unyielding as granite…of Dominique Francon, the exquisitely beautiful woman who loved Roark passionately, but married his worst enemy…and of the fanatic denunciation unleashed by an enraged society against a great creator. As fresh today as it was then, Rand???s provocative novel presents one of the most challenging ideas in all of fiction???that man???s ego is the fountainhead of human progress…,???A writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly…This is the only novel of ideas written by an American woman that I can recall.??????The New York Times

  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces

    Since its release in 1949, , has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell???s revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In these pages, Campbell outlines the Hero???s Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world???s mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.,As part of the Joseph Campbell Foundation???s Collected Works of Joseph Campbell, this third edition features expanded illustrations, a comprehensive bibliography, and more accessible sidebars.,As relevant today as when it was first published, , continues to find new audiences in fields ranging from religion and anthropology to literature and film studies. The book has also profoundly influenced creative artists???including authors, songwriters, game designers, and filmmakers???and continues to inspire all those interested in the inherent human need to tell stories.

  • The Looming Tower

    This Pulitzer Prize winner is the basis for the upcoming Hulu series starring Peter Sarsgaard, Jeff Daniels, and Tahar Rahim.,A gripping narrative that spans five decades, The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Lawrence Wright re-creates firsthand the transformation of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri from incompetent and idealistic soldiers in Afghanistan to leaders of the most successful terrorist group in history. He follows FBI counterterrorism chief John O???Neill as he uncovers the emerging danger from al-Qaeda in the 1990s and struggles to track this new threat. Packed with new information and a deep historical perspective, The Looming Tower is the definitive history of the long road to September 11.

  • The Power of Myth

    The Power of Myth launched an extraordinary resurgence of interest in Joseph Campbell and his work. A preeminent scholar, writer, and teacher, he has had a profound influence on millions of people–including Star Wars creator George Lucas. To Campbell, mythology was the ???song of the universe, the music of the spheres.??? With Bill Moyers, one of America???s most prominent journalists, as his thoughtful and engaging interviewer, The Power of Myth touches on subjects from modern marriage to virgin births, from Jesus to John Lennon, offering a brilliant combination of intelligence and wit.,This extraordinary book reveals how the themes and symbols of ancient narratives continue to bring meaning to birth, death, love, and war. From stories of the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome to traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity, a broad array of themes are considered that together identify the universality of human experience across time and culture. An impeccable match of interviewer and subject, a timeless distillation of Campbell???s work, The Power of Myth continues to exert a profound influence on our culture.