Richard Branson is a British business magnate, investor, author and philanthropist. He founded the Virgin Group in the 1970s, which controls more than 400 companies in various fields.

  • 1984

    Written more than 70 years ago, , was George Orwell???s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever…,???,???,Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can???t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching…,A startling and haunting novel, , creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the novel???s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions???a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

  • A Brief History of Time

    1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER,A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking???s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin???and what made its start possible? Does time always flow forward? Is the universe unending???or are there boundaries? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it all ends?,Told in language we all can understand, A Brief History of Time plunges into the exotic realms of black holes and quarks, of antimatter and ???arrows of time,??? of the big bang and a bigger God???where the possibilities are wondrous and unexpected. With exciting images and profound imagination, Stephen Hawking brings us closer to the ultimate secrets at the very heart of creation.

  • A Full Life

    In his major New York Times bestseller, Jimmy Carter looks back from ninety years of age and ???reveals private thoughts and recollections over a fascinating career as businessman, politician, evangelist, and humanitarian??? (Booklist).,At ninety, Jimmy Carter reflects on his public and private life with a frankness that is disarming. He adds detail and emotion about his youth in rural Georgia that he described in his magnificent An Hour Before Daylight. He writes about racism and the isolation of the Carters. He describes the brutality of the hazing regimen at Annapolis, and how he nearly lost his life twice serving on submarines and his amazing interview with Admiral Rickover. He describes the profound influence his mother had on him, and how he admired his father even though he didn???t emulate him. He admits that he decided to quit the Navy and later enter politics without consulting his wife, Rosalynn, and how appalled he is in retrospect.,In his ???warm and detailed memoir??? (Los Angeles Times), Carter tells what he is proud of and what he might do differently. He discusses his regret at losing his re-election, but how he and Rosalynn pushed on and made a new life and second and third rewarding careers. He is frank about the presidents who have succeeded him, world leaders, and his passions for the causes he cares most about, particularly the condition of women and the deprived people of the developing world.,???Always warm and human???even inspirational??? (Buffalo News), A Full Life is a wise and moving look back from this remarkable man. Jimmy Carter has lived one of our great American lives???from rural obscurity to world fame, universal respect, and contentment. A Full Life is an extraordinary read from a ???force to be reckoned with??? (Christian Science Monitor).

  • A Time for New Dreams

    “A single line can lead the mind to terraces of contemplation. Naturally it depends on the line and the view.” Newly reissued, this is a collection of exquisitely crafted essays on themes as diverse as childhood and creativity, beauty, censorship, art and politics. They are responses to the world and the times we live in. They ask unsettling questions. They provoke thoughts and they make us dream.

  • Abundance

    We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions. An antidote to pessimism by tech entrepreneur turned philanthropist, Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.,Since the dawn of humanity, a privileged few have lived in stark contrast to the hardscrabble majority. Conventional wisdom says this gap cannot be closed. But it is closing???fast. The authors document how four forces???exponential technologies, the DIY innovator, the Technophilanthropist, and the Rising Billion???are conspiring to solve our biggest problems. Abundance establishes hard targets for change and lays out a strategic roadmap for governments, industry and entrepreneurs, giving us plenty of reason for optimism.,Examining human need by category???water, food, energy, healthcare, education, freedom???Diamandis and Kotler introduce dozens of innovators making great strides in each area: Larry Page, Steven Hawking, Dean Kamen, Daniel Kahneman, Elon Musk, Bill Joy, Stewart Brand, Jeff Skoll, Ray Kurzweil, Ratan Tata, Craig Venter, among many, many others.

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Referring to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, H. L. Mencken noted that his discovery of this classic American novel was “the most stupendous event of my whole life”; Ernest Hemingway declared that “all modern American literature stems from this one book,” while T. S. Eliot called Huck “one of the permanent symbolic figures of fiction, not unworthy to take a place with Ulysses, Faust, Don Quixote, Don Juan, Hamlet.”,The novel’s preeminence derives from its wonderfully imaginative re-creation of boyhood adventures along the Mississippi River, its inspired characterization, the author’s remarkable ear for dialogue, and the book’s understated development of serious underlying themes: “natural” man versus “civilized” society, the evils of slavery, the innate value and dignity of human beings, and other topics.,Most of all, Huckleberry Finn is a wonderful story, filled with high adventure and unforgettable characters.

  • An Inconvenient Truth

    An Inconvenient Truth???Gore’s groundbreaking, battle cry of a follow-up to the bestselling Earth in the Balance???is being published to tie in with a documentary film of the same name. Both the book and film were inspired by a series of multimedia presentations on global warming that Gore created and delivers to groups around the world. With this book, Gore, who is one of our environmental heroes???and a leading expert???brings together leading-edge research from top scientists around the world; photographs, charts, and other illustrations; and personal anecdotes and observations to document the fast pace and wide scope of global warming.,He presents, with alarming clarity and conclusiveness???and with humor, too???that the fact of global warming is not in question and that its consequences for the world we live in will be disastrous if left unchecked. This riveting new book???written in an accessible, entertaining style???will open the eyes of even the most skeptical.

  • Arctica

    Few landscapes convey Nature in all of its untamed splendor like the Arctic. Fewer still conjure respect like the seldom traveled and ethereal North Pole. Yet, sadly, this largely pristine and mostly misconceived treasure is now in jeopardy. Sebastian Copeland’s noble goal in these pages is to pay homage to this wonderland, and, in turn, draw awareness to its perilous plight. Copeland’s multi-faceted background–not only as polar explorer and award-winning photographer, established author and journalist, but also as a dedicated environmental activist–offers us a unique vantage point from which to appreciate this lonely spot. Surely, this is the last true wilderness on the planet–and its demise should ring the alarm for lower latitudes. Copeland’s authority on the subject is unparalleled and, in this book, his passion for this place truly shines. Although the vision presented in these pages may be poetic, the book’s aims are pragmatic–to seduce and inspire the world in order to help foster a market transformation towards a sustainable future.

  • Big World, Small Planet

    A profoundly original vision of an attainable future that ensures human prosperity by safeguarding our threatened planet,”If you have time to read one book on this subject, I highly recommend the new Big World, Small Planet, by Johan Rockstrom, director of the Stockholm Resilience Center, and Mattias Klum, whose stunning photographs of ecosystem disruptions reinforce the urgency of the moment.”???Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times,Big World, Small Planet probes the urgent predicament of our times: how is it possible to create a positive future for both humanity and Earth? We have entered the Anthropocene???the era of massive human impacts on the planet???and the actions of over seven billion residents threaten to destabilize Earth???s natural systems, with cascading consequences for human societies. In this extraordinary book, the authors combine the latest science with compelling storytelling and amazing photography to create a new narrative for humanity???s future. Johan Rockstr??m and Mattias Klum reject the notion that economic growth and human prosperity can only be achieved at the expense of the environment. They contend that we have unprecedented opportunities to navigate a ???good Anthropocene.??? By embracing a deep mind-shift, humanity can reconnect to Earth, discover universal values, and take on the essential role of planetary steward. With eloquence and profound optimism, Rockstr??m and Klum envision a future of abundance within planetary boundaries???a revolutionary future that is at once necessary, possible, and sustainable for coming generations.

  • Dear Stranger

    Dear Stranger is a collection of inspirational, honest and heartfelt letters from authors, bloggers and Mind ambassadors to an imagined stranger. Insightful and uplifting, Dear Stranger is a humbling glimpse into different interpretations of happiness, and how despite sometimes seeming unobtainable happiness can, in the smallest of ways, become and achievable goal.,No one should face a mental health problem alone. Whether it’s on a doorstep, on the end of a telephone or online, Mind is there for everyone who is experiencing a mental health problem.

  • Dice Man

    The cult classic that can still change your life???Let the dice decide! This is the philosophy that changes the life of bored psychiatrist Luke Rhinehart???and in some ways changes the world as well. Because once you hand over your life to the dice, anything can happen. Entertaining, humorous, scary, shocking, subversive, The Dice Man is one of the cult bestsellers of our time.

  • Ending the War on Drugs

    In the last nine years alone, more than 100,000 people have lost their lives to drug-war violence in Mexico. 50 years ago, governments around the world made it illegal to produce, sell, and possess certain drugs. Five decades later, illegal drug use is at an all time high and $100 billion of government money around the globe is spent every year on drug-related criminal law enforcement and the so-called war on drugs. Drug prohibition laws have put the drug market into the hands of organized criminals, and the Global Commission on Drug Policy (GCDP) are seeking to alter opinion towards prohibition-focused drug laws and criminalization, bringing to light potential new policies and attitudes which will reduce organized crime, drug-related violence, and the supply and demand of illicit drugs.,Harm reduction is at the forefront of their agenda and this collection of essays outlines key facts, debates, and perspectives on the war on drugs, and how we can end it. Contributors include Ernesto Zedillo (former president of Mexico), Ruth Dreifuss (former president of Switzerland), Henrique Fernando Cardoso (former president of Brazil), Olusegun Obasanjo (former president of Nigeria), Cesar Gaviria (former president of Colombia), Pavel Bem (former mayor of Prague), Michel Kazatchkine (UNSG???s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia), Anand Grover (former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health), Carl Hart (Professor, Columbia University), and George Soros (philanthropist).

  • Fast Food Nation

    In 2001, Fast Food Nation was published to critical acclaim and became an international bestseller. Eric Schlosser???s expos?? revealed how the fast food industry has altered the landscape of America, widened the gap between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and transformed food production throughout the world. The book changed the way millions of people think about what they eat and helped to launch today???s food movement.,In a new afterword for this edition, Schlosser discusses the growing interest in local and organic food, the continued exploitation of poor workers by the food industry, and the need to ensure that every American has access to good, healthy, affordable food. Fast Food Nation is as relevant today as it was a decade ago. The book inspires readers to look beneath the surface of our food system, consider its impact on society and, most of all, think for themselves.

  • George’s Marvelous Medicine

    A taste of her own medicine.,George is alone in the house with Grandma. The most horrid, grizzly old grunion of a grandma ever. She needs something stronger than her usual medicine to cure her grouchiness. A special grandma medicine, a remedy for everything. And George knows just what to put into it. Grandma’s in for the surprise of her life???and so is George, when he sees the results of his mixture!

  • Great Expectations

    In what may be Dickens’s best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman ??? and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of “great expectations.” In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride.

  • Happiness

    In this groundbreaking book, Matthieu Ricard makes a passionate case for happiness as a goal that deserves as least as much energy as any other in our lives.,Wealth? Fitness? Career success? How can we possibly place these above true and lasting well-being? Drawing from works of fiction and poetry, Western philosophy, Buddhist beliefs, scientific research, and personal experience, Ricard weaves an inspirational and forward-looking account of how we can begin to rethink our realities in a fast-moving modern world. With its revelatory lessons and exercises, Happiness is an eloquent and stimulating guide to a happier life.

  • Homo Deus

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER,Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity???s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.,Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style???thorough, yet riveting???famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.,What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century???from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.,With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller, Harari maps out our future.

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    Maya Angelou???s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Her life story is told in the documentary film And Still I Rise, as seen on PBS???s American Masters.,Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou???s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.,Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local ???powhitetrash.??? At eight years old and back at her mother???s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age???and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (???I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare???) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.,Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.,???I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.??????James Baldwin

  • If I Could Tell You Just One Thing…

    If I Could Tell You Just One Thing . . . curates invaluable wisdom from 50 of today’s most remarkable, diverse, and influential voices in an engaging collection of profiles. Paired with a specially commissioned pen-and-ink portrait, each essay and its illuminating nugget of life advice is gathered together and is sure to surprise, entertain, and encourage readers???and leave a lasting impression.

  • In Defense of Food

    1 New York Times Bestseller from the author of How to Change Your Mind, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and Food Rules.,Food. There’s plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it?,Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion–most of what we???re consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we see to become. With In Defense of Food, Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Pollan???s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.,”Michael Pollan [is the] designated repository for the nation’s food conscience.”???Frank Bruni, The New York Times,” A remarkable volume . . . engrossing . . . [Pollan] offers those prescriptions Americans so desperately crave.”???The Washington Post,”A tough, witty, cogent rebuttal to the proposition that food can be redced to its nutritional components without the loss of something essential… [a] lively, invaluable book.”???Janet Maslin, The New York Times,”In Defense of Food is written with Pollan’s customary bite, ringing clarity and brilliance at connecting the dots.”???The Seattle Times,Michael Pollan???s most recent food book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation–the story of our most trusted food expert???s culinary education–was published by Penguin Press in April 2013, and in 2016 it served as the inspiration for a four-part docuseries on Netflix by the same name.,Pollan is also the author of How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence