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Vineland (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
Thomas Pynchon
Tristes Tropiques
John Weightman, Doreen Weightman, Patrick Wilcken, Claude Lévi-Strauss
Richard III
William Shakespeare
The Dwarf
Alexandra Dick, Pär Lagerkvist
The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen, Cecil Day-Lewis
Richard Wolin
Giotto to Dürer: Early Renaissance Painting in the National Gallery
Jill Dunkerton, Susan Foister, Dillian Gordon, Nicholas Penny
Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics
Hubert L. Dreyfus, Paul Rabinow
Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon
A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel
Steven Weisenburger
Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century: The Wheels of Commerce v. 2 - Fernand Braudel vol. II, pp. 237-239 are KEY to defining Braudel's project of defining what "capitalism" is and means, and what it means to search for the roots or typology of "capitalism" in the pre-industrial period (c. 1800). Indeed, astonishingly, though the word appears in the 1840s and in Proudhon, Marx never uses it; the word only gains currency after the Werner Sombert's use of it in 1902. Obviously, Braudel does not believe that a full-blown capitalism can be found in ancien régime societies; it only exists then on a narrow platform, surrounded by a vast sea of non-capitalist activity. Indeed, "capitalism was what it was (only) in relation to a non-capitalism of immense proportions", and not "in relation to new capitalist forms which were (only) to emerge in later times".

I don't deny that this book is difficult to read - not all of it is thrilling. But it is a book of such profound seriousness and depth that the interested reader will tackle it...