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Yakhot, Yehoshua (2012). The Suppression of Philosophy in the Ussr (the 1920s & 1930s). Oak Park, Mich., Mehring Books.
Originally published in Russian in 1981, this unique history of early Soviet philosophy is now available for the first time in English, translated by Frederick Choate.

Yehoshua Yakhot (1919-2003) was a professor of philosophy in the Soviet Union until forced to emigrate to Israel in 1975. While in emigration, he finished writing the book begun in Moscow years before.

Yakhot's book is essential reading for an understanding of the counter-revolutionary role of Stalinism and its devastating impact on every aspect of Soviet thought. Rare among works dealing with this period, Yakhot presents an objective account of the theoretical role of the major figures in the early Soviet Union - including, most significantly, that of Leon Trotsky, co-leader with Lenin of the Russian Revolution of October 1917.

Yallop, David A. (1993). Tracking the Jackal: The Search for Carlos, the World's Most Wanted Man
. New York, Random House.
In riveting prose, Yallop asks how a man accused of so much can remain free. A decade-long search leads the author to conclude that Ilich Ramirez Sanchez--the Venezuelan-born Catholic turned Leninist turned bourgeois known as Carlos the Jackal--is in fact an agent who worked for a dozen intelligence services, including the CIA. Yallop refutes allegations that the real Carlos was at the 1972 Lod or Munich Olympic games massacres and shows how the 1975 OPEC Conference hostage-taking episode turned into a major blunder that was nevertheless used to help build a mystique around the "terrorist." Indeed, the book is filled with interesting allegations about Carlos's so-called achievements--acts he may or may not have committed. Yallop concludes that Carloswas a useful asset" to many folks who used his name to create the perfect terrorist scapegoat.

Yates, Frances Amelia (1999). The Art of Memory
. London; New York, Routledge.
In this classic study of how people learned to retain vast stores of knowledge before the invention of the printed page, Frances A. Yates traces the art of memory from its treatment by Greek orators, through its Gothic transformations in the Middle Ages, to the occult forms it took in the Renaissance, and finally to its use in the seventeenth century. This book, the first to relate the art of memory to the history of culture as a whole, was revolutionary when it first appeared and continues to mesmerize readers with its lucid and revelatory insights.

Yates, Frances Amelia (1999). Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition
. London; New York, Routledge.
Placing Bruno--both advanced philosopher and magician burned at the stake--in the Hermetic tradition, Yates's acclaimed study gives an overview not only of Renaissance humanism but of its interplay--and conflict--with magic and occult practices.

"Among those who have explored the intellectual world of the sixteenth century no one in England can rival Miss Yates. Wherever she looks, she illuminates. Now she has looked on Bruno. This brilliant book takes time to digest, but it is an intellectual adventure to read it. Historians of ideas, of religion, and of science will study it. Some of them, after reading it, will have to think again. . . . For Miss Yates has put Bruno, for the first time, in his tradition, and has shown what that tradition was." - Hugh Trevor-Roper, New Statesman

"A decisive contribution to the understanding of Giordano Bruno, this book will probably remove a great number of misrepresentations that still plague the tormented figure of the Nolan prophet." - Giorgio de Santillana, American Historical Review

"Yates's book is an important addition to our knowledge of Giordano Bruno. But it is even more important, I think, as a step toward understanding the unity of the sixteenth century." - J. Bronowski, New York Review of Books

Yates, Michael (2016). The Great Inequality
. New York, Routledge.
A growing inequality in income and wealth marks modern capitalism, and it negatively affects nearly every aspect of our lives, especially those of the working class. It is and will continue to be the central issue of politics in almost every nation on earth. In this book, the author explains inequality in clear, passionate, and intelligent prose: what it is, why it matters, how it affects us, what its underlying causes are, and what we might do about it. This book was written to encourage informed radical action by working people, the unemployed, and the poor, uniquely blending the author's own experiences with his ability to make complex issues comprehensible to a mass audience.

Yates, Richard (2000). Revolutionary Road
. New York, Vintage Contemporaries.
From the moment of its publication in 1961, Revolutionary Road was hailed as a masterpiece of realistic fiction and as the most evocative portrayal of the opulent desolation of the American suburbs. It's the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright, beautiful, and talented couple who have lived on the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner. With heartbreaking compassion and remorseless clarity, Richard Yates shows how Frank and April mortgage their spiritual birthright, betraying not only each other, but their best selves.

Yates, Richard (2001). The Collected Stories of Richard Yates
. New York, Henry Holt.
Bitterness, loneliness and lack of fulfillment are the central themes of this grim posthumous collection. Yates (1926-1992) was the consummate writer's writer; his fiction influenced a generation of young admirers, including Andre Dubus and Richard Ford, but he has yet to achieve the name recognition of many of his disciples. This collection of 27 stories, seven previously unpublished, but most reprints from two long-out-of-print collections issued in 1962 and 1981, may change that. Yates is a gifted storyteller, particularly skilled at making emotional pain and sadness starkly real as his characters manage to live below even their own meager expectations. Compulsive failure Walter Henderson, the protagonist of "A Glutton for Punishment," plans his life as a series of expected defeats. In "The Canal" two veterans play at macho one-upmanship with phony war stories as their wives snicker with disdain. "A Clinical Romance" tells of the bickering and despair of men confined to a tuberculosis ward in a gloomy Virginia hospital. "Evening on the Cte d'Azur" is an achingly sad tale of lonely navy wives with too much time on their hands and too little self-esteem. Pitch-perfect in their gloomy detachment, these stories about the fractured relationships of lovers, friends, parents and children, and husbands and wives ring all too true. Yates's powerful dialogue and narrative make it entirely clear that no matter what, people are going to be only as happy as they have already made up their minds to be.

Yeats, W. B. (1987). A Vision
. New York, Collier Books.
Contents: A packet for Ezra Pound; stories of Michael Robartes and his friends: an extract from a record made by his pupils; phases of moon; great wheel; completed symbol; soul in judgment; great year of ancients; dove or swan; all soul's night, an epilogue. With many figures and illustrations.

Yeats, W. B. (2013). Stories of Red Hanrahan with The Secret Rose and Rosa Alchemica
. Mineola, New York, Dover Publications, Inc.
Written in the musical speech of the poet's home region of Kiltartan, County Galway, this collection of stories centers on country schoolmaster Red Hanrahan and his supernatural experiences. William Butler Yeats recounts The Twisting of the Rope, Red Hanrahan's Curse, Hanrahan’s Vision, and other enchanting tales.

Additional fables include those of The Secret Rose and Rosa Alchemica, featuring Yeats's personal interpretations of Celtic mythology and occult legends. These engaging fantasies will particularly appeal to those with a taste for Celtic/Irish stories, fairy tales, and yarns with an air of the mystic.

Yeats, W. B. and Richard J. Finneran (1996). The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats
. New York, Scribner Paperback Poetry.
The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats includes all of the poems authorized by Yeats for inclusion in his standard canon. Breathtaking in range, it encompasses the entire arc of his career, from luminous reworkings of ancient Irish myths and legends to passionate meditations on the demands and rewards of youth and old age, from exquisite, occasionally whimsical songs of love, nature, and art to somber and angry poems of life in a nation torn by war and uprising. In observing the development of rich and recurring images and themes over the course of his body of work, we can trace the quest of this century's greatest poet to unite intellect and artistry in a single magnificent vision.

Revised and corrected, this edition includes Yeats's own notes on his poetry, complemented by explanatory notes from esteemed Yeats scholar Richard J. Finneran. The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats is the most comprehensive edition of one of the world's most beloved poets available in paperback.

Yergin, Daniel (2008). The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power
. New York, Free Press.
Now with a new epilogue that speaks directly to the current energy crisis, The Prize recounts the panoramic history of the world's most important resource: oil. Daniel Yergin's timeless book chronicles the struggle for wealth and power that has surrounded oil for decades and that continues to fuel global rivalries, shake the world economy, and transform the destiny of men and nations. This updated edition categorically proves the unwavering significance of oil throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first by tracing economic and political clashes over precious "black gold." The canvas of Yergin's narrative history is enormous -- from the drilling of the first well in Pennsylvania through two great world wars to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, Operation Desert Storm, and now both the Iraq War and climate change. The definitive work on the subject of oil, The Prize is a book of extraordinary breadth, riveting excitement, and great value -- crucial to our understanding of world politics and the economy today -- and tomorrow.

Yoshino, S. (1996). The Natural Aquarium: How to Imitate Nature in Your Home
. Walnut Creek, CA, TFH Publications.
A beautifully photographed book, with many ideas for creating natural or biotope type aquarium setups.

Young, James Van (1993). Landmark Constitutional Law Decisions: Briefs and Analyses
. Lanham, MD., University Press of America.
This book consists of 150 of the most important United States Supreme Court decisions from the first decade under the Constitution to the present. These accounts include "briefs" and analyses. The author also provides a table that summarizes the main features of each tenure and an extensive glossary. This is a highly readable chronological account of the growth of American constitutional law.

Young, Julian (2010). Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography
. Cambridge England; New York, Cambridge University Press.
Young offers a smooth integration of biographical detail and philosophical analysis so that one can readily see how Nietzsche's life and thought informed one another. He stakes out some controversial interpretive claims, but even setting these aside, Young has produced a study that must be read by every Nietzsche scholar and by anyone interested more generally in the shaping of the modern philosophical landscape.

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