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Summer's just around the corner, but that doesn't mean your brain has to take a vacation. Stock up for your summer learning with a selection of 75+ Great Courses for $6.95 each.

Sale ends May 8th, 2015 at 11:59 PM ET (US).

Subjects in the Summer Learning Sale

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  • The Art of Negotiating the Best Deal

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Seth Freeman, The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Seth Freeman
    Overall
    (2169)
    Performance
    (1899)
    Story
    (1881)

    The course is organized around a mnemonic device, developed by Professor Freeman, that can serve in any negotiation situation. Called "I FORESAW IT," this indispensable framework guides you in assembling the strongest possible case, showing you how to evaluate such factors as creative options, independent criteria, and your best alternative to a negotiated agreement.

    Bror Erickson says: "Negotiating Through Everyday Live"
  • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Richard Wolfson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Richard Wolfson
    Overall
    (2824)
    Performance
    (2501)
    Story
    (2446)

    "It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics.

    David says: "Great primer for hard SF fans and physics laymen"
  • Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Livermore, The Great Courses
    • Narrated By David Livermore
    Overall
    (1492)
    Performance
    (1335)
    Story
    (1332)

    Based on groundbreaking research, these 24 lectures address dynamics and customs related to working, socializing, dining, marriage and family - all the areas necessary to help you function with a greater level of respect and effectiveness wherever you go. You'll also encounter practical tips and crucial context for greeting, interacting with, and even managing people from other parts of the world.

    Quaker says: "Quite possibly my favorite of The Great Courses"
  • How the Stock Market Works

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ramon P. DeGennaro, The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Ramon P. DeGennaro
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (1054)
    Story
    (1044)

    This course is an introduction to the stock market and stock investing for novices and experienced investors alike. Professor DeGennaro uses simple analogies to explain the origin of stocks and other securities, as well as their relative risks. He stresses the danger of trying to beat the market by trying to pick winners, predict price trends, or otherwise find opportunities that other investors have missed.

    M. Acker says: "Must read for everyone outside of the industry"
  • The Skeptic's Guide to American History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark A. Stoler, The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Mark A. Stoler
    Overall
    (2569)
    Performance
    (2317)
    Story
    (2279)

    To take a skeptical approach to American history is not to dabble in imaginative conspiracy theories; rather, it's to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization. And in this bold 24-lecture series, you can do just that.

    Ark1836 says: "Skeptical but Not Cynical"
  • The Art of Conflict Management: Achieving Solutions for Life, Work, and Beyond

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Dues, The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Michael Dues
    Overall
    (1037)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (879)

    In 24 lectures brimming with practical tips, tools, and techniques everyone can use to better manage conflict in his or her professional and personal lives, gain the essential skills of conflict management. As presented by Professor Dues, these lectures will show you how to effectively deal with conflicts of all kinds, using the "win-win" model that has dominated the field for the past six decades.

    Brendan says: "Excellent Frameworks"
  • The Story of Human Language

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
    Overall
    (2612)
    Performance
    (2367)
    Story
    (2335)

    Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

    SAMA says: "You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again"
  • The Vikings

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Kenneth W. Harl
    Overall
    (2228)
    Performance
    (2018)
    Story
    (2005)

    As raiders and explorers, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of western Europe. Now, in a series of 36 vivid lectures by an honored teacher and classical scholar, you have the opportunity to understand this remarkable race as never before, studying the Vikings not only as warriors, but in all of the other roles in which they were equally extraordinary - merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.

    AppleCedAR says: "Enthralling Presentation of a Fascinating Subject"
  • Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mark Leary, The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Mark Leary
    Overall
    (1804)
    Performance
    (1570)
    Story
    (1549)

    Every day of your life is spent surrounded by mysteries that involve what appear to be rather ordinary human behaviors. What makes you happy? Where did your personality come from? Why do you have trouble controlling certain behaviors? Why do you behave differently as an adult than you did as an adolescent?Since the start of recorded history, and probably even before, people have been interested in answering questions about why we behave the way we do.

    BryanW says: "Nowhere near the depth of typical Great Courses"
  • Transformational Leadership: How Leaders Change Teams, Companies, and Organizations

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael A. Roberto, The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Michael A. Roberto
    Overall
    (849)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (727)

    Discover an essential handbook for strategies, concepts, and insights into the dynamics of transformational leadership in these 24 lectures, which take you on an in-depth examination of the leadership behaviors and capabilities essential to creating positive change in teams and organizations. Filled with case studies and lessons from leaders in business, politics, sports, and the military, as well as a range of specific skills and strategies you can put to use in your own career, this lecture series is an authoritative guide to successful leadership.

    Mr. Johnston says: "A lot of great material, all in one place."
  • The History of Ancient Rome

    • ORIGINAL (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Garrett G. Fagan, The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Garrett G. Fagan
    Overall
    (1783)
    Performance
    (1615)
    Story
    (1598)

    Even today, the influence of Ancient Rome is indelible, with Europe and the world owing this extraordinary empire a huge cultural debt in almost every important category of human endeavor, including art, architecture, engineering, language, literature, law, and religion. At the peak of its power, Rome's span was vast. In the regional, restless, and shifting history of continental Europe, the Roman Empire stands as a towering monument to scale and stability, unified in politics and law, stretching from the sands of Syria to the moors of Scotland. And it stood for almost 700 years.In this series of 48 spirited lectures, you'll see how a small village of shepherds and farmers rose to tower over the civilized world of its day and left a permanent mark on history. In telling Rome's riveting story, Professor Fagan draws on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, including recent historical and archaeological scholarship, to introduce the fascinating tale of Rome's rise and decline, including the famous events and personalities that have become so familiar: . Horatius at the bridge . Hannibal crossing the Alps during Rome's life-or-death war with Carthage . Caesar assassinated before a statue of his archrival Pompey . The doomed lovers Antony and Cleopatra . The mad and venal emperors Nero and Caligula . The conversion of Constantine The course also addresses one of history's greatest questions: Why did the Roman Empire fall? And you'll learn why most modern scholars believe that the empire did not "fall" at all, but, rather, changed into something very different-the less urbanized, more rural, early medieval world.

    Sean says: "Accessible"
  • Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Zarefsky, The Great Courses
    • Narrated By David Zarefsky
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (526)

    What is effective reasoning? And how can it be done persuasively? These questions have been asked for thousands of years, yet some of the best thinking on reasoning and argumentation is recent and represents a break from the past. These 24 engaging lectures teach you how to reason, how to persuade others that what you think is right, and how to judge and answer the arguments of others - and how they will judge yours.

    liam says: "If you are on the fence, Get it!"
  • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Patrick N. Allitt, The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Patrick N. Allitt
    Overall
    (1271)
    Performance
    (1141)
    Story
    (1132)

    What were the forces that thrust the British Empire to its extraordinary position of greatness and then just as powerfully drove it into decline? And why is nearly every nation on earth, in one way or another, the consequence of the British Empire?In these 36 lectures, Professor Allitt leads you through four centuries of British power, innovation, influence, and, ultimately, diminishment-four profound centuries that literally remade the world and bequeathed the complex global legacy that continues to shape your everyday life.

    Mike says: "Learn About Great Britain from a Great Briton!!!"
  • Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Steven Pollock, The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Steven Pollock
    Overall
    (1077)
    Performance
    (961)
    Story
    (947)

    Would you like to know how the universe works? Scientists have been asking that question for a long time and have found that many of the answers can be found in the study of particle physics, the field that focuses on those impossibly tiny particles with unbelievably strange names - the hadrons and leptons, baryons and mesons, muons and gluons - so mystifying to the rest of us.

    Greg says: "Fantastic but Dated"
  • The Entrepreneur's Toolkit

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michael Goldsby, The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Michael Goldsby
    Overall
    (923)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (806)

    This course teaches you how to be an entrepreneur and how to think like one - skills that are essential whether you are starting a business, expanding an existing business, boosting your career as an employee, pursuing a social cause, or seeking to increase your impact as a teacher, coach, minister, or other professional. Packed with fascinating lessons from legendary entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, and Henry Ford, these 24 lectures are entertaining as well as practical.

    Florin says: "Smart first half, lacking and slow in the second."
  • Behavioral Economics: When Psychology and Economics Collide

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Scott Huettel, The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Scott Huettel
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (575)

    Behavioral economics is the study of decision making, and of the related themes of valuation, exchange, and interpersonal interactions. Using methods from psychology, sociology, neurology, and economics, behavioral economics sheds light one of the most fundamental activities of human life: the decision process. In 24 insightful lectures, you'll learn how behavioral economists look at decision making and explore a set of key principles that offer deep insight into how we evaluate information and integrate different factors to make decisions.

    SAMA says: "Stating the Obvious"
  • 12 Essential Scientific Concepts

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Indre Viskontas
    • Narrated By Indre Viskontas
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (413)

    Science is such a vast arena of knowledge that people looking for a better grasp of its secrets often wonder where to begin. The answer: with the essentials. Now, finally satisfy your desire for scientific inquiry in a way that makes this enormous field accessible, understandable, and undeniably captivating.

    Tanglebones says: "Excellent overview of major science concepts"
  • Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By James Hynes, The Great Courses
    • Narrated By James Hynes
    Overall
    (2129)
    Performance
    (1901)
    Story
    (1839)

    From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques offers a master class in storytelling. Taught by award-winning novelist James Hynes, a former visiting professor at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, these 24 insightful lectures show you the ins and outs of the fiction writer's craft.

    Madeleine says: "Theory AND Practice"
  • Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sean Carroll, The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Sean Carroll
    Overall
    (1160)
    Performance
    (1041)
    Story
    (1024)

    Time rules our lives, woven into the very fabric of the universe-from the rising and setting of the sun to the cycles of nature, the thought processes in our brains, and the biorhythms in our day. Nothing so pervades our existence and yet is so difficult to explain. But now, in a series of 24 riveting lectures, you can grasp exactly why - as you take a mind-expanding journey through the past, present, and future, guided by a noted author and scientist.

    Michael says: "Get From Eternity to Here instead"
  • Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rufus J. Fears, The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Rufus J. Fears
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (689)

    Why do "Great Books" continue to speak to us hundreds and even thousands of years after they were written? Can they deepen our self-knowledge and wisdom? Are our lives changed in any meaningful way by the experience of reading them?Tackle these questions and more in these 36 engaging lectures. Beginning with his definition of a Great Book as one that possesses a great theme of enduring importance, noble language that "elevates the soul and ennobles the mind," and a universality that enables it to "speak across the ages," Professor Fears examines a body of work that offers extraordinary wisdom to those willing to receive it.

    Kristi Richardson says: "A course that will open you to new ideas."
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