Eighteen short nonfiction works in the public domain, independently chosen by the readers. Topics include the English countryside; William Randolph Hearst and journalism; the philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard, John Dewey and others; General William T. Sherman's voyage to San Francisco; the metric system, and the future of the machine age. (Summary by Sue Anderson)
Bjornson's «Beyond Human Power» and Kierkegaard's «What Says the Fire Marshal?» were both translated by Lee Milton Hollander
The translators of Philemon's «The Highest Good» and Lessing's «On Love of Truth» are unknown.