For Beginners is thrilled to announce SEVEN new titles for 2015.

Lincoln For Beginners (Available January 13, 2015)
Stanislavski For Beginners (Available March 17, 2015)
Bukowski For Beginners (Available April 7, 2015)
Buddha For Beginners (Available May 19, 2015)
Saussure For Beginners (Available July 14, 2015)
The American Presidency For Beginners (Available July 2015)
Black Panthers For Beginners (Available August 18, 2015) 

Fanon For Beginners, September 9, 2014

Philosopher, psychoanalyst, politician, propagandist, prophet… although difficult to categorize, Frantz Fanon (1925 – 1961) is one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century and one of our most powerful writers on race and revolution.Fanon For Beginners provides a clear, detailed introduction to the life and work of the man Jean-Paul Sartre called the voice of the Third World.

The book opens with a biography, following Fanon from his birthplace of Martinique through combat in World War II and education in France, to his heroic involvement in the fights for Algerian independence and African decolonization. After a brief discussion of Fanon’s political and cultural influences, the main section of the book covers the three principal stages of Fanon’s thought:

• The Search for Black Identity, as presented in Black Skin, White Masks, the stunning diagnosis of racism that Fanon wrote while he was studying medicine and psychoanalysis;

• The Struggle Against Colonialism, as explained in A Dying Colonialism and Toward the African Revolution, essays Fanon produced when he was actively engaged in Algeria’s war of independence;

• The Process of Decolonization, as analyzed in The Wretched of the Earth, the book that extended insights gained in Algeria to Africa and the Third World.

During his short lifetime, Fanon accomplished a great deal, including writing books that have sold millions of copies throughout the world and continue to have a profound impact on contemporary cultural debate. Fanon For Beginnersconcludes by examining Fanon’s influence on political practice, such as the Black Power Movement in the United States, on literary theory, and on political studies.

Classical Music For Beginners, October 28, 2014 

Music history is nearly as old as human civilization itself, and while it has permeated the arts and popular culture for centuries, it still has this mystifying aura surrounding it. But fear not—it’s not as complicated as it seems, and anyone can learn the origins and history of Western art music. In addition to learning how better to understand (and enjoy!) classical music, The History of Classical Music For Beginners will help you will learn of some of the more interesting and sometimes comical stories behind the music and composers.

Did you know that Jean-Baptiste Lully actually died from conducting one of his own compositions? You may have heard of Gregorian chant, but did you know there are many forms of chant, including Ambrosian and Byzantine chant? And did you also know that only a small portion of “classical music” is even technically Classical? These interesting, insightful facts and more are yours to discover in The History of Classical Music For Beginners.

For Beginners® is a documentary, graphic nonfiction book series.

For Beginners® is the graphic nonfiction series that deconstructs complex ideas. Every book in the series serves one purpose: to present the works of great thinkers and subjects alike in a straightforward, accessible manner. With subjects ranging from philosophy, to politics, to art and beyond, the For Beginners series covers a range of topics in a humorous comic book-style. Every book takes a comprehensive approach that respects the intelligence of its audience.

Dedicated to Glenn Thompson, the inventor and the inspiration for the series.

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