"Gegensatz," pronounced "GAY-gun-ZAHTS," is German for "opposition" or "alternative state of affairs."
Eric v.d. Luft, Ph.D., M.L.S., a professional scholar, educator, librarian, and philosopher, founded Gegensatz Press in 1996 to bring durable, high-quality nonfiction works to the public in a way that is (1) hassle-free for the author, (2) economical for the buyer, (3) preservation-conscious for the librarian, and (4) edifying for the reader.
In 2004 Gegensatz Press published its first full-length book, God, Evil, and Ethics: A Primer in the Philosophy of Religion. A sturdy Smyth-sewn paperback costing only $14.95, we intend it to compete with many higher-priced anthologies and introductions to the philosophy of religion. We believe that its content and organization are equal or superior to any of them.
Gegensatz Press publishes philosophy, general nonfiction, popular culture, poetry, humor, and games.
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The Value of Suicide
by Eric v.d. Luft
Price: $4.99 USD. 110550 words.
Published by Gegensatz Press on December 4, 2012. .
The main point is to argue that suicide ought not automatically to be seen as an expression of despair, but that some people have non-despondent, creative, altruistic, unselfish, or advantageous reasons for doing themselves in. The ancients knew this. Our culture has lost this insight in the meantime. Luft wants to recover it.
Diary of Doses
by Rob Dickenson
Price: $3.99 USD. 15730 words.
Published by Gegensatz Press on November 10, 2012. .
Brutal, filthy, no-holds-barred imagist poems that use sarcastic honesty, existential tension, and occasional humor to paint stark portraits of the hypocrisy, desperation, loneliness, delusion, and squalor of the substance abuse world.
A Socialist Manifesto
by Eric v.d. Luft
Price: $2.99 USD. 21560 words.
Published by Gegensatz Press on January 5, 2012. .
A 23-point manifesto of nonviolent socialist revolution, building on the legacy of Thomas Paine's Common Sense and other important leftist statements of purpose.
When Fears Frustrate Contentment: Activate the Brain's Ability to Overcome Useless Fears: A Professionally Established Method
by Trevor N. Iskander, M.D.
Price: $9.99 USD. 58000 words.
Published by Gegensatz Press on January 2, 2012. .
Self-help for conquering stress, anxiety, and fear.
"The Desensitization Hierarchy Method,
described in this book, is a tool for managing
change, but its users will always be in charge of
deciding both what changes they want to make,
and how much they want to do at any one time.
The method is a bit like an automobile, a means
of travel, the driver deciding where to go, and
at what speed."
by Andrew Loog Oldham
Price: $9.99 USD. 181750 words.
Published by Gegensatz Press on August 26, 2011. .
Andrew Loog Oldham was the original manager of the Rolling Stones, created their image, and made Mick Jagger and Keith Richards into songwriters. Without Andrew Loog Oldham, the Rolling Stones would not have become "The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World." This is his story.
A New Financial You in 28 Days! A 37-Day Plan
by Brian J. Foley
Price: $7.99 USD. 28580 words.
Published by Gegensatz Press on July 7, 2011. .
"There are few books that will both revolutionize your life and also make you laugh so hard that you will nearly choke to death on a peanut while flying from Boston to Cleveland. This is one of those books."
-- Jay Wexler, author of Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church/State Wars (2009).
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