The Divine Proportion: A Study in Mathematical Beauty

The Divine Proportion: A Study in Mathematical Beauty
The Divine Proportion: A Study in Mathematical Beauty by H E Huntley
1970 | EPUB | 5.54MB

Engaging introduction to that curious feature of mathematics which provides framework for so many structures in biology, chemistry, and the arts. Discussion ranges from theories of biological growth to intervals and tones in music, Pythagorean numerology, conic sections, Pascal's triangle, the Fibonnacci series, and much more.

Empty Mansions

Empty Mansions
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman, Paul Clark Newell Jr
2013 | EPUB | 13.21MB

When Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed in 2009 a grand home for sale, unoccupied for nearly sixty years, he stumbled through a surprising portal into American history. Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the nineteenth century with a twenty-first-century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, at the time of her death at age 104, no new photograph of her had been seen in decades. Though she owned palatial homes in California, New York, and Connecticut, why had she lived for twenty years in a simple hospital room, despite being in excellent health? Why were her valuables being sold off? Was she in control of her fortune, or controlled by those managing her money?

Dedman has collaborated with Huguette Clark’s cousin, Paul Clark Newell, Jr., one of the few relatives to have frequent conversations with her. Dedman and Newell tell a fairy tale in reverse: the bright, talented daughter, born into a family of extreme wealth and privilege, who secrets herself away from the outside world.

Huguette was the daughter of self-made copper industrialist W. A. Clark, nearly as rich as Rockefeller in his day, a controversial senator, railroad builder, and founder of Las Vegas. She grew up in the largest house in New York City, a remarkable dwelling with 121 rooms for a family of four. She owned paintings by Degas and Renoir, a world-renowned Stradivarius violin, a vast collection of antique dolls. But wanting more than treasures, she devoted her wealth to buying gifts for friends and strangers alike, to quietly pursuing her own work as an artist, and to guarding the privacy she valued above all else.

The Clark family story spans nearly all of American history in three generations, from a log cabin in Pennsylvania to mining camps in the Montana gold rush, from backdoor politics in Washington to a distress call from an elegant Fifth Avenue apartment. The same Huguette who was touched by the terror attacks of 9/11 held a ticket nine decades earlier for a first-class stateroom on the second voyage of the Titanic.

Empty Mansions reveals a complex portrait of the mysterious Huguette and her intimate circle. We meet her extravagant father, her publicity-shy mother, her star-crossed sister, her French boyfriend, her nurse who received more than $30 million in gifts, and the relatives fighting to inherit Huguette’s copper fortune. Richly illustrated with more than seventy photographs, Empty Mansions is an enthralling story of an eccentric of the highest order, a last jewel of the Gilded Age who lived life on her own terms.

Permanent Present Tense [Audiobook]

Permanent Present Tense [Audiobook]
Permanent Present Tense: The Unforgettable Life of the Amnesic Patient, H M [Audiobook] by Suzanne Corkin, read by Pam Ward
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 15 mins | 364.57MB

Permanent Present Tense tells the incredible story of Henry Gustav Molaison, known only as H. M. until his death in 2008. In 1953, at the age of 27, Molaison underwent a dangerous "psychosurgical" procedure intended to alleviate his debilitating epilepsy. The surgery went horribly wrong, and when Molaison awoke he was unable to store new experiences. For the rest of his life, he would be trapped in the moment. But Molaison's tragedy would prove a gift to humanity.

The amazing specificity of his impairment shed new light on the functions and structures of the human brain, revolutionizing neuroscience. Today, the case of H. M. stands as one of the most consequential and widely referenced in this fast-expanding field.

Renowned neuroscientist Suzanne Corkin worked with Molaison for nearly five decades. In Permanent Present Tense, she tells the full story of his life and legacy, leading her listener to the cutting edge of neuroscience with great clarity, sensitivity, and grace.

Hero of the Pacific: The Life of Marine Legend John Basilone

Hero of the Pacific: The Life of Marine Legend John Basilone
Hero of the Pacific: The Life of Marine Legend John Basilone [Audiobook] by James Brady, read by Grover Gardner
2010 | MP3@64 kbps | ~ 9 hrs | 211.39MB

From New York Times bestselling author James Brady-the story of Marine legend John Basilone, one of three main characters in HBO's The Pacific.

Can a single night define a man's life? From the summer of 1943 to early 1945, John Basilone was one of the most famous and admired people in America. As the first enlisted man to be awarded the Medal of Honor in World War II, for extraordinary bravery under fire at Guadalcanal, he toured the nation with movie stars, shared podiums with mayors and governors, shook the hands of thousands of citizens, and was even rumored to have made a romantic connection with a beautiful young actress. Why would a man who had proven his courage beyond any doubt, who had gone above and beyond the call of duty, and was reaping the rewards of his sacrifice beg his commanding officers to break with tradition and send a Medal of Honor winner back into combat?

Legendary columnist James Brady explores this and many other puzzling questions in this thrilling and surprising biography. Hero of the Pacific tells the dramatic and compelling life story of a small-town boy who became one of World War II’s greatest and best-known heroes, only to be forgotten after his death during another famous and hellish battle on Iwo Jima. You may never have heard of John Basilone, but once you listen to this powerful tale, you’ll never forget him.

Why Marines Fight [Audiobook]

Why Marines Fight [Audiobook]
Why Marines Fight [Audiobook] by James Brady
2007 | MP3@96 kbps | ~ 10 hrs | 494.97MB

United States Marines, for more than two centuries, have been among the world’s fiercest and most admired of warriors. They have fought from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan and Iraq, in famous battles become bone and sinew of American lore. But why do Marines fight? Why fight so well? Why run toward the guns? Now comes a thrilling new book, pounding and magnificent in scope, by the author some Marines consider the unofficial “poet laureate” of their Corps.

James Brady interviews combat Marines from wars ranging from World War II to Afghanistan, their replies in their own individual voices unique and powerful, an authentically American story of a country at war, as seen through the eyes of its warriors.

Culling his own correspondence and comradeship with hundreds of fellow Marines, Brady compiles a story---lyrical and historical---of the motivations and emotions behind this compelling question. Included are the accounts of Senator James Webb and his lance corporal son, Jim; New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly; Yankee second baseman (and Marine fighter pilot) Jerry Coleman, and of teachers, firemen, authors, cops, Harvard football players, and just plain grunts, as well as the unforgettable story of Jack Rowe, who lost an eye and other parts and now grows avocados and chases rattlesnakes. Their stories poignantly and profoundly illustrate the lives and legacies of battlefront Marines.

Why Marines Fight is a ruthlessly candid book about professional killers not ashamed to recall their doubts as well as exult in their savagely triumphant battle cries. A book of weight and heft that Marines, and Americans everywhere, will want to read, and may find impossible to forget.

When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive

When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive
When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes by Cody Lundin
2007 | EPUB | 12.95MB

Survival expert Cody Lundin's new book, When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes is what every family needs to prepare and educate themselves about survival psychology and the skills necessary to negotiate a disaster whether you are at home, in the office, or in your car.

This is not your father's scout manual or a sterile FEMA handout. It entertains as it informs, describing how to maximize a survival mind-set necessary for self-reliance. According to the book, living through an emergency scenario is 90 percent psychology, and 10 percent methodology and gear. Relevant quotes and tips are placed throughout the pages to help readers remember important survival strategies while under stress and anxiety. Lundin also addresses basic first aid and hygiene skills and makes recommendations for survival kit items for the home, office, and car.

Watch naturalist Cody Lundin in "Dual Survival" on The Discovery Channel as he uses many of the same skills and techniques taught in his books. When All Hell Breaks Loose provides solutions on how to survive a catastrophe. Lundin addresses topics such as:

  • Potable drinking water
  • Storing super-nutritious foods
  • Heating or cooling without conventional power
  • How to create alternative lighting options
  • Building a makeshift toilet & composting the results
  • Catching rodents for food
  • Safely disposing of a corpse

The All-American Boys [Audiobook]

The All-American Boys [Audiobook]
The All-American Boys [Audiobook] by Walter Cunningham
2012 | MP3 VBR | 21 hrs 50 mins | 603.22MB

The All-American Boys is a no-holds-barred candid memoir by a former Marine jet jockey and physicist who became NASA's second civilian astronaut. Walter Cunningham presents the astronauts in all their strengths and their weaknesses in this dramatically revised and totally updated edition of a book that was considered an instant classic in its first edition over two decades ago. From its insider's view of the pervasive "astropolitics" that guided the functioning of the astronaut corps to its thoughtful discussion of the Columbia tragedy, The All-American Boys resonates with Cunningham's passion for humanity's destiny in space which endures today.

This is not just a "tell-all" book. It is also a story of the triumph of American heroes. Cunningham brings us into the NASA training program and reveals what it takes physically and mentally to be an astronaut. He poignantly relates the story of the devastating Apollo 1 fire that took the lives of astronauts Grissom, White, and Chaffee and his own later successful flight on Apollo 7--the longest, most ambitious, and most successful first test flight any new machine - ever.

This new edition includes an update of the manned space program and his "tell it like it is" observation of NASA's successes and failures. It also includes commentary on the Shuttle disasters Of Challenger and Columbia and his views on what NASA should be doing to get back on track and to regain public support.

Raising Cubby [Audiobook]

Raising Cubby [Audiobook]
Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives [Audiobook] by John Elder Robison
2013 | MP3 VBR | 12 hrs 35 mins | 320.21MB

The slyly funny, sweetly moving memoir of an unconventional dad’s relationship with his equally offbeat son—complete with fast cars, tall tales, homemade explosives, and a whole lot of fun and trouble.

Misfit, truant, delinquent. John Robison was never a model child, and he wasn’t a model dad either. Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at the age of forty, he approached fatherhood as a series of logic puzzles and practical jokes. When his son, Cubby, asked, “Where did I come from?” John said he’d bought him at the Kid Store and that the salesman had cheated him by promising Cubby would “do all chores.” He read electrical engineering manuals to Cubby at bedtime. He told Cubby that wizards turned children into stone when they misbehaved.

Still, John got the basics right. He made sure Cubby never drank diesel fuel at the automobile repair shop he owns. And he gave him a life of adventure: By the time Cubby was ten, he’d steered a Coast Guard cutter, driven a freight locomotive, and run an antique Rolls Royce into a fence.

The one thing John couldn’t figure out was what to do when school authorities decided that Cubby was dumb and stubborn—the very same thing he had been told as a child. Did Cubby have Asperger’s too? The answer was unclear. One thing was clear, though: By the time he turned seventeen, Cubby had become a brilliant chemist—smart enough to make military-grade explosives and bring state and federal agents calling. Afterward, with Cubby facing up to sixty years in prison, both father and son were forced to take stock of their lives, finally coming to terms with being “on the spectrum” as both a challenge and a unique gift.

By turns tender, suspenseful, and hilarious, this is more than just the story of raising Cubby. It’s the story of a father and son who grow up together.

10 Simple Solutions to Migraines

10 Simple Solutions to Migraines
10 Simple Solutions to Migraines: Recognize Triggers, Control Symptoms, and Reclaim Your Life by Dawn Marcus
2006 | EPUB | 3.38MB

Get Migraines Under Control.

If you're a migraine sufferer, you want to know what you can do to make the pain go away-now!

This collection of straightforward tips cuts through the hype about migraine headaches to offer you the simple, scientific truth about how to get your migraines under control. It begins by helping you get a correct diagnosis, and then it guides you to track your own personal headache triggers. Medical treatment is sometimes the best way to deal with migraine pain, but you'll also learn fast and simple ways to make relaxation, stress management, and alternative therapies work for you to stop painful migraines-now!

Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice

Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice
Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice by Mark Singleton
2010 | EPUB | 3.16MB

Yoga is so prevalent in the modern world--practiced by pop stars, taught in schools, and offered in yoga centers, health clubs, and even shopping malls--that we take its presence, and its meaning, for granted. But how did the current yoga boom happen? And is it really rooted in ancient Indian practices, as many of its adherents claim?

In this groundbreaking book, Mark Singleton calls into question many commonly held beliefs about the nature and origins of postural yoga (asana) and suggests a radically new way of understanding the meaning of yoga as it is practiced by millions of people across the world today. Singleton shows that, contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence in the Indian tradition for the kind of health and fitness-oriented asana practice that dominates the global yoga scene of the twenty-first century. Singleton's surprising--and surely controversial--thesis is that yoga as it is popularly practiced today owes a greater debt to modern Indian nationalism and, even more surprisingly, to the spiritual aspirations of European bodybuilding and early 20th-century women's gymnastic movements of Europe and America, than it does to any ancient Indian yoga tradition. This discovery enables Singleton to explain, as no one has done before, how the most prevalent forms of postural yoga, like Ashtanga, Bikram and "Hatha" yoga, came to be the hugely popular phenomena they are today.

Drawing on a wealth of rare documents from archives in India, the UK and the USA, as well as interviews with the few remaining, now very elderly figures in the 1930s Mysore asana revival, Yoga Body turns the conventional wisdom about yoga on its head.

Power Isometrics

Power Isometrics
Power Isometrics: Isometric Exercises For Muscle Building And Strength Training For Everyone by David Nordmark
2010 | EPUB | 2.54MB

Discover How Isometric Exercises Can Give You The Body Of Your Dreams.

Building muscle and strength using nothing but self-resistance is possible. Here’s how. Isometric exercises use the principle of the isometric contraction in order to build muscle and strength without moving a muscle. This form of self-resistance training has been around for thousands of years and has been utilized in such diverse disciplines as yoga and the martial arts. In the past such figures as legendary strongman Alexander Zass, former President John F Kennedy and the immortal Bruce Lee have all used isometric exercises to build strength and maintain their physiques. Power Isometrics: Isometric Exercises For Muscle Building And Strength Training is a modern take on this time proven discipline that will help you attain the body of your dreams in less than ½ hour a day. When you perform this simple yet incredibly effective program you can expect the following:

  • Transform your physique without moving a muscle
  • Build amazing strength
  • You will look and feel great
  • Create lean, perfectly sculpted muscle
  • Lose unwanted fat
  • Look younger than your years
  • People will notice the new you and wonder what your secret is
  • You can exercise from the comfort of your own home
  • No special equipment is required

No matter what your age or present physical condition Power Isometrics can put you on the road to a new you that radiates optimal health and vitality. Take your first step down this road by ordering Power Isometrics: Isometric Exercises For Muscle Building And Strength Training For Everyone today!

Dynamic Dumbell Training

Dynamic Dumbell Training
Dynamic Dumbell Training by Paul Collins
2010 | PDF | 10.26MB

Dumbbell Training is the ultimate training guide for any person looking to increase their muscular size, strength, balance, coordination and explosive power for improving athletic performance.

The Secrets Kyusho: Pressure Point Fighting

The Secrets Kyusho: Pressure Point Fighting
The Secrets Kyusho: Pressure Point Fighting by Stefan Reinisch, Juergen Hoeller, Axel Muluschka
2012 | PDF | 7.5MB

Every action in Martial Arts and self defense aims at discovering the opponents weak points, exploiting them and finally disabling him/her without injury or to bring him/her under control. Although our knowledge about the build-up of the human body has multiplied, in many books on the subject of Martial Arts an explanation concerning the effect of various striking and pressure techniques has reduced to mentioning merely causes pain, paralyzes, death . Explanations are missing or are left in the realm of the esoteric. However it would be appreciated very much, if not simply from a standpoint of personal responsibility, if the followers of Martial Arts delved more into the possible medical outcome of their actions.

An Illustrated Journey

An Illustrated Journey
An Illustrated Journey: Inspiration From the Private Art Journals of Traveling Artists, Illustrators and Designers by Danny Gregory
2013 | EPUB | 33.66MB

Travel + Sketching = Inspiration

When we travel, we don't want to follow the same itinerary as everyone who's come before us. We want to feel like explorers, adventurers in undiscovered territory. And that's exactly what sketching can bring to the travel experience.

An Illustrated Journey captures the world through the eyes of 40 talented artists, illustrators and designers. You'll experience the wonder of seeing familiar sights through a fresh lens but, more important, you'll be inspired to set pen to paper and capture your own vistas.

The really wonderful thing about a sketchbook is that it can be totally private. You don't have to have an ounce of talent to enjoy learning how to really see what's in front of you. But lucky for us, the sketchbooks captured here are lovely, creative, intimate windows into each artist's mind.

So, whether you're just returning to the art of drawing, abandoned by most of us after childhood, or you're looking for inspiration to take your illustration work in a new direction, An Illustrated Journey will take you on a wonderful trip of the imagination. All you need to pack are a pencil and a piece of paper.

The Paradox of Photography

The Paradox of Photography
The Paradox of Photography by Pierre Taminiaux
2009 | PDF | 3.84MB

The Paradox of Photography analyzes the discourse on photography by four of the most important modern French poets and theorists (Baudelaire, Breton, Barthes and Valéry). It stresses in particular the importance of this visual language for the development of both new forms of narrative and original critical studies on issues of representation in art. It also reflects upon the integration of photography within the domain of technical modernity while emphasizing its aesthetic identity stemming from the Western tradition of figurative painting.

The Manual of Photography [Tenth Edition]

The Manual of Photography [Tenth Edition]
The Manual of Photography [Tenth Edition] edited by Elizabeth Allen, Sophie Triantaphillidou
2010 | PDF | 17.53MB

The tenth edition of The Manual of Photography is an indispensable textbook for anyone who is serious about photography. It is ideal if you want to gain insight into the underlying scientific principles of photography and digital imaging, whether you are a professional photographer, lab technician, researcher or student in the field, or simply an enthusiastic amateur. This comprehensive guide takes you from capture to output in both digital and film media, with sections on lens use, darkroom techniques, digital cameras and scanners, image editing techniques and processes, workflow, digital file formats and image archiving.

This iconic text was first published in 1890 and has aided many thousands of photographers in developing their own techniques and understanding of the medium. Now in full colour, The Manual of Photography still retains its clear, reader-friendly style and is filled with images and illustrations demonstrating the key principles. Not only giving you the skills and know-how to take stunning photographs, but will also allowing you to fully understand the science behind the creation of great images.

The Fundamentals of Creative Photography

The Fundamentals of Creative Photography
The Fundamentals of Creative Photography by David Prakel
2010 | PDF | 24.33MB

The Fundamentals of Creative Photography offers a comprehensive introduction to the world of applied creative photography. It explores the basic principles that underpin photography, and guides the reader though the practical considerations involved in executing the perfect shot. The book is concerned with photography in a professional context – images that are to be used in the fulfilment of a brief, rather than those created solely for self-expression. Creativity is important, but must be focused on meeting the client’s needs. As such, the Fundamentals of Creative Photography deals in practical advice for photographers as working image-makers, from the importance of communication to useful industry information and advice. It includes guidance on acquiring and developing new skills, the practice of self-promotion and self-administration, and a discussion of the image workflow.

Way Beyond Monochrome

Way Beyond Monochrome
Way Beyond Monochrome: Advanced Techniques for Traditional Black & White Photography including digital negatives and hybrid printing [Second Edition] by Ralph W Lambrecht, Chris Woodhouse
2010 | PDF | 51.23MB

Photo Techniques Magazine stated: "All our readers need to know about this very useful book." Indeed, there is no other compendium that is as in-depth as this for the beauty and magic of fine-art black-and-white photography. With 560 pages and over 1,000 illustrations, Way Beyond Monochrome starts with conceptual lessons of composition and takes you through image capture, exposure, controlling tonality, variable-contrast paper, archival printing, mounting, framing and presentation with simple concepts to an advanced level. This new edition has been completely revised and heavily expanded, adding over 250 pages to the original edition with new chapters on print mounting, spotting, framing, digital negatives, utilizing digital technologies for alternative processes, and fabulous do-it-yourself projects. Overall, the authors have created a thoroughly researched, technologically sound yet aesthetically pleasing, inspirational bible for monochrome photography.

New to this edition:

  • almost double the content
  • a new section discussing the path from visualization to print, illustrating the interaction between eye and brain, explaining the rules of composition and when to break them to produce photographs with impact
  • a new section on presentation including hands-on mounting, matting, spotting, and framing
  • image capture has a more in-depth focus, now covering pinhole photography and digital capture
  • now includes making and printing with digital negatives
  • a new section discussing the pros and cons of typical image-taking and image-making equipment
  • plus new do-it-yourself projects, including many darkroom tools and an electronic shutter tester
  • a useful collection of templates, to copy, cut-out and take with you in your camera bag or use in the darkroom
  • an appendix with all the recipes to make your own darkroom chemicals from scratch
  • all illustrations improved and updated
  • improved index with 1,400 references

Welcome to Oz 2.0

Welcome to Oz 2.0
Welcome to Oz 2_0: A Cinematic Approach to Digital Still Photography with Photoshop CS5 [Second Edition] by Vincent Versace
2010 | PDF | 13.21MB

Creating memorable photographs is a process that starts before you edit an image in Photoshop, before you capture the image, even before you pick up the camera. You must first approach the subject with the proper sense of perception, with the ability to visualize the finished print before you commit a scene to pixels, but still be flexible and spontaneous. Master fine art photographer Vincent Versace has spent his career learning and teaching the art of perception and how to translate it into stunning images. In Welcome to Oz 2.0 — a completely rewritten update of the book’s first edition — he delves into what it means to approach digital photography cinematically, to use your perception, your camera, and Photoshop to capture the movement of life in a still image.

  • Adapt your workflow to the image so you always know how best to use your tools
  • Turn a seemingly impossible photograph scenario into a successful image
  • Practice “image harvesting” to combine the best parts of many captures to create an optimum final result
  • Discover the importance of bokeh — not only how to use it in order to control how the eye travels and sees an image, but also how to realistically create it in post-processing

Digital Wedding Photographer's Planner

Digital Wedding Photographer's Planner
Digital Wedding Photographer's Planner by Kenny Kim
2010 | PDF | 14.68MB

A full-color reference to planning for and executing a successful wedding day shoot.

Wedding photography has become a major industry, and the number of photographers getting into this field is rapidly increasing—making it even more competitive. Written by top wedding photographer, Kenny Kim, this full-color reference walks you through all the major (and minor) steps involved in planning and organizing a successful wedding day shoot.

You'll get unique advice on everything from your initial meeting with the engaged couple to the final presentation of the commemorative book. Packed with checklists, schedules, etiquette tips, and much more, this book is an essential wedding photography resource for every wedding photographer.

  • Provides detailed coverage of all the major and minor steps in preparing for a successful wedding day shoot
  • Explores preparation for every detail of taking unique and memorable wedding day photos
  • Spans the initial meeting with the couple all the way to presenting them with their photo album
  • Reassures you of your preparation, using checklists, schedules, etiquette tips, answers to questions, and more

From rings and vows to dancing and "wows", this resource will help you prepare to capture every moment of a couple's special day.

Rolando Gomez's Lighting for Glamour Photography

Rolando Gomez's Lighting for Glamour Photography
Rolando Gomez's Lighting for Glamour Photography: Techniques for Digital Photographers by Rolando Gomez
2010 | PDF | 9.37MB

Through a creative and controlled approach to lighting techniques, this informative reference on glamour photography demonstrates how to optimize the subject’s beauty. From simple sunlight to professional studio lighting systems, this manual presents practical examples of lighting sources and shows how to develop, refine, and execute such lighting in a variety of settings. Studio photography, indoor location shots, and outdoor shoots are explained in detail, including how each lighting method functions to enhance the overall visual appeal of the image. Whether the setup is simple or complex, this guidebook offers helpful advice on the most advantageous lighting techniques.

The Professional Photographer's Legal Handbook

The Professional Photographer's Legal Handbook
The Professional Photographer's Legal Handbook by Nancy E Wolff
2010 | PDF | 3.09MB

In this accessible and entertaining book, expert Nancy E. Wolff explains copyright, trademark, contracts, and privacy. Real-world examples of cases, laws, and news items torn from today’s headlines illustrate the most urgent legal situations faced by photographers: requirements, limits, and enforcement of copyright and trademark; fair use and public domain; first amendment considerations; the law of privacy and publicity; and many more issues. Detailed information on drafting contracts and licensing agreements is included. The imprimatur of the Picture Archive Council of America assures readers that the information is comprehensive and up to the minute. The Professional Photographer’s Legal Handbook is an essential tool for everyone who works in photography—and everyone who wants to.

Solar Dance: Genius, Forgery and the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age

Solar Dance: Genius, Forgery and the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age
Solar Dance: Genius, Forgery and the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age by Modris Eksteins
2012 | EPUB | 5.3MB

In Solar Dance, acclaimed writer and scholar Modris Eksteins uses Vincent van Gogh as his lens for this brilliant survey of Western culture and politics in the last century.

The long-awaited follow-up to Modris Eksteins' internationally acclaimed Rites of Spring and Walking Since Daybreak. Now he has produced another thrilling, iconoclastic work of cultural history that is a trailblazing biography of an era--from the eve of the First World War and the rise of Hitler to the fall of the Berlin Wall--that illuminates our current world, with its cults of celebrity and the crisis of the authentic. Solar Dance is a penetrating examination of legitimacy and truth, fakery and pretence--highly relevant to all of us today.

Meggs' History of Graphic Design [Fifth Edition]

Meggs' History of Graphic Design [Fifth Edition]
Meggs' History of Graphic Design [Fifth Edition] by Philip B Meggs, Alston W Purvis
2012 | EPUB | 171.34MB

This is the unrivaled, comprehensive, and award-winning reference tool on graphic design recognized for publishing excellence by the Association of American Publishers. Now, this Fifth Edition of Meggs' History of Graphic Design offers even more detail and breadth of content than its heralded predecessors, revealing a saga of creative innovators, breakthrough technologies, and important developments responsible for paving the historic paths that define the graphic design experience. In addition to classic topics such as the invention of writing and alphabets, the origins of printing and typography, and postmodern design, this new Fifth Edition presents new information on current trends and technologies sweeping the graphic design landscape—such as the web, multimedia, interactive design, and private presses, thus adding new layers of depth to an already rich resource.

With more than 1,400 high-quality images throughout—many new or newly updated—Meggs' History of Graphic Design, Fifth Edition provides a wealth of visual markers for inspiration and emulation. For professionals, students, and everyone who works with or loves the world of graphic design, this landmark text will quickly become an invaluable guide that they will turn to again and again.

1950s American Fashion: The American Clothes that Defined the 50s

1950s American Fashion: The American Clothes that Defined the 50s
1950s American Fashion: The American Clothes that Defined the 50s by Jonathan Walford
2012 | EPUB | 11.71MB

The 1950s was the first decade when American fashion became truly American. The United States had always relied on Europe for its style leads, but during World War II, when necessity became the mother of invention, the country had to find its own way. American designers looked to what American women needed and found new inspirations for American fashion design. Sportswear became a strength, but not at the expense of elegance. Easy wear materials were borrowed for producing more formal clothes, and versatile separates and adaptable dress and jacket suits became hallmarks of American style.

This book follows the American fashion industry, from New York's 7th Avenue to the beaches of California in search of the clothes that designed 1950s American fashion.

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya von Bremzen
2013 | EPUB | 3.39MB

A James Beard Award-winning writer captures life under the Red socialist banner in this wildly inventive, tragicomic memoir of feasts, famines, and three generations.

With startling beauty and sardonic wit, Anya von Bremzen tells an intimate yet epic story of life in that vanished empire known as the USSR--a place where every edible morsel was packed with emotional and political meaning.

Born in 1963, in an era of bread shortages, Anya grew up in a communal Moscow apartment where eighteen families shared one kitchen. She sang odes to Lenin, black-marketeered Juicy Fruit gum at school, watched her father brew moonshine, and, like most Soviet citizens, longed for a taste of the mythical West. It was a life by turns absurd, drab, naively joyous, melancholy--and ultimately intolerable to her anti-Soviet mother, Larisa. When Anya was ten, she and Larisa fled the political repression of Brezhnev-era Russia, arriving in Philadelphia with no winter coats and no right of return. Now Anya occupies two parallel food universes: one where she writes about four-star restaurants, the other where a taste of humble kolbasa transports her back to her scarlet-blazed socialist past. To bring that past to life, in its full flavor, both bitter and sweet, Anya and Larisa, embark on a journey unlike any other: they decide to eat and cook their way through every decade of the Soviet experience--turning Larisa's kitchen into a "time machine and an incubator of memories." Together, mother and daughter re-create meals both modest and sumptuous, featuring a decadent fish pie from the pages of Chekhov, chanakhi (Stalin's favorite Georgian stew), blini, and more.

Through these meals, Anya tells the gripping story of three Soviet generations--masterfully capturing the strange mix of idealism, cynicism, longing, and terror that defined Soviet life. We meet her grandfather Naum, a glamorous intelligence chief under Stalin, and her grandmother Liza, who made a perilous odyssey to icy, blockaded Leningrad to find Naum during World War II. We meet Anya's hard-drinking, sarcastic father, Sergei, who cruelly abandons his family shortly after Anya is born; and we are captivated by Larisa, the romantic dreamer who grew up dreading the black public loudspeakers trumpeting the glories of the Five-Year Plan. Their stories unfold against the vast panorama of Soviet history: Lenin's bloody grain requisitioning, World War II hunger and survival, Stalin's table manners, Khrushchev's kitchen debates, Gorbachev's disastrous anti-alcohol policies. And, ultimately, the collapse of the USSR. And all of it is bound together by Anya's passionate nostalgia, sly humor, and piercing observations.

The 1960s Home

The 1960s Home
The 1960s Home by Paul Evans
2010 | EPUB | 6.09MB

The 1960s witnessed a sustained period of economic growth, consumer spending and stable employment. This hitherto unknown prosperity enabled a market growth in levels of owner occupation and a subsequent boom in the sale of household furnishings and luxury goods. The 1960s Home looks at the styles and fashions in domestic housing and interiors between 1960 and 1970. Although this period has received increasing attention in recent years, much of it has been concentrated on progressive and exclusive design rather than on the furniture and furnishing of the 'average' home.

The 1950s American Home

The 1950s American Home
The 1950s American Home by Diane Boucher
2013 | EPUB | 15.89MB

This title explores what life was like in the 1950s American home. An age of optimism, it is about living the American Dream and how this was achieved, changes in the home, new convenience technology, new ways of living. From Ranch House to American Modernism to affordable homes in the suburbs, this was how to live the good life in an era of unprecedented prosperity and opportunity.

The Pep Boys Auto Guide to Car Care and Maintenance

The Pep Boys Auto Guide to Car Care and Maintenance
The Pep Boys Auto Guide to Car Care and Maintenance by E J Braswell
2005 | EPUB | 6.17MB

Okay, so you’re not a gearhead, but like most folks, you want to keep your car in peak condition. For more than eighty years, the Pep Boys–Manny, Moe, and Jack–have been “the three best friends your car ever had.” And now, with The Pep Boys Auto Guide to Car Care and Maintenance, any Tom, Dick, or Harriet can learn how to keep his or her car running smoothly and looking its best.

The ideal car care guide for do-it-yourselfers, this is your one-stop source for everything from the basics to the hard stuff (so you’ll know what to tackle yourself and when to call in the experts). Inside you’ll discover:

  • a simple anatomy of your car and a handy glossary of terms
  • accident prevention measures and how to handle emergencies on the road, from jump-starting your engine to changing a flat tire
  • key seasonal and monthly maintenance tasks–including checking oil levels and battery life, tire rotation, and monitoring tread wear
  • tips for improving fuel mileage
  • how to diagnose major and minor problems–and how to fix them

Straightforward and easy to use, The Pep Boys Auto Guide to Car Care and Maintenance will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to keep your car in top condition.

Auto Repair For Dummies [Second Edition]

Auto Repair For Dummies [Second Edition]
Auto Repair For Dummies [Second Edition] by Deanna Sclar
2008 | EPUB | 24.89MB

The top-selling auto repair guide--400,000 copies sold--now extensively reorganized and updated.

Forty-eight percent of U.S. households perform at least some automobile maintenance on their own, with women now accounting for one third of this $34 billion automotive do-it-yourself market. For new or would-be do-it-yourself mechanics, this illustrated how-to guide has long been a must and now it's even better. A complete reorganization now puts relevant repair and maintenance information directly after each automotive system overview, making it much easier to find hands-on fix-it instructions. Author Deanna Sclar has updated systems and repair information throughout, eliminating discussions of carburetors and adding coverage of hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles. She's also revised schedules for tune-ups and oil changes, included driving tips that can save on maintenance and repair costs, and added new advice on troubleshooting problems and determining when to call in a professional mechanic. For anyone who wants to save money on car repairs and maintenance, this book is the place to start.

How to Fix Everything For Dummies

How to Fix Everything For Dummies
How to Fix Everything For Dummies by Gary Hedstrom, Peg Hedstrom, Judy Ondrla Tremore
2005 | EPUB | 15.69MB

The fun and easy way to repair anything and everything around the house.

For anyone who's ever been frustrated by repair shop rip-offs, this guide shows how to troubleshoot and fix a wide range of household appliances--lamps, vacuum cleaners, washers, dryers, dishwashers, garbage disposals, blenders, radios, televisions, and even computers. Packed with step-by-step illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions, it's a must-have money-saver for the half of all homeowners who undertake do-it-yourself projects.

How Your House Works [Second Edition]

How Your House Works [Second Edition]
How Your House Works [Second Edition] by Charlie Wing
2012 | EPUB | 28.67MB

Understand how to maintain everything in your home—including the kitchen sink.

How Your House Works, Second Edition reinforces the fact that it pays to be an informed consumer. Knowledge of your home's systems helps you control repair and construction costs and makes sure the correct elements are being installed or replaced. How Your House Works uncovers the mysteries behind just about every major appliance and building element in your house. Clear, full-color drawings show you exactly how these things should be put together and how they function, including what to check if they don't work.

Covering topics such as electrical systems, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, major household appliances, foundation, framing, doors, and windows, this updated Second Edition has considerable additional information, with new chapters related to sustainability in and outside the house, as well as new topics, including clock thermostats, ventless gas heaters, moisture and mold, and passive solar heating.

  • Illustrated guidance on electrical systems, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, major household appliances, foundation, framing, doors, and windows
  • Includes a wealth of additional information, with new chapters related to sustainability and outside the house
  • Features new topics that include clock thermostats, ventless gas heaters, moisture and mold, LED lamps, motion-activated light switches, and passive solar heating
  • Presented in a richly illustrated with full-color drawings

Build a Pole Woodshed [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-42]

Build a Pole Woodshed [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-42]
Build a Pole Woodshed [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-42] by Mary Twitchell
1980 | EPUB | 2.3MB

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

Planning & Planting a Moon Garden Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-234

Planning & Planting a Moon Garden Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-234
Planning & Planting a Moon Garden [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-234] by Marcella Shaffer
2001 | EPUB | 3.22MB

With today's schedules, few people are able to enjoy their gardens during prime daylight hours. But there is a way you can delight in the fragrance and beauty of flowers after dark: Plant a night-blooming garden! Also known as moon gardens, night-blooming gardens are expressly designed for evening enjoyment. While attractive during the day, they take on a whole new look and feel at dusk, casting a magical spell. Pale-colored flowers reflect light from the setting sun and the rising moon, shining luminously and giving the garden an almost mystical glow. Fragrances seem more alluring. Silvery foliage shimmers tremulously as the evening breezes dance by.

An aromatic, night-blooming garden offers a peaceful and tranquil spot to rest and relax at the end of the day. It is the perfect place for a casual summer party, an evening reception, a romantic tryst, or a quiet retreat to reflect and rejuvenate the senses.

Building or Renovating a Small Barn for Your Horse

Building or Renovating a Small Barn for Your Horse
Building or Renovating a Small Barn for Your Horse [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-238] by Jackie Clay
1999 | EPUB | 2.53MB

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

Build a Purple Martin House [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-214]

Build a Purple Martin House [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-214]
Build a Purple Martin House [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-214] by Janice Therese Mancuso
1999 | EPUB | 3.02MB

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

Extend Your Garden Season: Row Covers and Mulches

Extend Your Garden Season: Row Covers and Mulches
Extend Your Garden Season: Row Covers and Mulches [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-148] by Fred Stetson
1996 | EPUB | 3.07MB

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

An Herbalist's Guide to Growing & Using Goldenseal

An Herbalist's Guide to Growing & Using Goldenseal
An Herbalist's Guide to Growing & Using Goldenseal [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-233] by Kathleen Brown
1999 | EPUB | 3.19MB

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

All the Onions [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-204]

All the Onions [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-204]
All the Onions [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-204] by Betty E M Jacobs
1999 | EPUB | 3.02MB

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

Essential Oils in the Bath [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-160]

Essential Oils in the Bath [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-160]
Essential Oils in the Bath [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-160] by Colleen K Dodt
1996 | EPUB | 3.15MB

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

Flowering Shrubs [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-132]

Flowering Shrubs [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-132]
Flowering Shrubs [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-132] by Patricia R Barrett
1992 | EPUB | 3.11MB

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

Butchering Livestock at Home [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-65]

Butchering Livestock at Home [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-65]
Butchering Livestock at Home [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-65] by Phyllis Hobson
1980 | EPUB | 3.01MB

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

Great Blueberry Recipes [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-175]

Great Blueberry Recipes [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-175]
Great Blueberry Recipes [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-175] by Karen Matthews
1997 | EPUB | 3.26MB

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

Making Gingerbread Houses [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-154]

Making Gingerbread Houses [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-154]
Making Gingerbread Houses [Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-154] by Rhonda Massingham Hart
1996 | EPUB | 3.55MB

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

Cordials from Your Kitchen: Easy, Elegant Liqueurs You Can Make & Give

Cordials from Your Kitchen: Easy, Elegant Liqueurs You Can Make & Give
Cordials from Your Kitchen: Easy, Elegant Liqueurs You Can Make & Give by Rich Gulling, Pattie Vargas
1997 | EPUB | 3.41MB

This complete guide serves up more than 100 easy recipes for delicious homemade liqueurs, including fruit liqueurs (Cranberry, Grapefruit, Cherry, Orange, Pineapple), nut liqueurs (Black Walnut, Hazelnut, Pecan), herb liqueurs (Ginger, Mint, Ouzo, Anisette), cream-based liqueurs (Creme de Cacao, Irish Cream, Coconut Cream), and flavored brandies, vodkas, and rums.

Smoking Meat: The Essential Guide to Real Barbecue

Smoking Meat: The Essential Guide to Real Barbecue
Smoking Meat: The Essential Guide to Real Barbecue by Jeff Phillips
2012 | EPUB | 35.9MB

Real barbecue taste comes from mastering the art of slow-cooking meat at a low temperature for a long time, using wood smoke to add flavor, and this is the book that shows you how!

With step-by-step instructions on how to choose, set up, and modify your own charcoal, gas, or electric smoker, Jeff guides you through your smoking session with the patience that is unique to an experienced pitmaster. Once you've chosen your smoker and got the knack of some basic techniques, Jeff encourages you to cut loose and experiment to develop your own smoky sensations. Best of all, you can use your basic backyard grill to give smoking meats a try, then decide whether to invest in a smoker.