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The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution
by Yuri Slezkine

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English

Pages

1106

Publication Date

August 07, 2017

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<p><b>On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the epic story of an enormous apartment building where Communist true believers lived before their destruction</b></p><p><i>The House of Government</i> is unlike any other book about the Russian Revolution and the Soviet experiment. Written in the tradition of Tolstoy's <i>War and Peace</i>, Grossman’s <i>Life and Fate</i>, and Solzhenitsyn’s <i>The Gulag Archipelago</i>, Yuri Slezkine’s gripping narrative tells the true story of the residents of an enormous Moscow apartment building where top Communist officials and their families lived before they were destroyed in Stalin’s purges. A vivid account of the personal and public lives of Bolshevik true believers, the book begins with their conversion to Communism and ends with their children’s loss of faith and the fall of the Soviet Union.</p><br /><p>Completed in 1931, the House of Government, later known as the House on the Embankment, was located across the Moscow River from the Kremlin. The largest residential building in Europe, it combined 505 furnished apartments with public spaces that included everything from a movie theater and a library to a tennis court and a shooting range. Slezkine tells the chilling story of how the building’s residents lived in their apartments and ruled the Soviet state until some eight hundred of them were evicted from the House and led, one by one, to prison or their deaths.</p><br /><p>Drawing on letters, diaries, and interviews, and featuring hundreds of rare photographs, <i>The House of Government</i> weaves together biography, literary criticism, architectural history, and fascinating new theories of revolutions, millennial prophecies, and reigns of terror. The result is an unforgettable human saga of a building that, like the Soviet Union itself, became a haunted house, forever disturbed by the ghosts of the disappeared.</p>
A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War...
by Jr., James Reston

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

September 05, 2017

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<b>A Distinguished and Bestselling Historian and Army Veteran Revisits the Culture War that Raged around the Selection of Maya Lin's Design for the Vietnam Memorial </b><br /><BR><br /><i>A Rift in the Earth</i> tells the remarkable story of the ferocious “art war” that raged between 1979 and 1984 over what kind of memorial should be built to honor the men and women who died in the Vietnam War. The story intertwines art, politics, historical memory, patriotism, racism, and a fascinating set of characters, from those who fought in the conflict and those who resisted it to politicians at the highest level. At its center are two enduring figures: Maya Lin, a young, Asian-American architecture student at Yale whose abstract design won the international competition but triggered a fierce backlash among powerful figures; and Frederick Hart, an innovative sculptor of humble origins on the cusp of stardom. <br /><BR><br />James Reston, Jr., a veteran who lost a close friend in the war and has written incisively about the conflict's bitter aftermath, explores how the debate reignited passions around Vietnam long after the war’s end and raised questions about how best to honor those who fought and sacrificed in an ill-advised war. Richly illustrated with photographs from the era and design entries from the memorial competition, A Rift in the Earth is timed to appear alongside Ken Burns's eagerly anticipated PBS documentary, <i>The Vietnam War</i>.<br />“The memorial appears as a rift in the earth, a long polished black stone wall, emerging from and receding into the earth."—Maya Lin <br /><BR><br />"I see the wall as a kind of ocean, a sea of sacrifice. . . . I place these figures upon the shore of that sea." —Frederick Hart<br /><BR>
Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architec...
by Ross King

Language

English

Pages

209

Publication Date

August 13, 2013

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On August 19, 1418, a competition concerning Florence's magnificent new cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore--already under construction for more than a century--was announced: "Whoever desires to make any model or design for the vaulting of the main Dome....shall do so before the end of the month of September." The proposed dome was regarded far and wide as all but impossible to build: not only would it be enormous, but its original and sacrosanct design shunned the flying buttresses that supported cathedrals all over Europe. The dome would literally need to be erected over thin air.<br /> <br /> Of the many plans submitted, one stood out--a daring and unorthodox solution to vaulting what is still the largest dome (143 feet in diameter) in the world. It was offered not by a master mason or carpenter, but by a goldsmith and clockmaker named Filippo Brunelleschi, who would dedicate the next twenty-eight years to solving the puzzles of the dome's construction. In the process, he did nothing less than reinvent the field of architecture.<br /> <br /> <i>Brunelleschi's Dome</i> is the story of how a Renaissance genius bent men, materials, and the very forces of nature to build an architectural wonder we continue to marvel at today. Denounced at first as a madman, Brunelleschi was celebrated at the end as a genius. He engineered the perfect placement of brick and stone, built ingenious hoists and cranes to carry an estimated 70 million pounds hundreds of feet into the air, and designed the workers' platforms and routines so carefully that only one man died during the decades of construction--all the while defying those who said the dome would surely collapse and his own personal obstacles that at times threatened to overwhelm him. <br /> <br /> Even today, in an age of soaring skyscrapers, the cathedral dome of Santa Maria del Fiore retains a rare power to astonish. Ross King brings its creation to life in a fifteenth-century chronicle with twenty-first-century resonance.
Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence
by Andrew Juniper

Language

English

Pages

177

Publication Date

December 10, 2011

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<b>Developed out of the aesthetic philosophy of cha-no-yu (the tea ceremony) in fifteenth-century Japan, wabi sabi is an aesthetic that finds beauty in things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.</b> <br /><br />Taken from the Japanese words <i>wabi</i>, which translates to less is more, and <i>sabi</i>, which means attentive melancholy, wabi sabi refers to an awareness of the transient nature of earthly things and a corresponding pleasure in the things that bear the mark of this impermanence. As much a state of mind—an awareness of the things around us and an acceptance of our surroundings—as it is a design style, wabi sabi begs us to appreciate the simple beauty in life—a chipped vase, a quiet rainy day, the impermanence of all things. Presenting itself as an alternative to today's fast-paced, mass-produced, neon-lighted world, wabi sabi reminds us to slow down and take comfort in the simple, natural beauty around us.<br /><br />In addition to presenting the philosophy of wabi-sabi, this book includes how-to design advice—so that a transformation of body, mind, and home can emerge.<br /><br />Chapters include:<ul><li>History: The Development of Wabi Sabi</li><li>Culture: Wabi Sabi and the Japanese Character</li><li>Art: Defining Aesthetics</li><li>Design: Creating Expressions with Wabi Sabi Materials</li><li>Spirit: The Universal Spirit of Wabi Sabi</li></ul>
Remodel - Without Going Bonkers or Broke: A Home Improvement Prim...
by Jim Molinelli

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English

Pages

226

Publication Date

February 20, 2017

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<b><i>PAPERBACK BUYERS GET 33% OFF JIM's ONLINE COURSE: REMODEL!</i></b><div>Do you remember when you first had this thought: <i>"I think I'd like to remodel"</i>? It's such an exciting moment! Filled with possibilities. Then it's followed almost immediately by the uncertainty about what to do next. <br /><br />Most homeowners are quite unprepared to enter the remodeling process. In fact, that's the single biggest reason that there are so many remodeling horror stories.<div><br /><div></div><div></div><div>Well, <b>REMODEL!</b> Changes everything!</div><div> </div><div></div><div></div><div>Now any homeowner can successfully navigate the remodeling minefield. You will learn how to identify and select the perfect remodeler for your project, save thousands of dollars in the process, and preserve your sanity too.<br /><div> </div><div><b><i>Everything you need for a successful remodeling experience is inside this book.</i></b></div><div><b><i> </i></b></div><div><b><i></i></b></div><div></div><div><b>LESS STRESS. MORE SUCCESS.</b></div></div> </div></div>
Photos Collection ― TravelⅠ ― SHIRAKAWAGO 2016.10
by Megumi Mutsuki

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English

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Publication Date

November 18, 2017

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Author page International<br />http://www.sizenbito.jimdo.com/author/<br /><br /><br />Shirakawago is a famous tourist site in Gifu prefecture.<br />I have visited the place in the bus tour on 26th October, 2016.<br /><br />Please enjoy its houses with rafter roofs, conventional daily commodities and pictures of nature.
CIA World Factbook 2005, parte 4 tradotta in italiano (Italian E...
by Chuck Harper

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Italian

Pages

Publication Date

November 17, 2017

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CIA World Factbook 2005, parte 4 tradotta in italiano <br />Da: Chuck Harper
Modern Art: Picture Books for Children
by Kiana Jackson

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English

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Publication Date

November 17, 2017

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Over 2000 pages of amazing pictures!
Modern Art: Picture Books for Children
by Kiana Jackson

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English

Pages

Publication Date

November 17, 2017

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Over 2000 pages of amazing pictures!
CIA World Factbook 2005 Del 4 oversatt til norsk (Norwegian Edit...
by Chuck Harper

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Norwegian

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Publication Date

November 16, 2017

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CIA World Factbook 2005 Del 4 oversatt til norsk Av: Chuck Harper

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