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

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English

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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

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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

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English

Pages

208

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.
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
by Jane Jacobs

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English

Pages

631

Publication Date

July 20, 2016

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Thirty years after its publication, <b><i>The Death and Life of Great American Cities</i></b> was described by <i>The New York Times</i> as "perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning....[It] can also be seen in a much larger context.  It is first of all a work of literature; the descriptions of street life as a kind of ballet and the bitingly satiric account of traditional planning theory can still be read for pleasure even by those who long ago absorbed and appropriated the book's arguments."  Jane Jacobs, an editor and writer on architecture in New York City in the early sixties, argued that urban diversity and vitality were being destroyed by powerful architects and city planners.  Rigorous, sane, and delightfully epigrammatic, Jacobs's small masterpiece is a blueprint for the humanistic management of cities.  It is sensible, knowledgeable, readable, indispensable.  The author has written a new foreword for this Modern Library edition.
Quin Abbey: Monastir Chuinche
by Robert Widders

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English

Pages

32

Publication Date

October 18, 2017

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A short but comprehensive guide to a fascinating architectural remnant of Irish history. Quin Abbey contains one of the best remaining Franciscan cloisters in Ireland, and is contained within the [substantial] remains of a 13th century castle. <br /><br />This booklet was republished by students 'Junior' Vongchankit, 'Medkao Lokunpai, 'Mill' Satitjindawong, and 'Pim' Phunvichardkul as part of a Project Based Learning initiative.
Encyclopédie Britannica diel 22 yn Fryska (Frisian Edition)
by Justine Swanson

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Frisian

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Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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Encyclopedia Britannica diel 22 yn it Frysk <br />By Justine Swanson<br /><br />
How to judge architecture: a popular guide to the appreciation of...
by Russell Sturgis

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English

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Publication Date

October 15, 2017

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Contents<br /><br />CHAPTER PAGE<br />I.Early Greek Design11<br />II.Later Greek and Roman Design35<br />III.Early Mediæval Design66<br />IV.Central Mediæval Design93<br />V.Late Mediæval Design114<br />VI.Revived Classic Design131<br />VII.Later Revived Classic Design143<br />VIII.Eighteenth Century Design159<br />IX.Nineteenth Century: Imitative Design176<br />X.Nineteenth Century: Original Design192
The Church Index (Illustrated)
by William Pepperell

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English

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Publication Date

October 15, 2017

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CONTENTS<br /><br /> <br />PAGE<br />Abbotts, Church of St. Mary<br />1, 81<br />Andrew, Church of St. Philip and St.<br />3<br />All Saints, Church of, Notting Hill<br />39<br />Assisi, Church of St. Francis of<br />52<br />Augustine, Church of St.<br />22, 67<br />Baptist, Church of St. John<br />41, 70<br />Baptist Chapel, Johnson Street<br />54<br />Baptist Chapel, Silver Street<br />54<br />Baptist Chapel, Upper Westbourne Park<br />60<br />Baptist Chapel, South Kensington<br />60<br />Brethren, Plymouth<br />53<br />Barnabas, Church of St.<br />31, 81<br />Carmelite, Church of, Fathers<br />41<br />Christ Church, Kensington<br />10<br />Clement, Church of St.<br />44<br />Clarence Place Wesleyan Chapel<br />21<br />Congregational Chapel, Kensington<br />25<br />Cornwall Road Baptist Chapel<br />50<br />Convents<br />62<br />Denbigh Road Wesleyan Chapel<br />46<br />Episcopal Chapel, Brompton<br />29<br />George, Church of St., Campden Hill<br />33<br />Horbury Congregational Chapel<br />46<br />James, Church of St.<br />36<br />John, Church of St.<br />32<br />Jude, Church of St.<br />5, 70<br />Kensington Palace Chapel<br />69<br />Lancaster Road Chapel (Congregational)<br />57<br />Luke, Church of St.<br />20<br />Mark, Church of St.<br />38<br />Mary, Church of St., Bolton’s<br />11<br />Matthias, Church of St., Earl’s Court<br />6, 69, 70<br />Michael, Church of All Angels and St.<br />55<br />Missions and Preaching Houses<br />61<br />Norland Chapel<br />56, 71<br />Oratory, Brompton<br />23<br />Paul, Church of St., Onslow Square<br />17, 68<br />Paul, Church of St., Vicarage Gardens<br />36<br />Peter, Church of St., Onslow Gardens<br />18<br />Peter, Church of St., Notting Hill<br />35<br />Primitive Methodist Chapel<br />59<br />Pro-Cathedral, Kensington<br />13<br />Scotch Church, Kensington<br />29<br />Sloane Place Chapel<br />55<br />Stephen, Church of St.<br />9<br />Swedenborgian Chapel<br />44, 72<br />Tabernacle, Hornton Street (Baptist)<br />42<br />Tabernacle, Free, Notting Hill (Baptist)<br />49<br />Talbot Tabernacle, Notting Hill (Baptist)<br />58<br />Trinity, Church of Holy<br />15<br />Warwick Gardens, Wesleyan Chapel<br />27<br />Westbourne Grove Chapel (Baptist)<br />48<br />Workhouse Chapel<br />61<br />Essays.<br />A Comparative Denominational View<br />72<br />Church Building<br />74<br />Church Music<br />77<br />Church and Population<br />79<br />St. Mary Abbotts Church<br />81<br />The Parochial System<br />82<br />Notes<br />64
Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life
by Adam Greenfield

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

June 13, 2017

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<b>A field manual to the technologies that are transforming our lives</b><br /><br />Everywhere we turn, a startling new device promises to transfigure our lives. But at what cost? In this urgent and revelatory excavation of our Information Age, leading technology thinker Adam Greenfield forces us to reconsider our relationship with the networked objects, services and spaces that define us. It is time to re-evaluate the Silicon Valley consensus determining the future.<br /><br /> We already depend on the smartphone to navigate every aspect of our existence. We’re told that innovations—from augmented-reality interfaces and virtual assistants to autonomous delivery drones and self-driving cars—will make life easier, more convenient and more productive. 3D printing promises unprecedented control over the form and distribution of matter, while the blockchain stands to revolutionize everything from the recording and exchange of value to the way we organize the mundane realities of the day to day. And, all the while, fiendishly complex algorithms are operating quietly in the background, reshaping the economy, transforming the fundamental terms of our politics and even redefining what it means to be human.<br /><br /> Having successfully colonized everyday life, these radical technologies are now conditioning the choices available to us in the years to come. How do they work? What challenges do they present to us, as individuals and societies? Who benefits from their adoption? In answering these questions, Greenfield’s timely guide clarifies the scale and nature of the crisis we now confront —and offers ways to reclaim our stake in the future.
The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved...
by Ulrich Boser

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English

Pages

282

Publication Date

February 19, 2009

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<p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: normal"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'">“Boser cracks the cold case of the art world’s greatest unsolved mystery.”<br />—<em>Vanity Fair</em><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: normal"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'"><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: normal"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'">“The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft,” <em>The Gardner Heist </em>by Ulrich Boser is a fascinating account of a brazen and amazing criminal act—a book that could help police and investigators solve the mystery of the 1990 break-in and burglary at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. “A tantalizing whodunit” (<em>Boston Globe</em>) and a “riveting, wonderfully vivid account [that] takes you into the underworld of obsessed art detectives, con men, and thieves” (Jonathan Harr, author of <em>The Lost Painting</em>), <em>The Gardner Heist </em>is true crime history at its most spellbinding.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

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