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This Year's Model: Fashion, Media and the Making of Glamour by Elizabeth Wissinger
In This Year’s Model, Elizabeth Wissinger weaves together in-depth interviews and research at model castings, photo shoots, and runway shows to offer a glimpse into the life of the model throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Once an ad hoc occupation, the “model life” now involves a great deal of physical and virtual management of the body, or what Wissinger terms “glamour labor.” Wissinger argues that glamour labor—the specialized modeling work of self-styling, crafting a ‘look,’ and building an image—has been amplified by the rise of digital media, as new technologies make tinkering with the body’s form and image easy. Models can now present self-fashioning, self-surveillance, and self-branding as essential behaviors for anyone who is truly in the know and ‘in fashion.’ Countless regular people make it their mission to achieve this ideal, not realizing that technology is key to creating the unattainable standard of beauty the model upholds—and as Wissinger argues, this has been the case for decades, before Photoshop even existed. Both a vividly illustrated historical survey and an incisive critique of fashion media, This Year’s Model demonstrates the lasting cultural influence of this unique form of embodied labor..
The Dark Side: Immigrants, Racism, and the American Way by Young Park
The history of the United States is the history of people who migrated to America from all parts of the world. As a result American society is composed of many unique cultures and races. Unfortunately, the uniqueness of these cultures is one of the underlying causes of tension and conflict in America, resulting in racism, religious intolerance, and class warfare. In spite of this, the multi-racial nature of American society is an integral part of America's strength as a nation... Any assessment of the American system becomes a criticism of that segment of Americans. Their beliefs and actions represent the Dark Side of America...
The Long March of Pop Art: Art, Music and Design 1930 - 1995
Thomas Crow’s paradigm-changing book challenges existing narratives about the rise of Pop Art by situating it within larger cultural tides. While American Pop was indebted to its British predecessor’s insistence that any creative pursuit is worthy of aesthetic consideration, Crow demonstrates that this inclusive attitude also had strong American roots. Folk becomes Crow’s starting point in the advance of Pop. The folk revival occurred chiefly in the sphere of music during the 1930s and ’40s, while folk art surfaced a decade later in the work of Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Crow eloquently examines the subsequent explosion of commercial imagery in visual art, alongside its repercussions in popular music and graphic design. Pop’s practitioners become defined as artists whose distillation of the vernacular is able to capture the feelings stirring among a broad public, beginning with young participants in the politicized 1960s counterculture. Woody Guthrie and Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan, Ed Ruscha and the Byrds, Pauline Boty and the Beatles, the Who and Damien Hirst are all considered together with key graphic designers such as Milton Glaser and Rick Griffin in this engaging book.
Dred Scott's Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom in America by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
This terrific book takes us through the sources of slavery in America, its violation of natural law, the contortions our laws had to go through to sustain the institution of slavery while also promising human liberty and individual rights that come prior to the state. I think you will find the summary of this history both illuminating and disturbing. Napolitano is concise in his telling of this history and focuses on how this horrible institution created a legacy we wrestle with to this day. I think his discussion of the way the federal government misused its power to keep racism alive after the Civil War and through the Jim Crow laws is especially good. His discussion of how the "Brown v. Board" reached a good conclusion but still used poor constitutional reasoning is, I think, correct. The judge is also correct that both parties have used race to protect their interests and the cost of African-Americans and with corruption to our society at large. He concludes with chapters on how race has distorted our efforts at law enforcement and recounts the heroism of Jackie Robinson in breaking the color-barrier in major league baseball...
Photography and the American Civil War by Jeff L. Rosenheim (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Photography and the American Civil War features both familiar and rarely seen images that include haunting battlefield landscapes strewn with bodies, studio portraits of armed Confederate and Union soldiers (sometimes in the same family) preparing to meet their destiny, rare multi-panel panoramas of Gettysburg and Richmond, languorous camp scenes showing exhausted troops in repose, diagnostic medical studies of wounded soldiers who survived the war’s last bloody battles, and portraits of both Abraham Lincoln and his assassin, John Wilkes Booth.
Published on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg (1863), this beautifully produced book features Civil War photographs by George Barnard, Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, Timothy O’Sullivan, and many others...
Vriend over vijand (Dutch Edition) by Paul van Damme
Unieke collectie cartoons over WO I uit meer dan 30 landen Dit bijzondere referentiewerk brengt een verrassende synthese van de Eerste Wereldoorlog aan de hand van 400 historische cartoons. Spotprenten vereenvoudigen de actualiteit en maken die begrijpbaar. Ze dragen bovendien een duidelijke boodschap uit en zijn gemaakt om het publiek te overtuigen. Daardoor zijn het geëngageerde tijdsdocumenten, die in dit boek in hun historische context worden gesitueerd: een verrassende invalshoek om geschiedenis naar het publiek te brengen. Bovendien zijn goede spotprenten niet minder dan echte kunstwerken. Meer dan 100 kunstenaars passeren in Vriend over vijand de revue. 'Een prachtig uitgegeven boek. En een zeer geslaagde krachttoer om historische spotprenten van 100 jaar geleden uit te leggen aan een publiek van vandaag. Een geslaagde synthese van De Groote Oorlog in 200 thema's'..
Out of the Trenches: A Soldier's Diary by Lana Lease-Johnston
"A day by day account of my grandfather's life while he was deployed in Europe during World War I, as documented in his daily journal."..
Clothing and Fashion: American Fashion from Head to Toe
by José Blanco F., Patricia Kay Hunt-Hurst, Heather Vaughan Lee, Mary Doering
Throughout the four detailed volumes, this work answers the questions as to what the Americans wore in various periods in our country's past and why. From hand-crafted family garments in the 1600s, to the crudely-crafted clothing of slaves, to the sophisticated textile designs of the 21st century. More than 100 fashion experts and clothing historians pay tribute to the most notable garments, accessories, and people comprising design and fashion. Collectively, each volume contain more than 800 alphabetical entries, with each volume representing a different period from the American past. The authors provided numerous elements of historic minutia such as the 17th Century requirement that every male colonist in Virginia be required to plant a number of mulberry trees in order to support the British silk industry; the clothing of enslaved African-Americans - and the government restrictions placed on clothing manufacturing throughout the Second World War.
Dressed for War: Uniform, Civilian Clothing & Trappings, 1914 to 1918 by Nina Edwards
Men in khaki and grey squatting in the trenches, women at work, gender bending in goggles, with overalls on over their trousers. What people wear matters. Well illustrated, this book tells the stories of what people on both sides wore on the front line and on the home front through the seismic years of World War I. Nina Edwards reveals fresh aspects of the war through the prism of the smallest details of personal dress, of clothes, hair and accessories, both in uniform and civilian wear. She explores how, during a period of extraordinary upheaval and rapid change, wearing a certain perfume, say, or the just-so adjustment to the tilt of a hat offer insights into the individual experience of men, women and children during the course of World War I.
The Hitler Youth, Gristle for the Reich's Mill
"How was it an entire cultured nation allowed their children to be raised by a political party with an ideology of hate? Stories of the fanatical bravery of the young men and children of the Reich on the battlefields of Europe are abundant. It is easy to admire the courage of the Hitler Youth as they battled relentlessly against the Allied and Soviet armies. But when one looks at it in the cold light of day, one cannot fail to be overwhelmed with the senseless loss of life. The Wehrmacht, the Hitler Youth, the Volkssturm and the children were all in the end just gristle for the Reich's mill. This book covers the whole story of a generation of young Germans, from the rebirth of a Nation to its consignment to the abyss and there role in this calamity.Includes many photos.".
Living on the Western Front: Annals and Stories, 1914-1919 by Chris Ward
Living on the Western Front provides a highly original history of the settler experience in Befland ([B]ritish [E]xpeditionary [F]orce land) during the First World War. Using an unusual representational form that involves the stitching together of over a hundred extracts from primary sources, which can then in turn be read either chronologically or thematically, Chris Ward brilliantly depicts a sense of settlers' lives in Great War Belgium, Northern France and Germany..
Tattooed on My Soul: Texas Veterans Remember World War II
by Stephen M. Sloan, Lois E. Myers and Michelle Holland
Tattooed on My Soul brings together seventeen of the most compelling narratives from Institute for Oral History at Baylor College. Taken together, these selections provide an authentic and powerful mosaic of those critical years and offer intimate glimpses into the reality and meaning of the war for those who fought it. For them, World War II is more than history. And when they tell their stories, it becomes more than facts and dates, victories and defeats for those who listen. Representing a cross-section of Texas’ population and a wide range of wartime assignments, these recollections reveal the personal perspectives on many events and figures of World War II. On land, in air, and by sea, in the Pacific and in Europe, these Texans fought for America’s future. With the clear ring of authenticity and a surprising immediacy, even after all these years, their stories make a global war personal.
The Jazz Age: A Historical Exploration of Literature by Linda De Rocha
This one-stop reference to the "Jazz Age"— the period that began after the First World War and ended with the stock market crash of 1929 — digs into the cultural, historical, and literary contexts of the era. Author Linda De Roche examines the writing of the time to look beyond the common conceptions of the Roaring Twenties and instead reflect on the era's complexities and contradictions, including how gender and race influenced social mores. The book profiles key American literature of the time, including F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby", Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises", Sinclair Lewis's "Babbit", Anita Loos's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", and Nella Larsen's "Passing". Support materials include activities, lesson plans, discussion questions, topics for further research, and suggested readings..
Ku Klux Klan: America's First Terrorists Exposed by Patrick O'Donnell
The aftermath of the Civil War saw the Ku Klux Klan founded as a white supremacist insurgency of former Confederate rebels. But the Klan saw its greatest growth in the first decades of the 20th century. By 1925, with a membership of about four million, it was established in every state of the Union. Fueling its incredible growth was a potent combination of public relations expertise and high-pressure sales tactics applied to the business of hate. Its sinister legacy still confronts us today. Collected here for the first time is a massive dossier of original source material documenting this bizarre episode of American history.
The Ku Klux Klan: A Guide to an American Subculture by Martin Gitlin
"The Ku Klux Klan tells the story of America's oldest and largest homegrown terrorist organization. It is a revealing look at the philosophies and methods of a secret society that used religious symbols, secret codes, and the cloak of anonymity to bind its members together in the cause of violent racial warfare."
"The Ku Klux Klan encompasses the organization's entire history, from its post-Civil War founding by Nathan Bedford Forrest, to its high watermark in the early 20th century, with membership swelling to four million and its founders portrayed as heroes in the film, Birth of a Nation to its resurgence in the Civil Rights era, to more recent attempts by David Duke and others to put a benign face on the Klan in order to gain elective office".
A Short History of America: 1861-2010 by Austin Shay
"This book talks about the life of the American Nation from 1861 to 2010. This book also highlights the positive and negative of the American Culture, Warfare, and People".
The Genesis of Modern U.S. American Drama: Lillian Hellman, the Children's Hour by Eugen Andri
"This topic is quite extensive in scope, and that's why I want to focus my attention on women authors who wrote about women and about their place in the society of that time. In the beginning of my essay I will explore the role of women in the society of the USA at the beginning of the previous century. I will examine what made women change. In the next part of the essay I will examine the contribution of women writers in the literature of the USA at that period of time and specifically the contribution of Lillian Hellman on the basis of her play "The Children´s Hour". I am interested in topics and issues that she takes under consideration in her play, and what actually Lillian Hellman wanted to achieve by writing and staging it. In the last part of my essay I will examine the gender and sexuality represented in "The Children´s Hour" by Lillian Hellman and, finally, I will present my thought about the contribution of women writers and especially the contribution of Lillian Hellman to the genesis of the modern American Drama".
The American Sniper: A History of America's Shadow Warriors by Fergus Mason
"In the American Revolution…they were there—there in the Civil War… the Spanish American, The First World War, The Second World War,The Vietnam War, the War on Terror — they were there in every single American conflict -deep in the Shadows: they are American Snipers. This book goes way back to the origins — to the first snipers to answer their country's call".
The First World War in 100 Objects by John Hughes-Wilson and Nigel Steel
"General readers and history buffs alike have made bestsellers of books like A History of the World in 100 Objects. In that tradition, this handsome commemorative volume gives a unique perspective on one of the most pivotal and volatile events of modern history."
"In World War I in 100 Objects, military historian Peter Doyle shares a fascinating collection of items, from patriotic badges worn by British citizens to field equipment developed by the United States. Beautifully photographed, each item is accompanied by the unique story it tells about the war, its strategy, its innovations, and the people who fought it.".
War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love by Rebecca Frankel
"An exceptionally interesting and surprisingly moving book." -- Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
"At the beginning of War Dogs, Rebecca Frankel presents us with an uncomfortable truth: “There is something less complicated (and ironically more human) about relating to war through the story of a dog.” By the end of her heart-warming and heart-wrenching book, you’ll know what she means — if you don’t already." -Becky Krystal, The Washington Post
"Is a war dog 'a furry but devoted weapon?' Frankel, a senior editor at Foreign Policy, asks. 'A faithful fighter? A fierce soldier? A guardian who keeps watch in the night?" --Bronwen Dickey, The New York Times
"Military aficionados as well as dog lovers will learn from and enjoy this study of canine commandos and the service people who count on them."—Publishers Weekly
"The relationship between the handler and the handled is 'built first on a mutual trust...with a greater sense of loyalty and even love,' and [Frankel's] examples affectingly prove the bond."—Marine Corps Times.
Marilyn Monroe: Her Films, Her Life by Michelle Vogel
"Very enjoyable, very well written account of Marilyn Monroe's life and career. Most people would ask if you've been "living on the moon" if you were unaware of at least the basic info surrounding Marilyn Monroe's death. Yes, it can get complicated. Yes, there are many theories and opinions. Thing is, too many books focus on her death, and while it's a long-discussed, entirely valid, controversial topic, it doesn't define her life, nor should it. This book gives a thorough account of her early years, without being long and drawn out. It's fast-paced and moves along quickly, but it's still packed with information. The layout is fantastic! From film-to-film we go, starting at the very beginning, but within the production information and synopsis, Marilyn's personal life, what was happening off-screen at the time of filming any given movie, is inter-laced seamlessly. Not an easy melting pot to pull off, but the author does it amazingly well. The format makes it easy to find a piece of information quickly. It's tight and concise. Hard to put down. Highly recommended!".
Amelia Earhart: The Turbulent Life of an American Icon by Kathleen C. Winters
"Kathleen Winters follows her biography of Anne Morrow Lindbergh (2006) with a refreshing look at Earhart. Resisting tabloid tales, Winters focuses on responsible accounts and Earhart’s own writings to show how public demands and family pressures induced the aviatrix to fly beyond her capabilities. Although she is lauded as one of the greatest pilots of all time, Earhart’s contemporaries were less charitable and more realistic, and while her death was mourned by all of them, it did not come as a great surprise. Winters pinpoints this sentiment at its most poignant by quoting WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) founder Jackie Cochran, who recalled telling her friend before the last flight, “I wish you wouldn’t go off and commit suicide because that’s exactly what you’re going to do.” With erudite analysis of everything from Earhart’s flying to her marriage and longtime financial support of her parents and sister, Winters proves there is still much to learn about this American icon. Earhart’s disappearance is legendary; it’s long past time to know its back story and why a final crash was always on the horizon." -Colleen Mondor.
Term Paper Resource Guide to American Indian History by Patrick Russell LeBeau (Term Paper Resource Guides)
"Major help for American Indian History term papers has arrived to enrich and stimulate students in challenging and enjoyable ways. Students from high school age to undergraduate will be able to get a jump start on assignments with the hundreds of term paper projects and research information offered here in an easy-to-use format. Users can quickly choose from the 100 important events, spanning from the first Indian contact with European explorers in 1535 to the Native American Languages Act of 1990. Coverage includes Indian wars and treaties, acts and Supreme Court decisions, to founding of Indian newspapers and activist groups, and key cultural events. Each event entry begins with a brief summary to pique interest and then offers original and thought-provoking term paper ideas in both standard and alternative formats that often incorporate the latest in electronic media, such as iPod and iMovie. The best in primary and secondary sources for further research are then annotated, followed by vetted, stable Web site suggestions and multimedia resources, usually films, for further viewing and listening. Librarians and faculty will want to use this as well.".
Amendment XIX: Granting Women the Right to Vote by Carrie Fredericks
"Amendment XIX Granting Women the Right to Vote" by Carrie Fredericks discusses the historical background, legal cases, and current debate on and impact of voting rights on modern day life. The book puts amendment XIX in historical context, examines how it has been tested in the courts throughout the past decades and presents current controversies and debates. Each volume in the Constitutional Amendments series puts a particular amendment in historical context, examines how each has been challenged and stood the test of time.
Mike Gribble in Jaxson Travel Stop and the Phuture of Phudd by David Dunbar
"Meet Mike Gribble, recluse and mad scientist, who is mistaken for Mothman when he lands on the Silver Memorial Bridge in Point Pleasant. Enter Phudd, sleeper agent, employed at Jaxson Travel Stop. When Phudd's employers (the McJoys) must flee where will they go? To Siccar Point II; a diamond planet made by Mike Gribble using industrial diamond technology. Not to be outdone, Phudd grows a 33 year old woman in just 8 months using Baby Dough, lamin A extracted from a Progeria patient, and human growth hormone. Phudd confides in Gribble that he's carrying classified documents belonging to the CIA including codes and plans for the overthrow of the Middle East and the... United States! But there's more! While the social elite plan on "culling the herd" of the earth in a mass eugenics project, aliens have contacted Phudd and informed him that they are about to cull the social elite. Join Gribble, Phudd, the McJoys, and the crew at Dairy Creme in Mike Gribble in Jaxson Travel Stop and the Phuture of Phudd".
Introduction to Law Enforcement by David H. McElreath
"Modern perspectives of law enforcement are both complex and diverse. They integrate management and statistical analysis functions, public and business administration functions, and applications of psychology, natural science, physical fitness, and marksmanship. They also assimilate theories of education, organizational behavior, economics, law and public policy, and many others. Modern law enforcement is a blend of both theoretical knowledge and applied practice that continuously changes through time."
"With contributions by nine authors offering a diverse presentation, Introduction to Law Enforcement goes beyond the linear perspective found in most law enforcement texts and offers multiple perspectives and discussions regarding both private and public entities... Pedagogical features include learning objectives, case studies, and discussion questions to facilitate reader assimilation of the material. Comprehensive in scope, the text presents a robust consideration of the law enforcement domain".
Women Drummers: A History from Rock and Jazz to Blues and Country by Angela Smith
"In 1942, drummer Viola Smith sent shock waves through the jazz world by claiming in Down Beat magazine that “hep girls” could sit in on any jam session and hold their own. In Women Drummers: A History from Rock and Jazz to Blues and Country, Angela Smith takes Viola at her word, offering a comprehensive look at the world of professional drumming and the women who had the courage and chops to break the barriers of this all-too-male field. Combining archival research with personal interviews of more than fifty female drummers representing more than eight decades in music history, Smith paints a vivid picture of their struggles to overcome discrimination—not only as professional musicians but in other parts of their lives. Women Drummers outlines the evolution of female drumming from pre-biblical times when women held important leadership roles to their silencing by the church during the Middle Ages to spearheading the fight for women’s rights in the modern era. The stories and personal accounts of female drummers who bucked tradition and societal norms are told against the backdrop of the times in which they performed and the genres they represented, from rock and jazz to blues and country".
Saving Grace: The Search for the Psychic Immune System by Jerry Kroth
"Professor Jerry Kroth’s magnum opus explores an entirely new dimension in psychology: whether there is a psychic immune system."
"There is a surfeit of evidence that “something” in the human condition seems to suppress violence, barbarity, genocides, tyrannies, and other dark eruptions. Not that they don’t happen. Like influenza, psychic epidemics appear regularly, but they manage to come under some kind of control rather rapidly. Auschwitz closes. After Stalin, a thaw. After Pol Pot, the killing fields are shuttered. After Mao, the gang of four is rebuffed, and a generation of businessmen takes the helm. The list is of these benign outcomes is much more numerous than you might imagine... Perhaps there is another protective force, or process, or entity we may have overlooked that has our back instead. The question this book addresses is entirely unprecedented in the history of psychology: is there a psychic immune system that mobilizes its mysterious antibodies and operates in a parallel fashion to the physical immune system? With over a thousand footnotes and more than 100 photos and graphics, the adventure is relentless and the data assembled nothing short of overpowering."
"The core concept of this book is so completely amazing and jaw-dropping it will be to the twenty-first century what Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams was to the twentieth."
—C.D. Griffard, Ph.D.
Founders of American Industrial Design by Carroll Gantz
"As the Great Depression started in 1929, several dozen creative individuals from a variety of artistic fields, including theatre, advertising, graphics, fashion and furniture design, pioneered a new profession. Responding to unprecedented public and industry demand for new styles, these artists entered the industrial world during what was called the "Machine Age," to introduce "modern design" to the external appearance and form of mass-produced, functional, mechanical consumer products formerly not considered art."
"The popular designs by these "machine designers" increased sales and profits dramatically for manufacturers, which helped the economy to recover; established a new profession, industrial design; and within a decade, changed American products from mechanical monstrosities into sleek, modern forms expressive of the future. This book is about those industrial designers and how they founded, developed, educated and organized today's profession of more than 50,000 practitioners.".
The Chris Farley Handbook:
Everything You Need to Know about Chris Farley
"Christopher Crosby "Chris" Farley (February 15, 1964 - December 18, 1997) was an American comedian and actor. Farley was best known for his loud, energetic comedy style and physical comedy, and was a member of Chicago's Second City Theatre and cast member of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live between 1990 and 1995. Farley and Chris Rock were introduced as two of the show's new cast members in early 1990. Similar to his idol, John Belushi, Farley died of a speedball overdose at the age of 33. On August 26, 2005, Farley was posthumously awarded the 2,289th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is located in front of iO West.".
The Little Black Dress and Zoot Suits Depression and Wartime Fashions from the 1930s to the 1950s By Alison Behnke
"What would you have worn if you lived during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s?
"Most American women during the depression era made their own day-wear, including printed floral dresses and slim skirts and blouses. In wartime the government rationed fabrics, so women often remade men's suits into simple outfits.
"In the post war boom era, young men either went tough - rolled up jeans, white t-shirts, and leather boots and jackets - or preppy a sweater vest and sport coat over casual trousers."
"And young Bobby Soxer girls of the 1950s couldn't go wrong with white ankle socks, a pink poodle skirt, and matching sweater set.".
In easy to read chapters, with extensive references and links to get you to know all there is to know about Jane Greer's early life, career and personal life.
The book will severe to give you a quick look inside: Two O'Clock Courage - Cast, Down Among the Sheltering Palms (film), Robert Mitchum - Later career, 8th Screen Actors Guild Awards - In Memoriam, The Bamboo Blonde (RKO Radio Pictures), Focus on B movies, 1949 in film - Notable films released in 1949, Lizabeth Scott - 1940s, Burke's Law, Run for the Sun, The Big Steal, 1957 in film - Notable films released in 1957, The Big Steal, The Clown (1953), The Prisoner of Zenda (1952 film), Vamp (woman), You for Me, Out of the Past, Critical response, Jane Greer (poet), They Won't Believe Me, Against All Odds (film), The Falcon's Alibi, The Prisoner of Zenda, Where Love Has Gone (film), Sinbad the Sailor (film), Suspicion (TV series), You for Me (Criticism), Desperate Search, Lawrence Lasker, Dick Tracy (1945 film) - and a whole bunch more..
Gone with the Wind 61 Success Secrets - 61 Most Asked Questions On Gone with the Wind
by Wanda Silva
"The latest collection of 'Gone with the Wind' trivia - many readers believe that there has never been a movie trivia book quite like this one.
It contains 61 answers, more than you could possibly need; extensive details and references with insights into the film that have never before been offered in print. The guide includes all that you'll want to know about 'Gone with the Wind' - and more.".