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You Bet Your Life

An Encyclopedia of Risk

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Here is the gritty and granular truth behind the wagers we make with our lives every single day—and, sometimes, as it turns out, just once in a lifetime.

What are your chances of living through the next 24 hours? This week? This month? This decade? Will your job kill you? Your car kill you? Your spouse kill you? Or will your own bad habits kill you? And how does where you live increase or decrease your risk?

Or will a rogue asteroid just kill us all? You Bet Your Life applies to you, the individual, the analytical approach insurance companies use to calculate risk: actuarial science. The result is a comprehensive, encyclopedic, real-world assessment of the risks we take every day of our all-too-finite lives.

The cold, hard truth will intrigue, surprise, amuse, and sometimes even shock you.

Arranged A to Z by risk, entries include:

Bathtubs: Safer than a swimming pool?

Cigarettes: How risky is smoking, really? (And what about “the occasional cigarette”?)

Dating online: Riskier than hooking up at a bar? Dog ownership: Does owning a dog make me safer or put me at greater risk? (What about a pit bull?) Driving: Just how dangerous is it? (And what about that classic car without airbags or ABS?)

Eating at a restaurant: During flu season? (During flu season if you’re over sixty?)

Elevators: Safer than an escalator? The stairs? Shark attack: What are my chances of being killed by a shark? Versus the drive to the beach? Versus a bee sting? Versus using a trampoline?

Sleep: What are the odds of dying in slumber?

Youth mortality: How risky is growing up?

The encyclopedia is introduced by an essay explaining how objective actuaries calculate risk versus how those with agendas—in government, industry, finance, science, technology, and religion—arbitrate hazard with their own competing calculi of risk and reward.

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Saints in Art and History

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A book of saints at once beautiful and profound

Saints in Art and History presents the lives of some 150 saints in chronological order, from the family of Jesus and the early Christian martyrs, to the founders of the great religious orders, to modern holy figures like Mother Teresa. This arrangement reveals the tremendous impact that the saints have had on the history of the Catholic faith, and on world history. The lives of the saints are illustrated not only with works of great art—by Memling, Raphael, and Bernini, among many others—but also by popular images, such as folk carvings and votive postcards. 

A thoughtful introduction explores the nature of sainthood, the role of saints in Catholicism, and the significance of their images. Other special features include a visual dictionary of the saints’ attributes, and a map showing the patron saints of the nations of the world. This attractive volume is at once a valuable resource for art historians and other scholars, and a splendid gift for Easter or any occasion.

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The Global Elite

An Introduction

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What people command the real power to write the laws, start and end wars, shape the economy, and sway public opinion? You’ll find them here—more than 200 of them, anyway. The reality of the ranks of the global elite is stranger than any conspiracy theory. In this book’s four comprehensive sections, you will meet: The Masters of Might: The political and military leaders who use the power of law, regulation, and lethal force to set the boundaries of our lives The Masters of Money: The bankers (public and private), investors, and philanthropists who allocate the world’s stored value, past and future The Masters of Matter: The government and corporate leaders who build our infrastructure and control the global supply chain, from natural resource extraction to retail storefronts and home delivery The Masters of Media: The spymasters, propagandists, tech and media bosses, as well as the schools and teachers—secular and religious—who control what we think and what we think we know Forget the “Deep State” and the “Shadow Government,” this encyclopedia of our unelected—and, often, self-appointed—national and global leaders profiles the true sources of power, whether hidden or hidden in plain sight. Each of the book’s four sections begins with a brief essay outlining the nature of influence in politics and the military; finance; the material world; and media and education. Within each section, the who’s who entries are arranged alphabetically.

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Coach

The Greatest Teachers in Sports and Their Lessons for Us All

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Coaches are critical to achieving top performance from individual athletes and teams. As with the competitors themselves, the performance of the coaches is measurable and teachable. Coach profiles the 150 most successful coaches of all time—in every major sport—providing biographical background while lasering-in on their most relevant ideas and methods. Rich in quotations, each profile ends with a prescriptive list of takeaways that readers can apply not only to the sports they love but also to their lives and careers. Competitive sports are all about performance, and because all sporting competition involves scoring, “performance” is lifted out of the realm of subjective opinion and into the objective domain of numbers. This book will teach, and it will also settle arguments.

Among the 150 coaches profiled are—

Bill Belichick: Take-no-prisoners coach of the New England Patriots, with five Super Bowl appearances in twelve years.

Brad Gilbert: Tennis coach, author of Winning Ugly, whose most famous student, Andre Agassi, said, “Brad taught me how to play tennis, period.”

Marian Vajda: She is the coach behind Novak Djokovic and has been called the “puppet master” behind Djokovic’s history-making 43-match winning streak.

Pat Summitt: As coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols women’s basketball team from 1974 to 2012, Summitt racked up 1,098 wins, the most in college basketball.

Vince Lombardi: Although he coached the Green Bay Packers for just seven years, he made it very much his team, winning five league championships and history’s first two Super Bowls.

László Polgár: The great Hungarian chess coach who believed that, while only geniuses win at chess, “geniuses are not born, but made.” He set out to make them.

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The Cocktail Seminars

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As a senior at Yale, Brian Hoefling realized that his classmates were about to enter the real world with an imperfect knowledge of how to prepare and enjoy cocktails. To remedy this dangerous deficiency, he devised and taught The Cocktail Seminars.

In his subsequent career as a cocktail teacher and writer, Hoefling has developed and refined The Cocktail Seminars into the present book. Each of the five seminars herein (from beginner to advanced) covers thirty different drinks, which are arranged so as to progressively introduce the ingredients and techniques of mixology, as well as its eventful history. In each seminar, an exercise and examination challenges readers to apply what they’ve learned to the creation of new and variant drinks.

Hoefling’s seminars are founded on the principle that all cocktails consist of a base spirit modified in certain fundamental ways, such as sweetening, souring, bittering, aromatizing, aerating, lengthening, and thickening. Each cocktail is illustrated by a color-coded wheel that shows how the base spirit is modified by the other ingredients.

Those who are less serious about their cocktail education may also consult The Cocktail Seminars for drink recipes as needed, or display this handsome volume, bound in faux leather, on their bar cart—but they are only robbing themselves of a brighter future through the gift of education. The Cocktail Seminars will make an excellent gift for all but teetotalers.

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Autograph Album

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A daring literary hoax, and a startling fiction debut 

Autograph Album purports to be a work of social history, presenting meticulously researched biographies of everyone who signed an autograph album belonging to the author’s great-grandmother in 1890s Boston. In fact, the autograph album is real (a stranger’s, purchased on eBay), but the biographies are entirely fictional. 

The book is structured around a near-facsimile reproduction of the autograph album of one Annie McFarlane, a young girl who lived between Boston and Vanceboro, Maine, in the late nineteenth century. Autograph albums―a distinct class of artifact long since superseded by school yearbooks―were small keepsake volumes in which young people collected the signatures and well wishes (often expressed in trite sentimental verse) of their classmates, friends, and family. Like most examples, Annie McFarlane’s autograph album reveals a suggestive range of inscriptions, from the crude scrawl of Colin A. Chishom (folio 4r) to the florid swirls of Annie Reardon (22v) and the stiff, correct hand of Eva Dockham (27r). 

For each of these names and signatures, Dawes has imagined a life story, which appears beneath the corresponding facsimile page. Read together, the fictional biographies reveal the character and family history of an unreliable scholar-narrator (Dawes's alter ego) and offer a darkly humorous view of New England history and culture. 

The brilliance and perversity of this literary hoax are underscored by its fine production values: it is printed in full color throughout. Autograph Album will appeal to readers who enjoy an inventive wit, and those stamped or scarred by the city of Henry Adams and Albert DeSalvo.

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The Expectant Father

The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be (Fifth Edition)

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The Expectant Father is the best-selling pregnancy guide for men, with more than 1.5 million copies sold.

This reassuring month-by-month overview gives you the tools you need to support your partner, prepare for your baby’s arrival, and take care of yourself during this exciting time. It concludes with two special sections: one on labor and delivery, guiding you through the big day; and the other on what comes next, covering the first few months after the baby’s arrival.

This new edition of The Expectant Father is updated from cover to cover with the latest information on fertility options, delivery options, navigating pregnancy in a post–COVID-19 world—and much more. It incorporates the expertise of leading OB-GYNs and researchers, and the real-life experience of hundreds of dads and moms.

Illustrated throughout with stress-relieving cartoons, The Expectant Father is a friendly and readable companion for dads-to-be seeking confidence, guidance, and joy. (Moms will love it, too!)

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The Expectant Father

The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be (Fifth Edition)

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The Expectant Father is the best-selling pregnancy guide for men, with more than 1.5 million copies sold. 

This reassuring month-by-month overview gives you the tools you need to support your partner, prepare for your baby’s arrival, and take care of yourself during this exciting time. It concludes with two special sections: one on labor and delivery, guiding you through the big day; and the other on what comes next, covering the first few months after the baby’s arrival.

This new edition of The Expectant Father is updated from cover to cover with the latest information on fertility options, delivery options, navigating pregnancy in a post–COVID-19 world—and much more. It incorporates the expertise of leading OB-GYNs and researchers, and the real-life experience of hundreds of dads and moms.

Illustrated throughout with stress-relieving cartoons, The Expectant Father is a friendly and readable companion for dads-to-be seeking confidence, guidance, and joy. (Moms will love it, too!)

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Wristwatch Annual 2021

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With Wristwatch Annual, collectors have at hand a wealth of information on the latest offerings from today’s most important watch producers, from Swiss mainstays like Rolex and Patek Philippe to the maverick independent brands springing up across Europe and the U.S.

The book is arranged alphabetically by producer, and the movement, functions, case, band, price, and variations of each pictured watch are fully described.

This year’s edition, like its predecessors, will feature a variety of additional articles on independent watchmaking, key personalities in the watch world, and the technical aspects of horology. An illustrated glossary and a primer on watch care help acclimate the reader to the world of fine timepieces.

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Stars of Women's Soccer

Third Edition (World Soccer Legends)

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Here are the best of the best: the stars of the dominant U.S. national team—like Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Julie Ertz, and Rose Lavelle—and their top competitors from around the world, like Sam Kerr of Australia, Lucy Bronze of England, Wendie Renard of France, and Marta of Brazil.

This lively book features short biographies of twenty-eight athletes in all, illustrated with color photographs of the stars in action. Revised and updated from cover to cover, Stars of Women’s Soccer is sure to whet the appetite of young fans who are eager to see the titans of the women’s game battle it out (finally) at the Tokyo Olympics.

 

 

 

 

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Detailed Notes - The Trees of North America

A Detailed Notes notecard box

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A boxed notecard set featuring beautiful close-ups of the leaves, fruit, and flowers of American treesthe latest addition to the Detailed Notes line.

The Detailed Notes are luxury notecards that feature a striking close-up of a great artwork on the front, and the entire artwork on the back. Each set is housed in a presentation-quality box.

This set, The Trees of North America, reproduces details of four exquisite hand-colored plates from François-André Michaux’s classic North American Sylva, by such masters of botanical art as Pierre-Joseph Redouté and Pancrace Bessa

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Queens

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This tiny yet majestic volume introduces us to some 250 queens who ruled in their own right—who were crowned as the sovereigns of their countries or, in some cases, decided to crown themselves.

It begins with queens of the ancient world and ends with those ruling today, encompassing along the way both household names, like Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great, and those who deserve to be better known, like Margaret I of Denmark and Ranavalona I of Madagascar. Each queen is represented by her portrait—painted, carved, engraved, or photographed—and an interesting fact about her reign. This Tiny FolioTM will be the perfect gift for the powerful women in your life.

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The Trees of North America

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This Tiny Folio presents, in modern taxonomic order, all 277 of the hand-colored plates from François-André Michaux’s classic North American Sylva, as well as the supplemental volumes by Thomas Nuttall.

These masterworks of nineteenth-century botanical illustration—by such artists as Pierre-Joseph Redouté and Pancrace Bessa—represent the leaves, fruit, and flowers of American trees with wonderful grace and clarity. Published in cooperation with the New York Botanical Garden, The Trees of North America includes a preface and introduction describing how Michaux and Nuttall’s pioneering work came to be. 

 

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Passion by Design

The Art and Times of Tamara de Lempicka

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An attractive new hardcover edition of the classic biography of Tamara de Lempicka, whose paintings defined Art Deco and whose life epitomized the Jazz Age

Tamara de Lempicka’s paintings defined Art Deco, and her life epitomized the Jazz Age. Possessed of a dazzling talent, a striking beauty, and an irresistible force of personality, this refugee of the Russian Revolution achieved success on her own terms. She conquered 1920s Paris with her polished portraits of the rich and famous and her coolly erotic nudes, and went on to a glamorous existence in Hollywood, New York, Houston, and Cuernavaca, never putting down her brush.

Passion by Design offers an intimate look at a fascinating figure: these are Tamara’s own stories, just as she related them to rapt audiences. They were compiled and edited just after her death by her daughter Kizette, who wove them into a complete life story, incorporating much additional biographical and historical information.

This new edition of Passion by Design is illustrated with an expanded selection of Tamara’s paintings—including a number of little-known works—as well as exclusive photographs from family albums. A new introduction by Marisa de Lempicka, Tamara’s great-granddaughter, explores the legacy of this trailblazing artist, whose paintings now fetch eight-figure sums and whose style continues to inspire creators in every field.

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Deep Affinities

Art and Science

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An illustrated exploration of the fundamental connections between art and science, from an author who has lived in both worlds


In this thought-provoking book, Philip F. Palmedo, a former physicist who now writes on art, reveals how the two defining enterprises of humankind—art and science—are rooted in certain common instincts, which we might call aesthetic: an appreciation of symmetry, balance, and rhythm; the drive to simplify and abstract natural forms, and to represent them symbolically.


Palmedo traces these instincts back to a very early time in human history—demonstrating, for example, the level of abstract thinking required to create the stone tools and cave paintings of the Paleolithic—and then forward, to the builders of the Gothic cathedrals, to Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton, to Einstein and Picasso.


Illustrated with more than 125 creations of the genus Homo—from a flint hand ax chipped half a million years ago to the abstractions of Hilma af Klint and the James Webb Space Telescope—Palmedo’s text leaves us with a new appreciation of the instinct for beauty shared by artists and scientists alike.

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Classic Cocktails

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A miniature mixology reference

With this colorful, portable guide, aspiring mixologists and veteran barkeeps alike have a handy resource that satisfies all their needs. This Tiny FolioTM presents one hundred easy-to-follow recipes for the most essential mixed drinks, from all-time favorites like the Martini and Manhattan to modern classics like the Cosmopolitan. Illustrated throughout with color photographs and full of bartending advice and historical tidbits, this book will be an indispensable companion behind the bar or at your next cocktail party.

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Fashion

Treasures of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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A visual history of fashion that fits in the palm of your hand

Drawing from the extensive Textile and Fashion Arts Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, this miniature history of European and American fashion features some 275 garments, accessories, and related works of art from the seventeenth century to the present.  Dress historian Allison Taylor introduces each new era with a concise overview of the period’s fashionable styles and silhouettes, as well as the underlying historical and cultural influences. This chic Tiny Folio™ is the perfect gift for fashionistas and fashion historians alike.

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Messi versus Ronaldo

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A head-to-head comparison of the two greatest soccer stars of their generation—and perhaps of all time

One, diminutive and reserved; the other, tall and theatrical. One with six Ballons d’Or, and the other with five. There’s no doubt about it—Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best. But which one is better?  This lively book compares every aspect of the legendary rivals’ careers, to let the reader decide. It compares their stats, including their ten years of matchups in El Clásico, their club trophies, and their individual awards and milestones. It analyzes their style of play, and how it has evolved throughout their careers. And, it looks at how their rivalry continues off the field, in terms of endorsement deals, social media followings, and philanthropic endeavors.  Packed with color photos of the champions in action, Messi and Ronaldo will spark discussion among both players’ partisans.

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