Lifestyle and Culture

Angkor

Celestial Temples of the Khmer Empire

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An exquisitely illustrated history and exploration of Angkor, the world's most astonishing architectural treasure. This gorgeous volume is handsomely packaged in a slipcase, perfect for presentation.

Built between the ninth and the thirteenth centuries by a succession of twelve Khmer kings, Angkor spreads over 120 square miles in Southeast Asia and includes scores of major architectural sites. In 802, when construction began on Angkor Wat, financed by wealth from rice and trade, Jayavarman II took the throne, initiating an unparalleled period of artistic and architectural achievement, exemplified in the fabled ruins of Angkor, center of the ancient empire. Among the amazing pyramid-and mandala-shaped shrines preserved in the jungles of Cambodia is Angkor Wat, the world's largest temple, an extraordinarily complex structure filled with iconographic detail and religious symbolism.

Perhaps because of the decline of agricultural productivity and the expansion of the Thai Empire, Angkor was abandoned in the fifteenth century and left to the ravages of time. Today many countries are working to conserve and restore the temples, which have been inaccessible until recently. Now that the civil war has ended, Angkor is being reborn and is an increasingly popular tourist destination.

Undaunted by the difficulties of traveling through Cambodia and eastern Thailand, Jon Ortner, accompanied by his wife, Martha, photographed fifty of the most important and unique monuments of the Khmer Empire. His images include spectacular views from the rooftops of its temples, glorious landscapes, and details of inscriptions and art that few have ever seen. Beautifully reproduced in Angkor, the photographs are accompanied by a fascinating text written by a team of experts, providing historical, architectural, and religious analyses of Angkor and the Khmer civilization.

The appendix includes a glossary, a chronology of construction, and a chart of the kings and their accomplishments. Black-and-white floor plans and historic watercolors complete this breathtaking tribute.

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In Your Space

Personalizing Your Home and Office

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An unconventional, illustrated guide to decorating the places where you live and work in a style that expresses your individuality and interests.

An inspiring book on design and a lively autobiography, In Your Space portrays Jenette Kahn's odyssey renovating and decorating her apartment in a landmark Manhattan building, her townhouse in Harlem, her office at DC Comics and MAD Magazine, and her country and guest houses in Connecticut. She fully describes her creative process throughout her search for innovative, personal solutions to such basic decorating problems as small spaces, low ceilings, and run-down fireplaces.

As Jason Schmidt's dazzling photographs reveal, she has created a fireplace with a crossword puzzle surround; a dining room with a faux frescoed ceiling of images by Renaissance artists; a painted musical score enlivening a folding closet door; and much more. Kahn also explores new sources for furniture, from Art Deco and mid-century modern to contemporary designs, all the while assembling a colorful, original collection of furnishings and art that reflect her personality. We accompany her on visits to dealers, artists' studios, and flea markets and overhear conversations with contractors and designers. In an exuberant writing style laced with humor and insight, the author shares her mistakes as well as her successes.

Whether or not our taste in decor is as modern or free-form as Kahn's, the methods she employs to achieve the results she wants are important for everyone to know. In Your Space provides an abundance of ideas and encouragement for anyone longing to create rooms of their own.

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International Design Yearbook 17

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Now in its seventeenth year, this unique showcase remains the most authoritative guide to contemporary domestic design.

Covering the best and most innovative furniture, lighting, tableware, textiles, and products created over the past 18 months by both well-known designers and new names from around the world, this year's striking selections has been made by internationally acclaimed designer Ross Lovegrove.

Because the unique qualities of certain materials greatly impact the conception and design of any object, International Design Yearbook 17 has taken a fresh approach and organized items by the material used: metals, glass, textiles, plastics, and paper/wood/ceramics. The objects are lavishly illustrated, and full technical data is given for each. This who's who of domestic design features the vibrant new talent of Anna Pamintuan and Paolo Ulian, as well as remarkable work by Campana Brothers, Hishinuma, and Karim Rashid. A comprehensive reference section provides biographies of all included designers and a list of suppliers and their addresses.

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The Russians Emerge

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A brilliant portrayal of Russians in the post-Soviet era--from ordinary people to politicians and rock stars.

Heidi Hollinger, in a photographic tour-de-force, has captured the spirit of the Russian people as they adjust to their new freedoms. Her sympathetic portraits reveal how some "emerging" Russians relish their new opportunities while others, rooted in the past, struggle to survive in their changing world. The wide-ranging collection in this sumptuous volume includes images of workers, entertainers, artists, military officers, religious leaders, cosmonauts, Stalin's great-grandson, and Lenin's niece, among others. Accompanying the portraits is a fascinating text by Jonathan Sanders, who provides insight about the people of modern Russia and Hollinger's importance in documenting them during this intriguing, troubled era.

For nearly a decade, Hollinger has lived in Russia, at first as a visitor and gradually as an insider, gaining access to such high-profile politicians as Mikhail Gorbachev and Vladimir Putin, as well as other top-echelon personalities. At the same time she explored Moscow's lower depths: mounted on in-line skates and armed with mace, she invited typical Russians to her studio to pose for a portrait. Her "working folk" images are in the tradition of pre-Revolutionary masters, who also wandered through the streets in search of representative faces to photograph.

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In the Market

The Illustrated History of the Financial Markets

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The impact of capital markets on every aspect of business and daily life at the dawn of the 21st century — and how those markets have evolved since antiquity — is explored in this sumptuously illustrated volume.

The dynamism of today's international economy and the fascinating history of world markets come together in this unprecedented volume. With its accessible text and exciting visuals, In the Market combines historical understanding and contemporary savvy.A chronological narrative explains the origins of market economies in the ancient world, tracing the evolution of markets from the Greek agora and medieval fairs to the first joint stock companies, and detailing the rise of today's commodity and financial markets.

Accompanying this text are seventeen highly visual features; each is devoted to a type of market transaction, from "cash on the barrelhead" to the most sophisticated speculation in derivatives. These features take the reader from the world of bartering to those of the commodity trader, government finance, and business investments in industries ranging from transportation to entertainment, aerospace, and the Internet. The illustrations emphasize the financial market's practical and profound effects on businesses' and workers' production of goods and services. Also included are one hundred biographies of men and women who have reshaped the international marketplace, from John Jacob Astor to Victoria Claflin Woodhall, in addition to an illustrated timeline of financial history from 2000 BCE to 2001

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Tibet

Reflections from the Wheel of Life

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With a foreword by the Dalai Lama, this remarkable volume presents an intimate, Family of Man-like portrait of Tibet and its people.

According to Tibetan belief, existence is an endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, and in this exquisitely illustrated volume authors Carroll Dunham and Ian Baker take us through the Tibetan wheel of life, from birth and childhood through adolescence and midlife to old age and death. We meet a pregnant woman who is married to four brothers. She dreams of turquoise--a sure sign that she will give birth to a boy. Ten-year-old Tulku Ralo yawns as he sits on a grand throne blessing the reverent throng who flock to him; it is not easy being a god-child. The pilgrimage of a family to Lhasa takes several years, for they cover the entire distance by prostrating the length of their bodies across the earth, surrendering to the primordial ground from which all Buddhas have arisen.

Set against Tibet's staggeringly beautiful mountain landscapes, as well as against the ongoing struggle of the Tibetans to win independence from China, Tibet: Reflections from the Wheel of Life portrays the many faces of an earthy yet devout people steeped in a rich heritage.

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Wine

A Practical Guide to Enjoying Your Selection

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In this essential guide for wine lovers, internationally acclaimed expert Jens Priewe fully describes, in a lively text and striking photographs, the correct way to handle wine, from uncorking and tasting to serving and storing.

Following the success of the author's Wine: From Grape to Glass, this new book offers a treasury of invaluable information for the contemporary wine consumer who would like to know more about caring for wine and serving it properly. It answers such questions as, How do you store wine? What sorts of glasses allow you to enjoy it most? How long can you keep it? In addition to covering all the basics, this book provides numerous tips and tricks on such subjects as how to prevent the cork from breaking when opening a bottle; what the experts have to say about chilling and warming wines; how to hold a Champagne bottle to prevent spillage; how to store wine even if you live in a small apartment, and much more.

The wonderfully knowledgeable text is illustrated with more than 200 illustrations, including inspiring images specially commissioned for the book and step-by-step photos and drawings. Rounding out the information are a glossary of wine terms and a guide to Web sites. With so much to offer, this book enables both beginners and more knowledgeable wine lovers to fully appreciate the pleasures of wine.

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In Advance of the Landing

Folk Concepts of Outer Space

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Long unavailable, this cult classic about UFOs and the people who believe in them is back at last!

As Tom Wolfe explains in his foreword: "Douglas Curran is not only a photographer but also a reporter, and an extremely gifted one. I am tempted to suggest that he also qualifies as an anthropologist, but I think I will leave it at 'reporter.' To be a reporter of Douglas Curran's caliber is a lofty enough achievement. He has discovered an exotic world, and for eight years he has traveled remote terrains throughout the United States and Canada exploring it. This book is the culmination of a quest that, by terrestrial standards, is as extraordinary as that of the people he brings to life." In the course of that long quest, Curran recorded — in sympathetic words and perceptive photographs — the ideas and experiences of individuals whose obsession with outer space inspired them to create elaborate homemade spaceships and even more elaborate belief systems.

Now updated with several new photographs and an expanded text — and more relevant than ever, given the popularity of The X-Files and other investigations of alien life — In Advance of the Landing remains the definitive probe of a singularly fascinating subculture.

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International Design Yearbook 16

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Now in its sixteenth year, this unique showcase remains the most authoritative guide to contemporary design.

Covering five major areas of domestic design, International Design Yearbook 16 devotes separate chapters to furniture, lighting, tableware, textiles, and products created over the past 18 months by both well-known designers and new names from around the world. This year's selection has been made by internationally acclaimed architect and lighting designer Michele De Lucchi.

As fresh as the millennium itself, the annual presents futuristic technological ideas, such as Ron Arad's computer-animated vases, as well as reinventions of time-honored objects, like Sir Norman Foster's light design for Artemide. This who's who of domestic design includes the vibrant, modern talent of Emmanuel Babled, Jonathan Ives, and Ettore Sottsass, and design teams from Philips, Sharp, and Siemens. The objects are lavishly illustrated, and full technical data is given for each. A comprehensive reference section provides biographies of the designers, a list of suppliers and their addresses, and an updated list of design acquisitions at major international museums.

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Hidden Himalayas

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An intimate gaze into one of the last truly exotic places on earth.

Two young Americans take us to Humla, an ancient territory at the edge of Nepal where no Westerner has ever lived before. In breathtaking photographs and evocative prose, Thomas Kelly and Carroll Dunham capture Humla's limitless vistas and disclose intimate details of the lives of its extraordinary people: yak herders, caravan drivers, shamans, and brides who are shared among brothers.

Here is a land of eternally snow-capped mountains and sweeping valleys. A land as eerie and forbidding as the landscape of some distant moon, its people all but forgotten by the rest of the world. Their lives are a struggle — the alpine soil metes out sustenance grudgingly, and long winters threaten to banish the warmth of life forever. Yet these lives yield untold riches. As if the splendid isolation and sheer altitude of the hidden Himalayas bring them closer to the gods, the people of this land are possessed of a spirituality few Westerners will ever know.

Kelly's extraordinary photographs are accompanied by Dunham's evocative and lyrical account of life as the people of Humla conceive it: a cycle of fall, winter, spring, and summer. In a world made easy, accessible, and all too familiar by supersonic travel, television, and communication at the click of a mouse, here is an enlightening glimpse into the lives of a virtually untouched people.

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Simply Safari

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With appeal for designers and home owners, this lavish volume shows how to combine African simplicity with colonial grandeur to create interiors with safari style.

Born out of the landscape of the African savanna, safari style is a dynamic combination of primitive architecture and the high decorative style of European explorers in Africa. From tree-house camps and thatched bungalows to lodges akin to small luxury hotels in the wild, the 26 lodges featured in this volume come from the southern African states of Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Earthy color palettes, patterns, and textures are paired with the luxury and sensuality associated with the colonial safari to give us a romanticized version of "roughing it."

Accompanying 200 glowing color photographs is a inspiring text that will entice any home decorator into transforming a city apartment or country house into a home reminiscent of any of these African locales. Lodge addresses are provided for the intrepid traveler, and a source list makes it easy to find everything you need to recreate an African atmosphere with elegance, simplicity, and vitality.

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Zen Cats

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To delight cat lovers everywhere, here are more than 60 irresistible portraits of the Zenlike cats of Japan.

The embodiment of Zen--independent, serene, enlightened--these cats inhabit the temples, shrines, gardens, and parks of Japan. Photographer Yoshiyuki Yaginuma has captured these free spirits in many poses, from meditating in a garden and baring fangs in a hunting stance to frolicking with the family, perching on statues, and curling in repose.In Japan cats have always occupied a special place: the eternal symbol of good luck is a white cat with its paw raised, and ancient screens from centuries past are often graced with a cat. And in the rarified world of Buddhist and Shinto temples, cats have been welcomed for practical reasons. Since the monks eat rice and so do mice, there's more rice for the monks with cats regulating the population.

Fascinated by these Zen cats, Yaginuma regularly visits temples and other places where they reside, and he feels that the cats wait to greet him and his camera. Jana Martin's intriguing commentary discuss the cat in Japanese myth, folklore, and in Zen writings. She pairs the irresistible feline portraits with poems by generations of Zen disciples and monks, who do not assign any human quality to them but praise them for what they are. How perfectly Zenlike after all!

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Provence

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A miniature tour of one of the most beautiful places on earth, through the lens of photographers extraordinaire Sonja Bullaty and Angelo Lomeo.

With unique artistry, skill and humor, photographers Sonja Bullaty and Angelo Lomeo portray Provence as it has never been seen before. The Provence that captivates this photography team is not merely picturesque scenes and village life, but wonderfully composed landscapes, details, and portraits that resemble paintings. Following the tradition of Matisse, Cezanne, and van Gogh, Bullaty and Lomeo have treated Provence as a grand canvas and created the singular collection of pictures included in this book.

In this compact companion, one may encounter a field of glowing sunflowers bordering on a magenta sky; brilliantly colored rows of lavender stretching to the horizon; vernacular windows that suggest abstract art; and haunting stonework, to mention a few of the book's photographic themes. For nearly three decades, Bullaty and Lomeo have devoted themselves to portraying the region's color, light, textures, and forms. In capturing the very essence of Provence, they have discovered views overlooked by most visitors and even locals.

Complementing the photographs is a spirted and informative commentary by Marie-Ange Guillaume, a gifted French author, who introduces the region by exploring why painters, writers, and other creative individuals have been attracted to Provence. This unrivaled celebration of Provence is an inspired gift for travelers, photographers, and admirers of this endlessly fascinating region.

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Living Zen

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This inspirational and informative book places the ancient wisdom of Zen Buddhism in a modern, everyday context, showing how it can influence every aspect of our lives, from self-awareness to the aesthetics of home and garden.

Zen Buddhism is a spiritual practice that impacts how we view ourselves and one another, as well as our environment. It is an awakening of our senses that enables us to see the world from a different perspective. As a way of life, Zen is growing in popularity, and this book demystifies the age-old Zen tradition, explaining how an understanding of Zen can transform our lifestyle.

Michael Paul, who has practiced Zen Buddhism for over twenty-five years, covers many facets of the subject in his clearly written text, including the meaning of Zen, Zen living and practice for every day, and Zen art forms. He also covers Zen in the home, describing the lifestyle it evokes — clarity of expression and a bold way of decorating resulting in pared-down simplicity. Similarly in the garden there is a minimalist landscaping style using plants that provide not only color, but also shape and form. Supplementing the text are evocative color photographs, specially commissioned for this book, that convey the spirit Zen.

All those seeking simplicity, peace, and harmony in their lives and surroundings will find this book intriguing.

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Kagan's Superfecta

And Other Stories

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The art of Jewish storytelling thrives in this captivating collection of tales filled with memorable characters.

The stories in this collection are deeply felt explorations in to the Jewish mind and world — stories in the tradition of Isaac Bashevis Singer. At the same time, illuminated by compassion and humor, they transcend cultural boundaries and provide fascinating studies in the universal human experience. Kagan the compulsive gambler, Bluma the old beggarwoman, Hymie the well-to-do arsonist, and Maxie the juggling uncle are but a few of the unforgettable characters brought to vivid life in these pages.

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Seven Trails West

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A handsome exploration of the major routes that linked the country to the Far West; the trail blazed by Lewis and Clark, the Santa Fe Trail, the Oregon-California Trail, the Mormon Trail, the Pony Express, the Transcontinental Telegraph, and the Transcontinental Railroad.

Seven Trails West tells many stories in one; the epic tale of determined men and women (some of them famous trailbreakers, some little known); the lures that attracted these pragmatic dreamers to the West; and the ordeals and disappointments they overcame along the way. Richly illustrated with archival photos, paintings, maps, and documents, this exhilarating book offers the general reader a vivid overview of the western trail network that bound an immature nation together and provided an armature for later development.

By turns an inspiring and disturbing account, Seven Trails West explores the virtues and vices, the triumphs and failures of the greatest voluntary mass migration in history. The critical yet still little-known role played by the trails in this migration is vital for understanding how America came to be.

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Branding and Design in Cigarette Packaging

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This volume presents more than 300 cigarette packs showing how designers have used words and pictures and eye-catching graphic design to make smoking irresistible.

For more than a hundred years, the well-heeled cigarette industry has hired some of the world's cleverest designers to make smoking appeal to as many different types of people in as many different cultures as possible. The result is compelling graphic design that employs a startling range of images, from saints to skeletons, golden bats to butterflies, tartans to top hats. This compendium of some of the best examples is an additively entertaining resource for designers, typographers, commercial artists, and branding professionals, as well as collectors.Complementing the striking images is a flavorful text that explores the changing ways that specific cigarette brands have been promoted over the years. What factors distinguish a successful brand from a flop? Who smokes Life cigarettes, and who picks up a pack of Death instead? Why did the industry market both Uptown and Downtown brands simultaneously? What makes certain symbols popular across far-flung national boundaries — Tiger cigarettes, for example, pop up from Latin America to Indonesia. And how much has the packaging contributed to the fact that cigarettes are still consumed with fervor by people all around the world, regardless of class, culture, and the well-known health risks?

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The Best Dive Sites of the World

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This double-sized dive guide features more of the very best sites from Abbeville's critically acclaimed diving series.

From the Great Barrier Reef to the Florida Keys, from Polynesia to the Caribbean, from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, this volume charts the globe for the world's best dive sites. The short chapters covering each of the 50 dives provide crucial data and full-color, three-dimensional maps to provide the information diving enthusiasts need to plan their dives for maximum enjoyment.

Like every guide in the series, the lively text by dive experts has been vetted by Diving Science and Technology Corporation (DSAT), which is a corporate affiliate of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), making these the most reliable guides for the expert as well as the first-time diver.

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