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161. The West Wing: The American Presidency As Television Drama (The Television Series)
by Peter C. Rollins, John E. O'Connor
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Asin: 081563031X
Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Sales Rank: 10820
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Camelot the way it should have been
The West Wing is an idealized look at how the American presidency should have been; idealized but not flawless. Jed Bartlet has plenty of things to drive anyone close to him around the bend. This book looks at the Emmy award-winning series from a number of perspectives. Anyone interested in American history or the presidency will find this an essential look at a peculiarly American institution. Great Job. ... Read more


162. Batman Masterpiece Edition: The Caped Crusader's Golden Age
by Les Daniels
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Asin: 0811827828
Catlog: Book (2000-07-01)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Sales Rank: 513778
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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Following the success of the Superman Masterpiece Edition comes another nostalgic celebration of the equally popular Batman. Since 1939, this nocturnal super hero has been the tragically orphaned Bruce Wayne by day, and the moody but fearless guardian of Gotham City by night. Our classic boxed set captures the golden age of the Caped Crusader with an exclusive action figure of the early Batman (complete with utility belt, wire-framed cape, and a Batarang); the first-ever facsimile reprint of the first Batman comic book; and a lavishly illustrated, full-color hardcover book by best-selling author Les Daniels detailing Batman's early years. This deluxe boxed set is thoroughly collectible, and a must-have for Batman fans across the world. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Batman and Robin join forces to fight the Joker and more.
This truly is a masterpiece of a masterpiece of a kind. That didn't make since what so ever but I don't get paid to make since... well acutely I don't get paid at all, I'm just some poor guy who has to much free time. If you excuse me while I mope... why God why? I'm so useless! And alone! Oh sob!!! OK I'm done. Hello I'm Joshua Dave Mathewsband and I'm here to recommend "THE MASTERPIECE EDITION OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF BATMAN"! It's kind of pricey but I got it on sale last year for 20$, but if you do find it, it is well worth the money. It comes with the first Batman comic book (it's a reprint) and three other exciting stories of the worlds most famous detective. Although I should worn you that it is not the first Batman comic you see it's the first Batman comic book. Now it's my turn to boar you some history, you see Detective Comics wanted a man named Bob Kane to make a super hero as big as "SUPERMAN" and he did. His name was "THE BAT-MAN" now "BATMAN"! And he appeared in Detective Comics magazine #27. It was only a little six-paged comic that showed the world a strange man who dresses as a giant bat and fights crime. They put one short comic of The Bat-Man in their magazine once a month. They had made a lot of comics of The Bat-Man until Batmans first comic book ever came out. To read the reprint and more of The Bat-Man as in Detective Comics magazines I sagest you buy "BATMAN ARCHIVES VOLUME 1" it has the first Batman comic and 23 other ones, including the introduction of Robin the boy wonder see my recommendation for that product to learn more. Otherwise get "THE MASTERPEIECE EDITION OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF BATMAN"! or get them both.

5-0 out of 5 stars Honoring the Golden Age of Batman (1939-1954)
In the wake of the success of Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns," which revived popularity in the character of Batman and resulted in four blockbuster movies, it is difficult to remember that the original comic book characters. For many, before there was Miller's Dark Knight there was Adam West's campy television Batman. However, the "Batman Masterpiece Edition" celebrates the Golden Age of the Master Detective (1939-1954). The "Batman Masterpiece Edition" consists of an illustrated hardcover book, "The Caped Crusader's Golden Age" by Les Daniels, an accurately sized reprint of the very first "Batman" comic book (not to be confused with the character's debut in "Detective Comics" #27), and a 9-inch action figure of the 1939 Batman that is the least impressive part of this boxed collection (which is now available at a greatly reduced price from its original cost).

"Batman" #1 has a concise 2-page origin story and four Batman stories including two dealing with the Joker, all of which were drawn by creator Bob Kane, who is featured on a "Meet the Artist!" page. There are also a couple of two-page cartoon strips, "Major Bigsbe an' Botts" by Paul Gustavson and "Ginger Snap" by Ted Raye, and a "Fantastic Facts" page that is a second rate version of "Ripley's Believe It or Not." Still, it is fascinating not just to read these Batman stories but also to see what else were put in comic books then.

The book "Batman: The Golden Age" has a very interesting look because it takes panels of old comics and blows them up, as well as having reproductions that are based on lesser condition old comics rather than original art (does Billy Rice know what happened to his old "Batman" comic?). Even if you have read about how Bob Kane came up with the idea for Batman you will appreciate the depth and detail that Les Daniels provides at the beginning of this volume. Every source of inspiration ever mentioned is documented with photographs of pulp covers, movie stills, and such. There are a few complete stories, as well as dozens of other pages and panels, including various advertisements, examples unpublished cover art and the daily strip that ran for a while. Batman at the movies is also part of this informative historical survey, which also provides some nice analysis of the evolution of the Joker's character. The only complaint is that it stops with the Golden Age. The "Batman Masterpiece Edition" is for those who have been fans of the Caped Crusader for decades because of the actual comic books as opposed to being turned on by what they saw on television or at the movies.

5-0 out of 5 stars A look into theDark Knight's history
This boxed set is great reading for comic collectors and caual readers alike. The book gives a lot of information on The Dark Knight's early years and shows us what the creators were thiking when they originally developed the character. In additon. the collector's action figure is a great display or play peice and depicts the golden age version of the character. Unlike the Superman or Wonder Woman MEs, the 9 inch Batman figure is articulated and nicely detaled.he even has a golden age batarang to fling at his "foes"... You won't regret picking this masterpiece up!

3-0 out of 5 stars Would be worth 5 stars if it retailed for less
This is a beautiful, if unnecessarily oversized and pricey, package. It consists of a large reinforced cardboard box containing a softcover reprint of Batman #1, an abbreviated hardcover version of Les Daniels' Batman: The Complete History, and a great 9" Mego-style Batman figure, with cloth outfit and the best head sculpt I've ever seen, recalling his first appearance in Detective Comics. The box lid opens like a book, and the arrangement of the items within is very nice, giving them maximum visibility. This great display, however, causes the box to be about twice the size of what it needs to be. And because of its large size, is it really necessary for it to be priced so high? While it looks impressive, this material is honestly not worth the retail price

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for any Bat-fan
This is truly and exceptional collection for fans of the Dark Knight. The replica original comic is wonderful to read and is beautifully nostalgic. The hardbound Daniels'"Golden Age" is the perfect companion but the standout of the group is the 8" mego-like figure based on the original Bob Kane Batman of detective comics. This is absolutely the best Batman figure ever produced and is incredibly accurate in detail right down to the purple gloves. This certainly is a must have for any true disciple of the Dark Knight ... Read more


163. High on Rebellion: Inside the Underground at Max's Kansas City
by Yvonne Sewall Ruskin, Thunders Mouth Press
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Asin: 1560251832
Catlog: Book (1998-10-01)
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
Sales Rank: 301915
Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars High on this book!!!
Anyone interested in the NYC rock'n'roll scene of the 1960's-'70's should get this book. Warhol's Superstars, the Velvets, Nico, Patti Smith, and so many more all have their place in here! Mickey Ruskin, the owner of Max's, pretty much kept alive 99% of the cities "starving artists" during those times! A lot of popular musicians got their start at Max's, from Bruce Springsteen to Debbie Harry (a former Max's waitress!). If you want to learn more about the "back room" at Max's and all the characters who hung out there, get this book! Lots of entertaining anecdotes from so many different scenesters! Most of these people lived on the edge! Other books I would recommend are "Man Enough To Be a Woman" by Jayne County and "Rebel Heart" by Bebe Buell (they were regulars at Max's as well)!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars An entertaining look at a bygone era
I first read "Please Kill Me" and developed a fascination for this era of American social history. This book describes, through stories and pictures, the various stages of Max's and all the celebrity goings on. Very entertaining, also a high quality edition, of a period of decadence.

5-0 out of 5 stars I loved every page of this book
This book was great, excellent pictures and a great tell all of the time. Nothing was held back from this oral history, very detailed and fun. Yvonne Ruskin did a great job, I felt like I knew these people and since I have never been to Max's and now that it is gone it was alot of fun to see what it was like and sad at the same time because I wish I could of been there.

5-0 out of 5 stars As exciting as a night in Max's Backroom
Yvonne Sewall-Ruskin's "High on Rebellion" is a wonderful recreation of Max's era (1965 thru 1981). Filled with hundreds of photographs (by Leee Black Childers, Anton Perich, Billy Name and others) and hundreds of interview quotes, reading it is like a multimedia experience - as exciting as a night in Max's infamous backroom! For those of us lucky enough to have been there, it is a trip back to the center of the maelstrom... Max's was New York's high energy intersection of the art and music world, where up and coming young ones could brush elbows with Warhol, Patti Smith, Bowie, the NY Dolls, et al. Beautifully designed, this book will be enjoyed by anyone interested in the artists, musicians and popular culture of the late sixties and the 1970's. It really is shocking to realize how many young talents succumbed to the excesses of that time, still the book created in me a longing to go back there again! Thanks for a wonderful tribute, Yvonne!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating look at a lost time and place
I often walk past the site where Max's once stood. Even though I only came to New York about three years ago, I already knew the look of that building from photos. Patti Smith said that when she saw the deli that has taken over there, she cried. I found it sad myself and never even went to Max's. Thanks to this fascinating, touching, and sometimes terrifying book, I feel that I got a small taste of what it must have been like. I do realize, however, that "you really had to be there". Of course, if I had been, I might not be here now. Max's was probably way too fast for a guy like me to handle. I might look back fondly like some of the people in this book or I might have jumped off a building like Andrea Feldman. Pick this book up for a heartfelt examination of what was truly a crossroads for pop culture--a place where the only poeple who felt like freaks were the ones who weren't. ... Read more


164. Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace
by Janet H. Murray
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Asin: 0262631873
Catlog: Book (1998-08-27)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Sales Rank: 241481
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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"[A] brilliant look at the future of storytelling." -- James Coates, Chicago Tribune

"Hamlet on the Holodeck reaches beyond the scope of interactive narrative and encompasses the global possibilities of emerging technologies." -- Stan Diehl, BYTE

Stories define how we think, play, and understand our lives. In this comprehensive and readable book--already a classic statement of the aesthetics of digital media, acclaimed by practitioners and theorists alike--Janet Murray shows how the computer is reshaping the stories we live by.

Murray discusses the unique properties and pleasures of digital environments and connects them with the traditional satisfactions of narrative. She analyzes the dramatic satisfaction of participatory stories and considers what would be necessary to move interactive fiction from the formats of childish games and confusing labyrinths into a mature and compelling art form. Through a blend of imagination and techno-wizardry, Murray provides both readers and writers with a guide to the storytelling of the future.

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5-0 out of 5 stars playing with Story in cyberspace
janet murray's book is a seminal work for anyone interested in what story, entertainment is going to look like in cyberspace.

imagine if you were alive in 1889 when the movie camera and project were invented. it was not immediately obvious that this new invention would play any role in the world of story, entertainment. it wasn't until the teens of the 20th century that dw griffith developed a language of story on film... and not until the early 20's until the movie theatre with pop corn came upon the scene.

we are at a similar place with the new technologies of digitalness, cbyberspace, interactivity, etc.... as humans were with the movie technology over 100 years ago.

janet murray's book gives us the thinking of the best minds at the MIT Media lab as to what might be going on here.

a great book...

4-0 out of 5 stars Take a spin into the midst of the future
Some may find this terse, warmly witty, and tidy treatise about "whither literature in the world of CyberSpace" as just too esoteric to read. Stop. This is not a book grieving over the lost art of words and writing that nurtures the lives of all readers. This wise book is a guide to the possibilites that elude pessimists wary of the ultimate effects of the computer on this century. Relax, discover the possibilites about which you've never dreamed, and let Murray tell you some stories in the mode of the future. For writers, for teachers....but also for the committed readers. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb look at the structures of digital storytelling
Great book that gives an thorough account of the structures that are given by the format of the digital media. You not only learn to analyse how digital storytelling works but also how it could and should migrate from the status quo to elevate itself onto the next literary level. To anybody who is interested in digital storytelling I recommend this book with all my heart.

5-0 out of 5 stars The history of the video game meets narratology
I'm writing a dissertation on postmodern literature and thus had the pleasure of considering this book as research. The truth of the matter is, that in the dull, dry world of books on narrative theory, this one was FUN! This is exactly the point- video games and Star Trek have EVERYTHING to do with the way narrative works today, (which Murray compares with the way it worked in Shakespeare's time,) and will work once the average American can no longer remember a time when video games had no graphics.

It's fun AND it shows how things are changing and how quickly. ... Read more


165. Les Miserables: Piano/VocalWard Best Musical
by Todd Lowry
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Catlog: Book (1987-02-01)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
Sales Rank: 17292
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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The international musical sensation Les Misérables is captured in this piano/vocal book that includes 14 of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's songs--about everything you could want, save the full-company number "One Day More." The book has an introduction by Boublil and a full synopsis with color photos. --David Horiuchi ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars love it love it
The music of Les Miserables is incredibly captivating, and being able to play it makes it even better. The music in this book isn't for beginners, and with alot of effort an intermediate pianist could play the music. Every part is covered for the vocals in songs like "A Heart Full of Love" and "In My Life." I was a little dissappointed with "Red and Black" not included, but I still enjoy playing from this book every day.

5-0 out of 5 stars Les Miserables Easy Play
This book is so amazing! I am a singer and novice piano player who is madly in love with the music from Les Miserables. The normal vocal selection book is difficult to play, especially my favorite song STARS which is laden with a million sharps. The Easy Piano book makes it easy to play the songs while singing along. There are even fingering guidelines at the more difficult parts. Yet, the beauty of the music retained. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to play beautiful music and is a novice or perhaps even intermediate paino player.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best musicals ever written.
This book is a fabulous collection of sheet music, that I would highly recommend to any singers who are looking to expand their knowledge of musical theatre. The show is about three hours, so it is ridiculous of people to expect this book to contain every song in the show. All the major numbers are included, and most people will be more than satisfied with this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Les Miserables Piano/Vocal
This book is great book for all those singers and piano players out there who have fallen in love with Les Mis. I first heard the Les Mis songs through playing them with my high school concert band and after that I bought the piano book so I could play the songs on the piano. I just played 5 of the songs in the book in a medley at my piano recital and I believe it was very enjoyable for everyone there since most were familiar with the music. I highly recommend this book because the piano music is not too difficult to play and the voice ranges for singers are good especially if you're an alto like me. Les Mis definitely has some of the greatest and most beautiful songs ever written!

5-0 out of 5 stars DA BOMB
I play the piano. I'm only on my third year, but this book is really good. It is the kind my piano teacher plays. It has all my favorite songs for playing and singing in a clear manner. All in all, this is an awesome book! ... Read more


166. Global Sex Workers: Rights, Resistance, and Redefinition
by Kamala Kempadoo, Jo Doezema
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Asin: 0415918294
Catlog: Book (1998-06-01)
Publisher: Routledge
Sales Rank: 295927
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Global Sex Workers presents the personal experiences of sex workers around the world. Drawing on their individual narratives, it explores international struggles to uphold the rights of this often marginalized group. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars very informative
if you want to learn a little about how prostitution is done in the world, what types of prostitutes are desirable in each part of the world, what conflicts and problems prostitutes faced whether cultural or international, and how prostitutes live, this is the book for you. i gained a lot of knowledge from this book, especially about prostitution in south america. highly recommended

5-0 out of 5 stars Global Sex Wokers
Global Sex Workers is a series of pieces by a variety of authors on sex worker issues around the globe. The term "sex workers" has been used deliberately by the editors and contributors, as it emphaises the work in sex work and to some extent avoids the stigmatization associated with the term "prostitute". The editors and contributors' perspective on sex work is radical in its opposition to traditional ways of approaching the question. Rather than advocating abolition of prostitution because prostitution always violates women's rights, the contributors take a more nuanced approach, acknowledging that some sex work takes place in conditions of oppression and indeed slavery, but that much does not. Furthermore, crimialization of sex workers, their clients and those associated with sex work (eg pimps and madams) hamrs the women involved in sex work, although such laws are often said to be for the benefit of sex workers.

The book exmines a variety of issues in the area of sex work - theoretical approaches to sex work; migration of women for sex work; sex tourism; sex workers' organizations; and issues of AIDS prevention and sex workers' empowerment. The chief virtues of the book are twofold: first, its global perspective is refreshing, in a debate that has so often centered on the experiences of sex workers in the west; and second, the focus on sex workers' organizations themselves. Much that is written about prostitution ignores the voices of women involved in sex work, and it is good to see that trend being countered in this book.

Countires discussed in the book include Japan, Cote d'Iviore, Cuba, the Caribbean countries, Thailand, Ecuador, South Africa, Mexico, India and Malaysia, to name some. The book will be of interest to anyone interested in sex work, though it is probably of most use to academics and activists. ... Read more


167. The Book of Absinthe: A Cultural History
by Phil Baker
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Catlog: Book (2003-07)
Publisher: Grove Press
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La Fee Verte (or "The Green Fairy") has intoxicated artists, poets, and writers ever since the late eighteenth century. Stories abound of absinthe's druglike sensations of mood lift and inspiration due to the presence of wormwood, its infamous "special" ingredient, which ultimately leads to delirium, homicidal mania, and death. Opening with the sensational 1905 Absinthe Murders, Phil Baker offers a cultural history of absinthe, from its modest origins as an herbal tonic through its luxuriantly morbid heyday in the late nineteenth century. Chronicling a fascinatingly lurid cast of historical characters who often died young, the absinthe scrapbook includes Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Charles Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Dowson, Aleister Crowley, Arthur Machen, August Strindberg, Alfred Jarry, Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Alphonse Allais, Ernest Hemingway, and Pablo Picasso. Along with discussing the rituals and modus operandi of absinthe drinking, Baker reveals the recently discovered pharmacology of how real absinthe actually works on the nervous system, and he tests the various real and fake absinthe products that are available overseas. The Book of Absinthe is a witty, erudite primer to the world's most notorious drink. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars cool and green
This is the best book on absinthe, even better than the Barnaby Conrad book - which is kind of 'coffee table' by comparison - even though it doesn't have any color pictures. It's more Gothic, more literary, and much funnier (in a black humor sort of way). There's a lot of stuff that isn't in Conrad at all, like Aleister Crowley, and good material on 1890s London.
I learnt a lot from this (but I probbaly won't remember it) because more than just the drink it's like an A-Z of decadence and high weirdness. And after that there's a guide to modern brands.
It also has the real pharmacology,and it exposes all that stuff about absinthe and cannabis as just plain wrong. ... Read more


168. Coercion: Why We Listen to What "They" Say
by Douglas Rushkoff
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Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Sales Rank: 38044
Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
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Noted media pundit Douglas Rushkoff gives a devastating critique of the influence techniques behind our culture of rampant consumerism.With a skilled analysis of how experts in the fields of marketing, advertising, retail atmospherics, and hand-selling attempt to take away our ability to make rational decisions, Rushkoff delivers a bracing account of why we buy what we buy, and helps us recognize when we're being treated like consumers instead of human beings.

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5-0 out of 5 stars How "they" short-circuit our better judgment
Douglas Rushkoff used to be a lot more hopeful that the rise of the Internet would free us from the "arms race" of manipulation and counter-manipulation to which we're subjected through the major media. He's changed his mind, in part because he found that his earlier work (notably the famous _Media Virus!_) was being taught in marketing classes to people who wanted to _create_ media viruses.

But he hasn't turned into a pessimist; he still thinks we can break the cycle, and this book is supposed to help us do it. And given his subject, he writes with a refreshing lack of paranoia: he's well aware that all of these techniques are (a) based on common features of "human nature" that ordinarily serve us just fine, and (b) used all the time, to some degree, by all of us. "We are all coercers," he says," and we are all coerced."

As you read the book, it will help to be aware of something Rushkoff doesn't actually get around to explaining until his closing chapter: by "coercion" he means the sort of "persuasion" that is intended to make it difficult or impossible for us to exercise our better judgment -- as distinguished from genuine, no-scare-quotes persuasion, which engages our reason rather than trying to short-circuit it. Bear that in mind if you think -- as I initially did -- that he's confusing coercion and persuasion.

What he's actually talking about is what people of approximately my generation would at one time have called a "mind-cop." (That term, by the way, has very nearly the same literal meaning as "geneivat da'at," or "stealing the mind" -- a term used in Jewish law for certain sorts of deception.) I assume no reader of this page will need me to explain that there's something ethically wrong with such practices, even though they fall short of physical force or the threat thereof. Indeed, by my lights, the sort of thing Rushkoff writes about, being a violation of the integrity of the mind, seems somehow _more_ wrong than the "initiation of force."

At any rate the subject should be of interest to a wide range of readers. I'll single out two kinds: (1) readers interested in the psychology of judgment and decision-making (and see Scott Plous's excellent book of that title for a good introduction), and (2) law students. (Yes, law students. It's relevant to all sorts of questions that arise in the study of the law: How are juries persuaded? When may a contract be rescinded? Why does the law protect stuff like "brand identities" and "public images"?)

Rushkoff's discussion covers a pretty wide range of methods, from advertising to PR, from "atmospherics" to pyramid schemes. One of his greatest strengths is his ability to draw parallels between, for example, CIA interrogation techniques and Nazi rallies, on the one hand, and sales techniques on the other, _without_ making you feel as though he's pushing a wild-eyed conspiracy theory. The narrative is also peppered with on-point personal anecdotes, and his passages on "cults" are downright spine-tingling. (And if you've ever felt a little funny about the popularity of Dale Carnegie's famous book, you'll like what Rushkoff has to say about it.)

Above all, don't make the mistake of dismissing Rushkoff as a "leftist" (as he says has happened to him). The political division between "right" and "left" is so malleable as to be almost meaningless. The relevant political division is between authoritarians/corporatists/statists and libertarians/populists, and Rushkoff is firmly in the anti-"authoritarian" camp. He's under no illusion that the government is going to Protect Us From All This; indeed some of his own examples demonstrate just the opposite. He's out to free us, not find a new way to enslave us.

Rushkoff's musings on the nature of "coercion" should also lead us to reflect on the nature of the "free market." According to libertarians (including me), the "free market" is simply the society that results when people respect each other's rights/integrity and engage one another only in voluntary relationships. But can a relationship based on "coercion," based on getting the other person to exercise something less than his or her best judgment, indeed based on anything less than full disclosure and fully informed consent, really be called voluntary?

If not, then the old Roman-law-based "caveat emptor" standard doesn't belong in the _real_ free market, and a very great deal of what we've been _told_ is the "free market" is really something else. A genuinely free market, in which all "exchanges" were truly informed and voluntary, would be communitarian rather than corporate-statist -- less, that is, like the military-industrial complex and more like a Grateful Dead concert ;-).

Anyway, Rushkoff's book is very nicely done, and bound to appeal to those of us who think we're skilled in the art of "crap detecting" -- a phrase I first encountered nearly thirty years ago in the brilliant _Teaching as a Subversive Activity_, by Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner. If you've read that book, or even if you just like the title, you'll like Rushkoff as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction To Coercive Mindwars
Rushkoff's most solid and well-written book to date, an excellent introductory overview of the coercive tactics and techniques used by Internet e-commerce merchants, multi-level marketing personnel, car dealers, and the U.S. military (the 'appeal to a general and broad readership audience' hot-button).

Rushkoff offers insights from his own consulting career, revealing that issues aren't as simplistic or ideologically pure as is sometimes portrayed (the 'response to critics' and 'juicy inside gossip' hot-buttons).

The index and bibliography are well worth pursuing, including Philip Kotler's seminal 'atmospherics in shopping malls/casinos' work, Noam Chomsky's de-construction of thought control in 'democratic' societies, Peter Watson and Christopher Simpson's review of psychological warfare techniques used on domestic populations (car salespeople using CIA interrogation manuals to increase sales), or Robert Dilt's study of the neurological basis of NLP (the 'appeal to authority', 'appeal to power', and 'appeal to specialist, esoteric areas' hot-buttons).

In an escalating arms race, it's no longer just persuasion (Vance Packard) or influence (Robert B. Cialdini), but coercion. Buy a copy for yourself and one for your friends! (the 'if all else fails, make the buyer feel fearful' hot-button).

Have I coerced you into pressing 'buy' yet?

4-0 out of 5 stars Why we buy?
I was wondering why I bought this tape. Well, it was because Walgreen's had a bunch of bargain tapes prominently featured in their store, and the music playing had a subliminal message that said buy me. Seriously, Rushkoff does a good job of detailing how people are influenced to buy a product, subscribe to a belief, or follow a messianic leader.
I think Rushkoff is suspious of all people or companies trying to sell a product. However, in most cases, he details how Western style societies have been influenced by consumerism, and how companies have refined their selling habits to sell their services and products. Rushkoff does not just stop at the selling of products. He talks about why people join and stay in cults, why people follow political leaders, the effects of the worldwide web and internet on people, and pyramid schemes. In modern marketing, as well as these, people are coerced in subscribing to alien beliefs or products. This is why people need to understand these principles in order to avoid the damage of coercion on their person.
The book is relatively interesting. A good book for those interested in the decision making process of the Western consumer.

3-0 out of 5 stars coercive tactics presenting coercive tactics
i first read this book last year and it blew my mind. since then i have read alot of political authors including but not limited to noam chomsky, morris berman, howard zinn, al frankin, micheal moore etc. and i recently reread this book. i was rather dissapointed the second time.
coercion is a rather elementary look at manipulation compared to other cultural and media analysts but it cant be denied that rushkoff presents the basic facts that millions still dont even recognize or even seem to care about their manipulation. His basic argument "why we listen to what they say" is a beuatiful yet huanting line which is relevant in our everday lives, and yet the majority of us dont even question it. it is imperative that we understand all different forms of maniplulation and or take action to subverse the medias teaching.

i reccomend, if you would like to get more in depth, read any of the authors listed above.

3-0 out of 5 stars A difficult read.
This book is a little long which, for me, translates to it having missed the mark. Although I've a long standing belief that people are coerced into acting, buying and believing a variety of things as a result of the manipulation of truths and half truths and had hoped to find evidence for support, I'm sorry to say I did not. The opening chapter's examples amounted to childish story telling and it wasn't until much later in the book that Mr. Rushkoff opened the door, ever so slightly and much too late, to reveal a place where untold millions are spent to fool and deceive. Too little too late, for me. ... Read more


169. Fuck You Heroes : Glen E. Friedman Photographs, 1976-1991
by Glen E. Friedman, Henry Rollins, C. R.Stecyk
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Asin: 0964191601
Catlog: Book (1994-09)
Publisher: Burning Flags Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Now in it's second printing, Fuck You Heroes is photographer Glen E. Friedman's uncompromising look at the radicals of youth culture in the extreme worlds of skateboarding, punk and rap. From day one behind his camera, Friedman has had an unerring ability to be in the right place ahead of everybody else. He was a teenaged photographer for 'Thrasher' and 'Skateboarder' magazines, he created the seminal one-hit punk fanzine 'My Rules', worked with Black Flag and Suicidal Tendencies in their early days, wrote for Maximum Rock & Roll, did street promotion for Def Jam's west coast office and shot sleeve photos for everyone from Minor Threat to Public Enemy. This book presents the photographic distillation of Glen's ethic: it's about the perfect shots of the people who live by the touchstones of intensity and integrity. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Glen Freidman Rules!
Many photos that you may have seen, but never knew who took them. This guy has taken some of the most famous photos in the history of skateboarding and punk rock. The pics of Black Flag(Rollins w/ the mic in his mouth), and (Chuck D in prison are killer!) The hardcores will know what I'm talking about. Freidman Rules! Also, check out his Z - Boys book. It's great.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is an Essential work!!!
I don't own this book myself, however I have seen it and I do own the second issue "*&^% you too". This is an essential work for anyone that grew up on punk rock, skateboarding, and in general displays a counter culture attitude that just says what else "&*^% you". Glen's eye catches that exact moment in time that completely makes you wish you were there. How many times can I look through for the most intense punk photos from Black Flag one of the sickest and most aggresive bands ever. This book also contains some old and classic skateboarding photography when the movement was just a baby. Glen also did a lot of work for early underground rap artist's and has shot many album covers that you will most likely recognize. Just get it for the Black Flag photos by itself.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is an all time Classic.
This book is a classic. All it's claims are true. The most incredible pictures of the most incredible original dogtown skateboarders, the most radical hardcore punks in the heyday of hardcore, and the greatest hip hop artists of all time. All photographed with respect and integrity with a style like no one else, and everyone else can only aspire to and be inspired by.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice photography book that covers many genres
This is a good book. Too bad Glen used a smaller format for the "dog town" book. I like the bigger photos in this 'un. But why are there no pics of Jeffrey Lee Pierce?

Don't forget to pick up volume two of this work - for even more great photos (but alas, still no pics of Jeffrey Lee Pierce).

Two thumbs up!

5-0 out of 5 stars Dog Town, Hard-core Punk, Hip-Hop, essential classic!
I can't believe that I had not heard of or seen this book until now. It took the "Dog town and the Legend of the Z-boys" book Friedman and Stecyk did to turn me onto this one. The Dogtown book is really great, but this book is ... awesome! Who could believe that Friedman after his Dogtown days went on to shoot as many other hard-core "heroes" as he did. It's all in here, and all classic; From Tony Alva and Jay Adams to Black Flag, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Dead Kennedy's, the Germs, and Fugazi; to L.L. Cool J, Run-DMC, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, Eric B. & Rakim, Ice T, and many more in their prime. It's just awesome. All the shots are amazing classics; to capture them all in one book is really something. Something really worth owning. (The in-depth caption index gives you information on the subjects, their views at the time, and Friedman's perspective too.) This book proves that without a doubt Friedman has got to be one the most important photographers of his generation!

The only slight disappointment I had with the Dog town book was that some of the most classic important photos in the Dog town film were not included in that book. But guess what? They are in this one! Tony Alva classic 1st frontside air at the Dog bowl, Jay Adams knocking up the coping, Alva flipping the bird, and probably all of the most classic Friedman Dogtown shots are here in "FUCK YOU HEROES." this one is a must, without a doubt.

Highly Recommended. ... Read more


170. Mutts: The Comic Art of Patrick McDonnell
by Patrick McDonnell
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Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
Publisher: Harry N Abrams
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Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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With its expressive art and humorous, often philosophical musings, Mutts has become one of the most popular comic strips in the world, with an estimated daily readership of 50 million. Peanuts creator Charles Schulz called Mutts "one of the best comic strips of all time." Simpsons creator Matt Groening concurs: "Mutts cheers me up every day. It's not only sweet, simple, and funny-a rare combination-it's also the best drawn comic strip around." This comprehensive volume, the first to focus on the entire range of Patrick McDonnell's art, includes not only a vast collection of his Mutts strips, but also sketches, paintings, and wood carvings by the man who has made Earl the dog and Mooch the cat such beloved contemporary icons.

McDonnell's text-which serves as autobiography, comic history, character explication, and art history rolled into one-lets readers into his private universe to observe his process, influences, and passions. The result is an intimate and revealing look at the complexities of the cartooning craft and the forces that drive his own creative endeavors. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very, very good, but not much is new here
One of the best new comic strips to come down the pike in the last ten years is Patrick McDonnell's Mutts.

Cute doggie Earl and rascally Mooch have an understated charm that's reminiscent of the relationship between Snoopy and Charlie Brown before Snoopy took to the air in his imaginary Sopwith Camel.

Mutts is a down-to-Earth examination of how pets fit into the lives of their masters and vice-versa.

McDonnell's sensitivities derive from his simple yet eloquent style that draws upon the love and empathy that the strip's characters have for each other.

The book itself is a wonderful reprinting of many of his best daily and Sunday color strips. Also included are notes that cite the sources of the title panels of the Sunday strips that pay homage to old record albums, comic book covers, famous works of art, and movie posters.

The true fan of the Mutts strip will consider this book a 'must-have'. However, I have to admit that if you've been purchasing the Mutts collections printed so far, there's scant new material in this book. For a book of its size, the autobiographical information is very lean. There was probably more to read about McDonnell in a recent Star-Ledger newspaper interview than in this book.

I bought it for myself as a frivolous, self-indulgent treat. You might not want to do likewise.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yesh! A Book Better Than a Pink Sock!
Patrick McDonnell's work is among the very best gracing the newspaper comic strip pages today. There is a genuine quality to his work; an honesty that shines forth from the funnies. It is truly wonderful to see Abrams honor McDonnell and "Mutts" with this absolutely terrific monograph. The design of the book is scrumptious. Each page is carefully considered and I love the way that the designer combined sketchbook doodles and finished comic strips. It was also great to see references given for the Sunday page logo panels. They bring you just a little bit closer to the work.

And the work is really the main event here. The reproduction quality is glorious, giving us a sneak peak at what originals might look like. The color--oy, what color--is beautifully printed. If you can't see the original drawings, this book is the next best thing. The selection of work is great. They chose some of Mutts' very best, including the wonderful ice cream cone gag! That one remains one of my very favorites.

There are some really nice insights here, though they're not overblown. Like the strip itself, McDonnell writes in a true, succint way, then he lets his strip do the talking. You really get a sense of how invested he is in his creation.

If you're a Mutts fan, you can't pass this book up. And if you know of any Mutts fans who don't yet have this book, you can bank a bunch of karma by buying a copy for them. They'll love you more than a pink sock for it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yesh!
This is the ultimate MUTTS book. In addition, it's a wonderful description of the creative genius that Patrick McDonnell applies to every detail of his art. For those of us who are decidedly not artistic (me, for instance), the book is educational and thought-provoking: hey, what did happen to the "artistic" side of my brain? Note: if you are a MUTTS fan, be sure to visit the official website at muttscomics.com.

5-0 out of 5 stars Whish I could give 10 stars for a beautiful book!
Often artists who draw for newspaper syndication rightly complain about how their work suffers when it is compressed into the small, ugly world of newsprint. If you've ever wanted to see your favorite strip full-size and gorgeous, and "Mutts" is that strip, then you will want to buy this book! McDonnell's art has never been more beautifully displayed on the printed page. For instance, in this wonderfully oversized book some color Sunday panels take up two whole pages while gaining, not losing, crispness and vividness in color, clarity and detail - elements lost in small newsprint.

Loyal afficinadios of McDonnell's "Mutts" will not be able to resist this fascinating book. Anyone interested in the evolution of and creative process behind comic strips will enjoy the work. The price may seem steep at first, but the sheer quality of the book as well as its content make it a bargain.

First, the book quality is first-rate: the glossy pages are heavy and clear, the binding is tight, and the illustrations leap off the page. The layout (well-conceived and artistic, as befits the subject) and accompanying text provide an enthralling history lesson of comic art in the 20th century (and how that history has influenced McDonnell - he even shows certain "Mutts" strips against other strips to illustrate where certain of his ideas originated). Of course, the book specifically displays the talent, sensitivity and humor of McDonnell. Finished strips are grouped into themes, e.g, characters (it's fascinating to see Ozzie come to "life,") or content (the important and endearing "Shelter Stories" gets its own section); these are accompanied by intriguing sketch work, doodles, preliminary drawings, and the like. (NB: for the reviewer who wondered why there were two bios in the book description; the other gentleman is an "editor" of sorts; he helped McDonnell compile work, organize it, and provide history. So it is relevant information, though it could be better labeled.)

In sum: for those "Mutts" fans who have waited to get a "little sneak peek" at the person responsible for "Mutts" magic, this book will be on your holiday gift list! It's already on mine!

I'm not sure I'd recommend *this* book for the "uninitiated" because of price and detail. Buy some of McDonnell's other collections first (I believe there are eight or nine) and let yourself fall in love with Mooch, Earl, Ozzie, and the rest of the "Mutts" menagerie. Then get this book and dive into this amazingly detailed look at the wonder and genius involved in creating the world of "Mutts" and a revealing look at the creator of that world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Duh, it's Mutts, of course it's good
I love this book. I love all his books. You see so much of yourself in the humor he conveys with all of the animals, not just Mooch and Earl. I do have one question though. "What does this book have to do with John Carlin?!?!?!?" See the above review referring to the following: "John Carlin has been a lawyer, college professor, art critic, music producer, and TV director. He is currently organizing a survey of 20th-century American comics, cartoons, and comic books for the Museum of Contemporary Art and the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Cofounder of the media design and production company Funny Garbage, he is also founder and creative director of the Red Hot Organization, a not-for-profit music and video production company." Somebody made a boo boo. ... Read more


171. Parallel Worlds : An Anthropologist and a Writer Encounter Africa
by Alma Gottlieb, Philip Graham
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Asin: 0226305066
Catlog: Book (1994-11-01)
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Sales Rank: 186837
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This suspenseful and moving memoir of Africa recounts the experiences of Alma Gottlieb, an anthropologist, and Philip Graham, a fiction writer, as they lived in two remote villages in the rain forest of Cote d'Ivoire. With an unusual coupling of first-person narratives, their alternate voices tell a story imbued with sweeping narrative power, humility, and gentle humor. Parallel Worlds is a unique look at Africa, anthropological fieldwork, and the artistic process.

"A remarkable look at a remote society [and] an engaging memoir that testifies to a loving partnership . . . compelling."--James Idema, Chicago Tribune

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great start
I've used this book in two classes on the anthropology of religion, and the students love it. The anthropologist wife writes in a way they're familiar with from other ethnographies, and the husband in lovely prose. I think students react so well because the authors aren't afraid to write about their screw-ups, defeats, and fears. I use this as the first book in the semester, BEFORE I send students out into the field. It lets them know that they can do this scary thing called fieldwork and still be themselves.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Encounters
Of course, I read this for a class, but I would read this again (which I will since I bought it).This is the first book that shows a believable encounter of a foreigner with a new culture.Generally, authors arereluctant to describe in detail all the mistakes and humiliations thatoccur when entering a new world, but these authors are unafraid to sharetheir trials, but of course their tribulations as well.It is really aheartwarming tale of friendships formed in a strange and exciting world. Plus, it reads like a novel!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, compelling and unique
Parallel Worlds provides unique insights not only into the world of the Beng, but into the challenging experience of a writer and an anthropologist trying to fit in and to understand an unfamiliar culture. The twoalternating voices are interwoven to create a narrative of the couple'syears in the Cote d'Ivoire that allow the book to transcend categorizationas strictly creative non-fiction or anthropology. Graham's passages arefilled with the quiet and distinctive prose that categorizes his work as ashort story writer and a novelist. Gottlieb's sections are filled withinsights as she learns more about the Beng, often through complicatedbackward and forward steps as mistakes are made, discovered, and corrected.For readers unfamiliar with African culture, this book provides a beautifulbut ultimately real portrait of Beng life as the writers become more andmore part of the villiage existance. But perhaps the most interestingthread of the narrative is the gradual process of the familiar turningstrange, of America existing as a paralell and unfamiliar world viewed froma distance.

4-0 out of 5 stars There's no place like home!
Wow!Do you know what CRITTERS grow in the legs of some rural African people and whether or not you could endure helping the people remove them?Would you be able to stand eating BITTER and PASTY GRUEL and yams at everymeal?This book helps you answer your own questions about personaltolerance.It forces you to think about cultural differences and askyourself whether or not you could live in parallel worlds if you hadto.

If you're looking for a great fiction story, this is not it!Rather,it is an interesting anthropological STUDY which was meant to inform,enlighten and interest.If you are ignorant about the difference betweengenres, then you have no right to complain about the book!

I particularlyfound the contrasting writing styles from chapter to chapter veryrefreshing.The wife, an anthropologist, writes from her perspective in athorough (scientific) way and in alternating chapters, her husband, afiction writer (How to Read an Unwritten Language--GREAT, by the way),offers a unique look at the Beng society through the eyes of the creativeauthor and all-American guy next door.

I couldn't wait to read theinformation toward the end of the book about the trip back to the villageand what became of the different Beng people later on.

This book shoulddefinitely be required for beginning social anthropology courses because itintegrates a traditional ethnography with the perspective of a creativewriter.In other words, it has very valid anthropology, yet will stillengage the student!I can't tell you how many BORING ethnographies I readin Anthro 105 years ago when I was in college!!!I wish I had beenassigned Parallel Worlds first to help me bridge the gap.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor investment
Parallel Worlds offers a well written account of an unexceptional field study.Anthropologists may like the book.I was left unsatisfied. ... Read more


172. Twenty Ads That Shook the World : The Century's Most Groundbreaking Advertising and How It Changed Us All
by JAMES TWITCHELL
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Asin: 0609807234
Catlog: Book (2001-12)
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
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Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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James Twitchell takes an in-depth look at the ads and ad campaigns—and their creators—that have most influenced our culture and marketplace in the twentieth century. P. T. Barnum’s creation of buzz, Pepsodent and the magic of the preemptive claim, Listerine introducing America to the scourge of halitosis, Nike’s “Just Do It,” Clairol’s “Does She or Doesn’t She?,” Leo Burnett’s invention of the Marlboro Man, Revlon’s Charlie Girl, Coke’s re-creation of Santa Claus, Absolut and the art world—these campaigns are the signposts of a century of consumerism, our modern canon understood, accepted, beloved, and hated the world over. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting but seems Outdated
It's hard to say what makes a good ad. Is it humor? Memorability (yeah, I know that's not really a word. So sue me!)? Clarity?

The book talks about a lot of different types of ads, including some very old ones such as for Pear's Soap. That was particularly interesting to a layperson such as myself.

However, it didn't cover Wendy's "Where's the Beef?" or anything from Alka-Seltzer, both of which are very memorable - and the Wendy's ad cropped up during a Reagan-Mondale debate in 1984!

I would also have liked to have seen some more recent trends covered, such as the MTV style of advertising, or the ironic/nasty ads (e. g. for rental cars companies that show accidents).

A good read, but could use a makeover.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
20 ads from the last century which are fascinating to examine. Each may appear simple on the surface, but as Twitchell closely analyses these ads he reveals that they are profound in nature. As a museum of art has great pictures, a museum of advertising would include these 20 profound ads. These are ads which even today stand out as great successful works of advertising even though the product they advertised may no longer exist. These ads not only sell, but they changed the way we sell things. They are groundbreaking. There's the 1962 ad that made a small Volkswagen Beetle look better than a large Oldsmobile or Buick or Dodge. There's the 1942 advertisement that got commuters to stop complaining about the lousy passenger railroad service. There's the very successful and long running ad campaign that gave the attribute of flight to ordinary tennis shoes. There's advertising campaign that made an ordinary toothpaste a best seller, and the advertising campaign that took an ordinary shirt and made it special. There's the advertising campaign that gently shepherded our society so consumers to pay a large sum of money for a gemstone, and the advertising campaign that gently guided our society into accepting a radically new product.

Twitchell analyses them all. I found it fascinating.

2-0 out of 5 stars Absolut Regurgitation
While it includes several amusing anecdotes, such as the origin of Marlboro Man's tattoo, "Twenty Ads That Shook the World" is disappointing. The analysis surrounding the rather obviously chosen ads in the book is largely regurgitated from Twitchell's otherwise superb Adcult USA. Sadly, despite the Wired-esque fluorescent pink and yellow dust jacket, Mr. Twitchell also manages to completely miss the Internet and its effect on advertising.

Readers interested in the collision commercialism and society should opt for Twitchell's earlier "Adcult USA," while students of advertising can find deeper insights about what makes ads tick in Judith Williamson's "Deconstructing Advertisements."

Has Twitchell become, as David Ogilvy would put it, an extinct volcano? I certainly hope not - but this book makes me wonder. ... Read more


173. Mehndi : The Timeless Art of Henna Painting
by Loretta Roome
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Asin: 0312187432
Catlog: Book (1998-06-15)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Sales Rank: 39490
Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
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Mehndi, the ancient art of painting on the skin with henna, beautifies the body, rejuvenates the spirit, and celebrates the joys of creativity and self-expression. More than just a temporary tattoo, mehndi offers us a way to participate in a centuries-old tradition still practiced in India, Africa, and the Middle East.

In this stunning and authoritative book, Loretta Roome traces the origins and meanings of traditional designs, demonstrates how to create them on the skin, and reveals the recipes, tools, and techniques needed to paint designs that range from simple to complex. The result of years of research and the author's experience as one of the nation's foremost mehndi artists, Roome's book offers practical information, creative inspiration, and many suggestions for enhancing the playful, intimate, sensual, erotic, and spiritual aspects of the ancient and amazing art of mehndi.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great resource for beginners!
I was thrilled to find this book on henna painting. Roome explains the history behind Mehndi as well as describing what different designs mean. The book is sprinkled with both black and white and color photos showing the many varying and beautiful designs. She then describes different recipes for mixing the perfect henna paste and how to make your design come out the way you intend it to. Contacts/suppliers are listed at the end, some of which aren't found on the web. An in-depth look not only at the art of Mehndi, but the meanings and spiritual aspects as well. A definite must for your library.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for anybody, not just henna artists!
I love this book, it has become my 'henna bible'! It has all the info needed to become a professional at this lovely art, and it also covers spiritual and modern aspects. I have read it cover to cover 4 times! I just keep coming back for more! Ms. Roome is clearly an excellent artist and teacher, as shown by her eloquent writing and beautiful photographs. This book was my first and most helpful book on the lovely art of mehndi. It is the only book I recomend to others wanting to learn more! :-)

5-0 out of 5 stars Balanced and Beautiful
"Mehndi: The Timeless Art of Henna Painting" is a balance between sumptous picture book and inspirational, well-informed text. I find Roome's book to be one that I frequently pick up for inspiration, ideas or quiet reflection. "Mehndi: The Timeless Art of Henna Painting" is a worth while book to purchase whether or not you want a mehndi tattoo because of the beauty, magic and mystery contained within its pages.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book
"Mehndi" is a great beginners book. It's not quite what we were looking for though. It does have some really nice designs, but I think it has more text than we were hoping for. It's informative for those looking to learn about the art and tradition. This book gives advice about mixing your own henna paste. I give it 5 stars because all in all it's a wonderful book, informative, and the pictures are clear.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book!
This book is perfect for anyone who is just starting out in their journey with the mehndi...It gives very straight-forward instructions with some of the basic designs, leaving room for you, the artist, to play. From the basic designs to the shopping list, to the spiritual & social intricacies of a traditional henna gathering, first timers will enjoy this wonderful, informative book... ... Read more


174. From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural
by Lynn Schofield Clark
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the Left Behind series are but the latest manifestations of American teenagers' longstanding fascination with the supernatural and the paranormal. In this groundbreaking book, Lynn Schofield Clark explores the implications of this fascination for contemporary religious and spiritual practices. Relying on stories gleaned from more than 250 in-depth interviews with teens and their families, Clark seeks to discover what today's teens really believe and why. She finds that as adherence to formal religious bodies declines, interest in alternative spiritualities as well as belief in ""superstition"" grow accordingly. Ironically, she argues, fundamentalist Christian alarmism about the forces of evil has also fed belief in a wider array of supernatural entities. Resisting the claim that the media ""brainwash"" teens, Clark argues that today's popular stories of demons, hell, and the afterlife actually have their roots in the U.S.'s religious heritage. She considers why some young people are nervous about supernatural stories in the media, while others comfortably and often unselfconsciously blur the boundaries between those stories of the realm beyond that belong to traditional religion and those offered by the entertainment media. At a time of increased religious pluralism and declining participation in formal religious institutions, Clark says, we must completely reexamine what young people mean--and what they may believe--when they identify themselves as ""spiritual"" or ""religious."" Offering provocative insights into how the entertainment media shape contemporary religious ideas and practices, From Angels to Aliens paints a surprising--and perhaps alarming--portrait of the spiritual state of America's youth. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, well-researched book on teens, media and belief
This is a fascinating study of the role of media and religion in the lives of young people. As a media studies scholar, I found the book refreshing in its clarity and in its interest in how teens think about and deal with the notion of the supernatural.
The author's use of ethnographic techniques gives the book detail and depth, as it goes far beyond the limits of survey research to look at religion in American culture. This is a must-read for everyone interested in culture and media, as it deals seriously with profound changes in American society.

2-0 out of 5 stars A Questionable Study
Ms. Clark has written a book about her interviews with young people and their families and has tried to draw conclusions about their religious beliefs from their television-watching habits. There are so many questions raised in the reader's mind that the book can hardly be called a valid study--perhaps an extensive opinion poll would be more apt. ... Read more


175. Samba: Resistance in Motion (Arts and Politics of the Everyday)
by Barbara Browning
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Catlog: Book (1995-11-01)
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Sales Rank: 386972
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars read this book.
Intensely personal, theoretically sophisticated, and written in absolutely gorgeous prose, SAMBA explores the intersections of spirituality, human embodiment, and politics through an extended meditation on the author's coming to know Brazilian Samba. ... Read more


176. Savage Pastimes : A Cultural History of Violent Entertainment
by Harold Schechter
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Asin: 0312282761
Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Does violence in movies, on television and in comic strips and cartoons rot our children's brains and make zombies-or worse, criminals-of adults at the fringes? In this cogent, well-researched book, American pop-culture expert Harold Schechter argues that exactly the opposite is true: a basic human need is given an outlet through violent images in popular media.

Moving from an exploration of early broadsheet engravings showing torture and the atrocities of war, to the depictions of crime in "penny dreadfuls," to scenes of violence in today's movies and video games, Schechter not only traces the history of disturbing images but details the outrage that has inevitably accompanied them. By the twentieth century, the culture vultures were out in full force, demonizing comic books and setting up a pattern of equating testosterone-fueled entertainment with aggression. According to Schechter, nothing could be further from the truth. He also blasts those who bemoan the alleged increased violence in media today, and who conveniently scapegoat popular entertainment for a variety of cultural ills, including increased crime and real-life violence.Though American pop culture is far more technologically sophisticated today, Schechter shows that it is far less brutal than the entertainments of previous generations.

Savage Pastimes is a rich, eye-opening brief history that will make you rethink your assumptions about what we watch and how it affects us all.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great fun- but not on a full stomach
Despite my heavy reading load, I couldn't put this book down.It was a great trip down the sick and twisted history of our entertainment desires.The author does a good job of telling the story of how children's entertainment (and entertainment in general) of become more humane, not less.The spectre of video games like Grand Theft Auto cloud our collective memories about the nature of childhood entertainment spanning many generations past.Your enjoyment of this book will serve as evidence for the author's argument. ... Read more


177. Common Culture: Reading and Writing About American Popular Culture, Fourth Edition
by Michael F. Petracca, Madeleine Sorapure
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-08)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 84638
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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From Barbie to the Internet, the Simpsons to the malls, this engaging book on pop culture can help readers develop writing skills while reading and thinking about subjects they find inherently interesting. It contains essays addressing pop culture topics along with suggestions for further reading.Topics covered in the essays include advertising, television, popular music, cyberculture, sports, and movies.Because of its several comprehensive indices, this book is an excellent reference work for writers and analysts of popular culture. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars English??
I had to have this book for an english class.its just a bunch of articles that were selected, yet we didn't use them.I think that there are better ways to do something like this

4-0 out of 5 stars wide ranging and entertaining
it's good to find perceptive analyses of aspects of culture we otherwise take for granted treated with both the humor and curiosity they deserve. the scope of this book will help dispel any jaded stare your eyes might have acquired in seeing life grow increasingly routine.as anthropologists are finding westernization leaving scarcer indigenous pickings, we can be happy cultural studies questioning some of the modes becoming more "common". ... Read more


178. Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture
by Stuart Ewen
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Catlog: Book (2001-06-05)
Publisher: Basic Books
Sales Rank: 37192
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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The 25th anniversary edition of a sociology classic-a groundbreaking look at the history of advertising and consumer culture as defining forces in American life.

Captains of Consciousness offers a historical look at the origins of the advertising industry and consumer society at the turn of the twentieth century. For this new edition Stuart Ewen, one of our foremost interpreters of popular culture, has written a new preface that considers the continuing influence of advertising and commercialism in contemporary life. Not limiting his critique strictly to consumers and the advertising culture that serves them, he provides a fascinating history of the ways in which business has refined its search for new consumers by ingratiating itself into Americans' everyday lives. A timely and still-fascinating critique of life in a consumer culture. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Why are 3rd World nations far less materialistic? Read This.
If you've ever spent a considerable amount of time living in a 3rd World nation like I have, this book can help you understand why the USA has such an intense consumer culture which is almost unheard of in other such countries. I'm a big fan of capitalism, and this book makes a lot of sense. It's not a critique of capitalism nearly as much as an explanation of how it can shape cultures.

5-0 out of 5 stars Consumer society revealed
This book is a penetrating analysis of the origins of our mass-culture, consumerist society. First, the author debunks the notion that consumerism was a natural technological development or clearly represents progress.

The author makes evident that the captions of industry sought to exert control over the entire social milieu beginning in the 1920s. Their foremost project was to define American life as consumerism. Consumption was marketed as far more than acquiring the essentials of life; it was a means to transform one's life: to achieve social esteem, to escape otherwise mediocre, humdrum lives. It was very much an individualistic approach to life in contrast to the traditional focus on small communities or extended families.

Industrialism was not easily swallowed by workers of the 19th and early 20th century. Traditional social bonds became irrelevant in factory production. Also under scientific management work was systematically deskilled and redefined by management. The strike wave of 1919 and the "Red Scare" of the early 20's convinced economic elites to set upon a course of pacification of discontented citizens in addition to measures of suppression.

The advertising in the 20's tried to convince that the mass production of consumable items was of tremendous benefit to society. The "freedom" of workers as consumers to transform their lives more than offset the actual loss of control over work processes. Every effort was made to see that mass-culture goods penetrated and hence defined all areas of life. Non-acceptance of that corporate-defined world was not viewed kindly. Virtually all non-market activity was cast as secondary, if not illegitimate. Buying superceded voting as the means to social remedy. Even families became purchasing units.

By the 1950s the transformation of the US to a consumerist culture was virtually complete. The penetration of corporate-owned television into all households ensured that alternatives to consumerism would not surface which was a continuation of the trend of centralization of all media outlets. The free-market and free trade ideologues of the 1990s are merely following in those same footsteps.

Though written 25 years ago, this book remains relevant today. More recent authors such as Kuttner, Schiller, Lindblom, or Frank can only add to what Ewen has already said.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Book on Advertising and Commercial Culture
When this book appeared twenty-five years ago, it blew my mind. Filled with amazing insights and information, it's still the best book on the topic. Provocative, thought-provoking, gutsy. Great that this new edition has appeared. It's still the book to read on the subject of advertising.

5-0 out of 5 stars A pioneer history of American advertising
Captains of Consciousness, written more than twenty years ago, remains a classic in the field. A fascinating look at the rise of American consumer culture, the book places advertising firmly within the context of pivotal social developments that have shaped the life and mind of twentieth century America. A must read for anyone interested in understanding where we come from, where we are going ... Read more


179. Return of the Tribal: A Celebration of Body Adornment : Piercing, Tattooing, Scarification, Body Painting
by Rufus C. Camphausen
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Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
Publisher: Park Street Press
Sales Rank: 196338
Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but definitely worth owning!
"Return Of The Tribal" is a book that delves into body adornment cross-culturally and throughout history. The book is relatively short, but is packed with great photos and content.

If you don't already own Modern Primitives, you might want to start there first. This book doesn't have as good of written content, though I personally found it to have better and more varied photography.

Overall, the book is a must-have for the library of anyone interested in body modification (either on a tribal level or in Western culture). "Return Of the Tribal" could work as a (small) coffee table book or a reference text. Short, but very sweet.

4-0 out of 5 stars a wonderful book
if you want to research body modification I would suggest this and Modern Primitives. This book is rich with color photographs and indepth discriptions. A must buy for fans of the modification of flesh

5-0 out of 5 stars Great photography and very informative
I've got many books on tattooing and body piercing and I consider this one of my favourite. It looks at the possible reasons why people in the west get body decorations and compares them to the ritualistic purposes there are in tribal cultures. I like it a lot because it focuses on the ancient and traditional aspect of body piercing, tattooing and scarification. It contains excepional photographs(all colour) and goes into great depth and detail. It doesn't talk about body art in a superficial stand point but considers it as an art with a very ancient history. I feels its a very worthwhile read which i constantly reread and refer to and it never is boring.

2-0 out of 5 stars Content not as good as pictures
This book offers little more to the reader than a collection of full color photos of various forms of body art. It is nice to look at, but the content is very biased and non-scholarly. The author oftens voices his opinion about what is 'acceptable' or 'attractive', and questions people who use body modification to "take things too far". There IS a wide variety of body modification discussed and shown in the book, however, the author often repeats things he had previously stated in the book, making for very little content of value. Overall, not one of the better books on the subject. Check out Bodies of Subversion by Margot Mifflin, or The Art of the Tattoo by Ferguson & Procter for better histories of tattooing, as well as any Modern Primatives issues.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
I agree with the previous review. This is informative and has some decent photos. If you liked this book, then you'll love Modern Primitives - very informative and some great background on the artists - but take a leather strip to bite on when you check out some of the body modifications! ... Read more


180. The Action Heroine's Handbook
by Jennifer Worick, Joe Borgenicht, Larry Jost, Jennifer Worick
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Asin: 1931686688
Catlog: Book (2003-10)
Publisher: Quirk Books
Sales Rank: 13231
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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For every woman who wants to be as tough as Lara Croft, as nimble as the Bionic Woman, and as babe-a-licious as Charlie's Angels, The Action Heroine's Handbook shows how to conquer the bad guys in virtually any situation. This sequel to The Action Hero's Handbook (more than 150,000 copies in print!) features step-by-step illustrations and instructions on profiling a serial killer, going undercover as a beauty queen, navigating white water rapids, outwitting a band of house invaders, and more. All the information is reality based and comes from a host of experts (including stuntwomen, jujitsu instructors, and primatologists). Special sections and appendices highlight the top action heroine hairdos, handbag essentials, and the best footwear for every action situation. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining with some useful information
I like this book, it's a fun mix of silliness and instruction on how to do things that could come in handy one day. ... Read more


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