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61. Obituary Cocktail: The Great Saloons
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61. Obituary Cocktail: The Great Saloons of New Orleans (2nd Edition, Expanded)
by Kerri McCaffety
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Asin: 0970933606
Catlog: Book (2001-10)
Publisher: Vissi D'arte Books
Sales Rank: 123179
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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The new edition: Two years after its original release, the new Obituary Cocktail has more bars, photos, drink recipes, and quotes. Six added spreads include the bar in the kitchen at Commander's Palace, The Circle Bar and its Herradura tequila shot with tonic--the Harry Tonic Jr.--and Butler's fantastically seedy interior.

WINNER Silver Medals, Publisher's Mktg Assoc & Ind Publ Assoc 2002! Book of the Year 1999 (New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association). ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Bourbon Street Hopper
I don't think I've ever experienced anything quite like the bars in New Orleans! They are fantastic! The press has given Bourbon St. such a negative view, but I had no trouble the two times I went down by myself! I mean if you use a little common sense, then there's no problem! The people were some of the nicest I've ever met! Everyone treats you like family and you have such a great time! This book shows that down-home, friendly atmosphere! It was interesting for me too, to see a lot of the places off of Bourbon that I didn't get to see! You know, the 5 star places that cost an arm and a leg, and require reservations! This is just another great book to relive memories of your trip to "Sin City."

5-0 out of 5 stars Obituary Cocktail: The Great Saloon of New Orleans
Growing up in New Orleans is a rare experience. Living away often makes one nostalgic and wistful.. Reading "Obituary Cocktail" brings the sights, sounds, smells and tastes roaring back. This is a beautiful book. The photos are warm, romantic and evocative. The commentary is pure magic and the recipes are fabulous. Whether you live there now, once were there or have never visited - this book captures the charm, the quirkiness and the mystery of New Orleans and her great watering holes.

5-0 out of 5 stars It will make you thirsty
first of all, this is a beautifully produced book, with wonderful photographs of the great New Orleans drinking establishments and local scenary.

Secondly, it's a must for any bartender. Not much needs to be said on this topic except for the fact that many great drinks have come out of New Orleans and the bartender (professional or otherwise) should learn how to prepare them.

Finally, the book also presents some important historical information on New Orleans and its saloons. The two go hand in hand.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Spirit of New Orleans
Ms. McCaffety has captured the essence of New Orleans with her wonderful book. The pictures are gorgeous, and the addition of a few traditional New Orleans cocktail recipes and the history of the saloons rounds out the book nicely. I can't wait to get back to New Orleans and visit the bars I've missed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!
What a book. The pictures are absolutly incredible and the stories match the color of the pictures. The timeless nature of the book makes it worth having. Everyone I've spoken to in New Orleans loves this book. WOW! ... Read more


62. Mr. Skin's Skincyclopedia : The A-to-Z Guide to Finding Your Favorite Actresses Naked
by Skin, MR. SKIN
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Asin: 0312331444
Catlog: Book (2005-01-01)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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After turning his lifelong obsession with famous girls on film into the Internet phenomenon known as MrSkin.com, the Skinmeister General has now compiled his expert knowledge and skinsationally witty way with a phrase into an authoritative, uproarious book that you'll never tire of flipping through---single-handedly, of course!

Mr. Skin's Skincyclopedia compiles exhaustive information on more than two-thousand starlets and the films in which you can witness them free of clothing. Every actress bio contains a complete list of movies in which she's appeared naked, as well as the specific body parts that are exposed. In addition, Mr. Skin picks each star's Skinfining Moment--- the single skinematic high point that defines her carnal career.

The Skincyclopedia also comes packed with top-ten lists, revealing quotes from the bare beauties themselves, and a host of rare, eye-popping photos---all delivered in Mr. Skin's signature puntastic style.

Spanning nearly a century of cinematic history, the Skincyclopedia unveils the silver screen's naked truth from the silent era to the blockbuster to the straight-to-DVD age of today, along the way revealing the answers to questions such as:

- Did Marcia from The Brady Bunch ever bust out her Brady bumps?

- Can you name the 1990 flick that features Jennifer Connelly sunbathing nude?

- Is it Farrah's right or left Fawcett that takes flight in Saturn 3?

- What are the Top Ten Most Leztastic Girl-Girl Scenes of all time?

- Which twentysomething Hollywood honey once declared, "My boobs are fine---they go with my body"?

- How many Academy Award--winning actresses have displayed their Golden Globes on film?

- Got "furburgerage"?

These and countless other fleshly film facts get laid bare in Mr. Skin's Skincyclopedia, the definitive guidebook for the "movie buff" in all of us!
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63. Cannabis Cultivation: A Complete Growers Guide
by Mel Thomas
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Asin: 1931160090
Catlog: Book (2002-12-01)
Publisher: Green Candy Press
Sales Rank: 27670
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Cannabis Cultivation helps budding growers maximize their yield in small spaces. With plentiful color photos and illustrations, the easy-to-follow directions will enable anyone to grow and harvest the highest-quality marijuana using simple techniques and everyday low-cost gardening tools. Perfect for beginners, the book describes both soil and hydroponic gardens. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Everything you want to know about growing is in this book!
This book is a MUST! If you ever wanted to know anything about everything about growing the sacred herb. This is the book. Explains everything from starting your plant to harvest. From soil to hydro systems of all types. Also includes how to make hash and other wonderful treats. This book has MORE than what your looking for. Mel Thomas is the man. You will be extremly happy with this great buy!

5-0 out of 5 stars One Of THE BEST Guides
This is probably the SECOND definitive guide to growing marijuana indoors. Unlike most books which cover the absolute basics, this book covers a great deal of subjects, not everything you could imagine, but it is one of the best guides. For example this book has about 230 Pages, while most others have under 150. This book covers it all in a basic format, and will definately get you operational.

Another good book I recommend in addition to this is:
Indoor Marijuana Horticulture - The Indoor Bible
by Jorge Cervantes

These 2 books will have you covered if your goal is indoor cultivation. However Closet Cultivator and the original Marijuana Question? Ask Ed! book are good companions and will offer other techniques and styles and different ways to do things. It's best to have a few sources, read them all and then go with something along in the middle.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helped me harvest a killer load of bud.
I've grown a few times in the past and while I knew a lot of the stuff in this book it was a real lifesaver. The problem section and some of the info on getting started made the difference. I'll smoke one for you Mel.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Solid Factual Info
Forget the bigger grow book names and get your hands on a copy of this very detailed and factual book. Like the other reviewers suggested this book contains information that is not dated and can not be found elsewhere. The writer has obviously put time and effort into the many essays on how to grow cannabis and in my opinion this is what causes the book to stand out over all the others. It is also short enough to be covered in the day or two and will benefit your grow. I like this book because it does not beat about the bush with pseudo second hand growing information. Besides the writer was once arrested for producing over £1 million worth of bud in a grow factory that he ran! How much more could you want?

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for all growers.
At the moment this is my grow book of choice. Why? Because the information is clear, concise and factual. Get this book to help you on your growing journey. The descriptions and techniques are mostly up-to-date plus you get the added bonus of being able to thumb through this book in no time. This nice factual grow book from Mel Thomas should help people add a few ounces to their harvest at the end of the day. The color section shows cloning step by step. This is not a book to overlooked for the ones with bigger names out there. Get this if you are serious about producing some budz. ... Read more


64. The Beatles Fake Book (Fake Books)
by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
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Asin: 0881887579
Catlog: Book (1987-07-01)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Sales Rank: 23550
Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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For the first time ever! 200 of the Beatles' hits arranged in fake book format, featuring guitar chord frames and lyrics. All My Loving * All You Need Is Love * And I Love Her * Baby, You're a Rich Man * Back in the U.S.S.R. * The Ballad of John and Yoko * Blackbird * Can't Buy Me Love * Come Together * A Day in the Life * Day Tripper * Dear Prudence * Do You Want to Know a Secret * Drive My Car * Eight Days a Week * Eleanor Rigby * The Fool on the Hill * Get Back * Glass Onion * Good Day Sunshine * Got to Get You into My Life * A Hard Day's Night * Help! * Helter Skelter * Here Comes the Sun * Here, There and Everywhere * Hey Jude * I Want to Hold Your Hand * I Saw Her Standing There * In My Life * Lady Madonna * Let It Be * The Long and Winding Road * Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds * Michelle * Money (That's What I Want) * Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) * Paperback Writer * Penny Lane * Revolution * She Loves You * Something * Strawberry Fields Forever * Twist and Shout * While My Guitar Gently Weeps * With a Little Help from My Friends * Yellow Submarine * Yesterday * and many more! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Buy it if you love the Beatles.
The book has 200 songs, there are chord diagrams, and the vocal notes seem pretty accurate. Each and every song is on one page or on two adjacent pages so that NO page turning is need for any song. This apparent blessing may also be a curse for those who don't have Eagle eyes, since the cleff is very, very small. Has almost any song you would want to play, Elinor Rigbie is the only notable song that I found missing. [its] is a little pricey, but any authentic beatles fan who's a musician should buy this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars right on pitch
I'm a piano teacher who is having fun introducing my teen students to the Beatles songs, both famous and obscure, from the simple early ones to the interesting later ones. This book is wonderful for two reasons: As other reviewers have noted, the chords given fit the recordings, and the songs are accessible to intermediate level pianists.

The Beatles songs are now part of the classic pop repertoire; even jazz singers at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City include them. This book will be a valuable addition to your piano/guitar library.

5-0 out of 5 stars hey, it's a FAKE book
This is far more accurate than any other fake book. And unlike most of them, every key matches the recording.

Of course you don't get all the details. If that's what you want, Wolf Marshall's guitar books are the best.

If you like turning pages in the middle of each verse and then turning back to 'del signo' you'll be reall happy with the complete scores.

But if you want the whole song on one page, this is the ticket. Someone put some hard work into this little sucker.

I use a fine point pen to copy the harmonies from the scores.

Sometimes I even write the bass line in using an alternate color.

Works for me.

I like getting thru entire songs without stopping to turn pages.

5-0 out of 5 stars The most accurate!
This book is the most accurate concerning keys and chord changing. I've tried A LOT of books before, and even bigger editions with better bindings didn't come close... This one is compact and has over 200 songs - even obscure tunes (you know my name...) and others. It has the pictures of the chords, but is not a beginner's book, for it has some tricky chord formations and changings. Ps.: Forget the lamers below, buy this book. You won't regret it...

5-0 out of 5 stars A superb resource and musical education!
This is an excellent book! The purpose of a 'fake book' is not to provide note-for-note transcriptions, but to show the chords, melody, and lyrics so you can play your own arrangement. I play guitar, and with this book I can easily sit around all day and play and sing these wonderful songs to my heart's content. Very fun, and a great way to learn! It really helps that all songs are on one or two facing pages, so no page-turning is involved.

These charts are very accurate, contrary to another comment below. I'm on my second copy of this book in seven years (it does tend to fall apart after a while) and have been very happy with the accuracy of the chords, unlike some other books I've seen.

If you want to play note-for-note riffs and leads, then get the The Complete Scores, but if you just want to play and sing the songs, this book can't be beat! ... Read more


65. Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There
by David Brooks
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Asin: 0684853787
Catlog: Book (2001-03-06)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Sales Rank: 2510
Average Customer Review: 3.54 out of 5 stars
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Do you believe that spending $15,000 on a media center is vulgar, but that spending $15,000 on a slate shower stall is a sign that you are at one with the Zenlike rhythms of nature? Do you work for one of those visionary software companies where people come to work wearing hiking boots and glacier glasses, as if a wall of ice were about to come sliding through the parking lot? If so, you might be a Bobo.

In his bestselling work of "comic sociology," David Brooks coins a new word, Bobo, to describe today's upper class -- those who have wed the bourgeois world of capitalist enterprise to the hippie values of the bohemian counterculture. Their hybrid lifestyle is the atmosphere we breathe, and in this witty and serious look at the cultural consequences of the information age, Brooks has defined a new generation. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A Funny, Silly, but Seriously Flawed and Misguided Book
If the merit of a book were to be exclusively rated by virtue of readability and entertainment value, then this book is going to be a well-deserved and predictable best-seller. However, if one reads books s to become a more aware, better informed, and intellectually astute citizen, then this is a trite, superficial, and absolutely worthless tome. Like cotton candy, a sweet experience, but almost absolutely devoid of any substantive nutritional content.

Brooks admits in the opening chapter that he considers his work an exercise in what he refers to as "comic sociology". Well, at least he got the comic part right. Please don't misunderstand me; he is obviously a talented, perceptive, and entertaining writer, and one finds the text quite readable and easy to follow and absorb. The problem here is that his analysis is too far superficial to be worthwhile. He admits, for example, that he is no Max Weber (a famous turn of the century sociologist and social theorist who was an astute and amazingly prescient critic of modern capitalist culture). Perhaps if he had read Professor Weber more closely (or at all?) he might have recognized the dangers of placing too much stress on one aspect of a complex social envionment and then overemphasizing its importance in the overall scheme of that particular cultural milieiu.

This is the theoretical mistake Herr Weber accuses Karl Marx of making with dialetical materialism; mistaking the observable fact of the progressive alienation of workers in 19th century manufacturing factories of being alienated for being the central motive force in history. What Marx didn't recognize, unfortunately, was that all participants in large modern industrial societies are by course of the organization of that society into social institutions ritually expropriated from the means of participation in it. Thus, individuals can express their talents and capabilites only though participation and cooperation with large-scale social institutions (read bureaucracies here).

Moreover, this is exactly what Mr. Brooks does, mistaking some colorful and paradoxical symptoms of the critical breakdown in the integrity and cohesiveness of modern society and its accompanying cultural ethos for a new culture ethos itself. Indeed, his choice of books for reference here is telling, all dated in the unusual and historically atypical period of the the Affluent society of the 1950s. He studiously ignores a plethora of more traditional and more recent and relevant monographs, such as "Technopoly", by Neil Postman, "The Power Elite" by C.Wright Mills, and "The Cult of Information" by Theodore Roszak.

In essence, Brooks seems amazingly ignorant of the fact that with the rise of a number of related cultural phenomena in the last forty to fifty years, the majority of urban and suburban Americans (especially those who are habitually electronically connected to the media) are deeply confused and disoriented in terms of their cultural orientation. In fact, most Americans feel no cultural constraint to be consistent in terms of what they believe in each of the various aspects of their lives, seeing them as completely disconnected and absolutely independent phenomena.

This is, in fact, the end-point of the alienation process predicted by Marx, Weber, and Durkheim long agao, and is often referred to in more recent terms as "individuation", or absolute cultural fragmentation, disintegration and dissipation into irrelevancy. In this manner we can say that these citizens don't have an integrated cultural ethos so much as they have a grab-bag of ideas, opinions, and views that they feel no need to better understand and integrate into anything approaching a coherent and intelligent world -view.

The main culprits in this evolution has been 1) the rise and domination of dissemination of public information by the electronic media, 2) the segregation of Americans by virtue of income and lifestyles, and 3) the progressive vitiation of all integration and meaning in our cultural values with the astounding confusion and disintegration of all our social institutions as a result of the ongoing changes associated with the technological revolution.

Seen in this way, reading this slim and silly volume is like spending an afternoon watching old Sylvester Stallone movies; entertaining but unconsequential in terms of what one learns from the time so spent. The real danger with watching such movies, of course, is that one may begin to believe that Sly's problem-solving approach as depicted in Rambo is an accurate model for how to conduct one's own life. Here the danger is that too many gullible bozos will read all about bobos and believe it is an accurate depiction of the cutting edge of America's upper class.

Shake off the demons, friend, and pass this one by. This book is, in my opinion, silly and specious nonsense written by someone so insulated in his experience and so lacking in socio-historical perspective that he has little or no idea of what he is talking about. No doubt, however that this book will become a smash best-seller and be the talk of the nation for the next several months. I expect to see Mr. Brooks on Oprah any day now. But then again, as our old amigo Arlo Guthrie would say, "That's America". Go figure!

4-0 out of 5 stars Boomer Bliss and Other Mirth
This book looks at the affects of universal education and the universe it has brought, from a pop culture point of view. I love the opening chapter where Brooks does an analysis of New York Times wedding pages over the decades. His description of the Bourgeois over time is funny with just a touch of affection. His writing picks up the essence of Bohemians so the reader gets the sense of their personal meanness. One wishes this part of the book could go on, but it is just a pier to launch his main idea - the creation of Bobos, the Bourgeois Bohemian. This is the person who defies labels of conservative or liberal, instead life-smithing a unique, undefinable reconciliation of the two lifestyles. Intended to celebrate the individual, Bobodom is sometimes irritatingly conforming. We have the democratization of higher education (colleges and universities at the undergrad and grad level, as well as professional schools, i.e. doctors and lawyers) to thank for this.

Brooks has to convince us Bobos exist and he accomplishes the task. From there he goes on to describe Bobo behavior and codes of conduct in various realms of life - consumption (noteworthy to mention this is the first evaluative chapter of the book), work, play, sex and the spirit. He hilariously finds the herd mentality in all this individuality. I thought his analysis of Bobo consumption was alittle too bitter and condemning. He also dwells on it too much. I expected more from the chapter on work, but he hits that nail by identifying the transformation of a job from a means to survive to a means of self expression. Brooks has a wholly white, male point of view, however. Some of his application misses the mark entirely because of his perspective. Americans of color do NOT fit the context Brooks creates for Bobo behavior. Believe me, they are definitely still Bobos. Finally, I thought the book was on track when I least expected it - in the chapter on spirituality. The biggest missing chapter in the book was on family. There are some thoughts tucked into various parts of other chapters. But, Bobos are raising kids and it occupies a sizable chuck of their lives. That is why we have SUV's, baby joggers and parent fights at Little League sporting events. What are these Gen-Y's like? because Bobo attitudes towards parenting and family life are not the same as the World War II Generation. I guess that's the topic of the next book.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Perils of Upbeat Criticism
Brooks appears on Matthews show, and seems intelligent. That's why I bought the book. Generally, this book hits all the high points of American intellectualism. He tosses out the right names. The book is sort of satiric, and sort of serious.

Since it was written in the Bubble period, one can be charitable. Maybe this was the most criticism one could offer up. Now things are more serious. The discussion of how elite universities, how they held their power, could be channeled to ask why academics were so wrong in Iraq? Why are America's ideas, like neo-conservatism, so, um, lame? Is that the word?

Brooks gets into a very long discussion of moral absolutes. It's kind of a "Well, if you aren't on the plan, why aren't you going to Hell?" approach. It's a little breathtaking. One can argue that religions differ on the standards, the absolute standards, so if we are here to reconcile religious differences, life is going to be very bloody. He doesn't seem to accept this point, which is fine. Unfortunately, it devalues his idea of moral relativism and the Bobos, though he doesn't use that term, as I recall.

I guess it turns out that being shallow, a bit insipid, and totally materialist has a downside. A lot of the poor world tends to hate you, and wants to destroy you. Oh, dear. What a drag. So many snags.

So, his point about academia and top schools is interesting, as history, but what are these schools really churning out? Why do we have such a large income disparity? Why are we working so hard to build an elite? It's like Brooks is saying the elite is good enough, why sweat it, but I'm not really in it for vague and undefined reasons.

You have to be bright to pull it off. One could ask why anyone would want to pull it off? To have a bestseller?

4-0 out of 5 stars An intriguing study of the "new meritocracy"
While it may not be as catchy as "preppie" or "yuppie," in "bobo" David Brooks has coined a new term for a newly visible and significant segment of society. A Bobo, he claims, is a hybrid of the bourgeois and the bohemian--a "new meritocracy" or "educated elite." Bobos are the new movers and shakers of American business--in banking, law, the media, anything connected to the high-tech industry, even Hollywood. And like the preppies and the yuppies before them, they're making their mark on the rest of us: Starbucks, for example, was specifically envisioned as a Bobo hangout.

Brooks claims that Bobos despise yuppies, but a close study of his book will show that the two groups have several significant things in common. Both are educated professionals (though many Bobos, especially those in computer-connected fields, are college dropouts or never-wents, Bill Gates being the most obvious example) pulling in high salaries (from a minimum $100,000 annual gross to several million); couples are always dual-income. Both are comfortable with high tech in all its latest manifestations. Both take conscientious care of their bodies--no smoking, no drugs, only moderate alcohol consumption, health-club memberships, toning sports like running, skiing, and racquet games. Both are attracted to highbrow culture (Bobos are mad for museums and listen to NPR). Both enjoy vacationing in remote, out-of-the-way spots that don't expose them to the thundering herds of "fat tourists" pouring on and off busses. Both are entranced by "professional-grade" kitchen appliances and want to own a restaurant's worth of lesser tools and equipment. Both are happy to spend prodigious amounts of money on "things that used to be cheap"--everything from T-shirts to bottled water to coffee to food staples. Both think it important to expose their young to lots of broadening experiences, including, of course, private schools. Both are (or claim to be) in love with and consumed by their work. Some Bobos--those who are veterans of SDS or Woodstock--may even have done a turn as yuppies in the '80's before they discovered their true identity. But there are also important differences. The yuppie is a city dweller; Bobos prefer the suburbs (albeit high-end ones)--or small towns like Burlington, Vt., to which many of them eventually move to start up their own little dream businesses, often connected with food. Yuppies are conventional Organization Men and Women; Bobos value creativity, flat hierarchies, and a boss who gets right down in the trenches with his employees instead of issuing edicts from an ivory corner office. Yuppies love sleek, smooth, hard-edged decorating schemes; Bobos choose the country/rustic/ethnic look. Yuppie couples often consciously decide not to procreate, and when they do they confine themselves to one child; Bobos often have two or three (albeit well spaced apart). Yuppies boast about how exhausted they are by their work; Bobos seek balance.

The chief fault of this book is that Brooks can't seem to decide whether he comes to mock the Bobos or to praise them. In several of his chapters he adopts a wry voice, as when he discusses the seven rules for spending money, the most favored vacation destinations, or the REI store in Seattle where Microsoft staff loves to shop for explorer-type gear. But as he reaches the "intellectual life" section of the book he waxes sadly sympathetic toward the financial plight of the dual-income couple earning $180,000 a year and trying to send three kids to private school (the oldest is in Stanford). And in explicating the religious and political views of his subjects, he is completely serious; many readers, Bobos or not, will recognize themselves in his descriptions. He closes with a ringing call for the Bobos to assume a position of leadership and guide America "into its next golden age." All in all, it's an interesting book about a group many of us may not have really noticed up till now, but one which has a great influence on our lives.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Flavor of the Times Without Exactitude
David Brooks is a fine writer. I have always enjoyed his articles in the Weekly Standard, the Atlantic Monthly, and currently his column in the New York Times. He is a whimsical observer of American life. His writing has an inductive quality about it. He writes about slate shower stalls, cappuccino bars, eco-tourism, and the like. Pretty soon he has painted a landscape of American cultural trends. In the introduction of "Bobos in Paradise," Brooks describes his method: "The idea is to get at the essence of cultural patterns, getting the flavor of the times without trying to pin it down with meticulous exactitude" (pg 12). In the book with which Brooks will always be associated, he allows us to taste the surprisingly pleasant combination of bourgeois and bohemian cultures.

Being a pastor, I was especially interested in reading Brooks' observations on the spiritual life of the bourgeois bohemians. Bobos, according to Brooks, crave "freedom and flexibility on the one hand and the longing for rigor and orthodoxy on the other" (pg 224). Spirituality, like other areas of Bobo life, seems to display itself in utter contradiction. Frankly, the observation rings true. I see the same conflict in the lives of my parishioners. However, the observation rings too true. I wonder if these conflicts are inherent in human nature rather than particularly Bobo nature. Perhaps, Brooks would see the rich young ruler who desired eternal life, yet could not give up his wealth as the first Bobo (Luke 18). Nonetheless, this observation does not distract from the book since Brooks' intention is to make an impression not a necessarily win an argument.

The book has one major drawback. Brooks is a master as an author of articles. The book, however, has the feel of several articles strung together. After reading his acknowledgments, I realize that is exactly how the book developed. As a result, the flow is different from chapter to chapter. The reader sometimes has difficulty making the change. If you can suffer the disjointed feel, then you will enjoy a clever perspective of early twenty-first century life. ... Read more


66. Professional Model Portfolios: A Step-by-Step Guide for Photographers
by Billy Pegram
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Asin: 1584281375
Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
Publisher: Amherst Media
Sales Rank: 76625
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This photographer's guide to creating successful model portfolios encourages a dynamic, diversified artistic approach and shares essential knowledge about the modeling industry, portfolio basics, and agency requirements. Photographers learn how to work with models for the best possible results, create and refine a standout portfolio, and sell that product to agents in the United States, England, and Asia. Three actual portfolios are included to help photographers conceptualize, sculpt, and refine their own portfolios to maximize their client's reach in the industry. Photographers learn why particular images were chosen for opening and closing shots, how to arrange the interior images, and what constitutes an appealing design. Featuring information on working with women, men, and children, this book will help new and experienced models and photographers alike in getting the results they desire. ... Read more


67. Les Girls: Photographies Daniel Frasnay
by Daniel Frasnay
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68. Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got It Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America First
by Mona Charen
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This book is a perfect example of how today's liberals have completley rewritten history to cover up their own role on the wrong side of the Cold War. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Communism: a brutal, dictatorial death machine indeed!
The Leftists and their 1-star "reviews" fail to provide any rebuttal and only spew hateful, ad hominem attacks (just like their 1-star "reviews" of Ann Coulter's excellent book, "Treason"). This book rubs the truth (and the truth hurts) right in their faces: That their side was soft on one of the most evil and bloodsoaked ideologies of the 20th century: Marxist-Leninist Communism - an ideology that has killed an estimated 100 million people, which is more than killed in both world wars combined!

Again and again Charen shows us the liberals (ya know, the so-called "champions" of "human rights") in the media, Hollywood, academia and even our own government who whitewashed heinous Communist atrocities and demonized America as some kind of international bully: I.F. Stone, Robert Scheer, Katie Couric, Andrew Young, Tom Downey, Pete Seeger, Ed Asner, Mike Farrell, Noam Chomsky, Peter Jennings and of course Walter Duranty, who denied Stalin's forced famine in the Ukraine (and pretty much every other atrocity committed in the "Worker's Paradise") and won a Pulitzer for his dishonest and disgraceful reporting, which the now discredited (thanks to Jayson Blair) liberal rag The New York Times refuses to give back. These people should be as reviled as those who would whitewash the crimes of Hitler's National Socialists!

Why is this important? Because as the saying goes: Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it. Mona Charen's book forces us to look at not only the horrendous atrocities, mass murders and genocides committed in the name of Marx's utopian pipedream, which have pretty much been swept under the rug by the elite media and Hollywood, but also those in the West who bent over backwards to make excuses for them.

In addition to this book I would recommend the following:

Treason by Ann Coulter (of course!)
Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million by Martin Amis
The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression, by Stephane Courtois, et al.
A Century of Violence in Soviet Russia by Alexander N. Yakovlev
Death by Government by R.J. Rummel

5-0 out of 5 stars THE FIRST BIG BUZZWORD OF THE NEW MILLENIUM
Such the appropriate title, and such a cool new buzzword -- even used it myself here in the office a time or two -- it doesn't just apply to politics ya know ! Most importantly Ms. Charen rights the wrongs of decades of abuse by the extreme leaning leftists. And yah, socialism imposed -- even if surreptitiously -- is still communism. Near and dear to my heart is the good ole much aligned and abused police action in Vietnam. Being a former Marine, as a young man I found a country that loathed the military, and everything we stood for, and that was tragic indeed. It was made even more so by the cowardice of political leaders, the brash lies and falsehoods perpetuated by the media, and a sympathetic group of just plain USEFUL IDIOTS who went along with their lying hype.

My nomination for favorite book of the year is Keshner's COCKPIT CONFESSIONS OF AN AIRLINE PILOT. Do yourself a favor and but this book, now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This book makes a very good point that many liberals, when confronted with foreign policy, try to act like Jeanette Rankin incarnate--that is, opposition to military force at all costs. And I mean at ALL costs. It's like watching someone try to portray a hippie in a bad 60's cop show--and doing a pretty good job of it.

The left is so quick to adopt anything contrary because,a ccording to them, nothing is wrong anymore, nothing immoral. But I would argue that failing your country in a time of war, providing support to confirmed enemies of the U.S., and turning a blind eye to the ATROCITIES of communist governments is wrong in ANY age!

Peace and reason did not win the Cold War. Measured military build-up and tenacious foreign policy won the Cold War, no matter how much some people would like us to forget it. This book excels at reminding us of that fact.

Oh, and isn't it fun watching Jane Fonda get old?

5-0 out of 5 stars This History is So Imporant For Today's War on Terror!!!
Santayana once wrote "Those who do not learn from history, are doomed to repeat it". This has been a truth throughout history. With Mona Charen's book, she takes a close look at the past 50 years, examining the rise of communism and America's eventual victory. Her theme is to focus not only on the events of the Cold War, but on the positions and statements of America's liberals during this collosal struggle.

The title, attributed to Lenin when he referred to those Westerners who chose to believe his lies, is an excellent summary of the left during the Cold War. The fact is that, since the Cold War has been won, liberals want to jump on the band wagon retroactively and say they supported US policies, and played a role in defeating Communism. This book shows how this revisionist history is simply not true.

I've read a lot of political books, and Mona Charen's is one of the best. Her writing is engaging, and the history she tells is so interesting you find yourself wishing the book was longer. To make sure that no one can claim she is making the events in her book up, she documents and indexes everything very clearly, and is quite successful at portraying a divided country that still somehow managed to defeat one of the most evil superpowers in this world's history.

And the parallel's to our current struggles against terror are startling. Consider the following:

1. The liberals in the press, as well as in the halls of our government, spend their days wailing about the "dangerous and reckless policies" of conservatives who oppose Communism
2. The people hold protests to "give peace a chance" and blame conservatives for every evil in the world. If something bad has happened, it's America's fault. The war on Vietnam? The bad guys are really the good guys (Jane Fonda in Hanoi made me think so much of Sean Penn in Baghdad), and defeating America in Vietnam was a very good thing in the eyes of the liberal elite.
3. The Vietnam war was the fault of conservatives. Nevermind that it was JFK and LBJ who got us into the war and then expanded the war, and final Richard Nixon who got us out of the war...Nixon was the war criminal and JFK and LBJ were heroes. Talk about your revisionist history...
4. Celebrities spent their time on talk shows and in the press decrying our efforts against Communism. Jane Fonda even went so far as to fly in helicopter gunships for the North Vietnamese Army, imagining themselves gunning down American soldiers (Michael Moore's insane diatribes against America come to mind as a parallel).
5. According to the left, Ronald Reagan was an incompetent boob who was about to send us into some nuclear Armageddon from which there would be no salvation.

Does this sound familiar? It should, because it's being played out again with the war on terror...

Of course, after Reagan's policies brought down the Berlin Wall, the liberals were suddenly out there proclaiming how they'd supported the President all along, and it was really them who helped make the decisions that won the Cold War. What opportunists. And they'll be doing the same thing with George Bush as soon as this war is won. Wait and see.

LIberals simply refuse to learn from history (though this book could teach them if they'd only take the time to learn from it). They blame America, support the enemy, whine about how we're in more danger today than before we declared war (though, actually, war was declared against us on 9/11), and do everything possible to undermine the will of those who would seek to protect us.

Everyone who says the war on terror is a bad thing should read this book. And everyone who wants to understand what is needed to be strong as a country should also read this book. The fact is that liberals have been on the wrong side of history for the past 50 years. If they had their way, we'd be ruled by the United Nations, we would not be a military superpower, and we'd be at the mercy of evil governments everywhere. We'd also be a third rate power with no direction or morals. In short, we would no longer be America.

The liberals in this country want you to believe that they were right there shoulder-to-shoulder with conservatives in the war against Communism. They weren't. They were doing everything they could to derail it all along the way. This book shows just how far they were willing to go to blame America and try to undermine its strength.

Liberals are at it once again with the war on terror. And, like the war on Communism, they'll be jumping on the bandwagon to proclaim their contributions as soon as we achieve victory. It's always been that way with the liberals. Blame America, seek to undermine her strength, and then claim that you were instrumental in her victory. This isn't the first time that liberals have used these tactics, as this book proves. They used them in the war on Communism and they'll use them again in the future.

And they'll be wrong every time. Like Lenin said, they truly are "Useful Idiots".

3-0 out of 5 stars An Opinionated Account of Government Corruption.
Some of my favorite people (I especially like Dan Rather and Al Gore) are criticized in this book as being "liberals." I enjoyed Phil Donahue on t.v. as an intelligent host and learned a multitude of various informative subject matter from the Bill Moyers' specials on public television.

Heading the list compiled by a former speech writer for Nancy Reagan (does that make her a specialist of some sort?) is Jane Fonda. She also worked on the campaign of Jack Kemp for president -- who's Jack Kemp?!

Certainly he is no Al Gore. Just because she is a t.v. commentator on CNN (MY, that used to be Ted Turner's property, and he was once married to Jane Fonda!) doesn't give her any valid reason to call anyone "idiots."

I am not a liberal or left wing politically, but I believe the Rosenbergs were railroaded and lost their lives as a coverup for corruption of others. Ethel was guilty only of being a dedicated wife. Whittaker Chambers, it has been proven beyond a doubt, lied to save his own skin. He kept his distance from McCarthy because of his guilt and Communist inclinations.

Alger Hiss, a high-ranking state department official, was much maligned and made a scapegoat, destroying his reputation. All for what, I ask. She lays blame where history has declared none existed. Restoring old, hurtful rumors only brings us all down.

If Al Gore is a liberal, then I must be one as I believe in him. When Lott was called a racist, I told others I am more racist than he could ever be. How much intelligence does it take to be a secretary to a First Lady, I wonder.

And to blaspheme Ed Asner is going too far. Maybe that Capital Gang has influenced her to be snobbish toward Democrats or people superior in education and knowledge. Even with her index of sources, this is not factual, nor is it history in the making. ... Read more


69. Sante D'Orazio: Photographs
by Sante D'Orazio, John Yau
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Sante D'Orazio is one of the most important image-makers working in the area of fashion and editorial photography today. Manifested in the sexy and vibrant campaigns he has produced for clients such as Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria's Secret, Revlon, and L'Oreal, D'Orazio's signature style-a unique blend of art and commerce-has become a mainstay of the fashion industry. Since the 1980s, the photographer has also worked editorially for numerous magazines including American Vogue, Esquire, Town & Country, Detour, Max, Interview and Vanity Fair. In this follow-up to his enormously successful first book, A Private View (1998), D'Orazio again presents his most thrilling images of supermodels like Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, and Helena Christenson, while sharing his best portraits of such entertainment personalities as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Cameron Diaz, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, and Antonio Banderas. Produced in a large format design, and exquisitely printed on fine Italian paper, Sante D'Orazio, Photographs is certain to delight anyone interested in the art of fashion and portrait photography. Containing loads of previously unpublished material as well as D'Orazio's classic editorial work, Sante D'Orazio: Photographs is a sexy tribute to one of today's most impressive photographers. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars private view redux
I hate to post something unenthusiastic about such an exciting photographer, but "Photographs" was somewhat dissapointing for me -- I'd read/viewed with great interested his previous book, "a private view" -- which was fantastic. "Photographs" brings back a lot of those same images in a larger format, on worse paper, without the exciting layout and at twice the price. (Had "private view" not been published or were it out of print, I would have rated this book higher.) I think D'Orazio is one of the most exciting fashion photographers working today and I was ultimately saddened that there's not a whole new books worth of photographs here. If you have the option, buy "a private view" instead.

3-0 out of 5 stars Relaxed Female Nudes
If photography books were rated by how relaxed, natural, and open the models are, this book would be a five star book. Many of these images have not been published or shown before.

Before going further, be aware that this book contains many tasteful female nudes and one male nude. If this book were a motion picture, it would probably have an "R" rating.

The book has two serious flaws. First, many of the two-page spreads are devastated by the center crease of the binding. The images should be been skipped or reproduced differently. Second, many of the images are vapid. Whenever Mr. D'Orazio moves away from doing a female nude in motion or with a prop, there's often not much there.

The best of the book is outstanding, and if you overlook the spoiled and uninspiring images, you will be very pleased. Mr. D'Orazio at his best has good talent in composition and use of shadows that make his work much more interesting. When he models work with a prop, whether a cigarette or something more substantial like an easel or a skull, magical things usually happen. The book uses a very fine quality matte paper that reproduces the subtle shadings well.

His unadorned and propless female nudes are a tour de force in one sense. He shows you something you haven't seen before in these people (most of whom are celebrities). Few photographers can accomplish so much with so little, but the viewer (unless totally addicted to the celebrity) wants a bit more.

I found Mr. D'Orazio's portraits of men and humanless scenes much less rewarding. Julian Schnabel and Mike Tyson were the exceptions. He captured something there that was quite remarkable.

As Mr. Yau says in his brief essay, "His subjects seem to have stopped for a moment, relaxed and let down their guard." "Some have even transformed themselves into someone unexpected . . . ." For example, you will see a different side of Julia Roberts. "The men . . . project their image of masculinity . . . ." "All of this D'Orazio captures with a painter's eye . . . ." I disagree with that last comment. The images seem to me to be much more sculptural than painterly, and that is to the good.

Here are my favorites:

Kristen McMenamy, 1986, Shelter Island, New York

Eva Herzigova, 1996, Long Island, New York

Sofia Loren, 1999, Milano, Italy

Julia Roberts, 1996, Culver City, California

Frederique, 1996, St. Barth's

Suzanne Lanza, 1986, Peconic Lodge, Shelter Island, New York

Eva Amurri, 1999, New York City (this is quite remarkable and appears on the back of the book's dust jacket)

Mike Tyson (the second one), 1996, Las Vegas, Nevada

Sylvester Stallone, 1996, New York City

Claudia Schiffer, 2000, London

Eva Amurri and Susan Sarandon, 1999, New York City

Polly Mellen and Leilani, 1992, New York City

Kate Moss, 1995, Glen Cove, New York

Julian Schnabel, 1990, (paint splattered with canvas and easel), Montauk, New York

Courtney Love, 1999, Los Angeles, California

Stella Schnabel with Skull, 1999, New York City

Drew Barrymore, 1993, Hollywood, California

After you enjoy this book, I suggest that you think about what the book teaches about relaxation. When do you drop your "social mask" to be relaxed and experience yourself more fully? Those who are most relaxed here, look most alive. How can you achieve this more often and benefit from it?

Take off your cares and worries!

5-0 out of 5 stars A stellar work!
Finally, a book of celebrity photographs which transcends the formula of merely exposing famous skin! Here is a book of rare and intimate sensuality which brings to the viewer's eye a private and lush sensuality which seems coaxed out of the sitters and never forced. D'Orazio is a genius and this book is one of the most amazing gifts I have received in years. I am buying it for several friends as it is a surefire, sophisticated winner. MORE!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Class & Quality for Grown Ups
A classy arrangement of fashion and famous, in the flesh. Top quality paper and dense inks ensure faithful and luscious reproductions without MTV-in-your-face-image-overcrowding. I bought this book as a gift for my husband; I probably should have bought 2 -- one for pin-ups and one for the coffee table!

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressive.
Sensual intriguing images showcase D'Orazio's artful style. An elegant and lush volume of work that will add spice to my personal collection. D'Orazio has a style all his own that is truly inspirational. I love this book. ... Read more


70. Foul Play! : The Art and Artists of the Notorious 1950s E.C. Comics!
by Grant Geissman
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71. The Ultimate Pop Sheet Music Collection 2000: Easy Piano
by Dan Coates, Warner Bros. Publications
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Dan Coates adds his expert touch to these easy piano arrangements of Warner

Bros. Publications' most requested, top-selling standards and pop songs. Titles include: All My Life; Bye, Bye, Bye; Evergreen; I Swear, I Want It That Way, I Will Always Love You, Oops!..I Did It Again; The Rose; There You'll Be; Un-Break My Heart; and many others ... Read more


72. The Way We Live : An Ultimate Treasury for Global Design Inspiration
by STAFFORD CLIFF
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Catlog: Book (2003-11-04)
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Spectacular in scope yet intimate in detail, The Way We Live transcends the archetypal style book to reveal global connections and patterns in home decoration. This unique body of detailed design inspiration encompasses the full range of options, from climate, location, and size to surfaces, arrangements, and colors. Whether you’re decorating a beach house in Chile or a loft space in Paris, you’re sure to be inspired by hundreds of images from around the world—a Moroccan house that coolly mixes the modern and traditional in elegant interiors; a dramatic arrangement of shells decorating a tabletop in Mauritius; flowers strewn across bare floorboards for a Christmas feast in Sweden. The enormous range of places here highlight connections and parallels of very different habitats in a way both striking and reassuring. The same attention to detail can clearly inform the layout of a dining room in a modest Mexican home as it does an exclusive club in Buenos Aires. This encyclopedic tome, a sublime visual record of how we construct and adorn our living spaces, celebrates our communal experience of the home.

From coastal hamlet to urban center, design expert Stafford Cliff compares architectural styles and decorating details from every corner of the world, whether it is a modest adobe dwelling whose contours complement those of the earth or a skyscraper of glass and steel that contrasts the natural terrain. The ingenuity of each culture shines through in the instinctive use of colors and materials, and in the way the spaces are inhabited.

The world tour of interior design elements and accents is lavishly presented in more than 1,000 glorious color photographs by famed lifestyle photographer Gilles de Chabaneix. Humble yet interesting structures, objects, and settings are all viewed with the same eye as the grandest homes, the rarest antiques, or the most exclusive addresses. From an unadorned Vietnamese sitting room to a bustling Neapolitan street market; a modern London flat to a baroque drawing room in Versailles; an Indian palace to a Chilean café, here is a world where old and new, organic and synthetic, happily coexist. And within these interiors, a myriad of choices and inspirations are seen in the contrasts between stark simplicity and sumptuous embellishment, minimal modernism and rococo splendor, the self-consciously urbane and the authentically rustic, the uniform and the eclectic. Fabrics, textures, and ornamental details reflect the complexity of different spaces and lifestyles, spurring countless ideas for personal self-expression. It seems that the way we live is not always defined by where we live.

Commentary on communal open space, which connects us to one another, and a meticulous guide to sources and materials round out this ultimate treasury. Both beautiful and practical, The Way We Live is much more than a decorating guide—it is a design for living.
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5-0 out of 5 stars simply the best
I have bought countless books on design, style and interiors.

If vision sees more than just design, if space creates more than just line, if living feels more than just fine;then this is your book and inspiration for creating dreams. ... Read more


73. Killing Yourself to Live : 85% of a True Story
by Chuck Klosterman
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For 6,557 miles, Chuck Klosterman thought about dying. He drove a rental car from New York to Rhode Island to Georgia to Mississippi to Iowa to Minneapolis to Fargo to Seattle, and he chased death and rock 'n' roll all the way. Within the span of twenty-one days, Chuck had three relationships end -- one by choice, one by chance, and one by exhaustion. He snorted cocaine in a graveyard. He walked a half-mile through a bean field. A man in Dickinson, North Dakota, explained to him why we have fewer windmills than we used to. He listened to the KISS solo albums and the Rod Stewart box set. At one point, poisonous snakes became involved. The road is hard. From the Chelsea Hotel to the swampland where Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane went down to the site where Kurt Cobain blew his head off, Chuck explored every brand of rock star demise. He wanted to know why the greatest career move any musician can make is to stop breathing...and what this means for the rest of us.

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74. The New York Pop-Up Book
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Catlog: Book (1999-12-03)
Publisher: Universe Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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This extraordinary book offers a complete New York experience, from Broadway to Central Park, from skyscrapers to below the streets. Created by New York City 100, the nonprofit group founded during New York City's centennial year to celebrate the city's rich heritage, this commemorative book brings together miniature facsimiles, historic resources, artistic inspiration, and literary insight to depict the world's greatest metropolis.

The book bursts with an array of surprises. Paper engineers have fashioned the city's great monuments into 19 pop-up masterpieces, including:
* the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur
* Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum
* a removable Statue of Liberty
* the Brooklyn Bridge-- cables and all
* the newly restored Grand Central Terminal and the subways and underground world beneath it
* Christmas at Rockefeller Center
* New Year's eve in Times Square
* the world's tallest pop-up of the world's most famous skyscraper, the Empire State Building.

Renowned New York artists have worked with the paper engineers to create unique pop-ups of their original artwork:
* Al Hirschfeld offers his rendition of Guys & Dolls
* Red Grooms presents a spontaneous encounter on a park bench in Greenwich Village
* Alex Katz lets us into his SoHo loft
* Jules Feiffer presents us an inimitable view of Central Park.

The New York Pop-Up Book also includes a postcard collection of curators' choices from their own museums and miniature front pages of The New York Times and the Daily News drawn from the city's top news stories through the century.

This book is a tribute to New York City, with contributions by some of its most illustrious citizens, in order of appearance: E. L. Doctorow, Tom Wolfe, Wendy Wasserstein, Ric Burns, Herbert Muschamp, Nora Ephron, Carol Willis, David Levering Lewis, Red Grooms, Calvin Trillin, Alex Katz, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Sam Roberts, Vartan Gregorian, Frank Rich, Al Hirschfeld, Alan Alda, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., Rob Gibson, Wynton Marsalis, Peter Martins, Grace Glueck, Ken Burns, Philippe de Montebello, Bill Cunningham, Jules Feiffer, Oscar Hijuelos, Edward Sorel
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5-0 out of 5 stars The New York Pop-Up Book
I purchased this Pop Up Book for a 14 year old friend who enjoys Pop Up Books. At the last minute, I decided to purchase one for myself. Both of us are going to New York in the future and thought it might be a good guide. This book is absolutely wonderful. I have enjoyed each page. The detail is tremendous. The writing is entertaining and informative. The Pop Ups give you a feeling of "being there".

5-0 out of 5 stars a book of surprises
As one who dreams to some day live in New York, this pop-up book was great fun and most certainly made the dream that much more real. The facts was most interesting, the write-up in the form of "reflections" by New Yorkers themselves, also provided an insight into what life in the Big Apple is like. I recommend it to any New York freak like me!

3-0 out of 5 stars Not complete
The Top of the Empire State Building are not in the book. The edges of the the book are really in a bad condition.I think, it's a seller problem!

2-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
I have to use my fingers to make them pop-up. Not interesting pop-ups at all-- just plain and simple.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Pop-Ups don't
The first thing that happened when I opened this book is that the Statue of Liberty fell out into my lap. Then I discovered that the Empire State Building doesn't actually pop up; you have to pry it up, and hope that you're not wrecking something in the process. This is true of most of the "pop-ups" in the book. Also, lift-up tabs get in the way of some of the pop-ups (or vice-versa). I'd say it's a lot of clever ideas badly executed. Probably the makers were trying to do too much. But in spite of all this, I still like it, and if you collect pop-up books, you probably will too. Just be ready to re-construct and re-glue a lot of the stuff. ... Read more


75. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (Billboard Book of Top Forty Hits)
by Joel Whitburn
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Catlog: Book (2004-07-28)
Publisher: Billboard Books
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This Updated and Expanded 8th Edition of The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits offers complete and authoritative chart information on the most popular songs and artists to reach the top 40 positions on Billboard's Hot 100 chart from 1955 - present.

Written by Joel Whitburn, whose company Record Research is the most authoritative source of information on the Billboard charts, this thoroughly revised perennial bestseller is an indispensable resource for pop music fans, record collectors, and trivia enthusiasts, as well as for radio, cable, and music industry professionals.

As in previous editions, each entry begins with brief biographical information, followed by the date the single reached the Top 40, the single's highest position on the chart, the number of weeks it remained there, and the single's original record label and catalog number. Following the alphabetical listing by artist of all singles to make the Top 40 is an additional alphabetical listing by song title for easy reference as well as an extensive "Record Holders" section detailing "Top 100 Singles 1955-2003," "Top 1,000 Artists 1955-2003," "Top Artists by Decade," "Top Artist Achievements," "Top Singles by Decade," and "#1 Singles Listed Chronologically 1955-2003."

Also included are 300 artist photos with expansive captions providing biographical information and a wealth of fascinating facts and entertaining trivia. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Brand new 8th edition....... another gem from Joel Whitburn
Hot off the presses!!! If you are a record collector or music buff and have never owned any of Joel Whitburn's terrific books you should latch onto this one right away. The price is right and you will be introduced to a great resource. This latest version of "The Billboard Book of Top 40 Singles 1955-2003" contains every single tune to make the Billboard Top 40 pop charts for the past 48 years!!! Some people will use the book as nothing more than a checklist for their collections. But most collectors especially enjoy the biographical information provided on each and every artist. There is simply a wealth of information packed into every Joel Whitburn book.
Now I have owned several of Joel Whitburn's popular Record Research editions for many years. For those who have never seen Joel Whitburns books before "The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits 1955-2003" will serve as a kind of introduction to the entire format. If you enjoy this book you just might be tempted to order one or more of the others. The Record Research books are generally hard cover and contain even more comprehensive chart data for your information and enjoyment. These books are not cheap but are considered to be indispensible for both disc jockeys and serious collectors alike. In the long run I have found any book from Joel Whitburn to be well worth the investment. Give this one a try and see if you don't agree.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide to help you in your music buying.
This work is comprehensive and includes anecdotal notes about the artists. The book lists all the Billboard Top 40 hits, in alphabetical order by artists. The listing includes the dates on which the hits first charted. There is a section in the back of the book which lists the hits by song title, which comes in handy if you cannot recall the artist who performed the song.

I find this book to be indispensable when deciding whether or not to purchase a CD, and the price the CD should command (I find it hard to shell out $14.99 for a CD with only one hit song). The book will also help you decide whether a "Greatest Hits" package includes all the artist's top 40 hits (which is not always the case, and not due to lack of space on the CD).

The only drawback I have about this book is that it's not sufficiently current; but this is a limitation imposed by the publishing process rather than a fault of the book itself.

The author, Joel Whitburn, has other titles which I also found to be indispensable. Just check them out, you can thank me later. :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensable
This is an absolute MUST HAVE for anyone who's downloading music. With all the mislabeled files out there, this book is the definitive source.

5-0 out of 5 stars another Whitburn must-have
this book lists EVERY SINGLE ARTIST to ever have a single rank in the Pop Top-40 from 1955-2000. all artists Top-40 singles are listed, their Top-10 hits are in BOLD print. also, below each song are peaks on other charts such as Airplay #3; Sales #8...or if a single reached #1 on another chart, it's also noted: example, "It's a Miracle" by Barry Manilow hit #12 pop and under the title it shows that it hit #1 on the Adult-Contemporary chart for 1 week. Like his country chart books, the pop one also contains record holders and single achievements in the back pages. Because pop music is FULL of one-hit wonders {just look at the '60s and all those R&B groups who were coming and going}, the book is larger than the country one, where artists are given a bit more loyalty/longevity. it's a wonderful look at pop music from 1955-2000 and Whitburn also includes singles that hit the Top-40 on the Sales and Airplay charts for artists but didn't make the Hot 100's Top-40. Example: a single by Amy Grant might not have made the Top-40 of the Hot 100 but it MAY have made the Top-40 of the Sales chart. if so, THAT single is listed as a Top-40 hit with an "S" beside the chart peak to let a reader know the Top-40 peak was from the Sales chart. if you want to go further than the start of the "rock era", Whitburn also has a chart book on Pop Standards {singles prior to 1955} that's also a must-have. i don't have that one...but given his track record, it should be done in loving authority.

5-0 out of 5 stars A #1 hit for true music fans!
First impressions aren't always correct, but sometimes they are! As soon as I received The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits in the mail and opened it for the first time, I could already tell that it was going to be a 5-star book, easily.

It's a book that supposedly lists every single Top 40 Hit from 1955 to 2000 in this, the 7th edition. It does more than give you a list, though! Take for instance, Guns N' Roses. It tells you a background about the group (the group members, where they formed, who married who, new members who joined, etc.), and then it lists each one of their songs in chronological order that reached the Top 40. The songs that reached the Top 10 are all in bold, and it goes even further than just a simple list of the songs yet again! For each and every song in the book, it tells the month, day, and year that the song reached its highest position, its peak position on the chart, how many weeks it stayed in the Top 40, and even the label (i.e. Atlantic or MCA). Finally, for thousands of the hits, it tells you how high it reached in sales and airplay (Sales #4 / Airplay #9, for instance), and if it was popular enough, there will be a shaded-in dot beside a song to recognize it as a gold single, or a triangle for a platinum single.

It just never gets old finding out things like, on June 6, 1992, Tom Cochrane's "Life Is A Highway" (one of my all-time favorites!) was cruising along at #6 on the Billboard charts, and on March 12, 1977, The Eagles's "Hotel California" was flying high at the #1 spot.

There are other little nitpicks that are listed as well, but those were the major ones. The majority of the book goes by alphabetical order of the artists, but in the back there's also an alphabetical list of the SONGS that reached the Top 40, with the artist, its peak position, and year it was a hit beside each song. FINALLY (this is the last finally, I promise you), there's one more excellent section of The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits that's entitled "The Record Holders." This is the section that serves as the nail in the coffin for the question, "Should I purchase this book?" You get a list of the Top 100 Singles, Top 100 Artists, Top Singles By Decade, which artists have had the most Top 10 singles, #1 hits by year, and much more!

Whew! There's no doubt whatsoever that The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits is one of the best books I've ever laid my hands on, period. Now, especially since my favorite kind of music is mid-70s - early 90s Rock, I can always look in this book and see how my favorite songs did on the charts, when they were there, which song was at #1 during certain periods of my life, and the list could go on for miles. This book can even be used for identifying songs you hear on the radio and it might could even introduce you to new artists (I found out that Surface has a couple of great songs!). In a fun and interesting way, you'll also find yourself scowling at certain songs because of the position they reached. How did Baltimora's "Tarzan Boy" not even crack the Top 10?!?!! Why was Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" such a huge hit? I don't like it!

But nothing in life is perfect, and this book is no exception. You'll notice a few sparse hits missing, such as Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn," Wet Wet Wet's "Love Is All Around," and The James Gang's "Walk Away," but that's all I could find wrong with this spectacular reference book. If you're a big enough fan of any song or any artist to want to know how well they did on the charts either at a specific time or over their career, THIS is the book you can't live without! ... Read more


76. Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture
by Aaron Rose, Christian Strike, Alexandra Baker, Thomas Collins, Jeffrey Deitch, Carlo McCormick, Arty Nelson, James E. Walmesley, Jocko Weyland
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The greatest cultural accomplishments in history have never been the result of the brainstorms of marketing men, corporate focus groups, or any homogenized methods; they have always happened organically. More often than not, these manifestations have been the result of a few like-minded people coming together to create something new and original for no other purpose than a common love of doing it. In the 1990s, a loose-knit group of American artists and creators, many just out of their teens, began their careers in just such a way. Influenced by the popular underground youth subcultures of the day, such as skateboarding, graffiti, street fashion, and independent music, artists like Shepard Fairey, Mark Gonzales, Spike Jonze, Margaret Kilgallen, Mike Mills, Barry McGee, Phil Frost, Chris Johanson, Harmony Korine, and Ed Templeton began to create art that reflected the lifestyles they led. Many had no formal training and almost no conception of the inner workings of the art world. They learned their crafts through practice, trial and error, and good old-fashioned innovation. Not since the Beat Generation have we seen a group of creative individuals with such a unified aesthetic sense and varied cultural facets. The world of art has been greatly affected by their accomplishments as have the worlds of fashion, music, literature, film, and, ironically, athletics. Over the years, the group has matured, and many have become more establishment-oriented; but no matter, their independent spirit has remained steadfast.
Beautiful Losers is a retrospective celebration of this spirit, with hundreds of artworks by over two dozen artists, from precursors like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Larry Clark, to more recent adherents Ryan McGinniss, KAWS, and Geoff McFetridge. Work in all conceivable mediums is included, plus reproductions of reams of ephemera. The accompanying essays are contributed by a half-dozen writers who have championed these beautiful losers from the start.

Edited by Aaron Rose andChristian Strike.~Essays by Alex Baker,Thom Collins, Jeffrey Deitch, Rene deGuzman, Carlo McCormick and Jocko Weyland.

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77. The Hollywood Book of Scandals : The Shocking, Often Disgraceful Deeds and Affairs of Over 100 American Movie and TV Idols
by James Robert Parish, James Parish
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Catlog: Book (2004-05-28)
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Popular cult author and show business insider James Parish exposes the scandals that rocked Tinseltown

Nothing intrigues the public more than a good, juicy scandal. Add a famous Hollywood star or two to the mix and the nation is hooked. The Hollywood Book of Scandals provides the full account of 32 big, provocative scandals—complete with all the sexy, scintillating, and often shocking details. Written by veteran show business chronicler James Robert Parish, this book dishes the full dirt on:

  • Bob Crane’s mysterious death
  • Elizabeth Taylor’s seduction of Eddie Fisher
  • Robert Mitchum’s arrest for drug possession
  • Judy Garland’s public meltdown
  • Errol Flynn’s trial for statutory rape
  • Winona Ryder’s shoplifting trial

More than 100 black-and-white celebrity photos offer readers a close-up look at the leading players in these sordid dramas.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Good Time Had By All?
James Robert Parish, Hollywood historian extraordinaire, smartly tackles the biggest and best Hollywood scandals of the last century. From the sexual ignominies of Valentino and Fatty Arbuckle to the outrageous O.J. and Robert Blake murder cases, Parish shines an accurate journalistic light on the follies and foibles of those we call Stars. If you want the real lowdown on Liz and Dick, the SNL cast, Woody Allen, Marilyn, Natalie Wood, Winona Ryder, Heidi Fleiss and many many more, throw away the tabloids and pick up this book - it's the most fun Hollywood read this year!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sensational stories -- without sensationalism
James Robert Parish comes up with another tome about Hollywood. Once again, Parish offers dishy stories within a framework of intelligent prose, careful historical analysis, and a keen eye for human behavior. There's something for everyone in "The Hollywood Book of Scandals." The book covers dozens of cases, from the more obscure (comedienne Thelma Todd's mysterious death in the early 1930s) to the fresh-from-the-presses tales involving Robert Blake and Winona Ryder. Among the other stars found in Parish's latest are Errol Flynn, Ingrid Bergman, Liberace, and Woody Allen. "The Hollywood Book of Scandals" is a must for film lovers. Gossipy? Sure. Informative and engrossing? Definitely. And as plus, there's always Parish's straightforward and insightful style.

4-0 out of 5 stars Movie Lore Scandals
James Robert Parish has written a concise, thorough and well
researched volume on over 100 scandals which have plagued
Hollywood from its infancy to the present. Included are such
personalities as William Desmond Taylor (whose murder is still
unsolved), Wallace Reid, Jean Harlow and Paul Bern, Elizabeth
Taylor, Judy Garland, Errol Flynn and O.J. Simpson. The nice
thing about this well illustrated book is that the author presents the facts and then leaves it up to the reader to decide

innocence or guilt. Very readable and highly recommnended for
for lovers of scandal and movie lore.

5-0 out of 5 stars Parish Does It Again
Jim Parish is one of the most prolific writers about Hollywood on the scene. There's a reason for that: he has a wealth of information. He leaves no stone unturned in his search to bring his readers absolutely the most honest version of Hollywood's most infamous events...events which shaped our culture. In this book, Parish has done it again, bringing new information where you would have thought the well was dry years ago. The guy is incredible.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Real Page-Turner
This well-researched book of Hollywood scandals is a real page-turner. Entertaining, wittily-written, and informative, it provides all of the juicy details of scandals covering the whole history of Hollywood, from the silent days to the present. Touches on many well-known scandals, but the reader will also be surprised by some previously unknown (at least to me) stories of Hollywood misbehavior. The book deals not just with scandal, but also with numerous tragedies (Judy Garland, for example). Some of the stories are funny, others sad -- and I found myself at the end of the book wishing for more. This is a terrific Hollywood book! ... Read more


78. Polio: An American Story
by David M. Oshinsky
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
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All who lived in the early 1950s remember the fear of polio and the elation felt when a successful vaccine was found. Now David Oshinsky tells the gripping story of the polio terror and of the intense effort to find a cure, from the March of Dimes to the discovery of the Salk and Sabin vaccines--and beyond.Here is a remarkable portrait of America in the early 1950s, using the widespread panic over polio to shed light on our national obsessions and fears. Drawing on newly available papers of Jonas Salk, Albert Sabin and other key players, Oshinsky paints a suspenseful portrait of the race for the cure, weaving a dramatic tale centered on the furious rivalry between Salk and Sabin. Indeed, the competition was marked by a deep-seated ill will among the researchers that remained with them until their deaths. The author also tells the story of Isabel Morgan, perhaps the most talented of all polio researchers, who might have beaten Salk to the prize if she had not retired to raise a family. As backdrop to this feverish research, Oshinsky offers an insightful look at the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which was founded in the 1930s by FDR and Basil O'Connor. The National Foundation revolutionized fundraising and the perception of disease in America, using "poster children" and the famous March of Dimes to raise hundreds of millions of dollars from a vast army of contributors (instead of a few well-heeled benefactors), creating the largest research and rehabilitation network in the history of medicine. The polio experience also revolutionized the way in which the government licensed and tested new drugs before allowing them on the market, and the way in which the legal system dealt with manufacturers' liability for unsafe products. Finally, and perhaps most tellingly, Oshinsky reveals that polio was never the raging epidemic portrayed by the media, but in truth a relatively uncommon disease. But in baby-booming America--increasingly suburban, family-oriented, and hygiene-obsessed--the specter of polio, like the specter of the atomic bomb, soon became a cloud of terror over daily life.Both a gripping scientific suspense story and a provocative social and cultural history, Polio opens a fresh window onto postwar America. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Immunize yourself against historical ignorance of polio
As part of the generation of Americans who has grown up without the fear and/or experience of having contracted polio, I found Dr. Oshinsky's research into this epidemic a very enlightening read. Imagining what a world without vaccines was like is very chilling.

Coupled with then-constructions about people with disabilities and medical technology limitations, the specter of polio captured the imaginations and fears of whole communities. During the summer months, people were advised to be very careful about where they swam unless they too had wanted to end up with polio. The March of Dimes inadvertently helped to publicize people with disabilities even while the thrust of their founding campaign against Polio was eradication of the disease through a vaccine.

The development of that vaccine brings us into 1954, approximately 10 years after Roosevelt's own death. Jonas Salk made America's first polio vaccine using a killed-virus sample, and this product remained a virtual favorite for many years afterward. Although Albert Sabin's live-virus vaccination soon became the preferred model, it says a lot that the Salk product has reemerged to finally conquer polio once and for all.

Because society naturally has a tendency to anoint public figures and thus remove them from having any flaw, I actually did appreciate his research into the personal character traits of the scientists. Although these men ultimately helped to save America, they were personally imperfect. I feel this humanizing approach makes them more accessible figures to me and other readers.

Presidential action from FDR was instrumental in encouraging the eradication of polio in America.Now as this highly-readable book is released, the United Nations has set an equally ambitious goal of eradicating the world of polio by 2008.

1-0 out of 5 stars Is it safe?Not hardly
Only the Bush administration could produce such a pack of lies.The Salk vaccine "safe?"Salk a genius?

The blunt facts are that pressure from the March of Times resulted in the Salk vaccine being marketed despite its contamination with simian virus.Moreover, as marketed by Cutter in the '50's it contained live virus and gave hundreds polio.

Sabin went on to develop the vaccine which gave me and millions of others protection--in Russia!The March of Times campaigned to forestall Sabin's performing the necessary research here at home.

Read the full-length book, no longer in print, you'll find at http://www.whale.to/vaccine/bayly.html

5-0 out of 5 stars Social history plus medical history equals thriller
I was too young to live through the polio epidemic but those just a few years older know how it terrified their parents, and them, as much as the fear of nuclear war that also loomed over the 50s. David Oshinsky weaves a gripping story that tells us not just about the scientific race for the vaccine (which was a neck and neck contest between Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin), but also about the ways that the polio "crusade" changed American society, American medicine, and American philanthropy. For those who remember the polio years, this will bring them back vividly; for those like me to whom they're history, this tells us why our elders have never forgotten the euphoria they felt when the vaccine was announced. ... Read more


79. All About Love: New Visions
by bell hooks
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Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
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"The word "love" is most often defined as a noun, yet...we would all love to better if we used it as a verb," writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provacative and intensely personel, the renowned scholar, cultural critic, and feminist skewers our view of love as romance. In its place she offers a proactive new ethic for a people and a society bereft with lovelessness.

As bell hooks uses her incisive mind and razor-sharp pen to explode th question "What is love?" her answers strike at both the mind and heart. In thirteen concise chapters, hooks examines her own search for emotional connection and society's failure to provide a model for learning to love. Razing the cultural paradigm that the ideal love is infused with sex and desire, she provides a new path to love that is sacred, redemptive, and healing for the individuals and for a nation. The Utne Reader declared bell hooks one of the "100 Visionaries Who Can Change Your Life." All About Love is a powerful affirmation of just how profoundly she can.

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5-0 out of 5 stars essential
I have read and reread this book. I have bought it for friends, given my copies to strangers on the trian who have asked about it, and suggested it to just about everyone i know, from my grandmother to my boyfriend. I truely believe that if everyone on earth read this book that the world would be a better place. Bell Hooks is "hardcore" about her stance on what is and what isn't love. She gives it definition and makes it actually possible to consider a future, or even a present, with love in our lives when we live in a time when love is looked at as impossible by most of us. She attacks our ideas about love. I personally came away from the book with an idea of how to actually go about being a more loving person. I have standards now that I didn't have before. Unlike a previous reviewer said, Bell Hooks bases her ideas of love on responsibility and respect.
I highly recommend this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful, intriguing, and truly enjoyable book
bell hooks is one of the most gifted intellectuals of our time and this book is one of her best books. Before reading this book, I was only familiar with bell hooks in the context of her role as a social critic and scholar in terms of her writings on issues such as race, gender, and class; but what this book does is allow people to think critically about a subject so thought provoking but commonly explored and discussed within the commercial confines of popular culture. This book allows the reader to transcend thinking of love in terms of romantic love and love for our families, but also envision love as an emotion of compassion and a foundation for ethics and social change in terms of love for self, humanity, and the environment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brave
Thankfully, bell hooks is always brave enough to tell it like it is. Love is a verb not a feeling. There is an obvious connection between love as experienced within families and abusive romantic relationships. Read and begin to think critically about these core survival issues.

Her observations are wise. Her grasp of history is absolute. Her ideas stimulate intelligent and loving thought, conversation, and action. Read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very liberating!
I LOVE this book...read through it very quickly and look forward to reading it again. It did more for me than any "self-help" book I've picked up because she explores the issues surrounding love and why we are unable to love ourself. And there is no pressure to "practice" certain healing methods. The book is thought provoking and inspirational. I've struggled with the issue of lovelessness all my life and was on the verge of destroying a very wonderful relationship because of my inability to love myself first. I am better able now to understand where those feelings are coming from and how to deal with them and let them go. This book has helped to liberate me. And now I can learn to love myself and my partner on a much deeper level. Upon finishing the book, I woke up the next morning feeling refreshed and renewed with a new way of looking at love and how we love. From time to time, we do find ourselves discouraged and question whether we will find love in our lives without realizing that love exists in all of us and around us. Bell Hooks is a great writer; I admire her ability to express her thoughts on the issue of love and to be able to share it with the rest of world. She speaks to you in this book. Thank you, Bell Hooks!

5-0 out of 5 stars A courageous book that should be widely read
There aren't many public discussions of love in America outside of popular culture -- movies, music, books, magazines -- but there should be, because lack of an expansive understanding of and capacity for love is behind much that is wrong in our society. When bell hooks noticed that the world she was living in "was no longer open to love" and that "lovelessness had become the order of the day," she decided to write about it. "I began thinking and writing about love when I heard cynicism instead of hope in the voices of young and old," she says.

The result is a book that's a refreshing change from relationship advice books that completely overlook the cultural context of love -- the ways in which love is difficult for both men and women, but especially for women, in a patriarchal culture; the ways in which a more expansive understanding of love is sorely needed to set things right in a country run by fear. hooks begins by addressing the pervasive confusion about what love is, defining it as M. Scott Peck does: "The will to extend oneself for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth."

The chapters in which hooks names "the ways we are seduced away from love" read as a litany of soul-corroding cultural norms. There is, most fundamentally, injustice to children in dysfunctional families in a culture where family dysfunction is normalized. Then there's the increasing prevalence of lying in public and private transactions alike, most recently exemplified in the Enron scandal and the priest-pedophile scandal in the Catholic Church. There's the cultural obsession with power and domination instead of a love ethic. (hooks pulls no punches when she states: "An overall cultural embrace of a love ethic would mean that we would all oppose much of the public policy conservatives condone and support.") There's also the vast and unending greed encouraged by a consumerist society. And last but not least, there's our collective fear of and at the same time worship of death. (What else could explain the great popularity of movies saturated with violence, such as "Lord of the Rings"?)

Then there are the chapters where hooks explores the importance of self-love, the reality of divine love, the crucial role played by friendships and communities, the role of romantic love in helping us resolve and transform family-of-origin wounds if approached consciously, the real healing power of true love, and the yearning for love that lies behind the popular fascination with angels. The only topic I found missing from her comprehensive look at love is biophilia, that love of nature named by Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson. I'm coming to realize that any concept of intimacy with our particular place on earth is sorely absent from most American lives, imperiling our planet's health as well as our own.

Throughout the book, it's hooks's personal revelations that make what she says credible and that especially strike a chord in me. I found in her a sister spirit. Just my age, she could be describing my relationship history when she describes her own. And herein lies my biggest quibble with the book: wishing to avoid the kind of disappointments in relationships with men I've had in the past, I want to believe that I can find satisfying love with a male, but the many generalizations hooks makes about men in our culture make me wonder. I fear she may be right when she says that "most men feel that they receive love and therefore know what it feels like to be loved; women often feel we are in a constant state of yearning, wanting love but not receiving it" (p. xx).

According to hooks, many, if not most, men under patriarchy tell lies "to avoid confrontation or taking responsibility for inappropriate behavior" (p. 36), "use psychological terrorism as a way to subordinate women" (p. 41), "are especially inclined to see love as something they should receive without expending effort . . . . [and] do not want to do the work that love demands" (p. 114), are usually prevented by sexist thinking from "acknowledging their longing for love or their acceptance of a female as their guide on love's path" (p. 156), "are convinced that their erotic longing indicates who they should, and can, love . . . . [and] tend to be more concerned about sexual performance and sexual satisfaction than whether they are capable of giving and receiving love" (pp. 174, 176), and "choose relationships in which they can be emotionally withholding when they feel like it but still receive love from someone else. . . . [and ultimately] choose power over love" (p. 187). Hmmm. Men, what do you say to this? Can you deny it?

"Profound changes in the way we think and act must take place if we are to create a loving culture," writes hooks. I, for one, would welcome those changes and am working on making them in myself. Despite being marred by unfortunate typos ("Living by a Love Ethnic" [viii], "perfect love casts our fear" [220]), this is a courageous and important book that should be read widely and taken to heart. ... Read more


80. Subculture: The Meaning of Style (New Accents)
by Dick Hebdige
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Catlog: Book (1981-03-10)
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`Complex and remarkably lucid, it's the first book dealing with punk to offer intellectual content. Hebdige is concerned with the UK's postwar, music-centred, white working-class subcultures, from teddy boys to mods and rockers to skinheads and punks.' - Rolling Stone ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Lacking in-depth analysis
This book lends itself to the idea that some subjects are best written about when one has experienced them first-hand. Lauraine LeBlanc's book Pretty in Punk, for example, offers an academic AND an experiential view of the movement. Hebdige could have benefited by letting more members of the subculture speak for themselves in his book or if he had actually lived in a subculture scene. While it is important to maintain some distance between your subject and yourself, too much distance leads to too many gaps and too much assumption. Although I enjoyed reading the book and think it is a good brief overview of many subcultures and styles, it might have been better to dedicate a separate book to each subculture and their particular style rather than trying to encompass them all in such a small space. The result would have been a more in-depth study of each group instead of a stereotypical glossing over - to understand the style one needs to understand each group more in-depth. I need to read his latest version to see if he addresses some of these issues.

4-0 out of 5 stars fun, interesting, complex
this book takes an awesome and serious look at punk as a social and cultural phenomenon, and examines the roots that made punk into what it was. it is a very enlightening read, but is the kind of book you must read in the front and the back at the same time to have it all sink in. hebdige uses a number of endnotes throughout the book, which made me have to jump back and forth to understand what he was saying. i think a second reading would provide an even deeper understanding-- there were definitely times on the first read when i had to reread passages. i definitely recommend this book and have greatly enjoyed it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Art Primer
This book is fundmentally the the bases for anyone who is studying art theory. This books goes into how subcultures like the punk movement to hip hop and gang cultures got started and why they are important to understanding diverse social structures.

Althought this book is small it is not an easy read. I read this book four or five time before things started to sink in. After finishing this book I felt more prepared for the art going experience.

4-0 out of 5 stars some good insights
I've read other books in the same vein like Neil Nehring's "Flowers in the Dustbin", but this book deserves respect as one of the first books to deal with punk seriously as a social phenomenon. The last few paragraphs also privide much insight into the mind of a "radical" academic.

3-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable insight into postwar subcultures
From mods to rastafarians this books covers the history and social significance of them all. Although heavy at the start the book levels out at a nice factual tempo providing meaning to every subculture youth movent interlinking them and weaving them with the music scene. There are a few gaps, perhaps due to lack of knowledge, which I believe are significant but have been left out. Worth a read if you are intrested in fasion, youth, sociological research or music. ... Read more


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