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Insisting On The Impossible

Insisting On The Impossible

If a single life exemplifies the inner drive that fires a great inventor, it is the life of Edwin Land. The major innovations that he was able to achieve in photography, optics, industry, and science policy carry priceless lessons for readers today.Insisting on the Impossible is the first full-scale biography of this Magellan of modern technology. Victor McElheny reveals the startling scope and dating spirit of Land's scientific and entrepreneurial genius. Second only to Edison in the number of patents he received (535), Land build a modest enterprise into a gigantic ”invention factory,” turning out not only polarizers and the first instant cameras, but also high-speed and X-ray film, identification systems, 3-D and instant movies, and military devices for night vision and aerial reconnaissance. As a scientist, Land developed a new theory of color vision; as a science advisor to Eisenhower during the Cold War he spearheaded the development of the U-2 spyplane and helped design NASA.Behind these protean achievements was a relentless curiosity, a magical public presence, and a willful optimism that drew him again and again to conquer ”the impossible.” In an era when these qualities are needed more than ever, this masterly biography will speak to anyone involved or interested in business, science, photography, educational reform of government.
Wet Dog

Wet Dog

An adorable and hilarious collection of dog photographs.

Every dog owner knows too well the fun and misery of bath time: the wriggles, the poignant looks, the playful splashes. Wet Dog, by photographer Sophie Gamand, is a stunning and touching capture of this intimate moment. Elevating dog photography to the status of art, these expressive portraits of our canine friends mirror our very own human emotions.
Wonder Woman: Magnets, Pin, and Book Set

Wonder Woman: Magnets, Pin, and Book Set

Channel the strength and power of Wonder Woman with this collectible set. Kit includes:

  • Enamel pin of the Wonder Woman logo and shield
  • 5 full-color magnets of Wonder Woman empowering phrases and artwork, housed in display sleeves
  • 48-page book following Wonder Woman’s adventures in films, featuring full-color photography and art throughout
  • Keepsake box with magnet closure
Total Chaos

Total Chaos

It’s not just rap music. Hip-hop has transformed theater, dance, performance, poetry, literature, fashion, design, photography, painting, and film, to become one of the most far-reaching and transformative arts movements of the past two decades. American Book Award-winning journalist Jeff Chang, author of the acclaimed Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, assembles some of the most innovative and provocative voices in hip-hop to assess the most important cultural movement of our time. It’s an incisive look at hip-hop arts in the voices of the pioneers, innovators, and mavericks. With an introductory survey essay by Chang, the anthology includes: Greg Tate, Mark Anthony Neal, Brian “B+” Cross, and Vijay Prashad examining hip-hop aesthetics in the wake of multiculturalism. Joan Morgan and Mark Anthony Neal discussing gender relations in hip-hop. Hip-hop novelists Danyel Smith and Adam Mansbach on “street lit” and “lit hop”. Actor, playwright, and performance artist Danny Hoch on how hip-hop defined the aesthetics of a generation. Rock Steady Crew b-boy-turned-celebrated visual artist DOZE on the uses and limits of a “hip-hop” identity. Award-winning writer Raquel Cepeda on West African cosmology and “the flash of the spirit” in hip-hop arts. Pioneer dancer POPMASTER FABEL’s history of hip-hop dance, and acclaimed choreographer Rennie Harris on hip-hop’s transformation of global dance theatre. Bill Adler’s history of hip-hop photography, including photos by Glen E. Friedman, Janette Beckman, and Joe Conzo. Poetry and prose from Watts Prophet Father Amde Hamilton and Def Poetry Jam veterans Staceyann Chin, Suheir Hammad, Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Kevin Coval. Roundtable discussions and essays presenting hip-hop in theatre, graphic design, documentary film and video, photography, and the visual arts. Total Chaos is Jeff Chang at his best: fierce and unwavering in his commitment to document the hip-hop explosion. In beginning to define a hip-hop aesthetic, this gathering of artists, pioneers, and thinkers illuminates the special truth that hip-hop speaks to youth around the globe. (Bakari Kitwana, author of The Hip-Hop Generation)
Hope, Never Fear

Hope, Never Fear

Award-winning photographer Callie Shell presents an intimate and moving portrait of Barack and Michelle Obama and the presidency that made history. This unique look behind the curtains spans more than eight years, following the journey from the Obama’s family home in Chicago to the most powerful house in the United States.

An in-depth introduction written and read by Shell is followed by a collection of personal stories from her time spent with the Obamas. These uniquely intimate anecdotes are interwoven with inspiring excerpts from live speeches by Barack and Michelle Obama, that reveal their warmth, compassion, and unending commitment to service.

Hope, Never Fear: A Personal Portrait of the Obamas, the audiobook, provides an affecting and deeply personal insight into this extraordinary couple who inspired and empowered millions of people around the world.

The audiobook edition features the following recordings of live speeches, among others:

Democratic National Convention, Denver, Colorado, USA, August 25, 2008
Democratic National Convention, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, September 4, 2012
State of the Union Address, United States House of Representatives, Washington, DC, USA, January 28, 2014
United Nations General Assembly, New York City, New York, USA, September 24, 2014
State of the Union Address, United States House of Representatives, Washington, DC, USA, January 13, 2016
Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, July 27, 2016
Interview with Oprah Winfrey, the White House, Washington, DC, USA, December 19, 2016 (Audio Courtesy of Harpo. Inc.)
Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, Johannesburg, South Africa, July 17, 2018

© 2019 Callie Shell, ℗ 2019 Blackwell and Ruth Limited
Produced by Blackwell & Ruth for Chronicle Books Audio
All rights reserved
LIFE One Nation

LIFE One Nation

During our nation’s most trying times, it has been LIFE that has provided the images that help us understand, remember, and in the process, renew. Now the editors of LIFE have assembled a moving, brilliantly illustrated account of tragedy and triumph. This is about firemen going in amidst the rubble, but it is also about a Frenchman in Paris holding up a sign that says, “We are all Americans.” This is about our leaders taking charge, but it is also about schoolchildren in Iowa hanging an American flag on a tree in their backyard.

Beginning with the history of lower Manhattan, the book explains what happened on September 11, profiles many of the heroes, victims and rescuers (fireman, police, doctors, and rescue dogs among them), and paints an inspiring portrait if a nation and world coming together in sadness, pride and resolve.The book is more than photographs. Explanatory text runs throughout, and the book also includes a selection of original essays about America and September 11, written by such notables as Maya Angelou, Thomas Keneally (Schindler’s List), Stephen Ambrose, Melissa Fay Greene (The Temple Bombing), AndreiCodrescu, Gordon Parks, Doug Stanton (In Harm’s Way), Bob Greene (Duty), James Bradley (Flags of Our Fathers), and others.

All profits from the sales of this book will be donated to American Red Cross, September 11th Fund, International Association of Fire Fighters, New York Fraternal Order of Police WTC Fund, The National Organization for Victim Assistance, and The Twin Towers Fund. When Americans think of photographic journalism at its finest, they think of LIFE magazine.

This book will draw upon the best photographers employed by TIME, LIFE, PEOPLE and other magazines. Many of the photographers have had their own collections published in book form.
Accidentally Wes Anderson Postcards

Accidentally Wes Anderson Postcards

An irresistible postcard set for fans of the New York Times bestselling Accidentally Wes Anderson book and anyone who can’t get enough of Wes Anderson’s unique aesthetic.

From the team behind Accidentally Wes Anderson, this 26-postcard set celebrates the atypical, the unexpected, the vibrantly-patterned, and distinctively colored. Based off of the crowdsourced viral phenomenon, and created in homage to the director's distinctive and beloved style, these postcards offer the best of unique, collectible stationery and the means of bringing the world – and your loved ones – just a little bit closer together.
 
The AWA postcard set transforms twenty-five “best-of” photos from the original book (and one all-new bonus image!) into adorable, padbound postcards, easy to send or display. 
  
For the millions that adore Wes Anderson’s films, these postcards are a must-have keepsake, perfect for avid travelers and aspiring adventurers of all kinds.
 
Irish Blessings

Irish Blessings

This tribute to the Land of Welcomes captures the spirit of the Irish people in traditional blessings and classic verse. Featuring beautiful full-color photographs of the Emerald Isle, this inspiring keepsake is perfect for the beginning of a journey, a toast among mates, or any time you need a little luck o’ the Irish!
What We Keep

What We Keep

With contributions from Cheryl Strayed, Mark Cuban, Ta-Nahesi Coates, Melinda Gates, Joss Whedon, James Patterson, and many more — this fascinating collection gives us a peek into 150 personal treasures and the secret histories behind them.

All of us have that one object that holds deep meaning–something that speaks to our past, that carries a remarkable story. Bestselling author Bill Shapiro collected this sweeping range of stories–he talked to everyone from renowned writers to Shark Tank hosts, from blackjack dealers to teachers, truckers, and nuns, even a reformed counterfeiter–to reveal the often hidden, always surprising lives of objects.
Obama: An Intimate Portrait

Obama: An Intimate Portrait

by Pete Souza Foreword by Barack Obama
Relive the extraordinary Presidency of Barack Obama through White House photographer Pete Souza’s behind-the-scenes images and stories in this #1 New York Times bestseller — with a foreword from the President himself.

During Barack Obama’s two terms, Pete Souza was with the President during more crucial moments than anyone else — and he photographed them all. Souza captured nearly two million photographs of President Obama, in moments highly classified and disarmingly candid. Obama: An Intimate Portrait reproduces more than 300 of Souza’s most iconic photographs with fine-art print quality in an oversize collectible format.

Together they document the most consequential hours of the Presidency — including the historic image of President Obama and his advisors in the Situation Room during the bin Laden mission — alongside unguarded moments with the President’s family, his encounters with children, interactions with world leaders and cultural figures, and more.

Souza’s photographs, with the behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, communicate the pace and power of our nation’s highest office. They also reveal the spirit of the extraordinary man who became our President. We see President Obama lead our nation through monumental challenges, comfort us in calamity and loss, share in hard-won victories, and set a singular example to “be kind and be useful,” as he would instruct his daughters.

This book puts you in the White House with President Obama, and is a treasured record of a landmark era in American history.
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