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Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s

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Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s by Carol J. Oja
English | Nov 16, 2000 | ISBN: 0195058496 | 512 Pages | PDF | 6 MB
New York City witnessed a dazzling burst of creativity in the 1920s. In this pathbreaking study, Carol J. Oja explores this artistic renaissance from the perspective of composers of classical and modern music, who along with writers, painters, and jazz musicians, were at the heart of early modernism in America. She also illustrates how the aesthetic attitudes and institutional structures from the 1920s left a deep imprint on the arts over the 20th century.

Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s
Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Virgil Thomson, William Grant Still, Edgar Varèse, Henry Cowell, Leo Ornstein, Marion Bauer, George Antheil-these were the leaders of a talented new generation of American composers whose efforts made New York City the center of new music in the country. They founded composer societies–such as the International Composers' Guild, the League of Composers, the Pan American Association, and the Copland-Sessions Concerts–to promote the performance of their music, and they nimbly negotiated cultural boundaries, aiming for recognition in Western Europe as much as at home. They showed exceptional skill at marketing their work. Drawing on extensive archival material–including interviews, correspondence, popular periodicals, and little-known music manuscripts–Oja provides a new perspective on the period and a compelling collective portrait of the figures, puncturing many longstanding myths.

American composers active in New York during the 1920s are explored in relation to the "Machine Age" and American Dada; the impact of spirituality on American dissonance; the crucial, behind-the-scenes role of women as patrons and promoters of modernist music; cross-currents between jazz and concert music; the critical reception of modernist music (especially in the writings of Carl Van Vechten and Paul Rosenfeld); and the international impulse behind neoclassicism. The book also examines the persistent biases of the time, particularly anti-Semitisim, gender stereotyping, and longstanding racial attitudes.
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Jennie Churchill: Winston’s American Mother (Audiobook)

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Jennie Churchill: Winston's American Mother (Audiobook) By Anna Sebba, narrated by Joanna David
Unabridged edition 2008 | 16 hours and 38 mins | ISBN: 1407423770 | M4B 63 kbps | 485 MB

Jennie Churchill: Winston’s American Mother (Audiobook)
After a three-day romance, Brooklyn-born Jennie Jerome married into the British aristocracy to become Lady Randolph Churchill. At a time when women had few freedoms, she was a cornerstone of high society and behind-the-scenes political dynamo. However it was Jennie's love life that marked her out, causing scandal and earning her the epithet 'more panther than woman'.
Yet, in many ways, Jennie was deeply loyal to her husband. When he was dying of syphilis she took him on a round-the-world trip to conceal his violence and mania. He returned in a straitjacket with only weeks to live. After Randolph's death her great project became her son, Winston
'What a woman, what a life, what a book.' SUE ARNOLD, THE GUARDIAN
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Jennie Churchill: Winston’s American Mother (Audiobook)

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Jennie Churchill: Winston's American Mother (Audiobook) By Anna Sebba, narrated by Joanna David
Unabridged edition 2008 | 16 hours and 38 mins | ISBN: 1407423770 | M4B 63 kbps | 485 MB

Jennie Churchill: Winston’s American Mother (Audiobook)
After a three-day romance, Brooklyn-born Jennie Jerome married into the British aristocracy to become Lady Randolph Churchill. At a time when women had few freedoms, she was a cornerstone of high society and behind-the-scenes political dynamo. However it was Jennie's love life that marked her out, causing scandal and earning her the epithet 'more panther than woman'.
Yet, in many ways, Jennie was deeply loyal to her husband. When he was dying of syphilis she took him on a round-the-world trip to conceal his violence and mania. He returned in a straitjacket with only weeks to live. After Randolph's death her great project became her son, Winston
'What a woman, what a life, what a book.' SUE ARNOLD, THE GUARDIAN
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Fraud Fighter: My Fables and Foibles

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Fraud Fighter: My Fables and Foibles
by Joseph T. Wells
English | 2011 | ISBN: 0470610700 | 329 pages | PDF | 4.09 MB

Fraud Fighter: My Fables and Foibles
"A collection of insightful, poignant, and humorous stories from Dr. Joseph Wells, the world's foremost fraud expert?with gutsy revelations of his own past mistakes
From his dysfunctional childhood in rural Oklahoma; his service in the U.S.Navy; a brief stint in public accounting followed by a career in the FBI; and founding the world's largest anti-fraud organization, Wells' colorful life experiences were preparation for his rise to one of the globe's most revered antifraud experts.

Written by the preeminent antifraud authority and founder and Chairman of the ACFE
Offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the life of one of the most influential white-collar crime experts of our time
At a period when dishonesty at top U.S. companies is dominating public attention, The Fables and Foibles of a Fraud Fighter is a surprisingly frank and gripping memoir from an unsurprisingly effective fraud fighter.This autobiography forms a full tapestry of a life, displaying wit, intrigue, trepidation, regret, and finally, ultimate victory."
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Running With The Big Dogs: Sybil Norcroft Book Six

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Running With The Big Dogs: Sybil Norcroft Book Six by Carl Douglass
English | Jan 5, 2015 | ASIN: B00RWDLAK2 | 93 Pages | EPUB/MOBI/AZW/PDF (Converted) | 3 MB
Sybil Norcroft has spent nearly a lifetime to establish herself as a person of significance in a patriarchal world. Her successes have come at great cost and are, in sum, a mixed blessing.

Running With The Big Dogs: Sybil Norcroft Book Six
The cost to her family is heightened when, as Surgeon General, she must help her government and her fellow citizens avoid a financial catastrophe owing, in part, to the expenses of health care. She must give her blessing to a hard-line requirement by the Chinese to increase their lending to the U.S. When the Russian mafia–in collusion with the kleptocratic Russian government–launches an attack on the U.S. stock markets in a bid to cripple America, Sybil must aid in a brutal behind-the-scenes cyber fight which she conducts from her position as a secret CIA agent. It comes as no surprise when the Russian government and criminal organizations retaliate. The personal threat to Sybil goes beyond herself and to her family, and she is required to take risks she would never have imagined. There is great danger and great reward in Sybil's latest endeavor. Is she woman enough to handle both?
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The Cinema of George Lucas

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The Cinema of George Lucas By Marcus Hearn
2005 | 246 Pages | ISBN: 0810949687 | scanned PDF | 71 MB

The Cinema of George Lucas
Marcus Hearn analyzes Lucas's journey as a director over four decades whose groundbreaking technical achievements and creation of enduring modern mythologies have forever changed both film and science fiction. as well as his many other accomplishments in the film industry, including the formation of Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, and LucasArts. The book is lavishly illustrated with many images that have never or rarely been seen, such as stills from Lucas's student films, material from the director's cut of his early science-fiction film, production shots from, among others, the first Star Wars film, American Graffiti and the Indiana Jones Adventures. and behind-the-scenes photos from his films. With its wealth of new information and compelling illustrations, is an essential volume for every fan and film enthusiast.
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Star Wars: Return of The Jedi: Official Collectors Edition

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Star Wars: Return of The Jedi: Official Collectors Edition By Editors
1983 | 64 Pages | ISBN: n/a , ASIN: B000XYJWM0 | scanned PDF | 25 MB

Star Wars: Return of The Jedi: Official Collectors Edition
Setting the template for future Lucasfilm publications (especially The Temple Of Doom), this slim volume is set into four parts – synopsis, pre-production, on location and post-production – and wraps it all up with a full cast & crew list. With selected interviews – amongst others, Howard Kazanjian, the producer and Richard Marquand, the director but not Lucas or the main cast – and plenty of great, behind-the-scenes photographs, this is informative, good fun and lovely to look at. If you're interested in the films or how they're put together, this is definitely worth a read.
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Fat Chance: Losing the Weight, Gaining My Worth

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Fat Chance: Losing the Weight, Gaining My Worth by Julie Hadden
2009 | ISBN: 0824947886, 0824948327, 0824948238 | English | 272 pages | EPUB | 3 MB

Fat Chance: Losing the Weight, Gaining My Worth
Julie Hadden, one of the most successful and memorable contestants ever on NBC's The Biggest Loser, struggled with her self-worth and her size for years. At age thirty-four she found herself at a crossroads: would she settle for staying 'big' the rest of her life, or would she insist on making big changes instead? Reality-TV fans know which path Julie chose that day. When she stepped on the scale at the show's season-four finale, revealing she had lost an astounding 45 percent of her body weight, she simultaneously stepped into the world's collective heart.
Julie's experience on The Biggest Loser helped birth her new physique, but the transformation went far deeper than that. From displeasure to contentment, from indulgence to self-control, from shame to self-confidence every step along renovation's path, Julie sensed that God was hard at work.

Relying on her classic humor and penetrating candor, Julie offers readers of all shapes and sizes an intimate portrayal of a once-fat woman who sweated and slogged her way toward thin. Additionally she answers frequently asked questions about her weight loss and being a contestant on The Biggest Loser and provides a sampling of her favorite healthy recipes and sample workouts from her current trainer.

In a book that marries introspection with inspiration and teachable moments with rare, behind-the-scenes details about one of the hottest shows on TV, Fat Chance not only will endear readers to the author's firsthand experience, but will inspire them to make healthy changes of their own.
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The Star Wars Archives: Props, Costumes, Models and Artwork from Star Wars

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The Star Wars Archives: Props, Costumes, Models and Artwork from Star Wars By Mark Cotta Vaz, Shinji Hata
1995 | 208 Pages | ISBN: 1852275871 | scanned PDF | 61 MB

The Star Wars Archives: Props, Costumes, Models and Artwork from Star Wars
George Lucas has produced some of the most popular movies ever, including the "Star Wars" and Indiana Jones trilogies. The "Star Wars" phenomenon has grown into an international, multi-million dollar business, with bestselling licensed novels and computer games. This book features a tour of Lucasfilm Archives' collection of costumes, props, puppets, models and matte paintings used in the making of these films. The reader can see for themselves how the science fiction classic that spawned a world-wide industry was created. The book presents some of the best of Lucasfilm's enduring creations, from Yoda and R2-D2 to the Ark of the Convenant and the Holy Grail. It includes an array of behind-the-scenes production illustrations, storyboards and prototypes. Also featured are the secrets of the veterans of the first industrial Light and Magic effects team that created "Stars Wars".
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