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Painting the Cannon's Roar

By Thomas Tolley
  • ISBN Code: : 1351555251
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 526
  • Category : Music
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From c.1750 to c.1810 the paths of music history and the history of painting converged with lasting consequences. The publication of Newton's Opticks at the start of the eighteenth century gave a 'scientific' basis to the analogy between sight and sound, allowing music and the visual arts to be defined more closely in relation to one another. This was also a period which witnessed the emergence of a larger and increasingly receptive audience for both music and the visual arts - an audience which potentially included all social strata. The development of this growing public and the commercial potential that it signified meant that for the first time it became possible for a contemporary artist to enjoy an international reputation. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the career of Joseph Haydn. Although this phenomenon defies conventional modes of study, the book shows how musical pictorialism became a major creative force in popular culture. Haydn, the most popular living cultural personality of the period, proved to be the key figure in advancing the new relationship. The connections between the composer and his audiences and leading contemporary artists (including Tiepolo, Mengs, Kauffman, Goya, David, Messerschmidt, Loutherbourg, Canova, Copley, Fuseli, Reynolds, Gillray and West) are examined here for the first time. By the early nineteenth century, populism was beginning to be regarded with scepticism and disdain. Mozart was the modern Raphael, Beethoven the modern Michelangelo. Haydn, however, had no clear parallel in the accepted canon of Renaissance art. Yet his recognition that ordinary people had a desire to experience simultaneous aural and visual stimulation was not altogether lost, finding future exponents in Wagner and later still in the cinematic arts.

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Sacred Vessels is an irreverent account of the modern battleship and its place in American naval history from the sinking of the coal-fired Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898 to the deployment of the cruise missile-armed Missouri in the Persian Gulf in 1991. With provocative insight and wit, Robert O'Connell conclusively demonstrates that the vaunted battleship was in fact never an effective weapon of war, even before developments in aircraft and submarine technology sealed its doom. The worlds navies failed to recognize the full implications of rapid technological change at the turn of the century but were enthralled by the revolutionary design of the HMS Dreadnought, launched in 1903. Nations raced to build and deploy the biggest, the fastest, and the greatest possible number of battleships, usually at the expense of much more effective forms of naval force. Dreadnoughts became the international currency of great power status, subject to the same anxious accountancy as nuclear weapons today. Their awesome beauty captured the public s imagination and won the unquestioning devotion of naval officers everywhere. When war came in 1914, the world held its breath in anticipation of a modern-day Trafalgar, but dreadnoughts everywhere avoided battle, and when they were forced to fight, the results were inconclusive or irrelevant. In spite of this display of impotence, the world's shipyards continued to turn out the great vessels. The sinking of the heart of the U.S. battlefleet at Pearl Harbor–an event that finally forced the United States into World War II–ironically also began to shake the U.S. Navy free from its infatuation with the dreadnought in favor of the more practical charms of the aircraft carrier. Still, sheer faith in the battleship ensured that it would live to fight again, this time with even more questionable results. In fact, says O'Connell, battleships have never played an important role in the outcome of any modern war, but they have continued to be resurrected and refurbished–even garnished with nuclear weapons–right up to the present day. Television images of the Missouri and the Wisconsin firing on the shores of Iraq in 1991 were not just a glimpse of an anachronism: We were witnessing, with a lingering sense of awe, the last gasp of a fire-breathing behemoth that in actuality was all but toothless from the moment of its conception. Sacred Vessels is more than the unmasking of a false idol of naval history. It is a cautionary tale about the often unacknowledged influence of human faith, culture, and tradition on the exceedingly important, costly, and supposedly rational process of nations arming themselves for war.

The War of Art

By Steven Pressfield
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  • Publisher : Black Irish Entertainment LLC
  • Book Code : 1936891042
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Self-Help
  • Members : 428
  • Pdf File: the-war-of-art.pdf

Book Short Summary:

What keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece? The War of Art identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success. The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself.

Seal Team Seven

By Keith Douglass
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1101558504
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 969
  • Pdf File: seal-team-seven.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Lieutenant Blake Murdock and his seven-man unit from SEAL Team Seven's Red Squad embark on a perilous mission to recover a Japanese freighter carrying nuclear fuel from the renegade Iranian fanatics that hijacked it.

The Incomplete Framley Examiner

By The Editors
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  • Publisher : Unbound Publishing
  • Book Code : 1800180837
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Humor
  • Members : 455
  • Pdf File: the-incomplete-framley-examiner.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In 2001, fans of the internet were introduced to scanned pages from spoof local newspaper The Framley Examiner. Packed with humdrum and preposterous news stories, classified ads, local business features and headlines that seemed to have been typed while asleep, it skewered the banal madness of small-town existence, perfectly encapsulating the British national character. Framley’s strange yet familiar community – stuffed with its own cast, insane geography and rich local history – struck a chord with those who recognised their own home towns in its reflection. The website was loved and shared by an eager public as well as famous fans from Little Britain, The Simpsons and the Cambridge Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (Professor Stephen Hawking was Framley enthusiast). Marking the twentieth anniversary of the website's first appearance The Incomplete Framley Examiner combines the pages of the original book, published in 2002, with all the pages published online in the years since and brand new material for a bigger, more luxurious, toilet-proof compendium for the annals of history.

Lord of the Flies

By William Golding
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  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Book Code : 0571290582
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 698
  • Pdf File: lord-of-the-flies.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A plane crashes on a desert island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast. As the boys' delicate sense of order fades, so their childish dreams are transformed into something more primitive, and their behaviour starts to take on a murderous, savage significance. First published in 1954, Lord of the Flies is one of the most celebrated and widely read of modern classics. Now fully revised and updated, this educational edition includes chapter summaries, comprehension questions, discussion points, classroom activities, a biographical profile of Golding, historical context relevant to the novel and an essay on Lord of the Flies by William Golding entitled 'Fable'. Aimed at Key Stage 3 and 4 students, it also includes a section on literary theory for advanced or A-level students. The educational edition encourages original and independent thinking while guiding the student through the text - ideal for use in the classroom and at home.

Star WarsTM Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles

By Landry Q. Walker
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1465482725
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Members : 280
  • Pdf File: star-warstm-encyclopedia-of-starfighters-and-other-vehicles.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The definitive guide to the vehicles from a galaxy far, far away... Learn all about your favorite Star WarsTM vehicles, from the A-wing to the Y-wing. Don't know your X-wing from your Y-wing? Not sure what type of craft Slave I is? Look no further than the Star Wars Encyclopedia of Starfighters and Other Vehicles. From the swamps of Kashyyyk to the deserts of Jakku, from inner-city Coruscant to the vastness of hyperspace, this new Star Wars book will show you the right craft for the job. This handy guide is full of fun facts and intriguing information, guaranteed to enthrall fans for hours on end. This encyclopedia features more than 200 weird and wonderful vehicles from the world of Star Wars, including ships and vehicles from the entire saga of movies as well as the television series Star Wars: The Clone WarsTM and Star Wars: RebelsTM. One vehicle is explored in detail on each page, so there's something new even for die-hard fans. All the technology behind the vehicles such as repulsorlift craft and hyperspeed is fully explored. © & TM 2017 LUCASFILM LTD. Used Under Authorization.

Super States! (ENHANCED eBook)

By Cindy Barden
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  • Publisher : Lorenz Educational Press
  • Book Code : 1429111178
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Geographical recreations
  • Members : 505
  • Pdf File: super-states.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Where can you find dinosaur footprints or rune stones? How salty is the Great Salt Lake? Where can you find a moon bow? From Maine to Hawaii, from Alaska to Florida, students tour the USA with a collection of fun facts, games and puzzles. Enhance your geography and social studies curriculum with reproducible activities such as Alabama Bingo, Florida Tic-Tac-Toe and Louisiana Question Game.

A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful

By Edmund Burke
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  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Book Code : 0486146766
  • Total of Pages : 160
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 550
  • Pdf File: a-philosophical-enquiry-into-the-origin-of-our-ideas-of-the-sublime-and-beautiful.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Eloquent and influential , this 1757 treatise defines the concept of the sublime and explores how interaction with the physical world affects formulation of ideals related to beauty and art.

The Jungle Book

By Rudyard Kipling
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  • Publisher : Prabhat Prakashan
  • Book Code : 8184301723
  • Total of Pages : 168
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 513
  • Pdf File: the-jungle-book.pdf

Book Short Summary:

ÊAmong the best loved of all childrenÕs classics, Rudyard KiplingÕs The Jungle Book is set among a community of animals in the jungles of India, where Kipling was born and grew up. Three of the stories feature the adventures of an abandoned Ôman cub,Õ a boy named Mowgli, who is raised by wolves in the jungle. Other well-known stories in the collection include ÔRikki-Tikki-Tavi,Õ the tale of a heroic mongoose who outwits vicious cobras in order to save his human benefactors, and ÔToomai of the Elephants,Õ the story of a ten-year-old elephant-handler. WorldÕs most favourite and popular book which fantacises children.