Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Kate Is Recommending:

In this sequel to the bestselling book The Visual Miscellaneum, author David McCandless uses stunning and unique visuals to reveal unexpected insights into how the world really works.

Every day, every hour, every minute we are bombarded with information, from television, from newspapers, from the Internet, we’re steeped in it. We need a way to relate to it. Enter David McCandless and his stunning infographics, simple, elegant ways to interact with information too complex or abstract to grasp any way but visually. McCandless creates visually stunning displays that blend the facts with their connections, contexts, and relationships, making information meaningful, entertaining, and beautiful. And his genius is as much in finding fresh ways to provocatively combine datasets as it is in finding new ways to show the results.

Knowledge is Beautiful is a fascinating spin through the world of visualized data, all of it bearing the hallmark of David McCandless’s boundary-breaking, signature style. The captivating follow-up to the bestseller The Visual Miscellaneum, Knowledge is Beautiful offers a deeper, more ranging look at the world and its history, with more connectivity between the pages, a greater exploration of causes and consequences, and a more inclusive global outlook. With a portion of its content crowd-sourced from McCandless’s international following, Knowledge is Beautiful achieves a revolutionary and democratic look at the key issues from questions on history and politics, the facts of science, streams of literature, and much more.

This is a project that will truly push the boundaries of books everywhere, providing insights into our world in a way never seen before.
A brutal rape in a quiet Tel Aviv neighborhood has the police baffled. Detective Eli Nahum is eager to wrap up the high-profile case, and sees an easy conviction when the victim's angry father delivers a likely suspect.

Although Ziv Nevo has done some bad things, he's not a rapist. But he can't tell the cops why he was lurking in the shadows near the crime scene. When the investigation goes awry, Nevo is freed and Nahum is fired.

Then another rape occurs. Certain it's Nevo, the cops are determined to send him to prison. But darker forces are planning to send him to his grave. With his life on the line, this innocent man has one hope for survival--a disgraced former detective named Eli Nahum, who's going to find the truth no matter the cost.
An all-new collection of lush, four-color artwork from the studio of acclaimed fantasy artists Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell.

Artist Boris Vallejo is renowned for his paintings of beautiful maidens, heroic men, and fearsome monsters, while his wife and partner, Julie Bell, is revered for her unique sense of color and dramatic composition. As two of the most acclaimed and popular artists working in fantasy today, Boris and Julie have produced artwork for album covers, trading cards, posters, and calendars.

Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell: Dreamland features outstanding examples of their most recent work. Highlighting muscle-bound heroes, fierce dragons, and alluringly beautiful women in fantastical, otherworldly landscapes, these gorgeous pieces reflect a new level of maturity, sophistication, and intrigue. Capturing the pursuits that currently inspire the artists, these works resonate with a startling new emotional depth that adds magnitude to their powerful heroes and buxom heroines.

This carefully curated selection of images is accompanied by fascinating text that provides unique insight into each artist’s process as well as biographical stories that reveal their personal histories, the influences that have shaped them, the ideas that inspire them, and their future professional aspirations. Also, for the first time ever, this outstanding compendium includes ten stunning limited-edition art prints that can easily be removed and displayed.
A candid and insightful look at an era and a life through the eyes of one of the most remarkable Americans of the twentieth century

The long and eventful life of Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was full of rich experiences and courageous actions. The niece of Theodore Roosevelt, she married a Columbia University law student named Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who gradually ascended in the world of New York politics to reach the presidency in 1932. Throughout his three terms, Eleanor Roosevelt was not only intimately involved in FDR's personal and political life but also led women's organizations and youth movements, and fought for consumer welfare, civil rights, and better housing standards. During World War II she traveled with her husband to meet leaders of many powerful nations; after his death in 1945 she worked as a UN delegate, chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, newspaper columnist, Democratic Party activist, and diplomat, and was a world traveler. By the end of her life, Eleanor Roosevelt was recognized around the world for her fortitude and commitment to the ideals of liberty and human rights. Her autobiography constitutes a self-portrait no biography can match for its candor and liveliness, wisdom, tolerance, and breadth of view--a self-portrait of one of the greatest American humanitarians of our time.

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