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Brilliance and Fire

Brilliance and Fire Author Rachelle Bergstein
ISBN-10 9780062323798
Release 2016-06-07
Pages 400
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From the author of Women from the Ankle Down comes a lively cultural biography of diamonds, which explores our society’s obsession with the world’s most brilliant gemstone and the real-world characters who make them shine. “A diamond is forever.” Who among us doesn’t recognize this phrase and, with it, the fascination that these shiny gemstones hold in our collective imagination as symbols of royalty, stars, and eternal love? But who gave us this catchphrase? Where do these gemstones and their colorful legacies originate? How did they become our culture’s symbol of engagement and marriage? Why have they retained their coveted status throughout the centuries? Rachelle Bergstein’s cultural biography of the diamond illuminates the enticing, often surprising story of our society’s enduring obsession with the hardest gemstone—and the people who have worked tirelessly to ensure its continued allure. From the South African mines where most diamonds have been sourced since the late 1890s to the companies who have fought to monopolize them; from the stars who have dazzled in them to the people behind the scenes who have carefully crafted our understanding of their value—Brilliance and Fire offers a glittering history of the world’s most coveted gemstone and its greatest champions and most colorful enthusiasts. Brilliance and Fire is illustrated with 16 pages of color photographs.



Women From the Ankle Down

Women From the Ankle Down Author Rachelle Bergstein
ISBN-10 9780062097071
Release 2012-05-29
Pages 304
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Rachelle Bergstein brings readers along on a unique and delightful romp through the history of shoes, the women who wear them, and the profound impact they have on our lives. Women from the Ankle Down includes interviews and cameos with influential figures ranging from Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava to Oscar Award–winning costume designer Patrizia van Brandenstein, from Doc Martens historian Martin Roach to Fashion Institute of Technology museum director Valerie Steele; from Marilyn Monroe and Jane Fonda to Salvador Ferragamo and Christian Dior; from Judy Garland to Wonder Woman.



Jewels

Jewels Author Victoria Finlay
ISBN-10 0345493354
Release 2006-08-15
Pages 496
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Throughout history, precious stones have inspired passions and poetry, quests and curses, sacred writings and unsacred actions. In this scintillating book, journalist Victoria Finlay embarks on her own globe-circling search for the real stories behind some of the gems we prize most. Blending adventure travel, geology, exciting new research, and her own irresistible charm, Finlay has fashioned a treasure hunt for some of the most valuable, glamorous, and mysterious substances on earth. With the same intense curiosity and narrative flair she displayed in her widely-praised book Color, Finlay journeys from the underground opal churches of outback Australia to the once pearl-rich rivers of Scotland; from the peridot mines on an Apache reservation in Arizona to the remote ruby mines in the mountains of northern Burma. She risks confronting scorpions to crawl through Cleopatra’s long-deserted emerald mines, tries her hand at gem cutting in the dusty Sri Lankan city where Marco Polo bartered for sapphires, and investigates a rumor that fifty years ago most of the world’s amber was mined by prisoners in a Soviet gulag. Jewels is a unique and often exhilarating voyage through history, across cultures, deep into the earth’s mantle, and up to the glittering heights of fame, power, and wealth. From the fabled curse of the Hope Diamond, to the disturbing truths about how pearls are cultured, to the peasants who were once executed for carrying amber to the centuries-old quest by magicians and scientists to make a perfect diamond, Jewels tells dazzling stories with a wonderment and brilliance truly worthy of its subjects. From the Hardcover edition.



Stoned

Stoned Author Aja Raden
ISBN-10 9780062334718
Release 2015-12-01
Pages 368
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As entertaining as it is incisive, Stoned is a raucous journey through the history of human desire for what is rare, and therefore precious. What makes a stone a jewel? What makes a jewel priceless? And why do we covet beautiful things? In this brilliant account of how eight jewels shaped the course of history, jeweler and scientist Aja Raden tells an original and often startling story about our unshakeable addiction to beauty and the darker side of human desire. What moves the world is what moves each of us: desire. Jewelry—which has long served as a stand-in for wealth and power, glamor and success—has birthed cultural movements, launched political dynasties, and started wars. Masterfully weaving together pop science and history, Stoned breaks history into three categories—Want, Take, and Have—and explains what the diamond on your finger has to do with the GI Bill, why green-tinted jewelry has been exalted by so many cultures, why the glass beads that bought Manhattan for the Dutch were initially considered a fair trade, and how the French Revolution started over a coveted necklace. Studded with lively personalities and fascinating details, Stoned tells the remarkable story of our abiding desire for the rare and extraordinary.



The Last Empire

The Last Empire Author Stefan Kanfer
ISBN-10 9780374524265
Release 1995-04-30
Pages 416
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With a scholar's precision and a novelist's eye, Stefan Kanfer tells the inside story of De Beers Consolidated Mines - from the nineteenth century diamond rush that transformed Johannes De Beer's humble South African farm into an exotic klondike, to the Oppenheimers' shadow empire that has achieved umatched global reach.



Brilliance

Brilliance Author Cindy Edelstein
ISBN-10 9781600591570
Release 2008
Pages 228
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An illustrated study that showcases original pieces of jewelry created by members of the American Jewelry Design Council based on a given theme includes dramatic photographs of this art jewelry in chapters that cover such themes as Peekaboo, Puzzle, Sphere, Water, Pyramid, Mona Lisa, and Secret Treasure. Original.



Hershey

Hershey Author Michael D'Antonio
ISBN-10 9780743264105
Release 2007-01-09
Pages 305
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Examines the life of the head of the chocolate factory empire, describing his fatherless upbringing by a strict Mennonite mother, his failures with two early candy companies, and his construction of the utopian Hershey village.



Knight s Cross with Diamonds Recipients

Knight s Cross with Diamonds Recipients Author Gordon Williamson
ISBN-10 9781780969749
Release 2012-06-20
Pages 64
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On 28 September 1941, Hitler instituted a new, supreme class of the Knight's Cross decoration for gallantry and leadership: the Oak-Leaves with Swords and Diamonds. This award would be presented to only 28 soldiers, sailors and airmen, out of the approximately 15 million who served in the German armed forces. This title describes and illustrates all 28 of those men from fighter aces and U-boat commanders, to the youngest generals in the Wehrmacht, and field marshals in command of army groups – and including one officer for whom Hitler had to invent a literally unique award that set him apart even among the 'Diamond-bearers'.



Crazy Diamond Syd Barrett and the Dawn of Pink Floyd

Crazy Diamond   Syd Barrett and the Dawn of Pink Floyd Author Pete Anderson
ISBN-10 9780857121226
Release 2009-12-17
Pages 192
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A revealing investigation into the life of a reclusive cult genius. Syd Barrett was Pink Floyd's founder, singer, guitarist and principal composer, who left the group in 1968 amidst tales of acid-induced madness. Barrett's brief flash of erratic brilliance is now the stuff of rock legend, and his post-Floyd recordings have become cult classics. Revised in 2006, this book draws on years on research to relate the story of an epic rock tragedy.



Seeing Mary Plain A Life of Mary McCarthy

Seeing Mary Plain  A Life of Mary McCarthy Author Frances Kiernan
ISBN-10 9780393348521
Release 2002-05-17
Pages 848
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A revealing portrait of the dramatic life of writer and intellectual Mary McCarthy. From her Partisan Review days to her controversial success as the author of The Group, to an epic libel battle with Lillian Hellman, Mary McCarthy brought a nineteenth-century scope and drama to her emblematic twentieth-century life. Dubbed by Time as "quite possibly the cleverest woman America has ever produced," McCarthy moved in a circle of ferociously sharp-tongued intellectuals—all of whom had plenty to say about this diamond in their midst. Frances Kiernan's biography does justice to one of the most controversial American intellectuals of the twentieth century. With interviews from dozens of McCarthy's friends, former lovers, literary and political comrades-in-arms, awestruck admirers, amused observers, and bitter adversaries, Seeing Mary Plain is rich in ironic judgment and eloquent testimony. A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2000 and a Washington Post Book World "Rave".



Heat

Heat Author Dwight Gooden
ISBN-10 0688163394
Release 1999-02-17
Pages 256
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Dwight Gooden's early years with the New York Mets were golden -- he was the youngest winner of the Cy Young Award in baseball history and led the New York Mets to one of the most dramatic World Series victories in 1986. Dwight Gooden -- a.k.a. Doc or simply Dr. K -- had a fastball that hitters just could not beat. But Gooden's fall was as quick and dramatic as his rise. By 1994 he had twice been suspended from the league for drug abuse, plunging him into a vicious cycle that threatened his career and, ultimately, his life. Today, Dwight Gooden is back in the big leagues. Heat captures Gooden's poignant road to recovery, and how it culminated in his second World Series ring with the New York Yankees in 1996, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Yankees club. During his fourteen years in the big leagues, Dwight Gooden has seen plenty. Heat brings to life the glorious world championship baseball through the eyes of one of its most popular and talented stars.



The Diamond Cutter

The Diamond Cutter Author Geshe Michael Roach
ISBN-10 9780385530644
Release 2009-09-01
Pages 240
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With a unique combination of ancient and contemporary wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, The Diamond Cutter presents readers with empowering strategies for success in their work and personal lives. Geshe Michael Roach, one of the great teachers today of Tibetan Buddhism, has richly woven The Diamond Cutter in three layers. The first is a translation of selections from the Diamond Sutra itself, an ancient text comprised of conversations between the Buddha and his close disciple Subhuti. Considered a central work by Buddhists throughout the world, the Diamond Sutra has been the focus of much interpretation over the centuries. In the second layer, Geshe Michael quotes from some of the best commentaries of the Tibetan tradition. In the main text, the third layer, he uses both sutra and commentary as a jumping-off point for presenting his own teaching. Geshe Michael gives fresh insight into ancient wisdom by using examples from his own experience as one of the founders of the Andin International Diamond Corporation, which was started with capital of fifty thousand dollars and which today has annual sales in excess of one hundred million dollars. Much of the success of Andin has come from applying the business strategies presented in The Diamond Cutter. Geshe Michael's easy style and spiritual understanding make this work of timeless wisdom an invaluable source for those already familiar with, and those unfamiliar with, Tibetan Buddhism.



Diamond Design

Diamond Design Author Marcel [From Old Catalog] Tolkowsky
ISBN-10 1376124017
Release 2017-08-23
Pages 114
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Diamond Design has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Diamond Design also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Diamond Design book for free.



Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 Author Ray Bradbury
ISBN-10 9781451673319
Release 2012-01-10
Pages 159
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A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners, Guy Montag, suddenly realizes their merit.



Diamonds 101

Diamonds 101 Author Dirk Rendel
ISBN-10 1482585723
Release 2013-03-29
Pages 146
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This book will take the guesswork out of shopping for diamonds and explain the ins and outs of finding the right diamonds at the right price.



99 My Life in Pictures

99 My Life in Pictures Author Wayne Gretzky
ISBN-10 0920445675
Release 2000-09-01
Pages 240
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99 My Life in Pictures has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from 99 My Life in Pictures also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full 99 My Life in Pictures book for free.



Jeppesen

Jeppesen Author Richard Jeppesen
ISBN-10 9781984517388
Release 2008-07-30
Pages 312
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Plane crashes by the hundreds. This was not a safe business. There was nothing to copy, no one to learn from. Nobody knew about metal fatigue and G forces. Nobody knew what damage hail could do to an airplane flying at 120 mph. Nobody knew what turbulence could do to an airplane. Nobody knew icing would kill the lift on wings. There were no gyros, no instruments, no navigation facilities, no beacons, no rules, no regulations, no aircraft standards and no airports in the early days. Just young men and their flying machines that would bet their lives to pioneer a mega billion dollar industry.