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The Cartiers

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“A dynamic group biography studded with design history and high-society dash . . . [This] elegantly wrought narrative bears the Cartier hallmark.”—The Economist The captivating story of the family behind the Cartier empire and the three brothers who turned their grandfather’s humble Parisian jewelry store into a global luxury icon—as told by a great-granddaughter with exclusive access to long-lost family archives “Ms. Cartier Brickell has done her grandfather proud.”—The Wall Street Journal The Cartiers is the revealing tale of a jewelry dynasty—four generations, from revolutionary France to the 1970s. At its heart are the three Cartier brothers whose motto was “Never copy, only create” and who made their family firm internationally famous in the early days of the twentieth century, thanks to their unique and complementary talents: Louis, the visionary designer who created the first men’s wristwatch to help an aviator friend tell the time without taking his hands off the controls of his flying machine; Pierre, the master dealmaker who bought the New York headquarters on Fifth Avenue for a double-stranded natural pearl necklace; and Jacques, the globe-trotting gemstone expert whose travels to India gave Cartier access to the world’s best rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, inspiring the celebrated Tutti Frutti jewelry. Francesca Cartier Brickell, whose great-grandfather was the youngest of the brothers, has traveled the world researching her family’s history, tracking down those connected with her ancestors and discovering long-lost pieces of the puzzle along the way. Now she reveals never-before-told dramas, romances, intrigues, betrayals, and more. The Cartiers also offers a behind-the-scenes look at the firm’s most iconic jewelry—the notoriously cursed Hope Diamond, the Romanov emeralds, the classic panther pieces—and the long line of stars from the worlds of fashion, film, and royalty who wore them, from Indian maharajas and Russian grand duchesses to Wallis Simpson, Coco Chanel, and Elizabeth Taylor. Published in the two-hundredth anniversary year of the birth of the dynasty’s founder, Louis-François Cartier, this book is a magnificent, definitive, epic social history shown through the deeply personal lens of one legendary family.

The Voyages of Jacques Cartier

The Voyages of Jacques Cartier Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ramsay Cook
Editor: University of Toronto Press
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Jacques Cartier's voyages of 1534, 1535, and 1541constitute the first record of European impressions of the St Lawrence region of northeastern North American and its peoples. The Voyages are rich in details about almost every aspect of the region's environment and the people who inhabited it. As Ramsay Cook points out in his introduction, Cartier was more than an explorer; he was also Canada's first ethnographer. His accounts provide a wealth of information about the native people of the region and their relations with each other. Indirectly, he also reveals much about himself and about sixteenth-century European attitudes and beliefs. These memoirs recount not only the French experience with the Iroquois, but alo the Iroquois' discovery of the French. In addition to Cartier's Voyages, a slightly amended version of H.P. Biggar's 1924 text, the volume includes a series of letters relating to Cartier and the Sieur de Roberval, who was in command of cartier on the last voyage. Many of these letters appear for the first time in English. Ramsay Cook's introduction, 'Donnacona Discovers Europe,' rereads the documents in the light of recent scholarship as well as from contemporary perspectives in order to understand better the viewpoints of Cartier and the native people with whom he came into contact.

Cartier's Hope

Cartier's Hope Pdf/ePub eBook Author: M. J. Rose
Editor: Simon and Schuster
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From M.J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author of Tiffany Blues, “a lush, romantic historical mystery” (Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale), comes a gorgeously wrought novel of ambition and betrayal set in the Gilded Age. New York, 1910: A city of extravagant balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and poor immigrants crammed into crumbling Lower East Side tenements. A city where the suffrage movement is growing stronger every day, but most women reporters are still delegated to the fashion and lifestyle pages. But Vera Garland is set on making her mark in a man’s world of serious journalism. Shortly after the world-famous Hope Diamond is acquired for a record sum, Vera begins investigating rumors about schemes by its new owner, jeweler Pierre Cartier, to manipulate its value. Vera is determined to find the truth behind the notorious diamond and its legendary curses—even better when the expose puts her in the same orbit as a magazine publisher whose blackmailing schemes led to the death of her beloved father. Appealing to a young Russian jeweler for help, Vera is unprepared when she begins falling in love with him…and even more unprepared when she gets caught up in his deceptions and finds herself at risk of losing all she has worked so hard to achieve. Set against the backdrop of New York’s glitter and grit, of ruthless men and the atrocities they commit in the pursuit of power, this enthralling historical novel explores our very human needs for love, retribution—and to pursue one’s destiny, regardless of the cost.

Growing Up Getty

Growing Up Getty Pdf/ePub eBook Author: James Reginato
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1982121009
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An enthralling and comprehensive look into the contemporary state of one of the wealthiest—and most misunderstood—family dynasties in the world, perfect for fans of Succession, The House of Gucci, The Cartiers, and Fortune’s Children. Oil magnate J. Paul Getty, once the richest man in the world, is the patriarch of an extraordinary cast of sons, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. While some have been brought low by mental illness, drug addiction, and one of the most sensational kidnapping cases of the 20th century, many of Getty’s heirs have achieved great success. In addition to Mark Getty, a cofounder of Getty Images, and Anne G. Earhart, an award-winning environmentalist, others have made significant marks in a variety of fields, from music and viniculture to politics and LGBTQ rights. Now, across four continents, a new generation of lively, unique, and even outrageous Gettys are emerging, and not coasting on the dynasty’s still-immense wealth. August Getty designs extravagant gowns worn by Katy Perry, Cher, and other stars; his sibling, Nats—a fellow LGBTQ rights activist who announced his gender transition following his wedding to transgender icon Gigi Gorgeous—produces a line of exclusive streetwear. Their fascinating cousins include Balthazar, a multi-hyphenate actor-director-DJ-designer, and Isabel, a singer-songwriter-MBA candidate. A far-flung yet surprisingly close-knit group, the ascendant Gettys are bringing this iconic family onto the global stage in the 21st century. Through extensive research, including access to J. Paul Getty’s diaries and love letters, and fresh interviews with family members and friends, Growing Up Getty offers an inside look into the benefits and burdens of being part of today’s world of the ultra-wealthy.

Cartier Cartel

Cartier Cartel Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Nisa Santiago
Editor: Melodrama Publishing
ISBN: 1934157341
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When Cartier Timmons decides to move her petty-crime crew into the drug-dealing game, she finds herself in over her head when a rival drug hustler is murdered.

The Smithsonian National Gem Collection—Unearthed

The Smithsonian National Gem Collection—Unearthed Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jeffrey Edward Post
Editor: Abrams
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The scandals, mysteries, and human stories behind the world’s greatest gems are brought to life by the curator of the Smithsonian’s National Gem Collection Dr. Jeffrey E. Post, curator of the National Gem Collection for more than 25 years, separates fact from fiction in an all-new and original book, revealing fresh information and regaling the reader with anecdotes and tales of some of the world’s greatest and most famous gemstones. Dr. Post is the author of the now out-of-print book The National Gem Collection (Abrams, 1997), which has sold more than 50,000 copies. In this brand-new book, he tells the stories of the Smithsonian’s most famous gems, including the Hope Diamond, Star of Asia Sapphire, Carmen Lucia Ruby, Hooker Emerald, and Blue Heart Diamond—and also presents the tales, details, and fascinating facts surrounding rarely displayed gems from the Smithsonian vault and additions made to the collection since 1997. Not only a resource for learning about rare and beautiful gems, the book also presents the stories of the people who once owned or were associated with these jewels—from ordinary people to kings, emperors, maharajas, celebrities, and captains of industry.

Summer Light

Summer Light Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Luanne Rice
Editor: Bantam
ISBN: 055390275X
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When it comes to love and family, the things you can’t see are what matter most of all. Bestselling novelist Luanne Rice has inspired the devotion of readers everywhere with her “rare combination of realism and romance.”(The New York Times Book Review) Now she presents her most magical novel to date, an entrancing story of love at first sight, the true meaning of family, and angels right here on earth. May Taylor works as a wedding planner, passing on the timeless traditions of her grandmother and mother. The Taylor women have always believed in the presence of magic in everyday life--especially the simple magic of true love and family. Yet May’s own faith in true love was shattered when she was abandoned by the father of her child. Still, she finds joy in raising her daughter Kylie, a very special five-year-old who sees and hears things that others cannot. . . Martin Cartier is a professional hockey player and sports legend. His father, a champion, taught him to play to win--at all costs. Now Martin’s success veils a core of heartache, rage, and isolation. Yet Kylie glimpses the transcendent role Martin will play in May’s life and her own--unless his past tears their blossoming love apart. Then only Kylie will see the way home--and only May will be able to lead them there, if she can believe in magic once more.

Codex Canadensis and the Writings of Louis Nicolas

Codex Canadensis and the Writings of Louis Nicolas Pdf/ePub eBook Author: François-Marc Gagnon
Editor: McGill-Queen\'s Press - MQUP
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Codex Canadensis and the Writings of Louis Nicolas by François-Marc Gagnon Summary

Part art, part science, part anthropology, this ambitious project presents an early Canadian perspective on natural history that is as much artistic and fantastical as it is encyclopedic. Edited and introduced by François-Marc Gagnon, The Codex Canadensis and the Writings of Louis Nicolas showcases an intriguing attempt to document the life of the new world - flora, fauna, and aboriginal. The book brings together for the first time the illustrated Codex Canadensis and The Natural History of the New World, following Gagnon's argument that both can be attributed to Louis Nicolas, a French Jesuit priest who travelled throughout Canada between 1664 and 1675. Histoire Naturelle des Indes Occidentales, originally written in classical French, has been put in modern French by Réal Ouellet and translated into English by Nancy Senior. The Natural History presents a pre-Linnaean botany and pre-Darwinian account of living things, including hundreds of species of plants and vivid descriptions of wildlife. It is thoroughly annotated, focusing on the contemporary identification of species, as the result of a pan-Canadian collaboration of experts in fields from linguistics to biology and botany. The Codex Canadensis, currently in the collection of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is reproduced in full and provides both a fascinating visual account of wildlife as Nicolas saw it and a rare example of early Canadian art. Gagnon's introduction profiles Louis Nicolas and analyses connections between his work and European examples of natural illustration from the period. The Codex Canadensis and the Writings of Louis Nicolas shows how the wildlife and native inhabitants of the new world were understood and documented by a seventeenth-century European and makes available fundamental documents in the history and visual culture of early North America.

George-Etienne Cartier

George-Etienne Cartier Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Brian J. Young
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Through the use of new sources, this study gives prominence to Cartier's business, social, and family milieu. It examines his emergence as a corporation lawyer, company director, landlord, and railway promoter as well as his political battles with his in-laws, his disintegrating marriage, and his long liaison with the unorthodox Luce Cuvillier. A rebel and political exile in 1837, Cartier by the 1850s was a member of the militia, a government minister, and a perennial defender of British traditions. His solid conservatism brough him support and rewards from the English-speaking bourgeoisie, the Grand Trunk Railway, and the Seminary of Montreal. After confederation, Cartier's political energies lessened, and his interest turned to his country estate and to pleasures of the table, drawing room, and stable. His degenerative disease and his alienation from his working-class voters in east-end Montreal made him vulnerable to his opponents, and his life ended in political defeat and implication in the Pacific scandal. His career, Young concludes, illustrates the development of bourgeois hegemony in Montreal after 1840 and the progressive integration of institutional, political, and economic structures to preserve that power.

The Silver Swan

The Silver Swan Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Sallie Bingham
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374711860
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"Men who inherit great wealth are respected, but women who do the same are ridiculed. In The Silver Swan, Sallie Bingham rescues Doris Duke from this gendered prison and shows us just how brave, rebellious, and creative this unique woman really was, and how her generosity benefits us to this day.” —Gloria Steinem A bold portrait of Doris Duke, the defiant and notorious tobacco heiress who was perhaps the greatest modern woman philanthropist In The Silver Swan, Sallie Bingham chronicles one of the great underexplored lives of the twentieth century and the very archetype of the modern woman. “Don’t touch that girl, she’ll burn your fingers,” FBI director J. Edgar Hoover once said about Doris Duke, the inheritor of James Buchanan Duke’s billion-dollar tobacco fortune. During her lifetime, she would be blamed for scorching many, including her mother and various ex-lovers. She established her first foundation when she was twenty-one; cultivated friendships with the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Imelda Marcos, and Michael Jackson; flaunted interracial relationships; and adopted a thirty-two year-old woman she believed to be the reincarnation of her deceased daughter. This is also the story of the great houses she inhabited, including the classically proportioned limestone mansion on Fifth Avenue, the sprawling Duke Farms in New Jersey, the Gilded Age mansion Rough Point in Newport, Shangri La in Honolulu, and Falcon’s Lair overlooking Beverly Hills. Even though Duke was the subject of constant scrutiny, little beyond the tabloid accounts of her behavior has been publicly known. In 2012, when eight hundred linear feet of her personal papers were made available, Sallie Bingham set out to probe her identity. She found an alluring woman whose life was forged in the Jazz Age, who was not only an early war correspondent but also an environmentalist, a surfer, a collector of Islamic art, a savvy businesswoman who tripled her father’s fortune, and a major philanthropist with wide-ranging passions from dance to historic preservation to human rights. In The Silver Swan, Bingham is especially interested in dissecting the stereotypes that have defined Duke’s story while also confronting the disturbing questions that cleave to her legacy.

Family Ties

Family Ties Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Andrea Terry
Editor: McGill-Queen\'s Press - MQUP
ISBN: 0773584129
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House museums act as both sources and suppliers of history. Functioning first as private residences, they are then preserved as commemorative monuments and become living history museums offering theme-based tours led by period-costumed interpreters so that visitors might experience "what it felt like to live back then." In Family Ties, Andrea Terry considers the appeal and relevance of domesticated representations of Victorian material culture in a contemporary multicultural context. Through three case studies, Terry examines Victorian homes that have been repurposed as living history museums that host speculative performances of the past. The credibility of Dundurn Castle in Hamilton, William Lyon Mackenzie House in Toronto, and the Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site of Canada in Montreal, Terry argues, relies on the belief that architectural monuments and the objects they contain are evidence of the time, culture, nation, or people that produced them. Family Ties connects residential artifacts to performance by examining the Victorian Christmas programs offered annually at each site to demonstrate the complex nuances of living history. Through a detailed exploration of the relationship between heritage, living history, and memory, Family Ties illuminates the effects of institutional interpretations of the past that privilege nationalist myths.

An Apostle Of Gloom

An Apostle Of Gloom Pdf/ePub eBook Author: John Creasey
Editor: House of Stratus
ISBN: 0755134125
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Inspector Roger West had hoped for a day off. Then a Chief Superintendent turns up at his home with a search warrant. He is accused of taking a bribe. Elaborately framed, he is now under investigation. Plunged into a world of murder, conspiracy and corruption, West has to work through it, as the mystery twists and turns, so as to clear his name.

A Summer in Paris

A Summer in Paris Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Cynthia Baxter
Editor: Belgrave House
ISBN: 1610848020
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Love, surprises, and difficult decisions await three friends who travel to Paris, the world’s most romantic city. Nina, who loves everything French, finds more than she expected while investigating a family secret. Kristy, outshone by her sisters, decides to reinvent herself – and discovers she’s not the only one with something to hide. And Jennifer, a reluctant traveler, learns that things aren’t always what they seem. Young Adult Fiction by Cynthia Baxter writing as Cynthia Blair; originally published by Fawcett Juniper

Mistletoe Misses

Mistletoe Misses Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jody Day
Editor: Pelican Ventures Book Group
ISBN: 1522303561
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Concert pianist Evan finally receives his big break. He's on tour playing his passion and getting paid well to do it, he's in love with a beautiful woman who just finished her own degree in nursing, and he's about to propose in extravagant style. Even though their relationship has been long distance, he plans to go home and start his new life with her. But then, the virus lockdown skews all his plans. Risé is working and living at a hospital with acutely ill patients. The precautions in place preclude any interaction with her family, with her friends, and with the man she is hoping will be her husband. How can he be, when no one knows how long this pandemic will last? Health protocols, full personal protection regalia, social distancing, and video-chatting aren't enough. How can their relationship hold when the world is falling apart? With wise words from those who love them, Evan and Risé find that being apart is hard, but with God, all things are possible.

After

After Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Steven Brill
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743249542
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The story begins on September 12, 2001. It reads like a novel. But the characters in award-winning journalist Steven Brill's America are real. They don't have all the answers or all the virtues of fictional heroes. It is because they are so human -- so much like the rest of us -- that makes the way they rise to the challenge of September 12 such an inspiring story about how America really works. A Customs inspector somehow has to guard against a nuclear bomb that could be hidden in one of the thousands of cargo containers from all over the world sitting on his dock in New York harbor. A young woman in New Jersey, suddenly widowed with three young children, doesn't know how to get the keys to her husband's car, much less how she can challenge the head of a federal victims' fund. An entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, who makes machines that screen luggage for bombs, can't decide if this crisis is an opportunity he should seize. Attorney General John Ashcroft has no idea how to find the new, hidden enemy living among us. The young, just-hired director of the American Civil Liberties Union wonders how he can keep Ashcroft from going too far. The CEO of a giant insurer has to decide whether to risk economic panic by not paying damage claims that he might legally be able to avoid. Red Cross President Bernadine Healy has to figure out how to collect and allocate donations while dodging a hostile board of directors. Career civil servant Gale Rossides has to recruit and train the largest workforce ever hired by the government -- the new airport passenger screeners. A proprietor of a shoe repair shop -- helped by two young women, pro bono lawyers -- has to rebuild a business buried in the rubble of Ground Zero. A Detroit Border Patrol agent -- whose bosses want to fire him for speaking out about how unprotected his stretch of border is -- has to choose whether to risk his family's livelihood by sounding the alarm. Tom Ridge has to run through a bureaucratic wall to mount a true homeland security defense. Drawing on 347 on-the-record interviews and revelations from memos of government meetings, court filings, and other documents, Brill gives us a front-row seat as these and other players in this real-life drama cross paths in a series of alliances and confrontations and fight for their own interests and their version of the public interest. The result is a gritty story -- and trailblazing journalism -- that inspires us not because these Americans or their country are perfect, but because they were tough enough, anchored enough, and living in a system that encouraged and enabled them to meet the awesome challenges they faced.

Hope Diamond

Hope Diamond Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Richard Kurin
Editor: Smithsonian Institution
ISBN: 1588344193
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An entertaining and well-researched history of the Hope diamond Since its discovery in seventeenth-century India, the Hope diamond, a glimmering deep blue gem weighing over 45 carats, has been shrouded in mystery and steeped in intrigue. In this groundbreaking work, Dr. Richard Kurin goes beyond the speculation to reveal the truth behind a legendary stone. Kurin, a cultural anthropologist, spent more than a decade on the trail of the legendary gem. But the 'curse' that surrounds it, which Kurin puts to rest once and for all, is only one small piece of a long and lustrous story that moves between ancient religion and modern magic, royal power and class rivalry, revenge and greed. Richly illustrated, Hope Diamond works in a grand historical tradition: depicting the specific to reveal the universal.

The Promise of Canada

The Promise of Canada Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Charlotte Gray
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476784698
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What does it mean to be a Canadian? What great ideas have changed our country? An award-winning writer casts her eye over our nation’s history, highlighting some of our most important stories. From the acclaimed historian Charlotte Gray comes a richly rewarding book about what it means to be Canadian. Readers already know Gray as an award-winning biographer, a writer who has brilliantly captured significant individuals and dramatic moments in our history. Now, in The Promise of Canada, she weaves together masterful portraits of nine influential Canadians, creating a unique history of our country. What do these people—from George-Étienne Cartier and Emily Carr to Tommy Douglas, Margaret Atwood, and Elijah Harper—have in common? Each, according to Charlotte Gray, has left an indelible mark on Canada. Deliberately avoiding a top-down approach to history, Gray has chosen Canadians—some well-known, others less so—whose ideas, she argues, have become part of our collective conversation about who we are as a people. She also highlights many other Canadians from all walks of life who have added to the ongoing debate, showing how our country has reinvented itself in every generation since Confederation, while at the same time holding to certain central beliefs. Beautifully illustrated with evocative black-and-white historical images and colorful artistic visions, and written in an engaging style, The Promise of Canada is a fresh, thoughtful, and inspiring view of our historical journey. Opening doors into our past, present, and future with this masterful work, Charlotte Gray makes Canada’s history come alive and challenges us to envision the country we want to live in.

The Hero and the Historians

The Hero and the Historians Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Alan Gordon
Editor: UBC Press
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Historians have long engaged in passionate debate about collective memory and national identity. Alan Gordon focuses on one national hero � Jacques Cartier � to explore how notions about the past have been passed from generation to generation in English- and French-speaking Canada and used to present particular ideas about the world. Nineteenth-century celebrations of Cartier reflected a new understanding of history that accompanied the arrival of modernity in North America. This sensibility, in turn, influenced the political and cultural currents of nation building in Canada. Cartier may have been a point of contact between English and French Canada, but the nature of that contact, as Gordon shows, had profound limitations.

The Dominici Affair

The Dominici Affair Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Martin Kitchen
Editor: U of Nebraska Press
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The spectacular murders of a distinguished British scientist, his wife, and their young daughter in the depths of rural France in 1952 prompted one of the most notorious criminal investigations in postwar Europe. It is still a matter of passionate debate in France. Sir Jack Drummond, with his wife, Lady Anne, and their ten-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, were on holiday on the French Riviera when they stopped to make camp just off the road near a farm called La Grand' Terre in Provence. The family was found murdered the next morning. More than two years later, the barely literate, seventy-five-year-old proprietor of La Grand' Terre, Gaston Dominici, was brought to trial, convicted, and condemned to death by guillotine. When Dominici was convicted, there was general agreement that the ignorant, pitiless, and depraved old peasant had gotten what he deserved. At the time, he stood for everything backward and brutish about a peasantry left behind in the wake of France's postwar transformation and burgeoning prosperity. But with time perspectives changed. Subsequent inquiries coupled with widespread doubts and misgivings prompted President de Gaulle to order his release from prison in 1960, and by the 1980s many in France came to believe--against all evidence--that Gaston Dominici was innocent. He had become a romanticized symbol of a simpler, genuine, and somehow more honest life from a bygone era. Reconstructing the facts of the Drummond murders, The Dominici Affair redefines one of France's most puzzling crimes and illustrates the profound changes in French society that took place following the Second World War.

Amour et Vengeance

Amour et Vengeance Pdf/ePub eBook Author: J. Fred Beckman
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In WW2, a strong French woman, Nicole, vows revenge against the Germans and joins the French Resistance to blow up bridges, trains and German installations. She falls in love with an American agent, code named Falcon, who parachuted into France just before D Day. The group takes two German soldiers prisoner during a raid. She is disturbed by their decision to execute the prisoners and tries to save the one she has learned is an anti-Nazi. Nicole is attacked by a former classmate who is later recruited into the French Milice, the French equivalent of the German Gestapo. She is sometimes vicious in defending herself against this cruel predator. Her mother and brothers expected her to marry a farmer and continue tradition of farming. But she wanted a different career. Before the German occupation, she planned to attend the Sorbone in Paris to take advantage of her talent as a writer. When the Germans began rounding up Jews in France, her family hid a local Jewish boy her age while his family was sent away to a concentration camp. He participatd in their attacks on the Germans.

Sir George Étienne Cartier, Bart.--His Life and Times

Sir George Étienne Cartier, Bart.--His Life and Times Pdf/ePub eBook Author: John Boyd
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"Sir George Étienne Cartier, Bart.--His Life and Times" by John Boyd. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Identity Theft, Inc.

Identity Theft, Inc. Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Glen Hastings,Richard Marcus
Editor: Red Wheel Weiser
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An identity thief recounts how he pulled off the cybercrime of the century—and got away with it—in this true crime memoir. Identity theft is the crime of the century—so says con man turned security consultant Frank Abagnale in his book Catch Me If You Can. So here, then, is the true-crime book of the century: the life and crimes of expert identity thief Glen Hastings. Hastings takes readers inside the world of cutting-edge cybercrime, revealing how he got rich off of assuming the identities of hundreds of unsuspecting people. Beyond detailing the secrets of the trade, Hastings shares the wild but true stories about his many impersonations. But while many of these stories have entertaining and incredible twists, Hastings is making his story public in order to repent for his crimes. He offers expert tips on how to protect yourself from the gangs of ID thieves thriving in the real and virtual worlds of today.

Psychoanalytic Accounts of Consuming Desire

Psychoanalytic Accounts of Consuming Desire Pdf/ePub eBook Author: John Desmond
Editor: Springer
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Provides an accessible introduction to psychoanalytic explanations of consumer desire. Topics are drawn widely to reflect the scope of Freud's vision and include dreams, sexuality and hysteria. Discussion is widened to selectively include authors such as Melanie Klein and Jacques Lacan, and to include evaluation of current research.

Highland Chances

Highland Chances Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Emma Baird
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Highland Chances by Emma Baird Summary

“But, but, but what will you do with Highland Tours! No, not Highland Tours. Highland Handsome Tours, remember? Best Outlander experience in Scotland. You, number three on ‘the man my partner would give me a free pass to sleep with’ list and I don’t even mind!” Newly married and blissfully happy, Gaby and Jack are looking forward to another summer of fun in the village of Lochalshie. But there are clouds on the horizon. The Lochside Welcome is at the heart of the community—where the villagers gather to meet, gossip and eat Scotland's finest pizzas. Now, it's under threat. The landlord's ill, business has dropped away and the hotel at the other end of the village keeps muscling in, scooping up tourists, weddings and even locals... Can Gaby and Jack save the day? What with the ever-increasing work demands, rival hotel owners not above dirty tactics and the small matter of a life-changing event our couple are woefully ill-prepared for, it's all hands on deck to try to ensure the Lochside Welcome survives another day... If you love heart-warming, feel good fiction books that come with a side order of laughs, you're in the right place. Highland Chances is the perfect read for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Jill Mansell, and those looking for books like Marian Keyes. Praise for the Highland Books series: ‘It's sweet, funny, bubbly and happy, even when it's dramatic and poignant. You'll fall in love with this place and scan the online maps to try and find it. If you love romance, and who doesn't, you'll fall for this series as much as I have. A feel-good witty romantic novel that ticks all the boxes. I already want the next one.’ ‘Great storytelling with characters I really warmed to.’ ‘The Highland Books Box Set… are a good read. They are also fun to read. The characters are your friends that you care about and want to succeed. You travel with them to Scotland and find more characters you enjoy and feel for. The stories are entertaining. Reading all three books was a lively journey that I recommend.’ ‘This is a great series with warm wonderful characters, the perfect Highland setting, some hilarious events and one very hungry cat. Highly recommended.’ The Highland Books frequently asked questions: Do I need to have read the other books to understand this one? You might want to, or perhaps you already have. But I’ve added in a list of characters and a bit of back story throughout so you can understand the book even if you haven’t read Highland Fling, Highland Heart and Highland Wedding. What makes the books worth reading? Good question! I like to think I provide light-hearted escapism and relatable characters that readers will care about. I throw in a dash of comedy. We all need a bit of laughter at the moment, don’t we? My books are on the storytelling platform, Wattpad. To date, they’ve had almost 200,000 reads and a lot of comments from readers who love them. Is the setting of the story important? My stories are set in a fictional village called Lochalshie, which is loosely based on Arrochar in the west coast of Scotland. Scottish stories often chime with readers craving books with a strong community feel to them. The ‘village’ feels almost like an actual character to me. Why are the cats in your books so spoilt? I’m a huge cat lover and have two of my own. I think other cat lovers will recognise behaviours such as talking to your cat in a silly voice, buying them expensive food, overfeeding them and allowing them to sleep wherever they want. Nowadays, I have two cats my husband and I adopted from the local animal shelter. It’s a bit of a squeeze getting into bed at night… What’s next in the Highland Books series? I couldn’t resist a Christmas story, which I hope to publish in December 2020. Key search terms: · Comedy · Humorous stories · Comedy books for women · Funny stories for women · Feel good fiction books · Escapist fiction · Feel good books · Books like Marian Keyes

The Mysterious Case of Betty Blue

The Mysterious Case of Betty Blue Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Louis Shalako
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Betty Blue is personal companion to Olympia Cartier and worth an estimated $3.8 million. She's also a robot. Betty Blue opens the front door one evening and simply walks away. Why would she do such a thing? Is it a malfunction, or did something else happen? She's like a daughter to Olympia and her industrialist husband Doyle. Olympia is worried about Betty, lost and alone in America, 2030 A.D

Kubrick's Men

Kubrick's Men Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Richard Rambuss
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A provocative re-reading of Stanley Kubrick’s work and its focus on masculine desire The work of Stanley Kubrick amounts to a sustained reflection on the male condition: past, present, and future. The persistent theme of his filmmaking is less violence or sex than it is the pressurized exertion of masculinity in unusual or extreme circumstances, where it may be taxed or exaggerated to various effects, tragic and comic—or metamorphosed, distorted, and even undone. The stories that Kubrick’s movies tell range from global nuclear politics to the unpredictable sexual dynamics of a marriage; from a day in the life of a New York City prizefighter preparing for a nighttime bout to the evolution of humankind. These male melodramas center on sociality and asociality. They feature male doubles, pairs, and rivals. They explore the romance of men and their machines, and men as machines. They figure intensely conflicted forms of male sexual desire. And they are also very much about male manners, style, taste, and art. Examining the formal, thematic, and theoretical affiliations between Kubrick’s three bodies of work—his photographs, his documentaries, and his feature films—Kubrick’s Men offers new vantages on to the question of gender and sexuality, including the first extended treatment of homosexuality in Kubrick’s male-oriented work.

Vidalia in Paris

Vidalia in Paris Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Sasha Watson
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When Vidalia wins a scholarship to study art abroad for the summer, she can’t believe her good fortune. Paris is filled with surprises, including Julien, the nice bookstore clerk Vidalia should like as more than a friend, and Marco, the mysterious art dealer she can’t stay away from. By the time she finds out the truth about the paintings Marco sells, she’s fallen for him too hard to really care. But when his crimes threaten to involve her directly, Vidalia has to separate reason from passion.

Who They Were

Who They Were Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Robert C. Shaler
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In Who They Were, Dr. Robert C. Shaler, the man who directed the largest and most groundbreaking forensic DNA investigation in U.S. history, tells with poignant clarity and refreshing honesty the story behind the relentless effort to identify the 2,749 victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center. No part of the investigation into the 9/11 attacks has taken as long or been less discussed than the daunting task of identifying the victims -- and the hijackers -- from the remains in the rubble of Ground Zero. In Who They Were, Dr. Robert C. Shaler, former director of the Forensic Biology Department at the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, tells the inside story of the relentless process of DNA identification and depicts the victories and frustrations that he and his team of scientists experienced during more than three years of grueling work. On September 11, 2001, New York City was unprepared for the mass-fatality event that occurred at the World Trade Center. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner had to completely reconfigure itself to process and identify the nearly 20,000 remains that would eventually come through its doors. Facing an astonishing array of obstacles -- from political infighting and an overwhelming bureaucracy to the nearly insurmountable task of corralling personnel and supplies to handle the work -- Shaler and his team quickly established an unprecedented network of cooperation among public agencies and private labs doing cutting-edge research. More than a story of innovative science at the frontiers of human knowledge, Who They Were also tells the very human story of how Dr. Shaler and his staff forged important and lasting bonds with the families of those who were lost. He shares the agony of mistakes made in the chaos and unintended misidentifications resulting in the excruciating difficulty of having to retrieve remains from families of the lost. Finally, Dr. Shaler shares how he and the dedicated team of scientists who gave up more than three years of their lives when the rest of the world had moved on had to face the limits of science in dealing with the appalling level of destruction at Ground Zero and concede that no more victims would be sent home to their families. As of April 2005, when the process was suspended, only 1,592 out of the 2,749 who died on that fateful day had been identified. With compelling prose and insight, Who They Were reveals the previously untold stories of the scientists determined to bring closure to devastated families in the wake of America's largest disaster.

Biography of an Idea

Biography of an Idea Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Edward L. Bernays
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The father of public relations looks back on a landmark life spent shaping trends, preferences, and general opinion A twentieth-century marketing visionary, Edward L. Bernays brilliantly combined mastery of the social sciences with a keen understanding of human psychology to become one of his generation’s most influential social architects. In Biography of an Idea, Bernays traces the formative moments of his career, from his time in the Woodrow Wilson administration as one of the nation’s key wartime propagandists to his consultancy for such corporate giants as Procter & Gamble, General Electric, and Dodge Motors. While working with the American Tobacco Company, Bernays launched his now-infamous Lucky Strike campaign, which effectively ended the long-standing taboo against women smoking in public. With his vast knowledge of the psychology of the masses, Bernays was in great demand, advising high-profile officials and counseling the tastemakers of his generation. His masterful and at times manipulative techniques had longstanding influences on social and political beliefs as well as on cultural trends. Biography of an Idea is a fascinating look at the birth of public relations—an industry that continues to hold sway over American society.

The History of Canada Series: Three Weeks in Quebec City

The History of Canada Series: Three Weeks in Quebec City Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Christopher Moore
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In 1864, thirty-three delegates from five provincial legislatures came to Quebec City to pursue the idea of uniting all the provinces of British North America. The American Civil War, not yet over, encouraged the small and barely defended provinces to consider uniting for mutual protection. But there were other factors: the rapid expansion of railways and steamships spurred visions of a continent-spanning new nation. Federation, in principle, had been agreed on at the Charlottetown conference, but now it was time to debate the difficult issues of how a new nation would be formed. The delegates included John A. Macdonald, George Etienne-Cartier, and George Brown. Historian Christopher Moore demonstrates that Macdonald, the future prime minister, surprisingly was not the most significant player here, and Canada could have become a very different place. The significance of this conference is played out in Canadian news each day. The main point of contention at the time was the issue of power—a strong federal body versus stronger provincial rights. Because of this conference, we have an elected House of Commons, an appointed Senate, a federal Parliament, and provincial legislatures. We have what amounts to a Canadian system of checks and balances. Did it work then, and does it work now?

The Roosevelt Women

The Roosevelt Women Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Betty Boyd Caroli
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The Roosevelt name conjures up images of powerful Presidents and dashing men of high society. But few people know much about the extraordinary network of women that held the Roosevelt clan together through war, scandal, and disease. In The Roosevelt Women, Betty Boyd Caroli weaves together stories culled from a rich store of letters, memoirs, and interviews to chronicle nine extraordinary Roosevelt women across a century and a half of turbulent history.She examines the Roosevelt women as mothers, daughters, wives, and, beyond that, as world travelers, authors, campaigners, and socialites—in short, as themselves. She reveals how they demonstrated the energy and intellectual curiosity that defined their famous family, as well as the roles they played in the intrigues, scandals, and accomplishments that were hallmarks of the Roosevelt clan. From the much maligned Sara Delano (who sired Franklin and by turns terrified and supported Eleanor) to Theodore's irrepressible daughter, Alice (”I can either rule the country or control Alice,” Teddy once said) to the beloved Bamie, who was the only mother Alice ever knew, and the model of everything she never was in life, to the exceptionally beautiful but ultimately overwhelmed Mittie, Theodore's mother, The Roosevelt Women is an intricate portrait of bold and talented women, a grand tale of both unbearable tragedies and triumphant achievements.

Mistletoe Mix-up

Mistletoe Mix-up Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jody Day
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Evan Edwards faces another lonely Christmas in the dorm, so when he chances upon a rain-soaked ad for holiday room and board in exchange for decorating, he wastes no time in driving to the empty home, dreaming of a cozy, if lonely, Christmas. Across the street, Rise' Larkin is also home from school, and has some bad news for her Dad. As Evan and Rise's friendship deepens, and Christmas nears, Evan discovers he's been decorating the wrong house. Will this mix-up ruin everything?

Highland Books Boxset Books 1-3

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Three love stories, a magical setting—welcome to the village of Lochalshie! This trio of laugh-out-loud romantic comedies set in the Scottish Highlands features the stories of Gaby and Jack, and Katya. When Gaby flees a broken engagement, she takes refuge in a faraway village in the north-west of Scotland. Then fate puts a red-headed man with more than a passing resemblance to her favourite fictional hunk Jamie Fraser in front of her, and sparks fly in Highland Fling. In Highland Heart, Katya’s relationship started promisingly… an-easy-on-the-eye guy who ticks all her boxes for brains and beauty. But their long-distance liaison takes its toll and when there is a charmer who doesn’t bother to hide his attraction to her close by, who will Katya choose? Weddings… three months to organise one and helpful ‘friends’ throwing in their ideas and suggestions left, right and centre. Will our happy couple get their happily ever after in Highland Wedding? If you are a fan of Jill Mansell, Jenny Colgan, Trisha Ashley, Katie Fforde and Sophie Kinsella, the Highland Books trio is your perfect choice for curling up on the couch and losing yourself in the world of Lochalshie. Praise for Highland Fling: “It's a great mix of funny moments and that 'does he like me' awkwardness. This book is full of witty dialogue, quirky characters you just know you'd recognise if you met them, and scenery that comes to life, making you want to hop in your car and go there.” “Took only 4 nights to devour this book, and I loved every page. The story and characters were very credible, in that the lead man is somebody I wouldn’t mind the “love guru” setting me up with. A great funny romantic read, ideal for holidays or a rainy day in.” “I loved this book. It's a perfect cosy read. I loved the Scottish setting, with all of the colourful and funny characters.” Reviews of Highland Heart: “Loved the second instalment of this delightful Scottish drama. Highly recommend both books for an instant Highland getaway.” “An excellent, heart-warming rom-com with all of the funniest characters from the first plus some great new ones. I loved seeing Lochhalsie from Katya's point of view this time. Funny, sweet and romantic.” “Great storytelling with characters I really warmed to. I so wanted Katya to be all loved up that I couldn’t put it down until I found out who’d she chosen. And the banter between the villagers was classic.”

Politics of Codification

Politics of Codification Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Brian J. Young
Editor: McGill-Queen\'s Press - MQUP
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Young interprets codification as part of a larger process that included the collapse of the Lower Canadian rebellions, the decline of seigneurialism, expansion of bourgeois democracy in central Canada, professionalization of the bar, and formation of the institutional state. Central to codification was a profound ideological shift in Lower Canadian society that gave priority to exchange and individual property rights. Young examines the evolution of codification from its nationalist origins in the 1820s and 1830s into a Civil Code that was integral to Confederation and became a flagship of bilingualism in Quebec. The formation of the commission, the work of the codifiers, and the reaction of the anglophone minority and the Roman Catholic hierarchy are considered, as is the Code's meticulous blending of a conservative social vision with the principles of freedom of property. The Politics of Codification will be of great interest to students of law, members of the legal professions, and Canadian social and legal historians.

DK Eyewitness Top 10 Montreal and Quebec City

DK Eyewitness Top 10 Montreal and Quebec City Pdf/ePub eBook Author: DK Eyewitness
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Montreal and Quebec City abound with history and culture. A profusion of world-class museums, art galleries, historic churches, châteaux, landscaped-parks and year-round festivals has ensconced these cities as Canada's cultural capitals. Your DK Eyewitness Top 10 travel guide ensures you'll find your way around Montreal and Quebec City with absolute ease. Our newly updated Top 10 travel guide breaks down the best of Montreal and Quebec City into helpful lists of ten - from our own selected highlights to the best museums and galleries, places to eat, shops and festivals. You'll discover: - Seven easy-to-follow itineraries, perfect for a two day or week-long trip - Detailed Top 10 lists of Montreal and Quebec City's must-sees, including detailed descriptions of Parc du Mont-Royal, Basilique Notre-Dame, Parc Olympique, Musée Pointe-à-Callière, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, La Citadelle, Musée de la Civilisation de Québec, Basilique Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Île d'Orléans and Les Laurentides - Montreal and Quebec City's most interesting areas, with the best places for shopping, sightseeing and sampling local cuisine - Inspiration for different things to enjoy during your trip - including family activities, festivals and national holidays as well as things to do for free - Streetsmart advice: get ready, get around and stay safe DK Eyewitness Top 10s have been helping travelers to make the most of their breaks since 2002. Staying for longer and looking for a more comprehensive guide? Try our DK Eyewitness Canada.

House of Sand

House of Sand Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Barbara Rowan
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Journalist Angus Logan returns to the island of La Roque, where he grew up as part of the Courvel family. Maurice de Courvel has died under extremely mysterious circumstances. What has happened to the island since Angus’ departure is equally shocking. As the details of what have led to the violent death slowly begin to unravel, Angus cannot escape his own past and the danger that has begun to surround him. Wrapped in mystery and romance, the story written under one of Ida Pollock’s pseudonyms, Barbara Rowan, is a gripping thriller that will not leave the reader cold. A must-read for friends of literary romance and surprising twists of fate. Barbara Rowan is a pseudonym of Ida Pollock (1908 – 2013), a highly successful British writer of over 125 romance novels translated into numerous languages and published across the world. Ida Pollock has sold millions of copies over her 90-year career. Pollock began writing when she was 10 years old. Ida has travelled widely, living in several different countries. She continues to be popular amongst both her devoted fan base and new readers alike. Pollock has been referred to as the "world's oldest novelist" who was still active at 105 and continued writing until her death. On the occasion of her 105th birthday, Pollock was appointed honorary vice-president of the Romantic Novelists' Association, having been one of its founding members. Ida Pollock wrote in a wide variety of pseudonyms: Joan M. Allen, Susan Barrie, Pamela Kent, Averil Ives, Anita Charles, Barbara Rowan, Jane Beaufort, Rose Burghley, Mary Whistler and Marguerite Bell.

1867

1867 Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Christopher Moore
Editor: McClelland & Stewart
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“In the 1860s, western alienation began at Yonge Street, and George Brown was the Preston Manning of the day.” So begins Christopher Moore’s fascinating 1990s look at the messy, dramatic, crisis-ridden process that brought Canada into being – and at the politicians, no more lovable or united than our own, who, against all odds, managed to forge a deal that worked. From the first chapter, he turns a fresh, perceptive, and lucid eye on the people, the issues, and the political theories of Confederation – from John A. Macdonald’s canny handling of leadership to the invention of federalism and the Senate, from the Quebec question to the influence of political philosophers Edmund Burke and Walter Bagehot. This is a book for all Canadians who love their country – and fear for it after the failure of the constitution-making of the 1990s. Here is a clear, entertaining reintroduction to the ideas and processes that forged the nation.

My Room is a Dungeon Rest Stop (Manga) Vol. 4

My Room is a Dungeon Rest Stop (Manga) Vol. 4 Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Tougoku Hudou,Takoya Kiyoshi
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After hearing the tragic story of how Ria lost her sword, Touru, Deet, and Shizuku hatch a plan to lure the adventurers who abandoned her down into the dungeon for payback! But this also leads to an incredible new discovery about the nature of Touru's apartment!

Style from the Nile

Style from the Nile Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Isabella Campagnol
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In November 1922, the combined efforts of Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon revealed to the world the 'wonderful things' buried in Tutankhamen’s tomb, Egypt had already been a source for new trends in fashion for quite some time: in the early 19th century, for example, Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign contributed to the popularization of Kashmir shawls, while the inauguration of the Suez Canal in 1869 stimulated 'Egyptianizing' trends in gowns, jewellery and textiles. Post-1922, a veritable Egyptomania craze invested all artistic fields, quickly becoming a dominant Art Deco motif: “flapper-style” dresses were elaborately embroidered with beaded “Egyptian” patterns, evening bags were decorated with hieroglyphics, brooches nonchalantly sported ancient scarabs, and the sleek black bobs favored by the admired icons of the time, Louise Brooks and Clara Bow, looked up to the fabled Egyptian beauty of Nefertiti and Cleopatra. Egyptomania often resurfaces in 21st-century fashion as well: the awe-inspiring John Galliano’s designs for Dior Spring-Summer 2004 brought back pharaonic crowns in lieu of headdresses in a triumph of gold-encrusted creations, the ancient practice of mummification was referenced by Iris van Herpen’s Fall 2009 collection and Egyptian vibes resonated in Chanel's Métiers d’Art 2018/2019 collection. Through the combination of rigorous fashion history research, intriguing images and well-informed, but approachable, writing, Style from the Nile offers a comprehensive overview of a fascinating phenomenon that, to this day, continues to have a mesmerizing appeal.

Jewels

Jewels Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Victoria Finlay
Editor: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0345493354
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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.

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