Lucy gets 'topical'. From terrorist type activity to the financial crisis author Meier has her detective/newspaper woman/town busybody on the prowl. B...moreLucy gets 'topical'. From terrorist type activity to the financial crisis author Meier has her detective/newspaper woman/town busybody on the prowl. Between Lucy Stone's usual New England town activities, family hijinks, the Christmas holiday nearing, a community theater play, and oh but of course a murder there is a bit of something on every page.
While this series is a bit predictable and has begun to be strewn with lots of scenic and 'color' descriptions, it is still fun and enjoyable. But by this time and number of books the reader knows what they are likely to get. Leslie Meier delivers a fun entertaining reading again.(less)
100 hand selected photographs of a visual icon, Audrey Hepburn.
This is more than Breakfast at Tiffany's and Eliza Doolittle. Audrey H. is shown at wor...more100 hand selected photographs of a visual icon, Audrey Hepburn.
This is more than Breakfast at Tiffany's and Eliza Doolittle. Audrey H. is shown at work and play in a stunning collection of images. From some candid moments to high fashion poses to private moments with her beloved dogs, an era is captured.
The Photographer's range from friends and family to themselves iconic figures. Names known now mostly to a few students and fellow, but later generation photographers, are on display. Some of the photogs were the top of the heap in the 1950's. Today I'd have trouble finding a dozen fellow photographers who have heard of three-fourths of these shooters. That is another nice element to this book. There are extended credits after the large and some full spread images about each, where known, credited photographer.
The book is an oversize 10x12 on heavy paper stock work. Only a few images consume less than a full page border to border. Many are full or partial double spread with no interfering captions. It is the kind of work a lover of photography just sits down and goes through page after page after page. . .
For the connoisseur of B/W 50/60's fashion photography. A few color images are thrown in for good measure, certainly of Audrey in her later life. Selected by family, these images are chosen for their ability to enhance and preserve and for their relationship to the icon status of Audrey Hepburn. A well done collection and another visual feast.(less)
The Allies in WWII made a crucial decision for humanity and mankind. It was to return looted art to the country of origin after the war, including Ger...moreThe Allies in WWII made a crucial decision for humanity and mankind. It was to return looted art to the country of origin after the war, including Germany! Nothing of this type had ever been done before. In fact, it usually took another war or more to return cultural touchstones to the defeated. Generals Eisenhower and Marshall with President Roosevelt's backing decided on this very unusual step along with a civilian commission that had encouraged this action.
The Monuments Men, or more properly Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section of the Allied Forces in Europe (and later elsewhere) were charged with the location, cataloging, preservation, and return of looted art and the identification of important structures that if at all possible were to be saved from demolition and plundering. This included churches, historic town halls and civic building and the priceless records of European history they contained.
Author Robert Edsel has produced what is really the first major work on this topic in decades, and the first English language work of this breadth. Fine history and a living memorial to the Soldiers of the MFAA. A must read for a more complete knowledge of WWII. For any art historian this work is on the short list to appreciate that the explosion of art in the later half of the twentieth century can be laid at the feet of the few original Monuments Men and they are owed an eternal debt of thanks.(less)