books about: follies
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
Finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography One of the Best Books of the Year: The Christian Science Monitor NPR The Seattle Times St. Louis Post-Dispatch Chicago Tribune A New York Times Notable Book The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War I was, in the words of T. E. Lawrence, “a sideshow of a sideshow.” As a result, the conflict was shaped to a remarkable degree by a small handful of ...
On Folly Beach
New American Library
Folly Beach, South Carolina, has survived despite hurricanes and war. But it's the personal battles of Folly Beach's residents that have left the most scars, and why a young widow has been beckoned there to heal her own... To most people, Folly Beach is simply the last barrier island before reaching the great Atlantic. To some, it's a sanctuary for lost souls, which is why Emmy Hamilton's mother encourages her to buy the local book store, ...
One Man's Folly: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood
When it comes to interiors style, antiques, and Southern vernacular architecture, Furlow Gatewood is a one-of-a-kind classic-this book presents his magical private enclave for the first time. Antiques expert Furlow Gatewood's highly personal property in bucolic Americus, Georgia, where he has meticulously restored his family's carriage house and added intimate dwellings and outbuildings-several rescued from demolition-has evolved over decades ...
Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog
An extraordinary book that masterfully illuminates the dreamlike writing world of Tennessee Williams, revealing the heart and soul of artistic inspiration and the unwitting collaboration between playwright and actor, playwright and director. At a moment in Tennessee Williams' life when he felt he had been relegated to a "lower artery of the theatrical heart," when critics were proclaiming his work overrated, he summoned to New Orleans a young ...
The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam
Barbara W. Tuchman
Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Barbara W. Tuchman, author of the World War I masterpiece The Guns of August, grapples with her boldest subject: the pervasive presence, through the ages, of failure, mismanagement, and delusion in government. Drawing on a comprehensive array of examples, from Montezuma’s senseless surrender of his empire in 1520 to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Barbara W. Tuchman defines folly as the pursuit ...
Robert Morris's Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder (The Lewis Walpole ...
Prof. Ryan K. Smith
Yale University Press
In 1798 Robert Morris—“financier of the American Revolution,” confidant of George Washington, former U.S. senator—plunged from the peaks of wealth and prestige into debtors' prison and public contempt. How could one of the richest men in the United States, one of only two founders who signed the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution, suffer such a downfall? This book examines for the first ...
Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster
The New York Times bestseller—a harrowing and hysterical memoir by the two-time Emmy Award-winning actress from the hit television show 3rd Rock from the Sun. “It felt like I was speeding on the Autobahn toward hell, trapped inside a DeLorean with no brakes. And even if I could somehow stop, I’d still be screwed, because there’s no way I’d ever be able to figure out how to open those insane, cocaine-designed doors.” ...
The Luck Uglies
Strange things are happening in Village Drowning, and a terrifying encounter has eleven-year-old Rye O'Chanter convinced that the monstrous, supposedly extinct Bog Noblins have returned. Now Rye's only hope is an exiled secret society so notorious its name can't be spoken aloud: the Luck Uglies. As Rye dives into Village Drowning's maze of secrets, rules, and lies, she'll discover the truth behind the village's legends of outlaws and beasts . . ...
This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly
Carmen M. Reinhart
Princeton University Press
Throughout history, rich and poor countries alike have been lending, borrowing, crashing--and recovering--their way through an extraordinary range of financial crises. Each time, the experts have chimed, "this time is different"--claiming that the old rules of valuation no longer apply and that the new situation bears little similarity to past disasters. With this breakthrough study, leading economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff ...
To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism
In the very near future, smart” technologies and big data” will allow us to make large-scale and sophisticated interventions in politics, culture, and everyday life. Technology will allow us to solve problems in highly original ways and create new incentives to get more people to do the right thing. But how will such solutionism” affect our society, once deeply political, moral, and irresolvable dilemmas are recast as uncontroversial ...
Folly Beach: A Lowcountry Tale
Dorothea Benton Frank
William Morrow Paperbacks
“Dottie Frank’s books are sexy and hilarious. She has staked out the lowcountry of South Carolina as her personal literary property.” —Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides and South of Broad The incomparable Dorothea Benton Frank is back with her latest Lowcountry Novel, Folly Beach . As she has with Lowcountry Summer , Return to Sullivans Island , Land of Mango Sunsets , and so many other delightful literal excursions to ...
Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre
Oxford University Press
Ethan Mordden has been hailed as "a sharp-eared listener and a discerning critic," by Opera News , which compares his books to "dinner with a knowledgeable, garrulous companion." The "preeminent historian of the American musical" ( New York Times ), he "brings boundless energy and enthusiasm buttressed by an arsenal of smart anecdotes" ( Wall Street Journal ). Now Mordden offers an entirely fresh and infectiously delightful history of American ...
The Praise of Folly and Other Writings (Norton Critical Editions)
W. W. Norton & Company
This Norton Critical Edition provides a wide selection of Erasmus’s writings, translated from the Latin into fresh, modern English. Besides the celebrated Praise of Folly , Robert M. Adams has included the political "Complaint of Peace," the brutal antipapal satire "Julius Excluded from Heaven," two versions of Erasmus’s important preface to the Latin translation of the New Testament, and a selection both serious and comic of his ...
A Mad, Wicked Folly
Sharon Biggs Waller
Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl. After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French ...
Fatso: Football When Men Were Really Men
Arthur J., Jr. Donovan
William Morrow & Co
AUTOGRAPHED, stated First Edition with full numberline. Price-clipped dustjacket shows light wear but no chips, tears. Hardcover. Boards are clean and square. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked. Great gift for the football fanatic. Collectible.
FDR's Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression
Three Rivers Press
“Admirers of FDR credit his New Deal with restoring the American economy after the disastrous contraction of 1929—33. Truth to tell–as Powell demonstrates without a shadow of a doubt–the New Deal hampered recovery from the contraction, prolonged and added to unemployment, and set the stage for ever more intrusive and costly government. Powell’s analysis is thoroughly documented, relying on an impressive variety of popular and academic ...
Nicky Haslam's Folly De Grandeur: Romance and Revival in an English Country House
For anyone who has nurtured the dream of having a country house in the English style, celebrated designer Nicholas Haslam has created an inspiring series of exquisite yet relaxed interiors that blend traditional comfort with elegance and a passion for collecting art and antiques. Nicholas Haslam’s delightful "Folly de Grandeur" is a unique country house that many in the interior design community consider to be one of the world’s most ...
God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion
Victor J. Stenger
A thorough and hard-hitting critique that is a must read for anyone interested in the interaction between religion and science. It has become the prevalent view among sociologists, historians, and some theistic scientists that religion and science have never been in serious conflict. Some even claim that Christianity was responsible for the development of science. In a sweeping historical survey that begins with ancient Greek science and ...
Jazz Age Beauties: The Lost Collection of Ziegfeld Photographer Alfred Cheney Johnston
Despite Prohibition, the '20s was the decade of jazz, flappers and hip flasks. While some took their vote and joined the Woman's Christian Temperance Movement, others, well, took liberties. Compiled here for the first time are more than 200 publicity stills and photos of some of America's first "It" girls—the silent film-era starlets who paved the way for the cacophony of Monroes and Madonnas to follow. Accompanying these iconic images are the ...
Broadway: The American Musical
Michael Kantor and Laurence Maslon
Along with jazz and abstract expressionism, the Broadway musical is one of the few uniquely American art forms. A companion to the six-part PBS documentary series, BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL is the first comprehensive history of the musical, from its roots at the turn of the 20th century through the smashing successes of the new millennium. The compelling, in-depth text is lavishly illustrated with a treasure trove of photographs, ...
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