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Hollywood’s Most Influential Directors: The Lives and Legacies of Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, and Stanley Kubrick

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures
*Includes the directors’ quotes about their careers
*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

In the opening pages of his seminal book-length study of Alfred Hitchcock, Hitchcock’s Films (1965), Robin Wood famously asked, “Why Should We Take Hitchcock Seriously?” Wood then proceeded to offer a detailed examination of Hitchcock’s career to that point, arguing that the Master of Suspense belonged among the ranks of the preeminent directors in Hollywood, and that his films were among the most important in American culture. When Wood was asking that question, he wasn’t asking it rhetorically and was arguing for Hitchcock’s relevance, which seems strange today because Hitchcock is now a Hollywood icon. No one would even think of asking that same question today, as just about every American is familiar with Hitchcock’s work in some way or another.

Hitchcock is regarded as perhaps the most famous and influential director in history, so Wood’s question back in 1965 at least demonstrates the evolution of Hitchcock’s reputation and the critical reception of his career. Indeed, as revered as Hitchcock is today, it is telling that he was never awarded an Academy Award during his career (though he was given an honorary Oscar after his retirement.) Vertigo (1958), for example, is now considered one of the landmark films of the classical Hollywood cinema, but it was both a box office and a critical flop upon its release. Other Hitchcock films, such as Psycho (1960) and North by Northwest (1959), performed well at the box office but were not viewed as high art. Indeed, it was not until the rise of Film Studies as an academic discipline – a development that saw Hitchcock’s films get co-opted by scholars of the horror and suspense genres, feminist film theorists, and film historians – that Hitchcock’s reputation as a significant artist and director crystallized. Thus, not only did Hitchcock’s career itself undergo dramatic fluctuations, his reception has been every bit as circuitous in its trajectory.

When it comes to Hollywood and the entertainment industry, perhaps nobody catapulted to fame as quickly or as strangely as Orson Welles, but it would also be safe to say that few produced such critically acclaimed work either. Though he had worked on stage productions from an early age and seamlessly transitioned into radio, few were familiar with his work until a legendary 1938 radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, during which some people who heard Welles narrating the work truly believed that an alien invasion was underway. As Welles famously apologized at the end of the broadcast, “This is Orson Welles, ladies and gentlemen, out of character, to assure you that The War of the Worlds has no further significance than as the holiday offering it was intended to be; The Mercury Theatre’s own radio version of dressing up in a sheet and jumping out of a bush and saying â??Boo!'”

There may be no director in American film history who was better able to combine commercial appeal with art house style like Stanley Kubrick. As his career progressed, his films grew increasingly challenging, with slow, methodical plots that made for running times that spanned upwards of three hours, but no matter how much Kubrick may have broken away from the standard 90-minute Hollywood fare and threatened to alienate his audience, there is no denying the special place his films hold in pop culture. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1969), A Clockwork Orange (1972), and The Shining (1982) remain among the more widely-loved films of the latter half of the 20th century among both critics and casual moviegoers alike.
As much as Kubrick was able to satisfy the American viewer, his virtuoso camera technique and use of sound place him on par with major international directors of the art house circuit, like Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, and Michelangelo Antonioni.



Byblos: The History and Legacy of the Oldest Ancient Phoenician City

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures
*Includes ancient accounts of Byblos
*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

Of all the peoples of the ancient Near East, the Phoenicians are among the most recognizable but also perhaps the least understood. The Phoenicians never built an empire like the Egyptians and Assyrians; in fact, the Phoenicians never created a unified Phoenician state but instead existed as independent city-state kingdoms scattered throughout the Mediterranean region. However, despite the fact there was never a “Phoenician Empire,” the Phoenicians proved to be more prolific in their exploration and colonization than any other peoples in world history until the Spanish during the Age of Discovery.

Byblos, known today as Jubayl, has been known by many names over the ages: the Phoenicians called it Gebal; for the Egyptians it was Kepen or Kupna; the Assyrians and Akkadians referred to it as Gubla (this name was repeated throughout the Old Testament); the Arabs called it Jbeil, and eventually the European Crusaders gave it the name of Gibelet. This lengthy etymology reflects the city’s unique heritage significance, because Byblos is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities ever to have existed in the world. The city was frequently mentioned in the great archives of antiquity, but its origins lie in the depths of prehistory. Its strategic location, with plenty of shipbuilding wood coming from the nearby mountains, made many powerful states eager to control the territory. Over time, Byblos and its surrounding area were occupied by the Amorites, Canaanites, Phoenicians, Assyrians, Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Arabs, Crusaders, Mamelukes, and Ottomans.

From the earliest of times, Byblos was an active commercial center, trading extensively with Egypt, where it exported cedar wood from the Phoenician homelands in exchange for papyrus. As a result, Egypt would have a significant influence on the art and culture of Byblos, and the city quickly assumed a position of supremacy in the Mediterranean, thanks in part to its early use of writing. Archaeological evidence uncovered at the city show the existence of a Phoenician alphabet being used from as early as 1200 BCE, and the remains of Phoenician cities along the coast of Lebanon bear witness to the important role they played as a meeting place between the east and west, making it a focal point for the fusion of cultures in the ancient world. The Phoenicians did not generally seek political advantages or territorial expansion in their homeland-their interest was primarily in international trade.

Much of the coastline of the area is heavily urbanized, which likely obscures many further interesting structures that might completely change the narrative of the site if they were uncovered. Moreover, many of the archaeological remains are openly exposed to the elements. The construction of a modern jetty has modified the coastal configuration, which has exacerbated the problem of wave energy from the strong storms that regularly batter the coast. Some attempts at coastal engineering have been made to prevent environmental change, and the site’s environmental heritage significance has been recognized (being the first archaeological coastline in Lebanon to also become a protected natural landscape), but further steps will need to be taken preserve the unique heritage of Byblos.

Byblos: The History and Legacy of the Oldest Ancient Phoenician City chronicles the tumultuous history of one of the most important cities of antiquity. Along with pictures depicting important people, places, and events, you will learn about Byblos like never before.



Kindle Fire HD 8 & 10: Kindle Fire HD Advanced User Guide (Updated DEC 2016): Step-By-Step Instructions to Enrich Your Fire HD Experience (Kindle Fire HD Manual, Fire HD ebook, Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10)

by Steve Wright

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Communication Skills: 3 Manuscripts – Body Language, Small Talk, Public Speaking (Communication For Beginners, Communications Skills, Communication Tools, … Body Language, Public Speaking Book 2)

by Ian Berry

Communication Skills

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Public speaking is a true art and one that takes a lot of time and effort, in order to master. A wise person once said that all great speakers were bad at first, which clearly suggests that experience equals improvement. Ever since we are young, we are taught to communicate and engage in social interaction, voicing our own opinions regarding this subject. In a way, public speaking is a refined form of social interaction and one that requires a lot of preparation, in order to make sure that you are reaching your audience in a proper manner.
This book contains proven steps and strategies on how to become an inspiring public speaker and communicate your own views/opinions to other people. It contains a wide range of useful suggestions, so you will gain a lot of knowledge regarding public speaking. It is a wonderful reading experience and one that will leave you feeling richer in the end.
Small talk is more essential than you think. You may think that it is unnecessary since it is just about trivial matters, but it actually has a huge impact to various areas of your life. In fact, it serves as the foundation of the daily welfare of many people – not only in their private lives, but also in their careers.
Small talks are useful in the sense that these can create a good atmosphere in various environments. In the workplace, for instance, you can use it before a meeting formally begins, thereby developing a more relaxed atmosphere. Perhaps, you can ask your colleague about the morning traffic or the weather.
The good thing about doing so is that it allows you to connect to people. It shows them that you are willing to hear what they have to say, and that you are interested to talk to them. It’s also a good way for introverts, especially those uncomfortable in social settings, to at least make their presence felt.
Human communication is far more complex than we can imagine, with the majority of the information being transmitted through non-verbal signals. Unfortunately, not many of us are perceptive and we often fail to pick up on these signals, which affects the entire value of the respective interaction. It is true that it takes time to master the art of nonverbal communication and we are more than pleased to present a book that can help you in such pursuits.
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Body Language: Effective Non-verbal Communication to Understand People, Influence People and Attract People Instantly

by Richard Nolen

Have you wondered why some people seems so charismatic without saying anything?

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100 Survival Skills: Build a Shelter, Communicate, Navigate, Disappear Without a Trace, Find Food and Water in Any Wilderness: (Prepper’s Guid, Survival Guide, Bug out bag, Bushcraft) (Prepping)

by Annabel Force

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The truth is that anyone can suddenly find themselves in a situation where their usual sources of food and drink have vanished and they need to use their wits to survive.

There are three key areas to surviving and returning to civilization:

  • Finding a place to shelter for the night. There are several options and your best choice will depend upon the situation you find yourself in and whether you need to find your own way to civilization or wait for a rescue party to find you.
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Communication For Beginners: 2 Manuscripts – Body Language, Small Talk (Communication For Beginners, Communication Skills, Communication Tools Book 1)

by Ian Berry

Communication For Beginners

Today only, get this Amazon bestseller for just $0.99. Regularly priced at $5.99. Read on your PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device.

Here is a brief introduction of what you will learn
Human communication is far more complex than we can imagine, with the majority of the information being transmitted through non-verbal signals. Unfortunately, not many of us are perceptive and we often fail to pick up on these signals, which affects the entire value of the respective interaction. It is true that it takes time to master the art of nonverbal communication and we are more than pleased to present a book that can help you in such pursuits.
This book contains proven steps and strategies on using body language to your own advantage, communicating with other people in an efficient manner. It contains a wide range of practical instructions and exercises, so you will have a lot of practice by the end of the reading experience.
Small talk is more essential than you think. You may think that it is unnecessary since it is just about trivial matters, but it actually has a huge impact to various areas of your life. In fact, it serves as the foundation of the daily welfare of many people – not only in their private lives, but also in their careers.
Small talks are useful in the sense that these can create a good atmosphere in various environments. In the workplace, for instance, you can use it before a meeting formally begins, thereby developing a more relaxed atmosphere. Perhaps, you can ask your colleague about the morning traffic or the weather.

Download your copy today!

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Light as a Feather: 20 Dream Catchers and Feathers to Boost Your Creative and Adventurous Side (Fantasy & Imagination Boost)

by ColorQ Books

This book is comprised of 20 illustrations to boost your imagination and release stress. Inside you will find various designs featuring feathers and dream catchers. They are suitable for adults.

You can use different techniques and color schemes, there are absolutely no restrictions. Coloring is a wonderful way to spend your free time, be more creative and relax.

Please, note, this kindle ebook is not suitable for coloring. It is only a preview showing the designs. You can download these designs following the link at the end of the book. There you will find high-quality images that can be printed out and colored.

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