mercoledì 22 giugno 2011

Salento Style (AA.VV.) by Congedo editore

The Salento Style is the emotional and cultural elaboration of a place of crossings, that has taken and given, and with the timely traditional pieces, has rewritten its aesthetic. Because the Salento Style is above all else, sought after, creative, the joy of beauty. Day after day, project after project, insight after insight, ending with the creation of a legacy that passes beyond the typical, classical architectural styles of this region: the country houses and the town houses, the manor farms and the palaces, tobacco farming deposits and agricultural shelters, the antique villas and farmers houses, le “lamie” and the “pajare” (typical stone shelters), the houses with gardens and those with courts. And furthermore, the humpbacked terraces, the rediscovered niches, and recovered corners. The closed vegetable gardens and the secret gardens. Collected, poetic, intimate spaces, overlooking the sea, the sky, and the green.

domenica 19 giugno 2011

Robopocalypse by DANIEL H. WILSON (Doubleday Books)

They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies...Now they're coming for you.
In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans - a single mother disconcerted by her daughter's menacing "smart" toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a 'pacification unit' go haywire - but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late.
When the Robot War ignites -- at a moment known later as Zero Hour -- humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united. "Robopocalypse" is a brilliantly conceived action-filled epic, a terrifying story with heart-stopping implications for the real technology all around us...and an entertaining and engaging thriller unlike anything else written in years.

DANIEL H. WILSON earned a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of such nonfiction works as "How to Survive a Robot Uprising." Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter.

venerdì 17 giugno 2011

System Of A Down - Lonely Day

Music video by System Of A Down performing Lonely Day. (C) 2006 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT on youtube

martedì 31 maggio 2011

Believing Brain by Michael Shermer (Times Books)

Bestselling author Michael Shermer's comprehensive and provocative theory on how beliefs are born, formed, reinforced, challenged, changed, and extinguished.
In this work synthesizing thirty years of research, psychologist, historian of science, and the world's best-known skeptic Michael Shermer upends the traditional thinking about how humans form beliefs about the world. Simply put, beliefs come first and explanations for beliefs follow. The brain, Shermer argues, is a belief engine. From sensory data flowing in through the senses, the brain naturally begins to look for and find patterns, and then infuses those patterns with meaning. Our brains connect the dots of our world into meaningful patterns that explain why things happen, and these patterns become beliefs. Once beliefs are formed the brain begins to look for and find confirmatory evidence in support of those beliefs, which accelerates the process of reinforcing them, and round and round the process goes in a positive-feedback loop of belief confirmation. Shermer outlines the numerous cognitive tools our brains engage to reinforce our beliefs as truths.
Interlaced with his theory of belief, Shermer provides countless real-world examples of how this process operates, from politics, economics, and religion to conspiracy theories, the supernatural, and the paranormal. Ultimately, he demonstrates why science is the best tool ever devised to determine whether or not a belief matches reality.

giovedì 26 maggio 2011

Gone with a Handsomer Man di Michael Lee West (Minotaur Books)

Take one out-of-work pastry chef . . .
Teeny Templeton believes that her life is finally on track. She's getting married, she's baking her own wedding cake, and she's leaving her troubled past behind. And then? She finds her fiance playing naked badminton with a couple of gorgeous, skanky chicks.
Add a whole lot of trouble . . .
Needless to say, the wedding is off. Adding insult to injury, her fiance slaps a restraining order on her. When he's found dead a few days later, all fingers point to Teeny.
And stir like crazy!
Her only hope is through an old boyfriend-turned-lawyer, the guy who broke her heart a decade ago. But dredging up the past brings more than skeletons out of the closet, and Teeny doesn't know who she can trust. With evidence mounting and the heat turning up, Teeny must also figure out where to live, how to support herself, how to clear her name, and how to protect her heart.

domenica 22 maggio 2011

The Dead Syndicate: The Trial of the Archnemesis by Marc L. Abbott (Hobbcat Publishing, Inc.)

They are called The Dead Syndicate. They are hell's government, law enforcement and army made up of fallen angels and demons. They have spent centuries fighting the Archangels, heavens angelic orders and corrupting the lives of men. The Syndicate thought they were succeeding, until a traitor is discovered in their midst. When one of their own is caught committing acts of treason The Dead Syndicate turn their fight against him. Thrown into the Purgatorial Prison to await trail, the traitor faces the forces of an ambitious prosecutor working for the Syndicate. As the prosecutor begins to build his case, his team uncovers an intricate plot that could take down the Syndicate and, possibly, the entire realm of hell.In a place where treachery reigns and hopes end, the Trial of the Archnemesis begins. Judgment will be decided in the ultimate battle of good against evil.

venerdì 20 maggio 2011

On China by Henry Kissinger (Penguin Press)

In this sweeping and insightful history, Henry Kissinger turns for the first time at book-length to a country he has known intimately for decades, and whose modern relations with the West he helped shape. Drawing on historical records as well as his conversations with Chinese leaders over the past forty years, Kissinger examines how China has approached diplomacy, strategy, and negotiation throughout its history, and reflects on the consequences for the global balance of power in the 21st century.
Since no other country can claim a more powerful link to its ancient past and classical principles, any attempt to understand China's future world role must begin with an appreciation of its long history. For centuries, China rarely encountered other societies of comparable size and sophistication; it was the "Middle Kingdom," treating the peoples on its periphery as vassal states. At the same time, Chinese statesmen-facing threats of invasion from without, and the contests of competing factions within-developed a canon of strategic thought that prized the virtues of subtlety, patience, and indirection over feats of martial prowess.
In "On China," Kissinger examines key episodes in Chinese foreign policy from the classical era to the present day, with a particular emphasis on the decades since the rise of Mao Zedong. He illuminates the inner workings of Chinese diplomacy during such pivotal events as the initial encounters between China and modern European powers, the formation and breakdown of the Sino-Soviet alliance, the Korean War, Richard Nixon's historic trip to Beijing, and three crises in the Taiwan Straits. Drawing on his extensive personal experience with four generation of Chinese leaders, he brings to life towering figures such as Mao, Zhou Enlai, and Deng Xiaoping, revealing how their different visions have shaped China's modern destiny. With his singular vantage on U.S.-China relations, Kissinger traces the evolution of this fraught but crucial relationship over the past 60 years, following its dramatic course from estrangement to strategic partnership to economic interdependence, and toward an uncertain future. With a final chapter on the emerging superpower's 21st-century world role, "On China" provides an intimate historical perspective on Chinese foreign affairs from one of the premier statesmen of the 20th century.

mercoledì 18 maggio 2011

Britney Spears - Hold It Against Me

Music video by Britney Spears performing Hold It Against Me. (C) 2011 JIVE Records, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment on Youtube/Vevo

sabato 14 maggio 2011

Social Boom! by Jeffrey Gitomer (FT Press)

"Social BOOM!" contains every aspect of social media, including the business periphery (blog, personal website, e-zine) that you need in order to create the real law of attraction. When you create a connection, it's an indicator that that prospect, or that customer, or that person wants to continue the online relationship, which may lead to real business. Graduate from social media to business social media by creating value that others will perceive as important to fulfilling their needs. As you go through each aspect of this foundation-building, platform-building book, you will read the ideas that Gitomer and others are using right now. None of the ideas are random. All of them are fully tested and can be implemented by you, too. None of the ideas contain solicitation (buy my product, make a lot of money). All of them get you and your brand out there in a systematic way that will bring in dollars. Gitomer has invited a number of social media experts to "guest speak" in the book, to help you get a wider range of views and options. The best part about this book is that the minute you begin to read it, if your laptop or mobile device is handy, you can begin to implement it in the same minute.

mercoledì 11 maggio 2011

Sixkill by Robert B. Parker (Putnam Adult)

An extraordinary new Spenser novel from the beloved "New York Times"-bestselling author.
On location in Boston, bad-boy actor Jumbo Nelson is accused of the rape and murder of a young woman. From the start the case seems fishy, so the Boston PD calls on Spenser to investigate. The situation doesn't look good for Jumbo, whose appetites for food, booze, and sex are as outsized as his name. He was the studio's biggest star, but he's become their biggest liability.
In the course of the investigation, Spenser encounters Jumbo's bodyguard: a young, former football-playing Native American named Zebulon Sixkill. Sixkill acts tough, but Spenser sees something more within the young man. Despite the odd circumstances, the two forge an unlikely alliance, with Spenser serving as mentor for Sixkill. As the case grows darker and secrets about both Jumbo and the dead girl come to light, it's Spenser-with Sixkill at his side-who must put things right.

domenica 8 maggio 2011

Judas by Lady Gaga

On Youtube/Vevo
Music video by Lady Gaga performing Judas. Get the track on iTunes: (C) 2011 Interscope Records

venerdì 6 maggio 2011

10th Anniversary by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro (Little Brown and Company)

For every secret Detective Lindsay Boxer's long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals--but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well. For every lie.
At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her life--a woman who has been accused of murdering her husband in front of her two young children. Yuki's career rests on a guilty verdict, so when Lindsay finds evidence that could save the defendant, she is forced to choose. Should she trust her best friend or follow her instinct?
There's a different way to die Lindsay's every move is watched by her new boss, Lieutenant Jackson Brady, and when the pressure to find the baby begins interfering with her new marriage to Joe, she wonders if she'll ever be able to start a family. With James Patterson's white-hot speed and unquenchable action, "10th Anniversary" is the most deliciously chilling Women's Murder Club book ever.

mercoledì 4 maggio 2011

Laura Gianetti present Hidden Leaves in My Mind curated by Mario Margani

Grimmuseum is happy to present the first Laura Gianetti solo show in Berlin as the third exhibition of the Grim Solo program, devoted to young and emerging artists still unknown to the wider Berlin public. “Hidden Leaves in My Mind” consist of a new in progress drawing-project that will be put in dialogue with a selection of Gianetti´s latest works, outlining some of the topics Laura approached since she moved to Berlin. The artist’s studio is not necessarily the main place for the production of an artwork anymore. Artists are working more and more into the public space, but sometimes a work can unexpectedly come to the light between the long waits and the void gaps of a second job. This latter can provide for financial safety, allowing the development of an art career, but it can be frustrating, taking out time and energies. Laura’s experience with this kind of double life, between the willing to follow her own research – mainly through photography and painting – and an aseptic call center, has given birth to a drawing series. Everything that was available were just a pen and a sheet of paper, but thanks to the huge amount of time spent while waiting for a call they turned into the best instruments to draw sequences of accurate and surreal visions, distorted bodies, growing plants and an haunting invasion of leaves. It’s well known that the leaf is the most important organ in plants life: it allows photosyntesis, respiration, transpiration, guttation. A fully artificial place such as a call center lacks of any natural light or fresh air, so being unsuitable for leaves as well as for living beings. On the other hand, the leaves come back to the paper both as a sign of the willing to escape and as a relieving iterative gesture: expression of a mood and cathartic ritual. “This Was Supposed To Be the Future” is a painting series on jute portraying six animals – a sheep, a monkey, a cavy, a rooster, a living pig and a dead one – which was carried and positioned in different areas inside a snowy park – the Volkspark Hasenheide - during a performance in 2010. We can picture Laura shifting in few hours from one of the highest expressions of artificial life to a natural open space where she placed her "animals", as if it was the only spot in which they should actually live. In spite of the large gap in size – from an A4 format to a large canvas – the amount of working hours on one drawing and on a painting is almost identical. The only differences are the location of work and the state of mind. Establishing a photographic comparison between negative and positive, the monochrome drawings from the "darkroom" of a call center hide energetic paintings and reinvigorating walks. Presenting together two opposite poles of her experience is a way for Laura to close the circle, but it also witnesses to the fact that a chance to create is often hidden in unpredictable places and states that are recognized cliché of creative castration.

Laura Gianetti (1980, Livorno) lives and works between Berlin and Italy. She graduated at the Fine Arts Academy of Rome in painting and photography and has worked as assistant for Paolo W. Tamburella. Some of her works are published on magazines, books, cd, vynil and videos. She is currently working as photoreporter for art events and venues in Berlin. Latest solo exhibitions: “You can find me if you want me in the garden”, Prodezze Fuori Area, Rome, 2011; “Corpographie”, Casale della Cervelletta, Rome, 2008. Main group exhibitions: “Biennale Internazionale di Pittura, Scultura e Grafica”, Castello Carlo V, Lecce, 2010; “Lib(e)ro d’arte”, Museo Hendrick C. Andersen (Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna), Rome, 2008; “Premio Sinestesie”, Museo Michetti, Chieti, 2008; “Primaverile Romana”, Galleria il Saggiatore, Rome, 2008; “Premio Nazionale delle Arti”, Galleria d’Arte Moderna alle Ciminiere, Catania, 2008; “5° Premio Internazionale Biennale d'Incisione", Pistoia, 2007; "Fiera Immagina", S.I.P.E.R. Fiere di Reggio Emilia, 2006.

Hidden Leaves in My Mind by Laura Gianetti

curated by Mario Margani

Opening reception 5. May 2011

6. - 22. May 2011

Opening hours: wed-sun 14-19

Free entry


Fichte Strasse 2 - Berlin

domenica 1 maggio 2011

The Pale King: An Unfinished Novel by David Foster Wallace (Little Brown and Company)

The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, appear ordinary enough to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees receive boredom-survival training, he learns of the extraordinary variety of personalities drawn to this strange calling. And he has arrived at a moment when forces within the IRS are plotting to eliminate even what little humanity and dignity the work still has.
"The Pale King" remained unfinished at the time of David Foster Wallace's death, but it is a deeply compelling and satisfying novel, hilarious and fearless and as original as anything Wallace ever undertook. It grapples directly with ultimate questions--questions of life's meaning and of the value of work and society--through characters imagined with the interior force and generosity that were Wallace's unique gifts. Along the way it suggests a new idea of heroism and commands infinite respect for one of the most daring writers of our time.

venerdì 29 aprile 2011

Jennifer Lopez: A Biography (Greenwood) by Kathleen Tracy

One of Hollywood's first openly Latin stars, Jennifer Lopez has held fast to her New York Bronx roots, while rising above them to become the highest paid Latina actress in history. Her expansive body of work-ranging from film, music, and dance to television production and fashion-has broken down long-standing racial barriers and earned her a place in Forbes' 2007 list of the Top 20 Richest Women in Entertainment. In spite of several box office and a dramatic personal life that has made her the frequent target of tabloid gossip, this determined artist has managed to retain her place at the top of her field and stands poised to make more significant contributions to the entertainment industry.

Since bursting into the spotlight with her portrayal of deceased Latin superstar Selena in 1997, Jennifer Lopez has captivated the public eye and carved a niche for herself among Hollywood's elite. One of Hollywood's first openly Latin stars, Jennifer Lopez has held fast to her New York Bronx roots, while rising above them to become the highest paid Latina actress in history. Her expansive body of work-ranging from film, music, and dance to television production and fashion-has broken down long-standing racial barriers and earned her a place in Forbes' 2007 list of the Top 20 Richest Women in Entertainment. Her dramatic personal life-highlighted by a relationship with bad-boy Sean Puffy Combs, two divorces, a highly-publicized broken engagement to Ben Affleck, and marriage to Latin singer Marc Anthony-has earned her as much attention as her career and made her a frequent subject of tabloid gossip. Negative press and several box office flops, however, have done little to diminish J.Lo's popularity. This determined artist has managed hold her place at the top of her field and stand poised to make more important contributions to the entertainment industry.

Hollywood journalist Kathleen Tracy explores Jennifer Lopez as both an individual and an entertainer, chronicling the triumphs and pitfalls of her groundbreaking career and intriguing personal life. Complete with a chronology of significant events, illustrations, and a bibliography of print and electronic resources, this detailed biography is ideal for general readers looking to learn more about their favorite star or for students researching the role of race in America's entertainment business.

mercoledì 27 aprile 2011

The Forbidden Universe: The Occult Origins of Science and the Search for the Mind of God by Lynn Picknett & Clive Prince (Skyhorse Publishing)

Secret societies, famous scientists, ancient Egyptian mysticism, and a fascinating addition to the god-versus-science debate: the Catholic Church. By the bestselling authors of The Templar Revelation and Mary Magdalene, The Forbidden Universe reveals how the foundations of modern science were based around a desire to destroy the church. The great pioneering scientists of the Renaissance and the early Enlightenment (including Copernicus, Galileo, and Sir Isaac Newton) were fervent devotees of the philosophical/mystical system of Hermeticism. Many of the most important scientists of this age, including Galileo, belonged to a secret society called the Giordanisti, which had the agenda to overthrow the Church and establish a new age of Hermetic supremacy.

lunedì 25 aprile 2011

The Steve Jobs Way: Ileadership for a New Generation by Jay Elliot, William and Bill Simon (Vanguard Press)

In "iLeadership," Jay Elliot gives the reader the opportunity of seeing Steve Jobs as only his closest associates have ever seen him, and to learn what has made him--and the mystique of his management style--capable of creating tools so extraordinary that they have remade three industries and have transformed the way we create, consume, and communicate with each other.
Jay Elliot worked side by side with Steve as Senior Vice President of Apple and brings us his deep insider perspective of Steve's singular iLeadership style--which encompasses four major principles: product, talent, organization, marketing.
Jay shares the lessons that come out of Steve's intuitive approach to show how the creative and technological brilliance of iLeadership can be utilized to drive breakthroughs in any organization, irrespective of size.

sabato 23 aprile 2011

"We choose to go to the Moon" - John F. Kennedy, Rice University, Sept. 12, 1962

As we sit at the precipice of a new era of exploration, I thought it appropriate to revisit the original inspiration and rationale for the first lunar exploration program as so eloquently stated by John F. Kennedy. The original speech by JFK was held in Houston, TX at the Rice Stadium in the fall of 1962. "Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said, 'Because it is there.' Well, space is there, and we're going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God's blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked."

John F. Kennedy, Rice University, Sept. 12, 1962

giovedì 21 aprile 2011

The Sixth Man by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

After the #1 New York Times" bestsellers Split Second," Hour Game," "Simple Genius," and "First Family," Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in their most shocking case: a high stakes struggle where the relentless needs of national security run up against the absolute limits of the human mind. Edgar Roy-an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered: Is Roy a killer? Who murdered Bergin? With help from some surprising allies, they continue to pursue the case. But the more they dig into Roy's past, the more they encounter obstacles, half-truths, dead-ends, false friends, and escalating threats from every direction. Their persistence puts them on a collision course with the highest levels of the government and the darkest corners of power. In a terrifying confrontation that will push Sean and Michelle to their limits, the duo may be permanently parted.

mercoledì 20 aprile 2011

UFOTV Presents: NASA & UFO SECRECY - Apollo Astronaut, Dr. Edgar Mitchell LIVE

Apollo Astronaut and the 6th Man to walk on the Moon -- Dr. Edgar Mitchell speaks about the big picture of the planet Earths emergence into a new cosmic community of advanced civilizations in our own galaxy and beyond. Dr. Mitchell discuses his conversations with the original Roswell witnesses that he calls the old timers and his subsequent verification of the Roswell UFO Crash event, by high ranking military officials and chiefs of staff, at the United States Pentagon, who verified for Dr. Mitchell, that the events at Roswell did actually occur.
On January 31, 1971, Navy Captain Dr. Edgar Mitchell embarked on his journey into outer space that resulted in becoming the sixth man to walk on the moon. Scientist, test pilot, naval officer, astronaut, entrepreneur, author and lecturer, Dr. Mitchell's extraordinary career personifies humankind's eternal thrust to widen its horizons as well as its inner soul. His academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University, a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and a Doctor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. In addition he has received honorary doctorates in engineering from New Mexico State University, the University of Akron, Carnegie Mellon University and a ScD from Embry-Riddle University. Dr. Mitchell has received many awards and honors including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize and was inducted into the Space Hall of Fame in 1979 and the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1998.
After retiring from the Navy in 1972, Dr. Mitchell founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences to sponsor research into the nature of consciousness as it relates to cosmology and causality. In 1984, he was a co-founder of the Association of Space Explorers, an international organization of those who have experienced space travel. He lectures regularly on cosmology, human potential, and the implications of recent discoveries in science as they affect our individual lives.
We apologize for the commercials during this online presentation. As stated on our main channel page, the advertising revenue from this program helps to cover the heavy production costs of putting on the yearly X-Conference event.
The X-Conference is produced by X-PPAC (Extraterrestrial Phenomena Political Action Committee) and The Paradigm Research Group, who's mission is to educate Congress, the Press and the Public about the Government imposed "Truth Embargo" and to bring about formal acknowledgment by the U. S. Government of an Extraterrestrial presence engaging the Human Race - Full Disclosure. UFOTV is pleased to present what will be all of the presentations that were given by all the invited speakers at each of the X-Conference events. Stay tuned as we continue to upload further video coverage.

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martedì 19 aprile 2011

Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World by William D. Cohan (Doubleday Books)

From the bestselling, prize-winning author of The Last Tycoons and House of Cards, a revelatory history of Goldman Sachs, the most dominant, feared, and controversial investment bank in the world.
For much of its storied 142-year history, Goldman Sachs has projected an image of being better than its competitors--smarter, more collegial, more ethical, and far more profitable. The firm--buttressed by the most aggressive and sophisticated p.r. machine in the financial industry--often boasts of "The Goldman Way," a business model predicated on hiring the most talented people, indoctrinating them in a corporate culture where partners stifle their egos for the greater good, and honoring the "14 Principles," the first of which is "Our clients' interests always come first."
But there is another way of viewing Goldman--a secretive money-making machine that has straddled the line between conflict-of-interest and legitimate deal-making for decades; a firm that has exerted undue influence over government since the early part of the 20th century; a company composed of "cyborgs" who are kept in line by an internal "reputational risk department" staffed by former CIA operatives and private investigators; a workplace rife with brutal power struggles; a Wall Street titan whose clever bet against the mortgage market in 2007--a bet not revealed to its clients--may have made the financial ruin of the Great Recession worse.
As William D. Cohan shows in his riveting chronicle of Goldman's rise to the summit of world capitalism, the firm has shown a remarkable ability to weather financial crises, congressional, federal and SEC investigations, and numerous lawsuits, all with its reputation and its enormous profits intact. By reading thousands of pages of government documents, court cases, SEC filings, Freedom of Information Act papers and other sources, and conducting over 100 interviews, including interviews with clients, competitors, regulators, current and former Goldman employees (including the six living men who have run Goldman), Cohan has constructed a vivid narrative that looks behind the veil of secrecy to reveal "how "Goldman has become so profitable, and so powerful.
Part of the answer is the firm's assiduous cultivation of people in power--dating back to 1913, when Henry Goldman advised the government on how the new Federal Reserve, designed to oversee Wall Street, should be constituted. Sidney Weinberg, who ran the firm for four decades, advised presidents from Roosevelt to Kennedy and was nicknamed "The Politician" for his behind-the-scenes friendships with government officials. Goldman executives ran fundraising efforts for Nixon, Reagan, Clinton and George W. Bush. The firm showered lucrative consulting or speaking fees on figures like Henry Kissinger and Lawrence Summers. Famously, and fatefully, two Goldman leaders-- Robert Rubin and Henry Paulson--became Secretaries of the Treasury, where their actions both before and during the financial crisis of 2008 became the stuff of controversy and conspiracy theories.
Another major strand in the firm's DNA is its eagerness to deal on both sides of a transaction, eliding questions of conflict of interest by the mere assertion of their innate honesty and nobility, a refrain repeated many times in its history, most notoriously by current Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein's jesting assertion that he was doing "God's work." As Michiko Kakutani's "New York Times "review of HOUSE OF CARDS said, "Cohan writes with an insider's knowledge of the workings of Wall Street, a reporter's investigative instincts and a natural storyteller's narrative command." In MONEY & POWER, Cohan has marshaled all these gifts in a powerful and definitive account of an institution whose public claims of virtue look very much like ruthlessness when exposed to the light of day.

sabato 16 aprile 2011

Secret of the Code by Dan Burnstein (Vanguard Press)

Secrets of the Code is a sweeping tour, guided by world-renowned experts, through the provocative ideas raised in the bestselling novel and block buster film. This new and updated paperback edition features exciting new material, including a mini-biography of novelist Dan Brown, commentaries on modern-day Holy Grail hunters, The Da Vinci Code and Jewish culture, lost Leonardo paintings, predictions about Dan Brown’s next novel, and much, much more. And the best of the earlier edition remains: the thorough exploration of the religious, historic, artistic, and scientific questions that emerge in the novel. It features interviews and commentary by renowned scholars, theologians, scientists and historians on such topics as the true identity of Mary Magdalene and feminine influences in the early days of Christianity, the Gnostic Gospels and other alternative scriptures, the meaning of the search for the Holy Grail in history, the facts concerning the secret societies discussed in The Da Vinci Code from the Priory of Sion to Opus Dei, and much more.

giovedì 14 aprile 2011

The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Hodder (Pyr)

It is 1862, though not the 1862 it should be...

Time has been altered, and Sir Richard Francis Burton, the king's agent, is one of the few people who know that the world is now careening along a very different course from that which Destiny intended. When a clockwork-powered man of brass is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square, Burton and his assistant, the wayward poet Algernon Swinburne, find themselves on the trail of the stolen Garnier Collection—black diamonds rumored to be fragments of the Lemurian Eye of Naga, a meteorite that fell to Earth in prehistoric times. His investigation leads to involvement with the media sensation of the age: the Tichborne Claimant, a man who insists that he's the long lost heir to the cursed Tichborne estate. Monstrous, bloated, and monosyllabic, he's not the aristocratic Sir Roger Tichborne known to everyone, yet the working classes come out in force to support him. They are soon rioting through the streets of London, as mysterious steam wraiths incite all-out class warfare. From a haunted mansion to the Bedlam madhouse, from South America to Australia, from seances to a secret labyrinth, Burton struggles with shadowy opponents and his own inner demons, meeting along the way the philosopher Herbert Spencer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Florence Nightingale, and Charles Doyle (father of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle). Can the king's agent expose a plot that threatens to rip the British Empire apart, leading to an international conflict the like of which the world has never seen? And what part does the clockwork man have to play? Burton and Swinburne's second adventure—The Clockwork Man Of Trafalgar Square—is filled with eccentric steam-driven technology, grotesque characters, and a deepening mystery that pushes forward the three-volume story arc begun in The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack.

Mark Hodder is the creator and caretaker of the BLAKIANA Web site (, which he designed to celebrate, record, and revive Sexton Blake, the most written-about fictional detective in English publishing history. A former BBC writer, editor, journalist, and Web producer, Mark has worked in all the new and traditional medias and was based in London for most of his working life until 2008, when he relocated to Valencia in Spain to de-stress and write novels. He can most often be found at the base of a palm tree, hammering at a laptop. Mark has a degree in cultural studies and loves British history (1850 to 1950, in particular), good food, cutting-edge gadgets, cult TV (ITC forever!), Tom Waits, and a vast assortment of oddities.

domenica 10 aprile 2011

Pale Demon by Kim Harrison (Harper Voyager)

Condemned and shunned for black magic, Rachel Morgan has three days to get to the annual witches' conference and clear her name, or be trapped in the demonic ever-after . . . forever after. But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, and a pixy in one car going across the country? Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, even without being the targets for assassination.
For after centuries of torment, a fearsome demon walks in the sunlight--freed at last to slay the innocent and devour their souls. But his ultimate goal is Rachel Morgan, and in the fight for survival that follows, even embracing her own demonic nature may not be enough to save her.

martedì 5 aprile 2011

Breakfast at Tiffany's: And Three Stories by Truman Capote (Vintage Books USA)

In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape. Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany's; her poignancy, wit, and naïveté continue to charm. This volume also includes three of Capote's best-known stories, “House of Flowers,” “A Diamond Guitar,” and “A Christmas Memory,” which the "Saturday Review" called “One of the most moving stories in our language.” It is a tale of two innocents—a small boy and the old woman who is his best friend—whose sweetness contains a hard, sharp kernel of truth.

lunedì 4 aprile 2011

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable (Viking Adult)

Of the great figure in twentieth-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins' bullets at age thirty-nine. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man. In death he became a broad symbol of both resistance and reconciliation for millions around the world. Manning Marable's new biography of Malcolm is a stunning achievement. Filled with new information and shocking revelations that go beyond the Autobiography, Malcolm X unfolds a sweeping story of race and class in America, from the rise of Marcus Garvey and the Ku Klux Klan to the struggles of the civil rights movement in the fifties and sixties. Reaching into Malcolm's troubled youth, it traces a path from his parents' activism through his own engagement with the Nation of Islam, charting his astronomical rise in the world of Black Nationalism and culminating in the never-before-told true story of his assassination. Malcolm X will stand as the definitive work on one of the most singular forces for social change, capturing with revelatory clarity a man who constantly strove, in the great American tradition, to remake himself anew.

Manning Marable is M. Moran Weston and Black Alumni Council Professor of African American Studies and professor of history and public affairs at Columbia University. He was founding director of African American Studies at Columbia from 1993 to 2003. Since 2002, he has directed Columbia's Center for Contemporary Black History. The author of fifteen books, Marable is also the editor of the quarterly journal Souls.

sabato 2 aprile 2011

127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston (Pocket Books)

Aron Ralston, an experienced twenty-seven-year-old outdoorsman, was on a day's solitary hike through a remote and narrow Utah canyon when he dislodged an eight-hundred- pound boulder that crushed his right hand and wrist against the canyon wall. Emerging from the searing pain, Aron found himself completely stuck. No one knew where he was; no one was coming to rescue him. With scant water and food, and a cheap pocketknife his only tool, he eliminated his options one by one. On the fifth night, wracked by delirium and uncontrollable shivers, Aron scratched his epitaph into the rock wall, certain he would not see daylight.

Yet with the new morning came an epiphany: if he could use the rock's vise-like hold to break his arm bones, his blunted pocketknife could serve as a surgeon's blade. . . .

giovedì 31 marzo 2011

The Jungle by Clive Clusser, Du Brul, Jack B. (Putnam Adult)

The extraordinary new adventure from the #1 "New York Times"- bestselling author.
Jungles come in many forms. There are the steamy rain forests of the Burmese highlands. There are the lies and betrayals of the world of covert operations. And there are the dark and twisted thoughts of a man bent on near-global domination. To pull off their latest mission, Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon must survive them all.
A devastating new weapon unleashed in thirteenth-century China...a daring rescue in the snowbound mountains along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border...a woman gone missing in the jungles of northern Thailand and Myanmar...for Cabrillo and his crew, all of these events will come together-leading to the greatest threat against U.S. security that the world has ever known.

martedì 29 marzo 2011

Mystery: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine Books)

Few know the city of Los Angeles the way #1 bestselling author and acclaimed suspense master Jonathan Kellerman does. His thrilling novels of psychological drama and criminal detection make the capital of dreams a living, breathing character in all its glamour and infamy. That storied history of fame, seduction, scandal, and murder looms large in "Mystery," as Alex Delaware finds himself drawn into a twisting, shadowy whodunit that's pure L.A. noir--and vintage Kellerman.
The closing of their favorite romantic rendezvous, the Fauborg Hotel in Beverly Hills, is a sad occasion for longtime patrons Alex Delaware and Robin Castagna. And gathering one last time with their fellow faithful habitues for cocktails in the gracious old venue makes for a bittersweet evening. But even more poignant is a striking young woman--alone and enigmatic among the revelers--waiting in vain in elegant attire and dark glasses that do nothing to conceal her melancholy. Alex can't help wondering what her story is, and whether she's connected to the silent, black-suited bodyguard lingering outside the hotel.
Two days later, Alex has even more to contemplate when police detective Milo Sturgis comes seeking his psychologist comrade's insights about a grisly homicide. To Alex's shock, the brutalized victim is the same beautiful woman whose lonely hours sipping champagne at the Fauborg may have been her last. But with a mutilated body and no DNA match, she remains as mysterious in death as she seemed in life. And even when a tipster's sordid revelation finally cracks the case open, the dark secrets that spill out could make Alex and Milo's best efforts to close this horrific crime not just impossible but fatal.

lunedì 28 marzo 2011


Beers.Lambert Contemporary Art is proud to present , an exhibition on London's renowned Vyner Street, that seeks artists who explore concepts pertaining to sexuality and gender-constructs in their practice. The exhibition will be held in conjunction with the University of Kent and the London Institute of Philosophy's related symposium on issues of sexuality and aesthetics (June 16-18). Transgression seeks art-practices that challenge the representation and constitution of sexuality and gender in normative society. Beers.Lambert is interested in exhibiting perspectives that articulate, expose, confront, defy, challenge, or question sexuality and gender constructs, and the representation of these modalities in both art and society. This may include issues of sexuality and gender generated from (hetero)normative perspectives, but also issues and representations of relevance to LGBT communities, feminist perspectives, and marginalized voices. The exhibition also aims to examine how these issues are mitigated in art and society through censorship and controversy, and how they are informed and defined through media, politics, history, and technology. Artists from all parts of the world working in all media are welcome to submit an application for consideration. Exhibited artists will be included in a catalogue/publication alongside discourse from conference contributors.

Beers.Lambert Contemporary Art Project Space

21 Vyner St, E2 9DG, London, UK

June 2 – July 3, 2011

venerdì 25 marzo 2011

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Beyond Words Publishing)

In this book, you'll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life -- money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction you have in the world. You'll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that's within you, and this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life. The Secret contains wisdom from modern-day teachers -- men and women who have used it to achieve health, wealth, and happiness. By applying the knowledge of The Secret, they bring to light compelling stories of eradicating disease, acquiring massive wealth, overcoming obstacles, and achieving what many would regard as impossible. Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces of The Secret come together in an incredible revelation that will be life-transforming for all who experience it.

martedì 22 marzo 2011

Human Race Get Off Your Knees: The Lion Sleeps No More by David Icke (David Icke)

David Icke marks his 20th year of uncovering astounding secrets and suppressed information with the publication of his most amazing book yet. He takes the manipulation of the human race and the nature of reality to still new levels of understanding and he calls for humanity to rise from its knees and take back the world from the sinister network of families and non-human entities that covertly control us from cradle to grave. David has moved the global cutting edge so many times since his incredible awakening in 1990 and he he does it again and then some.He describes what he calls the Moon Matrix, a fake reality broadcast from the Moon which is decoded by the human body/mind in much the same way as portrayed in the Matrix movie trilogy. The Moon Matrix has hacked into the human body-computer system, he says, and it is feeding us a manipulated sense of self and the world 24/7.

lunedì 21 marzo 2011

Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily by Michio Kaku (Doubleday Books)

Imagine, if you can, the world in the year 2100.
In "Physics of the Future," Michio Kaku--the "New York Times" bestselling author of "Physics of the Impossible"--gives us a stunning, provocative, and exhilarating vision of the coming century based on interviews with over three hundred of the world's top scientists who are already inventing the future in their labs. The result is the most authoritative and scientifically accurate description of the revolutionary developments taking place in medicine, computers, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, energy production, and astronautics.
In all likelihood, by 2100 we will control computers via tiny brain sensors and, like magicians, move objects around with the power of our minds. Artificial intelligence will be dispersed throughout the environment, and Internet-enabled contact lenses will allow us to access the world's information base or conjure up any image we desire in the blink of an eye. Meanwhile, cars will drive themselves using GPS, and if room-temperature superconductors are discovered, vehicles will effortlessly fly on a cushion of air, coasting on powerful magnetic fields and ushering in the age of magnetism.
Using molecular medicine, scientists will be able to grow almost every organ of the body and cure genetic diseases. Millions of tiny DNA sensors and nanoparticles patrolling our blood cells will silently scan our bodies for the first sign of illness, while rapid advances in genetic research will enable us to slow down or maybe even reverse the aging process, allowing human life spans to increase dramatically.
In space, radically new ships--needle-sized vessels using laser propulsion--could replace the expensive chemical rockets of today and perhaps visit nearby stars. Advances in nanotechnology may lead to the fabled space elevator, which would propel humans hundreds of miles above the earth's atmosphere at the push of a button.
But these astonishing revelations are only the tip of the iceberg."" Kaku also discusses emotional robots, antimatter rockets, X-ray vision, and the ability to create new life-forms, and he considers the development of the world economy. He addresses the key questions: Who are the winner and losers of the future? Who will have jobs, and which nations will prosper?
All the while, Kaku illuminates the rigorous scientific principles, examining the rate at which certain technologies are likely to mature, how far they can advance, and what their ultimate limitations and hazards are. Synthesizing a vast amount of information to construct an exciting look at the years leading up to 2100, "Physics of the Future" is a thrilling, wondrous ride through the next 100 years of breathtaking scientific revolution.

domenica 20 marzo 2011

Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales of H. P. Lovecraft (Gollancz - Export edition)

Originally written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and 1930s, H. P. Lovecraft's astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when they were first published. This tome brings together all of Lovecraft's harrowing stories, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were first released. It will introduce a whole new generation of readers to Lovecraft's fiction, as well as attract those fans who want all his work in a single, definitive volume.

H. P. Lovecraft (1890–1937) has been hailed as one of the most important and influential authors of supernatural fiction of the 20th century. A life-long resident of Providence, Rhode Island, Lovecraft's tales are often set in the fear-haunted towns of an imaginary area of Massachusetts, or in the cosmic vistas that exist beyond space and time. Since his untimely death, he has been acknowledged as an American master of fantasy fiction, second only to Edgar Allan Poe.

sabato 19 marzo 2011

Burned House with Swimming Pool by Lisa Lewis (Dream Horse Press)

"You will be impressed by the intelligent, arresting poems in Burned House With Swimming Pool. They are so finely crafted their language shapes the public voice of personal experience with both clarity and complexity. In the poet's coming to grips with the successes and failures of middle age and middle America, she views life with the microscopic intensity only great writers can achieve." - Ai Lisa Lewis's books include The Unbeliever (University of Wisconsin Press, Brittingham Prize), Silent Treatment (Penguin, National Poetry Series), and Vivisect, (New Issues Press). A chapbook titled Story Box was also published as winner of the Poetry West Chapbook Contest. Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Kenyon Review, Washington Square, Third Coast, American Literary Review, Fence, Seattle Review, and Rattle, as well as a Pushcart Prize anthology and two editions of Best American Poetry. She has also won awards from the American Poetry Review and the Missouri Review. She directs the creative writing program at Oklahoma State University and serves as poetry editor for the Cimarron Review.

venerdì 18 marzo 2011

The Templars: The Dramatic History of the Knights Templar, the Most Powerful Military Order of the Crusades

In 1099, the city of Jerusalem, a possession of the Islamic caliphate for over four hundred years, fell to an army of Christian knights intent on liberating the city from Islamic rule. From the ranks of these holy warriors emerged an order of monks trained in both scripture and the military arts: the Knights of the Temple of Solomon, called the Templars.
In this engrossing chronicle, spanning three centuries, Piers Paul Read tells the bloody story of the Templars’ rise to political and financial power throughout Europe and the Holy Land, their catastrophic fall, and their far-reaching legacy. Drawing on the most recent scholarship, Read blends historical authority with novelistic excitement to create a comprehensive history of the vaunted and feared warriors whose remarkable order still captures our imaginations today.

The Templars: The Dramatic History of the Knights Templar, the Most Powerful Military Order of the Crusades by Paul Read Piers (St. Martin's Griffin)

giovedì 17 marzo 2011

Perdurabo, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Life of Aleister Crowley (North Atlantic Books)

The name “Aleister Crowley” instantly conjures visions of diabolic ceremonies and orgiastic indulgences—and while the sardonic Crowley would perhaps be the last to challenge such a view, he was also much more than “the Beast,” as this authoritative biography shows. Perdurabo (the magical name Crowley chose when inducted into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn) traces Crowley’s remarkable journey from his birth as the only son of a wealthy lay preacher to his death in a boarding house as the world’s foremost authority on magick. Along the way, he rebels against his conservative religious upbringing; befriends famous artists, writers, and philosophers (and becomes a poet himself ); is attacked for his practice of “the black arts”; and teaches that science and magick can work together. While seeking to spread his infamous philosophy of “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law,” Crowley becomes one of the most notorious figures of his day. Based on Richard Kaczynski’s twenty years of research, and including previously unpublished biographical details, Perdurabo paints a memorable portrait of the man who inspired the counterculture and influenced generations of artists, punks, wiccans, and other denizens of the demimonde.

Charles Manson Now by Marlin Marynick (Cogito Media Group)

In November 1970, Charles Manson was sentenced to death for the horrifying and cold-blooded murders of seven people near Los Angeles. His sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment after California abolished its death penalty. At Manson's trial, lead prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi spun the story of a demonic cult leader who hypnotized people to commit murder. He published his theory in Helter Skelter, the bestselling true crime book of all time.

When author Marlin Marynick was eight years old, he discovered a beat up copy of Helter Skelter. The book’s portrayal of Charles Manson as an icon of unbridled evil haunted Marynick for years, well into his career as a psychiatric nurse. So when a chance conversation with a man selling Manson memorabilia on the Internet facilitated a connection to Manson himself, Marynick went along for the ride. This happenstance journey introduced Marynick to Manson’s closest confidants, eager to share Manson’s story, his talent, his passion, and his philosophy. The adventure crescendoed through Marynick’s phone conversations with Manson and ultimately culminated when the two met behind the tightly locked doors of California's Corcoran State Prison.

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mercoledì 16 marzo 2011

"Umbrella Girls": the phenomenon of Carnival 2011

March 2011: This year, coincidentally the last day of Carnival 2011 (Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday) is the same day as International Women's Day. The International Women's Day is an occasion to reflect on the status of women, which unfortunately is not the same in every country in the world. Moving from West to East, from North to South, the way in which women live and aretreated is an important indicator of the level of equality and liberty that has reached the civil society. Worldwide Mardi Gras is synonymous of masquerade parties, jokes and celebrations that went on until morning. This year, also because of the proximity of the inauguration of the Moto GP Grand Prix of Qatar, to be held March 20 next, the "Umbrella Girls" of Alessio Sundas were always like protagonist and, for the first time, true and object of masking the part of many girls. From Venice to Rome from Milan to Florence, the place of the most exclusive parties were being targeted by young men and women in this unpublished dress carnival. Outside of a several clubs some girls were noted with the umbrella, even in cities where it was not raining at all: if the girl was at the side of a guy dressed as a biker with helmet then the explanation was simple: to dress up like "Umbrella Girls" was one hundred percent successful. The girls and boys from all over the world are alerted when the next year will have to choose which costume to wear, will focus on the safe side with an original and “cool” idea. This can only be a source of pride and satisfaction, while for those who have made sure that the 'umbrella' and entered the paddock were cleared by the full imagination of all, that is Alessio Sundas, inventor of the "Umbrella Girls" .

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martedì 15 marzo 2011

The David Icke Guide to the Global Conspiracy: And How to End It (Associated Publishers Group)

David Icke is the world's best-know writer and researcher into the "global conspiracy" in which a network of interbreeding families going back to the ancient world are manipulating events to impose a centrally-controlled Orwellian global state. His latest book is an extraordinary and unique compilation of his 20 years of research in more than 40 countries, as he connects the dots between apparently unconnected people, events and subjects to show how everything fits together -- and to what end.

The Islamic Cartography of the Mediterranean by Piri Reis (Capone ed.)

The Islamic Cartography of the Mediterranean has never been studied on its whole complex, even though many qualified essays and articles have been published, in particular on single maps and on the atlases compiled by Piri Reis, the 16th c. admiral of the Ottoman fleet, who was the author of two versions of the Kitab-ï Bahriyye [The Book of the Sea], which was copied extensively in the 17th century. This book, closely derived from Italian isolari, was directed to the mariner in its first version, to the collector and book amateur in its second version: hence the success of the many manuscripts, tens of which are still extant.
The analysis of the Islamic cartography goes from Tolomeus’ Geography, the maps of Ibn Idrisi and the extant Middle-age charts to the work by Piri Reis and his followers such as Nasuh Matrakçi, Seyyid Nuh, Katib Çelebi, and the so-called Hümayun’s and ‘Ali Macar’s atlases. Much space has been devoted to the descriptions of the maps by Piri Reis: coasts, ports, isles of Italy, France, Spain, the Maghreb countries, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, and the main isles in the Mediterranean.


lunedì 14 marzo 2011

Heal the World: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Personal and Planetary Transformation (Gateway)

This is the man I've been waiting for, for many years" Sir George Trevelyan The Earth is in crisis. Clearly, humanity has lost touch with Nature. We are, every second, committing appalling damage to the environment, to ourselves, to other species and to the planet home we share. The answers to environmental decline will not come by trying to persuade politicians and industrialists that urgent and fundamental changes are required. They are motivated by the need to get elected and by self-interest. Neither scientists nor the church seem to know what needs to be done either. What can WE do to heal the world? Former television personality turned world visionary, David Icke gives positive suggestions about how to discover our path and recognise that we are part of a larger consciousness, connecting with others and learning how to heal the Earth. He says we have to begin at home.

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Spiral written by Paul McEuen (Random House)

In this riveting debut thriller by one of the leading researchers in nanoscience, the race is on to stop the devastating proliferation of the ultimate bioweapon. When Nobel laureate Liam Connor is found dead at the bottom of one of Ithaca, New York’s famous gorges, his research collaborator, Cornell professor of nanoscience Jake Sterling, refuses to believe it was suicide. Why would one of the world’s most eminent biologists, a eighty-six-year old man in good health who survived some of the darkest days of the Second World War, have chosen to throw himself off a bridge? And who was the mysterious woman caught on camera at the scene? Soon it becomes clear that a cache of supersophisticated nanorobots—each the size of a spider—has disappeared from the dead man’s laboratory. Stunned by grief, Jake, Liam’s granddaughter, Maggie, and Maggie’s nine-year-old son, Dylan, try to put the pieces together. They uncover ingeniously coded messages Liam left behind pointing toward a devastating secret he gleaned off the shores of war-ravaged Japan and carried for more than sixty years.

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Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol (Doubleday Books)

In this stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown demonstrates once again why he is the world's most popular thriller writer. The Lost Symbol is a masterstroke of storytelling -- a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths . . . all under the watchful eye of Brown's most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale.
As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object -- artfully encoded with five symbols -- is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation . . . one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.
When Langdon's beloved mentor, Peter Solomon -- a prominent Mason and philanthropist -- is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations -- all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth.
As the world discovered in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown's novels are brilliant tapestries of veiled histories, arcane symbols, and enigmatic codes. In this new novel, he again challenges readers with an intelligent, lightning-paced story that offers surprises at every turn. The Lost Symbol is exactly what Brown's fans have been waiting for . . . his most thrilling novel yet.

Dan Brown, Angels & Demons (Atria Books)

An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target. When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to his first assignment to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol - seared into the chest of a murdered physicist - he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati...the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy - the Catholic Church. Langdon's worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the Vatican's holy conclave, when a messenger of the Illuminati announces they have hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vatican City. With the countdown under way, Langdon jets to Rome to join forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to assist the Vatican in a desperate bid for survival. Embarking on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome toward the long-forgotten Illuminati lair...a clandestine location that contains the only hope for Vatican salvation. Critics have praised the exhilarating blend of relentless adventure, scholarly intrigue, and cutting wit found in Brown's remarkable thrillers featuring Robert Langdon. An explosive international suspense, "Angels &Demons" marks this hero's first adventure as it careens from enlightening epiphanies to dark truths as the battle between science and religion turns to war.