The War Years 1941–1945
The United States had not entered the Second World War when Wonder Woman was launched by DC Comics in 1941 but her first adventure pitted her against German and Japanese spies and her stories were regularly war-related thereafter. This celebration explores how the character was created by a psychologist who believed in the superiority of women, and reproduces over 20 full-length stories, first published between 1941 and 1945, as well as cover artworks and advertisements.
Chess and the Art of War
Ancient Wisdom to Make You a Better Player
‘To mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy is one of the first principles in war.’ As this manual shows, the timeless tactical lessons of the ancient Chinese treatise The Art of War are applicable as much to the chessboard as to the battlefield. Two experienced chess teachers share a selection of Sun Tzu’s pithy advice and, through their analyses of classic games, illustrate how the most successful grandmasters have put each of these ideas into practice.
The Complete Drawing Course
Covering drawing media including pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel and coloured pencil, this comprehensive ringbound manual explores an array of drawing styles and techniques. The book provides step-by-step sequences comparing different approaches, and offers specific advice on different subjects as well as applied styles such as fashion and textile design.
Camouflage at War
An Illustrated Guide from 1914 to the Present Day
The advantages of concealment and misdirection that camouflage can afford only became a significant military concern with the advent of longer-range weapons in the 20th century; the French notably having to quickly replace their 1914 red-and-blue infantry uniform with 'horizon blue'. This illustrated examination of the evolution of military camouflage explores different approaches and pattern styles used on ships, planes, tanks and soldiers in the field from khaki and field grey to modern pixel-based digital designs.
The Quilter's Stitch Bible
The Essential Illustrated Reference to Over 200 Stitches with Easy-To-Follow Diagrams
Aiming ‘to provide inspiration and practical reference in equal measure’, this book draws on Nikki Tinkler’s search for textured and exotic threads and stitches to embroider and otherwise embellish quilts. There are over 200 stitches described, with easy-to-follow diagrams and sewing instructions and a photograph of the finished work; plus guides to quilting essentials and some special techniques – all presented in a sturdy, ring-bound book.
The Indoor Plant Bible
The Essential Guide to Choosing and Caring for Indoor, Greenhouse, and Patio Plants
Keeping a plant in your home requires an understanding of factors such as ideal temperature and lighting conditions, how much watering the plant requires and how large it may grow. This ring-bound reference book provides a directory of 140 of the most popular indoor plants with advice on selection, watering, feeding, potting and propagation, and a useful summary table of each plant's key characteristics.
Wonders of the World
5 Models to Build & Display
With introductions to the buildings, instructions for making the models of them and the press-out pieces, this book features five structures from different architectural eras and elements. The Colosseum epitomizes the great monuments of ancient Rome; the Eiffel Tower represents the Industrial Revolution; architectural vision is celebrated by Sydney Opera House, engineering prowess by the CNN Tower; and the One World Trade Center, standing on the site of the Twin Towers, is an eloquent symbol of American defiance.
Peep Show Pinups
People have been creating nude images since the dawn of history. But in 1839 the daguerreotype was invented, and the world of erotic photography was born. This title charts the early years of sexually driven photographs of women in Europe and North America from the 1840s to the 1930s, offering sketches of the photographers and the models and following the evolution of technology through to mass-market saucy postcards, and reproduces hundreds of images, many of which feature full-frontal nudity. Off-mint
The Bible: A Reader's Guide
Revised and Expanded Edition
Designed for use alongside the Bible, this book is a navigational tool for the modern reader. The introduction discusses the overarching ideas, then the two testaments are covered separately, each with a narrative summary, key quotations and helpful commentary. This comprehensive guide to all versions of the Bible makes the ancient texts accessible and enables the reader to locate specific themes, making it the perfect resource for private contemplation or writing a sermon.