Emblem of The American Spirit
Mickey Mouse first appeared in an animated film in 1928 and helped establish Disney as a national institution. Co-opted by the pop art generation, Mickey became a cultural icon, used and adapted, often ironically, in product design, satirical literature and contemporary art. This illustrated review investigates the character's original conception and traces its development and subsequent adoption as a shorthand for certain aspects of American culture.
The Lost Notebook
Herman Schultheis and The Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic
The Disney production employee Herman Schultheis kept a detailed diary of the special effects he worked on during classic productions such as Fantasia, Dumbo and Pinocchio. The notebook, reproduced and analysed in this volume, lay forgotten for decades and includes revealing technical information about how innovative visual effects were created, as well as the reference photographs used as templates for the animations, and behind-the-scenes shots of sets, artists, directors and voice actors.
The Evolution of Our World from the Origins of Life to the Future
tarting 4.5 billion years ago, this large-format account of the geological history of the Earth traces the movement of landmasses up to the present day and predicts how they will move further. In a series of maps, with concise accompanying texts and detailed line drawings, it explains the gradual continental shifts, and how life developed and diversified as a result. Page five shows eleven stages of the movement from effectively one mass to the continents we know today – not what you expect. Age 7+
The Total Poker Manual
This well-illustrated guide provides profiles of leading international players and advice on every aspect of competitive poker. Aimed primarily at the players of online poker games and participants and aspirants to the ever-more popular leagues and tournaments, the manual offers 266 tips including how to rapidly calculate odds and how to read your opponents' tells.