This is a fascinating and comprehensive overview of the America’s first house. Compelling stories – some never before told – bring the White House to life for history buffs, patriots, and fans of Americana. In collaboration with the White House Historical Association, National Geographic presents this authoritative overview of America’s first home featuring never-before published stories and photographs.
Organised by theme, discover what makes the White House tick – from its beginnings to the modern day, from the architecture, to the staff, to the first families. You can learn fascinating details of the real-life backroom staff who run this grand home. You can marvel at the elaborate detail that goes into hosting a state dinner. You can meet the beloved pets who’ve inhabited 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. You can read about celebrity visitors, the media, and the security so critical in today’s world. Sidebars contain snippets of rare information, and an appendix includes lists of White House First Families, selected menus from state dinners, sample schedules of various presidents, plus historic memorabilia and a complete index.
Photos include intimate and candid glimpses of life inside the White House – some never before seen, others long forgotten, and most never displayed in such large format.
Kim Ghattas - The Secretary
The first inside account to be published about Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state, anchored by Ghattas's own perspective and her quest to understand America's place in the world In November 2008, Hillary Clinton agreed to work for her former rival. As President Barack Obama’s secretary of state, she set out to repair America’s image around the world—and her own. For the following four years, BBC foreign correspondent Kim Ghattas had unparalleled access to Clinton and her entourage, and she weaves a fast-paced, gripping account of life on the road with Clinton in The Secretary. With the perspective of one who is both an insider and an outsider, Ghattas draws on extensive interviews with Clinton, administration officials, and players in Washington as well as overseas, to paint an intimate and candid portrait of one of the most powerful global politicians. Filled with fresh insights, The Secretary provides a captivating analysis of Clinton’s brand of diplomacy and the Obama administration’s efforts to redefine American power in the twenty-first century. Populated with a cast of real-life characters, The Secretary tells the story of Clinton’s transformation from popular but polarizing politician to America’s envoy to the world in compelling detail and with all the tension of high stakes diplomacy. From her evolving relationship with President Obama to the drama of WikiLeaks and the turmoil of the Arab Spring, we see Clinton cheerfully boarding her plane at 3 a.m. after no sleep, reading the riot act to the Chinese, and going through her diplomatic checklist before signing on to war in Libya—all the while trying to restore American leadership in a rapidly changing world. Viewed through Ghattas's vantage point as a half-Dutch, half-Lebanese citizen who grew up in the crossfire of the Lebanese civil war, The Secretary is also the author’s own journey as she seeks to answer the questions that haunted her childhood. How powerful is America really? And, if it is in decline, who or what will replace it and what will it mean for America and the world?
George Gibson - Canberra
Canberra is recognised as one of the world's most succesful examples of planned city development. In sixty years it has grown from a collection of surveyors' tents to Australia's largest inland city. Because it has developed so rapidly most of Canberra's 200,000 citizens were born elsewhere. This book attempts to capture some aspects of life in Canberra - the buildings, the seasons, people at work and play, the countryside - so that residents of the national capital can give an impression of its moods and lifestyle to relatives and friends far away.
Korniss Péter - Hungary in the Heart of Europe
In his book, Péter Korniss shows the reader around Hungary. Through his photographs, Korniss embraces this small country with unconcealed feelings and tenderness; his pictures radiate deep emotions. The beauty discovered and created brings the reader closer to the soul of a homeland.
Danielle Föllmi - Olivier Föllmi - The Wisdom of Asia 365 Days
An yearbook which presents the wise words of a leading personality in Far Eastern thought or literature for every day of the year, accompanied by photographs of Asia's people and places.
Bernard Lewis - What Went Wrong?
For centuries, the world of Islam was in the forefront of human achievement -- the foremost military and economic power in the world, the leader in the arts and sciences of civilization. Christian Europe was seen as an outer darkness of barbarism and unbelief from which there was nothing to learn or to fear. And then everything changed. The West won victory after victory, first on the battlefield and then in the marketplace. In this elegantly written volume, Bernard Lewis, a renowned authority an Islamic affairs, examines the anguished reaction of the Islamic world as it tried to make sense of how it had been overtaken, overshadowed, and dominated by the West. In a fascinating portrait of a culture in turmoil, Lewis shows how the Middle East turned its attention to understanding European weaponry, industry, government, education, and culture. He also describes how some Middle Easterners fastened blame on a series of scapegoats, while others asked not "Who did this to us?" but rather "Where did we go wrong?"
Danielle Föllmi - Olivier Föllmi - Offerings
A book to contemplate each day, "Offerings" presents a deeply thoughtful collection of wisdom and knowledge from the masters of Tibetan Buddhism. Three-hundred sixty-five photographs provide an evocative new image every day--each accompanied by a choice Buddhist quote.
Danielle Föllmi - Olivier Föllmi - African Wisdom 365 Days
This remarkable yearbook by Danielle and Olivier Föllmi, a follow-up to their successful Buddhist Offerings, presents the wise words of a leading personality in African literature for every day of the year, accompanied by Oliviers beautiful, moving photographs of African people and places, from the Himba shepherds to the Peul nomads, from the deserts of Namibia to the forests of Rwanda and the savannah of Cameroon.
Olivier Föllmi - India
The world's most densely populated country, and the tiger's last remaining natural habitat, India is a land of contradictions. In this visually stunning book, photographer Olivier Föllmi captures this land where tradition and modernity coexist-the India of the cell phone and the sacred cow. Föllmi looks beyond the commotion and sensory overload of the Indian street to examine deeper truths about the people and their culture. His photographs convey serenity and stillness, expressing a philosophy and an approach to life radically different from the West's. This award-winning photographer's work includes portraits of people of all classes-farmers and potters, dancers and musicians, parents and children-and probes as well human interactions with animals including cows, monkeys, and elephants. Never does he portray his subjects as exotic objects; rather, his realistic, moving images pay tribute to his subjects' essential dignity and profound humanity.
Olivier Föllmi - Danielle Föllmi - Buddhist Himalayas
This spectacular book invites the reader on a journey to a faraway exotic land and into an inner realm of spirituality. Photographers Olivier and Danielle Föllmi and Matthieu Ricard have dedicated more than twenty-five years to capturing the essence of Buddhism and the Himalayan spirit, focusing on the beauty of the majestic Tibetan countryside, the Tibetan people—spiritual masters and humble shepherds alike—and their sacred places. This harmonious visual mosaic of the unrivaled richness of this mountaintop civilization is enhanced by texts by eminent specialists on Tibetan culture as well as reflections from political and spiritual leaders of the Himalayan world. Offering a perspective from both within and outside Tibetan society, each of the twenty-one authors—from the noted photographer Galen Rowell to the Dalai Lama himself—provides a window onto the Buddhist Himalayas and the people who inhabit this magical land.
Danielle Föllmi - Olivier Föllmi - Devotions
Devotions: Wisdom from the Cradle of Civilization is the sixth installment in Danielle and Olivier Föllmi’s project Offerings for Humanity, which spans the world’s cultures and traditions. In this new volume, the authors have traveled the Middle East and captured images from Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, and many other places. As in the other books, each photograph is accompanied by a quote for each day of the year. Devotions presents not only religious quotes taken from the Koran, the Hebraic tradition, and Eastern Christianity, but also from noted authors such as the Sufi poet and jurist Rumi, the Persian writer and mathematician Omar Khayyám, and the Lebanese-American artist Khalil Gibran. A daily dose of wisdom coupled with breathtaking photography, Devotions allows readers to move a little closer to the heart of the wisdom found in the Cradle of Civilization.
John Lasseter - Pete Docter - The Art of Monsters, Inc.
_The Art of Monsters, Inc._ opens the door into Pixar's colorful archives of concept art and to the endearing story of _Monsters, Inc_. Since the very first bedtime, children around the world have known that once their parents tuck them into bed and shut off the light, monsters lie waiting behind closet doors, ready to emerge. But what they don't realize is that these monsters scare children because they have to. It's their job. This superb film from Pixar Studios, the people who brought you _Toy Story_, _A Bug's Life_, and _Toy Story 2_, reveals the truth about monsters with the brilliant techniques that have earned them their reputation as a ground-breaking animation studio. This incredible body of artwork was commissioned from the top artists, illustrators, and animators in the industry and from it the ultimate visual approach of the film was defined. From sketches scribbled on napkins and quickly inked marker drawings, to finished oil paintings and fabulous pastel color scripts, this behind-the-scenes artwork reveals the elaborate creative process behind a blockbuster film.
Karen Paik - The Art of Monsters University
Showcasing the gorgeous artwork of the film's designers, storyboard artists, modelers, and conceptual artists, _The Art of Monsters University_ reveals the exciting world of Mike and Sulley's college days—and a host of delightful new characters.
Tara Bennett - The Art of Epic
From _20th Century Fox Animation_ and _Blue Sky Studios_, the creators of _Ice Age_ and _Rio_, _Epic_ tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil. When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world – and ours. _The Art of Epic_ shines a light on the previously hidden world of _Epic_, with over 300 pieces of concept art, character sketches, storyboards and digital paintings, along with interviews with the key animation talent.
Edward Klein - Blood Feud
In this highly anticipated follow-up to his blockbuster New York Times bestseller The Amateur, former New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Edward Klein delves into the rocky relationship between the Obamas and the Clintons. An old-school reporter with incredible insider contacts, Klein reveals just how deep the rivalry between the Obamas and the Clintons runs, with details on closed-door meetings buttressed by hundreds of interviews. Blood Feud is a stunning exposé of the animosity, jealousy, and competition between America’s two most powerful political couples.
Tara Bennett - The Art of Rio
Discover the stunning animation behind the star-studded hit movie _Rio_ and forthcoming _Rio 2_! Produced by _Blue Sky_, the studio behind the _Ice Age_ series and _Horton Hears a Who!_ A feast for the eyes, perfect for people interested in animation and art, with the beautiful backdrop of Rio de Janeiro!
Linda Sunshine - The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2
Filled with more than 300 images, the official illustrated tie-in to the second chapter of the DreamWorks Animation critically acclaimed Academy Award nominated _How to Train Your Dragon_ trilogy is based on the characters in Cressida Cowell’s bestselling series and features an introduction by the voice of Stoick the Vast, Gerard Butler. Mirroring the style of the bestselling _The Art of How to Train Your Dragon_, this outstanding insider’s guide introduces fans to the creative process behind the film, from the story and the characters to the visual development art and animation, to the rigging, surfacing, and lighting. _The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2_ includes more than 300 concept sketches, preliminary drawings, architectural plans, and digital artwork that reveal how teams of artists bring the Dragon and Viking worlds to life with modern cinematic energy.
Ramin Zahed - The Art of DreamWorks Animation
Founded in 1994 by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen, DreamWorks Animation instantly became a world-renowned animation studio with blockbuster franchises including _Shrek_, _Madagascar_, and _Kung Fu Panda_. Though its earliest films, such as _The Prince of Egypt_, feature traditional hand-drawn cel animation, DreamWorks soon forayed into claymation with _Chicken Run_ and _Wallace & Gromit_, and pioneered advanced computer animation with films such as _Antz_, _Shark Tale_, and _How to Train Your Dragon_. Brimming with concept art, preproduction designs, and character sketches, DreamWorks Animation marks the studio’s 20th anniversary and offers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access into its archives. An introduction by DreamWorks cofounder Katzenberg provides insider perspective on the studio’s most popular films, as does running commentary from artists and directors on all of DreamWorks’ 30 films to date.
Robert Abele - The Art of Turbo
What do you get when you cross a snail with the Indianapolis 500? If you’re DreamWorks, then the result is _Turbo_, an uplifting—and gear-shifting—story about the ultimate underdog, delivered with the digital mastery, storytelling skill, and spellbinding imagery we’ve come to expect from the studio behind _Shrek_ and _Madagascar_. Packed with breathtaking images that showcase the artistry of the industry’s top talents, _The Art of Turbo_ gives readers a close-up look at the process behind this new CG-animated feature. Turbo is a snail with big dreams. Obsessed with speed and all things fast, he is an outsider within his slow snail community and a constant embarrassment to his cautious older brother, Chet. Then one fateful day a freak accident suddenly vests Turbo with the power of incredible speed. So begins his extraordinary journey to achieve the impossible: racing against the best that IndyCar has to offer. With its dynamic visual interplay of character backgrounds, concept art, design inspiration, and rich behind-the-scenes information on how it all came together, _The Art of Turbo_ offers the ultimate celebration of the film for the whole family.
Charles Solomon - The Art of Frozen
In Walt Disney Animation Studios' upcoming film, _Frozen_, the fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff—to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. _The Art of Frozen_ features concept art from the making of the film—including character studies and sculpts, color scripts, storyboards, and more—alongside interviews with the film's artists about the making of this comedy-adventure.
Danielle Föllmi - Olivier Föllmi - Awakenings
In this fifth installment in the Offerings for Humanity project, the authors invite the reader to travel to East Asia. Each photograph by Olivier is accompanied by the thoughts of great masters, including Confucius, Lao Tzu, Dogen Zenji, Shonin Shinran, D. T. Suzuki, Gao Xingjian, and the Buddha.