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release date: Sep 12, 2018
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Walt Disney's Disneyland
Welcome to Disneyland
A visual history of the world’s megalopolis of magic

Walt Disney dreamed for decades about opening the ultimate entertainment venue, but it wasn’t until the early 1950s that his handpicked team began to bring his vision to life. Together, artists, architects, and engineers transformed a dusty tract of orange groves about an hour south of Los Angeles into one of the world’s most beloved destinations.

Today, there are Disney resorts from Paris to Shanghai, but the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California, which has been visited by more than 800 million people to-date, remains one of America’s most popular attractions. From the day it opened on July 17, 1955, Disneyland brought history and fairy tales to life, the future into the present, and exciting cultures and galaxies unknown to our imaginations.

This bountiful visual history draws on Disney’s vast historical collections, private archives, and the golden age of photojournalism to provide unique access to the concept, development, launch, and enjoyment of this sun-drenched oasis of fun and fantasy. Disneyland documents Walt’s earliest inspirations and ideas; the park’s extraordinary feats of design and engineering; its grand opening; each of its immersive “lands” from Main Street, U.S.A., to Tomorrowland; and the park's evolution through the six decades since it opened. It is a treasure trove of Disney original documentation and expertise, with award-winning writer Chris Nichols drawing on his extensive knowledge of both Disneyland and Southern California history to reveal the fascinating tale of “the happiest place on Earth.”
release date: May 22, 2017
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The Successful Lender's Field Guide: Commercial Lending Strategies That Maximize Value For Both Bank and Borrower (Banking Guides)
The commercial lending environment is more competitive than ever With interest rates at challenging levels, loan assets provide the most effective way to bolster shareholder value for a bank. As a result, the margin for error in structuring is extremely narrow. While lenders are taught credit fundamentals, little information is provided that quantifies the structural drivers of performance and the finer points of commercial lending business development. This Field Guide targets commercial lenders and bank business development officers seeking new and innovative lending techniques, with the intent of maximizing value for both the bank and borrower.
release date: Jun 03, 2002
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Van Richten's Arsenal (Ravenloft d20 3.0 Fantasy Roleplaying)
A variety of new weapons to combat the fiends that populate Ravenloft. Included are rules for alchemy, new spells, magical items and new equipment.
release date: Nov 28, 2015
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Punch Drunk Moustache Round 2: Independently Brewed Visual Storytelling & Development
The Punch Drunk Moustache team is back, and the artists are coming out swinging! The original mustachioed maniacs head into the ring for a second round of never-before-seen visual stories.

Prepare to be knocked out by magical warriors, Western dreamlands, enchanted dolls, courageous outlaws, and much, much more.
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release date: Mar 09, 2007
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Leisure Architecture of Wayne McAllister, The
The Leisure Architecture of Wayne McAllister Chris Nichols
Wayne McAllister was an iconoclast, a designer with no formal architectural training who changed the fabric of cities, a quiet conservative who created some of the most outlandish and sometimes garish spaces in North America. His works are defined by the monumental roadside sign at the edge of the highway, the rambling, relaxing scale of everything-a leisurely freedom of space spread over vast acreage, with rolling lawns, open patios, winding paths and miles and miles of neon beckoning to the automobile.
From the famous Sands, Fremont and Desert Inn hotels in Las Vegas to neon-laden drive-ins such as Bob's Big Boy, McDonnell's and Simon's to extravagant dinner houses like Lawry's the Prime Rib, Richlor's and Melody Lane, The Leisure Architecture of Wayne McAllister explores the history of this architect's best-known projects.
Projects include Hotels and Nightspots:
1934 Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
El Rancho Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas
1952 Sands Hotel, Las Vegas
Fremont Hotel, Las Vegas
Drive-Ins:
1935-42 Simon's Drive-in's, Los Angeles
Herbert's Drive-Ins, 7800 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles
McDonnell's Drive-Ins, Los Angeles
1955 Bob's Big Boy, Van Nuys
Dinner Houses:
1945 Richlor's, Beverly Hills
1947 Stear's for Steaks, Beverly Hills
Lawry's the Prime Rib, Beverly Hills
1955 Smoke House restaurant, Burbank
Melody Lane
release date: Jul 16, 2018
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Enigma Front: ONWARD
We’re living in troubling times. World leaders squabbling like schoolchildren on Twitter. Persistent grim economic forecasts. Unprecedented environmental disasters. Avocado toast. It’s rough out there. Featuring 21 stories from members of the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association, ENIGMA FRONT: ONWARD turns a hopeful eye to the future and the past, to worlds real and imagined. Worlds in peril, worlds in their prime, and worlds on the edge of rebirth. Worlds inhabited by curious aliens and helpful Fae folk, by Golden Age heroes and rebellious robots, and by the regular people doing their best to get through it all. Now... ONWARD!
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release date: Sep 09, 2004
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Patriotism, Democracy, and Common Sense: Restoring America's Promise at Home and Abroad
Why have American policies failed? What alternative policies can return America to its promise, internally and in the eyes of a global community? This book answers these questions in a preposterous way. It asks citizens and policy makers to actually connect the dots―to move America forward by developing mutually supportive and complementary foreign, national security, Middle East, economic, domestic, inner city, media, campaign finance, and voting reform policies.
release date: Jul 31, 2013
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Punch Drunk Moustache: Visual Development for Animation and Beyond

Punch Drunk Moustache is the off-the-clock work of eight animation industry artists with the insatiable need to tell stories. Each artist showcases new ideas infused with unique personal style. Get ready for stunning visual development and never before seen concepts. Giants, androids, strange beasts, brave animals, magic, mystery, and everyday folks collide in these vividly imagined tales. With Punch Drunk Moustache, the gloves are off!


 
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release date: May 15, 2010
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Spark Box Set
THE SPARK –  From Chris Downie, commonly known as "SparkGuy," the founder and CEO of SparkPeople.com—recently ranked as the most active diet and fitness Website in the U.S.—comes The Spark, a groundbreaking book that focuses on transforming your life and your idea of what dieting means. Within these pages, you’ll discover: a 28-day program that distills the most effective, medically accepted nutrition and fitness practices from SparkPeople into an innovative 4-stage, 4-week program.   Whether you want to fit into your "skinny jeans," improve your mood and self-confidence, or reach other health and life goals, The Spark has something for everyone! THE SPARK: Fit, Firm & Fired Up DVD – Inspired by the book The Spark, this DVD includes effective yet unintimidating workouts for "everyday" exercisers led by Nicole Nichols ("Coach Nicole"), a certified fitness instructor who helps people of all skill levels integrate simple but powerful fitness techniques into their daily lives. With her encouragement, you’ll be inspired to get moving . . . and get results! This DVD includes: seven targeted 10-minute strength and toning workouts (All About Arms, Lower Body Blast, and more); a bonus 15-minute cardio workout; training tips; and additional workout combinations—all on one DVD! SPARKPEOPLE Cardio Blast DVD –
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release date: Apr 09, 2007
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College of William and Mary (Campus History: Virginia)
By the time of the American Revolution, the College of William and Mary was already into its eighth decade as the academic source of what the new nation would become and how it would relate to the larger world. Its land had been surveyed by George Washington, and its first honorary degree had been given to Ben Franklin. It would go on to educate two signers of the Declaration of Independence, three American presidents, and three justices of the Supreme Court. Chartered by British royalty in 1693, the college retains that connection to its roots into the 21st century. Remarkably through history, the College of William and Mary was, and remains, a public university--one of 16 in the Commonwealth of Virginia. At a time in American history when the 18th-century thought and practice of Thomas Jefferson has become part of the contemporary conversation, the college from which he graduated in 1762 continues to pursue his simple notion that "worth and genius [be] sought from every condition of life."
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