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In The Party, Richard McGregor delves deeply into China's inner sanctum for the first time, showing how the Communist Party controls the government, courts, media, and military, and how it keeps all corruption accusations against its ...
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“Few outsiders have any realistic sense of the innards, motives, rivalries, and fears of the Chinese Communist leadership. But we all know much more than before, thanks to Richard McGregor’s illuminating and richly-textured look at the people in charge of China’s political machinery.... Invaluable.” — James Fallows, National Correspondent for The AtlanticThe Party is Financial Times reporter Richard McGregor’s eye-opening investigation into China’s Communist Party, and the integral role it has played in the country’s rise as a global superpower and rival to the United States. Many books have examined China’s economic rise, human rights record, turbulent history, and relations with the U.S.; none until now, however, have tackled the issue central to understanding all of these issues: how the ruling communist government works. The Party delves deeply into China’s secretive political machine.
A guide to top world destinations for sports, cultural attractions, food, and shopping includes lists of the best historical and literary journeys in Europe, South America, and the South Pacific.
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This deluxe, entertaining dream guide showcases the experience and savoir-faire of such luminaries as Prince Charles on architecture, Arnold Palmer on favorite golf courses, Bob Ellsasser, head of the esteemed Country Walkers, on the best walks and hiking tours, and Baron Philip de Rothschild on the best vintages. Scores of experts name the 10 best islands, poshest pubs and polo clubs, best things to do on Sundays in the world's best cities, and a treasure trove of musts for the high-end traveler or anyone who aspires to be. But there are simple pleasures that fit even the humblest budget here, too, including top-rated 'burgers, flea/antique markets on several continents, and awe-inspiring cathedrals. Sprinkled throughout the book, Lande and Lande weave colorful tales ("For the Love of the Game," about polo; "The Unique Irish Pub," "Flying the Coral Route") that will make you wish you'd been along for the ride--and will inspire you to start planning your own experiences. Anyone with a sense of nostalgia for travel will appreciate the book's second part, The New Grand Tour, featuring detail-filled itineraries including South Africa via the Blue Train; the Orient Express from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok; and retracing literary steps along the Amalfi Coast. Studded with colorful illustrations, cosmopolitan sidebars, and savvy tips, as well as a wealth of options for getting there via land, sea, or air, this elegant and sophisticated book will awaken yearnings for exotic travel in readers everywhere. The 2012 edition is expanded with much new material--latest discoveries of the jet-set authors in hotels, restaurants and resorts, plus many up-to-date revisions in their top-ten lists.
Well, look no further! In this cheeky sequel, Mark Montano picks up where his wildly popular The Big-Ass Book of Crafts left off, with even more spectacular—and easy-to-make—projects sure to satisfy crafters of all skill levels.
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TLC’s While You Were Out top designer Mark Montano’s wildly anticipated follow-up to The Big-Ass Book of Crafts features more than 300 easy and fun crafts, with tips and tricks for quirky projects to make at home.Searching for crafty inspiration? Eager to try some new techniques? Need some more junk for your trunk? Well, look no further! In this cheeky sequel, Mark Montano picks up where his wildly popular The Big-Ass Book of Crafts left off, with even more spectacular—and easy-to-make—projects sure to satisfy crafters of all skill levels. Turn colorful ribbons into a show-stopping scarf . . . transform old cargo pants into a kick-ass carryall . . . a high-drama neckpiece made out of zippers? Absolutely. Along with a host of other wearable wonders, this exciting all-new volume includes sections such as Pillow Talk (fun, comfy, and made from the most surprising materials), Letter Perfect (cool designs to pop into the mailbox nearest you), Hey, I Could Use That (make a big statement with little things from magnets to nail polish), Just Kid-ding (cheery décor made from kid-centric stuff, guaranteed to make you smile!), That’s Shoe Biz (fun fixes that give sidelined footwear and handbags a whole new life), and dozens of other ideas that are inventive, imaginative, and just plain fun. With his trademark humor and no-holds-barred approach to crafting, Mark will have you tapping into your creative soul and taking simple techniques to a whole new level in no time. We’re not talking plant-hangers and potholders here—the more than 150 handmade projects in this truly unique compendium are artistic, eye-catching, and cutting-edge, from cool brooches and earrings to ingenious belts and bags, from Bauhaus-style furniture to fishbowl lanterns, and so much more!