Wild Bill Wellman : Hollywood rebel (2015)

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The extraordinary life—the first—of the legendary, undercelebrated Hollywood director known in his day as “Wild Bill” (and he was!) Wellman, whose eighty-two movies (six of them uncredited), many of them iconic; many of them sharp, cold, brutal; others poetic, moving; all of them a lesson in close-up art, ranged from adventure and gangster pictures to comedies, aviation, romances, westerns, and searing social dramas.

Among his iconic pictures: the pioneering World War I epic Wings (winner of the first Academy Award for best picture), Public Enemy (the toughest gangster picture of them all), Nothing Sacred, the original A Star Is Born, Beggars of Life, The Call of the Wild, The Ox-Bow Incident, Battleground, The High and the Mighty…

David O. Selznick called him “one of the motion pictures’ greatest craftsmen.”

Robert Redford described him as “feisty, independent, self-taught, and self-made. He stood his ground and fought his battles for artistic integrity, never wavering, always clear in his film sense.”

Wellman directed Hollywood’s biggest stars for three decades, including Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, and Clint Eastwood. It was said he directed “like a general trying to break out of a beachhead.” He made pictures with such noted producers as Darryl F. Zanuck, Nunnally Johnson, Jesse Lasky, and David O. Selznick.

Here is a revealing, boisterous portrait of the handsome, tough-talking, hard-drinking, uncompromising maverick (he called himself a “crazy bastard”)—juvenile delinquent; professional ice-hockey player as a kid; World War I flying ace at twenty-one in the Lafayette Flying Corps (the Lafayette Escadrille), crashing more than six planes (“We only had four instruments, none of which worked. And no parachutes . . . Greatest goddamn acrobatics you ever saw in your life”)—whose own life story was more adventurous and more unpredictable than anything in the movies. Wellman was a wing-walking stunt pilot in barnstorming air shows, recipient of the Croix de Guerre with two Gold Palm Leaves and five United States citations; a bad actor but good studio messenger at Goldwyn Pictures who worked his way up from assistant cutter; married to five women, among them Marjorie Crawford, aviatrix and polo player; silent picture star Helene Chadwick; and Dorothy Coonan, Busby Berkeley dancer, actress, and mother of his seven children.

Irene Mayer Selznick, daughter of Louis B. Mayer, called Wellman “a terror, a shoot-up-the-town fellow, trying to be a great big masculine I-don’t-know-what. David had a real weakness for him. I didn’t share it.” Yet she believed enough in Wellman’s vision and cowritten script about Hollywood to persuade her husband to produce A Star Is Born, which Wellman directed.

After he took over directing Tarzan Escapes at MGM, Wellman went to Louis B. Mayer and asked to make another Tarzan picture on his own.

“What are you talking about? It’s beneath your dignity,” said Mayer.

“To hell with that,” said Wellman, “I haven’t got any dignity.”

Now William Wellman, Jr., drawing on his father’s unpublished letters, diaries, and unfinished memoir, gives us the first full portrait of the man—boy, flyer, husband, father, director, artist. Here is a portrait of a profoundly American spirit and visionary, a man’s man who was able to put into cinematic storytelling the most subtle and fulsome of feeling, a man feared, respected, and loved.

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Leonardo da Vinci Complete Works (Delphi Classics) (2016)

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Leonardo da Vinci : The Marvellous Works Of Nature And Man (2009)

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The Hobbit + Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (2016)

The Hobbit + Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (2016)

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Includes The Hobbit, The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return Of The King.

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Himalayan Glaciers: Climate Change, Water Resources, and Water Security

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Venomous Snakes of the World: A Manual for Use by U.S. Amphibious Forces

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by Department of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (Author), Scott Shupe (Editor)

Originally published in 1962, and fully updated and colorized by Scott Shupe, Poisonous Snakes of the World is the perfect practical guide to not only snake bite survival, but to understand and identifying every venomous snake on the planet. Even if no life hangs in the balance, this manual is a great reference guide for the outdoors enthusiast, the reptile lover, or anyone with a thirst for pragmatic, how-to knowledge.

With this comprehensive edition, you will be armed with one of the most thorough volumes available for dealing with these incredible reptiles, including definitive advice on:

  • Precautions to avoid snake bites.
  • Identifying the symptoms and signs of snake venom poisoning.
  • First-Aid and medical treatments.
  • Recognizing poisonous snakes.
  • Indigenous species to various regions around the world.
  • Sources of Antivenin.

Snakes can be among some of the most deadly creatures on the planet. They are also extremely fascinating, and by taking the proper precautions, can be enjoyed and appreciated. From the Monocle Cobra to the Gaboon Viper, learn to fear and respect these incredible reptiles.

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Art School: How to Paint & Draw: Drawing, Watercolor, Oil & Acrylic, Pastel

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Art, Drawing, Watercolor, Oil, Acrylic, Pastel, How To

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Romanticism and the School of Nature Nineteenth Century Drawings and Paintings from the Karen B. Cohen Collection – The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

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The U.S. Army Leadership Field Manual

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How the world’s most dynamic organization prepares its leaders for battle, with valuable insights for today’s business arena

For more than 50 years, The U.S. Army Leadership Field Manual has provided leadership training for every officer training program in the U.S. Army. This trade edition brings the manual’s value-based leadership principles and practices to today’s business world. The result is a compelling examination of how to be an effective leader when the survival of your team literally hangs on your decisions. More than 60 gripping vignettes and stories illustrate historical and contemporary examples of army leaders who made a difference.

The U.S. Army Leadership Field Manual also provides:

  • A leadership approach based on the army’s core principles of “Be, Know, Do”
  • Hands-on lessons to enhance training, mentoring, and decision-making skills
  • Chapters that focus on the different roles and requirements for leadership

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Dams and Reservoirs, Societies and Environment in the 21st Century

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Acquired on Saturday, September 14th, 2019.

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