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Slide 0: Sotatsu
Sotatsu
Was: $50.00 Now: $21.99
Tawaraya Sõtatsu was a commoner who introduced traditional Japanese themes and subjects, formerly the sole purview of the aristocracy, to broader audiences. He painted these nationalistic images using a bold, expressive new design style. This characteristic style was further developed and enhanced when he founded the historic Rinpa school with calligrapher Hon'ami Kõetsu; Rinpa works are marked by dramatic, stylized renderings of traditional Japanese themes.

Essays by leading scholars from the United States and Japan focus on Sõtatsu's well-known works; his collaboration with Kõetsu; his varied roles as shopkeeper, compiler, and court painter; and his influence over other artists, including Ogata Kõrin, Ogata Kenzan, Sakai Hõitsu, and Suzuki Kiitsu.

Sõtatsu also examines Freer Gallery of Art founder Charles Lang Freer's role in introducing Sõtatsu and Kõetsu to the Western world. Sõtatsu is a must-have book for museum-goers, art lovers, and scholars.
 
Slide 1: The Garden Club of America
The Garden Club of America
Was: $29.95 Now: $9.99
In 1904, Elizabeth Price Martin founded the Garden Club of Philadelphia. In 1913, twelve garden clubs in the eastern and central United States signed an agreement to form the Garden Guild. The Garden Guild would later become the Garden Club of America (GCA), celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2013. GCA is a volunteer nonprofit organization comprised of 200 member clubs and approximately 18,000 members throughout the country. The Garden Club of America: 100 Years of a Growing Legacy is a centennial celebration of strong women who nurtured the country, helped spread the good word of gardening, and continue to plant seeds of awareness.
 
Slide 2: 5000 Years of Tiles
5000 Years of Tiles
Was: $39.95 Now: $24.99
5000 Years of Tiles is a comprehensive, full-color exploration of tile art and production worldwide, from earliest times to the present day. Placing the tiles firmly in their historical and cultural context, the book highlights both continuity and diversity, the dissemination of techniques and designs, and how tile art in one time and place has inspired and rejuvenated those in others. 5000 Years of Tiles is the essential single volume for anyone interested in the ceramic, decorative, and architectural arts.
 
Slide 3: How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America
How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America
Was: $27.95 Now: $9.99
Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist, Wendy Melillo, authors the first book to explore the history of the Ad Council and their campaigns that brought public service announcements to the nation through the mass media. How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America: A History of Iconic Ad Council Campaigns details how public service advertising campaigns became part of our national conversation and changed us as a society. How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America explores the issues and campaigns that have been paramount to the nation's collective memory and looks at challenges facing public service campaigns in the current media environment.
 
Slide 4: Last of the Blue and Gray
Last of the Blue and Gray
Was: $27.95 Now: $9.99
Richard Serrano, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Los Angeles Times, pens a story of two veterans in the late 1950's gearing up for the Civil War centennial—one claiming to be the last Confederate soldier and one claiming to be the last Union soldier—and one of them a fraud. Last of the Blue and Gray: Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery That Outlived the Civil War sets the stage for the centennial anniversary of our nation's most difficult period, with notions of ethics and honor and also dishonesty and disgrace.
 
Slide 5: The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection
The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection
Was: $12.95 Now: $9.99
The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection is a beautifully illustrated book inspired by one of the most popular attractions at the Smithsonian: The First Ladies exhibit at the National Museum of American History. This striking book showcases the treasures from first ladies throughout history and tells the story of the first ladies as public and private figures. They illustrate how these women, thrust into an influential and visible role by happenstance of marriage, adapted themselves and the role of first lady by taking on responsibilities as campaigners, hostesses, and policy advocates.
 
Slide 6: The American Vice Presidency
The American Vice Presidency
Was: $34.95 Now: $14.99
The American Vice Presidency: From Irrelevance to Power is an all-inclusive examination of the vice presidency over the course of American history. Acclaimed political journalist and author Jules Witcover chronicles each of the 47 vice presidents, including their personal biographies and their achievements—or lack thereof—during their vice presidential tenures. He explores how the roles and responsibilities were first subject to the whims of the presidents under whom they served, but came in time to be expanded by enlightened chief executives and the initiatives of the vice presidents themselves.
 
Slide 7: American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Was: $29.95 Now: $19.99
American Enterprise: A History of Business in America is a dramatic exploration of how the United States transformed from a small dependent nation into one of the world's most vibrant and trend-setting economies. This companion book to the National Museum of American History's exhibition of the same name argues that the American experience has been shaped by economic and commercial philosophies. Founding ideals of capitalism and democracy fostered national values of competition and innovation. These values in turn became the building blocks of American business. The ongoing transformation of the marketplace has provided opportunities for many, benefits for some, and hardships for others.
 
Slide 8: Art of the Airport Tower
Art of the Airport Tower
Was: $45.00 Now: $21.99
Art of the Airport Tower is a photographic journey to airports in the U.S. and around the world. This book, the companion volume to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum exhibition of the same name, explores 85 historic and contemporary airport towers through more than 100 fine art photographs by Carolyn Russo. Russo's striking photographs capture these features, and informative captions describe their architectural, cultural, and technological significance. An introduction by Smithsonian commercial aviation expert F. Robert van der Linden tells the history of airport towers to contextualize Russo's work. Art of the Airport Tower is a stunning book that brings a heightened awareness to the architectural beauty and historical significance of these structures.
 
Slide 9: With Schwarzkopf
With Schwarzkopf
Was: $27.95 Now: $9.99
With Schwarzkopf: Life Lessons of The Bear is Gus Lee's remembrance of his mentor and friend H. Norman Schwarzkopf, and his firsthand account of how Schwarzkopf shaped his life. In 1966, Lee, a junior-year cadet at West Point, was bright, athletic, and popular. He was also on the verge of getting kicked out. Nearing the bottom of his class due to his penchant for playing poker and reading recreationally instead of studying engineering, he was assigned a new professor: then-Major Norman Schwarzkopf. Schwarzkopf's deeply principled nature and fierce personality took hold of the wayward cadet, and the two began meeting regularly and discussing what it meant to be a scholar, a soldier, and a man.
 
Slide 10: Best of the National Air and Space Museum
Best of the National Air and Space Museum
Was: $29.95 Now: $14.99
Experience the thrill of flying some of the world's most important airplanes and spacecraft. Best of the National Air and Space Museum provides unprecedented access to the most popular museum in the world. Best of the National Air and Space Museum features the best of both museums, from the Challenger space shuttle and the Wright Flyer to the Spirit of St. Louis and the stealth bomber. Bob Van der Linden, curator of aeronautics, has selected the most historically important, popular, and just plain impressive aircraft and spacecraft from the collections of both museums to be captured in the book's beautiful full color layouts. Each layout includes intriguing facts of the item's design, use, mission, specifications, and dimensions. It's like your own guided tour!
 
Slide 11: The Value of the Moon
The Value of the Moon
Was: $27.95 Now: $9.99
While the Moon was once thought to hold the key to space exploration, in recent decades the U.S. has largely turned its sights toward Mars and other celestial bodies instead. In The Value of the Moon: How to Explore, Live, and Prosper in Space Using the Moon's Resources, lunar scientist Paul Spudis argues that the U.S. can and should return to the Moon in order to remain a world leader in space utilization and development and a participant in and beneficiary of a new lunar economy. Throughout his work, Spudis incorporates details about man's fascination with the Moon and its place in our shared history. He also explores its religious, cultural, and scientific resonance and assesses its role in the future of spaceflight and our national security and prosperity.