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Slide 0: A Fool's Errand
A Fool's Errand
$29.95
A Fool's Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump is founding Director Lonnie Bunch's deeply personal tale of the triumphs and challenges of bringing the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to life. His story is by turns inspiring, funny, frustrating, quixotic, bittersweet, and above all, a compelling read. In A Fool's Errand, founding director Lonnie Bunch tells his story of bringing his clear vision and leadership to bear to realize this shared dream of many generations of Americans. His memoir underscores his determination to create a museum that treats the black experience as an essential component of every American's identity. This inside account of how Bunch planned, managed, and executed the museum's mission informs and inspires not only readers working in museums, cultural institutions, and activist groups, but also those in the nonprofit and business worlds who wish to understand how to succeed—and do it spectacularly—in the face of major political, structural, and financial challenges.
 
Slide 1: Smithsonian 2020 Engagement Calendar
Smithsonian 2020 Engagement Calendar
$13.99
This week-at-a-glance datebook evokes the diversity, beauty, and immensity of the Smithsonian Institution's collections. A weekly treasure for the person who finds wonder and beauty in the world. The Treasures from the Smithsonian 2020 Engagement Calendar highlights a spectacular array of riches from the Smithsonian's 20 museums and galleries, in addition to the entries from the National Zoological Park and Smithsonian research centers. Each spread features a full-color photograph of an object from the Smithsonian's vast holdings, along with detailed information about the object and its origins. From American crafts to African sculpture to aeronautical wonders and everything in between, this Smithsonian 2020 Engagement Calendar truly has something for everyone. The calendar also features information, phone numbers, and Web site addresses for all the Smithsonian museums and research centers.
 
Slide 2: Flora: Inside the Secret World of Plants
Flora: Inside the Secret World of Plants
$50.00
Flora: Inside the Secret World of Plants is sumptuously photographed and illustrated. This gorgeous page-turner makes a joy of botany with its clear and fascinating explanations on such varied topics—including photosynthesis, seed growth, and the ability of flowers to manipulate nearby creatures. Who knew? Botanical patterns often graced the robes of Qing dynasty empresses.
 
Slide 3: Chinese Ceramics: From the Paleolithic Era to the Qing Dynasty
Chinese Ceramics: From the Paleolithic Era to the Qing Dynasty
$75.00
Chinese Ceramics: From the Paleolithic Era to the Qing Dynasty is the culmination of a ten-year collaboration among American, Chinese and Japanese scholars. This lavishly illustrated history of Chinese ceramics gives us a fresh perspective on China's oldest art form.
 
Slide 4: Nick Brandt: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls
Nick Brandt: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls
$160.00
This album movingly depicts East African elephants, giraffes, lions, gorillas, and their kin. Representing the best from photographer Nick Brandt's previous bestsellers, Nick Brandt: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls is an ode to African wildlife.
 
Slide 5: Smithsonian American Women
Smithsonian American Women
$40.00
Smithsonian American Women is an inspiring and surprising celebration of U.S. women's history told through Smithsonian artifacts illustrating women's participation in science, art, music, sports, fashion, business, religion, entertainment, military, politics, activism, and more. This book offers a unique, panoramic look at women's history in the United States through the lens of ordinary objects from, by, and for extraordinary women. Featuring more than 280 artifacts from 16 Smithsonian museums and archives, and more than 135 essays from 95 Smithsonian authors, this book tells women's history as only the Smithsonian can.
 
Slide 6: Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes
Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes
$90.00
Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes reflects the references to literary, pop culture, metaphysic, personal history and humor that inform her contemporary paintings. The cover painting was created specifically for this book. Rare Z-fold binding creates two connected mirror-image books—one with text in English and German, the other with color images.
 
Slide 7: Smithsonian Flight: The Complete History of Aviation
Smithsonian Flight: The Complete History of Aviation
$29.95
Smithsonian Flight: The Complete History of Aviation features thousands of full-color photographs along with easy-to-read facts and sidebar pullouts telling the story of aviation—from Da Vinci's drawings of flying machines to Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight in The Spirit of Saint Louis to the Boeing 767.
 
Slide 8: National Geographic The Photo Ark
National Geographic The Photo Ark
$35.00
The lush animal portraits by photographer Joel Sartore are part of his joint venture with National Geographic to photograph every animal in captivity in the world—especially those on the verge of extinction. National Geographic The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals is fine prose by wildlife writer Douglas Chadwick. Foreward by Harrison Ford.
 
Slide 9: The Beatles Yellow Submarine
The Beatles Yellow Submarine
$29.99
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, The Beatles Yellow Submarine is a fully authorized graphic novel that is an adaptation of Yellow Submarine—a landmark animated fantasy film in which the Beatles rescue Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
 
Slide 10: Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music
Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music
$59.95
Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music is an official 50th anniversary celebration of Woodstock by festival creator Michael Lang. Includes hundreds of photographs—performances, behind-the-scenes moments, the transformation of a field of cows to a chill festival venue, and the aftermath.
 
Slide 11: Visions of Lost Worlds: The Paleoart of Jay Matternes
Visions of Lost Worlds: The Paleoart of Jay Matternes
Now you can view at wondrous leisure with Visions of Lost Worlds: The Paleoart of Jay Matternes treasured murals that for half a century adorned the fossil halls of our National Museum of Natural History. Painstakingly researched and intricately detailed, the 56-million-year mammal evolution murals and Mesozoic Era dinosaur dioramas by renowned paleoartist Jay Matternes are revelatory works of art.