The top 10 of everything 1999

BOOKS
DK

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Russell Ash
The Top 10 of Everything 1999

Who was the tallest U.S. President? Which country has the highest crime rate? Who is the most published author of all time? Covers more than 600 topics. Ranging from best-selling ice cream flavors to deadliest snakes, new features in 1999 include “Then & Now,” (comparative lists from year to year); 100-year anniversaries; and “Snapfacts” that highlight unusual facts from the lists. Full color photographs. Up-to-the-minute information.

Russell Ash provides lists on the universe and the earth, animals and vegetation, births, deaths, and political achievements. There are city lists and country lists, building lists and park lists, as well as lists pertaining to music, books, movies, theater, transportation, sports, and the commercial world, plus a special section of millennium-milestone lists to prepare us for the next century.

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Smithsonian Timelines of History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to the Events that Shaped the World

Beginning with the emergence of our earliest African ancestors and taking readers through the history of cultures and nations around the world to arrive at the present day, Timelines of History caters to readers who want a broad overview, a good story to read, or the nitty-gritty of historical events.

With easily accessible cross-references that build bite-size pieces of information into a narrative that leads readers back and forth through time, Timelines of History makes the past accessible to all families, students, and the general reader.

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The DK Science Encyclopedia

A milestone in scientific learning, the acclaimed “DK Science Encyclopedia” has been rigorously updated to include new scientific advances, from the internet and CD-ROMs to fresh discoveries in space- Arranged thematically, 2,200 science topics are explained in a lively and exciting way by a brilliant team of award-winning authors- Makes science accessible to children, the book’s immense scope demonstrating how science and technology affect our daily lives.

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Great Paintings

Great Paintings takes you on your own personal gallery tour of over 60 of the world’s best-loved paintings. From works by Botticelli and Raphael to Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo, the book covers the paintings that have shaken the art world across centuries and across continents.

The story behind each painting is told, unlocking hidden meanings and symbols and over 700 photographs bring the pictures to life helping you understand the key features, composition and techniques that have made these paintings stand out. Plus, biographies of the artists provide the background to each art work helping you paint your own picture of the historical and social context behind each masterpiece.

Great Paintings is a beautiful guide to the paintings that have changed the world, both familiar and new. It really is like having a gallery of all the great paintings at your fingertips.

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Oil-painting Workshop

Everything you need to know to become a better artist

Oil-Painting Workshop is for anyone who wants to find out how to paint with oils or improve their skills.

Starting with materials and basic techniques such as colour blending, it includes warm up exercises encouraging you to try out a range of oil-paints and surfaces, designed to build your confidence.

Easy-to-follow projects show what to do, step-by-step, and demonstrate key techniques used to build colour, tone, texture and composition.

Galleries of contemporary artwork demonstrate how successful artists approach different topics, with techniques helping you to develop your personal style.

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