Hotel: An American History - A. K. Sandoval-straus
When George Washington embarked on his presidential tours of 1789-91, the rudimentary inns and taverns of the day suddenly seemed dismally inadequate. But...... more
When George Washington embarked on his presidential tours of 1789-91, the rudimentary inns and taverns of the day suddenly seemed dismally inadequate. But within a decade, Americans had built the first hotels - large and elegant structures that boasted private bedchambers and grand public ballrooms. This book recounts the enthralling history of the hotel in America - a saga in which politicians and prostitutes, tourists and tramps, conventioneers and confidence men, celebrities and salesmen all rub elbows. "Hotel" explores why the hotel was invented, how its architecture developed, and the many ways it influenced the course of United States history. The volume also presents a beautiful collection of more than 120 illustrations, many in full colour, of hotel life in every era." Hotel" explores these topics and more: what it was like to sleep, eat, and socialize at a hotel in the mid-1800s; how hotelkeepers dealt with the illicit activities of adulterers, thieves, and violent guests; the stories behind America's greatest hotels, including the Waldorf-Astoria, the Plaza, the Willard, the Blackstone, and the Fairmont; why Confederate spies plotted to burn down thirteen hotels in New York City during the Civil War; how the development of steamboats and locomotives helped create a nationwide network of hotels; how hotels became architectural models for apartment buildings; and, the pivotal role of hotels in the civil rights movement.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES:...... more
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Joachim, a former Parisian television producer had left everything behind - his children, friends, enemies, lovers and regrets - to start a new life in America. He comes back with a team of New Burlesque strip-tease performers whom Joachim has fed fantasies of a tour of France, of Paris! Traveling from port to port, the curvaceous showgirls invent an extravagant fantasy world of warmth and hedonism, despite the constant round of impersonal hotels with their endless elevator music and the lack of money. The show gets an enthusiastic response from men and women alike. But their dream of a tour culminating in a last grand show in Paris goes up in smoke when Joachim is betrayed by an old friend and loses the theatre where they were due to perform. A quick return journey to the capital violently reopens old wounds... SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...On Tour ( Tournée )
Live 1961-2000: Thirty-Nine Years Of Great Concert Performances - Bob Dylan
This intriguing live album spans Bob Dylan's unique career--from an unknown teenager in a Minneapolis hotel room to the gnarled veteran countless world tours....... more
This intriguing live album spans Bob Dylan's unique career--from an unknown teenager in a Minneapolis hotel room to the gnarled veteran countless world tours. It is a pleasing--if idiosyncratic--compilation, gathering together several decades' worth of rare and unreleased material on one disc. Highlights include a young Dylan ruminating on the traditional "Handsome Molly", the spectral version of "To Ramona" from the classic film Don't Look Back and a pulsing "Dead Man" from 1981. There are also otherwise-unavailable concert versions of "It Ain't Me Babe" and Woody Guthrie's "Grand Coulee Dam", plus a clutch of songs from 2000's acclaimed shows--the jaunty gospel "Somebody Touched Me", a rockabilly "Country Pie" and his first original song of the 21st Century: the Oscar-winning Wonder Boys theme "Things Have Changed". Complete with unfamiliar photos and well-balanced track selection, this is a welcome souvenir of the roller coaster ride that is Bob Dylan in concert. --Patrick Humphries
Paperback. Pub Date :2012-05-01 Pages: 432 Language: English Publisher: DK Publishing DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Turkey will lead you straight to the best...... more
Paperback. Pub Date :2012-05-01 Pages: 432 Language: English Publisher: DK Publishing DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Turkey will lead you straight to the best attractions this fast-changing country has to offer. You can explore the history of Turkey. its grand bazaars. the mosques. national parks. the ruins. beaches and much more. The tips and advice for getting around make exploring the country a pleasure.The guide comes packed with photographs. illustrations and maps plus reviews and listings for hotels. restaurants and bars for all budgets. Visiting Turkey becomes effortless with the cutaways and floorplans of all major sights. plus walks. scenic routes and thematic tours and sights. markets and festivals listed town by town.DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Turkey - showing you what others only tell you.
Paperback. Pub Date :2012-09-04 Pages: 128 Language: English Publisher: Grand Central Publishing The worlds greatest contrarian confronts his own death in this...... more
Paperback. Pub Date :2012-09-04 Pages: 128 Language: English Publisher: Grand Central Publishing The worlds greatest contrarian confronts his own death in this brave and unforgettable book.During the US book tour for his memoir. Hitch-22. Christopher Hitchens collapsed in his New York hotel room to excoriating pain in his chest and thorax. As he would later write in the first of a series of deeply moving Vanity Fair pieces. he was being deported from the country of the well across the stark frontier that marks off the land of malady. Over the next year he underwent the brutal gamut of modern cancer treatment. enduring catastrophic levels of suffering and eventually losing the ability to speak.Mortality is the most meditative collection of writing Hitchens has ever produced; at once an unsparingly honest account of the ravages of his disease. an examination of cancer etiquett...
Hana Mandlikova, tennis champion from the East, now a citizen of Australia, is perhaps the least understood player of her generation. Hana's story begins with...... more
Hana Mandlikova, tennis champion from the East, now a citizen of Australia, is perhaps the least understood player of her generation. Hana's story begins with humble schoolgirl dreams forged in the simple, sometimes austere surroundings of Prague. It charts how she first marvelled, then came to terms with the West; its customs and riches. The book tells how Hana's naturally beautiful game was harnessed with sufficient discipline to win four Grand Slam championships. It explains how her life has been intrinsically intertwined with Martina Navratilova, from their childhood spent in the same city, to life on tour together, covering their duels, rows and, ultimately, their bond of friendship. She also divulges how lonely it can be on the tennis circuit; how the glamour fades the moment you close your hotel bedroom door. She gives an insight into the physical and psychological stress that caused her to take a temporary leave of absense from the tennis world. With 16 pages of black-and-white photographs
Advantages: Well written, great locations, intriguing plot Disadvantages: None I can think of
This story is recounted to a young write (Jude Law) by the Lobby Boy, who is now the owner of the Grand Budapest and how and why he became the owner. The story is amazing and full of interesting stories and when you find out at the end why he owners a run down hotel. We're even treated several cameos, most notably by Bill Murray (who is very picky with the films he stars in, so it's a delight to see...
Advantages: get to see lots in short space of time Disadvantages: don't get much time in each place
...VIP Tours of California - Grand Tour of Los Angeles
On my way home from my GAP year away my husband and I decided to stop in LA. We stayed in a Holliday Inn hotel near LAX, once we arrived here we found a brochure on VIP Tours and decided to go on what they call the most popular tour which was called the 'Grand Tour of Los Angeles'. It cost in American dollars $59 (adult) and $40 (child). One...
Advantages: Mixture of country and pop, brings out the best of her voice, no "duds" on the album Disadvantages: May not appeal to you if you're not keen on country music
...?s ?From a Distance? which rose to fame through Bette Midler?s version.
Late Night Grande Hotel is Nanci?s 9th album, and was released in 1991. I would say this is a little less country sounding than some of her other albums, and although couldn?t be classed as ?pop? music as such, does have a bit more of a pop vibe about it. The track listing for this album is as follows:
1 It?s Just Another...