From the early 1650s until his death in 1669 at the age of 63, Rembrandt produced a remarkable body of work. Far from diminishing as he aged, and despite profound personal and professional setbacks, his creativity gathered fresh energy as he consciously searched for a new style that was both expressive and meaningful. In many ways it is the art of these late years, with its original interpretations of traditional subjects – whether portraits, studies from life or biblical histories – that defines our image of Rembrandt as a man and as an artist. These works include some of the most familiar and best loved of Rembrandt’s paintings: A Woman bathing in a Stream; his unflinching Self Portrait at the Age of 63; and ‘The Jewish Bride’; as well as a large number of his extraordinary etchings, and many drawings in pen, ink and wash that demonstrate his mastery of the graphic medium. Through a series of thematic essays, the authors examine topics ranging from self-scrutiny and the observation of everyday life, to Rembrandt’s portrayal of light, his experimental techniques, and his engagement with the work of other masters. The book stands as a complete reappraisal of Rembrandt’s later years, which considers his output on both canvas and paper.
Brought together first as enemies in the Anglo-Boer War, and later as allies in the First World War, the remarkable, and often touching, friendship between Winston Churchill and Jan Smuts is a rich study in contrasts. In youth they occupied very different worlds: Churchill, the rambunctious and thrusting young aristocrat; Smuts, the aesthetic, philosophical Cape farm boy who would go on to Cambridge. Both were men of exceptional talents and achievements and, between them, the pair had to grapple with some of the twentieth century's most intractable issues, not least of which the task of restoring peace and prosperity to Europe after two of mankind's bloodiest wars. Drawing on a maze of archival and secondary sources including letters, telegrams and the voluminous books written about both men, Richard Steyn presents a fascinating account of two remarkable men in war and peace: one the leader of the Empire, the other the leader of a small fractious member of that Empire who nevertheless rose to global prominence.
The Epic Story of 13 Years That Almost Destroyed the Civilized World
Author: John Harte
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
How Churchill Saved Civilization resolves the lingering mysteries surrounding the causes of the Second World War, and what transpired during the war to bring its end result. It proposes answers to such questions as “Why were the Allies unprepared?”, “Why did France collapse so quickly?”, “Why didn’t the British government accept Hitler’s peace proposals?” and “Why did the Germans allow Hitler to obtain life and death control over them?” But the book’s main purpose is to provide an account of Winston Churchill’s actions and their intended consequences – as well as some of the unintended ones – for readers who are unlikely to read a military history book of 800 pages. The author has pared down the details of this at once fascinating and frightening story to an accessible length of how the world nearly ended in the 1940s. How Churchill Saved Civilization was written in honor of all those who sacrificed their lives in the War, and to caution readers that it could very easily happen again, as key factors like complacency, ignorance, and weakness continue to play a role in international diplomacy. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
In 1959, Alan Jarvis - the brilliant and charismatic director of the National Gallery of Canada - was forced to resign following a disagreement with the government over the purchase of works by European Old Masters. He never fully recovered from this dismissal, or the public humiliation that followed, succumbing to alcoholism in a little over a decade.
Over recent years Western armed forces have been costing more yet achieving less. Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen draws on the ideas of business strategy to argue that Western militaries need to reform in order to become viable businesses which address relevant security issues within a realistic budget.