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A Book about the Film Monty Python's Life of Brian: All the References from Assyrians to Zeffirelli
A Book about the Film Monty Python's Life of Brian
All the References from Assyrians to Zeffirelli
Hardcover      ISBN: 1538103656

As a follow-up to their first true feature film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the comic troupe next decided to tackle a "shadow" version of the Christ story. Shot in the Middle East and produced during Margaret Thatcher's ascendant years, the film satirized--among other matters--authoritarianism and religious zealotry. Upon its release, Monty Python's Life of Brian was both a critical and commercial success, and has been since hailed as one of the greatest comedies of all time. But the film also faced backlash from religious groups for its blasphemy, perceived or otherwise. In A Book about the Film Monty Python's Life of Brian: All of the References from Assyrians to Zeffirelli, Darl Larsen identifies and examines the plethora of cultural, historical, and topical allusions in the film. In this resource, Larsen delineates virtually every allusion and reference that appears in the film--from first-century Jerusalem through 1970s Great Britain. Organized chronologically by scene, the entries in this cultural history cover literary and metaphoric allusions, symbolisms, names, peoples, and places, as well as the many social, cultural, and historical elements that populate this film. By closely examining each scene, this book explores the Pythons' comparisons of the Roman and British Empires and of Pilate and Margaret Thatcher. In addition, Larsen helps to situate Life of Brian in the "Jesus" re-examination of the postwar period, while also taking a close look at the terror groups of first-century Judea and the modern world. A Book about the Film Monty Python's Life of Brian will appeal to scholars of history, film, British culture, and pop culture, as well as to the many fans of this iconic group.

A Book about the Film Monty Python's Life of Brian: All the References from Assyrians to Zeffirelli
A Book about the Film Monty Python's Life of Brian
All the References from Assyrians to Zeffirelli
Paperback      ISBN: 1538134446

As a follow-up to their first true feature film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the comic troupe next decided to tackle a "shadow" version of the Christ story. Shot in the Middle East and produced during Margaret Thatcher's ascendant years, the film satirized--among other matters--authoritarianism and religious zealotry. Upon its release, Monty Python's Life of Brian was both a critical and commercial success, and has been since hailed as one of the greatest comedies of all time. But the film also faced backlash from religious groups for its blasphemy, perceived or otherwise. In A Book about the Film Monty Python's Life of Brian: All of the References from Assyrians to Zeffirelli, Darl Larsen identifies and examines the plethora of cultural, historical, and topical allusions in the film. In this resource, Larsen delineates virtually every allusion and reference that appears in the film--from first-century Jerusalem through 1970s Great Britain. Organized chronologically by scene, the entries in this cultural history cover literary and metaphoric allusions, symbolisms, names, peoples, and places, as well as the many social, cultural, and historical elements that populate this film. By closely examining each scene, this book explores the Pythons' comparisons of the Roman and British Empires and of Pilate and Margaret Thatcher. In addition, Larsen helps to situate Life of Brian in the "Jesus" re-examination of the postwar period, while also taking a close look at the terror groups of first-century Judea and the modern world. A Book about the Film Monty Python's Life of Brian will appeal to scholars of history, film, British culture, and pop culture, as well as to the many fans of this iconic group.

The Business Owner's Definitive Guide to Captive Insurance Companies: What You Need to Know about Formation and Management
The Business Owner's Definitive Guide to Captive Insurance Companies
What You Need to Know about Formation and Management
Hardcover      ISBN: 1946633070

MANAGE YOUR RISK IN A MORE EFFICIENT WAY What if you could insure the risks of your business, reduce your outof- pocket expenses, and create another source of revenue? Sounds too good to be true, right? With The Business Owner's Definitive Guide to Captive Insurance Companies, Mr. Strauss shows that, by utilizing a captive insurance company, this is not only possible but also a lot easier than you'd imagine. As one of America's top corporate, tax, and risk management attorneys, Mr. Strauss provides readers with true insight on the key sophisticated planning techniques used by small business owners who implement captive insurance companies. You'll learn the fundamentals and history of captive insurance and how this technique can provide numerous benefits to your business. This book will provide you with the insight on how to: -reduce out-of-pocket expenses; -increase cash flow; -insure more of the risks of your business; -protect personal and business assets from lawsuits; and -select the appropriate manager for your captive insurance company. Creating a captive insurance company may sound daunting, but with Mr. Strauss's guidance you can navigate the legal maze and utilize this valuable strategy with ease. Don't miss out on crucial out-of-pocket savings, and create more liquidity in a more tax-efficient manner. Take steps today and reap the benefits of captive insurance

How to Buy a Diamond: Insider Secrets for Getting Your Money's Worth
How to Buy a Diamond
Insider Secrets for Getting Your Money's Worth
Paperback      ISBN: 1492667331

Buying a diamond can be one of the most important and intimidating purchases you ever make. Whether you're getting engaged or buying for an anniversary, investment or "just because," How to Buy a Diamond will take the pressure and uncertainty out of getting the best diamond for your money.

Newly revised and updated, How to Buy a Diamond is the only book on the market to include wholesalers' secret pricing charts that you, the public, never get to see The charts are broken down by carat, clarity, and color --including the various types of color within each color grade.

This eighth edition includes:

  • Matching your funds with the perfect diamond
  • The four Cs explained: clarity, color, cut and carat size
  • Ring styles and settings
  • Grade bumping: what it is and how to spot it
  • Picking the right jeweler
  • Jewelers' tricks of the trade
  • Wholesaler' secret pricing charts

Praise for How to Buy a Diamond:

"Finally, one of the top diamond experts breaks the silence and demystifies the world of diamonds for regular folk like you and me." --Gregory J.P. Godek, author of 1001 Ways to Be Romantic

"Whenever anybody asks me about buying a diamond, I give them this book." --Rob Bates, National Jeweler

Insider Secrets: Thousands of Life-Improving, Money-Saving Tips from Industry Experts
Insider Secrets
Thousands of Life-Improving, Money-Saving Tips from Industry Experts
Paperback      ISBN: 1621453499

From the wildly popular Reader's Digest column "13 Things They Won't Tell You" here are more than 5,000 trade secrets, professional tips, juicy secrets, and insider perspectives to save money and time, get better service, and avoid being scammed.

Every month, in its wildly popular "13 Things They Won't Tell You" column, Reader's Digest asks selected experts from a different profession to spill their secrets. Readers walk a mile in their shoes and see things that are enlightening, horrifying, and give them a whole new perspective on the people they trust with their food, health, family, money, and home. They walk away with the keys to awesome backdoor deals, insider knowledge that saves them tons of money, and invaluable advice for getting better service anywhere they go.

Now, this wisdom has been collected into one comprehensive volume, complete with updates, all-new interviews, and thousands of additional secrets. In Insider Secrets, you'll find out how to:

*make sure your doctor is the most experienced one in the hospital

*score the best deals from a car salesman

*baffle burglars and identity thieves

*avoid getting fired, according to HR

*find the freshest food in the store

and much more

The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Horror
The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Horror
Paperback      ISBN: 1603602070

From movie posters to comic books, from toys to video games and beyond, The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Horror covers everything horrific and collectible. With feature interviews with creators and collectors, it's packed with information and is a must-have for anyone looking to expand their knowledge, their insight or their collection. It's the latest in the "How-To" series from the team behind The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide.