Indian Interiors (Deidi v. Schaewen, Sunil Sethi, Angelika Taschen)

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This lush book by photographer Deidi captivates the eye and provides a visual feast of colors. She is one intrepid traveler. There was a war going on in Kashmir when she went to take these photos, although you'd never know it from these pictures which paint such a beautiful image of these sumptuous settings. She also made enormous photos of sacred trees in India which are exhibited in galleries. This book focuses a great deal on Rajasthan, but also includes regional coverage of key areas. A first of its kind and a good antidote to the predictable picture books on India. Everyone expects India photo books to show weird babas in Benares and starving people in Calcutta, so it's good for the West to see there's more to India, than that. Scenes from the folk and peasant traditions are included alongside the fantastic royal palaces, proving that art has no boundaries.

Inside Job (Jim Marrs)

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The 9/11 tragedy: official story or inside job? The official story about 9/11 is discredited. That is the sobering conclusion reached by millions of Americans all across the political spectrum, who have sifted through the evidence uncovered by hundreds of independent researchers. Many honest citizens are now forced to make the almost unthinkable inference that powerful U.S. officials must have had foreknowledge of the planned attacks and then acted from the inside to thwart efforts to prevent them, to remove or cover up criminal evidence and to hamper inquiries into what happened. Jim Marrs is an award-winning veteran Texas investigative journalist, whose thesis is supported by many disturbing anomalies, such as:
1) Standard air defense mechanisms systematically failed simultaneously.
2) Interceptor jets were scrambled too late, too slowly and from the wrong locations.
3) President Bush proceeded with a "photo op", long after he knew, we were under attack.
4) Fires could not have caused the free fall collapse of the WTC towers. It was rather a controlled demolition by explosives planted at the bottom of the towers.
5) The collapse of WTC 7 was later admitted to be a demolition.
6) Insiders engaged in massive short-selling of airline stocks shortly before 9/11.
7) Key officials claimed, warnings never came, despite massive evidence to the contrary.
Author Jim Marrs provides heavy documentation of his findings, plus extensive appendices including perspectives from families of 9/11 victims and excerpts from the RICO Act lawsuit filed by 9/11 widow Ellen Mariani.