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Billion Dollar Painter

Author : G. Eric Kuskey
ISBN : 9781602862456
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The unbelievable true story of artist Thomas Kinkade, self-described “Painter of Light,” and the dramatic rise —and fall—of his billion-dollar gallery and licensing business. He was just one man, but Thomas Kinkade ultimately made more money from his art than every other artist in the history of the world combined. His sentimental paintings of babbling brooks, rural churches surrounded by brilliant fall foliage, and idyllic countryside cottages were so popular in the 1990s that one out of every twenty homes in America owned one of his prints. With the help of two partners—a former vacuum-cleaner salesman and an ambitious junior accountant who fancied himself a businessman—Kinkade turned his art into a billion-dollar gallery and licensing business that traded on the NYSE before it collapsed in 2006 amid fraud accusations. One part a fascinating business story about the rise, and demise, of a financial empire born out of divine inspiration, one part a dramatic biography, Billion Dollar Painter is the account of three nobodies who made it big. One of them was a man who, despite being a devout Christian who believed his artwork was a spiritual force that could cure the sick and comfort the poor in spirit, could not save his art empire, or himself. Eric Kuskey, former colleague of Thomas Kinkade's and close friend until the artist's death in 2012, tells Kinkade's story for the first time—from his art's humble beginnings on a sidewalk in Carmel, California, to his five-house compound in Monte Sereno. It's a tale of addiction and grief, of losing control, and ultimately, of the price of our dreams.

The Painter And Decorator

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ISBN : WISC:89062192893
Genre : House painting
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The Painter And Decorator

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ISBN : CORNELL:31924054234384
Genre : Painters, Industrial
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Thomas Kinkade

Author : Alexis L. Boylan
ISBN : 9780822348528
Genre : Art
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An anthology on American artist Thomas Kincaid, exploring his work and its impact on contemporary art as part of the broader history of American visual culture.

Thomas Kinkade

Author : Thomas Kinkade
ISBN : 0789200821
Genre : Art
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Celebrating the charming and radiant works of Thomas Kinkade, a foremost contemporary painter of light, this delightful volume recounts the uplifting story of the artist's life and adventures, recalls the inspiration behind his work, and describes the fascinating personal references--to loved ones and to his faith--found in his paintings. Over 75 color illustrations. 3 gatefolds.

Billion Dollar Ball

Author : Gilbert M. Gaul
ISBN : 9780698142916
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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• A Boston Globe Best Book of 2015 • “A penetrating examination of how the elite college football programs have become ‘giant entertainment businesses that happened to do a little education on the side.’”—Mark Kram, The New York Times Two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Gilbert M. Gaul offers a riveting and sometimes shocking look inside the money culture of college football and how it has come to dominate a surprising number of colleges and universities. Over the past decade college football has not only doubled in size, but its elite programs have become a $2.5-billion-a-year entertainment business, with lavishly paid coaches, lucrative television deals, and corporate sponsors eager to slap their logos on everything from scoreboards to footballs and uniforms. Profit margins among the top football schools range from 60% to 75%—results that dwarf those of such high-profile companies as Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft—yet thanks to the support of their football-mad representatives in Congress, teams aren’t required to pay taxes. In most cases, those windfalls are not passed on to the universities themselves, but flow directly back into their athletic departments. College presidents have been unwilling or powerless to stop a system that has spawned a wildly profligate infrastructure of coaches, trainers, marketing gurus, and a growing cadre of bureaucrats whose sole purpose is to ensure that players remain academically eligible to play. From the University of Oregon’s lavish $42 million academic center for athletes to Alabama coach Nick Saban’s $7 million paycheck—ten times what the school pays its president, and 70 times what a full-time professor there earns—Gaul examines in depth the extraordinary financial model that supports college football and the effect it has had not only on other athletic programs but on academic ones as well. What are the consequences when college football coaches are the highest paid public employees in over half the states in an economically troubled country, or when football players at some schools receive ten times the amount of scholarship awards that academically gifted students do? Billion-Dollar Ball considers these and many other issues in a compelling account of how an astonishingly wealthy sports franchise has begun to reframe campus values and distort the fundamental academic mission of our universities. From the Hardcover edition.

Mi Vida Loca

Author : Johnny Tapia
ISBN : 9781630761103
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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There is only one winner in boxing. Fighting against your opponent and fighting against your own inner demons become one in the same. Those who survive both in and out of the ring are beloved worldwide. Those who do not spiral downward into drugs, prison, and even murder. "[My] life's been pretty tragic," remarks Johnny. "But in the ring, it's been a blessing." Mi Vida Loca is not just a nickname for Johnny, but a legendary tale of a life lived over the edge and back.

The Artist S Guide To Sketching

Author : James Gurney
ISBN : 0823003329
Genre : Art
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Offers suggestions on the materials used in sketching on-the-spot--how to sketch amid the elements, how to capture motion and mood, how to produce studies on nature, people, and the man-made world--and the uses of imagination.

The Thomas Kinkade Story

Author : Thomas Kinkade
ISBN : 9780821228586
Genre : Art
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Provides a retrospective of two decades of inspirational artwork, tracing the various periods in Thomas Kinkade's career, from his earliest days to his rise to critical and commercial success.

The Antidote

Author : Barry Werth
ISBN : 9781451655667
Genre : Business & Economics
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Documents the story of maverick pharmaceutical company Vertex and a small team of entrepreneurial scientists who after dissociating themselves from Merck endeavored to create breakthrough medicines and transform the pharmaceutical industry. By the award-winning author of The Billion-Dollar Molecule.

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