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National Geographic Live, Laugh, Celebrate [Hardcover]

Ferdinand Protzman

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1 Nov 2009 National Geographic
The book is a rich and surprising collection of joyous moments - large and small, formal and informal, past and present, personal and public - from around the world. Every kind of celebration, expected and unexpected, is showcased: coronations of monarchs and inaugurations of presidents, weddings, reunions, and graduations, carnival, Olympics, sports victories, national holidays, military victories, independence days, New Years, Christmas, Passover, and other religious and cultural traditions like horse races and dog shows.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society; 1 edition (1 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426205066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426205064
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 23.7 x 30.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,071,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ferdinand Protzman is an award-winning writer, culture critic, and journalist. He is the author of LANDSCAPE: Photographs of Time and Place (2003) and WIDE ANGLE: National Geographic Greatest Places (2005). He has written reviews, and features for the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and other newspapers, and he is a contributor to the magazine ARTnews.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Smile at the human joy 13 Dec 2009
By wogan - Published on
National Geographic's `live, laugh, celebrate' is a coffee table book made to make you smile even as you look at the cover of a bride's feet in high top pink tennis shoes.
The photographs inside range from 30 + year old black and white to never before published colour photos. Pictures are from around the world and are labeled so that you have an idea of what is happening in each. They become extraordinary as you look at them because they do show everyday life in special ways: a dinner table from above, a 1958 bar mitzvah, children waiting for cotton candy seen through the haze of the candy threads thrown up from the machine. All these are everyday celebrations that you realize as you see young parents holding a young child - that is a celebration, and you begin to smile as this book makes you understand the everyday celebrations of life. Some are the special once in a life time celebrations like the Naval Academy graduates tossing their caps into the air to celebrate their graduation; and not just weddings, but the bride carefully brushing her teeth before. Yes this will make you realize the fun of life.
It does show pictures from around the world, but that makes it all the family of man in the 3 parts of the book: cycles of life, around the world and life of the party. It's a lovely book to have for yourself or to give to another to celebrate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lavish display suitable for any coffee table or general-interest lending library 11 Feb 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Live, Laugh and Celebrate provides a fine collection of celebrations personal and public from around the world, offering a fine blend of photos and essays profiling over 150 images - some never published, others form National Geographic's archives, to celebrate rituals from around the world. The result is a lavish display suitable for any coffee table or general-interest lending library.
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