Thursday, August 06, 2009

The STEVERSON COLLECTION Book Club is for book lovers.
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After the Opening Ceremony of the Steverson Book Collection on 23 April, 2009 the American Corner Veszprem was excited to announce the start of the
Steverson Collection Book Club. The Club aims to give the reading public a chance to get acquainted with the vast collection of books in the generous donation from Judge London Steverson and his family. This Book Club will be run by booklovers, for booklovers. The members will be at the heart of all the club does.

Variety will be at the heart of The Club. The Steverson Collection contains thousands of used and rare English language books on a variety of subjects of interest; such as, History, Humor, Satire, Myths & Legends, Philosophy, Poetry, Shakespeare, Religion, Reference, Travel & Leisure, Exploration (The Silk Road, The Spice Route, The Northwest Passage, Anrarctica, The North Pole, and more...)

We read books for what’s inside them, but there’s something inexpressibly pleasurable about the look, touch, even the smell, of a beautiful book. One can never hope to experience such pure pleasure from reading a book on-line. A electronic page-turner has its advantages, but not such a pleasure as this one.
That’s why The Steverson Collection Book Club exists, to make available beautiful editions of the world’s greatest books… and we have a passion for what we do.

(Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Ambassador April Foley, and Judge London Steverson.)

These talented men and women of color challenged misconceptions and rewrote history. They blazed trails,brokered power,pioneered medical procedures,hurdled barriers, and created musical and literary masterpieces. Theire stories are stories of courage and sacrifice, of struggles and victories, or triumphs and tragedies. Their struggles inspired Senator Barack H. Obama to seek the Presidency of the United States and their struggles will inspire tomorrow's heroes. Their history is an integral part of American History. It is American History.

Thurgood Marshall was the only Black leader in America during the
Civil Rights era who could say that he defeated segregation where it really counted; that was, in the courts. He legal strategy was based on the U. S. Constitution.

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THE OXFORD BOOK OF ENGLISH DETECTIVE STORIES. A collection of 33 stories that show the scope, vigour, and enduring facination of the detective story is here edited by Patricia Craig. Beginning in the 1089s with the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and continuing to the present with P D James, Michael Gilbert, and Ruth Rendell. Here you have the cream of crime.

An atlas ia an inspirational source of travel and general knowledge at your fingertips.

History as it really happened - Gripping accounts of great events
spanning over 4,000 years. Our story begins with hieroglyphics and
ends with the BlackBerry.

P. D. James mysteries, that include all of her works.
The perfect English country house murder mystery - subtle, intelligent
and gripping to the very end, Cover Her Face is an outstanding
contribution to the genre by one of its greatest practitioners.

By concentrating on the actions and experiences of soldiers rather
than on the strategies of generals, The History of VietNam War, WWII, and
other Time-Life series revolutionised our understanding of the nature
of combat. At its heart are reconstructions of the battles of
Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme; Viet Nam, Desert Storm, and others.

Fifty Days That Changed the World ( Ten Days/JFK/ Cuban missile
crisis, etc) unravels the causes and consequences of the most
significant days in history, revealing how each one left its imprint
on the course of future events.

Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Motown, Diana Ross, etc This magisterial study
encompasses four millennia of musical achievement, beginning with the
temple songs of ancient Mesopotamia and concluding with the revolution
caused by modern mass communications.

Graham Greene's 22nd novel is a return to the Cold War territory he explored
in The Quiet American and Our Man in Havana. With typical aplomb, he
creates a shadowy world with very human characters who, if difficult
to love, are never easy to condemn.

Today, East Berlin's Alexanderplatz is a sprawling mass of concrete featuring acres of chain stores, neon signs, billboards advertising toothpaste and an endless stream of cars. Amidst it all, a big statue of Karl Marx casts a disappointed eye over what remains of his legacy.

It's hard to believe this drab expanse of East German architecture was once the physical and emotional heart of the city.

Return to those thrilling days of yesteryear with John LaCarre's novels and Robert Littell's THE COMPANY, A Novel of the CIA.

ADOLF HITLER. Much has been written about Hitler, yet he remains a creature of legend, myth, and misconceptions. the books in this collection will paint a picture of Hitler- as man, politician, and military leader,- more complex and comprehensive than any ever published.
Mein Kampf- Hitler's blueprint to the age of chaos. Translated by Ralph Manheim. As Thomas Mann said "It is supremely difficult to translate Hitler's German into English that is readable, but Mr Manheim ahs done an excellent job." In 1933 two publishers realized the historical importance of this book. they were Houghton Mifflin and Hurst & Blackett. It did not become a best seller until 1942. It must be read and constantly remembered as a specimen of the demagoguery that people can believe and that always menaces the world when men grow tired of thinking for themselves.

Novels, love stories, Sidney Shelton, Judith Krantz, etc are
intoxicating stories of passion and loss, adventure and intrigue, vast in scope and peopled by memorable personalities, evocatively illustrated with period

Intrepid's Last Case chronicles the post-WWII activities of Sir William Stephenson, whose facinating role in helping to defeat the Nazis was the subject of the best seller A Man Called Intrepid.

Ken Follett writes a breathtaking best seller surrounding the days before the Normandy Invasion. Set in England and occupied France, the female Secret Agent, code named Leopardess, leads an assault on a German communications center with an all female team of daredevils.

A great first novel by Ivana Trump, former wife of Donald Trump.
Ivana is vibrant, passionate and no stranger to the caprices of romance. she writes of a woman of charm and courage whose life surpasses even her own grandest fantasies.

An explosive insiders look at Bill Clinton and Hollywood beauties by
Joe Esterhaus, a Hungarian writer in America.

Where does language come from? How does it evolve? Why is a 3-year-old
child a grammatical genius? These are some of the questions to which
Steven Pinker turns his dazzling insight and expertise.
(Find out in the book The History of Writing; Man and His Symbols,...)

GOETHE'S FAUST. A parallel translation of German and English, with an introduction by WalterKaufmann. Both in poetic beauty and in comprehension from the original, this is one of the best translations ever of Faust.

Tsars and maidens, witches and wizards, enchanted castles and vampire
lairs, orphans and fools, sorceresses and talking animals: these are
the stuff of Russian legend.

Books that chronicle of the great American West, the Great War Chiefs, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, cowboys and indians, and The Oregon Trail remain very popular.

"The Right Stuff" by Tom Wolfe.
Tom Wolfe’s modern classic tells the thrilling story of the United
States’ pioneering space missions. Alan Shephard, Charles Yeager and
John Glenn were among the aviators with ‘the right stuff’, that
elusive quality beyond mere bravery.

The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire chronicles the final years of
the ancient Roman Republic and the rise to power of Octavian, who
emerged from the chaos to become ruler of the world.

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Pope John Paul II- Widely regarded as the best single-volume account
of the papacy, charts the 2,000 year history of one the most powerful
institutions in the world.

Delbert, Art Buchwald, et al A product of a golden age of political
and literary humour, a rare combination of elegance and comic oddity
reminiscent of Saki and Wilde.

Art books, eg, Florence: birthplace and crowning glory of the Italian
Renaissance. From the grandeur of the Duomo to the marble of the
Medici chapel, from Giotto's frescoes to Michaelangelo's David - what
other city can compare, what other age compete with this one
miraculous flowering of genius?

An art history book with a difference - explore image-making from
prehistoric times to today.
A magnificent collection that reveals Leonardo´s brilliance and
prescience. A new edition includes writings on almost every subject imaginable and through Leonardso's personal notes, we gain insights into his passions,
peoccupations and eccentricities.

With clear descriptions providing in-depth analysis, a variety of dictionaries
that are invaluable for students and professionals, and provide a
fascinating wealth of information for the general reader.
With almost 3,500 A-Z entries ranging across painting, sculpture,
drawing and the applied arts from classical times to the present day,
it provides the reader with information in succinct and readable form
about styles, techniques, collections, artists and critics.

BIOGRAPHIES that capture --Bogart, Bacal, Gabor, Richard Burton, Liz Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Princess Di, Nelson Mandella, Rock Hudson, Ronald Raegan, Marlon Brando, Anthony Quinn, Alexander Haig, Marilynn Monroe, Princess Grace, MAO, Stalin, Lenin, Gorbachev, Ribbentrop and many more..

Casanova’s most formative and brilliant adventures to provide the highlights of one of the most entertaining autobiographies ever written.

A definitive work on William Blake.

Comprehensive and authoritative biographical books, covering all areas of human achievement across
the arts, science, technology, sport, politics, philosophy and
Winston Churchill describes his military adventures with
enormous zest, but also paints a poignant picture of life before the
First World War, etc
For those who know Churchill only in his later years as a dignified
statesman, our books tell the story of his early life. describes his military adventures with enormous zest, but also paints a poignant picture of life before the
First World War.

For more than two years, Anne Frank and the Franks and another Jewish
family lived like ghosts in a cramped set of rooms at the back of an
office building in Amsterdam.
John Adams--John Adams - revolutionist, political theorist. One of
five acclaimed biographies of America's Founding Fathers .
Benjamin Franklin, the unrivalled polymath and intellectual architect
of so many revolutionary ideas.
Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence.
George Washington, commander-in-chief of the army and America's first
Camp Pastor---On arriving at Auschwitz in February 1944, more than 500 of his fellow deportees were sent straight to the gas chambers, but
this preacher was one of the 'lucky' ones.
Schindler's List tells one of the most amazing stories to come out of the horrors of the Second World War. How a womanising, heavy drinking Nazi industrialist turned into the saviour of over 1,000 Jews is a tale that needs no embellishment.

In her correspondence as in her novels, Jane Austen's voice is
unmistakable. Witty and observant, intimate and gossipy.
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This is a unique book. A first of its kind filling a gap that has existed for decades. Finally here it is for both new and experienced parents. Early on many find it a challenge to provide foods that are healthy and nutritious for their children. Even if one succeeds, continuing to feed children a wide variety healthy foods filled with vitamins and minerals is a difficult task. Neglect of this part of parenting has resulted in many cases of overweight but under nourished children. This book is a valuable aid to aid parents, new or experienced. It will assist parents in putting healthy and nutritious foods on the children's plates three times a day. This book recommends meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner for three weeks. Initially it is recommended that the book be followed. Later, as different recipes are mastered, it is suggested that the parent vary the meals according to their own preferences.
(Available from
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: (March 8, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 143031706X
ISBN-13: 978-1430317067
Price: $19.98 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping.)

The Rules of Power.
1. Never outshine the master.
Always make those above you feel confortably superior. In your desire to please or impress them do not go too far in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opposite; i.e., inspire insecurity. Make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power.

2. Never put too much trust in friends; learn how to use enemies.
3. Conceal your intentions.
4. Always say less than necessary.
5. So much depends on reputation. Guard it with your life.
6.Court attention at all costs.
7. Get others to do the work for you, but always take the credit.
8. Make others come to you. Use bait if necessary.
9. Win through your actions, never through argument.
10.Infection. Avoid the unhappy and unlucky.
11. Learn to keep people dependent on you.
12. Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim.
13. When asking for help, appeal to peoples' self-interest, never totheir mercy or gratitude.
14. Pose as a friend; work as a spy.
15. Crush your enemy totally.
16. Use absence to increase respect and honor.
17. Keep others in suspended terror: Cultivate an aire of unpredictability.
18. Do not build fortresses to protect yourself. Isolation is dangerous.
19. Know who you are dealing with; do not offend the wrong person.
20. Do not committ to anyone.
21. Play a sucker to catch a sucker. Seem dumber than your mark.
22. Use the surrender tactic. transform weakness into power.
23. Concentrate your forces.
24. Play the perfect courtier.
25. Re-create yourself.
26. Keep your hands clean.
27. Play on people's need to believe to create a cultlike following.
28. Enter action with boldness.
29. Plan all the way to the end.
30. Make your accomplishments seem effortless.
31. Control the options. Get others to play with the cards you deal.
32. Play to people's fantasies.
33. Discover each person's thumbscrew.
34. Be royal in your own fashion. Act like a king to be treated like one.
35. Master the art of timing.
36. Disdain things you cannot have. Ignoring them is the best revenge.
37. Create compelling spectacles.
38. Think as you like, but behave like others.
39. Stir up waters to catch fish.
40. Despise the free lunch.
41. Avoid stepping into a great man's shoes.
42. Strike the shepard and the sheep will scatter.
43. Work on the hearts and minds of others.
44. Disarm and infuriate with the mirror effect.
45. Preach the need for change, but never reform too much at once.
46. Never appear too perfect.
47. Do not go past the mark you aimed for. In victory, learn when to stop.
48. Assume forlessness.
49. Thank God; count your blessings.

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Blogger ichbinalj said...

The "Steveron Collection" of English books is now in the public library database. This is the largest collection of English language books in Hungary and possibly even Europe, except for England. Work accelerated somewhat during the summer months. More than 20% of the donated books are in the catalogue system. When completed there will be over 10,000 volumes.
Check it out at Click on Katalogus and use the search word: Steverson

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Blogger ichbinalj said...

Time is a river, and Books are boats. Many volumes start down that stream only to be wrecked and lost beyond recall in its sansd. Only a few, a very few, endure the testings of time and live to bless the ages following. (i.e., Holy Bible)
Laus Deo.
(The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown)

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