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Book Review: The Art Museum by Phaidon Press

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The Art Museum is a fantastic full color rendition of over 2500 works of global art assembled by a team of 100 specialists from 650 museums and galleries representing over 60 countries. Paintings, woodblock prints, tapestries, frescos, sculptures, ceramics and manuscripts are displayed in a unified presentation.

The periods are represented fairly to include the Stone Age, Royal Art of Assyria, Ancient Egyptian Nubians, Grecian Zeusmodels, the Terracotta Warriors of China and many other fascinating art treasures substantially unknown to the general public until now.

The Stone Age Las Caux Cave is a panorama of the upper Paleolithic Period which replaced the Neanderthal Man with modern homosapiens. The Royal Art of Assyria shows people who identified themselves through warfare and a divine belief to do the work of their gods. They were master craftsman who built great horse drawn chariots for battle. The terracotta army warriors are depicted in The Art Museum. The army was found near the tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang. The tomb took 38 years and 720 thousand builders to complete. The terracotta army has been buried for over 2,000 years. So far, 1,800 terracotta warriors and chariots have been unearthed after centuries of virtual obscurity.

The Art Museum is easy to read. The presentation is generally sequential by world culture and time period. The art is full color with considerable descriptions depicting the diverse cultures and people. i.e. Assyrians, Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, Japanese, African, Koreans

This rendition is perfect for the general public, as well as art historians, sociologists, anthropologists, students of Egyptology, comparative global culture, journalists, photographers and a plethora of specialists too numerous to list in a finite review. This volume would be a perfect resource for student projects in many disciplines. A copy should be in every public library.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.