DK known as Dorling Kindersley, is a British multinational publishing company specialising in illustrated reference books for adults and children in 63 languages. It is part of a subsidiary of German media conglomerate Bertelsmann. Established in 1974, DK publishes a range of titles in genres including travel, science, sport, gardening and parenting; the worldwide CEO of DK is Ian Hudson. DK has offices in New York, London, New Delhi, Madrid and Jiangmen. DK works with licensing partners to publish books such as Disney, LEGO, Star Wars, DC Comics, Royal Horticultural Society, MasterChef and the Smithsonian Institution. DK has commissioned Mary Berry, Monty Don, Robert Winston, Huw Richards and Steve Mould for a range of books. DK was founded in 1974 by Christopher Dorling and Peter Kindersley in London, in 1982 moved into publishing; the first book published under the DK name was a First Aid Manual for the British voluntary medical services. DK Inc. began publishing in the United States in 1991.
That same year, Microsoft bought a 26 percent stake in DK. In 1999, it overestimated the market for Star Wars books and was left with millions of unsold copies, resulting in crippling debt; as a direct result, DK was taken over the following year by the Pearson plc media company and made part of Penguin Group, which owned the Penguin Books label. DK has continued to sell Star Wars books after the takeover. In 2013, Bertelsmann and Pearson completed a merger to form Penguin Random House. Bertelsmann Pearson 47 % of the company. Penguin's trade publishing activity continued to include DK under the newly formed Penguin Random House. In July 2017, Pearson agreed to sell a 22% stake in the business to Bertelsmann, thereby retaining a 25% holding. In December 2019, Bertelsmann agreed to acquire Pearson's 25% in Penguin Random House, therefore DK, making it a wholly owned subsidiary of Bertelsmann. In 2019, Prima Games was sold to Asteri Holdings. DK publishes a range of titles internationally for children.
Most of the company's books are produced by teams of editors and designers who work with freelance writers and illustrators. Some are endorsed by "imprimaturs": well-known and respected organisations such as the British Medical Association, the Royal Horticultural Society and the British Red Cross. BradyGames was a publishing company in the United States operating as a DK imprint, which specializes in video game strategy guides, covering multiple video game platforms, it published its first strategy guide in November 1993 as a division of MacMillan Computer Publishing. In 1998, Simon & Schuster divested BradyGames as part of its educational division to Pearson plc. BradyGames has grown to publish 90-100 guides per year. On 1 June 2015, BradyGames merged with Prima Games, future strategy guides made by the publishing company were published under the Prima Games label, sold to Asteri Holdings in 2019. DK commenced publishing books aimed at teens with the release of Heads Up Psychology in 2014 and further titles following every two to three months.
Atomic Soul is Symphony X's lead singer Russell Allen's debut solo album. It was released on April 26, 2005; the album is different from Symphony X's harder, more progressive sound, has been dubbed by many, including Allen himself, as "Hard Rock". The album was released in 2005 on the InsideOut Music label. Allen played bass and keyboards on most tracks, along with vocals, but some of the tracks feature guests Robert Nelson on drums, Brendan Anthony and Jason Freudberg on guitars, Larry Salvatore on bass and Jens Johansson on keyboards. Allen's bandmates Michael Romeo and Michael Pinnella, from Symphony X, are featured on the album. All songs written except where noted. Blackout - 4:25 Unjustified - 3:43 Voodoo Hand - 3:54 Angel - 5:14 The Distance - 4:49 Seasons of Insanity - 4:20 Gaia - 4:33 Loosin' You - 4:01 Saucey Jack - 4:02 We Will Fly - 7:55 Atomic Soul - 3:08 Russell Allen: Vocals, Bass & Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards Brendan Anthony: Electric & Acoustic Guitars Jason Freudberg: Electric & Acoustic Guitars Iceberg: Electric & Acoustic Guitars Michael Romeo: Electric, Slide & Bass Guitars Larry Salvatore: Bass Michael Pinnella: Piano Jens Johansson: Keyboards Robert Nelson: Drums, Percussion Arranged By Russell Allen, Brendan Anthony & Robert Nelson Produced By Russell Allen Recorded & Engineered By Michael Romeo Mixed By Russell Allen & Don Sternecker Mastered By Allen Douches "Atomic Soul" overview at allmusic Retrieved June 28, 2010
Robert Berkeley "Bob" Minor, alternatively known as "Fighting Bob," was a political cartoonist, a radical journalist, beginning in 1920, a leading member of the American Communist Party. Robert Minor, best known to those who knew him by the nickname "Bob," was born July 15, 1884, in San Antonio, Texas. Minor came from respected family lines. On his father's side, General John Minor had served as Thomas Jefferson's Presidential campaign manager, his father was a school teacher and lawyer elected as a judge, while his maternal grandfather was a doctor. Despite the notable family forefathers, Bob Minor was not brought up with a silver spoon in his mouth — rather he was the product of what one historian has called "the hard-up, run-down middle class," living in an "unpainted frontier cottage in San Antonio." Minor was unable to begin school until age 10 due to his family's dire financial straits before leaving school at age 14 to take a job as a Western Union messenger boy to help support his family.
Minor left home two years going to work at a variety of different jobs, including time spent as a sign painter, a carpenter, a farm worker, a railroad laborer. In 1904, at the age of twenty, Robert Minor was hired as an assistant stereotypist and handyman at the San Antonio Gazette, where he developed his artistic talent in his spare time. Minor emerged as an accomplished political cartoonist. Minor moved to St. Louis to take a position as a cartoonist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Minor's work very conventional in form using pen-and-ink, was transformed by his move to the use of grease crayon on paper. Minor gained recognition as the chief cartoonist at the Post-Dispatch and was considered by many to be among the best in the country. In 1911, Robert Minor was hired by the New York World, where he became the highest paid cartoonist in the United States, his father was on a parallel path of advancement, transformed by a 1910 election "from an unsuccessful lawyer to an influential district judge."
In 1907 Minor joined the Socialist Party of America but by the beginning of 1912 he had moved towards an anarchist orientation and support of revolutionary industrial unionism. Minor had saved several hundred dollars earned in St. Louis and decided that he wanted to go to Paris to attend art school to perfect his craft. In France he enrolled in a class at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, the French national art school, but he found the experience unsatisfying. Minor spent the rest of his time in Paris studying art on his own and taking part in the left wing labor movement through the Socialist Party of France. Minor returned to the United States in 1914, just prior to the outbreak of World War I; the year 1914 saw Minor in the unusual position of being paid but unable to work, with an old contract he had signed with the New York World continuing to pay him a salary to keep him from drawing for other papers. However, with the outbreak of hostilities in August Minor began to make a series of aggressive and provocative cartoons attacking both sides of the European conflict for their imperialism.
While The World began to use these cartoons, it was not long before Minor came to the banks of the Rubicon, when his employer demanded that the artist begin to draw pro-war panels. Minor was unalterably opposed to the World War and was faced with a choice between his paycheck and his beliefs, his convictions won and Minor was successful in having his contract with The World annulled. On June 1, 1915, Minor moved to a Socialist Party-affiliated daily broadsheet. Minor began contributing aggressively anti-war cartoons to Max Eastman's radical New York monthly, The Masses. Minor's radical cartoons would provide fodder for the United States government's prosecution of The Masses for alleged violation of the Espionage Act of 1917, a legal assault which would lead to the demise of the magazine. Minor was sent as a war correspondent of The Call to Europe, where he wrote from Italy. Part of Minor's European expenses were being borne by a liberal newspaper syndicate in exchange for use of his drawings from the front.
The syndicate found themselves unable to use the radical material which Minor was by this time producing and The Call was forced to recall him from Europe. In 1916, Minor was dispatched by The Call to Mexico to cover the American intervention there; when the "Mexican War" came to a sudden conclusion, Minor went to California for a rest. There he became involved in the defense campaign of radical trade unionists Tom Mooney and Warren Billings in their publicized legal case accusing them of bombing of the 1916 San Francisco "Preparedness Day" parade. Minor worked full-time for a year and a half as the publicity director for the International Workers Defense League, an organization established to provide legal support and build public sympathy for Mooney and Billings and their co-defendants. Minor authored several pamphlets in 1917 and 1918 and spoke to a wide range of audiences about the alleged "frame-up" being perpetrated on the radical trade unionists; the Call, dispatched Minor to Europe as a war correspondent in 1918, with Minor continuing to contribute material on the European revolutionary movement to the successor to The Masses, The Liberator.
In May 1918 Minor arrived in Soviet Russia. While there, he met Lenin and wrote anti-war propaganda for distribution to English-speaking troops involved in the invasion of Soviet Russia; the experience proved winning him over to the cause of communism. Minor traveled to Germany, where he saw the German Revolution firsthand, thereafter to France. While in Paris in 1919, Minor was a