Best Books for Men

    The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia at werd.com

    The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia

    Based on two decades of research, the story of the Vory—as the Russian mafia is also known—is one you probably haven’t heard before. They are Russia’s much-feared crime class, a group born early in the 1900s from Gulags and criminal camps, where they developed a unique culture identified by signature tattoos, an oath to the thieves’ code, forbidding all paid employment and cooperation with law enforcement and the state.

    Coming Soon: The Definitive Biography of Robin Williams at werd.com

    Coming Soon: The Definitive Biography of Robin Williams

    From his breakout role in Mork & Mindy to his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a comedian and actor of singular talent who made an indelible mark on American entertainment. And this new book is the definitive biography. Written by New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff, it draws on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, ultimately revealing that Williams’ comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt. Coming May 15.

    Questlove Can Help You On Your Creative Quest at werd.com

    Questlove Can Help You On Your Creative Quest

    Questlove of the Roots is a famed percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, DJ, music journalist, record producer, occasional actor, and now, self-help author. In Creative Quest, he synthesizes all the creative philosophies, lessons, and stories he’s heard from the many creators and collaborators in his life, and reflects on his own experience, to advise readers and fans on how to consider creativity and where to find it.

    <i>Rocket Men</i> Chronicles Man’s First Journey to the Moon at werd.com

    Rocket Men Chronicles Man’s First Journey to the Moon

    Researched and written by New York Times bestselling author of Shadow Divers, Rocket Men is the riveting inside story of the Apollo 8 moon mission— the boldest, riskiest test of America’s greatness amid the pressures of 1968—the year of the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and the feverish space race with the USSR. This book follows the three heroic astronauts who took on the challenge of mankind’s historic first mission to the Moon.

    Do Angels Need Haircuts? Collects The Poetry Of Lou Reed at werd.com

    Do Angels Need Haircuts? Collects The Poetry Of Lou Reed

    This slim volume is the first to be produced by the Lou Reed Archive. It gathers poems, photographs from the era by Mick Rock, Moe Tucker, and others plus images from rare poetry zines, and a 7-inch record of previously unreleased audio of Reed’s 1971 St. Mark s Church reading, giving readers a look into a little known side of one of the most unique voices in American pop culture.

    Required Reading: The Tiger Woods Biography at werd.com

    Required Reading: The Tiger Woods Biography

    Based on three years of research and reporting, two acclaimed investigative journalists, Jeff Benedict of Sports Illustrated and eleven-time Emmy Award winner Armen Keteyian teamed up to deliver the first major biography of Tiger Woods. Sweeping in scope and packed with behind-the-scenes details, it chronicles the rise and epic fall of an American sports icon.

    A Season in the Sun: The Rise of Mickey Mantle at werd.com

    A Season in the Sun: The Rise of Mickey Mantle

    In A Season In The Sun, acclaimed historians Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith recount the defining moment of Mantle’s legendary career: 1956, when “The Mick” overcame a host of injuries and critics to become the most celebrated athlete of his time; a perfect idol for postwar America, a wholesome hero from the heartland who hit like hell.

    Rolling Stone 50 Years of Covers: A History of the Most Influential Magazine in Pop Culture at werd.com

    Rolling Stone 50 Years of Covers: A History of the Most Influential Magazine in Pop Culture

    When it came to pop culture, Rolling Stone had its fingers on the pulse for more than 50 years and landing on its cover was proof positive that you were a star. From John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Axl Rose, Madonna, Nirvana to Steve Martin, Rihanna, Adele, Radiohead, and Barack Obama, this book is packed with cover shots as well as photographer insights, outtakes, and excerpts from the issues.

    Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece at werd.com

    Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece

    To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the greatest sci-fi film ever made, Space Odyssey is the inside account of how director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke created the cinematic masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. Through extensive interviews with Clarke, Kubrick’s widow, visual effects supervisor Doug Trumbull, and others, author Michael Benson explores and explains how movie magic was made.

    All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire at werd.com

    All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire

    Hard to believe that the last episode of HBO’s acclaimed crime drama The Wire aired more than a decade ago. All The Pieces Matter is a celebration of the groundbreaking, issue tackling, career launching hit series. Consider this the definitive oral history of the iconic show, as told by the actors, writers, directors, and others involved in its creation.

    Jim Brown: Last Man Standing at werd.com

    Jim Brown: Last Man Standing

    Recognized as perhaps the greatest football player to ever live, Jim Brown is a certified icon of American sports. Acclaimed sports journalist Dave Zirin spent literally years with the now 81-year-old Brown and covers it all in this new book. From his phenomenal NFL career to his Hollywood years and through his political activism starting in the 60s, and right up to his Trump-loving, Kaepernick dissing attitudes of today.

    Build a Skeleton In Your Spare Time at werd.com

    Build a Skeleton In Your Spare Time

    Taschen has created a kit that lets you build a life-size model of the human skeleton made entirely of foldable paper. Pre-cut pieces of paper, requiring no scissors or glue, are assembled with detailed, step-by-step instructions. It’s got joints that bend and straighten and each piece features an anatomical label in English and Latin.

    <i>Ali</i> Collects Intimate Images of a Legend at werd.com

    Ali Collects Intimate Images of a Legend

    In June, 1963, on assignment from Sports Illustrated, peerless portrait photographer Steve Schapiro traveled to Louisville to spend some time with Cassius Clay, the young Olympic champion boxer who even then was well on his way to becoming Muhammad Ali. The two spent five days together, with Schapiro gaining intimate access to this legend-in-the-making. Ali is a collection of the photographers best images—many of which have never been published before.