Best Books for Men

    <i>3 Kings: Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, and Hip-Hop’s Multibillion-Dollar Rise</i> at werd.com

    3 Kings: Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, and Hip-Hop’s Multibillion-Dollar Rise

    When it comes to dollars made in the world of hip-hop, Diddy, Dré, & Hov are the top dawgs. Their influence can be debated but not the billions. Not the offshoot brands, like Beats, Ciroc vodka, & Tidal, nor the endorsement deals, & stacks of other assets. Hip-Hop money is the main focus of this new book that tracks the careers & cash-flow of these three pop culture kings.

    The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam at werd.com

    The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam

    The Road Not Taken is the biography of CIA operative Edward Lansdale, a man many consider responsible for pioneering the “hearts & minds” diplomatic policy of the Vietnam era, an idea that was crushed by larger forces at work in the war effort. In his revealing portrait of Lansdale and opposing views on the war, historian Max Boot presents a picture of how history might have unfolded with a different approach.

    <i>Back to the Lab: Hip Hop Home Studios</i> Shows Where the Music is Made at werd.com

    Back to the Lab: Hip Hop Home Studios Shows Where the Music is Made

    The most classic tracks in the history of hip-hop can be traced back to the basements, backrooms, and bedrooms of the artists & producers who made them. Often alone, experimenting in their home studios. In Back To The Lab, documentary photographer Raph Rashid shares intimate images of these places and spaces as well as the artists who work there, including Alchemist, Ant, Babu, EL-P, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Jazzy Jeff, Kenny Dope, Lord Finesse & many more.

    The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age at werd.com

    The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age

    This is the definitive biography of the brilliant, charismatic, and very human physicist and innovator Enrico Fermi, who in 1942 led a research team at the University of Chicago in achieving what no other scientists had done before: a nuclear chain reaction. Based on new archival material and exclusive interviews, it lays bare the enigmatic and complex life of a colossus of twentieth century physics.

    The Golden Record from Voyager One is the Soundtrack of the Human Race at werd.com

    The Golden Record from Voyager One is the Soundtrack of the Human Race

    Posted in Best Books for Men and Media and Music

    The Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched in 1977 and still speeding through space today contains the most famous time capsule in human history. And now you can own one of its most interesting items, the Golden Record, a 90-minute recording of music from around the world, including Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry as well as Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, & more. Available in both LP and CD, it includes a 96-page softcover book loaded with info and images on the iconic Voyager missions.

    Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine at werd.com

    Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine

    The heyday of rock-n-roll and the iconic music magazine Rolling Stone are far behind us now but this new book revives those glory days as it romps through this golden age, revealing a portrait of the man at the helm of the legendary magazine that made it all possible, with candid looks back at the era from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Elton John, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and many more.

    <i>Black: Architecture in Monochrome</i> is a Book About Black Buildings at werd.com

    Black: Architecture in Monochrome is a Book About Black Buildings

    It is an ode to almighty black. Black: Architecture in Monochrome explores the beauty and the drama of more than 150 structures—all black of course—built over the last 1,000 years. It pairs engaging, informative text with fascinating photographs of houses, churches, libraries, skyscrapers, and other buildings erected around the world from some of the world’s leading architects, including Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson, Eero Saarinen, David Adjaye, Jean Nouvel, and more.

    Gold Dust Woman: The Biography of Stevie Nicks at werd.com

    Gold Dust Woman: The Biography of Stevie Nicks

    The Boston Globe called author Stephen Davis the “gold standard of rock biographers,” making him the perfect person to tackle the biography of Fleetwood Mac muse Stevie Nicks. The book dives deep into the legend and lore of the band as well as Nicks’ very public love life, drug addiction, inspirations, and the enduring stardom of an American rock goddess.

    Taschen Introduces Volume One in a New Series: A Visual History Of Graphic Design at werd.com

    Taschen Introduces Volume One in a New Series: A Visual History Of Graphic Design

    Edited by Jens Müller, this comprehensive 480-page visual history of graphic design is the first volume in a series. Through 480-pages and hundreds of illustrations, it chronicles the evolution of graphic design from 1890 to 1959, covering 70 years of artistic and commercial output, featuring year-by-year spreads, detailed timelines and profiles of the most important designers of each era.

    A Man and His Watch: Iconic Watches and Stories from the Men Who Wore Them at werd.com

    A Man and His Watch: Iconic Watches and Stories from the Men Who Wore Them

    Watch collector and writer Matthew Hranek traveled the world conducting firsthand interviews and diving into exclusive collections to gather the never-before-told stories of 76 watches. Iconic pieces from Steve McQueen’s Rolex Daytona to the Omega JFK wore to his inauguration to a watch Ralph Lauren purchased from Andy Warhol’s personal collection, and many more: Roosevelt, Sir Edmund Hillary, etc., all supported with stunning original photography.

    Access All Areas: Stories from a Hard Rock Life at werd.com

    Access All Areas: Stories from a Hard Rock Life

    Written by Scott Ian, rhythm guitarist and cofounder of Anthrax, Access All Areas: Stories from a Hard Rock Life is a collection of all Ian’s craziest stories from the heyday of heavy metal. It’s packed with debauchery, booze, incriminating tales, and chronicles his encounters  on the road with the likes of Dimebag Darrell, Trent Reznor, Madonna, Lemmy Kilmister, John Carpenter, Slayer, David Lee Roth, and many more.

    <i>The Art of the Erotic</i> is Not Just Nudes, Okay It Is at werd.com

    The Art of the Erotic is Not Just Nudes, Okay It Is

    Packed with 170 works from the world’s most important artists, this carefully curated collection of erotica features Titian, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Edgar Degas, Edvard Munch, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and many more. It is a handsomely crafted and packaged 272-page hardcover with an introduction from journalist, broadcaster, and art expert Rowan Pelling.

    The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine at werd.com

    The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine

    In The Butchering Art, author and historian Lindsey Fitzharris lays out the grisly, almost unbelievable horrors of Victorian medicine in shocking detail. In it she shares stories of pre-anesthesia surgery while telling the story of Joseph Lister, the quiet Quaker doctor who discovered that germs were the cause of all infections and developed the antiseptic methods that ushered in the modern era of medicine.