During surfing’s rapid evolution in the late 60s & into the 70s, Australian photographer John Witzig was right in there. On the beach and in the water. Documenting the rise of Australia’s first generation of innovative surfers and shapers as well as capturing the culture as it emerged, Witzig’s images are now certified classics. This new book collects hundreds of his best pics from the period.
Until now, the story of a group of pre-internet technophile freaks who hacked into AT&T’s landline monopoly & took full advantage of the system’s million dollar flaw has remained untold. For those interested in archaic technology and the roots of “hacking”, this one’s for you
Award-winning war photographer Tim Hetherington survived embedded tours in Afghanistan’s Korangal Valley (aka hell on earth) for the making of the acclaimed documentary Restrepo and his book Infidel, only to be killed in 2011 by a mortar blast while covering the Libyan Civil War. Journalist Alan Huffman tells Hetherington’s story; a life dedicated and ultimately lost to showing war for what it really is.
With the lofty aim of being “inspirational,” the book by the famous head coach usually ends up as a steaming heap of worn out locker room cliché and macho-man nonsense. That’s a very negative statement, we know. But it’s also true. In this book by legendary college basketball coach Bob Knight, negativity is the secret ingredient for success. And who are we to argue? Knight’s unique philosophy of negativity carried his teams to over 900 NCAA wins.
The new self-published cookbook from chef Martin Picard, Au Pied de Cochon: Sugar Shack just earned the eccentric Quebécois chef Cookbook of the Year at the Gourmand Awards in Paris. He probably thinks it’s because of his recipes but we’d like to think the 4 photos of totally naked women are what took the trophy.
There are so many new books by and about Navy SEALS that you could literally spend the next few months reading nothing else. We don’t really recommend doing that but we do recommend this book. Damn Few is the story of Rorke Denver, a decorated SEAL trainer who has led over 200 commando missions.
Despite producing back-to-back #1 records in the early 90s, Texas-based heavy metal band Pantera didn’t survive long enough to garner the acclaim that Metallica and Slayer enjoy today. Extreme metal began receding back underground & then guitarist Dimebag Darrell was murdered by a deranged fan. That ended Pantera. This new memoir from bassist Rex Brown tells the bizarre and trying tale of the influential band.
No matter how many more times DeNiro plays guys like old man Focker, his performance in Taxi Driver remains golden. And now nearly 40 years after the movie’s debut, Taschen is releasing a 400-page photography book featuring never-before-published still images from Taxi Driver’s production, shot by “special photographer” Steve Shapiro.
Picked just shy of dead last in the ’88 MLB draft, Mike Piazza was never really expected to be much more than a bench warmer. Yet against all odds he became the greatest hitting catcher in the history of baseball. You always like the underdog, right? So read this autobiography.
After a 17-year manhunt, infamous Boston mobster and long-standing FBI snitch James “Whitey” Bulger was finally tracked down & locked up for 19 murders and links to decades of organized crime activity. This new book chronicles his crazy, movie-worthy life and the multi-agency manhunt that eventually took him down.