Best Books for Men

    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.

    Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models: 14 Kirigami Buildings to Cut and Fold at werd.com

    Frank Lloyd Wright Paper Models: 14 Kirigami Buildings to Cut and Fold

    For fans of Frank Lloyd Wright’s groundbreaking & iconic architecture, these paper models will bring the works of a true American master to life in miniature. Each of the 14 projects includes step-by-step instructions, walking users through the Kirigami (cut & fold) technique to create some of his most famous buildings including, Fallingwater and New York’s Guggenheim museum.

    You’ve Probably Never Heard Of This Bold, American Billionaire at werd.com

    You’ve Probably Never Heard Of This Bold, American Billionaire

    The Gambler is the rags-to-riches story of one of America’s wealthiest and least-known financial giants, self-made billionaire Kirk Kerkorian—the daring WWII aviator, movie mogul, risk-taker, and business tycoon who transformed Las Vegas and Hollywood to become one of the leading financiers in American business. A high school drop-out who bought and sold MGM movie studios 3 times. Built the world’s biggest hotel, also 3 times. Lived to be 100 years old. Etcetera.

    Nick Nolte Pens Memoir, <i>Rebel: My Life Outside the Lines</i> at werd.com

    Nick Nolte Pens Memoir, Rebel: My Life Outside the Lines

    With a career that spans five decades and more than 100 film roles, actor Nick Nolte is an icon of American cinema. In this new memoir, he digs deep, covering all the ups-and-downs, from being named the “sexiest man alive” by People magazine to the dark depths of his battles with addiction, telling a riveting true tale of stardom and Hollywood survival.

    <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.