A young beauty with a privileged New York upbringing stumbles in the backdoor of the largest illegal sports betting organization in the U.S. … It sounds like the intro to a Lifetime movie but it’s all true. Marisa Lankester is the author; the young woman who went to work for renowned bookmaker Ron The Cigar Sacco and into a life of crime.
Walk into any liquor store and there are racks and racks of beers bearing fancy labels and silly names, makes it pretty obvious we’re in the midst of a craft beer revolution. Author & co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery Steve Hindey wrote a whole book about it.
This year you’re supposed to be a rabid soccer fan. Obsessed with World Cup. Gunning for your team. So you better pick a team, ASAP. And while you’re at it, read something so you’ll appear to have an opinion. New York Times sports columnist and a man with good timing, George Vecsey has just released a perfect companion for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
While planet earth continues to shrivel up and melt, stripped of all its resources, the fat clowns in the oil industry have tripled their profits. This book invites us into their hidden world of cash, corruption and consumption. Investigative journalism but also stuff you might actually bother to read: stories of rich, corrupt playboys addicted to luxury extravagance. Stuff like that.
Robert Ames was a CIA operative; a highly connected spy working in the Middle East during the days of the Beirut hostage crisis & Arafat’s PLO. Ames was killed when a bomb exploded at the American Embassy in 1983. That bombing marked the beginning of Hezbollah as we know it today. Pulitzer-prize winning biographer Kai Bird tells the story.
We’ve got no heroes now. That’s why we’re still reading about the life of late, great astronaut and American icon Neil Armstrong. This new book is based on 50 years of conversations between Armstrong and the author, candidly covering everything from his time in the wars, to space walks to his lifelong love of flight.
This Gerry Sandusky is not the Penn State pedo. His book would never be featured here. This unfortunately-named Gerry Sandusky is the Emmy-award winning sports commentator & son of former NFL coach John Sandusky. On the side, he’s a self-help dude. Read his book if you need some guidance in fulfilling your dreams.
Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey revolutionized sci-fi and the art of cinema. 50 years after its release, this new 4-volume work from Taschen includes hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos, concept artworks, movie-related documents, creator commentary, and heaps more.
20 years before the first color film, a process called photolithography gave America its first glimpse of color photographs. This new book from Taschen features hundreds of early photochroms and Phostint postcard images produced in color by the Detroit Photographic Company between 1888 and 1924. From landscapes & cityscapes to incredible portraits of American life, it takes you through the past in vivid colors.
Poetry is not popular but inspiration is more than just a marketing objective. It has a real source. For guys like Nick Cave, J. J. Abrams, Stanley Tucci, Jeremy Irons, and 96 other literate dudes, poetry has been that source. In this collection, they share some of their favorite works & thoughts on the writing that inspires them.