The ambitious race to build and launch a manned civilian spacecraft is one of the great entrepreneurial undertakings of our time. This book tells the story of SpaceShipOne—the first-ever commercial spacecraft, funded by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen—and a group of visionaries’ obsessive pursuit to realize a private space program
The ultimate Hobbit/LOR series movie box set will soon be available. The Middle-Earth Limited Collector’s Edition includes 30 Blu-ray discs: Extended cuts of An Unexpected Journey, Desolation of Smaug, Battle of the Five Armies, Fellowship of the Ring, Two Towers, and Return of the King, plus all the extensive behind-the-scenes documentaries. Each film is packaged as an ancient leather-bound book and comes in a wooden bookshelf. The collection also includes Bilbo & Frodo’s Red Book of Westmarch featuring re-created concept art from the films. Available October 4th.
In addition to wide-ranging research, Author Dan White traveled across the nation experiencing camping in all sorts of settings to examine & animate the American evolution of outdoor recreation.
The infamous Texas-based metal band Pantera imploded long before legendary guitarist Dimebag Darrell was shot by a deranged gunman at a 2004 show in Ohio. A decade earlier they were the kings of underground metal who became mega-stars overnight with the release of Far Beyond Driven—which debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts. This is the first-ever authorized visual history of one of the most important metal bands of all time.
Pool Party contains more than 100 iconic and unpublished photos of the parties & poolside social scene at bon vivant Johnny Pigozzi’s swimming pool in Antibes, France. Movie stars, supermodels, artists & rock stars were all there & all photographed. Mick Jagger, Naomi Campbell, Uma Thurman & scores more getting loose at Pigozzi’s infamous blue pool at Villa Dorane.
Legendary adventurer Sir Edmund Hillary described Irish explorer Tom Crean as “a great man of immense strength and endurance and afraid of very little.” Indeed. At 15, Crean ran away from home for a life at sea and went on to play a key role in the Antarctic Expedition. He spent more time at the South Pole than Robert Scott or Ernest Shackleton & he survived to collect 3 Polar medals from the UK royal crown.
Author George Christie spent 40 years in the Hells Angels, rising in the ranks to become one of the club’s most influential leaders—the cool-headed negotiator & spokesman who countered the recklessness of Sonny Barger. Within 2 weeks of retiring from the club he was black-balled by the brotherhood. Now he’s telling his tale, the wild & weird life of an outlaw biker.
He never surfed but re-wrote the book on pop music with the Beach Boys. With fame came mental illness, the drugs, & the booze. His years as a deranged & reclusive “genius” alone in his Bel Air mansion. Eventually, there comes redemption. All this and a lot more of the story is revealed in the forthcoming Brian Wilson memoir.
Professional funny man Norm MacDonald shares his unbelievable life story in a new memoir. From his disastrous start in show biz to his days on SNL to the not-so-funny depths of gambling addiction. It’s a book filled with jokes, true Hollywood stories and MacDonald’s one-of-a-kind wit.
There are tourists and then, there are explorers. This forthcoming guidebook is definitely for the latter. Atlas Obscura celebrates over 600 of the strangest and most curious places in the world. From architectural & environmental marvels like the Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia to the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India, to weird museums, & cultural events—like the baby jumping festival in Spain. Open it to any page and expect the unexpected.