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.
In the late 60s, when the classic live-action Batman show was on the air, there was a different, animated cartoon series called The Adventures Of Batman running on Saturday mornings. And now, Warner Home Video is releasing the entire series—all 34 episodes—on DVD, due out in early June.
On June 3rd, 2014, Breaking Bad: The Complete Series will be out on Blu-ray. Yup, all 62 episodes uncut backed up with a bunch of supplementary scenes and extra features.
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.
World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker was America’s first speed addict. He was a daring pilot, squadron leader, decorated aerial dualist, a pioneer of American auto racing, and founder of Eastern Airlines. During World War II he went back into battle and ended up adrift in the Pacific with 7 of his men for three weeks without food or water. And he survived. True story.
We know he was a big dude and thanks to Shepard Fairey we know he had a posse. But what else do we really know about the world’s most famous TV wrestler Andre “the Giant” Rousimoff? Biographer & cartoonist Box Brown tells the whole story on Andre in this new graphic novel.