Enemies: A History of the FBI by Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner is a history of America’s most powerful secret intelligence service. Drawn entirely from firsthand materials in the FBI’s own files, Weiner, who wrote an award-winning history of the C.I.A., Legacy of Ashes explores it all from founder J. Edgar Hoover’s 48-year rule by fear, force and fraud to today, in which it’s run pretty much the same way.
Electronic and dance music marshalls the Chemical Brothers bring their tripped-out live show to Blu-ray with the release of Don’t Think, a live concert video from Japan’s Fujirock Festival which they recorded on 20 cameras in front of a crowd of 50,000 fans. If your special occasion requires psychedelic visuals, this is the ticket. The sound is also incredible, recorded in Dolby 7:1 surround and mixed down by Brothers themselves.
Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone explores the life of prototypical punk pioneers and relentless rockers, The Ramones. Johnny and the boys went strong for over 20 years. Never sold out. Never sucked. Read & learn how they pulled off this nearly impossible feat.
The Barefoot Bandit was a news-making teenage punk from the Pacific Northwest who was a burglar, car, boat and identity thief. The kid even stole a plane without ever taking a flying lesson. His infamy grew as he continued to evade the police and federal agents who sought to end his harmless crime spree that was making them all look like bumbling boobs. Colton Harris-Moore is the barefoot bandit and his true life tale is told by Orcas Island resident-writer Bob Friel.
America has always been a land of swindlers. This novel recounts the tale of Texas rancher J. Frank Norfleet, who in 1919 was conned not once but twice by stock market hustlers. Norfleet then wised up and embarked on a nationwide hunt disguising himself as a gullible hayseed allowing those same con-men to lure him into new scams. All the while he was building evidence against them. The Mark Inside is a tale of sweet revenge and America’s abusive love affair with easy money.
The line between genius and total idiot is a very thin line indeed. You will be even more sure of this when you finish reading Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good. Kevin Smith, director of classic movies like Clerks and Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back is the author, a social reject who is uniquely qualified to show other lazy creeps how to kick ass and be awesome.
The Grateful Dead is and always has been about more than just the music. It was the live experience, the trip; peace and love and some other stuff we can’t remember. But good stuff at any rate. Grateful Dead: All the Years Combine: The DVD Collection features over 38 hours of live concerts from the 70s through the 90s. If you were there you know (but maybe you forgot, too) and if you were too young, here’s your chance to see and hear their greatest legendary live shows.
Hell Above Earth is the true yet unbelievable tale of an American WWII bomber pilot who also happened to be the nephew of the head of the Nazi Luftwaffe, Hermann Goering. The FBI was aware of this family tie and gave secret orders to his trusted friend and co-pilot, to kill him if anything went wrong on the aerial combat missions. Imagine a modern comparison and the implications are mind-blowing. Could this even happen today?
If you want to dine like Draper and booze like Sterling, this retro cookbook will show you how to do it. The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men is a collection of 70 recipes for period correct food and drink from your favorite series.
If watching bodies and buildings burn on the nightly news isn’t quite enough war for you, digging into this emotional memoir on the chaos of Iraq by USMC infantry officer Benjamin Busch (who is also an actor on the The Wire) will take you deeper into the way the war experience affects us. What we bring to it and what we take away.