In the history of American warfare and so-called military intelligence, the top-secret Navajo Code is the only tactical encryption code that has never been cracked by our enemies. Developed by Native American Marines during WWI and used through 1968, this book by the last living Navajo Code Talker, Chester Nez, chronicles his experiences in this covert operation and its significance in American culture.
If you’re a sucker for killer, custom packaging, the “special, limited, numbered, collector’s edition” globe packaging of the multi award-winning Planet Earth series will be hard to resist. Inside, this 6-disc set includes loads of additional features and with a run-time of over nine hours it will be a great tool for teaching kids what our magnificent earth was like before we ruined it.
With his hard-luck lyrics and legendary on-the-edge lifestyle, Johnny Cash was destined to be an enduring cult icon. To many he was the last American badass (sorry Kid Rock). Through his songs, a couple movies and various biographies about the Man In Black, we’ve learned part of the story behind this enigmatic man. Now his son has written a book that paints a unique portrait of his inner life, that of a creative, spiritual, and deeply passionate badass.
By the 1970s, decades of divestment and inner-city strife had taken its toll on New York City’s South Bronx. Burned out buildings, street crime and unrestrained violence ruled the streets. The cops couldn’t keep up and NYPD’s South Bronx precinct became known as Fort Apache; an outpost under attack. In this hard-boiled 1981 police drama, Paul Newman plays a veteran cop trying to maintain his humanity in a brutally hostile corner of the Big Apple.
Even if you know nothing about jazz, you know you should know about Miles Davis. This new 22-disc collection from Sony links the many stages of this jazz giant’s inexhaustible output into a full-spectrum catalog of his finest works. In a consistently progressive career spanning six decades, Miles redefined and redirected the jazz movement no less than four times. This collection will entertain and educate you with the best of our wholly American art form called jazz.
Johnny Depp dressing up like a swashbuckler is sweet, but real pirates, like the ones roving off the coast of war-torn Somalia, are scary. For years they’ve been hijacking million-dollar tankers in international waters but when they captured a U.S. ship, America finally took notice. Somalia’s seas are considered the most dangerous in the world. Journalist Jay Bahadur risked his life to infiltrate the underground world and bring back the real story of modern piracy. Shocking and true.
Sorry. If you were hoping for another folksy dose of ghost-written autobiographical fantasy from our ex-president Dubya, you’re bumming. This is actually a CD from the 90s British pop band Bush. 15 years ago, they were very adept at writing perfect radio songs. Will their winning formula still compute in 2011? Listen and decide for yourself.
These two 10-part mini-series’, Band Of Brothers and The Pacific are riveting historic dramas from World War II. Produced by Spielberg and Tom Hanks, they bring real stories of the far-flung war closer to home with A-grade acting. This Blu-ray boxed set includes photo books, documentaries with real vets, and other historic extras.
What better place for a down and out writer than working in a casino? It helps pay the bills and makes his pathetic life seem pretty okay compared to the addicted zeroes he encounters on the casino floor. Getting tangled up in a sex-fueled caper with his greedy co-workers gives the protagonist Jack (Clive Owen) just the plot twist he was looking for. Or does it?
If you think scrolling global news sites or watching AC360 is giving you the whole story on Al Qaeda, you’re not alone. But maybe reading the untold story of America’s paranoia-fueled approach to “counter-terrorism” will actually explain this unending political nightmare. A pair of New York Times journos dug very deep to write this investigative exposé, and they leave no stone unturned.