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.
The late James Gandolfini may have perfectly played the heartless mobster role as Tony Soprano but he was a beautiful and complex man. This new biography shares insights on his career as well as his inspiring personal story.
Stephen King is a writing machine. He’s got two new novels coming out this year, both dark and troubling in ways only King can conjure. Mr. Mercedes is due out in June, chronicling an obsessed killer who uses a Benz as a lethal weapon. Revival is due out in the fall: an electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.
Aged beers. Not that one Schlitz tallboy that’s been in the fridge since last Labor Day, no. This book will teach you about those special brews that actually improve with age: high-alcohol brews, bottle-conditioned beers with yeast in the bottle, barleywines, lambics, and winter ales. This is stuff you need to know and you know it.
On a mission to extract primitive art from New Guinea in the 1960s, Rich-boy American adventurer Michael Rockefeller went missing. In this book, award-winning journalist Carl Hoffman retraces Rockefeller’s journey into the heart of headhunter & cannibal territory, entering his own theory on what really happened to Rockefeller in the jungles.
Ex-Wall Street trader Joe Peta turned his risk-analysis skills to gambling on baseball, creating a baseball “hedge fund” with a 41% return in its first year. In his new book he shares his secrets as well as stories from the shadowy world of high stakes sports gambling.
Slam Magazine editor Ben Osborne and a crew of serious sneakerheads put together SLAM Kicks: Basketball Sneakers that Changed the Game. It’s a celebration of basketball shoe history both on and off the court, plus it features all of the sport’s most iconic shoes from the 1930s to today.
Fans of true crime, this is all you. Author Walter Kirn retells his unbelievable but true tale from 1998—how an anonymous internet dog adoption drew him into a bizarre 15-year relationship with a wealthy New York socialite who turned out to be an imposter, child kidnapper and a murderer.
Before World War II, the big movie studios controlled Hollywood films: the talent, the distribution, & direction of the movies. This book tracks the stories of five influential directors who, during the war turned their efforts to war films, shaping how the world viewed the war, and through the post-war period, how these same directors changed Hollywood.