We recently recommended an incredible chronicle of human survival with our review of The Vast Unknown but of course we realize some of you don’t read. So now we’re recommending a photo book from the same Everest adventure. Shot by George Lowe & Huw Lewis-Jones, this book includes over 160 images from the legendary first ascent of the world’s highest mountain.
Unlike military intelligence, military history is at least somewhat verifiable. This new book from historian V.D. Hanson, presents the biographies of 5 generals who single-handedly saved their nations from defeat in war. From ancient Greece to modern day Iraq, Hanson explores their dramatic feats of leadership & luck in the face of grim odds.
Jesse James. Not the TV biker D-bag who blew it with Sandra Bullock, the old cowboy gangster who robbed banks and shot people. Legendary outlaw of the Wild West. The Lost Cause tells the whole story of the James brothers & their crimes & chronicles the murder trial that took down their infamous gang.
These days, summiting Mount Everest is like a high altitude trip to Wal-Mart on a Saturday morning, where you’re standing in long lines wondering why you chose to do something so stupid. But back in 1963 when the first Americans made the climb it was much less crowded but every bit as harrowing. Written by NYT best-selling author Broughton Coburn, The Vast Unknown chronicles this history-making ascent and its significance in Cold War America.
Hardcore heavy metal fans only read the Necronomicon; for the rest of us there are books like this. Compiling over 250 interviews with the giants of metal and several of its sub-genres, Louder Than Hell explores the darker side of the steadfast metal movement, featuring bands like Sabbath, Slayer, Maiden, Metallica, Priest, Pantera, and 666 more.
Car lover Sabrina Chun is the artist behind these black & white prints of classic automobiles. The high contrast of the inverse prints reveals each car’s form in striking simplicity. The Porshce 911, a ’67 Mustang GT500, & a DeLorean are just a few of the current prints; and printed on recycled paper with soy-based inks, they look so good you may not have to hang them in the garage.
More than the greens fees & the goofy clothes, the uptight atmosphere of most courses and country clubs is what turns off many would-be golfers. The Pitch-n-Puff could be the one piece of golf gear that changes people’s minds. By expanding them. If you can’t figure out what this thing is, just go ahead and play through.
When you’re stuck in the middle seat on your next flight, you’ll wish you had a HoodiePillow. It’s an inflatable neck pillow with a hood attached to it. Essential for pretending to sleep between Mr. SoWhatDoYouDo? and Mrs. GoingToSeeMyGrandKids.
Pizza Compass is an iPhone App that helps you pinpoint the nearest pizza place no matter where you go. Pizza. That’s it. It doesn’t do anything else. And if that doesn’t make absolute, perfect, crystal clear sense to you, you should probably just quit life.
Texas is the land of smoked meat. And this time, we’re talking barbecue not making another crude & outdated reference to Debbie Does Dallas. The first in a new Anthony Bourdain series, this book by barbecue snob Daniel Vaughn takes you on an A to Z tour of Texas BBQ filled with recipes, tips, & secrets guaranteed to help you get your meat smoked properly.