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Janis: Her Life & Music at werd.com

Janis: Her Life & Music

The short, crazy and incredibly influential life of Janis Joplin finally gets its due in this new biography written by Holly George-Warren, one of the most highly regarded chroniclers of American music history. Based on unprecedented access to Joplin’s family, friends, band mates, archives, and long-lost interviews, Janis draws an intimate portrait of the one they called the Queen Of Rock n’ Roll.

Rick Baker: Metamorphosis 2-Volume Set at werd.com

Rick Baker: Metamorphosis 2-Volume Set

Artist and “monster-maker” Rick Baker is a legend of Hollywood special effects. From the zombies of Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking Thriller to Men in Black and all the way back to the horrifying effects in An American Werewolf in London, his work is iconic. This deluxe, two-volume set, packed with more than 1,600 color images and original sketches, covers the makeup artist’s forty-plus-year career. Hardcover available for pre-order now.

Me: Elton John Official Autobiography at werd.com

Me: Elton John Official Autobiography

Following on the heels of his sweeping RocketMan biopic, Elton John has released his first (and the only official) autobiography. In it, the global pop culture icon reveals intimate truths about his extraordinary life as an entertainer, from the rollercoaster superstar lifestyle depicted in the film to his personal evolution into a saner, more grounded human while upholding his legacy as a living legend. Elton goes deep & covers it all.

Thomas Edison Finally Gets the Biography He Deserves at werd.com

Thomas Edison Finally Gets the Biography He Deserves

Thomas Edison was the most famous American of his time and today is considered the most prolific genius in American history. This new biography, Edison by Pulitzer Prize winning author Edmund Morris is the result of 7 years of research among five million pages of original documents preserved in Edison’s New Jersey laboratory, exclusive access to family papers still held in trust, and the writer’s own acuity for creating deeply layered personal portraits.

Rick Ross Pens <i>Hurricanes: A Memoir</i> at werd.com

Rick Ross Pens Hurricanes: A Memoir

In his new memoir Hurricanes, hip-hop mogul Rick “The Boss” Ross chronicles his wild ride to fame and fortune in the music industry: from his days as a dope boy in Carol City’s notorious Matchbox housing projects, coming of age amid Miami’s crack epidemic, the music, the star-studded controversies and his unstoppable rise to fame. Available September 3.

Edward Snowden Autobiography: <i>Permanent Record</i> at werd.com

Edward Snowden Autobiography: Permanent Record

Permanent Record is the story of American whistleblower Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the U.S. government’s system of mass surveillance. In this new autobiography he reveals for the first time the story of his life, from his early years to the classified NSA & CIA leaks he published to his current exile in Russia. Available September 17.

Golf: The Impossible Collection at werd.com

Golf: The Impossible Collection

Assouline continues to add ambitious & incredibly crafted books to its Ultimate Collection. The latest is a 20-pound, 200 page tome of Golf, created by George Peper, former editor in chief of Golf Magazine. The book follows the award-winning editor as he travels the world detailing the 100 most significant & historically important courses. In it he describes intricate holes that have confounded the game’s best, revisits make & break championship tournaments,  and expounds on the unique characteristics of each course.

Nights in White Castle: A Memoir at werd.com

Nights in White Castle: A Memoir

Following up his acclaimed memoir Sting-Ray Afternoons, sports writer Steve Rushin digs deeper into his own story. If the first book was a coming of age story, Nights In White Castle is the young adult years. From his first summer job at a Bennigan’s in suburban Milwaukee to his first career writing gig in New York at the legendary Time & Life building, it paints a tender portrait of an interesting journey.

Prince: The Beautiful Ones at werd.com

Prince: The Beautiful Ones

Filled with words, images, & writings from the artist himself, The Beautiful Ones is the story of how Prince became Prince; a first-person account of a kid who created a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The book is told in four parts. The 4th & final segment of the book cover the Purple Rain years, so this is coming-of-age, pre-superstardom Prince—a period of his life that is sure to inspire. Available in hardcover October 29.

Barnum: An American Life at werd.com

Barnum: An American Life

P.T. Barnum is known as the greatest showman on earth. In this new biography, the first in a generation, author Robert Wilson captures the full genius, infamy, and allure of the man who created Barnum & Bailey’s circus. It is a story of ingenuity, grit, reinvention, and redemption through which Wilson makes the case for P. T. Barnum’s place among the icons of American history.

Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver at werd.com

Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver

Relatively speaking, very little of the world’s oceans have been explored. But cave diver and author Jill Heinerth, is doing all she can. Her new book, Into The Planet is her firsthand account of exploring the earth’s final frontier: the hidden depths of our oceans and the caves she finds down there. Heinerth is the first in history to dive deep into an Antarctic iceberg and led a team that discovered the ancient watery remains of Mayan civilizations. She has descended farther into the inner depths of our planet than any other woman & brings back some very cool stories.

NFL 100: A Century of Pro Football at werd.com

NFL 100: A Century of Pro Football

To celebrate the upcoming Golden Anniversary of the National Football League, NFL 100 celebrates a hundred years of history, tracking America’s most popular and highly watched sport from its humble beginnings in Canton, Ohio, to its current state of high stakes commercial influence. All the key moments and famous athletes are honored within the pages of this handsomely produced book.

Cabin Porn: Inside at werd.com

Cabin Porn: Inside

Created by DIY.org & Vimeo co-founder Zach Klein, the original Cabin Porn picture book has sold over a quarter-million copies. That’s a lot, so no surprise there’s a follow-up. Where the original book showed sexy exteriors from around the world, this one takes readers deep inside. To show you how these delightful little hideaway homes are decorated. 336 pages.

Hi-Fi: The History Of High-End Audio Design at werd.com

Hi-Fi: The History Of High-End Audio Design

Sales of vinyl records have hit a 25-year high. Analog audio equipment—both old & new—is equally fertile ground. This unique book explores the current renaissance of all things analog and the emergence of cutting-edge designs for die-hard audiophiles. It traces how, when, and why the world fell in love with the look, feel, and sound of top-of-the-line audio equipment. From the 1950s right up to today.

The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company at werd.com

The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company

What does the grand visionary, the master manager, the CEO saviour of Disney have to teach you? In The Ride of a Lifetime, Iger shares the lessons he’s learned while running the largest, most respected media company in the world and leading its 200,000 employees. He explores principles of optimism, courage, decisiveness, and fairness. His story is compelling, and begins with his early days working as the lowliest studio grunt at ABC.

The ABC’s Of Metallica, An Alphabetical History at werd.com

The ABC’s Of Metallica, An Alphabetical History

The biggest metal band of all time isn’t afraid to have some fun. And that’s what’s up with The ABCs of Metallica, an illustrated book that looks back at the history of the band from, well, A to Z. Each letter of the alphabet highlights a moment along their journey from Garage Days to Master of Puppets to fun facts about the band. Proceeds from the book benefit All Within My Hands supporting workforce education and the fight against hunger.

<i>VC: An American History</i> is About Money Making Money at werd.com

VC: An American History is About Money Making Money

VC unpacks the history and evolution of Venture Capital in America—a form of investment & fundraising that requires an appetite for risk, a bold spirit of adventure, and an unbridled quest for improbable wealth through innovation.  From the days of funding American whaling expeditions to Silicon Valley startups, it tracks the entrepreneurial spirit that feeds VC & ultimately, the global economy.

The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s Ten-Year Road Trip at werd.com

The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s Ten-Year Road Trip

Automotive manufacturing pioneer Henry Ford was close friends with another remarkable American character—Thomas Edison. These two giants of industry spent many summers taking road trips together—introducing the entire concept of the roadtrip to travel-starved Americans. From car camping in 1914 to exploring the Florida Everglades, the small group—which included  naturalist John Burroughs—named themselves the Vagabonds, and along with their their chefs and footmen, hit the road every summer for more than a decade.

Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan at werd.com

Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Guitar God Mount Rushmore would include Hendrix, Clapton, Page, and most certainly the Texas bluesmaster Stevie Ray Vaughan, whose greatness was cut short in a tragic helicopter crash in 1990. This new book is the first definitive biography of the guitar legend, chronicling the unadulterated truth about SRV from those who knew him best: from fame to his battles with drugs & alcohol to his miraculous recovery. The book features an epilogue by Jimmie Vaughan plus a foreword and afterword by Double Trouble’s Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon.