Best Books for Men

The Double Life of Bob Dylan: A Restless, Hungry Feeling, 1941-1966 at werd.com

The Double Life of Bob Dylan: A Restless, Hungry Feeling, 1941-1966

Long-considered the world’s leading authority on Bob Dylan, biographer Clinton Heylin dug deep into Dylan’s kaleidoscopic and seemingly endless archive to better understand the life & work of the Nobel Prize “poet.” From boxes of small notebooks filled with microscopic handwriting, his drafts, notes & ideas stretch from 1967 to today, including undocumented works for Blood on the Tracks; multiple drafts of his novel, Tarantula; plus letters, contracts, & ephemera as well as countless song drafts for most of his key songs.

The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock at werd.com

The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock

With his uniquely structured new book on the cinematic titan, author Edward White adds yet more to the mythology of the enduring Hollywood icon. With its 12 themed chapters, each one reveals a new angle, something fundamental about the man he was as well as the mythological creature he has become. The result is a balanced yet intriguing portrait, presenting not just the life Hitchcock lived but also the various versions of himself that he projected, and those projected on his behalf.

Heart and Steel: Bill Cowher’s Memoir at werd.com

Heart and Steel: Bill Cowher’s Memoir

In Heart and Steel, Bill Cowher the Super Bowl–winning, Hall-of-Fame Pittsburgh Steelers coach, and host of CBS’s The NFL Today takes readers along on his extraordinary life journey. From his days as an unlikely NC State linebacker, to the Browns and Eagles, to his first forays into the world of coaching, he shares untold stories and insights as well as lessons he’s learned along the way. Release date: June 1.

The Collected Works of Jim Morrison: Poetry, Journals, Transcripts, and Lyrics at werd.com

The Collected Works of Jim Morrison: Poetry, Journals, Transcripts, and Lyrics

Created in collaboration with Jim Morrison’s estate, the forthcoming The Collected Works … is an almost 600-page anthology of the writings of the late poet and iconic Doors’ front man. It is a landmark publication—the definitive opus of Morrison’s creative output—and the book he intended to publish. In addition to the writings, it features rare photographs and numerous handwritten excerpts from his 28 privately held notebooks. Available June 8.

Authentic: A Memoir by the Founder of Vans at werd.com

Authentic: A Memoir by the Founder of Vans

In the vein of Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog Nike memoir, Authentic is a candid, compelling memoir by a high school dropout who went on to establish one of the world’s most iconic brands. Paul Van Doren founded Vans—the shoe company at the heart of SoCal youth culture for generations, and famous for its people-oriented company culture. In Authentic, the innovator & entrepreneur shares his unlikely story and how he built Vans into a household name & massive business success.

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A Course Called America: Fifty States, Five Thousand Fairways, and the Search for the Great American Golf Course at werd.com

A Course Called America: Fifty States, Five Thousand Fairways, and the Search for the Great American Golf Course

To create this well-titled book, bestselling author and globe-trotting golfer Tom Coyne spent an entire year crisscrossing the USA in search of its greatest golf experience, playing every course to ever host a US Open, along with more than 200 hidden gems and heavyweights spread across all 50 states. Coyne’s travels take him (& readers) from the most coveted tee times in America to unique spots in the nation’s most far-flung corners. For the curious golfer, there’s lots to discover in this one.

Dirty Gold: The Rise and Fall of an International Smuggling Ring at werd.com

Dirty Gold: The Rise and Fall of an International Smuggling Ring

Written by an award-winning team of Miami Herald reporters, Dirty Gold is the explosive story of the illegal gold trade from South America, and the three Miami businessmen who got rich on it—building a $3.6 billion dollar business, fueled mainly by Latin American drug cartel money by pulling Peruvian gold out of mines in the rain forest. In 2017, their complex international ring all came crashing down.

Paul McCartney to Release 2-Volume Memoir <i>The Lyrics</i> at werd.com

Paul McCartney to Release 2-Volume Memoir The Lyrics

79 year old rock-n-roll icon Paul McCartney’s forthcoming 2 volume memoir The Lyrics combine the lyrics from 154 of his most famous songs with a treasure trove of material from McCartney’s personal archive, including song drafts, letters, and never-before-seen personal photographs. McCartney considers his songs the story of his life and art, and for him, they’re the true diary of his more than 60-year musical career. Available November.

Patented Chronicles A Century Of Product Design at werd.com

Patented Chronicles A Century Of Product Design

Phaidon’s forthcoming book Patented is an unprecedented history as well as an essential field guide to more than a century of products and industrial design told through 1000 U.S. Patents. From the Vespa Piaggio scooter to the iPhone 1, it also includes designs from creators like Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames, & Isamu Noguchi.

The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, & the Longest Night of the Second World War at werd.com

The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, & the Longest Night of the Second World War

In The Bomber Mafia, best-selling author and Revisionist History podcaster Malcolm Gladwell revisits the bombing of Tokyo, the deadliest night of the war, and asks, “Was it worth it?” Challenging established military thinking, it questions whether strategic air-based bombing and warfare were really less destructive than a U.S. ground invasion. The Bomber Mafia certainly thought so & maybe you’ll agree.

Seth Rogen Shares Stoney Stories in <i>Yearbook</i> at werd.com

Seth Rogen Shares Stoney Stories in Yearbook

Comedian Seth Rogen is a dude with a ridiculous mind. Just watch cult-classics like Superbad & Pineapple Express, or his original series, The Boys. In Yearbook, Rogen takes his knack for elevating the stoney & stupid into a collection of essays that he hopes are “just funny at worst, and life-changingly amazing at best.” From his grandparents, doing stand-up as a teenager at bar Mitzvahs and deep into drug use, Rogen shares his oddball journey to comedy stardom.

Hot Seat: What I Learned Leading a Great American Company at werd.com

Hot Seat: What I Learned Leading a Great American Company

From the former CEO of General Electric—a company he captained through the darkest days of the American economy, Jeff Immelt’s new memoir chronicles his post 9/11 tenure at the colossal global company. Considered among the “world’s best CEOs,” Immelt mapped a successful route out of oblivion, after GE-financed planes powered by GE-manufactured engines had just destroyed New York real estate that was insured by GE-issued policies. Sixteen years of his visionary work brought GE back from the brink.

Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob at werd.com

Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob

Smalltime is a classic mob story but for one obvious difference—the small-town mob, which stretched from Schenectady to Fresno, is mostly unknown. With its origins in Sicily, this is an immigrant story that takes readers to the hard luck mining town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania & the underground gambling empire built there by the author’s great-grandfather and successive patriarchs. It is an intimate portrait of crime and family, a uniquely American story, told with tenderness and enlightening detail by best-selling author & Smalltime descendent, Russell Shorto.

Nöthin’ But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the ’80s Hard Rock Explosion at werd.com

Nöthin’ But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the ’80s Hard Rock Explosion

Drawn from over 200 new interviews with members of Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Poison, Guns N’ Roses, Skid Row, Bon Jovi, Ratt, Twisted Sister, Warrant, Cinderella, Quiet Riot and others, as well as Ozzy Osbourne, Nöthin’ But a Good Time is a celebration of ’80s rock excess. Told by the hair farmers & real guitar heroes who created a sound and style that came to define a musical era, it covers a spectacularly over-the-top decade & its influence on American pop culture.

Goering’s Man in Paris: The Story of a Nazi Art Plunderer and His World at werd.com

Goering’s Man in Paris: The Story of a Nazi Art Plunderer and His World

Appointed by infamous Nazi commander Hermann Göring to Hitler’s art looting agency in Paris, Bruno Lohse went on to become one of the most notorious art plunderers of the war. He trafficked more than thirty thousand artworks, including masterpieces he later tried offering to museums around the world. After his death in ’05, dozens of paintings by Renoir, Monet, and Pissarro, were found in his Munich vault. This book tracks a strange and nefarious life indeed.

This is NASA: Past and Present Dreams of the Future at werd.com

This is NASA: Past and Present Dreams of the Future

Showcasing more than 200 images of space exploration’s most iconic objects, as you’ve never seen them before, This is NASA: Past and Present Dreams of the Future, is a new book from space-obsessed master photographer Benedict Redgrove. Launching on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, it chronicles the groundbreaking work and images behind the achievements of NASA. The first 100 buyers of this oversized, 11-pound tome will get a limited hand-signed copy.

Work: A Deep History, from the Stone Age to the Age of Robots at werd.com

Work: A Deep History, from the Stone Age to the Age of Robots

In tackling a topic as vast as “work,”anthropologist James Suzman approaches human history through a different lens. From the origins of life on Earth to our ever more automated present, it challenges some of our deepest assumptions about who we are. Drawing insights from anthropology, archaeology, evolutionary biology, zoology, physics, and economics, Suzman shows that while we have evolved to find joy, meaning and purpose in work, there’s a lot more to the story.

The Unusual Suspect: The Rise and Fall of a Modern-Day Outlaw at werd.com

The Unusual Suspect: The Rise and Fall of a Modern-Day Outlaw

The craziest stories are always true. Here’s another: in 2007, as the financial crisis began, British college student Stephen Jackley began robbing banks. Not for his own enrichment—he was on a Robin Hood mission. Steal from the rich, give to the poor. With no experience, he robbed 10 banks & began spreading his RH marked bank notes to the homeless. He was eventually captured & for the creation of this book, shared his complete diary with the author, offering an intimate look at the enveloping madness of the modern world.

Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World at werd.com

Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World

This astonishing true survival tale chronicles a 16th-century Dutch ocean expedition led by captain William Barents and his crew of sixteen, who ventured farther north than any Europeans before and, on their third polar exploration, lost their ship off the frozen coast of Nova Zembla to unforgiving ice. The men would spend the next year fighting off ravenous polar bears, gnawing hunger, and endless winter. Artfully merging a gripping tale of survival with a sweeping history of the great Age of Exploration, it is a timeless story of the strength of the human spirit.