Best Books for Men

Rock Covers: 750 Album Covers That Made History at werd.com

Rock Covers: 750 Album Covers That Made History

Showcasing more than 750 iconic album covers that shaped rock history, this new collection from Taschen combines the classic covers with insightful fact sheets, insider interviews, and lists from leading collectors of their top 10 records. From Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Sex Pistols, Pink Floyd, The Cure, & Iron Maiden to Sonic Youth, it catalogs decades of rock music’s rich visual history.

Butch Cassidy: The True Story of an American Outlaw at werd.com

Butch Cassidy: The True Story of an American Outlaw

Best-selling biographer Charles Leerhsen dug deep to uncover the real story of one of America’s most notorious outlaws. Sorting out facts from folklore, the author paints a brilliant portrait of a man caught up in the complexities of the burgeoning American West, a place full of possibility & heartbreak, of honest work and irresistible vice. Due out July 14.

Action Park, America’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park at werd.com

Action Park, America’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park

New Jersey’s fabled Action Park certainly earned the title “America’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park” & wore it like a badge of honor. This unbelievable new book chronicles the horrors & hilarity of a place where millions were entertained and almost as many broken bones were sustained, told through the eyes of the founder’s son. Often called “Accident Park” or “Class Action Park,” this proudly Jersey attraction ultimately closed in 1996 but lives on in stories, scars, & now a book.

The Dynasty Details Patriots Football Past & Present at werd.com

The Dynasty Details Patriots Football Past & Present

In The Dynasty, acclaimed sportswriter Jeff Benedict tracks the New England Patriots’ ascent from its days as the NFL’s laughingstock losers to the shift beginning in 1994 that led them on to ten Super Bowls, winning six of them, and emerging as one of the most valuable sports teams in the world with an estimated value of $4 billion. Details, history, and insider insights—it’s all in here.

Do What You Want: The Story of Bad Religion at werd.com

Do What You Want: The Story of Bad Religion

Bad Religion was a vanguard band at the forefront of the mainstream punk rock crossover of the early 2000s, paving the way for the Green Days & Blink 182s. Now nearly 40 years into their career, Do What You Want tells the untold tales of an unlikely band of misfits who broke the mold and brought a relentlessly punk-rock ethic to modern American music. Due out in hardcover August 18.

Billy F Gibbons: Rock + Roll Gearhead  at werd.com

Billy F Gibbons: Rock + Roll Gearhead 

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of “the little band from Texas,” this new hardcover is a celebration of ZZ Top through the iconic guitars and legendary hot rods that defined the band’s global superstardom. Featuring more than sixty guitars and fifteen astounding vehicles—from the near-mythical ’59 Les Paul sunburst known as “Pearly Gates” to the supercharged Eliminator coupe, it mixes guitar heroics and horsepower with insightful tales from the Texas bluesman himself.

Big Sexy: In His Own Words at werd.com

Big Sexy: In His Own Words

Celebrated baseball superstar Bartolo Colón—also known as Big Sexy—is a global sports icon and one of the most beloved players to ever play America’s game. In a career spanning 21 years, Colón has won the Cy Young Award and won more games than any other Latin American–born pitcher. He wore the uniform of the Indians, Expos, White Sox, Angels, Red Sox, Yankees, Mets, Braves, & more. In Big Sexy: In His Own Words, Colón opens up as never before. The result is a touching and deeply personal story of a truly unique baseball life.

Total F*cking Godhead: The Biography of Chris Cornell at werd.com

Total F*cking Godhead: The Biography of Chris Cornell

Here is the complete story of the complex and enigmatic artist, Chris Cornell. The in-depth portrait of a high-school dropout emerging from the Seattle underground to become one of the greatest singer-songwriters & voices of his generation. Created combining personal accounts from people who knew and worked with him—together with Cornell’s own words—the book recounts the rise of his immortal band Soundgarden as they emerged from the 1980s post-punk scene to dominate pop-culture in the ’90s alongside Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, and Nirvana.

Chefs’ Fridges: More Than 35 World-Renowned Cooks Reveal What They Eat at Home at werd.com

Chefs’ Fridges: More Than 35 World-Renowned Cooks Reveal What They Eat at Home

It’s all in the title here. In Chefs’ Fridges: More Than 35 World-Renowned Cooks Reveal What They Eat at Home and it’s really revealing. With candid profiles of renowned chefs including José Andrés, Christine Tosi, Alice Waters, Daniel Boulud, Nancy Silverton, Wylie Dufresne, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Ludo Lefebvre, and Carla Hall—to name a few, we see what the world’s most esteemed chefs shop for and keep in their kitchen. Each profile includes exclusive photos, anecdotal essays, a Q&A, and insights from their Michelin-star tastes & processes.

Lou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir at werd.com

Lou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir

Written in 1927 when the baseball icon was at the peak of his prowess and just 24 years-old, Lou Gehrig’s long forgotten memoir has now been printed for the first time in book form. First syndicated in newspapers in a serialized form as he and the 1927 Yankees team sealed the World Series, Gehrig’s tale finds new life today. It is a heartfelt rags-to-riches tale about a dirt poor kid from New York who became one of the most revered baseball players of all time. Fourteen years after his account, Lou would tragically die from ALS, a disorder now known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

The Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien: The Places That Inspired Middle-Earth at werd.com

The Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien: The Places That Inspired Middle-Earth

Due out this June, renowned Tolkien expert John Garth’s The Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien features a trove of breathtaking illustrations, including Tolkien’s own drawings, contributions from other artists, rare archival images, and spectacular color photos of contemporary locations across Britain and beyond, taking readers to the places that inspired J. R. R. Tolkien to create his fictional locations in The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and other classics.

Warhol. The New Biography Goes Far Beyond Soup Cans & Marilyn Monroe at werd.com

Warhol. The New Biography Goes Far Beyond Soup Cans & Marilyn Monroe

In the forthcoming Warhol, billed as the “definitive” bio on the iconic artist, esteemed art critic Blake Gopnik tackles a giant of a man; an artist of unrivaled influence and mysterious depth. Unprecedented in its scope and detail, as well as in its access to Warhol’s archives, Gopnik brings to life a figure whose life and work continue to affect our culture and society today.

If It Bleeds: Stephen King’s New Novellas at werd.com

If It Bleeds: Stephen King’s New Novellas

Best-selling author of the odd and master of the macabre Stephen King is coming hot off the press with an unnerving collection of four new novellas—Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and the title story If It Bleeds—each pulling you into intriguing and frightening places. Classic films like Stand By Me & Shawshank Redemption both grew out of the author’s earlier novellas. In his return to the shorter, punchier form, King is sure to stir up the strange in ways no writer has before or since. Hardcover due out April 21.

Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask at werd.com

Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask

New York Yankee, American sports legend, and baseball icon Lawrence “Yogi” Berra finally has his definitive biography. Drawing on more than one hundred interviews and four years of reporting, Jon Pessah has delivered a transformational portrait of Berra. How the immigrant underdog handled his hard-earned success as well as showing the human side of the icon, shining a light on his struggles and challenges, on and off the playing field.

Coffeeland: One Man’s Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug at werd.com

Coffeeland: One Man’s Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug

Augustine Sedgewick’s Coffeeland tells the hidden and surprising story of how coffee came to be a daily drug for billions of people around the world and one of the most valuable commodities in the history of global capitalism. Drawing on deep research and historical references, it tracks coffee’s five-hundred-year transformation from a mysterious Muslim ritual into an everyday necessity.

The Eighth Wonder of the World: The True Story of André the Giant at werd.com

The Eighth Wonder of the World: The True Story of André the Giant

Were it not for the work of street-artist Shepard Fairey & his ironic OBEY icon featuring the super-sized 70s pro wrestler Andre The Giant, the man himself may have been lost to all the deepest, glitchiest corners of YouTube. In the new biography however, the big man, André Roussimoff finally gets his due. And there’s a lot more to the story than body slams. It covers his extraordinary life as well as his untimely death from the affliction that made him such a large man.

The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s at werd.com

The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s

Written by actor and show creator Andy Greene, The Office is an up-close, inside look at the incredible success story of this genre-redefining series. The actor-author takes readers behind the scenes of key moments and characters, giving readers the true story behind the entire show, from its origins on BBC through its sensational nine-season run in America, with in-depth research and exclusive interviews.

Philip Johnson: A Visual Biography at werd.com

Philip Johnson: A Visual Biography

This forthcoming Phaidon edition offers a spectacular & in-depth look at one of the most renowned architects of the twentieth century. Philip Johnson was a giant in his field; witty, wealthy, and well-connected. For decades his prominence was unrivaled. Featuring hundreds of images and documents, many published for the first time, this richly illustrated book traces the remarkable life and influential career of a true American legend.

Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World at werd.com

Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World

This #1 international best-seller explores and explains a litany of real-world glitches, near misses, and mathematical mishaps involving the internet, big data, elections, street signs, lotteries, the Roman Empire, and an Olympic team to name a few. It’s a lighthearted but engaging guide to some of humanity’s all-time greatest miscalculations. Stories that will make you feel a bit better about some of your own mistakes.

The adidas Archive: The Footwear Collection at werd.com

The adidas Archive: The Footwear Collection

Showcasing more than 357 different shoes, including never-before-seen prototypes and one-of-a-kind originals, Taschen’s forthcoming The adidas Archive: The Footwear Collection is a historical, pictorial archive of classic 3-stripe kicks from the German sports giant. With photographs from brand archivists Christian Habermeier and Sebastian Jäger, it pays tribute to decades of innovation as well as collaborations with the likes of  Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Raf Simons.