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American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI at werd.com

American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI

From the acclaimed author of Death in the Air, comes the captivating story of Edward Oscar Heinrich, one of America’s greatest, and first, forensic scientists. He earned the “sherlock” moniker with his uncanny knack for finding clues, establishing evidence, and deducing answers with a skill that seemed almost supernatural. Based on years of research and thousands of never-before-published primary source materials, it captures the life of the man who pioneered the science our legal system now relies upon.

The Second Chance Club: Hardship and Hope After Prison at werd.com

The Second Chance Club: Hardship and Hope After Prison

Written by a former parole officer, Second Chance Club tracks the intertwining stories of seven parolees striving to survive the chaos & uncertainty that awaits them after prison. Deprived of social support and jobs, these former convicts are often worse off than when they first entered prison and Hardy dramatizes their dilemmas with empathy and grace.

The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife at werd.com

The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife

Crazy idea for a book. In The Wax Pack, writer and baseball fan Brad Balukjian takes a single pack of baseball cards from 1986 (the first year he collected cards) opens them up & then embarks on a quest to find all the players in the pack. Absurd, maybe, but true. A where-are-they-now adventure to the heart of American ideals. He took this trip solo in the summer of 2015, spanning 11,341 miles through thirty states in forty-eight days.

We Will Rise: A True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection in the American Heartland at werd.com

We Will Rise: A True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection in the American Heartland

This is the inspiring true story of the tragic loss and triumphant resurrection of a local basketball team and its coach in a small Indiana town. There is a plane crash that kills the team and its coach & a city that tries to make meaning of the hopeless disaster. A new coach, seeking to restore the team and its legacy, begins an unlikely journey to redemption, for the families of those lost as well as healing the heart of the city.

Spike Jonze’s Beastie Boys Book is the Famed Director’s First at werd.com

Spike Jonze’s Beastie Boys Book is the Famed Director’s First

Before Spike Jonze was an Academy-Award winning director, he shot skateboarding & BMX, documenting the explosion of youth culture coming out of southern California. Later: music videos, shorts, and eventually feature films. In the middle there, he forged a working friendship with the Beastie Boys, the images of that golden period are collected in this new book, the first photo book Jonze has ever created. Due out from Rizzoli in March.

Where Architects Sleep at werd.com

Where Architects Sleep

Following the bestseller Where Chefs Eat, Phaidon has created another expert travel guide: in Where Architects Sleep, more than 250 of the world’s leading architects share insider tips on where to stay, revealing everything from renowned destinations to undiscovered gems. With 1,200 listings in more than 100 countries, this guide covers business trips & vacations, city and remote getaways, weddings, corporate events and more. It’s the ideal resource, gift, and gateway to design-conscious journeys worldwide.

Football: The Impossible Collection at werd.com

Football: The Impossible Collection

Celebrating 150 years of college football and 100 years of the NFL, Football: The Impossible Collection offers a comprehensive view of both college and pro football, showcasing the 100 most exciting, memorable, and significant events that shaped the sport. Created with noted sports journalist Michael MacCambridge, the book features dynamic photographs, rarely seen archival documents and vintage memorabilia, presented in a unique faux pigskin clamshell case.

An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin’s Master Agent at werd.com

An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin’s Master Agent

This is the thrilling true story of Richard Sorge, the infamous Soviet intelligence operative that spy author John le Carré called “the spy to end spies.” He was a master manipulator and effortless seducer, who, hiding in plain sight as a foreign correspondent, infiltrated and influenced German, Chinese, and Japanese society in the years leading up to and including World War II. All to benefit the Soviet machine. Drawing on a wealth of newly unclassified documents, it is a riveting story of the man 007 creator Ian Fleming described as “the most formidable spy in history.”

This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Medical Resident at werd.com

This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Medical Resident

In this English-language edition of the International Best-Seller, readers peek into the wild world of medical residency: 97-hour work weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and earning less than the hospital parking meter. Author, comedian, and former medical resident Adam Kay delivers a no-holds-barred account of his time on the front lines of medicine.

Watches: A Guide By HODINKEE at werd.com

Watches: A Guide By HODINKEE

The watch and horology experts at HODINKEE teamed up with famed publisher Assouline to create Watches: A Guide. At 261-pages and 9 distinct chapters covering “A Brief History of Time,” “Chronographs,” “The Dive Watch,” “Travel Time,” “Military Watches,” etc., it is more than just a collection of beautiful, glossy photographs, giving readers insights and anecdotes that add depth to every page.

The Irishman: The Making Of The Movie at werd.com

The Irishman: The Making Of The Movie

Nobody does a better glossy coffee table book than Assouline, making it the perfect publisher for this photo book celebrating Martin Scorcese’s latest cinematic classic, The Irishman. Featuring on-set photos and portraits by Brigitte Lacombe, unit photography by Niko Tavernise and a text by film critic Tom Shone, this stunning monograph takes readers behind the scenes of the master’s new mobster classic.

The Ultimate Engineer: The Remarkable Life of NASA’s Visionary Leader George M. Low at werd.com

The Ultimate Engineer: The Remarkable Life of NASA’s Visionary Leader George M. Low

Described as the “ultimate engineer” during his career at NASA, Austrian immigrant George M. Low was a visionary architect and leader from the agency’s inception in the late 1950s to 1976—an extraordinary period for the advance of the U.S. manned spaceflight program due in large part to Low’s leadership. In this new biography, author Richard Jurek sheds new light on one of the most fascinating and complex personalities of the golden age of U.S. space travel.

JAY-Z: Made in America at werd.com

JAY-Z: Made in America

Georgetown University professor and celebrated author Michael Eric Dyson takes the life and lyrics of Jay-Z as the subject of this new book. Merging popular culture and hip-hop’s influence, it wrestles with the biggest themes of JAY-Z’s career, including hustling, and recognizes the way that he’s always weaved politics into his music, making important statements about race, criminal justice, black wealth and social injustice. Foreword by Pharrell Williams.

It’s Garry Shandling’s Book at werd.com

It’s Garry Shandling’s Book

Garry Shandling was a comic’s comic. A guy funny people thought was funny. So it makes sense that Judd Apatow edited his story—an intimate portrait of his mentor, the legendary stand-up comic and star of The Larry Sanders Show. It features never-before-seen journal entries and photos, as well as new contributions by fellow comedians and writers that shed new light on every facet of his life and work. This book is the final word on the lasting impact of the great comedian.

Scotty: A Hockey Life Like No Other at werd.com

Scotty: A Hockey Life Like No Other

Anyone who knows hockey knows that Scotty Bowman is the greatest coach the sport has ever seen. He stacked up more game wins and more Stanley Cups than anyone before or since. And coached some of the greats: Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, Guy Lafleur, and Mario Lemieux. Written by Habs’ Hall Of Fame goalie Ken Dryden, this book is about a life—a hockey life, a Canadian life, a life of achievement. It is Scotty Bowman in his natural element, behind the bench one more time.

Tap Code: The Epic Survival Tale of a Vietnam POW and the Secret Code That Changed Everything at werd.com

Tap Code: The Epic Survival Tale of a Vietnam POW and the Secret Code That Changed Everything

Tap Code shares never-before-told details of underground operations during the Vietnam War. Written in his own words, it follows the story of downed U.S. pilot Carlyle “Smitty” Harris & his time in the infamous Hoa Lo prison, nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton.” Once inside with no hope of rescue or escape, Harris remembered the Tap Code, an old, long-unused World War II method of communication through tapping on a common water pipe. He covertly taught the code to many POWs, and in turn they taught others. It became a lifeline during their internment—a morale booster and a way to communicate the chain of command that would be instrumental in helping them prevail over a brutal enemy.

The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini at werd.com

The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini

Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Joe Posnanski takes a fresh look at the life of iconic illusionist Harry Houdini. Through years of traveling to visit museums, aspiring magicians, and all sorts of offbeat characters, the author captures the voices of his devoted fans, exploring his impact on American culture and why Houdini’s legacy endures to this day.

Heavy Tales: The Metal. The Music. The Madness. As lived by Jon Zazula at werd.com

Heavy Tales: The Metal. The Music. The Madness. As lived by Jon Zazula

Megaforce Records was started by Jonny Zazula in a New Jersey apartment in 1983. Nobody cared. Then a little record called Kill ’Em All by Metallica started percolating. So yeah. Jonny Z’s Megaforce  went on to release records by Anthrax, Testament, Mercyful Fate, Raven, Overkill, Exciter, Stormtroopers of Death, Method of Destruction, Ace Frehley, King’s X, Ministry, & many more. These are his stories, straight from the source. Plus over 100 rare photos unearthed from the MegaVault.

A24 Screenplay Books Celebrate Original Cinema at werd.com

A24 Screenplay Books Celebrate Original Cinema

Independent film studio A24 is launching a new collection of books celebrating writer screenplays from its catalog of award-winning films. Starting with Ex Machina by Alex Garland, The Witch by Robert Eggers, and Moonlight by Barry Jenkins the collection will showcase writer-director works, concept art, images, and original essays. The first edition of these 8” X 11” hardcovers will be released in a limited pressing of just 2000 each. Available for pre-order now.