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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.

Darkness to Light: A Memoir By Lamar Odom at werd.com

Darkness to Light: A Memoir By Lamar Odom

Celebrity LA Laker Lamar Odom’s life has been a rollercoaster ride. In Darkness to Light, he gives readers an intimate look at his incredible journey. In it he recounts the highs and lows of fame and the struggles with booze & drugs on the road to redemption. From the pain of his marriage to Khloé Kardashian to the harmful vices to the near-death experience that made him rethink it all, this is Odom as the public has never before seen him.

Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties at werd.com

Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties

An obsession with the culture-shifting Manson murders that closed out the 1960s led crime journalist Tom O’Neill to this latest book. Guided by a journalist’s curiosity & instincts, he uncovered shocking evidence of a cover-up behind the “official” Manson murder story. The product of two decades of reporting, hundreds of new interviews, and dozens of never-before-seen documents from the LAPD, the FBI, & the CIA, this book mounts an argument that could be strong enough to overturn verdicts on the Manson murders.

For the Good of the Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of MLB at werd.com

For the Good of the Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of MLB

Written by longtime league commissioner Bud Selig, this book delivers an enlightening and surprising look inside the big decisions and moments of his 20+ year career—how he worked to balance baseball’s storied history with the pressures of the twenty-first century to ensure its future. Part baseball story, part business saga, and part memoir, For the Good of the Game chronicles Selig’s career, going inside locker rooms and board rooms, offering an intimate account of transforming America’s game.

The Concours Celebrates The World’s Most Incredible Cars at werd.com

The Concours Celebrates The World’s Most Incredible Cars

When the automobiles get up into the realms of the very rare & collectible, the term “car show” is Frenchified into a judged & juried ’Concours d’Elegance.’  And in Assouline’s latest volume The Concours, readers will enjoy exploring many of the world’s most beautiful & valuable cars with the expertise of Award-winning auto writer Ken Gross as the guide, as he investigates the Concours d’Elegance from its beginnings to the present.

Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood at werd.com

Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood

J. Michael Straczynski, the acclaimed writer behind Babylon 5, Sense8, Clint Eastwood’s Changeling and Marvel’s Thor, has penned a memoir revealing how the power of creativity enabled him to overcome the horrors of his youth: a dysfunctional family haunted by madness, murder and a terrible secret. To survive, he found refuge in his beloved comics and his dreams, immersing himself in imaginary worlds populated by superheroes whose amazing powers allowed them to overcome any adversity. It is a truly remarkable story from one of the great storytellers of our time.

<i>Sun and Moon</i> Celebrates Our Fascination with the Skies Above at werd.com

Sun and Moon Celebrates Our Fascination with the Skies Above

Published to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first moon landing, Sun and Moon tells the story of that burning human need to comprehend the universe in spectacular photos. From Neolithic observatories that mark the solstice to the latest space telescopes. It shows, for the first time, how the development of photography and cartography – the means of documenting other worlds – is linked indelibly to the charting of the heavens, from the first image on a glass plate to the Hubble Space Telescope. Another beautiful title by the masters at Phaidon.

How to Become a Federal Criminal: An Illustrated Handbook for the Aspiring Offender at werd.com

How to Become a Federal Criminal: An Illustrated Handbook for the Aspiring Offender

Written and illustrated by the creator of the wildly popular @CrimeADay Twitter account, Mike Chase, this “handbook” is a funny, entertaining, and illuminating collection of the most bizarre ways you might become a federal criminal in America—drinking a beer on a bicycle in a national park for instance. How to Become a Federal Criminal is packed with outrageous offenses, showing how just about anyone can become—or may already be—a federal criminal.

Smokin’ Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier at werd.com

Smokin’ Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier

The rivalry between Muhammad Ali & Smokin’ Joe Frazier is one of the greatest in sports history. In this definitive, all-access biography from acclaimed sports writer Mark Kram Jr., readers get the fullest picture yet of this complex, American sports legend. The book traces the fighter’s life from his upbringing in the Jim Crow south to momentous bouts with the likes of Ali and George Foreman through retirement and training his own son as a fighter.

Charcoal: New Ways to Cook with Fire at werd.com

Charcoal: New Ways to Cook with Fire

Cooking with fire is about as simple as it gets but even those of us who claim “Pit Boss” will find plenty to integrate into their grill game with this new book from celebrated L.A. restauranteur Josiah Citrin owner of Mélisse & Charcoal Venice. Citrin shares his wisdom to present completely fresh ways to cook with fire and charcoal, not only grilling over the coals, but cooking inside them and finding inventive methods for searing and smoking.

Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the ’80s Changed Hollywood Forever at werd.com

Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the ’80s Changed Hollywood Forever

Featuring comedy giants Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and Eddie Murphy, Wild And Crazy Guys takes readers on a trip through the buzzing 1980s & behind the scenes of movies like National Lampoon’s Vacation, Beverly Hills Cop, The Blues Brothers, Animal House, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and more, sharing stories of the iconic funnymen who ruled ’80s Hollywood.

Then One Day…: 40 Years of Bookmaking in Nevada at werd.com

Then One Day…: 40 Years of Bookmaking in Nevada

Jack Franzi, legendary Pittsburgh wiseguy  & Las Vegas sportsbook pioneer, is the reason Chris Andrews became a bookie. His Uncle Jack taught him everything & by 25, the book’s author became the youngest sports book director in Sin City. In this new book Chris takes readers through 40 years of history in the world of legal sports gambling—an issue which will soon be examined by our U.S. Supreme Court.