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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
To celebrate their 70th birthday in the business of baseball cards, Topps has created Project 70—a collection of commemorative cards created by global artists. Building on Topps Project 2020 card series, the first to merge sports and artists, this collection features one-of-a-kind cards from 70 different artists, including Ermsy, Action Bronson and Snoop Dogg (Snoop?!).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Carefully assembled & edited by Adrienne Stillman, author of Where Bartenders Drink, Spirited is a full-color reference guide to more than 600 cocktails from around the world. From certified classics to the truly exotic, it merges images, recipes, infographics and cultural texts to present an authoritative global guide to booze.
The U.S. Postal Service just announced a new series of Star Wars stamps, featuring your favorite droids from the futuristic saga. Designed by Greg Breeding with William Gicker, the collection will be available on a pane of 20 stamps featuring R2-D2, K-2SO, D-O, L3-37, BB-8, C-3PO, IG-11, a Gonk droid, 2-1B surgical droid, and Chopper. Look for these where you buy stamps later in the Spring.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.