Books

A Fitting Tribute to Possibly the Greatest Pop Band Ever

The Beatles: Complete Scores

Guitar players, drummers, singers, and Beatles music fans alike should consider adding this newly released treasure to their library. The beautifully packaged, all white tome is dedicated to one of music’s most influential pop groups ever. Containing over 1,100 pages, this collection offers full scores and lyrics to all 210 songs recorded by The Beatles....

The Breach by Patrick Lee

If humans encountered technology millions of years advanced from today’s without having any set of instructions or reason behind it, what would we do? The Breach centers around Travis Chase, who’s fresh out of prison and looking for solo time to regather his life in Alaska when he encounters a downed 747. The catch? Inside...

21 Years of Greatness, Virtue, and Moral Rectitude from America's Finest News Source

The Onion Presents: Our Front Pages

Nobody does satire quite like The Onion. In support of our fellow online content producers, we present possibly the most important coffee table book anyone (with a sense of humor) could own. Comprised of the publication’s front pages over the last “21 Years of Greatness”, this richly colored hardcover book is one of the better...

A Classic Tome for Males Who Aspire to be Men

The Art of Manliness

It’s pretty clear that making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got. The hustle and bustle of modern life, combined with financial meltdowns and the 24 hour news cycle has worn some men down, shoving class and civility into a dark, forgotten corner of their psyches. Not to mention the disgrace of...

Read Up on the History of Your Current Drink of Choice

Big Shots: The Men Behind the Booze

The perfect gift for any man fond of a cocktail from time to time, “Big Shots” is more than just your average drink recipe source. Packed with history behind some of the world’s most famous liquor brands, this flask sized quick read contains all the information you’ll ever need to chat about booze to the...

Seek and Ye Shall Find

The Vincent In The Barn

Author Tom Cotter’s trilogy of vintage vehicle tomes are great reads – and nearly impossible to put down. After all, who among us doesn’t dream of finding a long-forgotten Ferrari or a classic Indian motorcycle collecting dust in some old codger’s shed just before it hits the estate sale? Cotter’s latest book, the Vincent in...

A Modern Primer for the Classic Man

Rules for My Unborn Son by Walker Lamond

Today marks the release of one of our favorite blogs, Rules for My Unborn Son, in actual hold-it-and-turn-the-pages book form. The blog (now made bookish) is authored by writer and filmmaker Walker Lamond who created it to “to preserve the lessons my father had taught me, and perhaps add my spin on what makes a...

The Ever-Charming Leary Writes A Book

Why We Suck by Denis Leary

Denis Leary’s first book will make you laugh about as much as it will make you cringe. A few weeks ago, we received an advanced copy of Leary’s new satire that hones in one goal: “to be brutally honest about our fat, ugly, lazy American selves”. Everything form Leary’s profanity-riddled rant on annoying children, to...

Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously (Indeed!)

Absinthe & Flamethrowers by William Gurstelle

Though you might consider the following to be somewhat oxymoronic, the back cover of William Gurstelle’s latest effort, Absinthe & Flamethrowers, describes the content within as having been “written for smart risk takers.” That sounds like a group of chaps who frequent this little corner of the interwebs, all of you Gear Patrol readers and...

It's Not A Movie, But It's This Summer's Biggest Blockbuster

Crazy For the Storm: A Memoir of Survival by Norman Ollestad

It sounds like the story of legends: “On February 19, 1979, I was in a plane crash with my father; his girlfriend, Sandra; and the pilot of our chartered Cessna. Sandra was 30 years old. My dad was 43. I was 11. Just after sunrise, we slammed into a rugged 8,600-foot mountain engulfed in a...

Skip The Ties & Cufflinks, Get Him Gear Patrol-Approved Gear

Father’s Day Gift Guide

When it comes to men, there’s few people that have influenced our lives as men more than good ol’ dad. He’s to thanks (sometimes, blame) for a lot of the traits that;s made you the man you are today. This year, Gear Patrol has put together a gift guide that forgoes the ties, cufflinks, and...

A GP Man's Take On Today's Hottest Gizmo

Amazon Kindle 2 In-Depth Review

One man's account of his love-fest with the Kindle 2. Dusty is duly impressed, but is Amazon's amazing eReader truly worth the price of admission? Spoiler Alert: Yes!

What Weighs 19 oz, Is 1/3" Thick, And Carries 3,500 Books?

Amazon Kindle DX

As Walter Bishop from Fringe would anecdotally quip, “I thought you’d be fatter.” This pretty much wraps up my thoughts on the new Amazon Kindle DX. I jest. Today, Amazon has lifted the veil on the new Kindle DX with much fanfare, and hopes that the struggling newspaper and magazine industry will find rejuvenated love...

Do You Know What To Do WTSHTF?

Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life by Neil Strauss

If you know anything about Neil Strauss or you've read his previous best-seller, The Game, then you might be caught off guard by the content of his latest book. Emergency is, at its core, one man's response to the uncertainty of modern times. Consider this your manual for WTSHTF.

Think: Style + Encyclopedia

Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion by Alan Flusser

In Alan Flusser’s book Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion, Flusser has used his vast knowledge to create a book explaining everything a man should know in order to look his best. Flusser is not as concerned with fashion, as he says that it changes changes every season. Instead the focus is...

A Gripping, First-Hand Account from a WWI Soldier

Storm of Steel

As men, rightly or wrongly, we are judged by our bookshelves. Our reading choices speak to who we are intellectually, as well as what kind of men we are. Every man’s bookshelf should contain a book about war, and one of my favorites is Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger. Jünger was a German soldier...

First Job: Pig Farm. Current Occupation: Pro Surfer. Wife: Gabrielle Reece. This is Laird Hamilton.

Force of Nature by Laird Hamilton

I’ve got this mental list of people that I’d like to sit down and have a meal or drink with. People I’d like to learn more about what made them who they are/were, or just stand in awe of. Laird Hamilton is fast approaching that short list (okay, maybe the list is long). To be...

In Death There Can Be Revealing Comedy

The Book of Dead Philosophers by Simon Critchley

Some measure a man by how they live. Some measure a man by how they die. Professor Simon Critchley is the latter. In The Book of Dead Philosophers, Critchley provides a lineup of 200 philosophers and, by way of their deaths, explains how we as people can live richer lives. At first, I thought I...

Top 10 Graphic Novels

By Guest Writer and Gear Enthusiast Edward Cheng Comic books have had a rich and storied history, influencing society and culture in undeniable ways. Yet, they still maintain a bad rap in contemporary culture. They were prevalent and quite popular half a century ago, when World War II was raging and adults were turning to...

Men’s Reading: January

Rule: A Man Should Be Halfway Through A Book At Any Given Time The Handbook of Style ($10) | Dispatches… Beyond Iraq ($15 per issue) | Bangkok Haunts ($11) | Silver ($10) | Dumped Fun and Games Activity Book ($11) | beautyLight ($75) Kicking off 2009 (um, now), Gear Patrol will bring you a monthly...

Crime by Alix Lambert

Extraordinary Interviews Exposing the World of Crime – Real and Imagined Admit it… you’ve thought about it: the allure and grandeur of a criminal lifestyle. It’s perfectly natural. Crime goes the extra mile picking the brains of bank robbers and killers, as well as the directors and actors who portray such personalities and events. Alix...

Porter x B Yoshida Book Strap

The Strap is Back Sometimes you just aren’t toting enough stuff to warrant a bag. But that doesn’t mean carrying books, notebooks, pens..etc by hand is any more practical. Of course, you could go out and buy a small leather portfolio, but what you do with it once you’re done schlepping creates another dilemma. That’s...

The Man-ual from Newcastle Brown Ale

A Man-tastic Resource for the Holidays Have you ever wanted to be the guy who gives a kick ass toast at a holiday party? Or perhaps you no longer want to be the dude who can only be trusted to bring chips and dip. Either way, the holiday season is chock full of opportunities to...

A Most Wanted Man by John le Carre

Editor’s October Bedside Table Reading Recommendation Secret agents, international ambiguity, utter realism, espionage, deceipt and humanism. Many of the words to describe Johne le Carre’s “A Most Wanted Man”. From Publisher’s Weekly: When boxer Melik Oktay and his mother, both Turkish Muslims living in Hamburg, take in a street person calling himself Issa at the...

WTF? How To Survive 101 of Life’s Worst F*#!-ing Situations

The Men’s Manual For Those Oh Shit Moments You’re Out of Personal Days, but Have Tickets For Opening Day You Just Got A Drink A Some Klutz Knocks It Over Telemarketers Won’t Stop Harassing You Your Girlfriend Gives You Herpes You Forgot Your Girlfriend’s Birthday You Misplaced Your Wedding Ring Your Computer Breaks Down And...

Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks

With a name like Sebastian Faulks, you might think it was one of the series’ characters authoring the new James Bond novel, but alas Faulks is real and he’s done a bang-up job with Devil May Care. The latest chapter in the spy’s life takes us to the outskirts of Paris where an Algerian drug...

The Groom’s Instruction Manual

Spring and early summer are here and that means three things: Women begin the parade of skirts, shorts and other skin revealing ensembles Golf bags are out of the closets and on deck in car trunks Wedding season Ah yes, wedding season… the perennial joy of buying gifts, looking happy to see people you could...

Modern Menswear by Hywel Davies

Hywel Davies’s book is on a subject we find critical in men’s style, menswear. Don’t suppress your surprise please. If your primary domicile for the past decade hasn’t been a cave then you’ve noticed that men’s dress is important. Dynamic, casual, relaxed, sharp – menswear has become a hotbed of disposable income. It’s no longer...

Big Black Book by Esquire

The manual to help you answer style and lifestyle questions is back. The editors at esquire have an all-new book for 2007 called the Big Black Book and it’s chock full of information, tips, steps on everything from drinks to suits to travel. Not unlike a certain website you’re reading now. Amazon describes it as...

The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists

Are you just another AFC (“average frustrated chump”) trying to meet an HB (“hot babe”)? How would you like to “full-close” with a Penthouse Pet of the Year? The answers, my friend, are in Neil Strauss’s entertaining book The Game. Strauss was a self-described chick repellant–complete with large, bumpy nose, small, beady eyes, glasses, balding...