Books

Today in Gear: July 15, 2013

Swims 48 Hour Bag Lest this bag be so generically considered a “weekender”, Swims makes it clear it’s meant to be used for 48-hour stints anytime. It’s a straightforward navy-colored ordeal with leather handles and details, and because this is Swims, waterproof zippers keep the wet out, the nylon body is water-resistant, and natty, nautical-inspired...

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Today in Gear: May 17, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 with Stock Android Hardware fans prepared to be disappointed by the developer focus of Google’s 2013 I/O powwow received a welcomed surprise Wednesday. The search giant will be selling an unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 running stock Android for $649. They’re not officially calling it a “Nexus” yet, but it’s...

Today in Gear: May 2, 2013

Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock Santa wouldn’t be nearly as efficient had he but one tiny reindeer out front of the ole sleigh instead of the de rigeur eight. Belkin, taking a play out of Saint Nick’s book, hitches up eight ports for ultra-fast gadgets in one fell, 20x-faster-than-USB 2.0 swoop. $300 Jazz. New York in...

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Today in Gear: April 23, 2013

Foldable Japanese Rubber Boots These Japanese-made wellies are at home in rice fields and on puddled city streets alike. They fold up and buckle into a neat package — thanks to ultra-flexible rubber construction — for stowage in the most boot-austere locations. $129 (★) Icona Vulcano Supercar The mysterious Icona Vulcano supercar just debuted in...

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36 gift ideas for the stylish man

12 Guys of Christmas: The Dapper Man

Nothing sets the teeth to rattling like the task of gift buying for a style zealot (except maybe an in-law’s icy glare). Rolled or cuffed? four-in-hand or windsor? Double breasted or single? Brown or black? Personal style is, well, personal; a faux pas can have lasting consequences. That’s why we’re throwing you a life line:...

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(Nearly) Instant Intrigue

Ian Fleming’s James Bond Kindle Collection

You’ve watched all the Bond movies — yes, even George Lazenby’s go at it. But the on-screen secret agent born from the extravagant wallet of Albert R. Broccoli bares only a fleeting resemblance to the card-carrying killer of Ian Fleming’s 14 seminal novels. The entire Bond book series has always been available in paperback form...

Not your average day job

In-Depth: No Easy Day

We bandy the title “hero” about to describe entertainers, sports figures, politicians, anyone who excels or surmounts significant adversity. The true definition, however, fits a much smaller number. No Easy Day ($16), the first-person account of the SEAL Team 6 raid on an Abbottabad compound that killed Osama bin Laden, breaks the traditional silence of...

No fluency required

Salumi: The Craft of Italian Dry Curing

While there are endless options for flexing your culinary muscles, making your own dry cured meats is one of the best ways of calling out those hacks on Iron Chef that we can think of. Using the secret ingredient? Try making it b$^&*$#s. Authors Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn know a thing or two about...

A Master, re-mastered

A Farewell to Arms: The Hemingway Library Edition

Remember the tedium of English Comp 101? Outline, rough draft, working draft, final draft, and final copy—all for a lousy B-. Now, imagine 47 rewrites. Papa admitted to revising the ending of A Farewell to Arms 39 times. His grandson, Sean Hemingway uncovered nine more attempts while perusing the Ernest Hemingway Collection at the John...

Well read? TED well.

TED Books

Five years ago, Mexicans who sold tacos out of the back of a van were targets of the health department. Now, kids from suburbs buy trucks, sell mashup tacos, and get their own TV shows. How did they do it? The inspiration they received from TED. Building on the millions who have absorbed the ideas...

Mischief managed

Sony Wonderbook

If you’re considering sneaking some Adderall into your favorite kid’s midday snack, you should take a peek at the Sony Wonderbook first. Recently unveiled at E3, the educational tool is an augmented reality pad consisting of only 12 pages that leverage the PS3’s PlayStation Eye camera to create the ultimate version of the pop-up book...

Hope, Change, Donkeys

Presidential Campaign Posters: 200 Years of Election Art

Excited for this year’s upcoming election? Neither are we. Or we weren’t, that is, until we checked out Presidential Campaign Posters: 200 Years of Election Art ($27), an illustrated history of our country’s presidential election campaign propaganda. The Library of Congress-published tome features 100 removable, ready-to-frame campaign posters, each with a brief description of the...

Keep Calm and Churchill On

Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston Churchill

There are men, and then there are men. As one of most prominent statesmen of the 20th century, Winston Churchill easily defines the second category. Churchill is well known for his contributions to British (and world) history as the Prime Minister who willed the Limeys through WWII. His life and contributions have been accordingly documented...

A definitive read on the indefinite

The Mastery of Time: A History of Timekeeping

Writing a half-decent book on watches is no small feat, but authoring a history of time? That requires a level of prowess and dedication beyond the reach of most, but Dominique Fléchon, historian and expert in fine watches has done just that. His book, The Mastery of Time: A History of Timekeeping ($63) casts much...

Driver's tale continues...

Driven by James Sallis

Tailgating the Oscar-nominated film noir Drive; inspired by James Sallis’s dark novel of the same name; comes the sequel Driven. Sallis’s new novel picks up with the lead character, the enigmatic “Driver”, seven years later as he attempts to transform himself from part-time stunt driver and full-time getaway driver to upstanding citizen, Paul West. In...

Light reading

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch GlowLight

With an eye towards enlightening night-time, dark hidey-holes and that closet Harry was stuffed into, Barnes and Noble has added LEDs to their Simple Touch eReader, to form the verbosely named Nook Simple Touch, with GlowLight. Hardware-wise, not much has changed outside of the patent-pending technology that provides light over the top of the screen,...

What hurts and how to fix it

The Athlete’s Guide to Home Remedies

If you’re actively living your life, some kind of injury is inevitable. The trick is to find a happy medium between daily doctor appointments, and “toughing it out” until the injury gets nasty. That’s why we were happy to find The Athlete’s Guide to Home Remedies ($16) – a book by Jordan D. Metzl, M.D., a physician...

Your Homebrewing Handbook

The Illustrated Guide to Brewing Beer

While we appreciate the growing craft beer movement and the art of a perfectly poured pint, we can’t ignore our do-it-yourself instincts. But before we turn the guest room into a rogue brewery, we’ll take some advice from avid home brewer, Matthew Schaefer. His new book, The Illustrated Guide to Brewing Beer ($15), is the...

Soul man and Rock 'n' Roll fan

The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun

Ahmet Ertegun isn’t a household name — let alone easy to say, but if you’re a music fan, you’ve probably benefitted from his life’s legacy. Despite being the son of the first Republic of Turkey ambassador to the US, Ahmet channeled his love of Blues and Jazz to found Atlantic records. Not up on your...

Redefining animal cruelty

Awkward Family Pet Photos

The internet meme Awkward Family Photos has certainly faded from its former glory days as the golden child of internet humor, but that hasn’t stopped authors Mike Bender and Dough Chernack from developing their next great wrinkle on the same embarrassing theme — Awkward Family Pet Photos ($10). As you’d expect from the title, the...

Domestic Delights

The New York Times, 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada

When go-to resources like Travelzoo and Jetsetter are just a click away, it’s tough not to let wanderlust get the better of you and your real world budget. Thankfully, there’s plenty of gems right in our own 9,400,000 sq mi backyard — and the Grey Lady can prove it. Filled with photography and gorgeous illustrations,...

Know Your Place

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

The first thing you should know about Maphead ($15) is that it’s written by Ken Jennings. Yes, it’s the same Ken Jennings who won Jeopardy 74 times in a row, taking home $3,172,700 in winnings and claiming the title of all-time leading money winner on American game shows. The second point worth mentioning is the...

A Detailed Look at Crime from a Keyboard

Ghost in the Wires

Does the name Kevin Mitnick mean anything to you? Unless you happen to work for the FBI or a prominent internet security firm, the answer is probably no. Still, long before groups like Anonymous were practicing their own brand of hacktivism Mr. Mitnick had earned the title as the most wanted computer criminal in the...

Reading About Drinking

The Punch Bowl by Dan Searing

Henny Youngman once said, “when I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.” We like to channel the comedian’s wise words by only reading about books that champion drinking, like The Punch Bowl ($10) by Dan Searing. This veritable tome of punchy goodness celebrates the modern renaissance of this social concoction while...

Seriously, go the f**k to sleep

Go the F**k to Sleep

Bleary-eyed and desperately tired, after countless bedtime stories, 1,765 sheep, seemingly gallons of warm milk, and teddy bears, trying to put the little one to sleep is an exercise in frustration and patience. When the former runs high and the latter runs thin, it’s time to pour yourself a double, grab the headphones and unwind...

It's Awesome Baby

Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN

After spending at least 10 hours a week across the sports media titan’s various TV channels, websites, mobile apps, and maybe even the magazine, you might assume you know what ESPN is all about. A quick read through Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN ($15) proves otherwise. Starting with the...

A study of the greatest American architect of all time

Frank Lloyd Wright: Complete Works, 1885-1916

Even if you don’t have a clue about architecture, you know the name Frank Lloyd Wright. Frank Lloyd Wright: Complete Works, Vol. 1, 1885-1916 ($126) is the start of an upcoming three-volume study on Wright’s roughly 1100 designs, only about half of which ever came to fruition. Done in cooperation with the Frank Lloyd Archives...

F-Wonderful

Art of the Formula 1 Race Car

It’s tough to appreciate the true beauty of a race car’s design, unless it’s standing still. We also focus so much on the “form follows function” mindset that we fail to see the artfulness of track-only vehicles, especially when they are adorned with every product logo known to mankind. A pictorial homage to the F1...

Beyond the fists, fights and foes

At The Fights: American Writers on Boxing

References from film and TV are what flash into most people’s memory today when the subject of boxing arises in conversation. There are just too many great, engaging examples to draw on, from both real and fictional stories (Rocky 45 and Tyson v. Holyfield being exceptions). Before technology padlocked our imagination, though, writing was the...

Shots for a Century

Photographers A-Z

Bone up on your photog knowledge with this beautiful coffee table book from one of our favorite publishers, Taschen. Released this April, Photographers A-Z ($42) is filled with 400+ entries on the most influential shutterbugs of the last 100 years including monograph’s from Ansel Adams, Bill Brandy, Irving Penn and Andy Warhol to name a...

America, As You've Never Seen It Before

Graphic USA: An Alternative Guide to U.S. Cities

We don’t think graphic designers are somehow better equipped to produce more informative travel guides than other people, but they certainly know how to make them more visually appealing. Graphic USA ($20) is a different kind of travel guide covering 25 popular American cities. Graphic designers from each city were invited to share their own...

"Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering." - T. R.

Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris

Colonel Roosevelt ($20) is the last and final installment of a trilogy of biographies written by Edmund Morris detailing the life of one of America’s greatest presidents and men. If you haven’t read the other titles which include the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Theodore Rex, we would encourage you to start...

Don't Try These Shots at Home

Unexpected: 30 Years of Patagonia Catalog Photography

Outdoor lovers are well aware of Patagonia as a brand, and have probably spent plenty of time browsing through the companies unique and decidely epic catalogs. Unexpected: 30 Years of Patagonia Catalog Photography ($49) is compendium of over 100+ images submitted by customers and professional wilderness photographers over the last 30 years (of which they...

If His Albums Were the Blueprint, Consider this the Drafting Table

Decoded by Jay-Z

Hip-hop may not be for everyone, but that hasn’t stopped Jay-Z from becoming a household name. Though his rise to fame stems through rapping, Mr. “I’m not a business-man. I’m a business…man” has earned praise from plenty of those outside the game, including Warren Buffet. So when a mind like that puts its attention towards...

All the Food That's Worthy to Print

The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century

Cookbooks may not be the first thing you’re looking to whip out your wallet for, but having few around is certainly something we’d recommend. Especially if you hope to pull off a home-cooked meal at some point to prove your not completely worthless. Luckily, New York Times food columnist Amanda Hesser has put together a...

Barnes & Noble Gives E-Ink the Boot

Nook Color from Barnes & Noble

Definitely not an e-reader, and not quite a full-fledged tablet, the newly announced Barnes and Noble’s Nook Color ($250) blends an interesting mix of features that could change the current landscape of gadgets vying to replace your laptop, paperbacks, and magazines.

Because Jack Sparrow Isn't Always a Reliable Source

Life: Keith Richards’ Memoir

Few people on the planet have ever epitomized rock and roll like Keith Richards. That’s one of the reasons why his long-awaited memoir Life ($16) is a must read. Filled with Keith’s surprisingly crystal clear recollections about the genesis of classics like “Ruby Tuesday” and “Gimme Shelter”, consider it a rare look into the special...

Learn More About the Directors You Love

Masters of Cinema Series

The Masters of Cinema Seriesare essential introductions to the world’s most renowned directors. Each book is written by contributors to the famous Cahiers du Cinéma magazine, and feature over a 100 images of film stills, set photographs, and posters — many of which have never been seen. Organized chronologically, film lovers can also read brief...

What Animators Create in Their Spare Time

Moonshine: DreamWorks Artists…After Dark!

There’s no doubt that the creative minds behind blockbuster feature animations like Kung Fu Panda, The Lord of the Rings Two Towers, and Finding Nemo are incredibly talented. But, do you ever find yourself wondering how these artists use their skills when they’re not doodling Scottish ogres? Reading Moonshine: Dreamworks Artists… After Dark! ($14) is...

Why Mock One Country When You Can Take On The World?

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth: A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race

Earth: A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race ($15) is like Jon Stewart’s previous book America (The Book), except, instead of ripping on the good ol’ US of A, The Daily Show has the entire planet in their irreverent and witty sights. Filled with page after page of hilarious infographics mocking just about every aspect...

Because Somebody Already Probably Said It Best

Cult Movie Quote Book

Feeling like your title as resident movie expert is in doubt? Then a quick read through a copy of the Cult Movie Quote Book ($10) should help you set the record straight. Filled with quotes from must see films like Easy Rider, Taxi Driver, Alfie, and the original Italian Job, it’s a perfect gift for...

Better, Badder, Guidebook

Rough Guides

For some, a vacation is supposed to be an adventure, and nothing’s worse than realizing you’ve spent your hard-earned dough and precious holiday time in a tourist trap. That’s why Rough Guides were developed. If you’re looking to go off the beaten path, these guides are the perfect travel companion for a news and picture...

It's Biblical

Ministry of Top Gear Presents: The Alternative Highway Code

The absurdist humor of the Brits is the stuff of Pythonic legend, and it lives on in the pages of this brilliant piece of literature: Britain’s traditional traffic handbook as reinvented by the boys of Top Gear. Filled with unbridled sarcasm, general silliness, and automotive expertise, you need only peruse the index to find page...

Operation Red Wings and the Life of Lt. Michael P. Murphy, US Navy Seal

Seal of Honor

Though the expression is cliché, the freedom that we enjoy in America has always come at a high price. Gary William’s biography of Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy, posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor, Silver Star, and Purple Heart, is a meditation on the sacrifice and dedication exhibited by those who have served...

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