Archive for Items Categorized 'Other Genres', only excerpts shown, click title for full entry.

Horology: An Illustrated Primer

by Barry B. Kaplan

Not a trick question: what date followed Oct. 4, 1582? Or Sept. 2, 1752? From exploring what happens when we don’t agree on how time works to showing how a watch operates to analyzing the industry, this excellent book sorts it all out.

The Key 2022, The Top of the Classic Car World

Antonio Ghini, editor

It’s that time of year . . . the TCCT Yearbook. The data you have come to rely on (or dread?) and new topics that are so off the beaten path you don’t know what to make of them. Exercise the grey matter!

The Cartier Tank Watch 

by Franco Cologni

Is it the Porsche 911 of wristwatches? Todays’ model looks recognizably like the very first one from over a hundred years ago yet each iteration pushes design and technology forward and so remains as relevant as ever.

The Michelin Man: An Unauthorized Advertising Showcase

by Rudy LeCoadic

He goes by Bibendum—but how does drinking fit the image of an advertising icon concerned with safety, or is it a dig at his girth? And if rubber tires are his racket, why is he white as a ghost? After you read this book, you’ll see him everywhere. And maybe become a collector yourself.

Keep Watching The Skies, American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties

by Bill Warren

Warren’s book will absolutely answer any question you might have concerning vintage Sci-Fi cinema, along with many, many things you would not even think to ask. That this book is inclusive is the understatement of the past, the present—and the FUTURE!

P&O: Across the Oceans, Across the Years

by Ruth Artmonsky and Susie Cox 

After 175 years of plying the seas, there’s a story to be had. From paddle steamers hauling mail to today’s cruise ships, P&O made the world a smaller place. This fantastically well illustrated book will absorb you.

Toymaker: My Journey from War to Wonder

by Tom Karen

“The man who designed the 1970s” just died, on the last day of 2022. Here he offers a celebration of creativity. From domestic appliances to transistor radios and furniture to motorcars there was hardly an area of everyday life this industrial designer did not apply himself to.

The Private Library

by Reid Byers

An indulgence for some and a necessity for others, the private library—its purpose, function, and history—deserve deep thought. Oddly, little of substance has been written about it. After this book, no one else needs to bother trying.

The Vault of Horror

by Craig, Davis, Feldstein et al.

There are fans, historians, and academics who take comic books quite seriously. EC titles, especially from the early 1950s, have a long-standing, proliferating reputation for excellence among all of these. We take a look at a representative sample of available EC reprints as we toss our hats of commendation and recommendation into the ring.

The Coca-Cola Trail

by Larry Jorgensen

Forbes ranked Coca-Cola as the world’s sixth most valuable brand in 2020. It is sold in over 200 countries to the tune of over 1.8 billion daily servings—something its cocaine and alcohol-addicted inventor would have considered a hallucination when he brewed up his first “temperance drink.”

Zenith Trans-Oceanic, The Royalty of Radios

by John Bryant and Harold Cones

Among vintage radio aficionados Zenith’s Trans-Oceanic models are both legendary and often a radio collector’s most prized possession.

The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today

by Thomas Ricks

Many factors affect national security. Among the less obvious, at least to civilians, is the culture of the military itself.