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

Jock Lewes, Co-Founder of the SAS

by John Lewes

This early admirer of Hitler became so disillusioned with the Nazi regime’s methods that he volunteered for an elite British outfit specializing in counter-espionage, the Special Air Service and became its principal training officer.

The Bomber Mafia

by Malcom Gladwell

Planning to watch the movie Oppenheimer? A nuclear bomb!? Why had other military strategies not broken Japan’s ability to fight? Because no matter what the strategists of the Bomber Mafia thought, pinpoint hits from high altitude were not achievable in those days.

America’s Greatest Road Trip!

by Tom Cotter and Michael Alan Ross

A couple thousand miles, a couple thousand photos and, hey presto, a book! And for once he’s not on the trail of the next barn find. Initially he thought he’d drive an ‘80s Corvette. That would have been a whole different trip! Instead a brand-new Ford Bronco and Airstream trailer—provided free by their respective makers—do the honors.

Barbie™ i can be™ President

by Christy Webster

Hey, nothing escapes our attention . . . not even Barbara Millicent Roberts of Willows, Wisconsin (no kidding) . . . because nothing is as simple as it seems. When she hit the scene in 1959 she was the first adult-bodied doll, now she holds a commercial pilot’s license (again, no kidding). She may not be President yet but now she can add “major movie star” to her resume.

Norbert Singer – My Racing Life with Porsche 1970–2004

by Norbert Singer & Wilfried Müller

He almost became a rocket scientist. He almost went to Opel instead of Porsche. His very first assignment helped win Le Mans at a crucial time. No looking back now—his entire career was spent at Porsche, which would go on to win 16 overall race victories with cars in which he played a key role.

Good Connections, A Century of Service by the Men & Women of Southwestern Bell

by David G. Park Jr.

Once upon a time, telephones were connected directly in pairs by wire. Obviously inconvenient and self-limiting. Telephone exchanges, local loops, trunk lines—all words the modern cellphone user has never heard. This book brings you up to speed.

Rolex: Special Edition Wristwatches

by Braun, Häussermann, Niemann, Wimmer-Olbort

Auction house Christie’s says Rolexes gain value faster and more steadily than any other brand so even if you don’t want one on the wrist, you may want to put one in the safe—but read the book first. It covers all the bases, from history to manufacture to values.

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!