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

Toymaker: My Journey from War to Wonder

by Tom Karen

Now in his nineties “the man who designed the 1970s” offers here 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 World’s Most Expensive Watches

by Ariel Adams

Don’t let the title put you off—this book is not about mindless consumption. There’s a reason, mostly, why some things are expensive and you’ll find out why here. The book itself is very opulent, and not even all that expensive.

The Goldfinger Files 

by Steffen Appel and Peter Wälty

The first Bond film to win an Oscar, Goldfinger was a financial success, recouping its budget in two weeks. It has become iconic for many reasons, not least the famous car chase in the mountains that is the subject of this lovely book.

Memories Of The Moon Age

by Lukas Feireiss

The book is small enough to slip into your coat pocket but deals with big ideas about our celestial neighbor and also life and the meaning thereof right here on terra firma. From the ancients to modern pop culture, everyone has something to say about the Moon.

Napalm: An American Biography

by Robert M. Neer

Horrible stuff. And horribly effective. This is a disturbing examination of the disconnect between technocratic progress and morals and the laws of war. What ends justify such nightmarish means?

The Making of Black Detroit in the Age of Henry Ford

by Beth Tompkins Bates

Built it and they will come. Henry Ford did a lot more than rethink the assembly line or the $5 workday. He hired African Americans and they left the South and came by the tens of thousands. What did each expect of the other?

Red Tape and White Knuckles: One Woman’s Motorcycle Adventure through Africa

by Lois Pryce

No fancy bike, no fancy gear, no fancy Adventure Tours outfit—just one woman and her little Yamaha taking on the Dark Continent. Sadly, no fancy photographs either—you’ll have to use your imagination.

Racer

by John Andretti & Jade Gurss

You wouldn’t know from just the book title that this story does not have a good ending, at least not in the conventional sense. Good will surely come from reading it and one would like to think that good came to the man who had the courage to write it.

Lessons in Imperial Rule

by Andrew Skeen

Sounds like “ancient history” but while it doesn’t have application today, it has implications that are still relevant in a world of terror and guerilla fighting.

Making It: Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design

by Chris Lefteri

The world as you know it is not quite as you know it—the finished products you handle every day are full of surprises as to how they’re made.

Tootsie Toys, World’s First Diecast Models

by James Wieland and Edward Force

“America’s Oldest Toy Company” started in the 1890s and is still around—making about 40 million items a year! And it all began in the laundry trade. This little book is a nifty survey.

The First World War: Unseen Glass Plate Photographs of the Western Front

by Carl De Keyzer and David Van Reybrouck

Whether you’re a student of history or photography this book has new things to say and show—none of them simple or simplistic but all wrenching and necessary.