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

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.

A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

More than likely you had to read Dickens’ masterpiece in High School or at University. More than likely you have not reread it since. So if you are planning to binge watch, say, the 21st season of Law and Order, why not put that aside for another weekend and, instead, put your nose in a classic novel? If you don’t have a copy in your library, we recommend this Penguin edition.

Legendary Wristwatches: From Audemars Piguet to Zenith

by Stefan Muser

A visual guide to wristwatch styles throughout the decades using watches sold at auction to tell the story. Minimal text but very nice photos.

Around the World in a Napier – the Story of Two Motoring Pioneers

by Andrew M. Jepson

Around the world in 80 days?? Nah. Make that six years—and 46,528 miles, and 39 countries. They literally went were no one had been before. And you can follow them here.

Paper Money of the United States

by Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg

So you are a collector. Invest in a collectable—and you can only hope that you won’t lose money. Plus there will be upkeep. But invest in money and you’ll always at least break even no matter how old and crumpled the note is.

Legends & Lore Along California’s Highway 395

by Brian Clune

Have a need to visit  a house shaped like a lemon? Or, more sobering, the Manzanar Internment Camp? Or check if there really are 80,000 hubcaps in the hubcap capital of the world? Heck, that stop counts as a twofer because the 25-ft-tall woman lives here too. Go West, young wo/man!

Tattered Cover Book Store, A Storied History

by Mark A. Barnhouse

If you think of the book as a dying breed (not!) what about brick-and-mortar book stores, especially independents? Tattered Cover in Denver is also a cultural institution and garnered nationwide attention in a First Amendment Supreme Court case. A former employee has recorded the first fifty years.

Behind Le Mans – The Film In Photographs

by Michael Keyser

It’s almost 50 years ago that this movie was made. It was not a box office hit but—and this is the only thing that mattered to the one person who needed to make it, Steve McQueen—it was true to racing, life and death, few words and big deeds.

Masters of Mayhem

by James Stejskal

Context-rich, this book is not just another flogger of the T.E. Lawrence myth. Its overarching theme is that of small, agile teams acting as a force multiplier, a concept of timeless relevance and urgency to warfighting practice.