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Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition
I recently rediscovered this fascinating book...

I happened upon it by chance way back in 1990, when it jumped out at me at a B. Dalton Bookseller. Mo
Jan 1990
Mar 29, 2008
Escape from Alcatraz
A terrific way to follow up the fantastic Alcatraz tour --buy a copy of J. Campbell Bruce's classic right there in the gift shop and read it on the fl ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 09, 2007
The Cities Book
I actually bought this for my mom, as a follow-up to The Travel Book which she loved. While I remain very impressed with the design and concept, I can ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 18, 2007
Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath
Michael Norman does a great job of illustrating the unimaginable horrors that Ben Steele and his comrades endured on Bataan and throughout their 3-yea ...more
Mar 2010
Feb 28, 2010
Lincoln's Assassins: Their Trial and Execution
Oddly, I found this companion piece to James L. Swanson's Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer to be superior to the original work itself.

Jan 2009
Oct 27, 2009
Least Wanted: A Century of American Mugshots
As a collector of odd things myself, I was immediately intrigued by the idea of Mark Michaelson's collection of historical American mugshots from the ...more
Jan 2011
Dec 03, 2011
San Francisco Is Burning: The Untold Story of the 1906 Earthquake and Fires
A decent account of both the earthquake and subsequent fires, with interesting insight to key personalities—firemen, politicians, military officers, a ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 22, 2010
Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum
I discovered this by accident at my favorite used book store a few years ago, and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I also had no idea that this ...more
Jan 2004
Aug 04, 2007
Insight City Guide San Francisco
Well-organized, decent little guide series. Not quite as impressive as those published by Dorling-Kindersley, but not bad, either. Excellent in-flight ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 12, 2007
The Design of Dissent: Socially and Politically Driven Graphics
Few design publications can match the sheer volume of high-concept work presented here. Strong messages, strong visual communication. The work literal ...more
Jul 2007
Sep 08, 2007
... And Now Miguel
Probably the first book I found myself skipping through. I don't know why, but nothing about this interested me at all, and I had the worst time getti ...more
Jan 1982
Feb 18, 2008
The Outdoor Sculpture of Washington, D.C: A Comprehensive Historical Guide
A great old find in the used bookstore for $3.00, and a long-overdue reference to the many mysterious pieces in my hometown.
Mar 2008
Mar 18, 2008
Kill the Irishman
A well-written, well-documented account of the rise and ultimate fall of Danny Greene (as well as most of his adversaries). But surprisingly brief—esp ...more
Jul 2012
Jul 28, 2012
Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan
A tactile account of the events of March 30, 1981—a day that was permanently etched into my 8-year-old mind while growing up in the Washington, DC sub ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 13, 2011
I've always liked Teddy Atlas' down-to-Earth nature and unparalleled boxing insight. He's one of the few genuine articles—a guy who knows what he's ta ...more
Jan 2006
Dec 08, 2007
And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank
I've always been fascinated by the Mary Phagan case, and the unbelievable trial and twisted public sentiment towards Leo Frank—and ultimately, its tra ...more
Jul 2010
Apr 18, 2010
With Malice: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Murder of Officer J. D. Tippit
This started out as a promising human portrait of Officer Tippit—something which doesn't seem to exist in many (if ANY) other books on the subject of ...more
Dec 2013
Dec 16, 2013
The Anatomy of Design: Uncovering the Influences and Inspirations in Modern Graphic Design
I'd passed over this a number of times simply because the cover didn't appeal to me. I didn't expect much from what looked like another unnecessarily ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 20, 2007
Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin
Vivid sensory detail throughout the book really takes you straight into 1960s Memphis. It's primarily a detailed account of the bizarre movements of J ...more
Jul 2010
Jun 12, 2010
Maximalism: The Graphic Design of Decadence and Excess: Creating Sensual Appeal Through Graphic Design
I finally bought this book after scoring a 40% off coupon at Borders. I'd seen it before, several times, but just wasn't enamored with it--especially ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 30, 2008
Robert Motherwell: What Art Holds
This will always be one of those "what if" books for me. I say that because it had such promise--terrific writing on a fantastic subject; but somewher ...more
Apr 2007
Jan 03, 2008
New York September 11 by Magnum Photographers
Beautifully documented, stark and respectful compilation of images--probably the most ingrained, collectively.

There was also a small but powerful exh
Jan 2002
Sep 24, 2007
Mr. Untouchable
A little difficult to get into at first, but quickly picks up the pace as Barnes describes a vivid street life in 1970s NYC.

I could've done without t
Mar 17, 2008
Feb 16, 2008
I read this immediately after Devil in the White City, which I loved; and it confirmed for me that Erik Larson is a master storyteller of historical i ...more
Apr 2007
Jan 18, 2008
Strange Piece of Paradise
This is definitely one of those "truth is stranger than fiction" tales, and it made for a fascinating read. A haunting story overall, and well-written ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 10, 2011
I'm not sure if there's a correlation between the relative low cost of this catalog ($29.95) and the surprisingly bad reproductions of Basquiat's work ...more
Jan 2007
Aug 24, 2007
Stealing Lincoln's Body
As a lincoln buff, this premise has always been intriguing to me; but some 50 pages into this book, I began wondering when we were going to actually g ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 16, 2008
Ed Emberley's Drawing Book: Make a World
I remember fondly collecting every Ed Emberley drawing book I could find at the library as a kid--I'm so happy to see that they're still around!

Jan 1981
Aug 15, 2007
Riders on the Storm: My Life with Jim Morrison and the Doors
I'd been meaning to read John Densmore's account of his life with The Doors for the longest time. Having just recently returned from Paris and having ...more
May 2008
May 23, 2008
Logo Design Workbook: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Logos
This is another series I enjoy from Rockport, and the firm of AdamsMorioka was a great choice to edit the Logo Design Workbook.

The authors give a very
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Jun 06, 2008
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