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Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition
4.06
it was amazing
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
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Jan 1990
Mar 29, 2008
 
Edward Hopper
4.08
really liked it
One of my all-time favorite artist monographs. I so grabbed it when the library I used to work at decided to relegate a slightly damaged copy to the b ...more
Jan 1995
Oct 23, 2007
 
Escape from Alcatraz
3.58
really liked it
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
 
And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank
4.00
really liked it
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
 
The Cities Book
4.00
it was ok
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
 
With Malice: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Murder of Officer J. D. Tippit
3.91
liked it
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
 
Basquiat
4.35
did not like it
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
 
Lincoln's Assassins: Their Trial and Execution
4.12
it was amazing
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.

S
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Jan 2009
Oct 27, 2009
 
Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath
4.15
liked it
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
 
San Francisco Is Burning: The Untold Story of the 1906 Earthquake and Fires
3.60
liked it
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
 
Least Wanted: A Century of American Mugshots
4.46
it was amazing
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
 
Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum
4.14
it was amazing
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
 
Transit Maps of the World
4.23
it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful.

Not only is it a terrific reference of every urban train map on Earth; it gives an added historical background of each, showing e
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Mar 2008
Oct 29, 2007
 
Insight City Guide San Francisco
3.00
liked it
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
 
Walker Evans: The Hungry Eye
4.32
it was amazing
This book was given to me by my bosses at my graphic design internship over a decade ago. All these years, and all these books later, it's still one o ...more
Jan 1996
Aug 29, 2007
 
The Design of Dissent: Socially and Politically Driven Graphics
4.12
really liked it
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
 
King for a Decade: Jean Michel Basquiat
4.36
it was amazing
The first book I ever bought on Basquiat--and so glad I did. (It's now out of print and going for 5x as much $$$ on eBay.) Extremely well-designed and ...more
Jan 1997
Jan 03, 2008
 
Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century
4.02
liked it
Admittedly, the fact that it was designed by Sagmeister appealed to me more than the subject matter, but it's a most interesting read nonetheless. And ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 15, 2007
 
... And Now Miguel
3.46
did not like it
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
 
Jackson Pollock: An American Saga
4.14
it was amazing
The best thing about working at the Smithsonian... getting to read this for about 2 hours a day on the train. The definitive Pollock biography.
Mar 2002
Aug 04, 2007
 
The Outdoor Sculpture of Washington, D.C: A Comprehensive Historical Guide
3.71
really liked it
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
3.76
it was ok
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
4.14
really liked it
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
 
The Jean-Michel Basquiat Show
4.05
it was amazing
Beautiful.
Jan 2007
Aug 24, 2007
 
Atlas: From the Streets to the Ring: A Son's Struggle to Become a Man
4.08
really liked it
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
 
Maximalism: The Graphic Design of Decadence and Excess: Creating Sensual Appeal Through Graphic Design
4.00
liked it
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
 
Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin
4.23
liked it
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
 
The Anatomy of Design: Uncovering the Influences and Inspirations in Modern Graphic Design
4.02
really liked it
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
 
Robert Motherwell: What Art Holds
4.05
it was ok
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
4.13
really liked it
Beautifully documented, stark and respectful compilation of images--probably the most ingrained, collectively.

There was also a small but powerful exh
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Jan 2002
Sep 24, 2007
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