• Why Knot? How to Tie More Than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Lifesaving, and Secure Knots!
    In 1974, Philippe Petit made history when he stepped out onto a tightrope illegally rigged between the towers of the New York World Trade Center.
  • Double Entry
    Capitalism has the capacity to advance social cooperation and human progress if applied consciously.
  • Bend, Not Break
    Ping Fu lived a tumultuous life in the midst of the Chinese Cultural Revolution but persevered and established a successful career despite it all.
  • My Share of the Task
    A retired four-star United States Army General tells his story of leadership, humility and valor.
  • I Died for Beauty
    There’s more to the story of this feisty, ambitious scientist who butted heads with Linus Pauling.
  • Sincerity
    From confessionals, satires to anti-hipster movements, the world needs a little sincerity in a world that pines over blunt and raw honesty, which can be brutal at times.
  • Taco USA
    Mexican cuisine has fundamentally changed the way Americans eat.
  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
    The third president of the United States was not only a visionary, but also a man of action.
  • World’s Best Cocktails
    Find out the secrets of the best cocktails around the world in this comprehensive guide.
  • Antifragile
    A former trader tells readers to make use of chaos and disorder to survive and thrive in this world.
  • Joseph Anton
    A writer recounts his life in hding from an Iranian religious leader.
  • Gods Like Us
    Film critic looks at how the nature of stardom has transformed as cultural and technological changes take place.
  • The Launch Pad
    Startup founders go to school in Silicon Valley to launch their businesses.
  • Mortality
    Well-known author and journalist Christopher Hitchens talks about his experience with cancer.
  • Curious Behavior
    A neurobiologist looks at the basic puzzling nature of human behaviors.
  • Quiet
    Characteristics associated with introversion, not extroversion, are key to fostering innovative ideas.
  • Caveat Emptor
    Ken Perenyi, an art forger extraordinaire, tells his story of how he got away with art forgery and avoided prosecution.
  • Who’s Counting
    The 2012 presidential election faces a messy vote recount if the U.S. election system doesn’t fix its issues of inaccuracy and potential fraud.
  • A Wilderness of Error
    The author believes that a respected army doctor was wrongly convicted of murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters.
  • Unbroken
    During World War II, a U.S. airman and former Olympic runner is the only survivor after a disastrous plane crash in the sea.
  • Martha Graham in Love and War
    The biography sheds new light on the influence of the rise of fascism, World War II, and the Cold War on the work of a famous dancer and choreographer.
  • The Chinatown War
    The arrival of Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles spurred a little-known event called the Massacre of 1871.
  • Rough-Hewn Land
    A geology professor takes a field trip in one of the country’s largest physiographic areas.
  • Unintended Consequences
    The economy needs to prioritize innovation to cultivate growth in the country, according to a partner at Bain Capital.
  • The Quiet Professional
    Not much is known about Major Richard J. Meadows’ contributions to the beginnings of the U.S. Army Special Forces.
  • Advanced Style
    A well-known blogger highlights the elder fashionistas of New York who continue to strut their unique clothing styles in their twilight years.
  • Hollywood: The Movie Lover’s Guide
    This street-by-street handbook features the rich history of fame and motion pictures embedded in the neighborhoods of Tinsel Town.
  • Freedom’s Forge
    Historian Arthur Herman follows two individuals, auto industrialist William Knudsen and shipbuilder Henry Kaiser, who were chiefly responsible for organizing the production of more than 286,000 warplanes, 86,000 tanks, 8,800 naval vessels, 2.6 million machine guns and 41 billion rounds of ammunition.
  • Barack Obama: The Story
    In Dreams From my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, Barack Obama relates the story of his upbringing and tells of the struggles of his ancestors, from whom he inherited much of his world view. Yet Obama himself wrote in his book’s forward that “some of the characters that appear are composites of people I’ve known.”
  • Megacatastrophes!
    A catalogue of the most destructive ways humanity could be destroyed, from natural disasters to technological terrors.
  • How to Win an Election
    This ancient guide for modern politicians shows that the same tactics used in Ancient Rome are just as relevant 2,000 years later.
  • Hit Lit
    Sex and violence headline a discussion of what subject matter makes a novel an irresistible-to-read best seller.
  • Overdressed
    An examination of the differences between cheap clothing and high-end fashion and the consequences of mass production of clothing.
  • Girl Land
    Former high school teacher investigates whether the internet is harmful to teenage girls.
  • Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick
    Bill Veeck, owner of several baseball franchises, helped create the modern fan experience and fused sports with entertainment.
  • The Art of the Sale
    When encountering the term “salesman”, one cannot help but think of a slick hustler, angling to trick you into a bad deal or an ill-advised purchase.
  • Did Muhammad Exist?
    Religious Studies expert investigates the origins of Islam and finds contradictions about the person of Muhammad.
  • The Privileged Pooch
    The author provides a comprehensive guide to traveling throughout Southern California with your pet dog.
  • Inventing the Garden
    Two architects trace the evolution of the garden, from ancient Persia to present-day Manhattan.
  • How to Get Rich
    Personally valued at “somewhere between $400 million and $900 million” in his own words, Felix Dennis’s basic message is that only a select few can make millions.
  • Indispensable Counsel
    Since 2002, when swift passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in the immediate wake of the Enron scandal allowed the government to set new standards for public corporations, the law has added thousands of restrictions on corporate behavior.
  • In Our Prime
    Patricia Cohen maps the history of “middle-age,” a confusing combination of sloughing off the foolishness of youth and resisting the journey into old age.
  • Fatal Colours
    The bloodiest battle ever fought on British soil was not Hastings or Agincourt or any number of other well-known conflicts, but the Battle of Towton during the War of the Roses, fought in 1461 between the Lancastrians and Yorkists to decide who should be king. There were 75,000 men who fought and 28,000 who died.
  • Apocalypse on the Set
    With today’s network of global distribution, DVD sales, and pay-per-view, movie studios are better insulated against the possibility of a colossal flop at the box-office.
  • To Forgive Design
    While Henry Petroski’s chronicle of engineering failures may prompt you to rethink your next attempt to cross over any bridge, his thesis is that although there have been several catastrophes regarding bridges, boats and other structures, engineers have always learned from their mistakes.
  • Bringing Up Bebe
    Pamela Druckerman is an American writer who moved to Paris ten years ago with her British husband, raising three children in the interim. In this work...
  • Lost Kingdom
    When Lili’uokalani’s brother, David Kalakaua, became king in 1874, the Hawaiian monarchy was already very dependent on American businessmen...
    Mr. Rosen, chief executive of Kaplan, Inc., which offers higher education programs and test prep services, ...
  • Coming Apart
    The American values of religious faith, hard work and marriage are much more prevalent in upper-class white America than in working-class populations of whites.
  • Eat People
    No, it’s not a call to eat your local barista for dinner! When Kessler says “Eat People,” he means to “eat” (i.e., eliminate) worthless jobs in order to maximize wealth creation.
  • The Orphan Master’s Son
    Years of research by the author, including a journey to North Korea, lends an eerie authenticity to this fictional tale set in that mysterious country...
  • Alone in the Universe
    Although the prospect of finding intelligent life elsewhere in the universe has tantalized our imaginations for generations.
  • Ameritopia
    Levin’s book examines the historical and philosophical foundations of the utopian vision and how this informs the liberal worldview.
  • Boomerang
    Lewis’ follow-up to his 2010 best-seller, The Big Short, paints a more international picture of the places hit hard by the financial crisis, including Greece, Iceland and Ireland.
  • Steve Jobs
    Biographer Isaacson, who has already tackled such subjects as Albert Einstein and Ben Franklin.
  • A Nation of Moochers
    Sykes’ has chosen the term “moochers” to describe everyone from big companies like GM to individuals accepting government welfare because it “perfectly captures the new culture of bailouts and irresponsible grasping.”
  • Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change
    Concepts like public and private space, freedom of speech and individual autonomy are being tested in ways our Founding Fathers could never have dreamed because of products like GPS systems, Google and YouTube.
  • The Book in the Renaissance
    The story of the tumultuous early days of print—a medium which struggled in the face of opposition from political and religious instutitions
  • Retromania
    British Music critic says pop music is diminishing itself by rehashing old styles instead of innovating.
  • Confidence Men
    A portrait of an overwhelmed President Obama and a condemnation of a political system filled with self-serving individuals.
  • Inside of a Dog
    A analysis of how dogs perceive the world through their senses and how this explains their compatibility with humans.
  • American Nations
    A cross-country journey that examines the diverse regional subcultures that comprise the United States of America.
  • A Stolen Life: A Memoir
    Jaycee Dugard was abducted at age 11 and held captive for 18 years by now-convicted rapist Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy, bearing two daughters to Phillip over that time.
  • Unnatural Selection
    In nature, 105 boys are born for every 100 girls. Any other number is the result of unnatural events.
  • Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean
    This book examines the histories of three once vibrant cities along the Mediterranean Sea—Alexandria, Smyrna and Beirut—that have since become known for violence and ?cruelty in the 20th century.
  • Hot X: Algebra Exposed!
    An actress seems an unlikely math teacher but “Hot X-Algebra Exposed!,” a high-school level book by former Wonder Years actress Danica McKellar, aims to take the monotony out of mathematics and infuse it with a dose of pep and sparkle.
  • House on Fire: The Fight to Eradicate Small Pox
    Dr. William Foege, a medical missionary and public health leader, provides a personal account of his role in the campaign to eradicate smallpox around the globe, a mission that found success more than 30 years ago due to the ingenuity of Foege and his team to come up with radical solutions to halt the spread of the deadly disease.
  • The Wages of Appeasement: Ancient Athens, Munich, and Obama’s America
    Wages of Appeasement combines narrative history and cultural analysis to show how a reliance on ideas.
  • Onward
    In 2000, Starbucks founder and CEO Howard Schultz, author of Pour Your Heart into It, stepped down from daily oversight of the company and assumed the role of chairman.
  • Reckless Endangerment
    Readers of this history of the financial crisis will know, by the end, exactly who created the meltdown of 2008 and how they accomplished it.
  • Lobster: A Global History
    Other than tasting delicious with butter, what do you know about the armored, scarlet creature staring back at you from your fancy dinner plate? Food writer Elisabeth Townsend here charts the global rise of the lobster as delicacy.
  • In the Garden of Beasts
    This vivid portrait of Berlin during the early years of Hitler’s reign is conveyed through the true stories of two people:
  • The Man With the Pan
    Look who’s making dinner! Twenty-one writers and chefs expound upon the joys—and perils—of feeding their families.
  • Hell on Two Wheels
    This is a stunning account of what it’s like to take part in one of the most epic endurance sport events in the world.
  • Why America Must Not Follow Europe
    On a U.S. talk-radio show recently, I was asked what I thought about the notion that Barack Obama had been born in Kenya. “Pah!” I replied. “Your president was plainly born in Brussels.”
  • Living with Only 100 Personal Possessions
    Currently there is a growing national movement of people who are paring down their possessions and spending habits—rather than acquiring more belongings—with the goal of simplifying their lives.
  • Art, Architecture, and Personalities
    As an arts writer and architecture groupie who has been writing about San Diego since the early eighties, I thought I had a good knowledge of UCSD’s architecture. After all, during the campus building boom of the early nineties, I wrote several critical articles for the San Diego edition of the Los Angeles Times.
  • The Wave
    Recently published, The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean, by Susan Casey, is an astonishing book about colossal, ship-swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out. The Wave was already number 26 on the New York Times Best-Selling Hardcover Nonfiction list when we went to press in mid-December.
  • Obama’s problem with business
    Barack Obama is the most anti-business president in a generation, perhaps in American history. Thanks to him, the era of big government is back. Obama runs up taxpayer debt not in the billions, but in the trillions.
  • “The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History”
    Toyota owners, who are worried about all the headlines about safety problems plaguing the brand, might consider picking up “The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History” by Jason Vuic.
  • History of Rancho Santa Fe
    Local author releases new book featuring stunning collection of vintage photographs.