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release date: Oct 17, 2017
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Uncommon Type: Some Stories
A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.

A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game--and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!
release date: Oct 17, 2017
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Typewriters: Iconic Machines from the Golden Age of Mechanical Writing
From the creation of the QWERTY keyboard to the world's first portable typing machine, this handsome collection is a visual homage to the golden age of the typewriter. From the world's first commercially successful typewriter—the Sholes & Glidden Type Writer of 1874—to the iconic electric models of the 1960s, eighty vintage devices are profiled in elegant photographs and fascinating text that highlights the design modifications, intricate details, and peculiar quirks that make each typewriter unique. From functional advances like noiseless machines to luxurious details such as mahogany covers and inlaid mother-of-pearl, a century of design innovation and experimentation is charted in these pages. Packed with visuals and rich with history, Typewriters is the essential story of a writing invention that changed the world.
release date: Aug 28, 2007
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A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts
This acclaimed portrait of heroism and ingenuity captures a watershed moment in human history. The astronauts themselves have called it the definitive account of their missions. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with twenty-three of the twenty-four moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moon conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail.
release date: Aug 16, 2020
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The Ultimate Round: Pebble Beach Golf Links, An Illustrated Guide to America's Majestic Dream Course
This beautiful and instructive volume is a never-before offered compendium on Pebble Beach Golf Links.® The hardbound classic offers up-to-date, hole-by-hole graphics rendered by yardage-guide publisher Best Approach and each golf hole description is accompanied by historical anecdotes, playing tips and striking Joann Dost photographs. Notables of the game provide quotes and testimonials as to what makes Pebble Beach "the ultimate round" in their estimation. The book is enhanced by segments on The Links at Spanish BayTM and Spyglass Hill® Golf Course with essays on each by renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones II. Golfers will enjoy features on the Pebble Beach Golf Academy, a Foreword by award-winning author James Dodson and an Introduction and golf-hole text by Pebble Beach historian and award-winning author by Neal Hotelling. A gallery section of artful Joann Dost photographs showcases the beauty of the game with additional sidebars on the world-famous Lone Cypress TM and 17-Mile Drive®. An unexpected added value at the end of the book is the stunning double-sided tri-fold showcasing aerial photographs of the Monterey Peninsula and Pebble Beach®. The book is a "must-have" for any golfer who has playing Pebble Beach Golf Links® on the bucket list.
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release date: Oct 17, 2017
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Uncommon Type: Some Stories
A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. 

A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game--and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!
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release date: Feb 21, 2006
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Two Sides of the Moon: Our Story of the Cold War Space Race

"An extraordinary book."
---Arthur C. Clarke

Space was one of the most fiercely fought battlegrounds of the Cold War, the Moon its ultimate beachhead.

In this dual autobiography, Apollo 15 commander David Scott and cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first man to ever walk in space, recount their exceptional lives and careers spent on the cutting edge of science and space exploration―and their participation in the greatest technological race ever―to land a man on the Moon.

With each mission fraught with perilous tasks, and each space program touched by tragedy, these parallel tales of adventure and heroism read like a modern-day thriller. Cutting fast between their differing recollections, this book reveals, in a very personal way, the drama of one of the most ambitious contests ever embarked on by man, set against the conflict that once held the world in suspense: the clash between Communism and Western democracy.

Through the men's memoirs, their courage, passion for exploration, and determination to push themselves to the limit, emerge not only through their triumphs but also through their perseverance in times of extraordinary difficulty and danger.

"Two Sides of the Moon is unique among space histories. If you are looking for a balanced, interesting, and personal account of the American and Soviet space programs during the 1960s and 1970s this is it."
---Astronomy magazine

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release date: Oct 10, 2017
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MUSLIM: What You Need to Know About the World’s Fastest Growing Religion

Is Islam a peaceful and tolerant religion?

For all the debate over Islam and its growing presence in the world, one thing is often overlooked: Islam is not a religion in the sanitized Western sense. It is, in contrast, an all-encompassing sociopolitical legal matrix that has bred a worldview antagonistic to anything but itself. While there may be millions of peaceful and tolerant Muslims, many of them our neighbors, Islam itself is hardly peaceful and tolerant.

Islam is the only significant religious system in the history of the human race with a sociopolitical structure of laws that mandate violence against the infidel.  The current narrative is that to tell the truth in this regard is tantamount to radicalizing Muslims and exacerbating hostilities that may otherwise lie dormant. A common refrain has reverberated throughout the West: “Islam is not our enemy.” As well-intentioned as this mantra may be, it is a potentially dangerous stance once someone understands Islam in full. 

Despite its incoherence, Islam—one billion six hundred million strong and growing—is poised to fill the vacuum left by a Western culture slouching inexorably towards Gomorrah. Demographics alone are alarming. While polygamist Muslims boast a robust birth rate, native Westerners are moving rapidly toward self-extinction. Filling the void are multiplied millions of Muslims who have no intention of assimilating into Western culture.

Equally grave is the specter of global Islamic jihadism now exacting mass genocide on Christians in the East and ever-multiplying terrorist attacks throughout the West. We are also witnessing the co-belligerency of fantastically wealthy Saudis spending multiplied billions of dollars exporting virulent Wahhabism to the West. Worse still, Western governments, academic institutions, and media outlets seem bent on exporting a false narrative respecting the religious animus animating global Islamic jihadism.

In MUSLIM: What You Need to Know about the World’s Fastest Growing Religion, Hanegraaff not only outlines the problems in accessible and memorable fashion, but moves toward potential solutions in the clash of civilizations. 

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release date: Oct 01, 2002
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Lost Spacecraft: The Search for Liberty Bell 7: Apogee Books Space Series 28
Describes how the paths of two men, one living and one dead, crossed in the recovery of the Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft.
release date: Nov 01, 1999
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Gary Cooper Off Camera: A Daughter Remembers
A photographic memoir charts Gary Cooper's off-screen life from his boyhood in Montana, to his family life in Hollywood, to his relationships with Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, and Jimmy Stewart, among many others.
release date: Feb 01, 2003
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Virtual Apollo: A Pictorial Essay of the Engineering and Construction of the Apollo Command and Service Modules
With this book readers can become acquainted with the Apollo spacecraft in detail and learn the story of its design and construction.
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