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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: 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: 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: Jun 16, 2021
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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 Bay 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 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: Jun 16, 2021
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Southland: Southern California Railroading in the Golden Age of Kodachrome
Some railfans wish they lived in southern California. Others were fortunate enough to have been born there. Tom Gildersleeve, Gordon Glattenberg, and the late William H. "Hank" Mills are among the latter.The photographic trio began their exploration of the Southland in the early 1950s, when profound societal and technological change began to sweep the Golden State. Beyond the Technicolor dreams Hollywood was sending around the world, citrus groves were steadily giving way to industrialization and suburban sprawl. An expanding web of freeways was turning trolleys into antiques, while colorful new diesel locomotives steadily took the reins from steam's iron horse. Transition was in full flower, providing the authors with intriguing subject matter cast against a wide array of dramatic settings. At a time when most photographers documented the industry in black and white, the authors made Kodachrome their film of choice, opting for a medium that could realistically capture the full palette of their surroundings. Popular publishing was predominantly a monochrome enterprise, providing few opportunities for color shooters beyond slide shows at private homes and railroad club meetings. It would be the mid-'70s before new technology allowed them to reach a wider audience. The decision to concentrate on color photography might be construed as an act of faith, with little reward beyond the satisfaction of a job well done. As this volume will attest, that faith has been rewarded on a grand scale. Some 345 color images invite inspection, the majority of them being published for the first time. Focusing on the years between the mid-1950s and late 1960s, Southland takes the reader on a wide-ranging tour of the region between Bakersfield and the Mexican border. Six chapters and eight detailed maps, with comprehensive captions by award-winning photojournalist Ted Benson, convey the excitement of Southern California railroading in the golden age of Kodachrome."
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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: Sep 19, 2016
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Directing the Sitcom: Joel Zwick's Steps for Success
This guided tour of the American situation comedy is given by one of the most prolific directors of the genre. Brooklyn native Joel Zwick began his career in the late 1960s at La MaMa, a New York experimental theater club, before moving to Hollywood to become a successful director during the sitcom's golden age.
He describes the 10 steps of sitcom production and outlines the five-day process, from the early "table read" to the final shoot in front of a live audience. Behind-the-scenes anecdotes include personal and professional experiences with actors Tom Hanks, Penny Marshall, Robin Williams, Jamie Foxx, the cast of Full House and many more.
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.
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: Oct 31, 2004
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Terminal
Terminal . ASIN: 1417003693. SKU: K98-20G-GE8. Victor Novarski reaches JFK airport from a politically unstable country. Due to collapse of his government, his papers are no longer valid in the airport, and hence he is forced to stay in the airport till the war cools down. He makes the airport his home and develops a friendship with the people who work there until he can leave
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