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Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson

This one is for the soccer buffs out there. Wilson provides an exhaustive history of soccer tactics, from the game’s beginning up to present day shifts in paradigms.  Taking us from muddy British fields, to behind the Iron Curtain, and into the heart of South American jungles, Wilson shows how the thinking about the game has developed.

Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV by Warren Littlefield

To truly chronicle NBC's heyday Warren Littlefield would have needed to add several more volumes to Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV. Which isn't to say it wasn't an interesting read it just seemed to leave so much out. It's understandable that so much emphasis is put on big hits Seinfeld, Friends and Will & Grace, especially when many of the main players in those shows participated in the book.

Stealing Rembrandts by Anthony Amore & Tom Mashberg

Art theft is one of the most profitable criminal activities in the world, and Rembrandts are often the most targeted pieces. Museum security expert, Anthony Amore, and investigative journalist, Tom Mashberg, look into the most notorious Rembrandt thefts of the last 100 years.  They offer a view of the criminals involved in art theft and those who live on the fringes of this world. We also catch a glimpse of Rembrandt’s genius, and why he has become one of the most sought after artists today.

Lost in Shangri-La : A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff

As WW II comes to a close, 24 military sightseers take a flying joyride over the remote mountains of New Guinea. The plane crashes and the only survivors are a beautiful WAC and 2 G.I.s. All three are injured, unreachable by ordinary means, surrounded by startled stone-age warrior tribes and cut off from a 200-mile journey to the coast by thousands of hostile Japanese soldiers. The military inserts a squad of Filipino-American paratroopers and their gung-ho commander to aid the survivors.

The Christian Mind: How Should a Christian Think? by Harry Blamires.

A generation ago this was required reading for those seeking to enlist in the ranks of ecclesiastical leadership. This classic begins with a resounding jeremiad against the rising tide of secularism and posits six marks of the mind that thinks Christianly: its supernatural orientation, awareness of evil, conception of truth, acceptance of authority, concern for the person, and sacramental cast. Still provocative. Check our Catalog



Moby-Duck: The true story of 28,800 bath toys lost at sea... by Donovan Hohn.

The extraordinarily descriptive sub-title doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of this delightful adventure into the heart of the sea and all its mythmaking potential. Here’s the setup. On January 10, 1992 the container ship Ever Laurel, en route from Hong Kong to Tacoma, rolled violently and a shipment of 28,800 bathtub toys fell overboard.

Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors

From April to August since 2002 Connors has parked himself in a Depression-era lookout tower on the top of 10,000 foot Apache Peak in the "epicenter of American wildfire", New Mexico's Gila Wilderness. As a employee of the U.S. Fire Circus his duties are spare: report the weather, answer the radio, relay messages, and "call in new smokes." But the life of an lyrically observant lookout (motto: "Every day spent in a lookout is a day not subtracted from the sum of one's life.") is far from boring.

Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy by John Julius Norwich

A rollicking, fast paced, less-than-reverent but scrupulously researched romp through two millenniums of popes. The cast is vast: 265 men (a very entertaining chapter explores the dubious possibility of a ninth century female Pope Joan) not to mention various antipopes. A few popes bring marvelous diplomatic and ecclesiastical skills to the task. Leo I keeps the Huns at bay and saves Rome from destruction. Scholarly Benedict XIV delicately keeps the 18th century peace and reforms the Holy See.

Memo from David O. Selznick edited by Rudy Behlmer

This book provides a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of many classic movies via the memos of producer David O. Selznick.  A notorious micromanager, Selznick had plenty to say about casting, costumes, dialog and every other aspect of a film's creation.  Of course Gone with the Wind, his greatest success, is covered thoroughly, but there are plenty of other movies, including Rebecca, Duel in the Sun, David Copperfield, and people, Alfred Hitchcock, Jennifer Jones (his mistress then wife) that are given their due.

Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier

Have you ever been to nowhere?  Frazier has.  Travels in Siberia chronicles his several journeys to Siberia since the collapse of the Soviet Union.  Frazier provides us with both an enjoyable travelogue of his adventures across the bleak and barren tundra, and with more historical snippets about the role Siberia has played in the history of Russia.  Some of Frazier’s stories have you laughing out loud, while many others leave you scratching your head at the unbelievable, but true accounts of Siberia. 

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