Few things are more essentially manly than a Playboy Magazine, which is why we recommend Playboy’s Greatest Covers ($24) for your next coffee table book purchase. Compiled by Playboy contributor Damon Brown, curated by Hugh Hefner, with a foreword by Pamela Anderson herself (!), this book will undoubtedly have you turning the pages and browsing through decades of beauty.
Every once in a while, you come across a book that changes your everyday life. And because work is part of everyday life for most of us, you should read REWORK ($15) by 37Signals. The makers of awesome web-based products like Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack, and Campfire have put together productivity bible that helps you free yourself from conventional business practices, and lets you work the way you were meant to. Say goodbye to boring meetings, and say hello to profitability.
We have a challenge for you: fill up twelve notebooks full of great ideas in twelve months using the Sliced Bread Notebook ($59.90) from Pukka/Dank. This set of twelve pocket-sized notebooks (10cm x 10cm) will keep you equipped all year long to jot down your multiple million-dollar ideas. It’s called the “sliced bread notebook” because the packaging closely resembles a sliced loaf of bread. Who knows, you might come up with the next greatest thing since sliced bread.
Because you need to know the inherent value of connectors, mavens, and salesmen. Because you should know why pilots crash planes, or why it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything. Because you haven’t read a book in years and its time to stimulate some brain activity. We could go on listing reasons why you should by Malcolm Gladwell: Collected ($52), but we will spare you the boredom and let you find out for yourself. This hardcover box set includes Malcolm Gladwell’s best-selling trio of Outliers, Blink, and The Tipping Point. You will thank us later.
Want to learn what a mooring swivel does, or how to erect sheers and derricks on a ship? You need the Manual of Seamanship for Boys and Seamen of the Royal Navy ($22). Other topics include signaling, ropes and knots, anchor and compass work, sea terminology, purchases, rigging, sailmaking, ship construction, and even swimming instruction. So brush up on your seamanship and get ready for your next seaward adventure, just in case…
Want to learn how the best mischief-makers in history got away with it? Or do you need to learn how to turn your mischief-making into a career? You need to equip yourself with The Pocket Guide to Mischief ($9.99) by Bart King. It is a necessary accessory for every prankster.
In the words of Obama: “The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.” We will surely miss him, but in order to truly appreciate the genius of Steve Jobs, every man should read Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson ($17.88). The author was hand-picked by the man himself, and it will ensure that his legacy lives on regardless of the amazing inventions he introduced to the world.