Celebrate 20 years of crackerjack reporting with The Onion: Our Front Pages ($19). Featuring a host of classic headlines such as "Clever bumper Stickers Resolve Abortion Issue" and "Last Literate Person On Earth Is Dead At 98," Front Pages collects the best covers from the satirical stalwart's first 20 years — including its humble beginnings in Wisconsin — across 300+ pages.
Clocking in at nearly 1,000 pages, George Lucas's Blockbusting ($20) is part reference, part history, and all movies. This unique book takes a look back at the movie industry decade by decade, examining all aspects — including revenues, costs, production and distribution, salary histories, photography days required, and more — of 300 important blockbusters from cinema's past, complete with plenty of charts, graphs, and diagrams.
Think you know all there is to know about Star Wars' central hero-villain? Ryder Windham and Peter Vilmur, authors of Star Wars: The Complete Vader ($60) might disagree. This 192-page hardcover explores all things Vader, from his history and downward spiral into the Sith, to his costume, related merchandise, and his character's cultural impact. Filled with photos and several special gatefold spreads, this special edition also includes an autographed bookplate label hand-signed by the authors.
Rarely do we post collections of academic essays, but rarely are they about The Dude. The Year's Work in Lebowski Studies ($17/Paperback; $53/Hardcover) is a collection of the best essays and papers submitted to the underground academic symposium held alongside the 5th Annual Lebowski Fest in Louisville, KY, each filled with new, thoughtful insights on the film and its characters, events, and meaning.
We've covered complete periodical collections before, but never one that arrives on its own dedicated hard drive. The Complete National Geographic ($200) includes digital reproductions of every Nat Geo issue from 1888 - 2008, including all the classic maps, photographs, and articles, all searchable from within an advanced custom interface. All the content arrives on a 160GB USB hard drive, with plenty of room left over for updates, and 100GB allotted for personal use. [Thanks, Gautam]