While a good portion of history happened out in the open, allowing it to be preserved in the history books for everyone to read for generations, still more happened in the private correspondence of people who mattered. In Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience (brought to you by the creator of the blog by the same name) you'll read letters spanning across centuries, from influential political leaders, authors, actors, murderers, and more. Each one lends a unique insight into the major events of the time, whether they're wars, cultural shifts, key moments, or important discoveries. This epistolary compilation contains over 300 letters, detailing the personal thoughts of everyone from Jack the Ripper to Kurt Vonnegut.
It takes a real man to break out the weakness tissues and pass a little bit of eye water every now and then — and it takes some serious fortitude to document what brings you to the brink for the world to read. In Poems That Make Grown Men Cry: 100 Men on the Words That Move Them, a literary anthology containing the poetic works that brought scientists, actors, writers, and other important men to tears, you'll read the works of everyone from Keats and Wordsworth, to Joyce and Auden. Each piece is accompanied by a personal essay from a noteworthy guy, detailing just what about that great work made them weep. It's enough to make even the toughest of dudes get in touch with his emotional side.