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.
The mind often wanders — drifting to strange ideas, bizarre notions, and ridiculous questions — most of which you've probably dismissed or never found answers for. But What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions doesn't just let those questions go. Instead, it explores well-researched answers to some of the weirdest quandaries you've ever thought of. Questions like: How fast can you hit a speed bump and survive? How long would humanity survive a robot apocalypse? All of the answers are based on extensive military research, computer simulations, differential equations, and in-depth interviews, making it both thorough, and thoroughly ridiculous.