After September 11th, 2001, award-winning photographer Joel Meyerowitz managed to obtain access to Ground Zero with the help of the Museum of the City of New York and some city officials. He was the only photographer allowed inside police lines, and he spent nine months there taking extraordinary photos of the destruction and recovery efforts. Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive ($48) is the result of his work, featuring 400 of his best shots, many taken with a large format camera, so no one will ever forget the tragic event and the dark days that followed.
There's nothing quite as satisfying as pulling off a good prank — and while this book may be aimed at the college crowd, we're sure there's more than enough pranks in here to make the book worthwhile to the graduated crowd as well. Prank University ($11) features 100 terrific pranks that are sure to liven up the dorm or workplace. Such classics as the doorbell drench are mixed with newer pranks, like the wasabi paste, and all the pranks are organized with a system to quickly identify the difficulty, number of accomplices needed, and possible costs. Go forth, and wreak havoc.
If you don't already watch Countdown with Keith Olbermann every weeknight on MSNBC, then go add it as a TiVo Season Pass right now. Go on, we'll wait. Ok, back? Countdown is the best news program currently on TV, bringing you the top stories, most interesting stories, and off-beat stories in a quick and straightforward way. Each night Olbermann also has an award for "The Worst Person in the World" for folks that are giving humans a bad name. His new book, The Worst Person in the World and 202 Strong Contenders ($14) is a hilarious and sometimes angering collection of such people. Of course, assclowns like Bill O'Reilly get special attention.