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Defending Your Castle

You never know when the whole world is going to hell, but you can make sure you're prepared with Defending Your Castle: Build Catapults, Crossbows, Moats, Bulletproof Shields, and More Defensive Devices to Fend Off the Invading Hordes. This tongue-in-cheek look at home defense offers up step-by-step instructions — complete with diagrams and photographs — on how to build a variety of implements, any of which are sure to keep you safe, and more than likely piss off the president of your HOA.

  • The World of Private Islands

    Unless you've won a record lottery, were born into an incredibly wealthy family, or happened to be stranded on a chunk of land and have declared it your own empire (hey, it happens), odds are you're not going to be owning your own island anytime soon. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy looking at them. Which is what The World of Private Islands is for. Curated by Farhad Vladi, this gorgeous book takes a look at private isles large and small, from small lumps of rock in the middle of lakes to extraordinary Caribbean retreats. Ideal coffee table material for aspiring supervillains moguls.

  • Creativity, Inc.

    It doesn't matter whether you're an animation fan looking to gain greater insight into the inner workings of Pixar or a businessman looking for new, fresh ways to lead your troops — Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration is worth the read. Penned by Pixar co-founder, president of Walt Disney Animation, and all-around awesome guy Ed Catmull, this book shares some of the secrets and philosophies that Pixar has used to become so successful — tricks that apply to fields far beyond animation. One of the best business books of the year.