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Spycraft

Spycraft

Ever wonder exactly what kind of technological wonders the CIA has cooked up over the years? Then you need to read Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to al-Qaeda ($20). Co-written by a former director the CIA’s Office of Technical Service — an ultra-secret group that makes the Q division look like amateurs — and an internationally renowned intelligence historian, Spycraft brings you the story behind some of our most amazing espionage technology. [Thanks, Saeed]

  • Aircraft: The Jet As Art

    Aviation enthusiasts and technophiles alike will find enjoyment in AirCraft: The Jet as Art ($23). The 104-page book is full of beautiful photography of some of the most sophisticated machines in the world, taken by photographer, architect, graphic designer, and private pilot Jeffrey Milstein. Each fantastic photo is accompanied by the technical data of the airplane pictured, letting you learn while you admire.

  • Materials Monthly

    You don't need to be a designer to appreciate Materials Monthly ($35/issue; $300 sub.) from the Princeton Architectural Press. This unique publication, designed as a system for shelving and cataloging, brings with it at least five state-of-the-art material samples and spec sheets each issue, along with important technical information. Sure, it's not for everyone, but if you get as excited about new flooring as you do a new fedora, it's certainly worth a look. [via]