Command & Control

If you've ever wondered about the lengths our government goes to keep us safe from the stockpile of nuclear weapons at its disposal, you owe it to yourself to check out Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety ($17). This hard-hitting bit of well-researched investigative journalism delves into the secretive world of America's nuclear arsenal, exploring the risks of nuclear weapons, and the near miss of one almost-catastrophic accident. It reads like a taut political thriller, exploring the delicate balance between the use of these weapons of mass destruction to keep us safe, and the inherent conflict that arises from their very existence.

  • William Shakespeare's Star Wars

    Every geek worth even half his salt knows George Lucas penned Star Wars. But what if it was actually written hundreds of years ago by The Bard himself? It'd likely read a lot like William Shakespeare's Star Wars. Ian Doescher has reimagined A New Hope in full iambic pentameter glory, and adorned it with 20 detailed Elizabethan-style illustrations. It's certainly not as easy as just watching the film, but odds are you've already seen it several hundred times, anyway.

  • Le Pigeon

    If you've spent much time in Portland, Oregon, you've undoubtedly heard of Le Pigeon, and with any luck you've been fortunate enough to enjoy a meal there. For those who can't make it out to the Pacific Northwest, you can enjoy their French New American cuisine at home with Le Pigeon: Cooking at the Dirty Bird ($26). This cookbook is divided into sections covering the myriad of dishes available, including: Tongue, Fat Liver, Little Birds, Rabbit, Pork, Horns and Antlers, Lamb, and more. Highlights include Elk Tongue Stroganoff, Rabbit and Eel Terrine, Lamb Belly BLT, and Pork Tacos. While some of the ingredients may be a bit hard to find if you're not an all-star chef, you'll find plenty of recipes to fuel your next dinner party.

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