Top Gear: The Cool 500

If you've ever read an issue, you know the chaps at Top Gear Magazine know their cars. So who better to pick out the best of all time? Top Gear: The Cool 500: The Coolest Cars Ever Made ($30) is penned by long-time writer and road tester Matt Master, this bible of bad-ass rides covers cars from the advent of the automobile through to futuristic supercars, each placed in the proper context and joined by fantastic photography and commentary. Perfect coffee table fodder for your garage, den, or motoring-themed man cave.

  • Remote: Office Not Required

    Leave it to the guys who make the software our own team uses to work remotely to write the book on the subject. Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson ($13) takes an in depth look at the growing trend of employees working from home, discussing both the benefits and challenges, and why more businesses will want to promote this model in the future. It's not coming out until October, but if it's anywhere near as insightful as their prior Rework, it'll be well worth the wait.

  • Tubes

    You might not think about it — in fact, you're probably even less inclined since the advent of Wi-Fi and cellular data — but the Internet that keeps a big chunk of society functioning is actually a huge, world-spanning networks of routers, wires, and other complex gadgets. Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet ($17) takes you on a tour of these places, from massive data centers and historical spots to caverns full of wire and the ten-thousand-mile undersea cable that connects Europe and Africa. A must-read for anyone who spends the majority of their day online — so basically everyone.

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