Book cover of Escaping Gravity: My Quest to Transform NASA and Launch a New Space Age by Lori Garver
Astronomy & Space Science

Escaping Gravity: My Quest to Transform NASA and Launch a New Space Age

Escaping Gravity is former NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver’s firsthand account of how a handful of revolutionaries overcame the political patronage and bureaucracy that threatened the space agency. The success of Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, and countless other commercial space efforts were preceded by decades of work by a group of people Garver calls “space pirates.” Their quest to transform NASA put Garver in the crosshairs of Congress, the aerospace industry, and hero-astronauts trying to protect their own profits and mythology within a system that had held power since the 1950s. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Bourbon King: The Life and Crimes of George Remus, Prohibition's Evil Genius by Bob Batchelor
Biography & Autobiography

The Bourbon King: The Life and Crimes of George Remus, Prohibition’s Evil Genius 

The rise and fall of the man who cracked Prohibition to become one of the world’s richest criminal masterminds—and helped inspire The Great Gatsby.

Love, murder, political intrigue, mountains of cash, and rivers of bourbon…The tale of George Remus is a grand spectacle and a lens into the dark heart of Prohibition. Yes, Congress gave teeth to Prohibition in October, 1919, but the law didn’t stop George Remus from amassing a fortune that would be worth billions of dollars today. […Learn More]

Book cover of Sealand: The True Story of the World’s Most Stubborn Micronation and Its Eccentric Royal Family by Dylan Taylor-Lehman
Computers & Technology

Sealand: The True Story of the World’s Most Stubborn Micronation and Its Eccentric Royal Family

A swashbuckling tale of international intrigue, armed battles, and Swingin’ Sixties radio pirates over a fifty-year history of the world’s smallest rebel nation.

In 1967, a retired army major and self-made millionaire named Paddy Roy Bates cemented his family’s place in history when he inaugurated himself ruler of the Principality of Sealand, a tiny dominion of the high seas. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Exponential Age: How Accelerating Technology is Transforming Business, Politics and Society by Azeem Azhar
Artificial Intelligence & Robotics

The Exponential Age: How Accelerating Technology is Transforming Business, Politics and Society

A bold exploration and call-to-arms over the widening gap between AI, automation, and big data―and our ability to deal with its effects

We are living in the first exponential age.

High-tech innovations are created at dazzling speeds; technological forces we barely understand remake our homes and workplaces; centuries-old tenets of politics and economics are upturned by new technologies. […Learn More]