First published in 1867, Capital Volume I by Karl Marx (originally subtitled The Process of Production of Capital) is the first book in the famous economics philosophy Das Kapital. Throughout the years, the book has been considered as a fundamental work of modern economic thought and the principal text of Marxian economics. Here Marx makes a strong criticism toward capitalism, which is chiefly from the standpoint of its production processes.
First published in 2010, The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking is a thought-provoking science book co-written by Leonard Mlodinow. In this book, both physicists explores and inspects the history and theories of science in finding explanations on the existence of the universe. It states that the Big Bang is purely a result of the physics laws and bringing up God is probably unnecessary to explain the origins of the universe. In defending his view, Hawking once said, “One can’t prove that God doesn’t exist, but science makes God unnecessary.”
Grunge Is Dead by Greg Prato (fully entitled Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music) is a brilliantly revealing book about grunge and Seattle music. It was written based on more than 130 interviews with the musicians and people who were actually in the scene. As a result, Prato successfully delivered an extensive oral history of Seattle underground music scene, pre and post grunge hysteria in the 90’s. From those massive interviews, Prato offered new perspectives on big names of that era such as Nirvana (and Kurt Cobain), Pearl Jam (and Eddie Vedder), Alice in Chains (and Layne Staley), the Melvins, Mudhoney, and many others.
A Heartbeat and a Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears is an entertaining and enlightening book by Antonino D’Ambrosio. Originally published in 2009, the book digs into the rather unusual but powerful collaboration of Johnny Cash and folksinger Peter La Farge. The two musician worked together and released an album in 1964 entitled Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian. It was a quite controversial album at the time because it sounded the unfair and harsh treatment against native Americans.
Originally released in 2007, Slash Autobiography chronicles the journey of Saul “Slash” Hudson from his early childhood, his rock stardom era with Guns N’ Roses, until life after the band broke up. Co-written by Anthony Bozza, Slash reveals untold stories from his point of view. Many of those stories are from or related with the massive success of Guns N’ Roses and the outrageous lifestyle that came with it. Some of those stories might sound too much or a bit over the to. However, as the biography tagline says: “It seems excessive, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.”
Frankenstein Series by Dean Koontz is the title for a collection of five thriller Koontz novels published between 2005 and 2011. The main plot of the series is the shuddering vision and works of a Victor Frankenstein. The mad scientist created monstrous creatures and waged a war to replace humankind. The slightest chance of human survival relied on a pair of detectives and Frankenstein’s first creation, Deucalion.
First published in 2011, The Dead Town by Dean Koontz is a New York Times Bestseller thriller/horror novel. Sequel to Lost Souls, it is the fifth and last book of Koontz’s Frankenstein series. Here it is, the end result of the catastrophic war that was created by lunatic scientist Victor “Helios” Frankenstein. The purpose of that war was to eliminate humanity and replaced it with Frankenstein’s creation.
Sequel to Dead and Alive, Lost Souls by Dean Koontz is a heart-pounding horror/thriller novel. First released in 2010, it is the fourth book in Koontz’s Frankenstein Series. In this book, a new war was looming to erase humanity. Victor “Helios” Frankenstein had a vision that the future would only hold place for superhuman. Abusing the technology of stem cells, “organic” silicon circuitry, and nanotechnology, he created something to replace the humankind.