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A Hard Day's Night - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Both a soundtrack to the dazzling Richard Lester-directed film and a triumphant musical production unto itself, this was the first album to contain music written exclusively by John Lennon and Paul McCartney as well as the band’s first foray into four-track recording.

Video Killed The Radio Star

This is the song that made pop culture history as the first music video ever played on Music Television (MTV) when the channel launched on August 1, 1981. The track, by The Buggles, also soared to the top of 16 international music charts.

Jeep: The History of America's Greatest Vehicle

From olive drab WWII military relics to the beloved Wrangler with its rear-mounted spare tire, open-air design, and telltale roll cage, the Jeep is a true automotive classic. Author Patrick R. Foster chronicles over 70 years of Jeep vehicle design and production.

A Sniper in the Tower

In an era of seemingly ever larger public massacres and fiendish acts of terrorism, author Gary Lavergne masterfully investigates the first such crime that seared the American conscience, Charles Whitman’s 1966 rampage at the University of Texas in Austin.

Road to Perdition

Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman’s son witnesses what his father does for a living. Directed by Sam Mendes and starring Tom Hanks, this towering motion picture achievement has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. Co-starring Paul Newman and Jude law, “Road to Perdition” weaves a mesmerizing tale of a father and son bound together by tragedy and betrayal.

Moby Dick

In this Herman Melville classic, Ishmael narrates the monomaniacal quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler Pequod, for revenge on the albino sperm whale Moby Dick, which on a previous voyage destroyed Ahab’s ship and severed his leg at the knee. Although the novel was a commercial failure and out of print at the time of Melville’s death in 1891, its reputation grew immensely during the 20th century.