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Retro Living
Hi-Fi's & Hi-Balls: The Golden Age of the American Bachelor
Classic American Cars
Classic Car Restorer's Handbook: Restoration Tips and Techniques for Owners and Restorers of Classic and Collectible Automobiles
The Encyclopedia of Classic Cars
Retro Ride: Advertising Art of the American Automobile
Retro Rods
Retro Stud: Muscle Movie Posters from Around the World
Salvage Yard Treasures of America
Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975
Standard Catalog of Buick, 1903-2000: Wouldn't You Really Rather Have a Buick
Design & Furniture
The American Motel
Cine Mexicano: Posters from the Golden Age 1936-1956
Design in the Fifties: when Everyone Went Modern
Diners: American Retro
Diners: People and Places
May I Take Your Ooder?: American Menu Design 1920-1960
Modern Retro: Living With Mid-Century Modern Style
Pad: The Guide to Ultra-Living
Retro Home
Retro Modern (Architecture & Design Library)
Retro Revamp: Funky Projects, from Handbags to Housewares
Retro Style: The 50s Look for Today's Home
Shelf Space: Modern Package Design, 1945-1965
Beauty & Fashion
1940s Hairstyles
After a Fashion: How to Reproduce, Restore, and Wear Vintage Styles
The Aloha Shirt
Be Marilyn: A Glamorous Guide to Living Blonde
Dressing Up Vintage
Everyday Fashions of the Forties As Pictured in Sears Catalogs
Everyday Fashions of the Thirties As Pictured in Sears Catalogs
Everyday Fashions of the Twenties As Pictured in Sears Catalogs
Face Forward
Fit to Be Tied: Vintage Ties of the forties and Early Fifties
Secondhand Chic: The Secrets of Finding Fantastic Bargains at Thrift Shops, Consignment Shops, Vintage Shops and More
Swing Style: Fashions of the 1930s-1950s
Vintage Style: Buying and Wearing Classic Vintage Clothes
Vintage Wedding: Simple Ideas For Creating a Romantic Vintage Wedding
Food & Cocktails
Appetizers: Fab Finger Food from the '50s
Atomic Cocktails: Mixed Drinks for Modern Times
The Book of Tiki
Century in Food: America's Fads and Favorites
Cocktails: Divine Drinks from the '50s
Cool Cocktails: The Hottest New Drinks and the Best of the Classics
Diner Deserts
Gallery of Regrettable Food
Hi-Fi's & Hi-Balls: The Golden Age of the American Bachelor
Highballs High Heels: A Girls Guide to the Art of Cocktails
Hollywood Cocktails
New Classic Cocktails
Patio Daddy-O: '50s Recipes with a '90s Twist
Retro Barbecue: Tasty Recipes for the Grillin' Guy
Retro Deserts: Totally Hip, Classics from the '40s-'70s
Retro Diner: Comfort Food from the American Roadside
The Savoy Cocktail Book
Shaken Not Stirred: A Celebration of the Martini
Shecky's Bar, Club & Lounge Guide 2001 New York
Snacks: Tasty Treats from the '50s
Tiki Drinks
The Ultimate Bar A-to-Z Guide
Artist Archives: Cowgirl Pin-Ups
Artist Archives: Pin-Up Nudes II
Artist Archives: Patriotic Pin-Ups
Artist Archives: Playful PinUps
Betty Page Confidential
Bettie Page: Queen of Hearts
Gil Elvgren: All his Glamorous American Pinups
For The Boys: The Racy Pinups of World War II
L'Amour: French Glamour Girls of the 50s & 60s
Earl MacPherson: The Sketchbook Pinups
The Real Bettie Page: The Truth About the Queen of Pinups
History & Biography
Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest; by Stephen E. Ambrose
Company Commander: by Charles Brown MacDonald
Flags of Our Fathers: by James Bradley, Ron Powers
The Forgotten Soldier: by Guy Sajer
The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections; by Tom Brokaw
If You Survive: by George Wilson
In Harms Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its survivors: by Doug Stanton
The Gaylord WACs; by Harriet Green Robinson
Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of WWII's Most Dramatic Mission
The Good War: An Oral History of WWII; by Studs Terkel
The Greatest Generation: by Tom Brokaw
My Father's Daughter: A Memoir by Tina Sinatra
My War: by Andy Rooney
On To Berlin: Battles of an Airborne Commander 1943-1946
Second World War; by Winston S. Churchill
The Stork Club: America's Most Famous Nightspot and the Lost World of Cafe Society
To Serve My Country, to Serve My Race: The Story of the Only African American WACs Stationed Overseas During World War II; by Brenda L. Moore
Truman; by David McCullough
The Wit and Wisdom of Winston Churchill: A Treasury of More Than 1.000 Quotations and Anecdotes; with forward by Richard M. Nixon
United We Stand: A Visual Journey of Wartime Patriotism by Richard Perry
WACs: Women's Army Corps; by Vera S. Willaims
War As I Knew It: by George S. Patton Jr.
War Letters: Exraordinary Correspondence from American Wars: by Andrew Carroll
Along Route 66
California Crazy
The Classic Era of American Pulp Magazines
Comic Book Culture: An Illustrated History by Ron Goulart
Cruise-O-Matic, Automobile Advertising of the 1950s
Derby Dugan's Depression Funnies: by Tom De Haven
Down and Out in Paris and London: by George Orwell
Drive-In Deluxe
Fantasy of the 20th Century: An Illustrated History by Randy Broecker
The Great American Paperback: An Illustrated Tribute to Legends of the Book by Richard Lupoff
Hard-Boiled: Working-Class Readers and Pulp Magazines
The History of Mystery by Max Allan Collins
Laid Bare: A Memoir of Wrecked Lives and the Hollywood Death Trip: by John Gilmore
Live Dast–Die young: My Life With James Dean; by John Gilmore
A Prairie Home Companion 25th Anniversary
Pulp: by Charles Bukowski
Pulp Culture: The At of Fiction Magazines by Frank Robinson and Lawrence Davidson
Pulp Masters
Route 66: The Mother Road
Route 66: Traveler's Guide and Roadside Companion
Tell It to the Future: Have I Got A Story For You
The Nick Tosches Reader
200 Of the Best Songs from Swing Era
Bebop and Swing Classics for Sax
The Big Band Chronicles
The Best Big Band Songs Ever
The Best Damn Trumpet Player: Memories of the Big Band Era and Beyond
The Big Band Almanac
The Big Book of Swing
Milton Brown and the Founding of Western Swing
From Swing to Soul; An Illustrated History of African American Popular Music from 1930 to 1960
Give Them Swing Bands (Ulverscroft Large Print Series)
Go Cat Go!: Rockabilly Music and Its Makers
Hitler's Airwaves: The Inside Story of Nazi Radio Broadcasting and Propaganda Swing
I Ran Away With An All-Girl Band, Life on the road with Victory Sweethearts
Jazz: The First Century
Jazz: A History of America's Music; by Ken Burns
Lone Star Swing: On the Trail of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Rockabilly (Life, Time and Music Series)
Rollin' and Tumblin': The Postwar Blues Guitarists
The Roots of Swing & the Big Bands: An Historical Look
Swing Changes: Big-Band Jazz in New Deal America
Swing Era New York: The Jazz Photographs of Charles Peterson
Swing It!: The Andrew Sisters
Swing It!: An Annotated History of Jive
Swing Kings (Musicbooks)
Swing to Bop: An Oral History of the Transition in Jazz in the 1940s
Swingin' the Dream: Big Band Jazz and the Rebirth of American Culture
Swing! The New Retro Renaissance
Musichound's Swing! The Essential Album Guide
Swing Shift: "All-Girl" Bands of the 1940s
Swing, Swing, Swing: The Life & Times of Benny Goodman
Swing That Music
Torch Songs : A Collection of Sultry Jazz and Big Band Standards
What It Was Was Rockabilly
Western Swing (Life, Times & Music Series)
Jitterbug Swing: Beginners Handbook-Ballroom to Barroom
Let's Dance: Popular Music in the 1930s
Swingin' at the Savoy: The Memoir of a Jazz Dancer
Quickstart to Swing: An Easy-to-Follow Guide for Swing Dancing



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