Confessions of A Dangerous Mind (1981) by Chuck Barris In his "unauthorized autobiography", Gong Show creator/host Chuck Barris details the stress of producing television shows while secretly assinating political enemies for the CIA. The book which the new movie is based upon explains how he got into television, trained and killed for the CIA and had a nervous breakdown. If you're a fan of Barris or his work, this is a must-read. It's quick, it's funny, and acts as a beacon when deciding between game shows and international espionage.
Pad: The Guide to Ultra-Living (2000) by Matt Maranian With pictures of unique bachelor pads from real people's homes and directions on how to create such masterpieces, this book is pretty sweet. Stuffed with illustrations, full color photographs and detailed diagrams, it inspires the reader to examine their own living space and improve. Kind of like Trading Spaces for dudes.
Hi-Fi's & Hi-Balls: The Golden Age of the American Bachelor (1997) by Steven Guarnaccia and Bob Sloan Only the shape of the book is square, man. Heavy on rich illustrations, this retrospect of the quintessential bachelor in the 50's and 60's is the ultimate tour guide for this by gone era. Painstakingly researched, Hi-Fi & Hi-Balls catalogues the persona, the props, the pad, and the way of life.
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