Author: Mary Roach Genre: Science Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company ISBN: 9780393245455 Book Pages: 256 Format: PDF, ePub & Mobi
A New York Times / National Bestseller "America's funniest science writer" (Washington Post) Mary Roach explores the science of keeping human beings intact, awake, sane, uninfected, and uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war. Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries—panic, exhaustion, heat, noise—and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper. She visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds. At Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti, in east Africa, we learn how diarrhea can be a threat to national security. Roach samples caffeinated meat, sniffs an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb, and stays up all night with the crew tending the missiles on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee. She answers questions not found in any other book on the military: Why is DARPA interested in ducks? How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit? Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? Take a tour of duty with Roach, and you’ll never see our nation’s defenders in the same way again.
Author: John Richardson Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ISBN: 0618159746 Book Pages: 32 Format: PDF, ePub & Mobi
Teased by his older siblings about his appearance and tiny squeal, a little piggy finds acceptance with an equally odd-looking companion who teaches him to celebrate his differences and recognize that others will appreciate his uniqueness, too.
Author: Penelope S. Hession Genre: Publisher: Lulu.com ISBN: 9781435732735 Book Pages: 188 Format: PDF, ePub & Mobi
When Anne, a travel reporter, goes to Willow, it is for the purpose of collecting ideas from a small southern town for a novel she plans to write. Instead, she finds people who fascinate her and a man who falls in love with her. Willow is a sleepy town, especially on Wednesdays, which seems to be the day when most events happen that summer and fall.
Author: Douglas Reynolds Genre: Computers Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd ISBN: 9781785883330 Book Pages: 184 Format: PDF, ePub & Mobi
Author: Brian P. Hogan Genre: Computers Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf ISBN: 9781680503142 Book Pages: 84 Format: PDF, ePub & Mobi
Author: Mary Roach Genre: Science Publisher: Oneworld Publications ISBN: 9781780749785 Book Pages: 256 Format: PDF, ePub & Mobi
grunt • n. informal a low-ranking soldier At a converted movie studio amputee actors prepare army medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds, while at a base in East Africa diarrhoea threatens national security. Beyond weapons and strategy, this is about the other side of war – how scientists protect soldiers from panic, exhaustion, heat and noise. Setting about her task with infectious enthusiasm, the incomparable Mary Roach sniffs archival World War II stink bombs, tests earplugs in a simulated war zone with the Marine Corps and burns the midnight oil with the sleep-deprived crew of a nuclear submarine. Speaking to the scientists and the soldiers, she learns about everything from life-changing medical procedures such as testicular transplants to more esoteric innovations like firing dead chickens at fighter jets. Engrossing, insightful and laugh-out-loud funny, Grunt is an irresistible ride to the wilder shores of modern military life.