Books by Henry Petroski
NPR stories about Henry Petroski
In The Toothpick, author Henry Petroski looks at the odd and sometimes secretive history of the three-inch stick of wood. Picking your teeth, he finds, is among mankind's oldest bad habits.
As the Gulf Coast states struggle to recover from Hurricane Katrina, people are asking what can be done to prepare for the next disaster. From a massive hurricane in the East to a major earthquake in California, how are communities readying for their own worst-case scenarios? And what can be done now to mitigate damage from future catastrophes?