The former Speaker of the House and an eminent conservationist discuss what Americans need to know about the environmental crisis, including the nature of the problem and how to fix it, the cost of inaction, and the many benefits that follow if action is taken.
Celebrating the extraordinary aspects of the simplest of implements, a fascinating and quirky history of the toothpick ranges from ancient Rome to the present day, examining the ubiquitous item in its various forms and designs, its colorful applications through time, and the modern toothpick manufacturing industry. 35,000 first printing.
Offers a multifaceted portrait of the visionary German scientist who became the chief rocket engineer of the Third Reich, creator of the V-2 rocket, reluctant SS officer, and one of the fathers of the U.S. space program.
Describes the rogue's gallery of adventurers, dealmakers, political operatives, corrupt officials, powerful oil companies, and other interests competing for the vast oil reserves in the Caspian region in the wake of the disintegration of the Soviet Union. 35,000 first printing.
Drawing on the individual experiences of patients, musicians, composers, and ordinary people, the author explores the complex human response to music, and how music can affect those suffering from a variety of ailments.
The Pulitzer Prize finalist author of The Blank Slate presents an accessible study of the relationship between language and human nature, explaining how everything from swearing and innuendo to prepositions and baby names reveal facts about key human concepts, emotions, and relationships.
A critique of the modern-day American health-care system looks at the potential consequences of the current emphasis on overtreatment, revealing how modern medicine provides huge amounts of unnecessary care that is wasteful, expensive, and dangerous to the health of patients.
The author of the critically acclaimed When Smoke Ran Like Water offers a searing exposé of the mishandling of the War on Cancer, especially in looking at those things known to cause cancer—including tobacco, the workplace, radiation, and the global environment—because of the influence of industries making cancer-causing products.
A psychiatrist describes his work with Karen Overhill, a patient complaining of acute depression who turned out to have been a victim of horrific childhood sexual abuse, who to survive had developed seventeen distinct and separate personalities, and his challenging efforts to reunite the separate selves into a whole person. 75,000 first printing.
Two Economist experts reveal that the auto and oil industries are at a pivotal crossroads and have shaped domestic capitalism and the international landscape to create both progress and consequence, in an account that predicts a near-future revolution in energy use, car manufacture, and employment.
Presents never-before-seen pictures and stories from the stars, a look at all the key dances performed on the show, and a complete dance-based workout to lose weight, get fit, and have fun.
A study of Earth's atmosphere traces a journey of scientific discovery, from the Renaissance scientist who realized that we live at the bottom of a dense ocean of air, to a well-meaning inventor who nearly destroys the ozone layer.
The recipient of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize describes her life as a feminist, political activist, and environmentalist in Kenya, detailing the 1977 establishment of the Green Belt Movement and her role in the transformation of Kenya's government.