A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist describes his gifted but troubled youth and career while unknowingly affected by Asperger's syndrome, in a full-length account based on his popular New Yorker essay that discusses the disparity between his aptitude and grades and his high-functioning career in spite of persistent social challenges. Reprint.
Traces the rescue story of dozens of dogs that survived NFL player Michael Vick's dog-fighting operation, offering details of the efforts to bring Vick to justice and the rehabilitation of the traumatized dogs.
In an entertaining book that draws on cutting-edge research, the author dispels myths and explains what a cold is, how it works and the best methods for preventing colds and reducing symptoms. By the author of Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream.
Traces the recent discovery of physics-defying ocean waves at heights previously thought impossible, the efforts of the scientific community to understand the phenomenon, the pursuits of extreme surfers to ride these waves, and the destructive capabilities of tsunamis.
Offers a dramatic account of the largest-ever forest fire in America, which cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy because the heroism shown by the forest rangers turned public opinion permanently in favor of the forests, which Roosevelt wanted to conserve, in a book by a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner. Reprint. 75,000 first printing. A best-selling Washington Post Book of the Year.
Discusses successful health-care systems worldwide, disproving American myths of "socialized medicine" to find possible paths toward reform.
Bedridden and suffering from a neurological disorder, the author recounts the profound effect on her life caused by a gift of a snail in a potted plant and shares the lessons learned from her new companion about her the meaning of her life and the life of the small creature.
Examines contemporary scandals and the downfalls of high-profile figures, analyzing four paradigmatic cases to explore why people act out their personal dramas in open venues and why the public enjoys watching scandalous behavior.
Examines the nature of happiness, discussing how it has been treated in philosophy and religion and by the modern disciplines of psychology, economics, and neurocience, and considers the place of indivdual happiness within the context of modern life.
Arguing that the American medical industry adheres to outdated pain-management practices that fail to bring effective relief to millions of patients, a history of pain management describes some of the colorful approaches of past cultures while offering reassuring profiles of available treatments.
Draws on a range of disciplines in an introduction to ancient-world science, mechanical engineering, and superstitions, from Aristotle's political views to Archimedes's "Eureka" moment and the Egyptian practice of embalming.
A seafood journalist who has written for National Geographic traces the history of bass, cod, salmon and tuna fishing while assessing the critical state of today's commercial fishing industry, citing the roles of over-fishing and fish farming while recommending specific protections. Reprint.
The award-winning author of The Whale Warriors documents his year-long surfing journey from Southern California down the coast of Mexico, where he witnessed the beauty and power of the natural world associated with surfing sub-culture. Original.