Anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon describes his life-long research among the Yanomamo, an isolated tribe in the Amazon, and the controversy inspired by his 1968 book Yanomamo: The Fierce People. Chagnon's conclusion that the Yanomamo's violent habits are biologically ingrained — rooted in genetics, rather than learned behavior — caused an uproar within the scientific community.
The author visits key areas in the life of Davy Crockett, including the legendary frontiersman's Tennessee River Valley home and the Alamo site in Texas, exploring Crockett's true life and enduring cultural influence.
In Oak Ridge, Tenn., during World War II, thousands of young women were helping the war effort. They knew that sharing even seemingly innocent details about their labors could be cause for dismissal. Their work was as mysterious as it was top-secret — until the bombs were dropped.
North Korea analyst B.R. Myers presents a view of North Korea through the eyes of its citizens. He argues that the late Kim Jong Il guided his regime through a paranoid, race-based nationalism with roots in Japanese fascist thought.
Drawing from meticulous research, one of the world's leading experts on the scientific study of death, the human mind-brain relationship and near-death experiences demystifies what happens to human consciousness during and after death.
When the United States captured hundreds of suspected terrorists and imprisoned them at Guantanamo Bay, the detainment of these individuals was just the start of the story. The Terror Courts describes the legal, political, and moral issues that arose when Americans attempted to prosecute these men, and describes the consequences of creating a parallel system for legal justice.
The first book to identify demographically proven "happiness hotspots" worldwide documents the happiest people on Earth and reveals how people can create their own happy zones.
David Cunningham looks at the rise of KKK activity during the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s, focusing especially on the disproportionately large amount of Klan members in North Carolina.
When he returned to his old hometown, Detroit, Charlie LeDuff was horrified to see how far the city had fallen. He used his reporting experience to try to uncover what had happened to what was once America's richest city.