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Guns, Germs, and Steel

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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393317558
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 17th, 1999

It's very easy to see why this book won a Pulitzer. Diamond asks the fundamental question that countless others have: Why did some cultures develop so much technology and others so little? But unlike most others who have asked, Diamond has investigated and come up with an answer. He readily dismantles arguments based on racism and suppression and gets to the heart of the matter, carefully guiding the reader along with well thought-out, fact-based explanations. There are plenty of analogies to help illustrate points and lots of personal anecdotes help maintain a human element, which is crucial. After all, the whole point of the book is to illuminate our human commonality. ~ Reviewed by Nate George


The Hot Zone

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The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385479561
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Published: Anchor - July 20th, 1995

Terrifying, terrifying, terrifying! This true story about an Ebola outbreak in the Washington DC area during the 1980's is well researched, suspenseful and an End of the World Reading Group pick. And did I mention terrifying?! Especially with the world's current crisis! ~ Reviewed by Jess Elder


Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution by Neil Degrasse Tyson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393350395
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 2nd, 2014

If you've ever been curious about the attraction between "strange" and "charmed" quarks or find yourself wondering what the universe looked like just after the "birth" of atoms, then this engaging and illuminating introduction to our cosmic history is just the book for you!


Falling Upwards

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Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air: An Unconventional History of Ballooning Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307742322
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Published: Vintage - September 9th, 2014

Ballooning, from ancient China to today, concentrating on the 19th century men and women – explorers, scientists, geographers, writers, adventurers – who took to the sky. An exhilarating, marvelous book from the outstanding biographer and author of the Northshire favorite, The Age of Wonder. ~ Reviewed by Louise Jones


Stiff

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ISBN: 9780393324822
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 17th, 2004

Probably the most fascinating book I have ever read. Nasty, gnarly, gross, strange, disturbing, and incredibly interesting. It bursts with dark humor, yet manages to maintain an atmosphere of respect. In a word, awesome. ~ Reviewed by Julietta Cole


Space Chronicles

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ISBN: 9780393343625
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 4th, 2013

This superstar astrophysicist gave me wanderlust for the far reaches of the universe with his compelling argument for our continued exploration of outer space. He is especially good at breaking down complex concepts for those of us who aren't cut out for rocket science. ~ Reviewed by Ellie Brown


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