Like many other former 7-year-olds, I was once a dinosaur obsessive. With Jurassic Park roosting in the VCR, I would give any grown-up in earshot a rundown of my favorite dinosaurs (this changed daily) and what periods they lived in. If you're anything like me, a page or two into Steve Brusatte's prehistoric masterpiece will be enough to bring back the kid in you. Brusatte presents the Mesozoic in vivid detail and with an immediacy not often reserved for a period that ended 65 million years ago. From spindly, cat-sized lizards at the beginning of the Triassic to thundering giants at the end of the Cretaceous, dinosaurs were a highly diverse, sophisticated species whose millions of years of earthly dominance help put our world and lives in far greater perspective.
On the next clear night, gaze into the sky. Why haven't we heard from anyone out there? In his astonishing book, astrophysicist Adam Frank explores this question with startling results. He combines the history of scientific thought with modern research to illuminate the nature of planet spanning civilizations. He demonstrates that in all likelihood extraterrestrial civilizations have existed and will again. Ultimately, we may not have heard from anyone because civilizations, as a rule, may not last that long. This book will explode your understanding of our past, present, and future.