July 1, 2014

Joshua Horwitz spoke about his book, War of the Whales: A True Story, at Politics & Prose on Tuesday July 01, 2014.

War of the Whales is the gripping tale of a crusading attorney who stumbles on one of the US Navy's best-kept secrets: a submarine detection system that floods entire ocean basins with high-intensity sound--and drives whales onto beaches. As Joel Reynolds launches a legal fight to expose and challenge the Navy program, marine biologist Ken Balcomb witnesses a mysterious mass stranding of whales near his research station in the Bahamas. Investigating this calamity, Balcomb is forced to choose between his conscience and an oath of secrecy he swore to the Navy in his youth. When Balcomb and Reynolds team up to expose the truth behind an epidemic of mass strandings, the stage is set for an epic battle that pits admirals against activists, rogue submarines against weaponized dolphins, and national security against the need to safeguard the ocean environment. Waged in secret military labs and the nation's highest court, War of the Whales is a real-life thriller that combines the best of legal drama, natural history, and military intrigue.

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ISBN: 9781451645026
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - July 21st, 2015

June 7, 2014

Sam Kean spoke about his book, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, at Politics & Prose on Saturday June 7, 2014.

In The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, Sam Kean travels through time with stories of neurological curiosities: phantom limbs, Siamese twin brains, viruses that eat patients' memories, blind people who see through their tongues. He weaves these narratives together with prose that makes the pages fly by, to create a story of discovery that reaches back to the 1500s and the high-profile jousting accident that inspired this book's title.* With the lucid, masterful explanations and razor-sharp wit his fans have come to expect, Kean explores the brain's secret passageways and recounts the forgotten tales of the ordinary people whose struggles, resilience, and deep humanity made neuroscience possible.

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ISBN: 9780316182355
Availability: Backordered
Published: Back Bay Books - June 9th, 2015

April 11, 2014

Craig Nelson spoke about his book, The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era, at Politics & Prose on Friday, April 11, 2014.

Rocket Men, charts the decidedly mixed record of human involvement with atomic power. From European scientists including the Curies and Lise Meitner through Fermi, Teller, Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project, from the Cold War to Three Mile Island, Cherrnobyl, and Fukushima, this story dramatically illustrates how “miracles in our time …combine blessing with menace.”

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ISBN: 9781451660449
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Scribner - December 30th, 2014