Summer World: A Season of Bounty - Bernd Heinrich

Summer. Winter dormancy is over and nature has a lot to do in a short time: trees prepare their buds for the next spring’s leaves and flowers, baby warblers eat enough caterpillars to reach full size in six days, insects that live just weeks or days mate and lay eggs for the following generation. And all this happens while the creatures are trying to maximize sun and food and dodge predators and parasites. Much of the action occurs unnoticed by humans, but Bernd Heinrich, a biologist and avid observer of the outdoors, documents the amazing goings-on in Summer World (Ecco, $14.99). Pairing professional expertise with a spirited Thoreauvian wonder, Heinrich charts the life cycles and the highly specialized survival techniques of a wide range of flora and fauna, from ants and wasps to frogs and phoebes.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780060742188
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Published: Ecco - April 6th, 2010

Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City - Greg Grandin

“Oh yes, he did,” is my response when people ask if Henry Ford really tried to re-create small-town America deep in the Brazilian rain forest. It’s almost too odd to be true.  But Fordlandia (Picador, $16), by Greg Grandin, chronicles this strange chapter in the often strange life of Henry Ford.  By the end of the 1920s, just as the U.S. was entering the Great Depression, Ford, one of the richest men in America, decided to bring his version of America to the Amazon.  Ford thought he could single-handedly resurrect the failed Brazilian rubber industry while also helpfully bringing “civilization” to the natives.  Without Ford’s usual brand of organization and planning, Fordlandia seemed to be fueled by hubris alone; Grandin makes it all a fun and fascinating story.

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$21.99
ISBN: 9780312429621
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Published: Picador - April 27th, 2010

Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist - Thomas Levenson

The first part of David Levenson’s Newton And The Counterfeiter (Mariner, $14.95) is worth the price of the book by itself. Newton, known for his larger-than-life discoveries, is revealed by Levenson as simply human: brilliant, driven, reclusive, and strange. The second part of the book is a bonus, pitting an older Newton, now Warden of His Majesty’s Mint, against William Chaloner, London’s greatest counterfeiter. From the dirty streets of London, where secrets are betrayed, to the Tower of London, where information is sometimes obtained by torture, Newton always gets his man.

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$20.99
ISBN: 9780547336046
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Published: Mariner Books - April 12th, 2010

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