Illustrated with original maps and drawings, this stunning exploration of the world's hidden geographies reveals the moving villages, secret cities and no man's lands that will inspire urban explorers, off-the-beaten-trail wanderers and armchair travelers.
A timely industry exposé and memoir by the cardiologist author of Intern calls for a reestablishment of moral practices in patient care while revealing how liability- and profit-driven practices in American healthcare are subjecting patients to unnecessary tests and high fees.
"In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians. The thriving economy and cultures of the late second millennium B.C., which had stretched from Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia, suddenly ceased to exist, along with writing systems, technology, and monumental architecture. But the Sea Peoples alone could not have caused such widespread breakdown. How did it happen?In this major new account of the causes of this "First Dark Ages," Eric Cline tells the gripping story of how the end was brought about by multiple interconnected failures, ranging from invasion and revolt to earthquakes, drought, and the cutting of international trade routes. Bringing to life the vibrant multicultural world of these great civilizations, he draws a sweeping panorama of the empires and globalized peoples of the Late Bronze Age and shows that it was their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse and ushered in a dark age that lasted centuries. A compelling combination of narrative and the latest scholarship, 1177 B.C. sheds new light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and ultimately destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age—and that set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece"—
Presents a look at the science of alcohol production and consumption, from the principles behind the fermentation, distillation, and aging of alcoholic beverages, to the psychology and neurobiology of what happens after it is consumed.
A New York City forensic pathologist describes her experiences working as a medical examiner during the events of September 11, the subsequent anthrax attack, and the plane crash of Flight 587.
Yamma Brown is one of James Brown's daughters. The struggles she went through, both as a child and as an adult, provide a profound examination of the nature of celebrity, violence, and survival.
The first wife of the eminent scientist traces the inside story of their marriage, from Hawking's renowned academic achievements at the same time he was succumbing to motor neurone disease, to the author's struggles to balance Hawking's care with the needs of their growing family.
The author examines the role of today's Chinese Americans, describing his family's search for identity in the traditions of both countries and reconciling the sometimes opposing views on success, virtue, power and purpose in life.
The author of Fast Food Nation presents a minute-by-minute account of an H-bomb accident that nearly caused a nuclear disaster, examining other near misses and what the author perceives as America's growing susceptibility to a catastrophic event.
A meditation on education by the author of The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop examines his lifetime in schools and classrooms, sharing histories of key educational ideas while exploring his own experiences as a fortunate student of California's endangered public-school system.
A guide for new educators describes the qualities that make great teachers, offers a set of techniques to help children pay attention and reveals the hidden science and dynamics behind the craft through the real-life experiences of the country's best teachers.
David Quammen examines the emergence and causes of new diseases all over the world, describing a process called "spillover," where illness originates in wild animals before being passed to humans. He discusses the potential for the next huge pandemic.
The best-selling author of Nixonland presents a portrait of the United States during the turbulent political and economic upheavals of the 1970s, covering events ranging from the Arab oil embargo and the era of Patty Hearst to the collapse of the South Vietnamese government and the rise of Ronald Reagan.