Frozen Orbit

The beginning of life awaits at the end of the solar system. A frozen answer at the edge of planetary space.Set to embark on NASA's first expedition to the outer planets, the crew...

The Trouble With Humans

Humans—there's no understanding them, and no dealing with them either. Or even their planet. Pity the poor aliens, whose shape-changing ability should let them take over the...

Radical Hope Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation

Shortly before he died, Plenty Coups, the last great Chief of the Crow Nation, told his story - up to a certain point. "When the buffalo went away the hearts of my people fell to...

The Arctic What Everyone Needs to Know

Conversations defining the Arctic region often provoke debate and controversy - for scientists, this lies in the imprecise and imaginary line known as the Arctic Circle; for...

Cold-Blooded A True Story of Love, Lies, Greed, and Murder

From a New York Times-bestselling journalist: The story of the murder of a California attorney at the hands of the lethally cunning wife he never doubted.A wealthy and...

American Politics A Very Short Introduction

American politics seems to grow more contentious and complicated by the day, and whether American democracy works well is hotly debated. Amidst all this roiling partisan argument...

Toxic A History of Nerve Agents, From Nazi Germany to Putin's Russia

Nerve agents are the world's deadliest means of chemical warfare. Nazi Germany developed the first military-grade nerve agents and massive industry for their manufacture—yet,...

The Compleat Victory Saratoga and the American Revolution

In the late summer and fall of 1777, after two years of indecisive fighting on both sides, the outcome of the American War of Independence hung in the balance. Having successfully...

Meister Eckhart's Book of the Heart Meditations for the Restless Soul

Meister Eckhart (1260-1328) was a priest, a mystic, and nearly a heretic (he died before the Church court's verdict). In the 20th century, the Roman Catholic Church rehabilitated...

Champions Day The End of Old Shanghai

How a single day revealed the history and foreshadowed the future of Shanghai.It is November 12, 1941, and the world is at war. In Shanghai, just weeks before Pearl Harbor,...

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