Smithsonian Books, Fall 2017

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    Photographic Guide to Longhorned Beetles of Bolivia Steven Wayne Lingafelter, James Earl Wappes, Julieta Ledezma Arias
    9781944466053 Hardcover SCIENCE / Life Sciences On Sale Date: August 01, 2017
    $46.00 CAD 8.8 x 10.8 x 0.8 in | 0 pages Carton Quantity: 10 Canadian Rights: Y Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
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      With loss of habitats throughout the world occurring at a staggering rate, it is critical to document what is being lost. This book strives to do that by focusing on longhorned woodboring beetles in Bolivia. Wholesale clearing of large tracts of land kills everything or forces species to move quickly to other areas, disrupting the balance of the ecosystem. This book will help people discover and appreciate some of the amazing diversity of life that exists in the undeveloped and/or remote natural areas of Bolivia.
       
      Nearly 1,900 species of longhorned woodboring beetles (Disteniidae, Vesperidae, and Cerambycidae) are known from Bolivia (with more than 200 species yet to be determined). This work features 500 of them, representing the breadth of morphological evolution.
      Bio
      Steve Lingafelter was a research entomologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture based at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., for nearly 20 years. Last year, arelocation opportunity arose in Arizona, and he becamean insect identifier on the Mexican border. Steve received his PhD in entomology from the University of Kansas in 1996. Steve has made seven expeditions to Bolivia starting in 2002. He has published over 60 papers and four books on beetle systematics and taxonomy, with an emphasis on neotropical longhorned beetles.

      Jim Wappes is the founder and curator of the American Coleoptera Museum in San Antonio, Texas. Jim received his BS in agriculture (entomology major) from Purdue University in 1968. He has collected Cerambycidae and studied cerambycid taxonomy for more than 50 years. Jim worked extensively in Mexico and Central America prior to the Bolivia Cerambycidae Project. Since 2000 he has made 30 expeditions to Bolivia and published more than 25 papers on neotropical longhorned beetles.

      Julieta Ledezma Arias is a research entomologist and head of the Department of Invertebrates at the Noel Kempff Mercado Natural History Museum in Santa Cruzde la Sierra, Bolivia. She is also Professor of Ecology in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry at the Universidad Autónoma Gabriel Rene Moreno. Julieta is a specialist on butterflies and has published over 20 papers on the Bolivian fauna, including several books. Julieta Ledezma Arias es Bióloga y jefe del Área de Invertebrados del Museo de Historia Natural Noel Kempff Mercado, profesor de la asignatura de Ecología de la Facultad de Ciencias Farmacéuticas y Bioquímica de la Universidad Autónoma Gabriel Rene Moreno, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Julieta es especialista en mariposas y hapublicado más de 20 artículos sobre la Entomofauna Boliviana, incluyendo varios libros.


      Author Residence: Arizona; Texas; Bolivia
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      ISBNTitleContributorPrev EdCdnFormatPub DatePricePublisher
      9781935623403Longhorned Woodboring Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae and Disteniidae)Steven W. Lingafelter HardcoverSep 02, 2014$80.00Smithsonian Books
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    Series: Artefacts: Studies in the History of Science and Technology
    Challenging Collections Alison Boyle, Johannes-Geert Hagmann
    9781944466107 Paperback TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / History On Sale Date: January 01, 2035
    $52.00 CAD Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
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      This most recent volume in the Artefacts series, Challenging Collections: Approaches to the Heritage of Recent Science and Technology, focuses on the question of collecting post–World War II scientific and technological heritage in museums, and the challenging issue of how such artifacts can be displayed and interpreted for diverse publics. In addition to examples of practice, editors Alison Boyle (Science Museum, London) and Johannes-Geert Hagmann (Deutsches Museum, Munich) have invited prominent historians and curators to reflect on the nature of recent scientific and technological heritage, and to challenge the role of museum collections in the twenty-first century. Challenging Collections will certainly be part of an ever-evolving dialogue among communities of collectors and scholars seeking to keep pace with the changing landscapes of science and technology, museology, and historiography.
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      Johannes-Geert Hagmann is head of the curatorial department for technology at the Deutsches Museum. Alison Boyle is Keeper of Science Collections at The Science Museum, London.

      Author Residence: Munich; London
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      9781935623977Objects in MotionNina Mollers PaperbackAug 09, 2016$52.00Smithsonian Books
      9781935623755Illuminating InstrumentsPeter Morris PaperbackSep 08, 2015$46.00Smithsonian Books
      9781935623137Analyzing Art and AestheticsAnne Collins Goodyear HardcoverApr 16, 2013$58.00Smithsonian Books
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    Venom Ronald Jenner, Eivind Undheim
    9781588344540 Paperback NATURE / Animals On Sale Date: October 17, 2017
    $25.95 CAD 6.9 x 9.1 x 0.6 in | 208 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Smithsonian Books
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      Venom brings readers face to face with some of the most dangerous creatures on the planet, including jellyfish, snakes, and wasps, as it uncovers the story of venom. The book explores how venom is used for predation, defense, competition, and communication by an incredible diversity of species. It examines the unique methods that these species have evolved to create and deliver their deadly toxins. The book traces venom back to its origin in early jellyfish and sea anemones, and reveals how venoms have evolved dozens of times independently all across the animal kingdom since that time. And finally, it examines the relationships between these dangerous creatures and humans. Humans have not only learned to live with them, but also to benefit from them: scientists increasingly are harnessing the power of venom to create new drugs, treatments, and anti-venoms.
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      RONALD JENNER is a Research Leader in the Department of Life Sciences at the Natural History Museum, London. EIVIND UNDHEIM is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia, and the author of numerous publications on venom.

      Author Residence: London, UK; Queensland, Aus
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      9781554078028SnakesDavid Gower PaperbackFeb 16, 2012$19.95Firefly Books
      9780374283377VenomousChristie Wilcox HardcoverAug 09, 2016$37.00Farrar Straus & Giroux
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      Venom! The very word inspires awe and terror. After all, who hasn’t seen a rattlesnake bite a mouse, at least on TV? But as research scientists Jenner and Undheim establish in this look at some of the most dangerous animals in the world, venom is one of evolution’s most elegant means of procuring food and defending oneself. First the authors define the difference between poisonous and venomous (poisons are transferred passively, venoms are delivered actively), then they move on to survey the different types of venom, the broad range of venomous animals, and the different ways venoms are delivered. Venoms are usually cocktails of different toxins, which can affect the victim in more than one way and can be subtle or brutal. The evolution of venom is a fascinating study, with venomous animals appearing in many taxa and striking similarities showing up in only distantly related species. The use of venoms in pharmaceuticals shows how the power of these toxins can be harnessed to fight disease and even to counter the damage caused by the venom itself.

      PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

      Venom researchers Jenner and Undheim record the stunning, often beautiful diversity of the world’s venomous species and the parallel evolution of poisons and venoms in this generously illustrated—and shudder-inducing—volume. The authors carefully convey substantial physiological, chemical, and ethological information about the functions of nature’s aggressive pharmacopeia, which has evolved numerous times for predation, defense, and other more surprising uses. Jenner and Undheim devote a chapter to venoms used for human medicine, but focus mostly on the natural roles venoms play in their particular environments. The authors make plain that the study of venomous creatures is worthwhile in its own right and that researchers can learn lessons relevant to human physiology by studying the function of venom at the systems and molecular levels. However, they never imply that the value of these astonishingly well-targeted chemical cocktails derives from their potential service to the human world. The text itself is well-balanced, even occasionally bland, and the authors largely refrain from introducing their own emotional reactions, except in defending animal experimentation. The book is well suited to inspire budding biologists, while discussions about lethal capacity and stories of researchers bitten intentionally or unintentionally will still satisfy the curious thrill seeker. Color photos. (Oct.)
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    9781588345899 Hardcover HISTORY / Military On Sale Date: September 19, 2017
    $33.95 CAD 6.3 x 9.4 x 0.9 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 28 Canadian Rights: Y Smithsonian Books
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      On August 6, 2011, a U.S. Army CH-47D Chinook helicopter approached a landing zone in Afghanistan 40 miles southwest of Kabul. The helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, was on a mission to reinforce American and coalition special operations troops. It would never return. Insurgents fired at the Chinook, severed one of its rear rotor blades, and brought it crashing to the ground. All 38 onboard perished instantly in the single greatest moment of sacrifice for Americans in the war in Afghanistan. Those killed were some of the U.S.’s most highly trained and battle-honed commandos, including 15 men from the Gold Squadron of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, known popularly as SEAL Team 6, which had raided a Pakistan compound and killed Osama bin Laden just three months earlier. The downing of Extortion 17 spurred a number of conspiracy theories, such as the idea that the shootdown was revenge for bin Laden’s death. In The Final Mission of Extortion 17, Ed Darack debunks this theory and others and uncovers the truth behind this mysterious tragedy. His account of the brave pilots, crew, and passengers of Extortion 17 and the events of that fateful day is interwoven into a rich, complex narrative that also discusses modern joint combat operations, the history of the Afghan war to that date, U.S. helicopter use in Afghanistan, and the new and evolving military technologies and tactics being developed to mitigate such tragedies now and in the future.

      Amazon Best History Book of the Month - September 2017
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      ED DARACK is a writer and photographer who has traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan numerous times to embed with infantry and aviation units at the front lines of modern war. He is the author of four books, including Victory Point, and numerous articles on military topics ranging from counterinsurgency to close air support. His work has been published in Air & Space magazine, the Marine Corps Gazette, Leatherneck Magazine, Foreign Policy, Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute, and others.

      Author Residence: Fort Collins, CO

      Author Hometown: Sayville, NY, and Davis, CA
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      9780425196090
      9780425226193Victory PointEd Darack HardcoverApr 07, 2009$32.50Berkley Publishing TRD
      9780451475626Among HeroesBrandon Webb HardcoverMay 26, 2015$26.95Penguin Publishing Group
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      Amazon Best History Book of the Month - September 2017

      “Meticulously reported and deftly told, this is the definitive account of the 38 people killed aboard Extortion 17—the largest loss of life in a single incident during the Afghan war. Ed Darack not only debunks the conspiracy theories once and for all; he also honors the pilots, crew, and special operators who perished on that fateful day. This is an important book for anyone who wants to understand the war in Afghanistan and the Americans who have risked their lives fighting it.”
      —R. M. Schneiderman, Deputy Editor, Newsweek
       
      “Far more gripping than any thriller, this well-researched and cleanly written account of an American battlefield tragedy is one of the finest books to emerge from our recent wars. Crafted with knowledge of twenty-first-century combat and deep respect for our troops, this book is nonetheless unsparing in its portrait of war’s reality and the toll it takes on flesh-and-blood men in uniform.”
      —Ralph Peters, Fox News strategic analyst and author of Lines of Fire
       
      “Darack expertly re-creates the tragedy of Extortion 17. Skillfully reported, the book is a must-read for anyone looking to understand what happened the night Extortion 17 was shot down in Afghanistan.”
      —Kevin Maurer, coauthor of No Easy Day

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      Darack (Victory Point), a military writer and photographer who has embedded with units in Iraq and Afghanistan, shares a well-researched story of the downing of a U.S. Army CH-47D Chinook helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, carrying members of SEAL Team Six in Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011. Where previous works on this subject have largely highlighted the operators of SEAL Team Six, Darack focuses his take on the incident—it is the largest single American loss of life in the Afghanistan War, with all 38 on board killed—on the five crew members of the helicopter. As a result, this work is valuable and informative as it describes the critical role Army Aviation played in Iraq and Afghanistan and makes clear the difficulties of flying in the high altitudes of Afghanistan’s mountain ranges. Threats faced by Army Aviation in Iraq and Afghanistan include enemy action (44 helicopters have been shot down in Iraq and Afghanistan with the loss of more than 120 lives), mechanical failure, and shifting weather conditions. Short, clear, and tersely written, Darack’s book is suited to readers interested in military affairs and is a fitting tribute to the Army aviators represented by the crew of Extortion 17. Maps & illus.

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      Darack tells the life stories of the 39 men flying under the call sign, Extortion 17, who were killed on August 6, 2011, when their Chinook helicopter was shot down over Afghanistan. Military argot permeates Darack’s account, giving his readers a sense of the high degree of training necessary for personnel to conduct the kind of operation on which Extortion 17 was embarked. It was to be a night-time landing of a special operations force to capture or kill a Taliban leader. Explaining the intricate aerial ballet that supports such an action (which includes gunships, surveillance planes, and bomb-laden fighter jets), Darack underscores the high-tech American way of making war versus the low-tech yet effective efforts of the Taliban: it was a rocket-propelled grenade that downed Extortion 17. Dramatizing the incident, based on real-time recordings from the orbiting support planes, Darack delivers a respectful salute to the dead amid detailed exemplification of the bravery of those fighting America’s protracted war in Afghanistan.

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      Writer and photographer Darack (Victory Point) investigates the destruction of a Chinook helicopter carrying a number of high-profile special operatives, including numerous men from SEAL Team 6, whom are best known for the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden. Darack recounts the circumstances surrounding this August 2011 event, attempting to debunk a theory that claims the aircraft was destroyed in an act of revenge for Bin Laden’s death. Most are aware of the effort to eliminate Bin Laden, but fewer may recall this tragedy with as much clarity, having received far less media exposure. The author provides a thorough treatment of the disaster, with several chapters dedicated to the personnel and the specifications of the aircraft, which may not be captivating to the layperson but would be of interest to military historians. Darack also does an admirable job of demonstrating through science, history, and statistics (owing to the inherent inaccuracy of a rocket-propelled grenade [RPG], it would be a poor choice for such an important “revenge” mission) that vengeance conspiracies could be safely ruled out.
      Verdict: This is less of a narrative and more of a march through the events and circumstances, making it ideal for modern history buffs and military historians and perhaps less so for casual readers.—Benjamin Brudner, Curry Coll. Lib., Milton, MA

      THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT
      Using eyewitness accounts and unclassified information from the Defense Department, Darack dissects the fateful incident, with a wider view of what other elements were on scene, what they saw, and how they reacted. He details the persistent surveillance of the suspected attackers, and follows them to their demise – after they violated their own security procedures by bragging of their success and being careless in their movements and associations.

      The maps and photos that Darack includes are especially useful in helping readers understand a tragic but entirely plausible scenario. His book is vital for fully appreciating the contribution of our expert high-altitude aviators, the risks they take, and the terrible consequences that can result from a confluence of factors.
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    Living in the Anthropocene John W. Kress, Jeffrey K. Stine, Elizabeth Kolbert, Edward O. Wilson
    9781588346018 Hardcover SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change On Sale Date: September 26, 2017
    $45.95 CAD 6.2 x 9.3 x 0.8 in | 208 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y Smithsonian Books
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      Explores the causes and implications of the Anthropocene, or Age of Humans, from multiple points of view including anthropological, scientific, social, artistic, and economic.

      Although we arrived only recently in Earth’s timeline, humans are driving major changes to the planet’s ecosystems. Even now, the basic requirements for human life—air, water, shelter, food, nature, and culture—are rapidly transforming the planet as billions of people compete for resources. These changes have become so noticeable on a global scale that scientists believe we are living in a new chapter in Earth’s story: the Anthropocene, or Age of Humans. Living in the Anthropocene: Earth in the Age of Humans is a vital look at this era. The book contextualizes the Anthropocene by presenting paleontological, historical, and contemporary views of various human effects on Earth. It discusses environmental and biological systems that have been changed and affected; the causes of the Anthropocene, such as agricultural spread, pollution, and urbanization; how societies are responding and adapting to these changes; how these changes have been represented in art, film, television, and literature; and finally, offers a look toward the future of our environment and our own lives.
      Bio
      W. JOHN KRESS, a distinguished scientist and curator of botany at the National Museum of Natural History, formerly served at the Smithsonian as the Grand Challenges Consortia’s director of science and the interim undersecretary for science. Trained in evolutionary biology, systematics, and ecology, he is also the author of The Weeping Goldsmith: Discoveries in the Secret Land of Myanmar. JEFFREY K. STINE is curator for environmental history at the National Museum of American History and the author of the award-winning books Mixing the Waters: Environment, Politics, and the Building of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway and America’s Forested Wetlands: From Wasteland to Valued Resource.

      Author Residence: Chevy Chase, MD; Washington, DC

      Author Hometown: St Louis, MO; Ventura, CA
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      9780520289970
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      9781476743905The Unnatural WorldDavid Biello HardcoverNov 15, 2016$35.00Scribner
      9781784780791The Shock of the AnthropoceneChristophe Bonneuil HardcoverJan 12, 2016$32.00Verso Books
      9781455589128David Grinspoon HardcoverDec 06, 2016$28.00Grand Central Publishing
      9780316097741CountdownAlan Weisman PaperbackMay 06, 2014$18.00Little, Brown and Company
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      Kress is the co-editor of “Living in the Anthropocene,” a new book by the Smithsonian that puts our current dynamic age in context through more than 30 essays by experts in disparate fields all affected by our changing planet.

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      Original essays by leading scientists, historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists that address the related problems of unchecked population growth, scarcity of resources, climate change, and environmental pollution.Like many ecologically minded authors and thinkers before them, National Museum of Natural History curators Kress (The Weeping Goldsmith: Discoveries in the Secret Land of Myanmar, 2009, etc.) and Stine (America’s Forested Wetlands from Wasteland to Valued Resources, 2008, etc.) warn that these complex, still-to-be-resolved issues will endanger humanity’s future if they are not addressed immediately. As the title suggests, human activities have transformed terrestrial and maritime habitats, causing mass extinctions of other species at an unprecedented rate, comparable to a geologic turning point. “Our planet,” they write, “has been experiencing a multitude of dramatic and far-reaching changes.” The articles are grouped into five sections: “A Changing Planet,” “Drivers of Change,” “Responding to Change,” “Visual Culture,” and “The Way Forward.” Smithsonian Institute geologist Scott L. Wing sets the tone in the first section. “We are no longer a bit player in the story of this planet,” he writes, and “the influence of our actions now will change the global environment for at least hundreds of human generations to come.” In the second section the editors suggest that we must widen our notion of biosphere pollution to include “space junk” like “expended rockets…and dead satellites.” In “Black and Green,” Lonnie G. Bunch III, the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, points to the interconnections among environmental and racial issues created by the segregation in urban housing. In an upbeat afterword, renowned biologist and naturalist professor Edward O. Wilson emphasizes that if humanity passes through the current “bottleneck of overpopulation and environmental destruction…human existence could be a paradise compared to today.” New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert provides the foreword, and other contributors include Stephen J. Pyne, Wade Davis, and Kelly Chance. A valuable contribution to the ecological bookshelf.

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      Kress (The Weeping Goldsmith) and Stine (America’s Forested Wetlands)—curators at the National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of American History, respectively—collect 31 essays representing a broad array of disciplinary approaches to the topic of the Anthropocene. Scientists, humanists, and artists offer their perspectives on the sort of future they envision while providing advice on the action needed to help shape that future. Though the voices are diverse, three major themes emerge. First, most of the authors are hopeful that there is still time for positive action. Second, despite that hope, most opine that time is short and meaningful action must be taken soon. Third, all agree that the future will look quite different from the present, from both social and ecological perspectives. For example, filmmaker John Grabowska explains the need to balance hope and despair in environmental films: “Natural history films must illuminate the realities of living in the Anthropocene while reminding audiences that the natural world is precious and valuable.” For their part, botanists Ari Novy, Peter H. Raven, and Holly H. Shimizu discuss possibilities associated with urban agriculture, which in addition to its ecological benefits may serve to build “community cohesion.” With so many perspectives present, there’s something of interest to a wide array of readers.

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      The authors of this essay collection propose that the changes wrought by humans have created a new era, the Anthropocene, or the age of man. Arranged in sections from “A Changing Planet” to “The Way Forward,” the pieces range in quality and originality (those addressing climate change necessarily present known facts), with most of them very good and some excellent. Overall, the book takes the pragmatic view that we are in uncharted and precarious waters, and our job is to find a way forward. Also refreshing are looks at less studied issues, such as the effects of globalism on indigenous populations and how artists are portraying and influencing this new world. These essays are solid introductions for those seeking more awareness of the world around them; this audience will appreciate the further-reading list provided. For analysis of more personal changes caused by globalism, an ideal companion to this macro view is Dan Barber’s The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food (2014).

      LIBRARY JOURNAL
      In this collection of interdisciplinary essays, edited by curator of botany Kress (National Museum of Natural History; The Weeping Goldsmith: Discoveries in the Secret Land of Myanmar) and curator for environmental history Stine (National Museum of Natural History; Mixing the Waters: Environment, Politics, and the Building of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway), experts address human-driven biogeochemical changes to the earth. The Anthropocene is the epoch defined by human alterations to the environment, as opposed to past environmental changes such as the ice ages. The exact start of this era is up for debate (and discussed in some of the essays), but it continues to the present day. The pieces are grouped into five areas: changes to the planet, causes of these transformations, human response, the role of visual culture as changes occur, and a look at the socioeconomic changes and environmental management needed to move forward. Color plates of the artwork discussed in the chapter on visual culture are included. The contributors come from a wide range of disciplines, such as archaeology, anthropology, economics, history, and art history, providing readers with different perspectives on the subject. VERDICT An excellent offering for those interested in environmental science and climate change.—Margaret Henderson, Ramona, CA
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    Series: Air Disasters
    The Flight 981 Disaster Samme Chittum
    9781588346032 Hardcover TRANSPORTATION / Aviation On Sale Date: October 03, 2017
    $33.95 CAD 6.3 x 9.3 x 0.9 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Smithsonian Books
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      On June 12, 1972, a powerful explosion rocked American Airlines Flight 96 a mere five minutes after its takeoff from Detroit. The explosion ripped a gaping hole in the bottom of the aircraft and jammed the hydraulic controls. Miraculously, despite the damage and ensuing chaos, the pilots were able to land the plane safely. Less than two years later, on March 3, 1974, a sudden, forceful blowout tore through Turk Hava Yollari (THY) Flight 981 from Paris to London. THY Flight 981 was not as lucky as Flight 96; it crashed in a forest in France, and none of the 346 people onboard survived. What caused the mysterious explosions? How were they linked? Could they have been prevented? The Flight 981 Disaster addresses these questions and many more, offering a fascinating insiders’ look at two dramatic aviation disasters.

      Series Overview: The Smithsonian Air Disasters series explores the most devastating plane crashes in the history of commercial aviation. Each volume presents not only the scenario and circumstances surrounding the crash and its immediate aftermath, but also the quest to investigate the causes, as well as the ongoing implementation of security and safety regulations to prevent them from happening again.
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      SAMME CHITTUM is a narrative journalist and Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship recipient who explores the intersection of current events and history. Her work has been published by the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, and the Village Voice.

      Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

      Author Hometown: Findlay, IL
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      9780374157180
      9781588340894The Mystery of Flight 427Bill Adair PaperbackJan 17, 2004$21.50Smithsonian Books
      9780393240023Flight 232Laurence Gonzales HardcoverJul 08, 2014$32.95WW Norton
      9780143127321The Crash DetectivesChristine Negroni PaperbackSep 27, 2016$23.00Penguin Books
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      “This is a stunning narrative of an airline disaster narrowly averted and an aircraft maker’s attempt to cover up a fatal flaw.”
      —Ashley Halsey III, transportation writer, Washington Post
       
      “Samme Chittum has written a captivating account of an air disaster that, while nearly fifty years old, remains a shocking object lesson for commercial aviation as it enters its second century. The Flight 981 Disaster is a compelling story of greed, lies, hubris, and persistence—an American tragedy that even Euripides could not have made up.”
      —Christine Negroni, author, The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World’s Most Mysterious Air Disasters
       
      “Journalist Chittum debuts with a new work in the Smithsonian Air Disasters series, a companion to the titular show on the Smithsonian Channel. The narrative focuses on two aviation disasters involving DC-10 airliners: one in June 1972 outside of Detroit and the other in March 1974, which crashed in a forest in France and left no survivors.[…] Chittum has done her research, presenting a good amount of information in a relatively brief work.[…] Fans of the series and readers interested in aviation disasters will enjoy the book.”
      Library Journal
       
      “Not only has Chittum created a page-turner with suspenseful, harrowing stories of an air disaster, she also educates readers about the detective work necessary in every air crash investigation. In a book with clear heroes and villains, she emphasizes the high stakes of the struggle between the two by describing the plight of victims and their families. Among the characters who emerge as heroes are journalists, whose investigations surely helped avoid another catastrophe.”
      —Linda Shiner, editor, Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine

      “The debut volume in Smithsonian’s Air Disasters series chronicles an infamous catastrophe in 1974. Wreaking the then-highest single-plane death toll in aviation history (346), its notoriety derived from the investigators’ realization that the cause—the blowout of a cargo door—had happened before on the DC-10. Chittum combines a dramatic rendition of the accident with a clear-eyed account of the commercial, technical, and regulatory trains of events that led to McDonnell Douglas, with the approval of the FAA, putting into service a passenger plane with an Achilles heel. Intended as the company’s jumbo-jet answer to rival Boeing’s 747, the DC-10 was designed quickly and with great pressure on the engineers to lower its weight. For the cargo door, they selected a lighter electrical-locking mechanism over a heavier but tried-and-true hydraulic closing system. Explaining how neither cockpit crew nor baggage handlers physically closing the door could be certain it had locked, Chittum describes the explosive revelation of the defective door in a 1972 flight. In that blowout, the pilots mastered the crisis and landed safely. Incredibly, the fix then ordered on all DC-10s was not performed on the one that crashed two years later. Assembling this tale of human and regulatory error, Chittum proves to be a perfect captivator of the aviation audience.” -Booklist
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    9781588345240 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State On Sale Date: October 10, 2017
    $33.95 CAD 6.3 x 9.3 x 0.9 in | 232 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Smithsonian Books
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      In The Simple Faith of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, religion journalist and author Christine Wicker establishes that faith was at the heart of everything Roosevelt wanted for the American people. This powerful book is the first in-depth look at how one of America’s richest, most patrician presidents became a passionate and beloved champion of the downtrodden—and took the country with him. Those who knew Roosevelt best invariably credited his spiritual faith as the source of his passion for democracy, justice, and equality. Like many Americans of that time, his beliefs were simple. He believed the God who heard his prayers and answered them expected him to serve others. He anchored his faith in biblical stories and teachings. During times so hard that the country would have followed him anywhere, he summoned the better angels of the American character in ways that have never been surpassed.
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      CHRISTINE WICKER is a former longtime religion reporter for the Dallas Morning News. She is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, most recently The Fall of the Evangelical Nation.

      Author Residence: Dallas, TX
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      9780743246002The Defining MomentJonathan Alter HardcoverMay 02, 2006$29.95Simon & Schuster
      9780671642402No Ordinary TimeDoris Kearns Goodwin HardcoverSep 01, 1994$36.00Simon & Schuster
      9781400061211FDRJean Edward Smith HardcoverMay 15, 2007$44.00Random House Publishing Group
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      PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
      Wicker, formerly a religion writer for the Dallas Morning News, tells a straightforward story of Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s deep religiosity and its influence on his presidency. Wicker traces Roosevelt’s developing of a religious vision from his childhood, where he learned, after seeing his prayers about his father’s health answered, that God actively communicated with people. Wicker then details Roosevelt’s school days at Groton and the onset of polio. Particularly engaging is Wicker’s analysis of Roosevelt’s first inaugural address, illustrating the many instances in the speech where he weaves biblical language and religious precepts into his vision for a nation suffering through the Great Depression. In the address and throughout the remainder of his four terms in office, Roosevelt’s social gospel—the revival of hope through brotherhood—culminates in his speech to the country in which he declares the enduring Christian idea that “we are all members of one another.” Wicker’s appealing little book is a fun glimpse into a previously little-explored corner of F.D.R.’s life.

      DALLAS MORNING NEWS
      Anyone acquainted with author and journalist Christine Wicker knows how much she relishes a challenging assignment. So it’s not surprising that her most recent book, The Simple Faith of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, delves into one of the most-written-about figures in U.S. history. Yet Wicker not only has plucked out a thread previously unexplored, she makes a compelling case that faith was at the heart of all of Roosevelt’s efforts to lift up the lives of his fellow Americans. As she puts it, “all the ways he failed to be a good Christian didn’t keep him from being an effective Christian.”

      THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
      F.D.R.: Man of faith? Religion journalist Christine Wicker makes a convincing and inspiring case in her examination of his deeply held and deeply influential beliefs in The Simple Faith of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Religion’s Role in the FDR Presidency. As she puts it, “all the ways he failed to be a good Christian didn’t keep him from being an effective Christian” – a lesson for all of us about how we can be far from perfect yet still change the world.
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    Archaeology Paul Bahn, Brian Fagan
    9781588345912 Hardcover SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology On Sale Date: November 07, 2017
    $60.00 CAD 7.4 x 10 x 1.8 in | 576 pages Carton Quantity: 6 Canadian Rights: Y Smithsonian Books
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      Epic in scope, yet filled with detail, this illustrated guide takes readers through the whole of our human past. Spanning the dawn of human civilization through the present, it provides a tour of every site of key archaeological importance. From the prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux to Tutankhamun’s tomb, from the buried city of Pompeii to China’s Terracotta Army, all of the world’s most iconic sites and discoveries are here. So too are the lesser-known yet equally important finds, such as the recent discoveries of our oldest known human ancestors and of the world’s oldest-known temple, Göbekli Tepe in Turkey. A masterful combination of succinct analysis and driving narrative, this book also addresses the questions that inevitably arise as we gradually learn more about the history of our species. Written by an international team of archaeological experts and richly illustrated throughout, Archaeology: The Essential Guide to Our Human Past offers an unparalleled insight into the origins of humankind.
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      PAUL BAHN is a leading archaeological writer, translator, and broadcaster. He is a contributing editor of Archaeology magazine, and he has written extensively on prehistoric art. He has authored numerous books, most recently Images of the Ice Age.

      BRIAN FAGAN is a British-born archaeologist and professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of numerous books on archaeology and ancient climate change. His latest release is The Intimate Bond: How Animals Shaped Human History.


      Author Residence: UK

      Author Hometown: Kingston upon Hull, England
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      9780199686001Images of the Ice AgePaul G. Bahn HardcoverMar 02, 2016$60.00Oxford University Press
      9781138132931The Archaeology CoursebookJim Grant HardcoverOct 08, 2015$242.20Taylor and Francis
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      While we are not able to predict with entire clarity where we are going, archaeology allows us to take a ound if not entirely dispassionate look at where we’ve been. It is hard to imagine a more engrossing or horough overview of human history than this volume. Spanning from prehominid beginnings in Africa to he Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876, Bahn's copiously illustrated, involving, and informative guide iscusses how what we leave behind tells us about how we lived and even how we lived, thought, and orshipped. This reference title's entries are generally two pages in length, with between two-to-six clear lack-and-white photographs. A description of the site under consideration is given along with what cane deduced from the remains. Photos are analyzed in captions, enhancing the text. Written by experts in he field, most with university affiliations, the entries are consistent and involving. A final section, “How rchaeology Works,” details changes in methods over time in the areas of surveying, excavation, dating, nd scientific analysis, such as in the use of DNA and site analysis to identify the body of King Richard III f England. The volume concludes with a glossary, a list of contributors, and a detailed, accurate index.n excellent resource for high-school and college students with considerable appeal for the general reader.
      — Ann Welton
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    9781588346001 Hardcover MUSIC / Genres & Styles On Sale Date: October 24, 2017
    $54.00 CAD 11.2 x 11.3 x 0.9 in | 216 pages Carton Quantity: 8 Canadian Rights: Y Smithsonian Books
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      In December 2015, the Smithsonian called on rock and roll lovers around the world to collect photos and stories of their favorite moments in music. Fans dug through attics, basements, closets, shoeboxes, digital cameras, and photo albums to post great rock shots to rockandroll.si.edu. From Woodstock to the Whisky a Go Go, from Lollapalooza to the 9:30 Club, and all the rockin’ places in between, fans overwhelmingly responded with their favorite rock and roll moments. Iconic artists ranging from the Who to Nirvana to Chuck Berry to the Jimi Hendrix and many more are celebrated here. There are early photographs of everyone from Run-D.M.C. to the Runaways, and contemporary shots of some of the biggest names in music, including Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, and Metallica. Presented together, these photographs create a kaleidoscopic history of the artists, the musical styles, the venues, the concerts, and the fans. This is rock and roll as it has never been seen before.
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      BILL BENTLEY is the former A&R Director at Concord Music Group and Vice President of Warner Bros. Records. He has been a drummer, record store clerk, DJ, concert promoter, music producer, and record label publicist. Through it all he has been a writer; in 2007 he received the ASCAP Deems Taylor award.

      Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

      Author Hometown: Houston, TX
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        Marketing: Outreach to major music, rock and roll, history, and pop culture sites and organizations

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      9780679737285The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and RollPaperbackNov 10, 1992$73.00Random House
      9780307270160Who Shot Rock and RollGail Buckland HardcoverOct 20, 2009$47.00Alfred A. Knopf
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      “For the better part of five decades, Bill Bentley and I have been listening to the music of the spheres together, and these visuals are a thrilling roadmap to where we’ve been and, one hopes, where we’re going.” —Billy F Gibbons, ZZ Top

      “Within minutes of meeting Bill for the first time back in the early ’80s, we found ourselves talking about Joe Tex’s ‘The Love You Save’ and Roky Erickson’s ‘Don’t Slander Me’ in the same paragraph. I knew right there and then that he’d always be a voice to which I would attend." —Elvis Costello

      “Bill Bentley is that rare breed: a music industry insider who actually knows and loves music. Within these pages lurk fantastic images of everyone from Bob Dylan to the 13th Floor Elevators, many of them previously unseen. Buy this book!” —Jimmy McDonough, author of Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography and Soul Survivor: A Biography of Al Green

      “If rock and roll was a planet, Bill Bentley would be the head astronaut and Smithsonian Rock and Roll would be the operator’s manual. This is a trip worth checking out.” —Wayne Coyne, the Flaming Lips

      “Bill Bentley is a music mensch.” —Lou Reed

      LOS ANGELES TIMES
      “A candid compendium of musical history marked by the trapped-in-time moments […] The joy and devotion contained in the photos is as infectious as the music itself.”

      WASHINGTON POST
      “Hundreds of fans’ rock-and-roll photos in a handsome new photography book […] The author was open to huge pop stars as much as cult musicians. The 13th Floor Elevators, a Texas psychedelic band, warrant a two-page spread. Kiss is in there; so are Guns N’ Roses.”

      PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
      “Curated by legendary record man Bentley, the handsome tome covers Chuck Berry to Led Zeppelin to the Alabama Shakes.”

      HOUSTON PRESS
      “From early rock pioneers like Chuck Berry and Little Richard to ‘70s titans Led Zeppelin and David Bowie up to Jack White and Adele, 120 different artists are shown in concert in this coffee-table book.”

      PARADE
      “It’s a gorgeous coffee-table book, a sweeping photographic history of stars, performances, style and magical moments.”

      BOOKLIST
      “A canon of rock […] This large-format book is eminently browsable and will prompt readers to dig out their old records or stream their favorite songs.”
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    The Sweat of Their Face David C. Ward, Dorothy Moss, John Fagg
    9781588346056 Hardcover ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions On Sale Date: October 31, 2017
    $53.95 CAD 9.3 x 11.3 x 0.8 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 10 Canadian Rights: Y Smithsonian Books
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      Work always has been a central construct in the United States, influencing how Americans measure their lives and assess their contribution to the wider society. Work also has been valued as the key element in the philosophy of self-improvement and social mobility that undergird the American value system. Yet work can also be something imposed upon people: it can be exploitative, painful, and hard. This duality is etched into the faces of the people depicted in the portraits showcased in The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers. This companion volume to an exhibition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery examines working-class subjects as they appear in artworks by artists including Winslow Homer, Elizabeth Catlett, Danny Lyon, and Shauna Frischkorn. This richly illustrated book charts the rise and fall of labor from the empowered artisan of the eighteenth century through industrialization and the current American business climate, in which industrial jobs have all but disappeared. It also traces the history of work itself through its impact on the men and women whose laboring bodies are depicted. The Sweat of Their Face is a powerful visual exploration of the inextricable ties between American labor and society.
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      DAVID C. WARD is the National Portrait Gallery’s senior historian. He has curated exhibitions on Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln, American poetry, and the award-winning Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture. He has also authored several books, including Charles Willson Peale: Art and Selfhood in the Early Republic. DOROTHY MOSS is director of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition and curator of painting and sculpture at the National Portrait Gallery. She has contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues, and her articles and essays have been published in the Burlington Magazine, Gastronomica, and American Art.

      Author Residence: Washington, DC
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      9781907804427Face ValueBrandon Brame Fortune HardcoverMay 13, 2014$81.50D Giles Limited
      9780199768233Eyes on LaborCarol Quirke PaperbackAug 22, 2012$39.95Oxford University Press
      9781588342997Hide/SeekJonathan D. Katz HardcoverNov 02, 2010$53.00Smithsonian Books
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