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Grunt - The Curious Science of Humans at War


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Mary Roach is the author of Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Her writing has appeared in Outside, Wired, National Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. She lives in Oakland, California.


"A mirthful, informative peek behind the curtain of military science." -- Washington Post
"From the ever-illuminating author of Bonk and Stiff comes an examination of the science behind war. Even the tiniest minutiae count on the battlefield, and Roach leads us through her discoveries in her inimitable style." -- Elle
"Our most consistently entertaining science journalist...Roach goes where other writers wouldn't dare....And her search produces images-a kind of technopoetry-that are hard to forget." -- O Magazine
"[Roach] takes on the challenges the military faces to keep its fighters safe and healthy with her trademark flair (and zingy footnotes)." -- Entertainment Weekly
"Roach is a tenacious investigative journalist with an appetite for the unappetizing...Grunt ranks high in the Roach repertoire." -- USA Today
"Mary Roach's latest bit of brilliance....As meticulously researched, beautifully written, and disturbingly funny as her previous books...Grunt examines the science behind war, as well as the researchers who are leading the charge in these state-of- the-art developments. Roach's prose is a triumph-an engaging blend of anecdote, research, and reflection." -- Boston Globe
"[Roach] writes exquisitely about the excruciating....wildly informative and vividly written" -- Los Angeles Times
"Nobody does weird science quite like [Roach], and this time, she takes on war. Though all her books look at the human body in extreme situations (sex! space! death!), this isn't simply a blood-drenched affair. Instead, Roach looks at the unexpected things that take place behind the scenes." -- Wired
"Roach...applies her tenacious reporting and quirky point of view to efforts by scientists to conquer some of the soldier's worst enemies." -- Seattle Times
"Extremely likable...and quick with a quip....[Roach's] skill is to draw out the good humor and honesty of both the subjects and practitioners of these white arts among the dark arts of war." -- San Francisco Chronicle
"Covering these topics and more, Roach has done a fascinating job of portraying unexpected, creative sides of military science." -- New York Post

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