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  • Red Foxby J. David Henry

    Smithsonian 2013; US$ 16.95

    In this engaging introduction to the red fox ( Vulpes vulpes ), J. David Henry recounts his years of field research on this flame-colored predator. With its catlike whiskers, teeth, and paws, as well as vertical-slit pupils, the North American red fox not only resembles but often behaves like a feline, especially when hunting. Probing the reasons for... more...

  • The Hummingbirds of North America, Second Editionby Paul A. Johnsgard

    Smithsonian 2016; US$ 44.95

    Swift and iridescent, hummingbirds are found only in the New World, and encompass an amazing variety of specializations. No other family of birds can lay claim to so many superlatives, including smallest size, most rapid wingbeat, and most specialized plumages. While many species can be attracted to feeding stations and backyard flower gardens, others... more...

  • A New Century of Biologyby W. John Kress; Gary W. Barrett

    Smithsonian 2016; US$ 27.95

    In the twentieth century, scientists in the relatively new field of biology played an important role in exposing the threats of environmental degradation, loss of species diversity, habitat fragmentation, scarce energy resources, and human population growth. In the essays found in A New Century of Biology, some of the world's most notable biologists... more...

  • Air Vagabondsby Anthony J. Vallone

    Smithsonian 2015; US$ 29.95

    Air Vagabonds is the story of the amazing, true (mis)adventures of a band of rogues piloting aircraft alone into exotic and deadly destinations. In the late 1970s and through the 1980s the demand for light aircraft eclipsed anything seen before or since. This created the need for a small air force of pilots?ferry pilots?willing to fly thousands... more...

  • Amelia Earhartby Doris L. Rich

    Smithsonian 2013; US$ 16.95

    She died mysteriously before she was forty. Yet in the last decade of her life Amelia Earhart soared from obscurity to fame as the best-known female aviator in the world. She set record after record?among them, the first trans-Atlantic solo flight by a woman, a flight that launched Earhart on a double career as a fighter for women's rights and a tireless... more...

  • Analyzing Art and Aestheticsby Anne Collins Goodyear; Margaret A. Weitekamp

    Smithsonian 2013; US$ 49.95

    This ninth volume of the Artefacts series explores how artists have responded to developments in science and technology, past and present. Rather than limiting the discussion to art alone, editors Anne Collins Goodyear and Margaret Weitekamp also asked contributors to consider aesthetics: the scholarly consideration of sensory responses to cultural... more...

  • Ask the Astronautby Tom Jones

    Smithsonian 2016; US$ 12.95

    Ever wondered what space is really like? In his 25 years of training for, flying in, consulting on, and writing and speaking about space, astronaut and spacewalker Tom Jones can answer that question and many others. What do you feel on liftoff? What is weightlessness? Where do you sleep in space? Can you see the Great Wall of China? Jones answers... more...

  • At the Edge of Spaceby Milton O. Thompson; Neil A. Armstrong

    Smithsonian 2013; US$ 24.95

    In At the Edge of Space , Milton O. Thompson tells the dramatic story of one of the most successful research aircraft ever flown. The first full-length account of the X-15 program, the book profiles the twelve test pilots (Neil Armstrong, Joe Engle, Scott Crossfield, and the author among them) chosen for the program. Thompson has translated a highly... more...

  • The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North Americaby Edwin Tappan Adney; Howard I. Chappelle

    Smithsonian 2015; US$ 32.95

    The bark canoes of the North American Indians, particularly those of birchbark, were among the most highly developed manually propelled primitive watercraft. They could be used to carry heavy loads in shallow streams but were light enough to be hauled long distances over land. Built with Stone Age tools from available materials, their design, size,... more...

  • Collecting Native America, 1870-1960by Shepard Iii Krech

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 39.95

    Between the 1870s and 1950s collectors vigorously pursued the artifacts of Native American groups. Setting out to preserve what they thought was a vanishing culture, they amassed ethnographic and archaeological collections amounting to well over one million objects and founded museums throughout North America that were meant to educate the public about... more...