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  • Places of Inventionby Arthur P. Molella; Anna Karvellas

    Smithsonian 2015; US$ 39.95

    The companion book to an upcoming museum exhibition of the same name, Places of Invention seeks to answer timely questions about the nature of invention and innovation:  What is it about some places that sparks invention and innovation? Is it simply being at the right place at the right time, or is it more than that? How does ?place??whether physical,... more...

  • Angels Zeroby Robert Brulle

    Smithsonian 2015; US$ 29.95

    Robert V. Brulle, who flew seventy ground support missions with the 366th Fighter Group, links his daily experiences in the cockpit not only with the battles in which he participated but also with events in the wider European theater. Combining anecdotes from his personal diary, research in US and German records, and interviews with participants from... more...

  • The Great Inka Roadby Ramiro Matos; Jose Barreiro; David Penney; John Oschendorf

    Smithsonian 2015; US$ 40.00

    This compelling collection of essays explores the Qhapaq nan (or Great Inca Road), an extensive network of trails reaching modern-day Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. These roads and the accompanying agricultural terraces and structures that have survived for more than six centuries are a testament to the advanced engineering... more...

  • Translating Americaby Peter Conolly-Smith

    Smithsonian 2015; US$ 29.95

    At the turn of the century, New York City's Germans constituted a culturally and politically dynamic community, with a population 600,000 strong. Yet fifty years later, traces of its culture had all but disappeared. What happened? The conventional interpretation has been that, in the face of persecution and repression during World War I, German immigrants... more...

  • Witness in Our Time, Second Editionby Ken Light

    Smithsonian 2010; US$ 21.95

    Witness in Our Time traces the recent history of social documentary photography in the words of twenty-nine of the genre's best photographers, editors, and curators, showing how the profession remains vital, innovative, and committed to social change. The second edition includes a new section of interviews on documentary photography in the field... more...

  • The Shackled Continentby Robert Guest

    Smithsonian 2010; US$ 21.95

    A former Africa editor for  The Economist , Robert Guest addresses the troubled continent's thorniest problems: war, AIDS, and above all, poverty. Newly updated with a preface that considers political and economic developments of the past six years,  The Shackled Continent is engrossing, highly readable, and as entertaining as it is tragic.... more...

  • Falling to Earthby Al Worden; Francis French; Dick Gordon; Tom Stafford

    Smithsonian 2011; US$ 17.95

    As command module pilot for the Apollo 15 mission to the moon in 1971, Al Worden flew on what is widely regarded as the greatest exploration mission that humans have ever attempted. He spent six days orbiting the moon, including three days completely alone, the most isolated human in existence. During the return from the moon to earth he also conducted... more...

  • How the States Got Their Shapes Tooby Mark Stein

    Smithsonian 2011; US$ 16.95

    Was Roger Williams too pure for the Puritans, and what does that have to do with Rhode Island?  Why did Augustine Herman take ten years to complete the map that established Delaware?  How did Rocky Mountain rogues help create the state of Colorado?  All this and more is explained in Mark Stein's new book. How the States Got Their Shapes Too follows... more...

  • To the Ends of the Earthby T.M. Devine

    Smithsonian 2011; US$ 32.95

    The Scots are one of the world's greatest nations of emigrants. For centuries, untold numbers of men, women, and children have sought their fortunes in every conceivable walk of life and in every imaginable climate. All over the British Empire, the United States, and elsewhere, the Scottish contribution to the development of the modern world has been... more...

  • Math and the Mona Lisaby Bulent Atalay

    Smithsonian 2011; US$ 12.99

    Leonardo da Vinci was one of history's true geniuses, equally brilliant as an artist, scientist, and mathematician. Readers of The Da Vinci Code were given a glimpse of the mysterious connections between math, science, and Leonardo's art. Math and the Mona Lisa picks up where The Da Vinci Code left off, illuminating Leonardo's life and work to... more...