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  • Mars Rover Curiosityby Rob Manning; William L. Simon

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 29.95

    The firsthand account of the trials and tribulations of engineering one of the most complex pieces of space technology, the Mars Rover Curiosity, by its chief engineer Rob Manning In the course of our enduring quest for knowledge about ourselves and our universe, we haven't found answers to one of our most fundamental questions: Does life exist... more...

  • Every Stamp Tells a Storyby Cheryl Ganz; M. T. Sheahan; Richard R. John

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 29.95

    Every stamp and piece of mail tells a story. In fact, each often tells multiple stories, ranging from concept to art design to production to usage, often with tales of politics, history, technology, biography, genealogy, economics, geography, disaster, and triumph. The lens of philately offers a fresh and engaging story of American history, culture,... more...

  • Air Warfare in the Missile Ageby Lon O. Nordeen

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 24.95

    Lon O. Nordeen has completely updated his 1985 chronicle of military aviation?s evolving role in warfare, now covering the major conflicts of the past four decades. He presents the historical and political background of each conflict and includes in-depth discussions of the aircraft, weapons, tactics, training, new systems, and other factors that influenced... more...

  • Reflections of a Culture Brokerby Richard Kurin

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 27.95

    Is culture brokered like stocks, real estate, or marriage? In this engaging book, Richard Kurin shows that cultures are also mediated and indeed brokered by countries, organizations, communities, and individuals -- all with their own vision of the truth and varying abilities to impose it on others. Drawing on his diverse experiences in producing exhibitions... more...

  • Grassland Grouse and Their Conservationby Paul A. Johnsgard

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 39.95

    Paul Johnsgard, one of the world's leading ornithologists, has written this book as a call to action. Conservationists have seen a marked decline in the populations of North American grouse, particularly the grassland-adapted species. Unless action is taken swiftly, at least one species -- Attwater's prairie-chicken -- is certain to follow the heath... more...

  • Mustang Designerby Ray Wagner

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 19.95

    Mustang Designer tells the story of American wartime fighter development, including engines and armaments, as part of a nationwide program of aircraft builders and fliers, focusing on Edgar Schmued, the designer of the Mustang. The P-51 Mustang is widely regarded as the best propeller-driven fighter that ever flew. What many might not realize is... more...

  • Measuring and Monitoring Biological Diversityby Ronald Heyer; Maureen A. Donnelly; Mercedes Foster; Roy Mcdiarmid

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 36.95

    Measuring and Monitoring Biological Diversity is the first book to provide comprehensive coverage of standard methods for biodiversity sampling of amphibians, with information on analyzing and using data that will interest biologists in general. In this manual, nearly fifty herpetologists recommend ten standard sampling procedures for measuring... more...

  • Visions of a Flying Machineby Peter L. Jakab

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 18.95

    This acclaimed book on the Wright Brothers takes the reader straight to the heart of their remarkable achievement, focusing on the technology and offering a clear, concise chronicle of precisely what they accomplished and how they did it. This book deals with the process of the invention of the airplane and how the brothers identified and resolved... more...

  • The Golden Age of the Great Passenger Airshipsby Harold Dick; Douglas Robinson

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 39.95

    Drawing on the extensive photographs, notes, diaries, reports, recorded data, and manuals he collected during his five years at the Zeppelin Company in Germany, from 1934 through 1938, Harold G. Dick tells the story of the two great passenger Zeppelins. Against the background of German secretiveness, especially during the Nazi period, Dick's accumulation... more...

  • Tex Johnstonby A. M. "Tex" Johnston

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 17.95

    One of America's most daring and accomplished test pilots, Tex Johnston flew the first US jet airplanes and, in a career spanning the 1930s through the 1970s, helped create the jet age at such pioneering aersospace companies as Bell Aircraft and Boeing. more...