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  • John Glennby Andrew Chaikin

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 4.95

    In February 1962, he became the first American to orbit the Earth. Since then John Herschel Glenn Jr. has stood in the popular imagination as a quintessentially American hero. In John Glenn:  America's Astronaut , a special edition e-book featuring 45 stunning photographs as well as a video, Chaikin explores Glenn's path to greatness.  John Glenn... 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...

  • 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...

  • When Thunder Rolledby Ed Rasimus

    Smithsonian 2011; US$ 12.99

    Ed Rasimus straps the reader into the cockpit of an F-105 Thunderchief fighter-bomber in his engaging account of the Rolling Thunder campaign in the skies over North Vietnam. Between 1965 and 1968, more than 330 F-105s were lost?the highest loss rate in Southeast Asia?and many pilots were killed, captured, and wounded because of the Air Force?s disastrous... more...

  • Washington on Foot, Fifth Editionby John J. Protopappas; Alvin R. Mcneal

    Smithsonian 2012; US$ 14.95

    The best way to see? really see?any city is on foot. The perennial favorite Washington on Foot has been compeltely revised and updated to offer 24 walking tours of Washington's neighborhoods. Familiar monuments and museums are all here, side-by-side with lesser-known historic sites and storied residential neighborhoods. Washington on Foot offers... more...

  • A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections, Third Editionby Marie C. Malaro; Ildiko Deangelis

    Smithsonian 2012; US$ 47.95

    Hailed when it was first published in 1985 as the bible of U.S. collections management, A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections offers the only comprehensive discussion of the legal questions faced by museums regarding collections. This revised and expanded third edition addresses the many legal developments?including a comprehensive discussion... more...

  • Ethics on the Arkby Bryan G. Norton; Michael Hutchins; Terry Maple; Elizabeth Stevens

    Smithsonian 2012; US$ 22.95

    Ethics on the Ark presents a passionate, multivocal discussion?among zoo professionals, activists, conservation biologists, and philosophers?about the future of zoos and aquariums, the treatment of animals in captivity, and the question of whether the individual, the species, or the ecosystem is the most important focus in conservation efforts. Contributors... more...