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  • A Wasp Among Eaglesby Ann Carl

    Smithsonian 2013; US$ 2.99

    Before World War II most Americans did not believe that the average woman could fly professionally, but during the war more than a thousand women pilots proved them wrong. These were the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), who served as military flyers on the home front. In March 1944 one of them, Ann Baumgartner, was assigned to the Fighter Flight... more...

  • The Value of the Moonby Paul D. Spudis

    Smithsonian 2016; US$ 27.95

    While the Moon was once thought to hold the key to space exploration, in recent decades, the U.S. has largely turned its sights toward Mars and other celestial bodies instead. In The Value of the Moon , lunar scientist Paul Spudis argues that the U.S. can and should return to the moon in order to remain a world leader in space utilization and... 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. Guest... 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; Not Available

    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...

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

    Smithsonian 2011; US$ 2.99

    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...

  • 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...