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  • The Museum in Transitionby Hilde S. Hein

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 17.95

    During the past thirty years, museums of all kinds have tried to become more responsive to the interests of a diverse public. With exhibitions becoming people-centered, idea-oriented, and contextualized, the boundaries between museums and the ?real? world are eroding. Setting the transition from object-centered to story-centered exhibitions in a philosophical... more...

  • A History of Life in 100 Fossilsby Paul D. Taylor; Aaron O'Dea

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 34.95

    A History of Life in 100 Fossils showcases 100 key fossils that together illustrate the evolution of life on earth. Iconic specimens have been selected from the renowned collections of the two premier natural history museums in the world, the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, and the Natural History Museum, London. The fossils ahve been chosen... more...

  • The First Smithsonian Collectionby Helena E. Wright

    Smithsonian 2015; US$ 39.95

    In 1849 the Smithsonian purchased the Marsh Collection of European engravings. Not only the first collection of any kind to be acquired by the new Institution, it was also the first public print collection in the nation, and it presented an important symbol of cultural authority.   The prints formed part of the library of Vermont Congressman George... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...