Part homage, part artistic and sociological journey, The Wall of Birds tells the story of birds' remarkable 375-million-year evolution. Full of lush photographs of gorgeous life-size birds painted in exacting detail, the book lets readers explore these amazing creatures family by family and continent by continent.
A narrative by the Tower of London's official Ravenmaster about what it's like to live among the ravens at England's most famous national monument, woven together with insight from folklore, history, and contemporary behavioral science about this unusual bird.
"Two defense experts explore the collision of war, politics, and social media, where the most important battles are now only a click away. Through the weaponization of social media, the internet is changing war and politics, just as war and politics are changing the internet. Terrorists livestream their attacks, "Twitter wars"produce real-world casualties, and viral misinformation alters not just the result of battles, but the very fate of nations. The result is that war, tech, and politics have blurred into a new kind of battlespace that plays out on our smartphones. P. W. Singer and Emerson Brooking tackle the mind-bending questions that arise when war goes online and the online world goes to war. They explore how ISIS copies the Instagram tactics of Taylor Swift, a former World of Warcraft addict foils war crimes thousands of miles away, internet trolls shape elections, and China uses a smartphone app to police the thoughts of 1.4 billion citizens. What can be kept secret in a world of networks? Does social media expose the truth or bury it? And what role do ordinary people now play in international conflicts? Delving into the web's darkest corners, we meet the unexpected warriors of social media, such as the rapper turned jihadist PR czar and the Russian hipsters who wage unceasing infowars against the West. Finally, looking to the crucial years ahead, LikeWar outlines a radical new paradigm for understanding and defending against the unprecedented threats of our networked world."—
From early celestial navigation to satellite-enabled warfare, a well-researched book provides a thought-provoking exploration of the centuries-old relationship between science and military power.
A New Yorker staff writer analyzes the perilous world of the international fossil trade through the story of one man's devastating effort to sell a Gobi Desert dinosaur skeleton from a nation that forbids natural-history trafficking. 150,000 first printing.
Presents a portrait of Chesapeake Bay's 200-year-old Tangier Island crabbing community, describing their isolated and vanishing way of life while explaining how rising sea levels will render the island uninhabitable within 20 years.
Reveals the world's absolute dependence on sand as a resource material used in virtually every structure and consumer product, describing how the planet's dwindling sand levels and related human practices are incurring significant environmental consequences.
Tracing the evolution of whales from small land-roamers to the intelligent, massive creatures of today, an award-winning Smithsonian researcher shares scientific and archaeological insights into their mysteries and survival challenges.
The conservation biologist and award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers presents a natural and cultural history of the bee that traces its evolution and varieties while evaluating the environmental hazards placing them at risk. 30,000 first printing.