The best-selling author of The Hot Zone takes a close-up look at the world's tallest trees, the coast redwoods that grow only in the coastal regions of California, and at the previously unknown ecosystem that the trees form high in the air in the forest canopy, profiling the scientists and researchers that study this unique, labyrinthine ecological niche. 150,000 first printing.
An investigation into the process of how memory and attention change in middle age, and offers insight into the physiological, psychological, and sociological factors that contribute to midlife forgetfulness.
Presents a six-week program to help readers stick with their diet, lose weight, and keep the weight off, explaining how to use the principles of cognitive therapy to eliminate negative thinking patterns and behaviors that lead to dieting failures.
The failure of America's medical system, as seen through the stories of the people who engineered the current health care revolution and those who have suffered from it. Every day, millions of Americans find themselves struggling to find affordable medical care for themselves and their families. It is a problem unique to the United States, the only country in the developed world that does not guarantee access to medical care as a right of citizenship. It is also a problem that is about to get worse. The American health insurance system, first created in the 1930s, is collapsing. Unless somebody decides to build a new system in its place, millions more Americans will suffer. Combining the real-life stories of ordinary people across the country with original reporting from Washington, this book explains why this transformation is taking place—and the consequences that could someday befall all of us.—From publisher description..
An entertaining and informative introduction to the world of the physical sciences draws on examples based on the TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel to explain complex concepts and theories of biology, chemistry, and theoretical physics—from demons and interdimensional portals to black holes and string theory. Original. 50,000 first printing.
Describes the genesis of Darwin's theories, from his university studies and five-year voyage on the Beagle to his debates with contemporaries and his garden experiments, in a history that also illuminates controversies surrounding the work's publication.
Presents a history of the development and proliferation of nuclear weapons, an analysis of the current crisis with Iran, and advice on what can be done to enforce arms control and ensure peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
Traces the shared efforts of American soldiers, Iraqi staffpeople, conservationists, and ordinary citizens to safeguard the lives of the animals at the Baghdad Zoo who survived the outbreak of the Iraq war, an endeavor marked by hair-raising efforts to save a pride of lions, close a black-market zoo, and rescue Saddam's Arabian horses. 15,000 first printing.