A provocative alternate history of humanity's ancient ancestry and the evolution of human nature draws on ground-breaking scientific findings to offer insight into such debated issues as the evolution of language and race, the domestication of companion animals, and the defeat of the Neanderthals. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Examines the role of the unexpected—the Black Swan—in both life and human history, explaining how the phenomenon and its applications affect every aspect of the world in which we live, why humans are unable to anticipate a Black Swan, and how we rationalize the phenomenon to make it appear less random. 50,000 first printing.
Offers an inspirational portrait of the Native American football team of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, a championship squad that included the legendary Jim Thorpe and that defeated its Ivy League opponents, in a history that is set against a backdrop of the early days of football and the rise and fall of Coach Glenn "Pop" Warner. 75,000 first printing.
Filled with illustrations reflecting the whimsy, the devotion, and the commerce that have shaped centuries of American pet keeping, a portrait of Americans' relationships with animals shows how the history of pets has evolved alongside changing ideas about human nature, child development, and community life.
Recounts the personal experiences of a U.S. Army soldier who served in Iraq as a member of the controversial Stryker Brigade Combat Team, a tour of duty during which he engaged in dangerous firefights and raids and kept an online Web log describing his war experiences. 75,000 first printing.
An entertaining selection of essays by the popular humorist, the first in more than a decade, reassesses the diverse conflicts between the North and the South, ranging from musical taste, religion, and eating habits to theories of education, sports, politics, child-rearing, and race. Reprint.
Traces the harrowing and failed 1848 escape attempt of more than seventy slaves, an event that threw Washington, D.C., into turmoil and galvanized the debate over slavery in Congress, in a narrative account that focuses on the freedom quest of teenage sisters Mary and Emily Edmonson.
Focuses on the Limestone County, Alabama, lives altered and lost in April 1974, when more than one hundred tornadoes—six of them of the most powerful "F5" category of storms—swept across thirteen states, killing and wounding hundreds of people and causing billions of dollars worth of damage.