Mary Roach - Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

In her seventh book, Roach, the indefatigable and intrepid author of Packing for Mars, Bonk, Stiff, and Spook—studies of, respectively, space travel, sex, death, and the afterlife—investigates how we prepare for war, a regimen that exposes combatants to extremes of temperature, noise, panic, and boredom. Her field work included a stint with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team for a study on hearing loss and survivability, a visit to the U.S. Army Natick Labs to find out what zippers mean to a sniper, and a night on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee. She also observed amputee actors training medics for the trauma of combat wounds, tasted caffeinated meat, and experienced other staples of boot camp.

Roach will be in conversation with Terry Monmaney, Deputy Editor at Smithsonian magazine.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393245448
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 7th, 2016

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