- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (June 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393245446
- ISBN-13: 978-0393245448
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 560 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War 1st Edition
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An Amazon Best Book of June 2016: It takes a special kind of writer to make topics ranging from death to our gastrointestinal tract interesting (sometimes hilariously so), and pop science writer Mary Roach is always up to the task. In her latest book, Grunt, she explores how our soldiers combat their non-gun-wielding opponents--panic, heat exhaustion, the runs, and more. It will give you a new appreciation not only for our men and women in uniform (and by the way, one of the innumerable things you’ll learn is how and why they choose the fabric for those uniforms), but for the unsung scientist-soldiers tasked with coming up with ways to keep the “grunts” alive and well. If you are at all familiar with Roach’s oeuvre, you know her enthusiasm for her subjects is palpable and infectious. This latest offering is no exception. --Erin Kodicek, The Amazon Book Review
From School Library Journal
Roach does it again. Amid all the debates about the military-industrial complex in our country, its impact on medicine, invention, and other scientific pursuits is often overlooked. Roach interviews those in science-related military careers, employing her cockeyed sense of humor and awing readers with what she uncovers. (http://ow.ly/PN4C305MyAa)—Jamie Watson, Baltimore County Public Library
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She's at her best the further away she is from the battlefield and in the socially-awkward schtick she pulls off so well, such as cornering a SF soldier in a chow hall about diarrhea. She creates herself as an endearing dork, and, honestly, I love it, because her curious dorkitude is something her fans relate to, almost personally.
The only critique I have of this book is it's too short. There's SO much to be said about sleep, and so many other topics to think and write about (nothing on the airborne?!) that it felt a bit thin, though I'm sure it's not. I rather suspect it's a matter of who would allow her access and for what.
If you already like her work, this is another solid addition to your reading list. It might be a good intro to new readers who are interested in the topic (loosely, military science), though I'm not sure that some of the chapters would make it a big seller with families of soldiers and sailors. For me, a veteran, I kept quietly laughing at the examples of military bureaucratic bulls***--so very little of which has changed since I was in!
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