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The Adventurer's Handbook

by Mick Conefrey

What makes a good explorer? Adaptability, ambition, stamina, self-confidence, curiosity, optimism, authority—and fund-raising ability. Though few of us will ever have to face a charging elephant, or survive...


Fraser's Penguins

by Fen Montaigne

A dramatic chronicle of Antarctica's penguins that bears witness to climate changes that foreshadow our own future

The towering mountains and iceberg-filled seas of the western Antarctic Peninsula have for three...


Sleights of Mind

by Stephen L. Macknik, Susana Martinez-Conde & Sandra Blakeslee

"This book doesn't just promise to change the way you think about sleight of hand and David Copperfield—it will also change the way you think about the mind." —Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide and Proust...


The Blueberry Years

by Jim Minick

"A truly inspiring story, in gorgeous prose, about one family's journey into blueberry farming. Delicious reading." —Naomi Wolf, author of The End of America

The Blueberry Years is a mouth-watering and delightful...


The Cowboy and His Elephant

by Malcolm Macpherson

In the late 1980s, a female baby elephant was born into a herd that lived on the plains of southern Africa. Her mother has carried her for two years, and normally she would have nursed her for five more. But...


Aesop's Mirror

by Maryalice Huggins

"Everything I needed to know about Fox and Grapes mirror, I knew the moment I first saw it"

What antiques restorer Maryalice Huggins knew when she stumbled across the mirror at a country auction in Rhode Island...


Michael Phelps

by Bob Schaller, Rowdy Gaines & Jason Lezak

Michael Phelps is an American sports hero, perhaps the greatest Olympic athlete the world has ever known. His unprecedented eight gold medals in the 2008 Summer Olympics have made him a superstar. But his journey...


The 100 Day Action Plan to Save the Planet

by William S. Becker

When the 44th President of the United States is elected, he will face urgent crises on three major fronts: the American economy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the growing threat to the world environment...


Hurricane Almanac

by Bryan Norcross

Essential Information from CBS News' Hurricane Analyst

Bryan Norcross's pioneering and courageous TV coverage of Hurricane Andrew in 1992 helped millions of people in Florida cope with the killer storm. This...


Seeds of Terror

by Gretchen Peters

Most Americans think of the Taliban and al Qaeda as a bunch of bearded fanatics fighting an Islamic crusade from caves in Afghanistan. But that doesn't explain their astonishing comeback along the Pakistan-Afghanistan...


The Fate of Nature

by Charles Wohlforth

"What capacity for good lies in the hidden depths of people?"

Starting with this question, award-winning author Charles Wohlforth sets forth on a wide-ranging exploration of our relationship with the world. In...


Dark Summit

by Nick Heil

The inside story of the deadly 2006 climbing season on Everest

On May 15, 2006, a young British climber named David Sharp lay dying near the top of Mount Everest while forty other climbers walked past him on...


This Borrowed Earth

by Robert Emmet Hernan, Graham Nash & Bill Mckibben

Over the last century mankind has irrevocably damaged the environment through the unscrupulous greed of big business and our own willful ignorance. Here are the strikingly poignant accounts of disasters whose...


Confessions of a Radical Industrialist

by Ray C. Anderson & Robin White

In 1994, Interface founder and chairman Ray Anderson set an audacious goal for his commercial carpet company: to take nothing from the earth that can't be replaced by the earth. Now, in the most inspiring business...


Deep Water

by Jacques Leslie

"If the wars of the last century were fought over oil, the wars of this century will be fought over water." -Ismail Serageldin, The World Bank

The giant dams of today are the modern Pyramids, colossally expensive...


Extreme Fear

by Jeff Wise

Ever since the phrase "fight or flight" was coined in the 1920s, the common understanding has been that the mind respond to danger in one of two ways - either fleeing in blind panic, or fighting through it....


Bottom of the Ninth

by Michael Shapiro

Fifty years ago, as baseball faced crises on and off the field, two larger-than-life figures took center stage, each on a quest to reinvent the national pastime

In the late 1950s, baseball was under siege. Up-and-coming...


The Wolf in the Parlor

by Jon Franklin

A man and puppy exhumed from a 12,000-year-old grave sends a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer on a journey to the dogs

Of all the things hidden in plain sight, dogs are one of the most enigmatic....


Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet

by Michael T. Klare & Michael Klare

From the author of the now-classic Resource Wars, an indispensable account of how the world's diminishing sources of energy are radically changing the international balance of power

Recently, an unprecedented...


The Road to Omaha

by Ryan McGee

Every summer, college baseball teams from around the nation come to Omaha, Nebraska, to play pure move-the-man-over, run-manufacturing baseball in a series that's part college bowl game, part county fair. In...