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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War (Paperback)

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A finalist for the Los Angeles Times Science & Technology Book Prize







`The most entertaining writer in science' - The Times, Books of the Year







War. Mention it and most of us think of history, of conflicts on foreign soil, of heroism and compromise, of strategy and weapons. But there's a whole other side to the gruesome business of the battlefield.







In Grunt, the inimitable Mary Roach explores the science of keeping human beings intact, awake, sane, uninfected and uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war. Setting about her task with infectious enthusiasm, she sniffs World War II stink bombs, tests earplugs in a simulated war zone and burns the midnight oil with the crew of a nuclear submarine. Speaking to the scientists and the soldiers, she learns about everything from life-changing medical procedures to innovations as esoteric as firing dead chickens at fighter jets. Engrossing, insightful and laugh-out-loud funny, this is an irresistible ride to the wilder shores of modern military life.

History & PoliticsMilitary StudiesMilitary life & institutionsHumourMedical & VeterinaryBrances of medicineEnvironmental medicineOccupational medicineScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesPopular science Publisher: Oneworld Publications Publication Date: 01/09/2016 ISBN-13: 9781780749778  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Mary Roach is the New York Times-bestselling author of several popular science books. She has written for the Guardian, Wired, BBC Focus, GQ and Vogue. She lives in California.

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