Book Club - Non-Fiction Book Group - Grunt – The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach

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October 24, 2017 Non-Fiction Book Group will meet to discuss: Grunt – The Curious

Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach
Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries; panic, exhaustion,
heat, noise and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire
with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat.
She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a
sniper. She visits repurposed movie studios where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for
the shock and gore of combat wounds. At Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti, in east Africa, we learn how
diarrhea can be a threat to national security. Roach samples caffeinated meat, sniffs an archival sample of
a World War II stink bomb, and stays up all night with the crew tending the missiles on the nuclear
submarine USS Tennessee. She answers questions not found in any other book on the military: Why is
DARPA interested in ducks? How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit? Why are shrimp more dangerous
to sailors than sharks? Take a tour of duty with Roach, and you will never see our nation's defenders in
the same way again.

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Event Date 10-24-2017 6:00 pm
Event End Date 10-24-2017 8:00 pm
Location
Kona Stories Book Shop
78-6831 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Kona Stories Book Shop
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