Grunt: The Curious Science Of Humans At War by Mary RoachGrunt: The Curious Science Of Humans At War by Mary Roach

Grunt: The Curious Science Of Humans At War

byMary Roach

Hardcover | November 15, 2017

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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 a repurposed movie studio 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’ll never see our nation’s defenders in the same way again.
Mary Roach is the author of Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Her writing has appeared in Outside, Wired, National Geographic, and the...
Title:Grunt: The Curious Science Of Humans At WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.4 × 0.9 inPublished:November 15, 2017Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really like this book I have read all of Mary Roach's books and always look forward to the next one. She never shrinks from telling it like it is, no matter how gruesome or stomach churning. I always learn new things. Grunt has given me an inside look at would troops have to endure, and I now have even more respect for them.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT! I loved this book. It was so fascinating to read about the small inner workings about the military - things you would never expect would be looked into. I wish there was more chapters based on an individuals actual role in the military - such as the end chapters about the submarines. It provided a neat insight, and would be cool to see a bit more of an insight into the army, pilots, etc. A bit too many chapters regarding keeping individuals safe from bombs and how to cure them after - but still very interesting to read. Would definitely read another of hers
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright Definitely not my favourite book she's written. Not for the squeamish and there are times when I can't if she's trying to be funny or mean, but overall it's interesting enough to finish.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended I've been trying to get into reading more non-fiction, and this was a great place to start. I didn't know anything about the science of war, but Mary Roach is a fantastic guide. She explains complicated material without coming off as condescending and she has an infectious excitement about what is a rather niche topic. The book is very funny, but it's also peppered with insightful observations and it sheds light on the oft-overlooked individuals that work behind the scenes. Grunt was immensely interesting and engaging. I will definitely be reading Roach's other book. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-11

Editorial Reviews

A mirthful, informative peek behind the curtain of military science. — Washington PostFrom the ever-illuminating author of Bonk and Stiff comes an examination of the science behind war. Even the tiniest minutiae count on the battlefield, and Roach leads us through her discoveries in her inimitable style. — ElleOur most consistently entertaining science journalist…Roach goes where other writers wouldn’t dare….And her search produces images—a kind of technopoetry—that are hard to forget. — O Magazine[Roach] takes on the challenges the military faces to keep its fighters safe and healthy with her trademark flair (and zingy footnotes). — Entertainment WeeklyRoach is a tenacious investigative journalist with an appetite for the unappetizing...Grunt ranks high in the Roach repertoire. — USA TodayMary Roach’s latest bit of brilliance….As meticulously researched, beautifully written, and disturbingly funny as her previous books…Grunt examines the science behind war, as well as the researchers who are leading the charge in these state-of- the-art developments. Roach’s prose is a triumph—an engaging blend of anecdote, research, and reflection. — Boston Globe[Roach] writes exquisitely about the excruciating….wildly informative and vividly written — Los Angeles TimesNobody does weird science quite like [Roach], and this time, she takes on war. Though all her books look at the human body in extreme situations (sex! space! death!), this isn’t simply a blood-drenched affair. Instead, Roach looks at the unexpected things that take place behind the scenes. — WiredRoach...applies her tenacious reporting and quirky point of view to efforts by scientists to conquer some of the soldier’s worst enemies. — Seattle TimesExtremely likable…and quick with a quip….[Roach’s] skill is to draw out the good humor and honesty of both the subjects and practitioners of these white arts among the dark arts of war. — San Francisco ChronicleCovering these topics and more, Roach has done a fascinating job of portraying unexpected, creative sides of military science. — New York Post