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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War By Mary Roach Grunt The Curious Science of Humans at War 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

  • Title: Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
  • Author: Mary Roach
  • ISBN: 9780393354379
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 aGrunt 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 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.
    Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War By Mary Roach

    Grunt The Curious Science of Humans at War Now, in Grunt, her latest book, Roach has turned her attention to military science, specifically the science based efforts by the U.S defense establishment to clothe, train, armor, and heal our soldiers, sailors, and airmen and protect them from every manner of wound and loss of function. Grunt The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach Jun , 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. Grunt The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach Jun , Grunt The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach is another wonderful book by a women that tackles subjects and picks them apart for us readers I have read all her books and love every one of them The first few books were so funny that I laughed in every one but she has been getting into my serious stuff lately. Grunt The Curious Science of Humans at War on Apple Books Jun , Grunt The Curious Science of Humans at War is a fascinating, entertaining, and jaw dropping read PUBLISHERS WEEKLY APR , With compassion and dark humor, Roach Gulp delves into the world of military scientists and their drive to make combat survivable for soldiers. 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, flies, noise and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them Roach visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds. Grunt The Curious Science of Humans at War Grunt The Curious Science of Humans at War UK Import Now, in Grunt, her latest book, Roach has turned her attention to military science, specifically the science based efforts by the U.S defense establishment to clothe, train, armor, and heal our soldiers, sailors, and airmen and protect them from every manner of wound and loss of function. Grunt The Curious Science of Humans at War Summary Grunt The Curious Science of Humans at War Summary Study Guide Mary Roach This Study Guide consists of approximately pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Grunt.

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    1. Petra X on said:

      I don t see why so many people are raving over this book It s a disjointed series of essays giving the research and state of play of various military concerns All written, as Mary Roach does, in a very populist way with self deprecating humour inserted so that we know she s just like one of us and not that bright or deep or out of our league which she probably is Mine certainly There isn t the depth I would like in such a serious and interesting subject except of course about shit In this case d [...]

    2. Brett Shavers on said:

      Having served in the Marines the entire time in an infantry battalion no less , reading about military gear and health research had me chuckling than a dozen times, only because of having spent many nights in the rain, or the snow, or a desert, or a jungle, dealing with crap gear, tasteless food, and health risks Although much of the book is lighthearted, such as when talking about pooping in the field, the subjects are really life and death serious, which is probably why military members joke [...]

    3. Will Byrnes on said:

      The Chicken gun has a sixty foot barrel, putting it solidly in the class of an artillery piece While a four pound chicken hurtling in excess of 400 miles per hour is a lethal projectile OK, stop right there Mary Roach s latest venture into odd science begins with a notion that would likely raise the hackles and maybe the hopes of Rocky the Rhode Island Red of the filmChicken Run Yikes But Rocky would be better off sticking with the usual modes of transportation for the aeronautically challenged [...]

    4. Carmen on said:

      Someone else yells, Blood sweeps A corpsman trainee reaches under my back and slides both hands from shoulders to hips He looks at his hands, checking for blood, for a wound that might have been overlooked If you don t happen to be wounded, blood sweeps feel lovely.Mary Roach What can I say One of the most entertaining non fiction writers in existence I always, always look forward to her books and they never disappoint She s smart, funny, and compassionate Ed Rachles is fucking lucky and he shou [...]

    5. J.L. Sutton on said:

      Roach has been receiving rave reviews for popularizing what has been called morbid or gross science for the last number of years I had her book Stiff The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers on my TBR list when Grunt The Curious Science of Humans at War became one of Audible s Daily Deals I immediately downloaded Grunt and began listening I m not sure how I would have reacted to Roach s other books, but this one didn t do it for me For one, her approach to the subject seemed haphazard Besides feeling [...]

    6. Mark on said:

      What goes on behind the scenes as the U.S military prepare and take part in wars and or peacekeeping missions We have all seen the television images of naval and air force exercises, seen the soldiers flat on their bellies firing at targets in a field We ve seen the military commander standing behind a dais intoning a speech as row upon row of armed forces stand to attention in their camouflaged outfits And, most unfortunately, we ve seen the footage of war itself The bombers, the tanks, the sol [...]

    7. Melki on said:

      An army marches on its stomach Napoleon Bonaparte Soldiers fight on their stomachs, but also on their toes and fingers and a decent night s sleep Mary RoachYep, this is Mary Roach Goes to War.Roach is not Sebastian Junger she was not embedded, trailing troops into combat zones That was never her intention Her book concerns the individuals behind the scenes, those who fight tirelessly to keep soldiers alive This book is a salute to the scientists and surgeons, running along in the wake of combat, [...]

    8. Book Riot Community on said:

      Mary Roach is one of the few writers that I just wait around, twiddling my thumbs, waiting for her to publish a new book I don t even care what the book is about In fact, I m pretty sure when I pre ordered my copy of Grunt, all I knew about it was the title Mary Roach is a must read for people like me people who are fascinated about science but aren t necessarily knowledgeable on the topic As in all of her books, Roach explained the science of how the military life impacts human beings in a way [...]

    9. Greta on said:

      I have to admit I had never heard about Mary Roach or any of her books before, until my attention was drawn to Grunt, after one of my GR friends rated the book 4 stars After reading the synopsis and some reviews, I was convinced that I would like this book And I definitely did Not because of the humor with which she writes but because I m the kind of person that hasn t stopped asking why since I was a toddler Grunt provides a lot of information to questions that I have or could have about all so [...]

    10. Matt on said:

      Roach is back for another scientific look at the world around us, this time honing her attention on the US Military In ways unique to her, Roach is able to look at various aspects of military life and explore the informative components while injecting little known or considered facts about the process Consider, for example the depth to which the Department of Defence has studied various materials for uniforms, from their flammability, coolness temperature factor, and even lack of fashion worthin [...]

    11. Jay Green on said:

      I have to confess that I didn t find the subject matter as intriguing or original in this book as I have in Mary Roach s previous books Plenty of other works have covered similar ground these are the sorts of things that, as a writer, one researches and I didn t find a great deal here that I didn t already know or have some conception of Roach s writing style is as adept and sure as always, but by the end I was hoping for something a little dramatic and mind blowing than the revelations offered [...]

    12. Amanda NEVER MANDY on said:

      My husband purchased this book and he lasted only four chapters Don t worry, this is normal He loves books but doesn t usually have the patience time want to read them all the way through It used to bother me until I realized I could push him towards books I am willing to read so I can claim them after he abandons them He happened upon this one after I told him I wanted to give this author a try This isn t the book I had in mind off of her list but it seemed to capture his attention for the mome [...]

    13. Maria V. Snyder on said:

      I bought this book because I kept seeing it in various bookstores throughout the mid west back in August and I was curious my background in science and interest in the military helped, too Seems Mary Roach has been writing a bunch of these books and I had no idea I m blinking in the brightness after crawling from my writer s cave The book was a fascinating read and I can t believe how much thought, time, and money goes into something like uniform fabrics And I can t believe what Mary was willing [...]

    14. Robin on said:

      Roach quoting the publisher s description , explores the science of keeping human beings intact, awake, sane, uninfected, and uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war And Mary says, I m interested in the parts that no one makes movies about not the killing but the keeping alive I have loved every book Mary Roach has written STIFF is still my favorite, followed by PACKING FOR MARS and was waiting with great anticipation for her next book, but quite frankly, when I heard it was a [...]

    15. Jim on said:

      With this offering Mary Roach sticks to her usual formula of investigative reporting with a touch of self deprecating humour Essentially, she delves into ways that science is used to facilitate warfare and improve conditions for fighting men and women both pre and post warfare Throughout, she maintains an easy conversational tone and relates her findings in terms anyone can understand I remember thinking that she described some of the physical afflictions, such as heat related medical emergencie [...]

    16. Lynn on said:

      The science of keeping military personnel alive and intact covers many areas of expertise and I was kind of surprised that Mary Roach got so much access and cooperation The military representatives honesty about the science behind catastrophic injury, amputation, hearing loss, dysentery, human stress and panic reactions, sleep deprivation, and the casualties of war was astounding to me Amazingly, they let her on a deployed nuclear ballistic submarine As with all her books, I learned lots of inte [...]

    17. Ayushi on said:

      AHHHHHH NEW MARY ROACH Update This was almost Gulp level good Does not even come close to Stiff, but, what could

    18. Jim on said:

      Mary Roach is a hoot In her introduction, she says this book isn t about the typical military stuff She doesn t shine a spotlight, but is a goober with a flashlight looking around in all the odd nooks crannies For instance, she starts her introduction discussing the chicken gun Yes, it shoots chickens to test how well aircraft other things stand up to bird strikes No gory details, just a slightly humorous discussion of bird sizes, densities, how the tests protect the pilots.Table of Contents1 Se [...]

    19. Pamela on said:

      Let me start by saying, Mary Roach is one tenacious, iron stomached, courageous and quirky hud, journalistic writer She certainly doesn t shy away from asking some very personal, probing questions, delving into some fairly unique and sometimes grossly disturbing topics related to military science, survival, recovery, and endurance For that, I commend her She has penned one fascinating, unabashed non fiction doozie Indeed, Grunt is a fascinating read, no question about it The writing quality, how [...]

    20. Montzalee Wittmann on said:

      Grunt The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach is another wonderful book by a women that tackles subjects and picks them apart for us readers I have read all her books and love every one of them The first few books were so funny that I laughed in every one but she has been getting into my serious stuff lately She still makes reading light where she can but what I enjoy is that she finds things about the subject, in this case, humans at war, and explores the smallest things that we woul [...]

    21. happy on said:

      In Grunt, Ms Roach looks at what the scientists working for the U.S Department of Defense DoD are doing to support the men and women going in harms way In her research she visits several DoD research centers and bases She talks to the people doing the research, those developing the products based on that research and probably most importantly to the people who will be using those products.The first the topic she looks at is how the military develops uniforms and the requirements behind them It r [...]

    22. Sarah Shoo on said:

      I first must admit that I ve loved Mary Roach s books since I discovered Stiff, so I m not sure that this is a totally unbiased review She is able to take subjects that shouldn t be in any way, shape, or form entertaining, and she not only makes them interesting but real and engaging.She goes beyond the obvious in this, and all her books, to find the odd and the obscure Where does she find this stuff 22 pages of button specifications in the military fashion handbook Chicken guns Before discoveri [...]

    23. Jody McGrath on said:

      Actually 3 and 1 2 starsNot my favorite Mary Roach novel Still amazing, I mean it is Mary Roach I just felt like she could only be a spectator a reporter for this book, whereas, so many of her books she is a huge participant She did participate when she could, this is Mary, but due to a lot of it being military and government stuff, she could only tell us their stories Still an amazing book Mad props to the men and women of the Armed Service and all those who support them, whether it be, family, [...]

    24. Simone on said:

      New Mary Roach book If you are a fan of Mary Roach books, this does not disappoint This book mostly pokes around the hidden underbelly or hidden corners of the military industrial complex, where there are large research budgets dedicated to all kinds of scientific discovery Roach does a great job reminding people why these things matter For example, it matters the kind of fabric soldiers are wearing, because it can have serious effects when they are shot at or things explode Like Packing for Mar [...]

    25. Guillermo on said:

      Grunt is not your typical military science book Mary Roach is not interested in the parts no one makes movies about not the killing but the keeping alive Roach produces a well researched, captivating, at times humorous and succinct foray into what it takes to keep soldiers alive in the evolving modern battlefield of the 21st century This was not a topic I was particularly interested in, but Roach s style really drew me in Submarines, stink bombs, shark repellant, and maggots oh my It was quite a [...]

    26. Krista on said:

      This book is a salute to the scientists and the surgeons, running along in the wake of combat, lab coats flapping Building safer tanks, waging war on filth flies Understanding turkey vultures.I ve only read one other Mary Roach Stiff, which I remembered as worthwhile, but rereading my review for it just now, I realise that I wasn t that impressed by it at the time , and Grunt follows the familiar path Roach is given free access to the scientists working behind the scenes on a topic in this case [...]

    27. Lea on said:

      Mary Roach hits it out of the park once again with this one She s quirky, interesting, and always, always funny This time she s taking us on an exploration of military science, and boy is it fascinating Roach asks the questions I think we d all like to ask, delicately balancing curiosity with a deep respect for those whose lives are on the line she has a lot of compassion for military personnel, which in my opinion adds to the charm of her writing The worst part about this book is that it s sho [...]

    28. BAM The Bibliomaniac on said:

      Maybe like a 3.5 I cannot believe the military cooperated with the author so willingly I realize no top secret information was divulged, but still Also I realized there really isn t one chapter appropriate to discuss at the dinner table I thought, oh, I can t wait to tell_ this tomorrow night Then I remembered we would be eating.

    29. Lamees Al-Habeeb on said:

      I have always been fascinated with wars , war related psychology and war themed artwork paintings, literature, film, etc That s why when the news first came out about this book I was very excited I literally counted the days leading up to its release But alas, my excitement was short lived I was disappointed I didn t find military science to be very interesting What I got from the book was a clearer picture of what it s really like out there Mary describes the environment surrounding a solider i [...]

    30. Meredith on said:

      This was my first Mary Roach book but will definitely not be my last I listened via audiobook and learned a lot while having fun at the same time I d definitely recommend if you re looking to learn about what goes into carrying on a war, some of the consequences you may not think of, and just some crazy stuff the Government has tried to develop in the name of war.

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