Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, by Mary Roach

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, by Mary Roach

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Grunt explores the science of keeping human beings intact, awake, sane, uninfected, and uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war.

Roach 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.

She 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.  

Roach 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.

“A mirthful, informative peek behind the curtain of military science.” - Washington Post 

“[Roach] writes exquisitely about the excruciating….wildly informative and vividly written” - Los Angeles Times