Question: What do vitamins, autism, rain, the Chamber of Commerce, DARPA, St. Mark's Place, and the Vatican all have in common? Answer: Recently published, well researched, and reported histories.
Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection by Catherine Price
Vitamania takes the reader through a century of hype and advertising fueling our quest for a shortcut to optimum health.
NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman
NeuroTribes is a comprehensive look at the history of autism from the research pioneers who defined the spectrum (in profoundly different ways) to the social forces in the 1990s that led to a sudden increase in diagnosis. It argues that our neurological differences are natural variations in the human genome and that many of our most revolutionary thinkers lie somewhere on the spectrum.
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett
Rain begins four billion years ago with the filling of the oceans and builds to modern day climate change. Along the way, we learn about human attempts to control it and the many cultural products it has inspired from music to the mackintosh.
If you think the Chamber of Commerce is all about supporting local businesses on Main Street and Little League, you are so wrong.
The Pentagon's Brain takes the reader deep inside DARPA to explore the many scientific and technological advances made here as well as the race for military supremacy.
The Beats, the hippies, the punks, and the hardcore skater kids all claimed the apex of St. Mark's Place. A wonderful tapestry of narrative history.
God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican by Gerald Posner
God's Bankers chronicles two hundred years of Popes, bishops, and cardinals who oversee the money and power in one of the world's most influencial institutions.
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