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 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? Cont. Reading at
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