During World War II, the Germans were desperate for a vaccine for typhus, a devastating, centuries-old disease transmitted by body lice that was ruthlessly sweeping through the German army on the battlefront.
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The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis by Arthur Allen
For centuries, animals have held a vital role in military conflicts. Pigeons, horses, oxen, camels, elephants - even rats and dolphins - have proven essential during wartime. Dogs, too, have a long history in the military, which is the subject of author Rebecca Frankel's book War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love.
More Awesome Than Money: Four Boys and Their Heroic Quest to Save Your Privacy from Facebook by Jim Dwyer
After five years as a Facebook member, computer programmer and college student Dan Grippi was fed up.
Just in time for the holidays comes a heartwarming story of a woman who learned to reconnect with her family and the world around her after the unexpected death of her husband. Joanne Huist Smith had everything she had ever wanted - a husband, children, and a home of her own.
Children are the reason formal education exists, and yet virtually everything children experience throughout their school day, from their classroom teachers to textbooks to the curriculum, is in place as a result of the decisions and values of adults, many of whom have never been in a classroom in a professional capacity.
In 1906, Upton Sinclair wrote his groundbreaking novel The Jungle, in part to expose the egregious health violations and dangerous conditions in the American meatpacking industry in the early 20th century.
Green Vanilla Tea: One Family’s Extraordinary Journey of Love, Hope, and Remembering by Marie Williams
The summer of 2014 brought, among other things, the Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral phenomenon created to raise awareness of and funds for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a debilitating and fatal disease that currently has no cure. While most people who participated in the challenge most likely were not personally affected by this dreadful disease, thousands of Americans do suffer from ALS.
Art 101: From Vincent Van Gogh to Andy Warhol, Key People, Ideas, and Moments in the History of Art by Eric Grzymkowski
This compact yet comprehensive book, written in an accessible, engaging style, is perfect for readers without a formal or comprehensive art background who are interested in furthering their basic art knowledge.