Summary of Grunt by Mary Roach | Includes Analysis Preview: Mary Roach´s Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans Aat War examines technological and medical research in the military. Each chapter focuses on a different topic - for example, diarrhea among soldiers - and then presents historical background, interviews with scientists and affected military personnel, and possible solutions to the problem. Military research in both news accounts and films is usually presented as a matter of technology and combat equipment, such as faster airplanes, better bombs, and deadlier weapons. Much military research, however, is devoted to finding ways to protect soldiers or to help them cope in the aftermath of injury. For instance, researchers work constantly to develop clothing fabrics that will keep soldiers cool while still providing camouflage - a difficult task because the black in camouflage absorbs heat. Doctors and surgeons constantly develop new ways to address injuries from bombs and gunshots. They have made advances in reconstructive genital surgery and even some strides towards successful penis transplants.... Please Note: This is key takeaways and analysis of the book and not the original book. Inside this Instaread summary of Grunt: Overview of the Book Important People Key Takeaways Analysis of Key Takeaways 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sam Scholl. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/063573de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the middle of August 1944, the Soviet Red Army crossed the eastern border of Romania and threatened the entire position of the Axis in the Balkans. On August 23, Romania´s King Michael summoned the head of the government to the royal palace and asked him to break with the Germans and negotiate surrender terms with the Soviet Union. Shortly thereafter, Michael took Romania out of the war and issued an ultimatum that the German forces leave the country within three days. The German commander responded immediately by bombing the royal palace, government offices, and other targets in Bucharest. Amid this military and political chaos, the guards at the prisoner-of-war camps abandoned their posts, and the question of what was the best course for the Allied prisoners was discussed at great length by the prisoners themselves. Hanging in the balance were the lives of more than 1200 Allied airmen who had crashed or bailed out over Romania and were now trapped in the midst of a war hundreds of miles from friendly territory. Dire action was needed to settle the dire situation. The senior American airman came up with a plan to be flown to Italy aboard a Romanian Air Force airplane, and his arrival there triggered one of history´s great and novel mass evacuations. The late American fighter ace Robert J. Goebel wrote the definitive account of Operation Reunion, and it is proudly presented here. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary Goebel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/072596de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Everyone loves airplanes - especially kids! In this lively, fast-paced audiobook, you’ll find 51 fabulous facts about planes from all over the world. Jet planes! Military fighters! Biplanes! Seaplanes! Learn about: How fast the fastest plane in the world flies What makes your ears pop when flying The Wright brothers’ first flight What keeps a glider aloft Landing gear…altimeters...and… Why planes stay UP in the sky! All sorts of amazing facts about airplanes and aviation! It’s all here! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Anderson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/015991de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A single pilot can fly the US Air Force´s powerful fighter plane, DreamStar - and he´s a KGB mole. Captain Kenneth Francis James - a.k.a. Andrei Maraklov - has been ordered to steal DreamStar, an XF-34 fighter that has the frightening ability to respond to its pilot´s thoughts and issue its own commands. It´s up to Lieutenant Colonel Patrick McLanahan - the hero of Dale Brown´s earlier thriller, Flight of the Old Dog - to remove the DreamStar threat. McLanahan and his Air Force compatriots take up the challenge using a modified F-15E called Cheetah, which is designed to capture or destroy DreamStar. Read by actor Joseph Campanella, this nail-biting thriller is high-tech suspense at its best. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joseph Campanella. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/dove/000564de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How do you capture the fastest airplane in the world without anyone finding out? Concealed deep within China´s inland borders is one of the most secret airplanes ever flown, known as Devil Dragon. She´s sleek, unbelievably fast, and mysterious - her test pilots have one mission in mind: make her test flights successful for operational use as soon as possible. Or sooner. But when strange transmissions of pilots are recorded without an aircraft appearing on radar and bizarre cell phone signals are detected at towers hundreds of miles apart, the intelligence community team is set in motion, and US Air Force Reserve pilot Ford Stevens is asked to take on the most dangerous assignment of his life. What begins as a friend helping a friend explodes into a globe-trotting action packed military-aviation adventure. Against an atmosphere of Washington, DC government red tape, an intimidating Chinese general, DIA leadership, and carrier aviation, all airways lead to a stunning international plot. Crammed with deceitful government employees, smoke and mirrors tradecraft, and the blackest, most secretive aviation flight ever undertaken, you will be unable to stop listening. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Raab. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/095975de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Wilson shot a glance over his right shoulder at San Ramon. In addition to the blinking of anti-aircraft artillery guns, he could see clouds of smoke on the field from the numerous Slash hits. Breathing through his mouth, he concentrated on getting fast and maintaining a slight climb. Bright fireballs of AAA shot by him in groups of three and four, orderly trails from low to high. His body was tense, ready for impact. He felt and heard the thud behind, on his right. Terrified, he twisted his body in the ejection seat to see what he could, pushing his helmet and goggles with his left hand to see over his wing. Through the narrow field of view of the goggles, he sensed flickering behind him. He then felt the airplane yaw right. Both were signs he had lost thrust on the right side. Sonofabitch! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Corey M. Snow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007730de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An important look at how America has won its wars in the past and how it can continue winning in the future. Is there a recipe for military success? In No Substitute for Victory, author David Rigby grapples with this issue and determines that, in the case of the United States, there are a number of different strategies that have brought victory in battle to American forces over the years. In a clear, energetic prose, Rigby explains how the dropping of chocolate bars from airplanes over Berlin turned out to be one of the most successful applications of the Cold War strategy of containment. He argues, too, that far from being a radical change in policy by a desperate President Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation was in fact an essential part of Lincoln´s plan to reunite the nation. While the focus in No Substitute for Victory is on military maneuvers that have been successful, Rigby brilliantly uses the Vietnam War as a touchstone for comparison purposes on how not to fight a war. While the writing of military strategy is a crowded field, Rigby´s approach is unique in that he draws examples from conflicts throughout American history, from the Revolution up through the modern day. Rigby´s ability to find similarities in, and to draw conclusions from, the successes attained by American forces in battles as seemingly dissimilar as Gettysburg and Midway makes No Substitute for Victory essential reading for anyone interested in the riveting history of our nation´s military. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Hoye. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021112de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Through engaging narrative and first-person accounts, B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration captures the painstaking restoration of a World War II-vintage Boeing B-17 bomber by more than 100 volunteers in Pooler, GA. Airplane restoration and military aviation enthusiasts alike can follow the airplane´s journey from the storage hangers of the Smithsonian´s National Air and Space Museum to the Combat Gallery of the Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, where it arrived in pieces on the backs of four tractor-trailers. B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration charts the volunteer team´s frustrations and successes over a six-year period as they cleaned accumulated crud from the bomber´s surfaces and carefully recreated its aluminum skin, operating systems, armament and even its nose art. In addition, the book traces the histories of the two City of Savannah B-17s - the original and the restored - and includes many personal stories of veterans as told by themselves or their families. The City of Savannah volunteers brought a wide range of skills to the task. They were airframe and power plant mechanics, painters, aeronautical engineers, electrical engineers, business people and administrators, even a former physics professor with a PhD and 30 years of flying experience. Many were drawn to the project after their day jobs at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, LMI Aerospace, Inc., and the 165th Airlift Wing of the Georgia Air National Guard. Others were retired and eager to make a long-term commitment to restoring a vintage warbird. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Nevitt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/074886de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There´s the Freedom of Information Act, and then there´s Ventura´s way. The official spin on numerous government programs is flat-out bull, according to Jesse Ventura. In this incredible collection of actual government documents, Ventura, the ultimate nonpartisan truth-seeker, proves it beyond any doubt. He and Dick Russell walk listeners through 63 of the most incriminating programs to reveal what really happens behind the closed doors. In addition to providing original government data, Ventura discusses what it really means and how regular Americans can stop criminal behavior at the top levels of government and in the media. Among the cases discussed: The CIA´s top-secret program to control human behavior Operation Northwoods: the military plan to hijack airplanes and blame it on Cuban terrorists The discovery of a secret Afghan archive, information that never left the boardroom Potentially deadly healthcare cover-ups, including a dengue fever outbreak What the Department of Defense knows about our food supply but is keeping mum Although these documents are now in the public domain, the powers that be would just as soon they stay under wraps. Ventura´s research and commentary sheds new light on what they´re not telling you---and why it matters. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George K. Wilson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/001921de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Like lethal insects undergoing a series of metamorphoses into ever more mature and dangerous forms, military aircraft moved rapidly from stage to stage of their development as the 20th century progressed. The catalyst of war provided the swiftest impetus to this evolution. The new mechanized armies existing from the later period of World War I onward seized on the fresh technology and sought to squeeze every possible drop of advantage from it that the limits of science and the era´s materials would allow. Many military thinkers and even aeronautical enthusiasts believed that blimps would remain the chief military aerial asset more or less forever. These men thought airplanes would play a secondary role at best, and might even prove a uselessly expensive gimmick soon to fade back into obscurity, leaving the majestic bulk of the dirigible as sole master of the skies. Thus, when World War I began, airplane improvements occurred in an ad hoc, almost accidental manner during the war. However, when pilots´ mounting of armaments on airplanes proved a successful means of defeating other aircraft and even attacking men on the ground, a much more active and systematic development of warplanes began across the continent. Each advance prompted a countermeasure, as the two sides strove for primacy in a deadly, unforgiving environment which rewarded real advances in equipment and tactics with survival and punished poor ideas with death. Before long, relatively powerful, heavily armed aircraft buzzed through the skies over battle-stained Europe, tearing each other apart with furious gusts of machine gun fire and sending many of the vaunted dirigibles plunging, burning, to the ground. The new era of fighting aircraft arrived in dramatic fashion. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Hare. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/105312de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.