Wade Lee-Smith

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How the World Really Works: The Science Behind How We Got Here and Where We’re Going

An excellent encapsulation and synthesis of several of Smil’s books from the past decade, offering a realistic assessment for environmentalists, economists, and anyone worried about how humanity will survive the next century.

The Invisible Siege: The Rise of Coronaviruses and the Search for a Cure

Great for those who want to understand the science of fighting pandemics while trying to avoid conspiracy theories and politicization.

Different: Gender Through the Eyes of a Primatologist

A biological view of human sex differences that could have more explicitly engaged sociology and gender studies but opens much room for discussion.

The Man from the Future: The Visionary Life of John von Neumann

This new biography may increase awareness and even appreciation of von Neumann’s genius, if not admiration beyond mathematicians and computer engineers.

The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity

This well-reasoned survey of anthropological history should intrigue historians, social activists, and fans of Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens or Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel.

Life Is Simple: How Occam’s Razor Set Science Free and Shapes the Universe

In a conspiracy-laden world, McFadden’s argument, that simple explanations hold true, will appeal to historians and the scientifically minded.

The Secret of Life: Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick, and the Discovery of DNA’s Double Helix

This enjoyable account will save readers’ time by synthesizing and supplementing information from the dozen or so memoirs and biographies of Crick, Franklin, Watson, Wilkins, and Pauling.

Water: A Biography

A fascinating analysis that will bridge the interests of environmentalists and historians, political scientists, or economists.


Out Cold: A Chilling Descent Into the Macabre, Controversial, Lifesaving History of Hypothermia

Fans of medical history or unexplained phenomena might enjoy Jaekl’s book, given our still-limited understanding of hypothermia.

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