Challenger

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The definitive, dramatic, minute-by-minute story of the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster by New York Times-bestselling author Adam Higginbotham, based on fascinating new archival research and in-depth reporting – a riveting history that reads like a thriller

From the New York Times-bestselling author of Midnight in Chernobyl comes the definitive, dramatic, minute-by-minute story of the Challenger space shuttle disaster based on fascinating in-depth reporting and new archival research – riveting history that reads like a thriller

On the morning of 28 January 1986, just seventy-three seconds into flight, the space shuttle Challenger broke apart over the Atlantic Ocean, killing all seven people on board. Millions around the world witnessed the tragic deaths of the crew, which included schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe. Like the assassination of JFK, the Challenger disaster is a defining moment in twentieth century history – one that forever changed the way America thought of itself and its optimistic view of the future. Yet the full story of what happened – and why – has never been told.

Based on extensive archival research and meticulous, original reporting, Challenger- A True Story of Heroism and Disaster on the Edge of Space follows a handful of central protagonists – including each of the seven members of the doomed crew – through the years leading up to the accident, a detailed account of the tragedy itself, and into the investigation that followed. It’s a compelling tale of optimism and ingenuity shattered by political cynicism and cost-cutting in the interests of burnishing national prestige; of hubristic ‘go fever’; and of an investigation driven by heroic leakers and whistle-blowers determined to bring the truth to light.

With astonishing clarity and narrative verve, Adam Higginbotham reveals the history of the shuttle program, the lives of men and women whose stories have been overshadowed by the disaster, as well as the designers, engineers and test pilots who struggled against the odds to get the first shuttle into space. A masterful blend of riveting human drama, fascinating science and shocking political infighting, Challenger brings to life a turning point in our history. The result is an even more complex and extraordinary story than any of us remembered – or thought possible.

Adam Higginbotham writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, GQ, Businessweek, Smithsonian, Men’s Journal, and The Atavist. He began his career in magazines and newspapers in London, where he was the editor–in-chief of The Face and a contributing editor at The Sunday Telegraph. The author of Midnight in Chernobyl, he lives in New York City.

The Wide Wide Sea

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From New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides comes an epic account of the most momentous voyage of the Age of Exploration – the fateful final journey of Captain James Cook

In July 1776, Captain James Cook began his third voyage in HMS Resolution. Two-and-a-half years later, in Hawaii, Cook was killed – stabbed by the indigenous population.

What brought Cook to this end, so far from his reputation? Cook was renowned for humane leadership, dedication to science and respect for indigenous societies.

Cook’s new voyage carried secret orders, and the Captain grew strange, delivering savage punishments and leading his ships into danger. The mission revealed the sharp edge of a colonial sword, leaving catastrophe in its wake. And, on the shores of Hawaii, Cook’s expedition finally tore itself apart…

Hampton Sides is an editor-at-large for Outside magazine and teaches literary journalism and narrative history at Colorado College. The bestselling author of Kingdom of Ice, Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, and Hellhound On His Trail, he lives in Santa Fe with his wife Anne.

Simply Emerging Technology

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The hi-tech lowdown

Understanding technology has never been easier.

Combining bold graphics with easy-to-understand text, Simply Emerging Technology is the perfect introduction to the fast-changing world of technology for those who are short of time but hungry for knowledge.

Covering a broad range of fields – from familiar topics like 3D printing and cryptocurrency to less well-known but equally important technologies like gel robotics and extended reality, and much more besides – entries explain the likely impact of such emerging technologies, and the ways in which they could transform the way we live, exploring the potential risks and rewards of each.

Explaining individual aspects of key trends within technology more clearly than ever before, the book outlines the breakthrough technologies that underpin the future of innovation, explores their most likely practical applications, and presents the numerous ethical debates that surround them, and their increasing role in cultures and societies across the globe.

Whether you are studying data science or technology-related subjects at school or college, or simply want a jargon-free overview of this important and timely subject, this essential guide is packed with everything you need to understand the basics quickly and easily.

Machines A Visual History

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Filled with stunning illustrations and lively, engaging text, The Repair Shop‘s Dom Chinea guides readers through this celebration of the history and uses of over 100 machines, which have allowed artisans to create beautiful items for centuries

The Repair Shop‘s Dom Chinea takes you on an exploration of 100 essential machines found in the workshops and studios of the world’s finest artisans and heritage craftspeople.

Having covered Tools in his first book, Dominic Chinea turns his attention to Machines. Featuring 100 machines, defined as items with a mechanism to help transfer energy, Dom looks at objects including the potter’s wheel, grain mill, sewing machine, printing press, wheel maker and plenty more. Each machine has a fascinating history and story to tell that highlights its contribution to artisanal crafts. And with every machine accompanied by beautifully ornate illustrations by Lee John Philips, it’s certain to be a treasured book for all creators and craftspeople.

Dominic Chinea is an expert craftsman and core member of the team on the BBC’s much-loved The Repair Shop. His restoration work and affable manner have made him a fan favourite with viewers, and you can also find all his latest restoration projects and build on his YouTube channel. He presents the BBC show, Make It At Market helping entrepreneurs make a career from their craft skills, with a new series screening in 2024.

Challenger

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The definitive, dramatic, minute-by-minute story of the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster by New York Times-bestselling author Adam Higginbotham, based on fascinating new archival research and in-depth reporting – a riveting history that reads like a thriller

From the New York Times-bestselling author of Midnight in Chernobyl comes the definitive, dramatic, minute-by-minute story of the Challenger space shuttle disaster based on fascinating in-depth reporting and new archival research – riveting history that reads like a thriller

On the morning of 28 January 1986, just seventy-three seconds into flight, the space shuttle Challenger broke apart over the Atlantic Ocean, killing all seven people on board. Millions around the world witnessed the tragic deaths of the crew, which included schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe. Like the assassination of JFK, the Challenger disaster is a defining moment in twentieth century history – one that forever changed the way America thought of itself and its optimistic view of the future. Yet the full story of what happened – and why – has never been told.

Based on extensive archival research and meticulous, original reporting, Challenger- A True Story of Heroism and Disaster on the Edge of Space follows a handful of central protagonists – including each of the seven members of the doomed crew – through the years leading up to the accident, a detailed account of the tragedy itself, and into the investigation that followed. It’s a compelling tale of optimism and ingenuity shattered by political cynicism and cost-cutting in the interests of burnishing national prestige; of hubristic ‘go fever’; and of an investigation driven by heroic leakers and whistle-blowers determined to bring the truth to light.

With astonishing clarity and narrative verve, Adam Higginbotham reveals the history of the shuttle program, the lives of men and women whose stories have been overshadowed by the disaster, as well as the designers, engineers and test pilots who struggled against the odds to get the first shuttle into space. A masterful blend of riveting human drama, fascinating science and shocking political infighting, Challenger brings to life a turning point in our history. The result is an even more complex and extraordinary story than any of us remembered – or thought possible.

Adam Higginbotham writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, GQ, Businessweek, Smithsonian, Men’s Journal, and The Atavist. He began his career in magazines and newspapers in London, where he was the editor–in-chief of The Face and a contributing editor at The Sunday Telegraph. The author of Midnight in Chernobyl, he lives in New York City.