Tag: science

  • Challenger by Adam Higginbotham

    Challenger by Adam Higginbotham

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Challenger: It was a question of when, not if. Quick synopsis: The story of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: When Neil Armstrong first stepped foot on the moon in 1969, an estimated 600 million people were watching. Fun Fact for History Nerds: It…

  • The Asteroid Hunter by Dante Lauretta

    The Asteroid Hunter by Dante Lauretta

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Asteroid Hunter: Who knew space could be so anxiety inducing? Quick synopsis: A firsthand account of the OSIRIS-REx space mission by its leader, Dante Lauretta.    Fact for Non-History People: Asteroid Bennu might kill us all on September 24, 2182. Fact for History Nerds: About 17 meteorites hit Earth every…

  • The Underworld by Susan Casey

    The Underworld by Susan Casey

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Underworld: Nope. Not going down there. No way. Quick synopsis: A look at the deepest depths of the ocean. Fact for Non-History People: The top layer of the ocean that we can see is called the epipelagic (sunlight) zone. It only makes up 5% of the ocean’s volume. Fact for…

  • Hands of Time by Rebecca Struthers

    Hands of Time by Rebecca Struthers

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Hands of Time: Watch this! (I’ll see myself out.) Quick synopsis: The story of the watch by a horologist. Fact for Non-History People: That weird little pocket inside the pocket of your jeans? It was put there to hold a pocket watch. Fact for History Nerds: As of 2020, the most…

  • Comet Madness by Richard J. Goodrich

    Comet Madness by Richard J. Goodrich

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Comet Madness: The newspapers lied! Kinda! Quick synopsis: A look at how when Halley’s Comet visited Earth in 1910 some people thought it would kill us all. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: When Halley’s Comet came by, it was closer than Mars, but still fifty-four times the distance of the…

  • The Last Days of the Dinosaurs by Riley Black

    The Last Days of the Dinosaurs by Riley Black

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Last Days of the Dinosaurs: Poor dinos… Quick synopsis: A look at the time right before, and then way after, the stupid asteroid killed all the dinosaurs. The asteroid is a jerk. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: The asteroid impact released the equivalent energy of 100 teratonnes of dynamite…

  • Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson

    Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Shadow Divers: Damn Nazis are still causing problems. Quick synopsis: The discovery and attempts to identify an unknown Nazi sub off New Jersey in 1991. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Back in 1991, when the book takes place, a diver could only be at a wreck for about 20 minutes…

  • The Man Who Caught the Storm- Brantley Hargrove

    The Man Who Caught the Storm- Brantley Hargrove

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Man Who Caught the Storm: Don’t go into a tornado. It’s a bad idea. Quick synopsis: The story of Tim Samaras who was a famous tornado hunter and inventor. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Frequency of a tornado coming through your living room? Once every 4,000 years. This number…

  • The Shipwreck Hunter by David Mearns

    The Shipwreck Hunter by David Mearns

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Shipwreck Hunter: It is really hard to find old shipwrecks. Who knew?! Quick synopsis: Selected shipwreck findings of celebrated explorer/shipwreck hunter David Mearns. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Shipwrecks are sometimes so easy to find it’s kind of embarrassing. The Esmeralda, a 500-year-old ship was found in about 5…