Red Moon Rising

Matthew Brzezinski

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On 4 October 1957, at the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union secretly launched Sputnik, Earth's first artificial moon. Powered by a car battery, it passed over the stunned American continent once every 101 minutes and propelled the USSR from backward state to superpower and pioneer of the Space Age. This is the pulse-racing story of a time when two nations and ideologies were pitted against each other in a quest that laid the foundations of the modern technological world.

The New Cool

Neal Bascomb

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In The New Cool, Neal Bascomb manages to make even those who know little about – or are vaguely suspicious of – technology care passionately about a team of kids questing after a different kind of glory. In these kids’ heartaches and headaches – and yes, high-five triumphs -- we glimpse the path not just to a new way of educating our youth but of honoring the crucial skills a society needs to prosper. A new cool.

The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

David Epstein

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An engaging, controversial exploration of the genetic underpinnings of athletic success.
What makes an athlete a superstar? We’d tend to assume they are either genetic freaks, put on Earth to play a particular sport, or they are normal people who by sheer force of will and obsessive training overcame their innate biology.
But the truth is far messier than a simple dichotomy between nature and nurture. David Epstein shows why it is highly unlikely that so-called genetic freaks are singularly endowed with superior athletic prowess, and just as unlikely that individuals with few or none of the requisite athletic genes will be great, no matter how hard they work. In short, the nature means little without the nurture, and vice versa.