Friday, July 15, 2016

Book Review: Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach

I have read every Mary Roach book, even My Planet which is a collection of magazine essays. Boy, she makes learning fun! I've rarely so enjoyed science like I have in her books, and science really isn't my thing normally. I wish she'd write a book every year so I could be so much smarter about science. However, it's not the most useful science. It's just the most interesting.

In Grunt, she starts off by saying she isn't going to be writing about guns, battle, injuries, or war. Instead she writes about diarrhea in battle, hearing loss from explosions, and penis transplants. As usual, Ms. Roach finds the fascinating trivia and bizarre details that make science compelling. And she writes about it in such an accessible and fun way. Not only was this book such an interesting and entertaining read, but it was also a very fast read, which is very unusual for a science book in my opinion. This book also has wide appeal; the minute I was done my husband grabbed it (and he also loved it.) With great respect for the men and women who serve in the armed forces, Ms. Roach really humanizes war and battle and made me understand what it must be like to serve active duty more than any other book I've read on the topic, which is especially unusual given that she doesn't cover the day to day life of a soldier. But in her exploration into all things odd, she hits a lot of the usual along the way. If you're even remotely interested, you must read this book. You will come away with so much respect and admiration for the work of war, and for Ms. Roach's writing. Please, keep 'em coming!

I received this book for free from the publisher through a giveaway. I did not promise anything in return.

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