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On the next clear night, gaze into the sky. Why haven't we heard from anyone out there? In his astonishing book, astrophysicist Adam Frank explores this question with startling results. He combines the history of scientific thought with modern research to illuminate the nature of planet spanning civilizations. He demonstrates that in all likelihood extraterrestrial civilizations have existed and will again. Ultimately, we may not have heard from anyone because civilizations, as a rule, may not last that long. This book will explode your understanding of our past, present, and future.

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ISBN: 9780393609011
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 12th, 2018

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On February 1st, 2003 the crew of the space shuttle Columbia was lost when it broke up during reentry in the skies over Texas. This is the moving account of the search and recovery operations --the largest search in U.S. history-- launched to find the crewmembers and their ship. The goal was to ensure the astronauts were respectfully laid to rest and determine the cause of the accident. I am still in awe of the magnitude of dedication shown by people from across the country who found common cause in honoring these heroes. This is a story I will always carry with me.

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ISBN: 9781628728514
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Published: Arcade - January 23rd, 2018

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As you’re reading this you are likely drinking a cup of coffee or have recently finished one. Despite its ubiquity I knew little about coffee until I came across The Monk of Mokha. Inside l found the enthralling account of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a young Yemeni-American, who stumbled upon his dream. He would reclaim the ancient coffee heritage of Yemen and bring quality Yemeni coffee to the world. First, however, he needed to learn about the drink.  This an incredible tale of one person’s perseverance against discrimination, disbelief, and even war to achieve his vision.

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ISBN: 9781101947319
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Published: Knopf - January 30th, 2018