Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet
by Finn Brunton
University of Michigan information scholar Brunton uses spam as a window into the history of the Internet, providing insight on everything from early online community building to Google’s dominance.
The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime
by Adrian Raine
University of Pennsylvania criminologist Raine has devoted his career to figuring out the biological causes of violence, and he devotes this book to convincing the rest of us of their existence and assuring us that this knowledge can make our world safer.
Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism
by Jacob Darwin Hamblin
Hamblin, an Oregon State University historian, explores post-World War II efforts to use environmental science not to save the earth but to weaponize its natural processes—to wield ice, fire, flood, and temperature to wreak potential havoc on enemies.