Mary Roach has made a reputation writing books on, well, let's say diverse (weird!) subjects. I have read all her previous books, and this continues in much the same vein, looking at a subject most people won't even think twice about. In this case, it's a look at the efforts that are undertaken to help protect our military (and associated professions like police) safe and healthy. Sounds pretty simple, huh? Nothing is simple in Mary Roach's world.
This book roves all over, but in a good way. She's looking at how boredom is an issue and how to treat it. She looks at the issues of diarrhea and how it can be debilitating. She looks at why snipers have issues with zippers on their clothes. She looks at the world of prosthetics and how it's handled. And many, many more subjects.
Throughout the book, Roach's writing style is engaging, interesting, and fun. This is a fun book to read, even if the subjects are sometimes a bit off-putting. There's humour, as well as fear, dealt with equally well. You can't help but feel squeamish at times, and you'll laugh at others. The book is a journey in and of itself, and it's a fascinating, fun journey to take. By the time you have finished the book, you'll have been on one heck of a journey, and learned a lot. And perhaps, have a different take on the military. Loved the book!
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: WW Norton; Reprint edition (June 6 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393354377
- ISBN-13: 978-0393354379
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Customer Reviews: 567 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #201,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)