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Maryn McKenna

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Maryn McKenna is an American author and journalist. She has written for Nature, National Geographic, and Scientific American, and spoke on antibiotics at TED 2015.
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Before the Lights Go Out
Conquering the Energy Crisis Before It Conquers Us
Maggie Koerth-Baker - Apr 01, 2012
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What you need to know now about America's energy future"Hi, I'm the United States and I'm an oil-oholic." We have an energy problem. And everybody knows it, even if we can't all agree on what, specifically, the problem is. Rising costs, changing climate, peaking oil, foreign oil, public safety--if the fears are this complicated, then the solutions ...
Maryn McKenna
Feb 16, 2021
People on here may not know that @maggiekb1 wrote a very good book on the electrical power grid and knows stuff.      source
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Epidemic and Peace, 1918
Alfred W. Crosby - Mar 19, 1976
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Documents the effects of the deadly Spanish Influenza which swept along the United States' coasts during the last months of World War I....
Maryn McKenna
May 15, 2020
I mean, I shouldn’t be surprised, because I started writing about 1918 in 1998*, and read Alfred Crosby, whose amazing book Epidemic and Peace, 1918 (later reworked as America’s Forgotten Pandemic) documented the hole in collective memory that 1918 had fallen into. 1/x      source
King Leopold's Ghost
A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
Adam Hochschild - Mar 03, 2020 (first published in 1998)
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In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its people, and ultimately slashed its population by ten million--all the while shrewdly c...
Maryn McKenna
Aug 18, 2019
@rdhduke @moorehn Recommended reading: King Leopold’s Ghost, by Adam Hochschild. Came out maybe 20 years ago, but was a best-seller in its time, all about atrocities what was the colonized Belgian Congo.      source
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