Three new essential summer reads examine justice and payback in the wilderness.

The new Interior Secretary has an impressive résumé. Oil geologist, banker, president of REI. But today's Washington is a landscape without maps, and in this age of climate change and keystone, the major battles are taking place over at the EPA and State. Is greatness still possible at Interior?

Thrills on Everest, and a botanical romance

Two literary lions deliver long-awaited epics about espionage and globalization

Kick back and indulge in the season’s best beach books

Jon Mooallem's examination of the ideal animal

Take a page out of new books from Pollan, William McDonough, and Michael Braungart

The outbreak, which killed three, didn’t only attack the lungs of its victims. It messed with the psyche of the rest of us, too.

David Quammen's gripping new book on nightmare viruses

It started as a bluebird New Year's Day in Mount Rainier National Park. But when a gunman murdered a ranger and then fled back into the park's frozen backcountry, every climber, skier, and camper became a suspect—and a potential victim.

Peter Heller's terrific, apocalyptic first novel

E. O. Wilson has a surprising take on how humans conquered the planet

Alec Wilkinson revisits a failed polar attempt from the heroic age of Arctic exploration

If a megaquake like the one that hit Japan last March were to strike the U.S., the Pacific Northwest coast would be the likeliest spot. Geologists have their eyes on the Cascadia subduction zone, a 740-mile seam where the Juan de Fuca and North American plates meet. The CSZ has been building up tension for more than 300 years, say some seismologists. If that te

Monster earthquakes are going off all around the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire. Is the West Coast of North America next?* And can you surf a tsunami?** Join us on a footnoted foray into the terrifying world of megaquakes, tidal waves, and the fine art of being your own Jesus. *YES **NO

Alexandra Fuller's Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

Arctic adventurer Lynne Cox tackles the legend of Roald Amundsen

Two new books detail the ongoing search for drifter Everett Ruess, plus required reading for August

One year after the spill, two books examine the causes and effects of BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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