Nominations for the December 20 Capitol Choices agenda will be due at 11:59 PM on Thursday, December 12. Nominations for the 2014 List will still be accepted for the January 17 meeting as long as the books were published in 2013. The last date for any nominations of 2013 books will be on January 9, 2014.
This “scientists in the field” title is a suspenseful account of the work of the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program, a collection of scientists who monitor potential explosions in hopes of warning people in time to avoid being killed by an volcanic eruption. Concentrating particularly on explosions of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines and Mt. Merapi in Indonesia, it offers a fine demonstration of how the work of geologists in the field can save human lives. Kathy Isaacs
This gripping, meticulously researched, compassionate recounting of the night the Titantic, a supposedly unsinkable luxury liner, met with disaster includes eyewitness accounts, primary sources, diagrams, and archival photographs. Mark Bramhall's and Peter Altschuler’s audio narration effectively heighten the emotion and drama of this terrible event.