Accessory to War

The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military

Neil deGrasse Tyson (Author, Hayden Planetarium), Avis Lang (Author)

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“Extraordinary. . . . A feast of history, an expert tour through thousands of years of war and conquest.”— Jennifer Carson, New York Times Book Review

In this far- reaching foray into the millennia- long relationship between science and military power, acclaimed astrophysicist and author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war. Spanning early celestial navigation to satellite- enabled warfare, Accessory to War is a richly researched and provocative examination of the intersection of science, technology, industry, and power that will introduce Tyson’s millions of fans to yet another dimension of how the universe has shaped our lives and world.

“Through ample research and nimble storytelling, Tyson and [Lang] trace the long and tangled relationship between state power and astronomy. . . . Deep and eloquent.” — Joshua Sokol, Washington Post

“Fascinating. . . . The book’s message rings like a wake- up call.” — Marcelo Gleiser, NPR

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • Forthcoming September 2019
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35746-2
  • 6.1 × 9.3 in / 592 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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