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No Bone Unturned: Inside the World of a Top Forensic Scientist and His Work on America's Most Notorious Crimes and Disasters [NOOK Book]

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A curator for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Doug Owsley painstakingly rebuilds skeletons, helping to identify them and determine their cause of death. He has worked on several notorious cases -- from mass graves uncovered in Croatia to the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon -- and has examined historic skeletons tens of thousands of years old. But the discovery of Kennewick Man, a 9,600-year-old human skeleton found along the banks of Washington's Columbia River, was...

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No Bone Unturned: Inside the World of a Top Forensic Scientist and His Work on America's Most Notorious Crimes and Disasters

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Overview

A curator for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Doug Owsley painstakingly rebuilds skeletons, helping to identify them and determine their cause of death. He has worked on several notorious cases -- from mass graves uncovered in Croatia to the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon -- and has examined historic skeletons tens of thousands of years old. But the discovery of Kennewick Man, a 9,600-year-old human skeleton found along the banks of Washington's Columbia River, was a find that would turn Owsley's life upside down.

Days before Owsley was scheduled to study the skeleton, the government seized it to bury Kennewick Man's bones on the land of the Native American tribes who claimed him. Along with other leading scientists, Owsley sued the U.S. government over custody. Concerned that knowledge about our past and our history would be lost forever if the bones were reburied, Owsley fought a legal and political battle for six years, putting everything at risk, jeopardizing his career and his reputation.

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Editorial Reviews

Hartford Courant
“Appealing…Beneduct skillfully takes the reader into the world of the bone detective.”
Chicago Tribune
“Compelling… [Owsley]…risked his job and his reputation in the name of science.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061857164
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 758,550
  • File size: 424 KB

Meet the Author

Jeff Benedict conducted the first national study on sexual assault and athletes. He has published three books on athletes and crime, including a blistering exposé on the NFL, Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL, and Public Heroes, Private Felons: Athletes and Crimes Against Women. He is a lawyer and an investigative journalist who has written five books.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note ix
Prologue 1
1 High-Stakes Playground 17
2 Opening Coffins 27
3 Bone Fragments 31
4 Going to Guatemala 35
5 Outsmarting the Devil 41
6 Into the Crypt 53
7 Building People 61
8 Remains of the Day 71
9 The Probe 75
10 Evil is Real 81
11 Unwrapping a Mummy 83
12 Somebody Else is Here 91
13 Humans Remain 95
14 Airfare for a Skeleton 103
15 Destination Unknown 109
16 Rush to Repatriate 115
17 We Know How Time Began 121
18 The Client 129
19 Senior Girl 135
20 Eight Men Out 145
21 About-Face 149
22 Where Did You Get These Africans? 155
23 Turning the Lights on 159
24 Stand and Fight 169
25 Intent 175
26 Science Evolves 181
27 Virtual Reality 189
28 The Cover-Up 197
29 Lie Detector 201
30 Skin Thickness 205
31 Objection 211
32 One Look 217
33 Going Deep 227
34 Spin Cycle 231
35 Show Time 239
36 White House Involvement 255
37 What You See Here Stays Here 263
38 In Demand 269
39 The Decision 275
Source Notes 283
Acknowledgments 291
Index 295
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  • Posted December 26, 2012

    Highly recommend this book, great read, fascinating story

    This was a great story, well written and engaging, I couldn't put it down. I don't normally read books twice, but I will probably read this again. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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