The Way We Work

Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body

By David Macaulay; Richard Walker
(Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780618233786, 336pp.)

Publication Date: October 2008

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In this comprehensive and entertaining resource, David Macaulay reveals the inner workings of the human body as only he could. In order to present this complicated subject in an accurate and entertaining way, he put in years of research. He sat in on anatomy classes, dissections, and even reached inside the rib cages of two cadavers to compare their spleen sizes. He observed numerous surgeries, including a ten-hour procedure where a diseased pancreas was removed, as well as one where a worn-out old knee was replaced by a brand new one. This hands-on investigation gives Macaulay a unique perspective to lead his readers on a visual journey through the workings of the human body.

The seven sections within the book take us from the cells that form our foundation to the individual systems they build. Each beautifully illustrated spread details different aspects of our complex structure, explaining the function of each and offering up-close glimpses, unique cross-sections and perspectives, and even a little humor along the way.
This one-of-a-kind book can serve as a reference for children, families, teachers, and anyone who has questions about how his or her body works. When readers see how David Macaulay builds a body and explains the way it works, they will come away with a new appreciation of the amazing world inside them.




About the Author
David Macaulay received his bachelor of architecture degree from Rhode Island School of Design. In January 1973, Macaulay went to France to work on the first of his more than twenty-five books, "Cathedral". He then constructed a colonial Roman town ("City", 1974), erected monuments to the Pharaohs ("Pyramid", 1975), dissected the maze of subterranean systems below and essential to every major city ("Underground", 1976), built a medieval fortress ("Castle", 1977), and dismantled the Empire State Building ("Unbuilding", 1980). Macaulay is perhaps best known for "The Way Things Work" (1988). It was followed by "Black and White" (1990) for which he won the 1991 Caldecott Medal. A revised edition of "The Way Things Work" was published in 1998 followed by "Building Big", "Mosque", and "The Way We Work" (2008).

Richard J. Walker is a senior lecturer in English literature at the University of Central Lancashire.
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