National Geographic : 2013 Dec
ng connect 146 national geographic • December 2013 photos: tracy wilcox, national geographic channels (top); li kim goh, getty images every month this page features our staff picks of national geographic society products and events. For more go to nglive.org. NatioNal GeoGraphic oN tV special coNNect store trips Man v. Cheetah no mammal on earth runs faster than the cheetah. in just three seconds the spotted cat can go from zero to 60 miles an hour. But can it beat a profes- sional football player in a slalom race? this month the national geographic channel kicks off Big cat week by exploring the science behind cheetah speed—and finding out how human intellect stacks up against animal instinct. JOIN Our COMMuNIty get closer to national geographic ex- plorers and photographers and connect with other society members from around the world. sign up today for free at ngm.com/join. HIstOry’s VIllaINs Blackbeard. genghis khan. Vlad the impaler. you know their names, now learn the true stories behind their notoriety. this issue of Exploring History looks at the dark side of human nature, with features on infamous villains and clever con artists. Find it in stores or at shopng.com/specialeditions ($6.99). New Next year kayaking around santoríni, greece (right), and exploring islands, temples, and ancient villages in Japan are just two of many new trips planned for 2014. go to ngexpeditions.com/2014 to see our latest expedi- tions, active adventures, photo workshops, and more. sHOp tHe rOad less traVeled enliven your style with handcrafted products—from bedding to jewelry—made by artisans in thailand, india, and indonesia. Visit shoproadlesstraveled.com. Book of the Month Inside the white House noel grove with william B. Bushong and Joel D. treese this new book, produced with the white House Historical association, reveals rare photos and stories from inside 1600 pennsylvania avenue. learn about the architecture of the famous mansion, get to know the first families and their pets, and take a peek at state dinner menus. On sale now ($40).