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The Pulitzer Prize winning view of the continent across the fortieth parallel and down through 46 billion yearsTwenty years ago when John McPhee began his journeys back and forth across the United States he planned to describe a cross section of North America at about the fortieth parallel and in the pro Absolutely bar none the finest work of American natural science that I ve ever read McPhee has the eye of a scientist and the

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Annals of the Former World

Cess come to an understanding not only of the science but of the style of the geologists he traveled with The structure of the book never changed but its breadth caused him to complete it in stages under the overall title Annals of the Former WorldLike the terrain it covers Annals of the Former World tel As a geology major a former gold miner and finally as a hydrogeologist the earth and its water have always fascinated me Read

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Ls a multilayered tale and the reader may choose one of many paths through it As clearly and succinctly written as it is profoundly informed this is our finest popular survey of geology and a masterpiece of modern nonfiction Annals of the Former World is the winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Nonficti Based on my friend Caterina s review of one of the books contained within this compilation I think this might make an excelle


10 thoughts on “Annals of the Former World

  1. says:

    Absolutely bar none the finest work of American natural science that I've ever read McPhee has the eye of a scientist and

  2. says:

    If by some fiat I had to restrict all this writing to one sentence; this is the one I would choose the summit of Mount Everest is marine limestone” ― John McPhee Annals of the Former WorldWhat I absolutely love about McPhee's nonfiction is his ability to write about place people and ideas with both beautiful prose and amazing intimacy My favorite parts are where McPhee weaves place and people or people and ideas toge

  3. says:

    I’m glad I’m not beyond the age where books I read can change the way I see the world If that is an age you can reach I don’t want to I can’t even drive down the highway now without seeing something as simple as roadcuts in a whole different light I’ve said this before but in another life I must have been a geologist Or like McPhee

  4. says:

    A most excellent remedy for insomnia and speaking as a sufferer I do not mean that pejoratively The perfect book for reading a little bit at bedtime every night easy to pick up and put down but still worth the reading It lasted me about 6 wee

  5. says:

    Geologists in their all but closed conversation inhabit scenes that no one ever saw scenes of global sweep gone and gone again including seas

  6. says:

    As a geology major a former gold miner and finally as a hydrogeologist the earth and its water have always fascinated me Reading John McPhee is always a delight because he takes what remains mostly a poorly done body of work in mostly scientific terms and turns an explanation of how the earth came to be into a readable and engaging topic Something just about anyone can enjoy provided they have the curiosity and interes

  7. says:

    I've only read parts of this book since there are many different books included in this version of his geologic exploration of a cross section of the US I have a few things to say #1 Read Rising from the Plains as you're driving in the Tetons #2 Read any other section as you're driving in the area described Your road trip will become something entirely different if you can see what you're reading about #3 Read these bo

  8. says:

    Based on my friend Caterina's review of one of the books contained within this compilation I think this might make an excellent gift for a young man I know

  9. says:

    This book has a rhythm unlike anything else I've read just like geology has a timescale that takes some time to wrap your head around It's like an opera Geology and opera both have a reputation of being long and boring but they are also majestic and complex This book is long but it's not boring For a while when

  10. says:

    Probably one of the best books I have ever read Be prepared for some geologic rigamarole and a sense of patience and the timeline of ages will unfold Its a compilation of all of McPhee's writings about American continental

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