Annals of the Former World

Annals of the Former World

Book - 1998
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"Twenty 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 process, come to an understanding not only of the science but of the style of the geologists he traveled with." "Like the terrain it covers, Annals of the Former World tells a many-layered tale, and the reader may choose one of many paths through it, guided by twenty-five new maps and the "Narrative Table of Contents" (an essay outlining the history and structure of the project). Read sequentially, the book is an organic succession of set pieces, flashbacks, biographical sketches, and histories of the human and lithic kind; approached systematically, it can be a North American geology primer, an exploration of plate tectonics, or a study of geologic time and the development of the time scale."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 1998.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374518738
Branch Call Number: 557.3 MC
Characteristics: 695 pages : maps ; 24 cm


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Jun 14, 2016

As usual, John McPhee writes about complex topics in simple, lovely, and entertaining prose. I read this while going through an anxious time and found it incredibly soothing and pleasant to just read about rocks. Would recommend.

Jan 03, 2016

I've adored this book since coming across it about 10 years ago. John McPhee makes geology thrilling! Have re-read it a couple of times since and am still planning the road trip that would follow in his footsteps.

Jul 24, 2012

This series imbues my own transcontinental travels, by plane and truck, with much deeper meaning than a simple appreciation for the landscape above/through which I am passing.

Feb 11, 2011

This was the first book by McPhee that I read and I loved it. He is great at writing about a technical topic through the personal experiences of views of experts in the field.

I didn't know that I loved geology until I read this book.


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