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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 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 interest in wondering how so much stunning geography came to be where it is and what it isWell done John McPheeGreat Read All You Need Is Less 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 Aru Shah and the Song of Death (A Pandava Novel Book 2) (Pandava Series) provided they have the curiosity and interest in wondering how so much stunning geography came to be where it is and what it isWell done John McPheeGreat 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 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 I first started this book my three year old wanted me to read every other page to her the words were like poetry You can t read it uickly Reading out loud helped me settle down to the book s pace There are lots of big words some of the geology geek persuasio

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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 soul of a poet and it makes for truly astonishing writing I don t like to pile on the superlatives but this is probably one of my ten favorite books of all time


About the Author: John McPhee

John McPhee was born in Princeton New Jersey and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with the New Yorker where he has been a staff writer since 1965 The same year he published his first book A Sense of Where You Are with FSG and soon followed with The Headmaster 1966 Oranges 1967 The P



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 the soul of a poet and it makes for truly astonishing writing I don't like to pile on the superlatives but this is probably one of my ten favorite books of all time

  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 together and establish

  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 geo

  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 weeks; not sure what I'll use now Well I suppose there's still E O Wilson's The Ants but I'm not sure my arms are strong enough to hold it upLayer by layer McPhee sediments one's grasp

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    Geologists in their all but closed conversation inhabit scenes that no one ever saw scenes of global sweep gone and gone again including seas mountains rivers forests and archipelagoes of aching beauty rising in volcanic violence to settle down uietly and then forever disappear—almost disappear”“If by some fiat I had to restrict all this writing to one sentence this is the one I would choose The summit of Mt Eve

  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

  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 books when you're pla

  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

  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 I first started this book my

  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 Geology I know sounds dull but he uses the lives and characters of the Geologists whose work he is describing along wit

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