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    DescriptionThe Pulitzer Prize-winning view of the continent, across the fortieth parallel and down through 4.6 billion years 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. 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 World." Like the terrain it covers, "Annals of the Former World" tells 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 Nonfiction.

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    Annals of the Former World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John McPhee
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 696
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 48 mm
    Weight: 885 g
    ISBN 13: 9780374518738
    ISBN 10: 0374518734

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S8.1
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Theme: APPR/AWARD
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BIC subject category V2: RBGF
    DC21: 557.3
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26640
    BISAC V2.8: SCI031000
    B&T Approval Code: A56010000
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    DC22: 557.3
    LC classification: QE77 .M38 2000
    LC subject heading: ,
    Edition statement
    Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
    Imprint name
    Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
    Publication date
    30 June 2000
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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. Also in 1965, he published his first book, "A Sense of Where You Are," with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and in the years since, he has written nearly 30 books, including "Oranges" (1967), "Coming into the Country" (1977), "The Control of Nature" (1989), "The Founding Fish" (2002), "Uncommon Carriers" (2007), and "Silk Parachute" (2011). "Encounters with the Archdruid" (1972) and" The Curve of Binding Energy" (1974) were nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science. McPhee received the Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters in 1977. In 1999, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for "Annals of the Former World." He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
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    "Tripling as a geology primer, an autobiography and a panorama of the nation, bejeweled with splendid vignettes and set-pieces, ""Annals of the Former World"" offers a view of America like no other. It is the outpouring of a master stylist. Yield to its geopoetry and have your eyes opened to a barely known aspect of the continent." -- Roy Porter, "Los Angeles Times" "John McPhee has produced, over nearly a quarter of a century, a deep philology of the continent. "Annals of the Former World" is surely a classic. If I didn't know better, I'd say it was timeless." --A.O. Scott, "Village Voice" "[McPhee] triumphs by succinct prose, by his uncanny ability to capture the essence of a complex issue, or an arcane trade secret, in a well-turned phrase." -- Stephen Jay Gould, "The New York Review of Books" "The finest non-technical overview of geology ever written . . . " -- Milo Miles, "The Boston Sunday Globe" "No other work explains so well -- and so vividly -- to the layman the living principles of geology. . . More than anyone else, McPhee has turned the world on to rocks." -- Henry Kisor, "Chicago Sun Times" Sunlit, brilliant. . . this book of wonders . . . ranks with the "Journals of Lewis and Clark."" -- John Skow, "Time Magazine""" "This major book incorporates some of the author's best work on geology into a comprehensive tour de force. Those familiar with McPhee's writing on the subject of geology will know that his narrative includes not only scientific theory but also portraitures of his geologic guides . . . McPhee's many fans won't be disappointed with the high-quality descriptive portraits of geologists, their work and theories. Since the writing follows McPhee's previous works and not any set geography or geologic logic, the author has provided what he calls a 'Narrative Table of Contents, ' which not only describes each section in turn but the theories discussed in it. In this near flawless compilation of ambitious and expansive scope, McP