John mcphee annals of the former world

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Annals of the Former World by John McPhee

The 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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Pulitzer Prize Winner. The Pulitzer Prize-winning view of the continent, across the fortieth parallel and down through 4. 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 a geological tour of the United States, crossing the continent on the Interstate It combines a multi-faceted view of geology — an introduction to some basic theory, the particulars of North American geological history, and something of the history and sociology of the science — with elements of travel narrative, biography, and history, melding this mixture together almost seamlessly.
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The book presents a geological history of North America , and was researched and written over the course of two decades beginning in , The Pulitzer Prize-winning view of the continent, across the fortieth parallel and down through 4.

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  1. At various times in a span of fifteen years, John McPhee made geological field surveys in the company of Eldridge Moores, a tectonicist at the University of California at Davis.

  2. Annals of the Former World is a book on geology written by John McPhee and published in by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It won the Pulitzer Prize for .

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