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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419700030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419700033
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of the Anglican Church of South Africa, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his nonviolent struggle against apartheid in his homeland. 

Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 on behalf of the IPCC, along with former Vice President Al Gore.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anya Jenkins on November 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
While this book was noble in its intent, the execution is sadly lacking. Some of the photographs are surely beautiful, but most are lackluster at best and downright unhelpful at worst. The entry for County Meath, Ireland? It's the Emerald Isle for heaven's sake, even a crappy day there can be beautiful, but the photo is so dark that you only see a narrow sliver of the countryside illuminated (the rest of the two-page photo is an overcast sky and shadow). The thawing permafrost of Alaska? The text is on the previous page, so if I had just turned to the photo randomly, I literally wouldn't even know what I'm looking at. It's a grainy yellow image that could be anything from an oil spill to a closeup of a skin condition.

I was looking forward to the entry on the cedars of Lebanon, but the photo is the black silhouette of a single tree, and could have been taken in my backyard for all its detail. The entry for the Scandinavian tundra? A blurry two-page spread of an unidentifiable animal pulling someone across the snow (it's either a sled dog or a reindeer, I honestly can't tell).

It may sound like I'm being nitpicky and cranky, but this is clearly intended to be a "coffee table" book (the text for each entry is very brief and unsatisfying), so I feel like the photos should be more powerful (and informative) than they are.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BlogOnBooks on June 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If global warming prognosticators are remotely correct (and many think the IPCC studies are conservative in their predictions) then many areas will be affected by either submirsion of desertion and certainly not accessible or inhabitable the way they are today. From the Scheyelles to the Great Barrier Reef's coral colonies will be greatly altered by the effect of climate change.

This book, with an ample supply of incredible, often double-truck photos, "100 Places" covers areas from the North Pole to the depths of the Congo Jungle that will certainly be affected in the coming years. Covering both the obvious (the barely above sea level, 1,200 tropical islands of the Maldives) to the obscure (the Vava'us in the Kingdom of Tonga), the book is a direct connection to dozens of rare places whose basic existance is threatened by the industrial age. While there are thousands of travel books, few, if any, highlight locations of pre-extinction the wat "100 Places" does. With a look and style resembling a National Geographic project, "100 Places" is a worthy addition to any travel bookshelf and one whose recommedations simply won't wait.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Stenz on January 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I agree with basically the other reviewer's points about the poor choice in photos and text. Being a photographer, I was so excited about this book. More than half of the images were just plain bad choices from an editorial standpoint. Dark and not really showing the landscape at all. Perhaps moody and somber was the feeling they were going for. But it doesn't make me want to see most of these locations at all.

The text was, at points, just plain sensationalized. Really, Chicago is going to lose all it's tourism if the temp rises a few degrees? Really? The book should be called: 100 places I can scare you about loosing due to climate change. Some of the statistics of places are staggering (like Lake Chad's incredible decrease in size), yes. But others just seem like they are really stretching it (both to be chosen to be in the book and then trying to find something to write about them.

I don't normally write poor reviews of products. I give it an 5 stars for trying to raise awareness of the effects of climate change but 2 stars overall as a book. It's one book that is quickly going to disappear from my shelf.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Newton on May 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
100 Places to Go Before They Disappear by Co+Life, foreword by Ranjedra K. Pachauri, contribution by Desmond Tutu is a stunningly beautiful illustrated book that shows you 100 places that are in very real danger of disappearing in our lifetime. Want to take a look at these places and see what can be done to change their potentially devastating fate? Read this book!

100 Places to Go Before They Disappear is a look at 100 places that have a very real possibility of no longer being there as they are now within our lifetime. Scary thought, right? There are many places on the list I really want to go to one day including: Venice, Chicago, Manhattan, Olympia, Paris, the Great Barrier Reef, and many more.

It is a visually stunning illustrated book with 100 color photographs. Each location has information to go with each area, including how climate and what people are doing to cause the decline in each location. It isn't too late to help these places though and information is also given for ideas on how to save these places from changing beyond recognition (or fully disappearing). For more information, visit [...]
I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves photography books, travel books, environmental books, and anyone who really enjoys beautiful places and learning more about them.

* Thank you to the publisher of 100 Places to Go Before They Disappear, Abrams, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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