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McPhee's great virtue as a journalist covering the sciences--and any other of the countless subjects he has taken on, for that matter--is his ability to distill and explain complex matters: here, for example, the processes of mineral deposition or of plate tectonics. He does so by allowing geologists to speak for themselves and an entertaining lot they are, those sometimes odd men and women who puzzle out the landscape for clues to its most ancient past. Annals of the Former World is a magisterial work of popular science for which geologists--and devotees of good writing--will be grateful. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I expected to tire of this book before I waded through the 900-odd pages, but I did not. I had read McPhee in the early '80s, and was drawn to both the subject matter - I am a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by E.K. Gordon
John McPhee can make a complicated science field understandable to just about anyone. His works on geology are the best and the title of this book says it all. Read morePublished 1 month ago by William A Monroe
Why does everyone think this book is so great? His writing style is a series of mass confusion. He tries to be poetic and romantic in his descriptions of the things around him in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by W. Sockwell
Complicated yes. Informative, yes. Take time to read this well written set of essays on geologic comprehension of the western USPublished 3 months ago by Jack Fulton
This is indeed a masterwork by John McPhee.
this review should have more stars. Indeed a whole constellation wold hardly be sufficient. Remarkable perspective of time. Read more
This is so amazing, for a basically geology book, it is truly a history of the world along I-80 and the ramification for today ie. Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Groble
It is always a pleasure to read John McPhee.
The nice thing about the Kindle version of this book is that it makes it easier to look up some of the many geologic terms he uses... Read more
It is amazing that a work with so much useful scientific information can be such an enjoyable reading experience. Only John McPhee could accomplish this.Published 6 months ago by Gulliver
an acquaintance let me read their copy of this and I liked it enough to purchase. The topographic maps alone were worth the price I paid. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marty Heesh