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Blue Planet Run: The Race to Provide Safe Drinking Water to the World Hardcover – November 28, 2007
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OK, I really hate to admit this, but there's no denying it: Blue Planet Run - The Race to Provide Safe Drinking Water to the World sounds like a noble but dirt-dry text on scholarly environmental issues. It's not just me. In fact, a co-worker walking past my desk took one quick glance at the book's plain white cover, muttered "boring" and kept on walking. But please, don't judge this book by its cover. Trust me on this. Just open the oversized volume to any page at all. You won't want to put it down. Blue Planet Run is a visually stunning tour de force by some of the world's top photojournalists, backed up by thought-provoking essays and profound commentaries on the many ways humanity is confronting the growing lack of a clean and plentiful water supply. The book's collection of more than 250 photographs are at once beautiful and haunting, enlightening and disturbing, inspiring and even, at times, amusing. From the cornfields of Nebraska to an oil-fouled Nigerian port, this group of talented artists and visionaries takes us on an amazing journey around the world. And despite its global scale, it is first and foremost a book about people, in a very intimate and individual sense. You'll meet Kenyan runner Emanuel Kibet; Las Vegas homeowner Joseph Cooper, who's replacing his backyard lawn with artificial turf; Imelda Carreon Valdozino and her mission to test for toxins in Mexico City's water supply. From the anonymous to the famous, young and old, rich and poor, their faces are all our faces, and their challenges belong to us all. Need another incentive? Buying this book isn't just a passive venture into eco-awareness. One hundred percent of the royalties from Blue Planet Run will be used to provide clean water to people around the world who desperately need it. Learning about a problem is the first step toward being part of the solution.
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Smolan's newest book, "Inside Tracks: Alone Across the Outback" (2014), is a smartphone enabled coffee table book chronicling one of the most beloved stories in the history of National Geographic: Robyn Davidson's 1700 mile solo trek across the Australian desert with four camels and a dog, The book's publication was tied to the release of the movie "Tracks", produced by the Oscar winning team behind "The King's Speech". In the movie, Robyn Davidson is portrayed by Mia Wasikowska ("Alice in Wonderland") and Smolan is played by Adam Driver, (HBO's "GIRLS").
In the fall of 2012 Smolan released "The Human Face of Big Data," focused on how our planet is developing a nervous system thanks to humanity's new ability to collect, analyze, and visualize vast amounts of data in real time. The project, sponsored by EMC, Cisco and SAP, resulted in a large format book, an WEBBY AWARD winning iPad app, and a TV special which won the 2014 Boston Film festival Award for Best Cinematography. The book was delivered simultaneously to 10,000 key influencers in 50 countries courtesy of FedEx.
Smolan's publishing projects include "From Alice to Ocean" (1992) and "Passage to Vietnam" (1994), two groundbreaking books which showcased the potential of interactive technology to the book publishing world; "24 Hours in Cyberspace" (1996), a book and online project that created a digital portrait of the Internet in its infancy; "One Digital Day" (1998), which explored the impact of the microprocessor on society; "AMERICA 24/7" (2003), the first mass customized New York Times bestseller and "The Obama Time Capsule" (2008), the first print-on-demand best seller.
Smolan is a frequent speaker at business and technology conferences, including TED, The World Economic Forum at Davos, TEDMED, Techonomy, IdeaCity in Canada, DLD in Germany, and INK in India. More than a million people have watched his "Natasha'a Story" talk on TED.com. (www.NatashaStory.com).
Smolan lives in New York City with his wife and business partner, Jennifer Erwitt, and their children, Phoebe and Jesse.
Top Customer Reviews
"We are all in it together" might sound trite, and what can be truer? Yet, if something is not in your immediate experience, it may remain somewhat sterile information or a concept or just far away from your life. I find that sometimes. Not so! You'll experience this book, it will come into your close-in world. It is excellent beyond words. Run and buy it! You will be glad you did and you may find yourself, as I did, just sharing it with so many family, friends, then ordering copies for special or any occasions! While this easily could be a table-top book and be a $50-75.00 item, it is a bargain, no doubt in the hope that it will create greater awareness and results.
The Blue Planet Run is an eye opening experience to plight that most of the world faces struggling for the right to have clean water. Rick and Jennifer have crafted a masterpiece that you cannot put down till every photo and word has been consumed leaving you with the feeling that you have to do something about the water crisis at hand.
introduces the world of water thru beautiful pictures and essays.
brings on the issues, esp. around the lack of safe drinking water (the challenge being address by Blue Planet Run).
also shows how we (in usa) use water, and that of course leads to what we can do.
one area not addressed is one that is currently hot: bottled water and bottled drinks.
have to realize that it is very usa (or at least western) focused in terms of units (gallons) and also from the list of authors. however, the world-wide crisis is covered well, so it does serve an international audience.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is incredible. The facts are thoughtprovoking, essays paradigm shifting, and photography moving. Read morePublished on April 2, 2009 by Bridget Bierman
Rick Smolan has managed once more to bring together powerful photographs and compelling essays that challenge all of us to see, think, and act differently about something we take... Read morePublished on August 8, 2008 by Cherene L. Snyder
Smolan has done it again with a poignant and powerful message for the world. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand how to make a difference.Published on June 29, 2008 by Mark Thompson
This book is not only beautifully written (easy to understand), it has photographs that tell a clear story. Read morePublished on June 2, 2008 by S. Ann Kimball
Exquisite wide ranging photographs remind us that without water there can be no life. Millions of women and men have to go to great lengths to obtain water - a reminder that we... Read morePublished on May 17, 2008 by Susan Peel
Everyone whould buy this book. It's a testament to the most basic element that supports all of us, fresh drinking water.Published on April 1, 2008 by S. L. Hailey
This is a great cause and a great book to explain it. Must reading for all who care about humanity.Published on March 31, 2008 by Michael C. Nash