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From The Flint Journal First Edition
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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Earth Aware Editions; First Edition edition (November 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160109017X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601090171
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 11.2 x 14.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,538,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Smolan, CEO of Against All Odds Productions, is a New York Times bestselling author and technology pioneer with more than five million copies of his books in print. A former Time, Life and National Geographic photographer, Smolan is best known as the co-creator of the "Day in the Life" books, the bestselling photography series in publishing history. His global photography projects feature the work of the world's leading photojournalists and combine creative storytelling with state of the art technology.

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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Leland E. G. Larson on December 19, 2007
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Awesome, simply awesome. Not only do you learn about "water," its' characteristics and challenges to people all over the world, some one billion having little access to clean water, but the photography is magnificent. The scenes are realistic, yet compassionate and communicate deeply. The people shots become you, me.... Buy this book, you'll learn from it, delight in the photographs, you'll find sadness, joy, hope in it. And, you'll be inspired to action.

"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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My wife sent me a scary photo this week of my baby being bathed in brown water coming from the tap. The SF Department of Water was cleaning the water mains and the sight really made me realize how we take clean water for granted. The rest of the world doesn't have it as good and has to deal with a lot worse everyday. They risk their life at every turn drinking unsafe water and the developed world has to do something about it.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bini on March 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
From the amazing photos to the profound yet simple graphics, the Blue Planet Run book makes a huge splash. The content is clear - we can all be part of the problem or the solution. After I read this book, I started saving my dishwater and the water I used to boil eggs/pasta. Now I water my garden with that water. It occurs to me that we blast through an enormous amount of gray water everyday. I am encouraged by the book to take the small actions and to support the larger ones. The documentation of the run around the world at the back of the book shows the level of dedication an individual or group can have to serve the greater good. When does the movie come out?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Raj S on March 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
a great book to keep and for gifts. both for reading and viewing.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V Smith on March 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazing. Much more than a brilliant "coffee table book." The photos are spectacular and the stories amazing. I decided to give this as a gift to all of my high school and college graduates this year. Especially at the new price!!?? As graduates enter into the "real world" what better way to encourage a dialogue of personal and social responsibility than with this beautiful book. Instead of a $25 gift card to Best Buy - give a gift that can really motivate and inspire. Wow that sounded cheesy. But it's true!! I really enjoyed this libro.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher P. Woodcock on April 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a must read for everyone. Only air is more critical to human life than water, yet water is one of the least valued commodities in most of the world. For those that have abundant, cheap supplies we take our water for granted. Water that has been protected at its source and carefully treated so it is safe enough to feed a baby without a second thought is needlessly dumped on dirt for the sake of a greener lawn than our neighbor's. It is only after you don't have water delivered to most rooms in your house 24/7 that you realize its value. As critical as this necessity for life is, we dump harmful chemicals, pesticides and pharmaceuticals into our water supplies without a second thought. This wonderful book is a wake-up call to the world to stop destroying this most precious resource. Our public water supplies (not "plastic water" in bottles) are a valuable resource that should not be taken for granted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Steele on April 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've had this book for months and am still digesting it. You can flip through it in one sitting or you can take your time digging into the details. Try that with other coffee table photo books! First off, the book is huge. The images are beautiful, even when illustrating the harsh realities of the world's water crisis. And the writing has so much variety and insite. Love the Diane Ackerman essay! It is so poetic and, of course, flows like water. A very cool way to bring one of our most pressing issues to the table. Pass it on.
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