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Earth Then and Now: Amazing images of Our Changing World Paperback – Bargain Price, September 2, 2010

ISBN-10: 1554077710 Edition: Second Edition, Updated and Revised

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; Second Edition, Updated and Revised edition (September 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554077710
  • ASIN: B007F84330
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,223,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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We can shrug off environmental reports, theories, and narratives, but photographs do not hedge or obfuscate. In this compact and engrossing book, 250 photographs in before-and-after pairings document the environmental consequences of the last 150 years of human construction and destruction, ingenuity and folly. Of particular drama are images of disappearing sea ice and glaciers and the demise of Central Asia’s once enormous Aral Sea. Urbanization also makes for arresting images, including two photographs taken by the same photographer of the same spot in Katmandu, one in 1970, one in the present when the city is hugely built up and smothered in smog. Versatile environmental writer Pearce provides pinpoint commentary for this visual tour, which includes photographs of nature’s own havoc delivered by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and hurricanes. The continual and unnecessary devastation we cause by industry, war, and waste is most aggrieving and alarming, yet one can’t help but marvel at the complex structures we build. Surely we, the species who dams rivers, moves mountains, erects skyscrapers, and heats the planet, can learn from our mistakes. --Donna Seaman

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We can shrug off environmental reports, theories, and narratives, but photographs do not hedge or obfuscate...[A] compact and engrossing book. (Donna Seaman Booklist 20110206)

We can shrug off environmental reports, theories, and narratives, but photographs do not hedge or obfuscate. (Donna Seaman Booklist 20110301)

I can't think of anyone who wouldn't find it interesting. (Books and Chocolate blog 201104)

Makes you think... about the way things used to be [and] what they'll look like in another 100 years. (Neil Pond American Profile )

The right balance of authority, sensitivity, and interest to please all dog lovers. (Lori D. Kranz American Reference Books Annual 2010 )

This will be a welcome addition to the home library, only after being read cover to cover... A delightful book. (Gloria Hildebrandt Escarpment Views )

More About the Author

Fred Pearce, author of "The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth" (Beacon Press, 2012), is an award-winning former news editor at New Scientist. Currently its environmental and development consultant, he has also written for Audubon, Popular Science, Time, the Boston Globe, and Natural History and writes a regular column for the Guardian. He has been honored as UK environmental journalist of the year, among other awards. His many books include When the Rivers Run Dry, With Speed and Violence, Confessions of an Eco-Sinner, and The Coming Population Crash.

Photo Copyright Photographer Name: Fred Pearce, 2012.

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I enjoyed this book as did everyone in my family.
Books and Chocolate
EARTH THEN AND NOW is an important book, one that should be viewed by anyone concerned about Mother Earth.
Michael OConnor
I reccomend that everyone on planet Earth read this book.
Betty Shrapnel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Betty Shrapnel on September 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I work at a library, and as I was covering this book, I just had to look inside. I'm a fan of satellite images of the Earth to begin with, so naturally my interest in this book was piqued. I only opened to a random page to take a peek, but I ended up completly hypnotized by the images and the concise captions. I literally could not put this book down. This book has an amazing magnetism to it; it draws you in and takes you for a ride around the world.

Unfortunatley, a majority of the photos and explanations reveal the horrid and destructive ways of man altering the Earth and choking the environment. If anyone is in doubt that the Earth is being ravaged, this book will make clear to anyone of any age just how abusive we are of the planet. The section on glaciers is seriously scary. The images are just unbelievable, but sadly, they show the truth.

From aerial shots of New Orleans before and after Katrina to satellite images of the recent growth of Las Vegas, this book explores not just the United States, but the world as well. Mountains after avalanches, volcanos after explosions, land after flood and drought, page after page you are assaulted with powerful imagery.

Mostly focusing on the effects of climate change and deforestation, Earth Then and Now shows the "progress" that modern man has acheived on this noble planet.

I reccomend that everyone on planet Earth read this book. It is a shocking eye-opener, and just simply unbelievable. A perfect coffee table book or addition to any library, you will not be dissapointed in Earth Then and Now.

I just hope they printed it on recycled paper...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gregg Eldred VINE VOICE on November 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
While looking through the new books at the library, this one caught my eye. It wasn't that it was large, but rather the premise: looking at the Earth, the cities, rivers, glaciers, at different moments in time. In many of the photographs, they take the same picture, separated by centuries, decades, years, or minutes.

Contents:
Map Contents
Foreword
Introduction
Environmental Change
Urbanization
Land Transformation
Forces of Nature
War and Conflict
Leisure and Culture
Index and Acknowledgements

The basis of the book, Earth Then and Now: Amazing Images of Our Changing World by Fred Pearce, is set in the Foreword (written by Zac Goldsmith) as a showcase for climate change. The first chapter, Environmental Change, shows hard evidence that we are changing our environment. The pictures of glaciers, ice shelves in Antarctica, the Rhine River, and the Aral Sea are staggering (the latter is a direct result of man - an eco-disaster on par with the Dust Bowl). Once you have reviewed the pictures and the text of that chapter, Pearce brings more change to your attention, urban sprawl, deforestation, strip mining. The results of earthquakes, volcanic activity, hurricanes and tsunamis. The detestation of World War I and II and Vietnam. Finally, beaches in the heart of Paris, resorts at the top of the world, and more.

The photographs are stunning and the text is sobering. By taking photographs and placing them on facing pages, separated by time, the result is an amazing "before and after" affect. The results, as shown in the photos, cannot be disputed. Not only are you shown retreating glaciers, but the effects of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest and the United States.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Busko VINE VOICE on September 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Fred Pearce in his Earth: Then and Now manages to capture the attention of anyone that picks this book up. Wonderfully done, the book compares current photos to historic photos of the same scene from various places around the globe.

Organized into 6 units or chapters ( Environmental Change, Urbanization, Land Transformation, Forces of Nature, War and Conflict, and Leisure and Culture) the images demonstrate how man can change his enviroment whether in a town or around a lake. Perhaps the most striking comparison are the images on page 30 of the Upsala Glacier in Patagonia. Having said that, there are other stunning images throughout the book. The most touching of the chapters in my opinion is the unit dealing with War and Conflict.

At 288 pages, Earth Then and Now will be a book you want to return to again and again. This would make a wonderful gift.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
Earth Then and Now is a dramatic journey through time, documenting fascinating changes over the past century around the world from shrinking glaciers to expanding cities to areas that have recovered from natural disaster. On one page is a "before" photo, with the "after" shot on the opposite page as it looks today, with brief commentary. The book is divided into six sections: Environmental Change, Urbanization, Land Transformation, Forced of Nature, War and Conflict, and Leisure and Culture.

Major cities are included as are geographical points of interest such as glaciers, lakes, deserts, islands and oceans, showing the climate changes that have impacted them over the past decades. Some changes are man-made, others the result of nature; some are sobering and others give hope.

I enjoyed this book as did everyone in my family. I also liked that the author let the pictures speak for themselves and didn't impose a political view about environmental issues in the commentary. It's on my gift list for Christmas because I can't think of anyone who wouldn't find it interesting.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review but the opinion of it is my own and wasn't solicited. If I didn't like anything about it, I would say so.
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