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5.0 out of 5 stars The Nation's story comes alive, November 7, 2001
This review is from: Historical Atlas of the United States (Hardcover)
This book is stunning! Hundreds of color photos and illustrations, 140,000 words of text, 380 maps, 80 graphs, a 4,000 item index and its big size (18.5 by 12.25 inches) makes this history in awesome detail.

Each spread has a theme with a short introduction and the rest of the space devoted to maps, photos and well-wriiten captions, some of the spreads also have a time-line section across the bottom.

I found it interesting that the authors wanted this to be accessible history, part of the spread on the auto industry has eleven photos showing the development of tail fins from 1948 to 1964. The spread on printing and advertising includes six pictures showing the changing face of Betty Crocker. Want to know more? Turn to the bibliography in the back and each spread is numbered and relevant books listed.

A clever idea is the inclusion of a piece of acetate with the US printed in four sizes, lay this over the maps in the book in the same four sizes and it avoids having to print each State's name and boundary on every map and getting it confused with what the map is explaining. BTW: if you are buying this book used make sure the acetate is included.

I used to design publications and I can appreciate the incredible amount of thought and creativity that went into this amazing book.

The National Geographic donated 35,000 copies to schools across America and I cannot think of a better way to follow the Nation's story than this book.

***FOR AN INSIDE LOOK click 'customer images' under the cover.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wowzers!, June 22, 1999
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This review is from: Historical Atlas of the United States (Hardcover)
This fantastically illustrated historical atlas really impressed me. It is perfect for those who enjoy a more pictoral/graphical/map-oriented view of history. I highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review, November 5, 2013
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the book gives timeline as well as different parts of american history such as the economy, the society and more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nat-Geo Historical Atlas of the US, October 15, 2012
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I cannot possibly rave enough about this book. It is loaded to the extreme with spectacular photos, stories and maps of the founding and growth of the United States. It presents the history of the United States in a very dramatic format along with charts, maps and stories about things as they were developed over the years. I love the book very much. It is physically a very big book and comes in its own protective slip case and additional section of maps. There is also a "sheet magnifier" which is helpful in enlarging the many maps found in it. The individual maps are first rate unto themselves in the tradition of the National Geographic Society.

The book is primarily a "picture book" but does a spectacular job of teaching history, geography and technology to a wide audience. I as an adult, found it wonderful. School age children will also be fascinated with it because the wide range of visual information is great for inspiring a curiosity for learning more about our country.

If you love American History and love geography you will, I believe, love this book. It is one of my favorites and I liked it enough to purchase it as gifts for others.
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Historical Atlas of the United States
Historical Atlas of the United States by National Geographic Society (U. S.) (Hardcover - Oct. 1994)
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