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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic; Box Pck edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792238818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792238812
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 2.9 x 15.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This two-volume boxed set is worth every penny for the travel and ecology-minded reader. Together, the set lends graphic and poignant documentation to a spectacularly successful conservation drive by nature photographer Nichols and ecologist Fay. They spent 12 years enjoying and recording the pristine (and easily destructible) flora and fauna system in West Africa (their efforts resulted in the establishment of 13 national parks in the nation of Gabon). Volume 1 of this set showcases their wildlife photography, and the images are simply breathtaking on both subject matter and aesthetic levels. Volume 2 presents excerpts from Fay's handwritten journal during a specific 456-day, 2,000-mile trek he and Nichols took in the region, and his descriptions are every bit as thrilling as the photos. Give this to jaded armchair travelers tired of reading about rehabbing that Tuscan villa. Brad Hooper
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This book contains some of the most spectacular photographs I have ever seen.
A. Chang
Passionate, heartbreaking, and beautiful the world and work of Nick Nichols and Mike Fay shown in this book was eye opening.
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These books are a remarkable record of Mike Nichols and Mike Fay's trip across Congo and Gabon.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By S. Wilson on September 13, 2005
This "boxed set", consisting of a large case containing two extraordinary books, is one of the most satisfying purchases I have ever made.

In case you don't know, here is the background on the "Last Place on Earth":

Mike Fay is a scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society who, outraged at destruction Congo Basin forests, decided to walk across the heart of Africa in order to document the undisturbed wild before it was lost. Over a year later, after innumerable hardships, wonders and adventures, Fay finally emerged from the forest to the waters of the Atlantic, ready to report back to the world what he had learned. Fay's stories and Nichols' photographs of this "megatransect" were so affecting that Gabon's president, in an unprecedented boon to world conservation, decided that his country's forests had value beyond their timber and designated vast tracts of Gabon as new national parks.

The first and much larger of the two books in this set, contains at least 100 full-color, full-page photographs of the landscapes, animals and peoples of the African forests. The photographs are amazing: gritty and beautiful. They are the closest thing to being there.

The second book contains black and white photos of Fay and his troop as they make their way across the Congo, and text by Fay himself. We learn how Fay came to be infatuated with saving the wilds as a teenager at a Maine summer camp, and how he came up with the idea of the megatransect, how he endured it, and how he was able to use such a "stunt" to create enormous changes in Gabon.

In the end, Fay seems to be the environmental version of Gandhi: gaunt, with a line in his eyes, an unbreakable will, and a singular focus on protecting what is most precious to him: wild nature.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Edward Cotton on September 6, 2005
These books are a remarkable record of Mike Nichols and Mike Fay's trip across Congo and Gabon. A trip that took them to the deepest reaches of Africa's jungle and in-touch with wildlife and people never previosly recorded by a western expedition.

Nicholas photographs offer a candid glimpse at human and animal life inside these incredible countries. Thanks to the efforts of Fay and Nichols, these countries now have national parks that can protect at least some of this land.

You can also do your bit, as some of the proceeds of the book's sale go to conservation efforts in Africa.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Chang on September 19, 2006
This book contains some of the most spectacular photographs I have ever seen. There are amazing close-ups of reptiles, amphibians, and insects, aerial views of Africa, and stirring photos of mammals. A few photos are disturbing to see, such as the look of a terrified baby monkey clinging on to its mother shot dead by a hunter. Each photo is printed FULL size on thick quality semi-glossy paper on a single side, so if you wanted to, you could cut out certain photos and put it in a frame. Best of all, the author mentions that "The proceeds from the sales of this book go to fund conservation efforts in Africa".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ajctraveler on August 31, 2006
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This book is amazing, in its presentation and its content. The photography is first rate for an expedition of which pictures were not their main objective. The journal entries in the second book of the set will make you feel as if you are part of the trip especially if you have been to Africa before. I highly recommend this book as a coffee table piece or as a fascinating read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Lawrence on April 28, 2006
This book is an absolute masterpiece. One of the best of our times. Dr. Faye's journey itself was incredible. His mission or obsession to save the central African is relentless. This book is a tribute to him, Nick Nicols, whose photography surpasses anyone's both in quality and purpose, and to the deepest, darkest Africa.

Also recommended - Traces of Eden: The Last of the American Wilderness
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Tyler Sharp on January 26, 2007
This is a beautifully bound book covering a wide range of areas in and about the jungles of Africa. The images are possible only for someone who spent as much time there as these two did, and the breathtaking work shows this condition. The mega-transect journal is a very nice companion to the photographs, and really helps to convey a mood and philosophy of their work. There passion is obvious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Unspoiled on January 18, 2007
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This book is so beautiful you will not want to touch it for fear of leaving a mark... The journey into Gabon is near-insane and the photographs of the untouched beauy and the mire of nature leave the reader desperately aware of the need to preserve this part of the earth that is not yet spoiled.
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