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Vanishing World: The Endangered Arctic Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 1, 2007


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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams Books (October 1, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 081099464X
  • ASIN: B002CMLQKC
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 10.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,980,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nature photographer Mireille de la Lez and cowriter Fredrik Granath have spent years working in the high Arctic and specialize in photography and films of the polar regions. They live in Stockholm, Sweden.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bozance on November 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book and its stunning photographs show us a beautiful world that is rapidly changing. "Vanishing World" is not only a tribute to the Arctic wildlife - we meet polar bears, foxes, seals, walrus, birds and whales - but also a fascinating tale of global warming. Words can not describe this extraordinary book. It is clearly the result of enormous patience and commitment, and deserves all the praise it is getting in the press. At a first glance, it is a magnificent coffee table book, but what this is more than anything else, is an urgent appeal to engage. "Vanishing World" is an impressive achievement, and probably the most beautiful nature book in years. Nearly unreal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jean Michel Lamoine on October 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was lucky enough to stumble upon this astounding work of art. From the start to the end, this book is amazingly beautiful. I must admit that I did not read the texts because I did not feel the need to. This is photography at its best: so gorgeous that it is almost too much to bear. An extraordinary tribute to something we may lose soon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Newman VINE VOICE on October 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is not an academic study of the Arctic but an artistic celebration. I was struck how this book pulled me in and made me feel like I had a real understanding for the lonely beauty of the with so little use of words. The book is predominately full spread photos with just a dozen pages of rather poetic prose that describes the annual cycle of the Arctic. It gives an intimate feel for the region that made me feel like I understood what life is like there. Although to be honest, it is a pretty removed understanding, I never felt like it was -50 with a punishing wind was cutting to my bones.

The photos are without captions and only loosely related to the brief text. This was frustrating at times when I had questions, but after a while, it helped the sense of discovery. Exploration of new environments doesn't come with instant answers.

Toward the end of the book there are a few more pages of text, one section dedicated to the environmental issues that face the arctic which seemed a little unsatisfactory. It abruptly loses the poetic feel of the earlier text and takes on a academic voice. It didn't seem to fit, although the photos that follow are made poignant by these pages, especially the photo of the free swimming polar bear.

The final section is a few pages about the author and photographer which are great. There is some talk of equipment, some anecdotes, so philosophizing about isolation, but it was all welcome. I am amazed at their project, they have put together a wonderful book here. Truly beautiful.
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By polar818 on December 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great Edition to my collection of Polar Bears. Was very happy to find a new book of this great animal
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