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Sierra Nevada Natural History (California Natural History Guides) Paperback – September 1, 2004
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"Storer and Usinger’s Sierra Nevada Natural History is the only book that covers so many aspects of this region's natural history in a compact form. I am thrilled to see that David Lukas has made the careful revisions necessary to update this classic book and make it even more useful and comprehensive. I plan to take it on every hike."Edward C. Beedy, author of Discovering Sierra Birds
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"Storer and Usinger's "Sierra Nevada Natural History is the only book that covers so many aspects of this region's natural history in a compact form. I am thrilled to see that David Lukas has made the careful revisions necessary to update this classic book and make it even more useful and comprehensive. I plan to take it on every hike."--Edward C. Beedy, author of "Discovering Sierra Birds
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So I found that my cherished tome had been updated and "improved" and it was a no-brainer to buy.
What a disappointment!
Admittedly, I have not used this new book yet (just came today) but I am greatly put off by it's layout and poor graphics, compared to the old version. The old version was SO much more accessible with full page comparisons of species drawings for quick assessment and ID. It had weak color photos but they are better than the new ones. THAT is inexcusable considering how far (light years) photography and printing have advanced in the 41 years between editions. The new version has information scattered about and comparisons not so nearly ready-to-hand as the 1963 book.
Anybody use BOTH versions? I'd be interested in comments by people who knew and used the 1963 book and have used this one.
REVIEWS: I find it revealing that after 11 years (!!!) there are only 7 reviews of this book. Millions go to the Sierra every year and hundreds of thousands look for guide books such as this. SEVEN reviews??? That in itself is very telling.
I have John Muir Laws' guide book, which is beautifully illustrated and intensely and very usefully organized for quick ID of all manner of Sierra biota. My reason for buying the new Storer and Usinger update (w/o Usinger but deliberate revision of the old book) was that I missed the commentary that Laws lacks.Read more ›
A nice resource for anyone written in an entertaining and engaging way.
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This book came in perfect condition just as it said. It has beautiful illustrations and great information for exploring in the Sierra Nevada. Thank you so much. Read morePublished on August 19, 2010 by ...lindsay...