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Annals of the Former World

Annotation
The Pulitzer Prize-winning view of the continent, across the fortieth parallel and down through 4.6 billion yearsTwenty years ago, when John McPhee began his journeys back and forth across the United States, he planned to describe a cross section of North America at about the fortieth parallel and, in the process, come to an understanding not only of the science but of the style of the geologists he traveled with. The structure of the book never changed, but its breadth caused him to complete it in stages, under the overall title Annals of the Former World.Like the terrain it covers, Annals of the Former World tells a multilayered tale, and the reader may choose one of many paths through it. As clearly and succinctly written as it is profoundly informed, this is our finest popular survey of geology and a masterpiece of modern nonfiction.   Annals of the Former Worldis the winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction.

Awards
1998  New York Times Notable Books of the Year
1999  Pulitzer Prize

GenreNonFiction
Science
TopicsGeologists
Geology
Natural history
Scientific research
Scientific exploration
Eccentrics
Science
SettingNorth America