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  • Annals of the Former Worldby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2000; US$ 21.99

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning view of the continent, across the fortieth parallel and down through 4.6 billion years Twenty 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... more...

  • Basin and Rangeby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1982; US$ 16.99

    The first of John McPhee?s works in his series on geology and geologists, Basin and Range is a book of journeys through ancient terrains, always in juxtaposition with travels in the modern world?a history of vanished landscapes, enhanced by the histories of people who bring them to light. The title refers to the physiographic province of the United... more...

  • Coming into the Countryby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 18.99

    Coming into the Country is an unforgettable account of Alaska and Alaskans. It is a rich tapestry of vivid characters, observed landscapes, and descriptive narrative, in three principal segments that deal, respectively, with a total wilderness, with urban Alaska, and with life in the remoteness of the bush. Readers of McPhee?s earlier books will... more...

  • The Control of Natureby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 16.99

    While John McPhee was working on his previous book, Rising from the Plains , he happened to walk by the engineering building at the University of Wyoming, where words etched in limestone said: "Strive on--the control of Nature is won, not given." In the morning sunlight, that central phrase--"the control of nature"--seemed to sparkle with unintended... more...

  • The Curve of Binding Energyby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 16.99

    With his customary reportorial brilliance, John McPhee has written the story of the life and career of Theodore B. Taylor, a theoretical physicist who has been one of the most inventive nuclear scientists of our time. more...

  • The Deltoid Pumpkin Seedby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 17.99

    This is the fascinating story of the dream of a completely new aircraft, a hybrid of the airplane and rigid airship - huge, wingless, moving slowly through the lower sky. Its early and secrect experimenta; development took twelve years' time and one and a half million dollars. McPhee chronicles the perhaps unfathomable perseverance of the aircraft's... more...

  • The Founding Fishby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2003; US$ 17.99

    John McPhee's twenty-sixth book is a braid of personal history, natural history, and American history, in descending order of volume. Each spring, American shad-Alosa sapidissima-leave the ocean in hundreds of thousands and run heroic distances upriver to spawn. McPhee--a shad fisherman himself--recounts the shad's cameo role in the lives of George... more...

  • Irons in the Fireby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 18.99

    In this collection John McPhee once agains proves himself as a master observer of all arenas of life as well a powerful and important writer. more...

  • Heirs of General Practiceby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 14.99

    Heirs of General Practice is a frieze of glimpses of young doctors with patients of every age?about a dozen physicians in all, who belong to the new medical specialty called family practice. They are people who have addressed themselves to a need for a unifying generalism in a world that has become greatly subdivided by specialization, physicians... more...

  • La Place de la Concorde Suisseby John McPhee

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 16.99

    In admirable disregard for the orthodoxy of public relations, the Swiss Army has chosen Luc Massy to be the soldier companion of the American observer John McPhee during various exercices of a "refresher" course among the high Alps of the Canto de Valais. more...