The 50 States: Explore the U.S.A. with 50 fact-filled maps! by Gabrielle Balkan
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
Be inspired by the inventiveness, beauty and diversity of the United States in this curious collection of fact-filled maps. Explore thousand of wondrous locations and be awed by the achievements of hundreds of people who helped make America what it is today. Celebrate, explore, enjoy! Page Plan 1 Title Page 2-3 USA country map/contents page 4-103 State maps 104-105 State flags 106-107 Historic events 108-109 Presidents 110-111 Index
The National Parks of the United States: A Photographic Journey by Andrew Thomas
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
One country. Twenty-seven states, two territories. Fifty-nine parks. Eight years. When award-winning landscape photographer Andrew Thomas visited four of the US National Parks in December 2007, he was mesmerized by their natural beauty. After two return trips within the next twelve months, he began a quest to travel to and photograph all fifty-nine parks of the US National Park Service. He succeeded, and his photographs are collected in this stunning tribute to some of the most spectacular and diverse scenery in the world. Capturing the peaks of Colorado and the glaciers of Alaska, the volcanoes of Hawaii and the everglades of Florida, the coral reefs of American Samoa and the beaches of the US Virgin Islands, Thomas exhibits every single park, even the de-listed, forgotten three: Mackinac in Michigan, Platt in Oklahoma, and Sullys Hill in North Dakota. Every park is represented by several photos, giving a full impression of the varied geographical features and dramatic mood shifts inherent in the changing light and seasons. Thomas also provides useful details for each park--nearest city, topographical coordinates, area size--as well as the date the park was established and the number of yearly visitors. Adding further inspirational content are personal reflections on the area quoted from a variety of perspectives--from park rangers, explorers, geologists and artists to famous personalities such as Mark Twain, Babe Ruth, Brigham Young and Harry S. Truman. Also featuring a map overview of all the parks and sections dedicated to the wildlife and other protected areas, this book is a complete, breathtaking compilation of the pure splendour the United States park system has to offer.
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition by Jonathan Alderfer
Publisher: National Geographic
Presents a guidebook which provides identification tips, information on behavior and nesting, locator and range maps, and plumage and species classification data on over one thousand species of birds found in North America.
Common Spiders of North America by Richard A. Bradley
Publisher: University of California Press
Spiders are among the most diverse groups of terrestrial invertebrates, yet they are among the least studied and understood. This first comprehensive guide to all 68 spider families in North America beautifully illustrates 469 of the most commonly encountered species. Group keys enable identification by web type and other observable details, and species descriptions include identification tips, typical habitat, geographic distribution, and behavioral notes. A concise illustrated introduction to spider biology and anatomy explains spider relationships. This book is a critical resource for curious naturalists who want to understand this ubiquitous and ecologically critical component of our biosphere.
His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham
Publisher: Random House
John Lewis, who at age twenty-five marched in Selma and was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, is a visionary and a man of faith. Using intimate interviews with Lewis and his family and deep research into the history of the civil rights movement, Meacham writes of how the activist and leader was inspired by the Bible, his mother's unbreakable spirit, his sharecropper father's tireless ambition, and his teachers in nonviolence, Reverend James Lawson and Martin Luther King, Jr. A believer in hope above all else, Lewis learned from a young age that nonviolence was not only a tactic but a philosophy, a biblical imperative, and a transforming reality. At the age of four, Lewis, ambitious to become a preacher, practiced by preaching to the chickens he took care of. When his mother cooked one of the chickens, the boy refused to eat it--his first act of non-violent protest. Integral to Lewis's commitment to bettering the nation was his faith in humanity and in God, and an unshakable belief in the power of hope. Meacham calls Lewis "as important to the founding of a modern and multiethnic twentieth- and twenty-first century America as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and Samuel Adams were to the initial creation of the nation-state in the eighteenth century. He did what he did--risking limb and life to bear witness for the powerless in the face of the powerful--not in spite of America, but because of America, and not in spite of religion, but because of religion."
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