Concentrating on three contemporary stories of peoples battling against the earth and its elements, this book examines humankind's attempts to tame ...Show synopsisConcentrating on three contemporary stories of peoples battling against the earth and its elements, this book examines humankind's attempts to tame the forces of nature.Hide synopsis
Description:Fair. A readable copy only. All pages and the cover are intact,...Fair. A readable copy only. All pages and the cover are intact, may not include dust jacket. Pages may include considerable notes in pen or have highlighting. Possible ex library copy. May not contain accessories.
Description:Good. This book has a light amount of wear to the pages, cover...Good. This book has a light amount of wear to the pages, cover and binding. Blue Cloud Books-Hot deals from the land of the sun.
Description:Near Fine. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. A NOONDAY PRESS. FOURTH...Near Fine. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. A NOONDAY PRESS. FOURTH PRINTING, 1993 (stated). 271 pages. Illustrated. A detailed examination of the strategies and tactics through which people attempt to control their natural surroundings by the 1999 Pulitzer Prize winning author of A SENSE OF WHERE YOU ARE and THE FOUNDING FISH. A near fine copy in wrappers. Former owner's name and year minutely inked on the upper right margin of the front endpaper and front fly-leave--for good measure. No reading or folding creases. The text is very clean and sound--notwithstanding some ball-pen underlining in the last chapter of the book, Los Angeles Against The Mountains.
Description:NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATORS. Softbound edition published by THE...NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATORS. Softbound edition published by THE NOONDAY PRESS (New York) in 1993. 272 pages of bright, clean illustrated text with no dust jacket. The interior is unblemished and appears to be unread. The wraps are white with a full color illustration of the plans for a man made contraption on the front wrap. TheTitle and the Author's names appear on the front wrap and the spine. Tape residue, probably from a price sticker is present on the front wrap. ASUCLA is stamped on the lower page ends. The binding is tight with no latent flaws. The publication is rated Very Good.
This was my first McPhee book & now I'm hooked. Writing in a conversational voice, he takes us on three journeys: the lower Mississippi, Iceland & Los Angeles. He describes three different conflicts between man & nature, each lasting over an extended period of time. He gradually provides more information until you grasp the complex situation & appreciate the irony of the title. Highly recommended.
John McPhee again presents arcane biology/geology to the masses with an infectious enthusiam and deep respect for his subjects; both human and Nature. Well researched and with a beautiful writing style that speeds along without ever losing the reader in his desire to clarify, amplify and educate. The creator of "literary journalism", McPhee is an extraordinary, necessary and great seer.
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