A beautiful collection of new US national park posters by the Anderson Design Group. The posters take the mid-century modern design aesthetic of the nA beautiful collection of new US national park posters by the Anderson Design Group. The posters take the mid-century modern design aesthetic of the now "vintage" NPS promotionals, and update them with different viewpoints, scenes, and highlights. Some of the "biggies" (Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, Grand Canyon) have a few separate designs, so there is more original art than expected.
The book is primarily about the art - and the art is exceptional! - including how the posters were designed, with models of each layer. Each of the 59 parks has a section, and about 1-2 pages of text with basic history about that park, and a side column with wildlife notes, "must-see" spots, etc.
I bought this book at Zion National Park, and it is now living happily on my coffee table. It's already attracted the attention of friends and family who have stopped by my house!...more
On August 14, 1937... the Appalachian Trail was a reality, a continuously marked footpath from Georgia to Maine. This feat is made all the more remarkOn August 14, 1937... the Appalachian Trail was a reality, a continuously marked footpath from Georgia to Maine. This feat is made all the more remarkable when it is remembered that nearly every bit of effort expended was done so by volunteers whose real motivation was a love of the outdoors....
This book tells the story through archival photos, and detailed captions of the building and maintenance of the Appalachian Trail in the mid-Atlantic states: West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Each state is featured and many historical photos show notable landmarks, hikers, and sights through the decades. The book is a tribute to all of the volunteer clubs who maintain the trail - rerouting trails for safety, cleanup after storms, etc.
I have hiked portions of the trail in these states (and in Virginia) and I really hope to have the opportunity to do more one day. It's neat to see books like this that shows hikers from 80+ years ago who did the same thing.
Books like this make my wanderlust flair up. I grew up in the shadow of Yellowstone, and Grand Tetons in Wyoming, Harper's Ferry and Antietam in WV/MDBooks like this make my wanderlust flair up. I grew up in the shadow of Yellowstone, and Grand Tetons in Wyoming, Harper's Ferry and Antietam in WV/MD, and then Carlsbad and White Sands in New Mexico... yet I still have this insatiable desire to go to every single park in the whole system.
My parents have just taken up getting the National Park Pass for us the past few years for Christmas. Thank goodness. We hit at least 3 national parks, monuments, seashores, historic parks a year - both local and destinations - and this book made me even more excited about our roadtrip around Utah later this year (hoping to hit as many Parks and monuments as possible in a state chocked full of them!). Of course, it was great for memories of past road trips through California, Washington, Virginia, Tennessee...
The book is National Geographic's tribute to the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, and it is a stunning portrait of all of the sites, wildlife, and history of these amazing places.
The author did a lot of research for this book - but that research wasn't specifically on Mount St. Helens itself.
The book spent an inordinate amountThe author did a lot of research for this book - but that research wasn't specifically on Mount St. Helens itself.
The book spent an inordinate amount of time and ink on the Weyerhauser logging company, which has an interesting history that does intersect with the history of southwestern Washington... but that wasn't exactly the "Untold Story of Mount St. Helens" that I was expecting from the title.
Even still, there was a lot to take away... and next time I am in Washington, I want to make the trip to see the caldera....more
I've seen television interviews and roundtables with Hari, and when I found out that he had written a book about drug policy and the science and socioI've seen television interviews and roundtables with Hari, and when I found out that he had written a book about drug policy and the science and sociology of addiction, I immediately added the book to my library list.
The book was not what I was expecting - but this is not because I was disappointed with it in any way. What struck me is how very personal this book was for Hari. His first chapter explains the history of drug addiction in his family, and how it has also affected him personally. This first-person narrative continues throughout the book as he interviews people all over the world, recounting detailed history of the beginnings of the drug war - how "Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup" (laced with morphine) was a bestselling tonic in Victorian times... and a few decades later, these opiates were suddenly vilified and rebelled against.
The historical opening chapters were an eye-opening narrative of a famous singer and the law enforcement officer who manically worked to bring her down - and expose her addiction to the world, thereby going on to change drug laws not only in the US, but all over the world... and the first drug dealing gangster of NYC and his manical and deadly rule over the boroughs. Incredible detail and strong writing - great introduction to the book, and Hari refers back to this "groundwork" many times throughout the book.
Hari travels to the US, to Mexico, to Uruguay, to Canada, to Portugal, to Switzerland, and his own UK to learn about the global ramifications of this war on drugs. In the US and Latin America, the stories of powerful and horrific narco gangs are the true stories that have inspired popular films and television series (Sin Nombre, Narcos, Sicario, Breaking Bad) in recent years. In the US and Canada, and Europe, we learn of the addicts, and the deep stigmas and vilification of this population, and how some places - like Vancouver, BC - have worked extremely hard to change these stigmas.
The addiction conversation continues as Hari works with scientists and sociologists who turn the tables on how society can help addicts. All of these pieces fit together for the final case for decriminalization and legalization of these drugs. All drugs? Certain drugs? The debate rages on, and Hari describes this in detail.
The final chapter takes a close look at the two US states (at the time of writing in 2015) who have legalized marijuana for recreational use: Colorado and Washington. Hari interviews the advocates that worked in both states to legalize the substance, and how their philosophies and reasoning was vastly different. One of the final quotes in the book gave me a laugh, but also a pause - how much things have changed in a relatively short amount of time - and what we can expect in the future.
Spoken by one of the Colorado attorneys who played a key role in the Colorado campaign: "For years, the only discussion was: 'How long should we be locking people up for possessing marijuana?' Now we're discussing what the font should be on the label of the pot brownies."
4.5 /5 - rounded up because I learned so much from this book....more
A must-read... or even a must-listen. I enjoyed Mr. Coates reading his own words in the audiobook version. The only downside to the audiobook? when thA must-read... or even a must-listen. I enjoyed Mr. Coates reading his own words in the audiobook version. The only downside to the audiobook? when there was a quote I wanted to savor, I had to stop, rewind and play a few times so I could jot down the words. This happened more than once.
Eloquently written, hard-hitting... there is fear and anger here (justified, completely) and also some very harsh words. I will be thinking about this one for a long time. ...more
An engaging and informative history of fitness and fitness culture in the US. Spanning from the nineteenth-century circus strongmen to the presen-dayAn engaging and informative history of fitness and fitness culture in the US. Spanning from the nineteenth-century circus strongmen to the presen-day fitness trends, the author hones in on some of the key figures and inventions that changed the fitness landscape. I really enjoyed the 1930s-1950s era of Muscle Beach, California, and then back stories of some of the ubiquitous equipment found in every gym, like the elliptical, the cable machines, etc. ...more