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Overview: A New Perspective of Earth

4.65  ·  Rating details ·  411 ratings  ·  55 reviews
A stunning and unique collection of satellite images of Earth that offer an unexpected look at humanity, derived from the wildly popular Daily Overview Instagram project.

Inspired by the “Overview Effect”—a sensation that astronauts experience when given the opportunity to look down and view the Earth as a whole—the breathtaking, high definition satellite photographs in Ove
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Amphoto Books
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May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, 5-stars, art
From a distant vantage point, one has the chance to appreciate our home as a whole, to reflect on its beauty and its fragility all at once (pg. 12). When we are removed from our usual line of sight on the Earth's surface, we can see things differently (pg. 20).

Quite simply, Overview is stunning and has the potential to be one of the most impactful reads you can purchase. Not only is this a gorgeous publication, but the intriguing modern art concept draws you in immediately. The time and ene
Eliot Peper
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Overview by Benjamin Grant is a breathtaking photography collection of stunning satellite images of Earth's surface. Named for the overview effect, the cognitive shift astronauts report when viewing Earth from space, this book is filled with dazzling eye-candy that will change your perspective on the world we live in. Industrial landscapes, tropical rainforests, urban infrastructure, eroded mountain ranges, and pristine coastlines pop off the page and spark a sense of wonder at the beauty and di ...more
Jo Ann
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is one beautiful book! Its aerial views of our world are fascinating...there were few photographs that I could guess, with assurance, as to what they were...and many photos I just could not even begin to think what they were. All were wonderful, some surprising, some took my breath away, some were upsetting...but all were beautiful.
there's no good way to review what is, essentially, an adult picture book (which is a good thing, imo!), so in lieu of critical analysis or whatever, here are a few of my favorite overviews:

uniform strips of multicolored tulips, arranged in pleasing geometric shapes
52.276355°, 4.557080°
Every year, tulip fields in Lisse, Netherlands, begin to bloom in March and are in peak bloom by late April. The Dutch produce a total of 4.3 billion tulip bulbs each year, of which 53 percent (2.3 billion) is grown into cut flowers. Of these, 1.3 billion are sold in the Netherland
Ashish Manik
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Truly beautiful, breathtaking, and stunning!

The book is about the "Overview Effect", i.e. a sensation that astronauts experience when given the opportunity to look down and see the Earth as a whole. An excellent thought to convert Instagram posts to a book.

Benjamin Grant has brought together unseen, high-resolution satellite images of places we live in, places where we play, and where we have never been to. They are sure to make us wonder about the extent of human-impact on our planet - and it i
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfic, arc
Just really fascinating. Every person who saw this book when I had it checked out was sucked into poring over the images.
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is THE BEST book I've read/looked at. Please get a copy. It's a coffee table book that will thrill you, teach you, interest you, amaze you, perplex you and WOW you. I promise. ...more
Susan Brearley
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a terrific coffee table book. It's a bit of a game, like a puzzle, to look at the images and try to guess what they are of, or where they exist. But ultimately, this truly does begin to give you that experience that an astronaut must have, to view the planet from so far away that you can begin to understand what humans are doing to its face, for the good, but mostly for the not so good. I recommend this to anyone who wants to have a little inspiration to keep motivated on fighting the go ...more
Ian McHugh
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a terrific coffee table book. The images are brilliantly presented in vibrant color and the captions are informative. The 'overview' created in each photograph has taken care and attention and, as a result, the book becomes incredibly thought-provoking. There is contemporary relevance here with the picture of the development of the Spratley Islands or the pollution-filled lakes of Michigan. Lots to see and lots to focus upon. This book really did make me see the world in. A different way ...more
Grace Kenney
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A rare, eye-opening view to our earth that is haunting and addicting. The photos are not only beautiful, they are informative. After putting it on my coffee table it is a conversation starter for all. From an Instagram account to a brilliant book, Grant has exceeded my expectations. A must read!!
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Theme is a lot like Burtynsky's -- large-scale evidence of human effect on landscapes -- but images are somehow less jarring, so one can focus more on the beauty of the photos.
Seems petty to say this when faced with such accomplished work, but text could be a little more incisive
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, acquired-in-2016
Insightful and filled with awe-inspiring imagery.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The earth as art....amazing.
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous collection of large aerial views of the earth. Some are abstract but all are identified. A visual reminder of how fragile the earth is and how significant the mark of mankind on it.
Very beautiful coffee table book showing the view from above. For a taste--check out the Daily Overview website: ...more
Barbara McEwen
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-photography
I borrowed it from the library but it is definitely worth picking up if you see it. It would make a great coffee table book. The photos are amazing and it is well organized.
Teo 2050
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Zooming out
Recommended to Teo 2050 by: Stewart Brand’s blog post

Unputdownable. These high-res satellite images zoom the mind out to the level of our real visible effects on the Earth’s surface. They are organized topically by “Where we…” Harvest, Extract, Power, Live, Move, Design, Play, Waste, and (for contrast) Are Not. This is a perfect book to easily gain & maintain an Earth-centric perspective.

For more, see the Daily Overview. The project as a whole is “inspired by the Overview Effect—a sensation that astronauts experience when give
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a gorgeous book, and I ended up reading it faster than it deserved (as is all to common, I had it out from the library and only focused on reading it when it was overdue and needed to be returned to fill a hold for someone else). I also found it a bit depressing. Even before it gets to the chapter on waste, the images of harvest and extraction make clear just how much of a mark humans have made on the earth.

The only things that could make this book better, I think, would be the inclusion
Nov 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a coffee table book that my wife gave me. Like all coffee table books that people give me, I make sure to read every word in there. The overhead photos of the Earth are amazing. It can be depressing though, since the author is focused on the harm that people do to the Earth. It's good to be aware, but it can get me down when I dwell on the problems we are causing. On the other hand, it's inspiring to see the engineering feats that humans have created. ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A heavy coffee-table book springing from web-based "Daily Overview"--photos from space of all kinds of places around our globe--natural occurrences, man-made plants (quite a variety), cities--Paris is incredible thanks to Napoleon's redesign. So intriguing. Limited text. A paragraph for each picture explaining name, location, size. Could spend many hours marveling over these photos. ...more
Shannis McEwen
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautiful! We're wearing it out in our house for all the times we take it out to look at it. ...more
Eddie Gonzales
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
dope images great for a coffee table
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This features photos of Earth from Space. Topics include farming, mining, transportation, living spaces, prisons, sports arenas, dumps, and more. Insightful.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I heart satellite pics.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, nature
Beautiful glimpse of the world from above, with deep emphasis on how we, as humans, have changed her.
Rickie Marsden
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great coffee table book to have around.
Farras Octara
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Truly mesmerizing. Benjamin Grant is a potential successor to Yann Arthus-Bertrand.
Laura Hale
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stunning coffee table book. Beautiful perspectives.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very visually oriented. Allowed me to look at parts of the earth I would not see otherwise as if I were flying over them, but with some description of what I was looking at.
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Benjamin Grant is the founder of Overview. His books take their original inspiration from Daily Overview (@dailyoverview) -- an Instagram account he launched in December 2013. With each post and story, he aims to not only inspire a fresh perspective of our planet but also how human activity changes the Earth. Benjamin's first book - "Overview: A New Perspective of Earth" - was selected as one of t ...more

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