The wealth of Geological information interwoven with the stories of the Geologists whoexplain, through McPhee, the complex but fascinating Geological history of America from coast to coast. But be aware that "Assembling California" is not listed with the other 4 books of the canon. Be sure to get all five. The Sequence I would suggest would In my opinion logically follow the trek across the country really from coast to coast ie books1 through 5 in order. Some have suggested a different sequence, but all stand alone very well. This series of 5 Audio books should be in every library of those who admire and enjoy superb non-fiction writing or Geology.These are suberbly performed by Nelson Runger.If, like me, much of your listening is done while driving, this audio book series willtransport you to "The Former World" as you travel.Ronald E. Bowers, MDFL
the other 4 books of "Annals of the Former World"
Tone and delivery matched the style of the book(s). Not pedantic.
yes, and re-listen!
As a physician I found this treatment of the development of the first antibiotic extremely interesting and informative. The author
does a great job of describing the pre-antibiotic era-which includes most of history-and against this background tells the story of the discovery of sulfa.
In particular, the carnage (wound infections) caused by the "strep" bacteria in WWI is addressed in detail--it was a dreadful slaughter--and even the tiniest wound could kill.
This is a must read for one who would understand the modern antibiotic era, and a warning about what will happen when our current drugs are outsmarted by the bacteria.
As a native of a "Gulf Border State" I enjoyed
this entertaining account of probably the most crucial period in american history since the revolution, the War of 1812. The personalitiesof Andrew Jackson and Jean LaFite are brought to life, and the battle is explained in broad context.
Should be required reading for residents of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, or Louisiana, and the USA.
Grover Gardener is a great reader.
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