To geologists, rocks are beautiful, roadcuts are windowpanes, and the earth is alive, a work in progress. The cataclysmic movement that gives birth to mountains and oceans is ongoing and can still be seen at certain places on our planet. One of these is the Basin and Range region centered in Nevada and Utah.
Rising From the Plains takes McPhee to the high country of Utah along the Continental Divide. His guide is David Love, "the grand old man of Rocky Mountain geology". Helping McPhee see the physical changes that have shaped this region over millions of years, Love also traces his own family's history in this oil-rich, windswept land.
Those who have traveled into America’s only remaining frontier rarely come back out the same. Only in Alaska can we come close to understanding what our forefathers must have felt upon their arrival in the New World. McPhee brings to this narrative the qualities that have distinguished him in the field of travel literature—tolerance, brisk, and entertaining prose, and a fascination with things most of us never bother to notice.
"Welcome to Alaska"
John McPhee's Pulitzer Prize-winning Annals of the Former World takes readers on mind-expanding adventures in geology. In the first book, Basin and Range, McPhee traveled to Nevada with a proponent of plate techtonics. Now, an engaging sceptic working for the United States Geological Survey is his guide to some of eastern America's most fascinating geologic formations.
From Pulitzer Prize-winner John McPhee, author of The Founding Fish, comes the fascinating story of an often overlooked, yet vitally important part of America. This first-hand account of the transportation sector features evocative portraits of the men and women who deliver our consumer and industrial goods.
Thirty years ago, the theory that continents are comprised of drifting plates—plate tectonics—evoked more scorn than serious research. Today, this revolutionary theory continues to dazzle and challenge geologists and laymen alike. Assembling California explores an area uniquely demonstrative of the plate tectonic theory: California, which according to “tectonicists,” is breaking apart at its seams.
"Subduction leads to orogeny zones in California"
With his Pulitzer Prize-winning Annals of the Former World, John McPhee explores not only the richly varied surface of the United States, but the geological wonders hidden deep beneath our feet. In this final book of the series, he embarks on a fascinating journey across the basement of the continent - the land masses forming Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and thereabouts - with a professor and geochronologist acting as a guide.
"End of McPhee's Annals"
For a person who has not encountered John McPhee's lively writing, The Second John McPhee Reader is the perfect introduction. McPhee, author of Coming Into the Country, and Assembling California punctuates his delightful prose with a sharp sense of humor and a fascination with things most of us never bother to notice.
"Smart, funny, compelling, and educational"
Fabulously entertaining and filled with the intriguing trivia of life, Irons in the Fire is another impeccably crafted collection of seven essays by John McPhee. His peerless writing, punctuated with a sharp sense of humor and fascinating detail, has earned him legions of fans across the country.
"New New Journalism is on Fire"
Few fish are as beloved, or as obsessed over, as the American shad. Although shad spend most of their lives in salt water, they enter rivers by the hundreds of thousands in the spring and swim upstream heroic distances in order to spawn, then return to the ocean.
"Read and released."
For a person who has not encountered John McPhee's lively writing, The Second John McPhee Reader is the perfect introduction. McPhee, author of Coming Into the Country, punctuates his delightful prose with a sharp sense of humor, and a fascination with things most of us never bother to notice.
"An Eclectic Collections of Stories but..."
"In Search of a Strategy", by Steve Coll; "S'long Jeet", by Roger Angell; "Phi Beta Football", by John McPhee; "The Antidote", by Ian Frazier; "Freedom Fighter", by Alexis Okeowo; and "Young Love", by Anthony Lane.
"Options", by Steve Coll; "Ringers", by Reeves Wiedeman; "Unsung", by Tad Friend; "The Lyme Wars", by Michael Specter; "The Orange Trapper", by John McPhee; "Mastiff", by Joyce Carol Oates; and "Life and Undeath", by David Denby.
"Not Insane", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Madoff and his Models", by Ron Chernow; "The Replacement", by Jeffrey Toobin; "Spin Right and Shoot Left", by John McPhee; "Tiny Bubbles", by Mike Peed.
"Some Nukes" by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Cruise Control" by Ben McGrath; "After Stevens" by Jeffrey Toobin; "Everybody Have Fun" by Elizabeth Kolbert: "Pioneer" by John McPhee; "Don't Ask Me" by Paul Rudnick; "The Long War" by Sasha Frere-Jones.
"Sparrin' Words", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "J. D. Salinger", by Adam Gopnik; "Bearable", by Lillian Ross; "A Night at the Movies", by John Seabrook; "The Trafficker", by Patrick Radden Keefe; "The Patch", by John McPhee; and "Castle in the Air", by Paul Goldberger.
"Missions" by Samantha Power; "Still Standing" by Jeffrey Toobin; "Shelter and the Storm" by Katherine Boo; "College Essay" by Christopher Buckley; "Land of the Diesel Bear" by John McPhee; "The Spinoff Zone" by Nancy Franklin; and "Boy Wonders" by Anthony Lane.
"John Updike", by Adam Gopnik; "The Fadeaway", by Roger Angell; "The Promised Land", by Evan Osnos; "Checkpoints", by John McPhee; "The Queen", by Sasha Frere-Jones; and "Curious Cases", by David Denby.