Annals of the former world is the winner of the 1999 pulitzer prize for nonfiction discover prime book box for kids story time just got better with prime book box a subscription that delivers editorially hand picked childrens books every 1 2 or 3 months at 40 off list price learn more . john mcphee annals of the former world what i absolutely love about mcphees nonfiction is his ability to write about place people and ideas with both beautiful prose and amazing intimacy my favorite parts are where mcphee weaves place and people or people and ideas together and establishes the grand metaphor for his book. Annals of the former world is a book on geology written by john mcphee and published in 1998 by farrar straus and giroux it won the 1999 pulitzer prize for general nonfiction the book presents a geological history of north america and was researched and written over the course of two decades beginning in 1978. Annals of the former world is a geological tour of the united states crossing the continent on the interstate 80 it combines a multi faceted view of geology an introduction to some basic theory the particulars of north american geological history and something of the history and sociology of the science with elements of travel narrative biography and history melding this mixture . Annals of the former world is the winner of the 1999 pulitzer prize for nonfiction about the author john mcphee was born in princeton new jersey and was educated at princeton university and cambridge university
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