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Last Stand, America's Virgin Land

Kingsolver, Barbara; Annie Griffiths Belt, Photographer

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ISBN 10: 0792269098 / ISBN 13: 9780792269090
Published by National Geographic, Washington, DC, Signed by Photorapher, 2002
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Near Fine+ paper over board hardback, silver lettering, NF DJ. Cover with a little edge wear, one ink mark on front cover. DJ has a little edge wear, some scuffs, inside top corner clipped. Binding tight. End papers and pp look unused. Photographer signature on title page. 10x12", 191 pp with many full color plates. Because of the size and weight of the book(s), please contact us to arrange for priority mailing or for shipping outside the continental USA. ISBN# 0792269098. Bookseller Inventory # 8385

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Title: Last Stand, America's Virgin Land

Publisher: National Geographic, Washington, DC, Signed by Photorapher

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Illustrator(s)

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"Last Stand takes readers from the tallgrass prairies of Kansas to the Arctic tundra of Alaska to the deserts of the Southwest and bears passionate witness to our last wildernesses, reminding us why they must be preserved.

Dedicated conservationist and acclaimed novelist Barbara Kingsolver teams with National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths Belt to capture the essence of America' s endangered virgin lands. In her moving introduction and int he essays opening each chapter, Kingsolver deftly explores the ways of the wilderness, the threats against it, and what it needs to survive. Griffiths Belt' s accompanying hand-tinted infrared photographs breathtakingly evoke the spirit and beauty of these diverse bioregions.

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In this coffee-table nature book, two ardent conservationists make an impassioned plea for the preservation of American wilderness, from sparkling seashores to pristine deserts. In her moving introduction, bestselling author Kingsolver laments the loss of untouched spaces. Like most ecologically minded people, she is an optimistic pessimist, predicting more of the same destruction but begging us to "find in ourselves the grace to do otherwise." Unfortunately, Belt's photographs-meant to bolster Kingsolver's words-can fall into greeting-card cliche. Her technique of using black-and-white infrared negative film for half the images and hand-coloring the prints results in blurred, pale pictures that share a pastel sameness. The more conventional photos are stunning, though, and Belt makes up for her experiment by capturing the essence of America the way we imagine it used to be. Kingsolver provides introductions to each of the sections devoted to broad biomes such as plains, wetlands and forests. With literary and photographic nods to the giants of conservation-Aldo Leopold, Henry David Thoreau, Edward Abbey and others-the book offers quiet evidence that there is still something better than a world where "children's adventures and glimpses of fox dwell only in books." (100 photographs)
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