Monday, November 2, 2020

America the Beautiful: A Story in Photographs (TLC Book Tour)

America is a diverse nation with natural beauty throughout. America the Beautiful is a coffee table book that displays the beauty with beautiful color pictures of the people and places that make up the United States.  There are 250 images from all 50 states and six territories.  The pictures are from National Geographics archives and span 100 years.  There are inspirational quotes from a lot of different people describing their state or territory. Overall, the theme is the song America the Beautiful.

 My son Daniel and I read through this quickly after we received it. We loved looking at the pictures and reading the short descriptions about them. The book is sorted into different parts of the country. We of course looked for Wisconsin right away. We liked the pictures, but only wish there were more for our state. Strangely a beautiful picture of the Apostle Islands said it was Michigan rather than Wisconsin. This bugged Daniel, but otherwise we loved the book.

 Overall, America the Beautiful is a wonderful way to tour America from your own home.

 Book Source:  Review Copy from the Hachette Book Group / National Geographic for being a part of the TLC Book Tour. Thank-you!  For more stops on the tour, check out this link.

About America the Beautiful

• Hardcover : 400 pages  

• Publisher : National Geographic (October 20, 2020)  

This glorious book of photography, featuring more than 200 magnificent National Geographic images of all 50 states, is a gift-worthy celebration of America's unique natural and cultural treasures. 

 America the Beautiful showcases the stunning spaces closest to our nation's heart--from the woods in the Great Appalachian Valley that Davy Crockett once called home to the breathtaking sweep of California's Big Sur coast to the wilds of Alaska. It also celebrates the people who have made this country what it is, featuring a wide range of images including the Arikara Nation in the early 1900s and scientists preparing for travel to Mars on a Hawaiian island. Culled from more than 130 years of National Geographic's vaunted archives, this provocative collection depicts the splendor of this great nation as only National Geographic can, with a dramatic combination of modern and historical imagery--from the creation of architectural icons like the Golden Gate Bridge and Lady Liberty to the last of the country's wild places currently preserved in our national parks. 

Organized by chapters focused on region (west coast and the Pacific, east coast, the south, and the Midwest) that are themselves inspired by verses of the original poem America the Beautiful, this book also features a moving introduction offering perspective on the country's unique journey. You'll also find behind-the-scenes commentary from the world-renowned photographers who captured this unforgettable imagery, and observations from the conservationists, activists, and historians who help keep America beautiful today. Profound and inspiring, this is a book for everyone who has ever marveled at the beauty of the United States.

Purchase Links

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  1. This sounds like a wonderful book by National Geographic. I'd love to get a copy. Terrific review, Laura!

    1. The kids and I have had a lot of fun looking through all of the pictures. It's a nice book to leave out for guests as well . . . when we have guests again!

  2. I noticed the oops with the Apostle Islands as well, I live just down the road in Superior so I visit the Islands often. :) Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

    1. We have not yet made it to the Apostle Islands! We were just talking about how we need to make it up there to see the ice caves!!

  3. I don't really do books with pictures often but I do want to learn more about America and when learning about places I do like visuals. We have the same blog design <3 great minds xxx