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McPhee, John 1931-

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Works: 152 works in 551 publications in 5 languages and 36,721 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Fiction  Guidebooks 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: AC8, 081
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Annals of the former world by John McPhee ( Book )
16 editions published between 1983 and 2006 in English and held by 2,319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Twenty years ago, when John McPhee began his journeys back and forth across the United States, he planned to describe a cross-section of North America at about the fortieth parallel and, in the process, come to an understanding not only of the science but of the style of the geologists he traveled with." "Like the terrain it covers, Annals of the Former World tells a many-layered tale, and the reader may choose one of many paths through it, guided by twenty-five new maps and the "Narrative Table of Contents" (an essay outlining the history and structure of the project). Read sequentially, the book is an organic succession of set pieces, flashbacks, biographical sketches, and histories of the human and lithic kind; approached systematically, it can be a North American geology primer, an exploration of plate tectonics, or a study of geologic time and the development of the time scale."--BOOK JACKET
Looking for a ship by John McPhee ( Book )
8 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,002 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is an extraordinary tale of life on the high seas aboard one of the last American merchant ships, the S.S. Stella Lykes, on a forty-two-day journey from Charleston down the Pacific coast of South America. As the crew of the Stella Lykes makes their ocean voyage, they tell stories of other runs and other ships, tales of disaster, stupidity, greed, generosity, and courage
Basin and range by John McPhee ( Book )
18 editions published between 1969 and 1999 in English and held by 1,999 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The first of John McPhee's works in his series on geology and geologists, Basin and Range is a book of journeys through ancient terrains, always in juxtaposition with travels in the modern world--a history of vanished landscapes, enhanced by the histories of people who bring them to light. The title refers to the physiographic province of the United States that reaches from eastern Utah to eastern California, a silent world of austere beauty, of hundreds of discrete high mountain ranges that are green with junipers and often white with snow. The terrain becomes the setting for a lyrical evocation of the science of geology, with important digressions into the plate-tectonics revolution and the history of the geologic time scale
Rising from the plains by John McPhee ( Book )
13 editions published between 1986 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bestselling author McPhee takes us on another exciting geological excursion with this engaging account of life--past and present--in the high plains of Wyoming
Assembling California by John McPhee ( Book )
13 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and held by 1,715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
At various times in a span of fifteen years, John McPhee made geological field surveys in the company of Eldridge Moores, a tectonicist at the University of California at Davis. The result of these trips is Assembling California, a cross-section in human and geologic time, from Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada through the golden foothills of the Mother Lode and across the Great Central Valley to the wine country of the Coast Ranges, the rock of San Francisco, and the San Andreas family of faults. The two disparate time scales occasionally intersect--in the gold disruptions of the nineteenth century no less than in the earthquakes of the twentieth--and always with relevance to a newly understood geologic history in which half a dozen large and separate pieces of country are seen to have drifted in from far and near to coalesce as California. McPhee and Moores also journeyed to remote mountains of Arizona and to Cyprus and northern Greece, where rock of the deep-ocean floor has been transported into continental settings, as it has in California. Global in scope and a delight to read, Assembling California is a sweeping narrative of maps in motion, of evolving and dissolving lands
Uncommon carriers by John McPhee ( Book )
9 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
McPhee's books are about real people in real places. Over the past eight years, McPhee has spent considerable time in the company of people who work in freight transportation. This is his sketchbook of them and of his journeys with them. He rides from Atlanta to Tacoma alongside Don Ainsworth, owner and operator of a sixty-five-foot, eighteen-wheel chemical tanker carrying hazmats. He attends ship-handling school on a pond in the foothills of the French Alps, where, for a tuition of $15,000 a week, skippers of the largest ocean ships refine their capabilities in twenty-foot scale models. He goes up the Illinois River on a "towboat" pushing a triple string of barges, the overall vessel being "a good deal longer than the Titanic." And he travels by canoe up the canal-and-lock commercial waterways traveled by Henry David Thoreau and his brother, John, in a homemade skiff in 1839.--From publisher description
In suspect terrain by John McPhee ( Book )
12 editions published between 1982 and 2000 in English and held by 1,606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the outwash plains of Brooklyn to Indiana's drifted diamonds and gold, John McPhee's In Suspect Terrain is a narrative of the earth, told in four sections of equal length, each in a different way reflecting the three others-- a biography a set piece about a fragment of Appalachian landscape in illuminating counterpoint to the human history there a modern collision of ideas about the origins of the mountain range and, in contrast, a century-old collision of ideas about the existence of the Ice Age. The central figure is Anita Harris, an internationally celebrated geologist who went into her profession to get out of a Brooklyn ghetto. The unifying theme is plate tectonics-- here concentrating on the acceptance that all aspects of the theory do not universally enjoy. As such, In Suspect Terrain is a report from the rough spots at the front edge of a science. In Suspect Terrain is the second book in a series on geology and geologists, presenting a cross section of North America along the fortieth parallel, and gathered under the overall title Annals of the Former World. The other books in the series are Basin and Range, Rising from the Plains, and Assembling California
The founding fish by John McPhee ( Book )
5 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A study of the American shad traces its annual migrations and life cycle in both freshwater rivers and the ocean, focusing on those living in the Delaware River and discussing issues related to tidal power and catch-and-release campaigns
The Pine Barrens by John McPhee ( Book )
19 editions published between 1967 and 1999 in English and held by 1,278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In the low center of the state [of New Jersey] is a near wilderness, larger than most national parks, which as been known since the seventeenth century as the Pine Barrens." The author writes of this area and of its inhabitants, the Pineys.--Cover
The curve of binding energy by John McPhee ( Book )
11 editions published between 1974 and 1999 in English and Japanese and held by 1,131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Theodore Taylor was one of the most brilliant engineers of the nuclear age, but in his later years he became concerned with the possibility of an individual being able to construct a weapon of mass destruction on their own. McPhee tours American nuclear institutions with Taylor and shows us how close we are to terrorist attacks employing homemade nuclear weaponry
Table of contents by John McPhee ( Book )
5 editions published between 1985 and 1994 in English and held by 1,071 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
First published in book form 1985, Table of Contents is a collection of eight pieces written by John McPhee between 1981 and 1984. Geographically and thematically, they range from Alaska to New Jersey, describing, for example, the arrival of telephones in a small village near the Arctic Circle and the arrival of wild bears in considerable numbers in New Jersey, swarming in from the Poconos in search of a better life. The essays in this collection, which The New York Times called "pretty close to flawless," offer an excellent introduction to the work of one of our finest writers
The John McPhee reader by John McPhee ( Book )
14 editions published between 1976 and 1992 in English and held by 1,053 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1965, John McPhee published his first book, "A Sense of Where You Are"; a decade later, he had published eleven others. This reader is comprised of selections from those first twelve books
Giving good weight by John McPhee ( Book )
10 editions published between 1979 and 1997 in English and held by 990 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"You people come into the market--the Greenmarket, in the open air under the down pouring sun--and you slit the tomatoes with your fingernails. With your thumbs, you excavate the cheese. You choose your stringbeans one at a time. You pulp the nectarines and rape the sweet corn. You are something wonderful, you are--people of the city--and we, who are almost without exception strangers here, are as absorbed with you as you seem to be with the numbers on our hanging scales." So opens the title piece in this collection of John McPhee's classic essays, grouped here with four others, including "Brigade de Cuisine," a profile of an artistic and extraordinary chef; "The Keel of Lake Dickey," in which a journey down the whitewater of a wild river ends in the shadow of a huge projected dam; a report on plans for the construction of nuclear power plants that would float in the ocean; and a pinball shoot-out between two prizewinning journalists
La place de la concorde suisse by John McPhee ( Book )
18 editions published between 1983 and 1994 in English and Italian and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The crofter and the laird by John McPhee ( Book )
11 editions published between 1970 and 1998 in English and held by 814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pieces of the frame by John McPhee ( Book )
8 editions published between 1975 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pieces of the Frame is a gathering of memorable writings by one of the greatest journalists and storytellers of our time. They take the reader from the backwoods roads of Georgia, to the high altitude of Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico from the social decay of Atlantic City, to Scotland, where a pilgrimage for art's sake leads to a surprising encounter with history on a hilltop with a view of a fifth of the entire country. McPhee's writing is more than informative these are stories, artful and full of character, that make compelling reading. They play with and against one another, so that Pieces of the Frame is distinguished as much by its unity as by its variety. Subjects familiar to McPhee's readers-sports, Scotland, conservation-are treated here with intimacy and a sense of the writer at work
Levels of the game by John McPhee ( Book )
13 editions published between 1969 and 2000 in English and German and held by 723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Levels of the game is a narrative of a tennis match played by Arthur Ashe and Clark Graebner at Forest Hills
The deltoid pumpkin seed by John McPhee ( Book )
10 editions published between 1973 and 1992 in English and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is the fascinating story of the dream of a completely new aircraft, a hybrid of the plane and the rigid airship--huge, wingless, moving slowly through the lower sky. John McPhee chronicles the perhaps unfathomable perseverance of the aircraft's sucessive progenitors
Alaska : images of the country by Galen A Rowell ( Book )
9 editions published between 1981 and 1997 in English and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Over 100 photographs accompanied by excerpts from John McPhee's 1977 book (Coming into the country), which depict Alaska's scenery, wildlife and human landscape
The second John McPhee reader by John McPhee ( Book )
5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This second volume of The John McPhee Reader includes material from his eleven books published since 1975, including Coming into the Country, Looking for a Ship, The Control of Nature, and the four books on geology gathering under the title Annals of the Former World: Basin and Range, In Suspect Terrain, Rising from the Plains, and Assembling California
 
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English (290)
French (2)
Italian (2)
German (1)
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