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16 Featured Titles

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Extreme Ice Now
Vanishing Glaciers and Changing Climate: A Progress Report
Written by James Balog

Format: Hardcover, 120 pages
Publisher: Focal Point
On Sale: March 24, 2009
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0401-2 (1-4262-0401-9)

Using both time-lapse and conventional photography as well as digital video, the Extreme Ice Survey is the most extensive visual study ever conducted to illustrate the catastrophic melting of glacial ice. The result is a dramatic and timely demonstration of global warming’s dangerous consequences from Alaska to Iceland to the Alps... Read more >

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An Illustrated Atlas
Written by Sylvia A. Earle and Linda K. Glover

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 28, 2008
Price: $65.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0319-0 (1-4262-0319-5)

Detailing a mysterious realm that’s as vital to our existence as the air we breathe, this new atlas immerses readers in the wonders of the deep through more than 250 up-to-the-minute maps, photographs, and satellite images. Deep-sea pioneer and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia A. Earle (known as "Her Deepness") and marine... Read more >

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You Can Save the Earth
7 Reasons Why & 7 Simple Ways. A Book to Benefit the Planet
Written by Sean K. Smith
Edited by June Eding and Anna Krusinski
Created by Andrew Flach

Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
On Sale: September 16, 2008
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-57826-280-9 (1-57826-280-1)

Finally an inspirational, hopeful book which empowers us to make the choices we need to make...not out of fear but out of love for ourselves, our Earth, and each other.

“The Earth is what we all have in common. It is what we are made of and what we live from, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence.
Written by John Francis, Ph.D.

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0405-0 (1-4262-0405-1)

2008 Freshman English Common Reading Selection for University of South Carolina Upstate

When the struggle to save oil-soaked birds and restore blackened beaches left him feeling frustrated and helpless, John Francis decided to take a more fundamental and personal stand—he stopped using all forms of motorized transportation. Soon after embarking on this... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Future
Six Drivers of Global Change
Written by Al Gore

Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8289-3 (0-8129-8289-4)


From the former vice president and #1 New York Times bestselling author comes An Inconvenient Truth for everything—a frank and clear-eyed assessment of six critical drivers of global change in the decades to come.

Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon

Written by Michael Goulding, Ronaldo Barthem and Efrem Ferreira

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: March 17, 2003
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-135-8 (1-58834-135-6)

The Amazon River flows more than 4,000 miles through the world’s greatest rainforest, into the Amazon delta, and finally into the Atlantic Ocean. This extraordinary atlas is the first comprehensive view of not only the Amazon River but also its thirteen major tributaries. More than 150 color maps and nearly 300... Read more >

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Six Degrees
Our Future on a Hotter Planet
Written by Mark Lynas

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0385-5 (1-4262-0385-3)

Possibly the most graphic treatment of global warming that has yet been published, Six Degrees is what readers of Al Gore's best-selling An Inconvenient Truth or Ross Gelbspan's Boiling Point will turn to next. Written by the acclaimed author of High Tide, this highly relevant and compelling book uses accessible journalistic... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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The Generosity Network
New Transformational Tools for Successful Fund-Raising
Written by Jennifer McCrea, Jeffrey C. Walker and Karl Weber

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Deepak Chopra
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3779-4 (0-7704-3779-6)

The Generosity Network is the essential guide to the art of activating resources of every kind behind any worthy cause. Philanthropist Jeff Walker and fund-raising expert Jennifer McCrea offer a fresh new perspective that can make the toughest challenges of nonprofit management and development less stressful, more rewarding.

Highly practical, motivating, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Wondrous Cold
An Antartic Journey
Written by Joan Myers

Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 1, 2006
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-238-6 (1-58834-238-7)

For centuries Antarctica has captured the imagination of explorers, scientists, and armchair travelers. Its starkly beautiful landscape, extraordinary wildlife, and harsh climate only begin to suggest the wonders of the world’s least understood continent.

Intrigued by a part of the planet vividly described in the journals of explorers Robert Falcon Scott and... Read more >

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It Started with Copernicus
Vital Questions about Science
Written by Keith Parsons

Format: Trade Paperback, 429 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: August 5, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-929-1 (1-61614-929-9)

Is science more rational or objective than any other intellectual endeavor? Are scientific theories accurate depictions of reality or just useful devices for manipulating the environment? These core questions are the focus of this unique approach to the philosophy of science. Unlike standard textbooks, this book does not attempt a comprehensive... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Maine to Greenland
Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast
Written by Wilfred E. Richard and William Fitzhugh
Photographed by Wilfred E. Richard

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 5, 2014
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-377-2 (1-58834-377-4)

Maine to Greenland is a testament to one of the world's great geographic regions: the Maritime Far Northeast. For more than three decades, William W. Fitzhugh and Wilfred E. Richard have explored the Northeast’s Atlantic corridor and its fascinating history, habitat, and culture. The authors’ powerful personal essays and Richard’s stunning... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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On a Farther Shore
The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, Author of Silent Spring
Written by William Souder

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-46221-3 (0-307-46221-8)

Rachel Carson loved the ocean and wrote three books about its mysteries. But it was with her fourth book, Silent Spring, that this unassuming biologist transformed our relationship with the natural world. Silent Spring was a chilling indictment of DDT and other pesticides that until then had been hailed as safe... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Blind Descent
The Quest to Discover the Deepest Cave on Earth
Written by James M. Tabor

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: February 15, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7949-7 (0-8129-7949-4)

The deepest cave on earth was a prize that had remained unclaimed for centuries, long after every other ultimate discovery had been made: both poles by 1912, Everest in 1958, the Challenger Deep in 1961. In 1969 we even walked on the moon. And yet as late as 2000, the earth’s... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Himalayan Quest
Ed Viesturs Summits All Fourteen 8,000-Meter Giants
Written by Peter Potterfield
Photographed by Ed Viesturs
Introduction by David Breashears

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: May 19, 2009
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0485-2 (1-4262-0485-X)

Now updated to include the triumphant culmination of a monumental quest—to stand on the summits of all fourteen of the world’s highest mountains—Himalayan Quest offers an unforgettable glimpse into the remarkable world of Ed Viesturs, America’s best-known high altitude climber, and the breathtaking landscape in which he works. It is an... Read more >

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A Smithsonian Natural History
Written by Michael Viney

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-294-2 (1-58834-294-8)

Ireland conjures up images of nature’s majesty: sweeping coastlines, rolling green hills, and secluded peat bogs and marshlands. A place of legendary beauty, it is also a land with a rich natural history. Michael Viney invites us to discover the geologic forces that created the island, peer into the famous bone... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Mapmakers
Revised Edition
Written by John Noble Wilford

Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70850-3 (0-375-70850-2)

In his classic text, two-time Pulitzer Prize—winner John Noble Wilford recounts the history of cartography from antiquity to the space age. With this revised edition, Wilford brings the story up to the present day, as he shows the impact of new technologies that make it possible for cartographers to go where... Read more >
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