Annals of the Former World by John McPhee

The book presents a geological history of North America, and was researched and written over the course of two decades beginning in 1978. It consists of a compilation of five books, the first four of which were previously published as Basin and Range (1981), In Suspect Terrain (1983), Rising from the Plains (1986), and Assembling California (1993), plus a final book, Crossing the Craton. A narrative table of contents provides an overview of the project, which largely consisted of a series of road journeys by McPhee across the North American continent in the company of noted geologists. 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 Non-Fiction.

The 918th greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction (Pulitzer Prize)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
In Suspect Terrain Paperback 14850377 $3.49
Annals of the Former World Paperback 1912937 $29.95 $9.00
Basin and Range: Annals of the Former World, Book 1 Audible Audio Edition 37988 $19.95 2004
Annals of the Former World Paperback 4994161 $37.82 $18.22
Annals of the Former World Kindle Edition 105552 $8.89 2000
Rising From the Plains: Annals of the Former World, Book 3 Audible Audio Edition 39969 $19.95 2004
Assembling California (Annals of the Former World) Kindle Edition 251031 2010
Assembling California Hardcover 869308 $24.95 $1.50 1993
Assembling California Paperback 4820296 $16.07 $4.01 1994
Rising From The Plains Paperback 2178048 $4.62 $1.61 1987
Rising From the Plains Audio CD 6489630 $67.00
In Suspect Terrain (Annals of the Former World) Kindle Edition 325744 2011
In Suspect Terrain (Annals of the Former World) Hardcover 617500 $15.98 $4.48 1983
In Suspect Terrain Paperback 8315691 $129.12 $7.88
Rising from the Plains Kindle Edition 276613 $9.99 2011
Rising from the Plains Hardcover 610824 $24.85 $0.01 1986
Annals of the Former World By John McPhee Hardcover 472542 $40.67 $13.02
Crossing the Craton: Annals of the Former World, Book 4 Audible Audiobook 139460 $11.95 2006
Earth Systems History Loose Leaf + Annals of the Former World Paperback 19763861 $703.35 2008
In Suspect Terrain: Annals of the Former World, Book 2 Audible Audiobook 122508 $19.95 2004
Annals of the Former World Hardcover 304918 $66.81 $3.80 1998
Rising from the Plains (Paperback) Paperback 6310274 $2.19
Rising from the Plains (Annals of the Former World, 3) Paperback 186880 $9.95 $0.94 1987
Assembling California (Annals of the Former World) Paperback 91674 $8.99 $1.25 1994
In Suspect Terrain (Annals of the Former World) Paperback 282569 $8.82 $2.00 1984
Annals of the Former World Paperback 29864 $15.73 $6.19 2000