The American West and
Its Disappearing Water
Explores the economics, politics, and ecology of water over more than a century of
public and private desert reclamation in
the American West. “A fascinating and a
cautionary tale.”—Leslie Carothers, Environmental Law Institute.
Penguin • 608 pp. • 978-0-14-017824-1 • $18.00
Also available: A Dangerous Place:
California’s Unsettling Fate 978-0-14-200383-1
A BrieF HiStory
oF tHe cAriBBeAn
From the Arawak
and Carib to the Present
The first complete history of the Caribbean
islands—updated through the year 2000.
Maps, b/w photographs, illustrations.
Plume • 432 pp. • 978-0-452-28193-6 • $18.00
tHe lASt DAy
Wrath, Ruin, and Reason in the
Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755
A history of how the Lisbon earthquake
shook the religious and intellectual foundations of Enlightenment Europe—with
Voltaire, Kant and Rousseau using the
disaster as a vehicle to promote their
ideas—and gave rise to disaster preparedness, landmark social reform, urban planning, and the birth of seismology.
“An enthralling and highly entertaining account of one of Europe’s greatest
natural disasters.”—Tim Blanning, Cambridge University.
Penguin • 256 pp. • 978-0-14-311460-4 • $16.00
tHe HUmBolDt cUrrent
Exploration and the Roots
of American Environmentalism
An intellectual history that examines the
lasting legacy of naturalist and explorer
Alexander von Humboldt on American
culture and science. “Argues convincingly
that Humboldt was second only to Darwin among scientists in his impact on the
history of American thought.”—David
S. Reynolds, author of Walt Whitman’s
America. B/w photos, illustrations, maps.
Penguin • 512 pp. • 978-0-14-311192-4 • $16.00
AroUnD tHe WorlD
Edited with an Introduction
and Notes by Thomas Philbrick
Slocum’s autobiographical account of his
solo trip around the world in a thirty-six-foot wooden sloop in 1900.
Penguin Classics • 320 pp. • 978-0-14-043736-2 • $14.00
Jane S. Smith
Luther Burbank and
the Business of Breeding Plants
Not only a biography of the celebrated
plant breeder, but also a tale of the intersection of gardening, science, and business in the years between the Civil War
and the Great Depression. “Thanks to
this pioneering study of a horticultural
genius, Burbank...can now take his place
alongside Thomas Edison, Henry Ford,
and the other entrepreneur-inventors of
his era.”—Kevin Starr, U. of Southern
California. “A very human story of the
boundless imagination and ambition
that underlie the woes and wonders of
agriculture today.”—Ruth Ozeki, author
of My Year of Meats.
Penguin Classic • 368 pp. • 978-0-14-311689-9 • $16.00
Helen Scales, Ph.D.
The Story of Seahorses,
from Myth to Reality
A marine biologist explores the enchanting sea creature—the only species in which the males give birth. “In
this fascinating book Helen Scales, an
aptly named marine biologist, explains
the myth, biology, and ecology of what
the Victorians called ‘queer fish.’”—The
Economist. 2 b/w photo inserts, map.
Gotham • 272 pp. • 978-1-592-40581-7 • 15.00
The Endurance Expedition
Introduction by Fergus Fleming
Penguin Classics • 416 pp. • 978-0-14-243779-7 • $14.00
AmericA AnD AmericAnS
and Selected Nonfiction
Edited by Susan Shillinglaw
and Jackson J. Benson
Includes America and Americans, and
Steinbeck’s writings about Salinas, San
Francisco, Monterey, and Sag Harbor.
Penguin Classics • 448 pp. • 978-0-14-243741-4 • $16.00
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