Monday, April 21, 2008

On the bookshelf: Disappearing World

No one denies that the world is shrinking. Each day, as tourism creeps into the crevice of culture, we see more money and less history. Worldwide heritage sites, so deemed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), receive minimum protection, but more so than those yet to be recognized.

Among the endangered, high-risk locations that suffer from natural and man-made causes:

  • Peru, in danger of earthquakes

  • Congo, in danger of civil strife

  • Cambodia, a land of unsustainable tourism

One new book, "Disappearing World" by Alonzo C. Addison (HarperCollins, 272 pages) offers readers a glimpse of 101 of these "extraordinary and endangered places." From Angkor to Venice, Machu Picchu to the Great Barrier Reef, the number of quickly fading "hot spots" grows. This hardcover, coffee-table style book chronicles each. The only thing I couldn't find was whether the paper is made with post-consumer content and printed with soy-based inks. If anyone can clarify, please post a comment!

Check out your local bookstore or order a copy now (Only 5 available on Amazon at the time of this post) for $22.72 (MSRP: $34.95)


Stephan said...

This is a fantastic book -- beautiful, important, and timely. Everything is organized into one of 10 categories of threats (tourism, conflict, pollution, climate change, etc) with maps, pictures, facts, etc and a description and details of problems for each place.

PS In answer to the question -- it is sustainably printed. My copy has the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification logo boldly on the back cover and inside (certified mixed sources).

Jessica Blair said...

Thanks for the note, Stephan. I'm glad to hear that the book is both beautiful - and sustainable. Let me know if you have any other favorites!

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