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America the Beautiful: A Story in Photographs

"America the Beautiful" brings to light the breathtaking landscapes and vibrant cultures that form the essence of the United States. From the historic forests of the Great Appalachian Valley, once roamed by Davy Crockett, to the majestic shores of California's Big Sur and the untamed wilderness of Alaska, this collection captures the spirit of the nation. It also honors the diverse people who have shaped America, with images ranging from the Arikara Nation in the early 20th century to scientists in Hawaii preparing for Mars missions. Drawing from over 130 years of National Geographic's illustrious archives, the book presents a unique blend of contemporary and historical visuals, including iconic structures like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Statue of Liberty, alongside the natural beauty preserved in national parks.

Structured around regions of the United States—each inspired by the verses of "America the Beautiful"—the book is enriched by a thoughtful introduction that reflects on America's journey. It features insights from the acclaimed photographers who captured these images and the voices of conservationists, activists, and historians who contribute to the nation's legacy. This powerful and inspiring compilation is a tribute to the awe-inspiring beauty of the United States, appealing to anyone who has ever been captivated by the country's landscapes and cultural tapestry.

Artist: Greg Davis