Over the course of a century, National Geographic has amassed 20 million photos, and this album gathers some of their very best, including two-page images up to 19½ inches across. In sync with the lyrics of "America the Beautiful," these 250 color photos feature unforgettable subjects like climbers ascending a giant sequoia, Idaho's gray wolves on the hunt, a Puerto Rican woman beholding a double rainbow, Sioux horsemen riding through the Badlands, and Lyndon Johnson watching Apollo 11 lift off. Each state is also represented with a 50 word tribute, courtesy of such figures as Geraldine Brooks, Loretta Lynn, John Irving, Cal Ripken Jr., John Mellencamp, James Earl Jones, Tom Brokaw, and Katie Couric.
America The Beautiful
Author: Jill Lepore, foreword.