Annals of the Former World

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Annals of the Former World
Cover for Annals of the Former World
AuthorJohn McPhee
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date
557.3 21
LC ClassQE77 .M38 1998

Annals of the Former World is a book on geology written by John McPhee and published in 1998 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.[1] It won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.[2]

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.


  1. ^ McPhee, John (1998). Annals of the Former World. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 0-374-10520-0.
  2. ^ "Pulitzer Prize Winners: General Non-Fiction" (web). Archived from the original on 9 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-12.

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