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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown and Company (14 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316379646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316379649
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 836,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The international bestseller : a visually stunning photographic tour of Earth, from the astronaut who made us fall in love with our planet all over again --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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A visually stunning tour of Earth from the astronaut whose photographs - taken from the International Space Station - made us fall in love with our planet all over again . . .

In You Are Here, bestselling author and celebrated astronaut Chris Hadfield creates a virtual orbit of Earth, giving us the really big picture: this is our home, from space. The millions of us who followed Hadfield's news-making Twitter feed from the ISS thought we knew what we were looking at when we first saw his photos. But we may have caught the beauty and missed the full meaning. Now, through photographs - many of which have never been shared - Hadfield unveils a fresh and insightful look at our planet. He sees astonishing detail and importance in these images, not just because he's spent months in space but because his in-depth knowledge of geology, geography and meteorology allows him to reveal the photos' mysteries.

Featuring Hadfield's favourite images, You Are Here is divided by continent and represents one (idealized) orbit of the ISS. This planetary photo tour - surprising, playful, thought-provoking and visually delightful - provides a breathtakingly beautiful perspective on the wonders of the world. You Are Here opens a singular window on our planet, using remarkable photographs to illuminate the history and consequences of human settlement, the magnificence of newly uncovered landscapes, and the power of the natural forces shaping our world and the future of our species.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Katie Coleman on 18 Nov. 2014
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Truly amazing book. A perfect size to grab and look at. Photos aren't of the highest resolution on some pages but when you think how far away these were taken it really doesn't matter.

These pictures show how amazing this planet really is and the lovely colours and shapes that are scattered around.

This has sparked questions from my 5 year old and for this I can only thank Chris Hadfield.

A perfect Christmas present for someone or even yourself.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Zeudy Tigre on 14 Dec. 2014
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You Are Here, by Chris Hadfield, is a collection of 192 photographs taken from the International Space Station. The photographs are divided by continent and represent one idealised orbit of the earth. Each is accompanied by a comment from the author where he shares his observations on topography, geology and how man has shaped the land over time.

From space there is ample evidence of man, although nature paints a more varied and visually stunning landscape. The author points out where the shape of a promontory or other feature is reminiscent of an animal, an eye or the human brain. He brings humour to the pictures as well as insight.

Perspective of man’s occupation of this small planet is gained from the vastness of the areas in which there are no visible signs of his presence. The biggest cities are tiny whereas the deserts and plains stretch out to the horizon. The distance and scale of the shots are most obvious where the curvature of the earth can be seen in the distance.

Where signs of man’s activity exist they also provide sadness, such as where the gush of orange in the seas around Madagascar show the rivers carrying away topsoil due to deforestation, silting up the inlets. The night shots show lights that are brightest where man’s ambition hopes to be rewarded at whatever cost to the planet that sustains him.

I was struck by how futile are our efforts to control the whims of nature. From space the shaping of our world is shown to have been affected by meteors, volcanoes, earthquakes and the constantly changing climate over millennia. Any order which man has imposed can so easily be wiped out by any one of these events.

Naturally I was intrigued by the photographs that featured places I know personally.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By michael126 on 19 Nov. 2014
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I'm not at all worried by the technical quality of these images. They are more than good enough and who would not want to have these amazing visual insights into the formations visible from a satellite. A perfect Christmas present for any enquring mind.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Grizzlybanana on 31 Oct. 2014
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This is a fantastic book! The pictures are stunning and the presentation is gorgeous. The map/index at the back is a really clever idea.

The pictures are not the highest resolution of space photographs, but their framing is far superior to most satellite photography. Some of the geographical features and structures revealed throughout look completely otherworldly through Hadfield's lens.

The book is a little smaller than you might think -consult the product description for exact details. However, it's the perfect size for curling up with while listening to some David Bowie.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Stevek on 14 Nov. 2014
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Fantastic book, the photos really give you a sense of how wonderful, unique and precious this world is. Highly recommended if you like photography.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Dec. 2014
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This is more than a stunning ariel photographic document of earth. Chris Hadfield has done the rounds promoting this book but also eloquently talking about his astronautical career. I heard him on radio 5 Live talking to schoolchildren. His enthusiasm was apparent as were his experiences in outer space. His questions were answered with so much encouragement. This book is not only educational but also enters a world that was beyond my comprehension and still is, but pictorially brilliant. Presented from above and explained in terms of reality, Earth is a living but a small part of a universe out there. Chris Hadfield displays this in a way that makes it a tremendous read and present.
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This book contains some 120 photographs of places on the earth taken from the International Space Station by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. Hadfield took about 45,000 images during his flight, so this is a fairly small, but nevertheless fascinating, sample.
Looking at these images, one is often amazed that the photos are of the earth. It shows a level of detail that is absent from maps. There are quite a few cases when the photos look like abstract art and they can be beautiful, curious and strange in various measures. This also applies to the ones showing the effects of human habitation, but also including, in at least one case, a disturbing one, namely a graphic portrayal of the consequences of deforestation in Madagascar (pp. 22-23).
Although we are now accustomed to seeing imagery taken from space, the nice thing about this collection is that they are all taken by human hand, not robotically from an Earth observation satellite. Hadfield’s informative comments on the photos are brief, since this is primarily a book of images.
I have one remark for those of us, like me, who find their knowledge of geography challenged. It is not, in general, straightforward, to relate the images to a corresponding classical atlas view of each location. The book contains a low-resolution world map showing the locations of the places in the photos, but this is too coarse to permit easy reference comparison with an atlas. There is another aspect to this, namely, that the orientation or, more precisely, projection of the ISS photos is linked to the flight path, so a certain amount of rotation of each image might be needed to get a match with the corresponding conventional map representation. So all the more need to be sure you’re looking in the right part of the map.
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