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Volcano: Nature and Culture (Earth) Paperback – 15 May 2012

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (15 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861899173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861899170
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"At last, a series of books on the earth for lay people that combine authoritative, succinct, and entertaining narrative with magnificent illustrations. The Earth series will make us marvel anew at the diversity and astounding beauty of the world around us. Each book will take popular understanding of the earth to a new level. No one seriously interested in the future of our planet should be without them."

--Brian M. Fagan, author of The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fal

"An arresting collage of mythology, philosophy, literature, and spectacular works of visual art inspired by nature's most exuberant phenomenon--Hamilton's unique and imaginative miscellany and cultural geography of volcanoes and volcanology is a veritable treasure trove."--Clive Oppenheimer, volcanologist and author of Eruptions That Shook the World

"James Hamilton elegantly conjures up the imagery and impact of volcanic events around the world, through centuries and across continents, mastering this complex topic with an observant eye, an incisive mind, and a fluent pen; it's a book to read and then keep coming back to, again and again."--Gillian Darley, author of Vesuvius: The Most Famous Volcano in the World

At last, a series of books on the earth for lay people that combine authoritative, succinct, and entertaining narrative with magnificent illustrations. The Earth series will make us marvel anew at the diversity and astounding beauty of the world around us. Each book will take popular understanding of the earth to a new level. No one seriously interested in the future of our planet should be without them.
--Brian M. Fagan, author of The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fal"

An arresting collage of mythology, philosophy, literature, and spectacular works of visual art inspired by nature's most exuberant phenomenon Hamilton's unique and imaginative miscellany and cultural geography of volcanoes and volcanology is a veritable treasure trove. --Clive Oppenheimer, volcanologist and author of Eruptions That Shook the World"

James Hamilton elegantly conjures up the imagery and impact of volcanic events around the world, through centuries and across continents, mastering this complex topic with an observant eye, an incisive mind, and a fluent pen; it s a book to read and then keep coming back to, again and again. --Gillian Darley, author of Vesuvius: The Most Famous Volcano in the World"

About the Author

James Hamilton is an art historian and curator. His books include Turner - A Life (1997), Turner and the Scientists (1998), Faraday - The Life (2002) and London Lights - The Minds that Moved the City that Shook the World 1805-51 (2007). He is University Curator and Honorary Reader at the University of Birmingham.


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I bought this for my mum who is into anything 'volcano'. She loved it and after perusing it she saw that the author had a dedication note in the front to his own mother. That was useless information, but yes, she very much enjoyed the writing style and the fact that instead of concentrating on geology as most volcano books do, this one focuses on the volcano as a muse, its cultural significance and its influence in the art world.
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