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You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes Hardcover – 14 Oct 2014

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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 (450 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 989,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hadfield proves himself to be not only a fierce explorer of the universe, but also a deeply thoughtful explorer of the human condition, capable of articulating those most universal of inquiries in simple yet profound language.... The book itself is absolutely spectacular." "Brain Pickings""

"Hadfield is a genius, a man of science and technology and no first-timer to the universe." "New York Post""

Praise for Col. Chris Hadfield and An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
"A very human glance into a rarified world.... The vacuum of space is unforgiving and brutal. Life on earth isn't easy, either. Mr. Hadfield has genuinely and refreshingly increased our understanding of how to thrive in both places." "Wall Street Journal""

Praise for You Are Here "You Are Here .".. offers readers a magnificent photographic view of something very familiar: Earth." "Sarah Gray, Salon"""

Praise for You Are Here
""You Are Here .".. offers readers a magnificent photographic view of something very familiar: Earth." "Sarah Gray, "Salon"""

"Awe-inspiring photos... Sprinkled among the pictures are Hadfield's fun factoids about life without gravity." ""Parade"""

"Fun and fascinating." "David Martindale, Fort Worth Star-Telegram"""

"Stunning photos." "Jacqueline Howard, The Huffington Post"""

""You Are Here .".. offers readers a magnificent photographic view of something very familiar: Earth." "Sarah Gray, "Salon"""

"Eye-opening and often whimsical." "John McMurtrie, "Houston Chronicle"""

"A visually stunning tour of Earth.... Breathtaking photos." "CBS This Morning""

"A stunning book of photos." "Alyssa Newcomb, ABC News""

"Fun and fascinating." "David Martindale, "Fort Worth Star-Telegram"""

"Stunning photos." "Jacqueline Howard, " The Huffington Post"""

"An astounding volume of 192 full-color photographs." "Leo Mirani, "Quartz"""

"Striking, abstract views of Earth alongside something familiar." "Megan Gannon, Space.com""

"A photographic exploration of the planet, a series of spectacular images snapped from the International Space Station." "David Martindale, "Dallas Morning News"""

"The book is incredibly well designed, with a visually interesting mix of typography and layouts....It is sure to capture the attention of adults and kids, and evoke a sense of wonder about our beautiful but slightly banged up rock we call home." "Ariane Coffin, "GeekMom"""

"Chris Hadfield sorted through his thousands of snaps from 2,500 trips around the Earth and, with an unending sense of wonder, brings you the best." "Adele Peters, "Fast Company"""

"The photos are fascinating, and Hadfield's commentary is by turns insightful and playful, revealing deforestation on one page, and landforms that resemble ears on another. A sure hit for fans of photography, cartography, geography or space travel." "Wendy Sawatzky, Winnipeg Free Press"""

The photos "offer fascinatingly unfamiliar perspectives on Venice, the Sahara desert, Australia's sparsely populated interior, and the oil and gas sites of New Mexico." "Henry Hitchings, "Wall Street Journal"""

"This planetary photo tour-surprising, playful, thought-provoking, and visually delightful-is also punctuated with fun, fascinating commentary on life in zero gravity.... "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." "Alan Petrucelli, Examiner.com""

"Is there a person left on the internet who hasn't yet swooned over astronaut Chris Hadfield's jaw-dropping images from space? Here's a chance to have them in your home.... While we've seen plenty of NASA images of our planet, Hadfield's instantly feel more personal. These photos were taken by a curious human, not as part of a larger organizational mandate. Hadfield was capturing his photos not necessarily as a scientist, but more as a zero-gravity sightseer on behalf of all civilization."" " "Alissa Walker, "Gizmodo"""

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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