America the Beautiful: A Story in Photographs

kat simons

“For those yearning to hit the road for the first time or maybe the hundredth, National Geographic provides an alternative way to see the wonders of the U.S. This incredible collection of photographs, assembled from National Geographic's archives of more than 20 million images, begins with an introduction by historian and best-selling author Jill Lepore describing Katharine Lee Bates’ journey across the U.S. in 1893. This tour by train inspired Bates to write “America, the Beautiful,” the poem that became the country’s unofficial anthem…Organized geographically, America the Beautiful begins in the West as stunning photographs guide readers from one region to another. Each picture highlights the distinct landscape and unique culture of every state and territory alongside a descriptive caption or personal message from one of its well-known offspring: Barack Obama, Maya Rudolph, Wayne Newton, Eva Longoria, and many others. These aren't just beautiful images; they're momentary encapsulations of people, wildlife, environment, and emotion at their essence. Readers will be transported as they experience the expansiveness of the nation and the connectedness of its people.” –Booklist, Starred Review