Visiting Our Past – America’s Historylands
a book recommendation by Pat Iacuzzi
“A land of plenty, and plenty of it. Born amid bounty, America grew up in the age of wondrous new machines made for abundance—they reaped it quicker, spread it around, created more and the hunger for more. From the fertile wilderness sprouted the giant of the Industrial Revolution.”
Several years ago I wandered through a favorite spot—my public library bookstore where used books are donated and sold for a pittance (usually .50—5.00) depending on size and condition. Beautiful books. Fiction, non-fiction, craft books, hard cover, soft cover…
It’s where I found Visiting Our Past – America’s Historylands published by the National Geographic Society. Need I say more? Like its magazine namesake, this coffee-table, hardcover version contains impeccable research text on America ’s past from the conquistadors, to earliest new world settlements such as Jamestown, Plymouth, and Williamsburg, to the industrialized Gilded Age. And like the magazine, this book is richly illustrated on every page with detailed photos by staff photographers.
If you enjoy discovering more about America’s history, take a virtual tour of life in forts, settlements, early American homes, or people working and enjoying leisurely pursuits, this well-written and illustrated book is a treasure.