Assembling California

Thirty years ago, the theory that continents are comprised of drifting plates-plate tectonics-evoked more scorn than serious research. Today, this revolutionary theory continues...

The Founding Fish

The Founding Fish is the shad, and John McPhee's veneration for it is both scientific and culinary. McPhee is noted for his accessible and perceptive studies of the physical...

Irons in the Fire

Fabulously entertaining and filled with the intriguing trivia of life, Irons in the Fire is another impeccably crafted collection of seven essays by John McPhee. His peerless...

Coming into the Country

Those who have traveled into America's only remaining frontier rarely come back out the same. Only in Alaska can we come close to understanding what our forefathers must have felt...