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Thursday, September 03, 2009

My Biggest Book - Of All Time

I've chosen to take the question posed at Booking Through Thursday this week literally:

What’s the biggest book you’ve read recently?

(Feel free to think “big” as size, or as popularity, or in any other way you care to interpret.)

It just so happens that I recently read a really big book - one so heavy that I read it only at my desk, a couple of chapters at a time. This one is not something to be stuffed into a backpack and carried off to the office; neither it is a book that most would consider for late night reading in bed. What it is, though, is one of the very best photographic books I have ever read, just the right combination of high quality photos and meaningful essays on America and her version of democracy.

I just reviewed Visions of America: Photographing Democracy last week, so it is fresh on my mind. I have, in fact, revisited my favorite photos two or three times since posting my thoughts.

So why do I consider this to be a big book? Well, it weighs in at seven pounds, measures 12 inches across and 12 inches high, and an inch and a half thick. This is a whopper of a gorgeous book. Best of all, though, is what's inside. If you enjoy books of photographs, this one offers excellent quality and wonderful photos. (See my review for details.)
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