I recently had the pleasure of reading another book from National Geographic; "Odysseys and Photographs; Four National Geographic Field Men." This coffee-table style, high-quality book weighs in at 224 pages and details the adventures of Maynard Owen Williams, Luis Marden, Volkmar Wentzel and Thomas Abercrombie. Spanning 75 years of the magazine's history, the book is also a window on history, a testiment to how far and fast humanity has progressed, technologically.
The book is informative in other ways, as well. I didn't know that Ben Franklin had been one of the Presidents of the National Geographic Society, for example. As usual, the photos (both color and black and white,) are stunning. The stories behind them are even more impressive, and in some cases give a clear indication of the Western mores of the time. An intriguing look back, from 1919 to 1994, in both words and pictures.