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Planet Earth

As You’ve Never Seen It Before

Alastair Fothergill (Author), David Attenborough (Foreword)

Available in North America, US and Territories

Hardcover, 312 pages
ISBN: 9780520250543
March 2007
$39.95
A visual odyssey that will change the way we see our planet, this remarkable book, companion to the acclaimed Discovery Channel/ BBC series, is an enduring and awe-inspiring record of one of the most ambitious natural history projects ever undertaken. Using the latest aerial surveillance, state-of-the-art cameras, and high definition technology, the creators of Planet Earth have assembled more than 400 stunning photographs of wondrous natural landscapes from around the globe, including incredible footage of the rarely spotted, almost mythical creatures that live in these habitats. Many of the images reveal inaccessible places that few have seen and record animal behavior that has never been filmed or photographed before. With the help of this highly advanced technology and the world's premier wildlife photographers, the book takes us on a spectacular journey from the world's greatest rivers and impressive gorges, to its mightiest mountains, hidden caves and caverns, and vast deserts. Planet Earth captures breathtaking sequences of predators and their prey, lush vistas of forests viewed from the tops of towering trees, the oceans and their mysterious creatures viewed from beneath the surface, and much more—in a magnificent adventure that brings unknown wonders of the natural world into our living rooms.

Copub: BBC Worldwide Americas
Alastair Fothergill is the series producer of Planet Earth and the director of Earth, the associated feature film. He studied zoology at the University of Durham and made his first film, on the Okavango, while still a student. Fothergill joined BBC Natural History United in 1983, working on The Really Wild Show, Wildlife on One, and the series The Trials of Life. He was appointed head of the unit in 1992, and during his tenure he produced the award-winning series Life in the Freezer. In 1998, he produced the hugely successful series The Blue Planet. He has also presented several television programs, including The Abyss, and is the author of three books.
“Earth’s vast diversity of landscape and creature is hard to comprehend, but in just more than 300 pages, the companion coffee-table book . . . manages to give one of the best overviews possible.”—Charleston Post & Courier
“With his gorgeously photographed new book . . . BBC producer Alastair Fothergill aims to raise awareness about the natural world."—People Magazine
“In the text and captions for the 400 photographs, there is the ever-present reminder that we may be seeing some of these species for the last time unless we do something about human-influenced climate change and other man-made threats to the natural world.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“A collection of breathtaking photographs that will make you feel as if you’ve circled every quadrant of the Earth and then some.”—Albuquerque Journal
“Read this book and you may never think of Earth the same way again.”—Alaska Airlines Magazine
“Spectacular companion volume to Planet Earth. . . . A wonderful way in which to re-introduce students to books as rich and enjoyable sources of information.”—Nsta Recommends
“A superb wake-up call to protect the treasures of the planet that sustain and enrich us, Planet Earth is a feast for the eyes and soul presented with the best and latest technology.”—Booklist
“The photos and compelling text help us see and understand the workings of our planet. . . . Everyone who has the means, and every library, should have a copy of ‘Planet Earth;’ it’s a treasure.”—New Orleans Times-Picayune
“In this gorgeous coffee-table book, an offshoot of the Discovery Channel/ BBC series of the same name, zoologist and BBC producer Fothergill takes readers on a kaleidoscopic tour of the flora, fauna and natural history of the Earth's poles, forests, plains, deserts, mountains and oceans. The series of jaw-dropping photographs starts with a view of Earth from the moon. . . . Other images reveal the astonishing variety of geology and life around the globe.”—Publishers Weekly
“Many of the images reveal inaccessible places that few have seen and record animal behavior that has never been filmed or photographed before. With the help of this highly advanced technology and the world’s premier wildlife photographers, the book takes us on a journey from the world’s rivers and impressive gorges, to its mightiest mountains, hidden caves and caverns, and vast deserts.”—Positive Parenting
“Eye-opening narrative and jaw-dropping images - the same strengths that captivated television viewers this spring - are mirrored in the lush-in-its-own-right companion book. . . . More than 400 state-of-the-art color photographs display the Earth in the manner of a peacock’s plumage. . . . Every chapter is replete with astounding statistics. . . . One of the book’s greatest strengths is its ability to place the reader in the midst of hard-to-reach habitats.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer
“There is something of the explorer in all of us, the desire to see the furthest reaches of the planet, if not in person, than in pictures. Alastair Fothergill’s Planet Earth . . . is a gorgeous way to take that global journey. . . . The book would make a handsome addition to any coffee table, but its vivid pages deserve a read, too.”—E - The Environmental Magazine
“An outstanding collection . . . that makes familiar places come alive and reveals wildlife and geographical features you may not know exist.”—Diversion
“Eye-opening narrative and jaw-dropping images - the same strengths that captivated television viewers this spring - are mirrored in the lush-in-its-own-right companion book. . . . More than 400 state-of-the-art color photographs display the Earth in the manner of a peacock’s plumage. . . . Every chapter is replete with astounding statistics. . . . One of the book’s greatest strengths is its ability to place the reader in the midst of hard-to-reach habitats.”—San Diego Union-Tribune
“There's also a companion book by BBC producer Alastair Fothergill for adding some wonder to your coffee table.”—New York Daily News
“Just in time for Earth Day - a new book of luscious, startling and/or endearing images.”—Contra Costa Times
“Eye-opening narrative and jaw-dropping images - the same strengths that captivated television viewers this spring - are mirrored in the lush-in-its-own-right companion book. . . . More than 400 state-of-the-art color photographs display the Earth in the manner of a peacock’s plumage. . . . Every chapter is replete with astounding statistics. . . . One of the book’s greatest strengths is its ability to place the reader in the midst of hard-to-reach habitats.”—Saginaw News (Mi)
“Anyone who wants a companion to the television series might consider the new book ‘Planet Earth: As You've Never Seen It Before’. . . . The handsome volume features breathtaking photos of elephants, penguins, sand dunes, glaciers and hundreds of other animals and terrains.”—Tampa Tribune
“The photography is stunning, and even if you miss the series you can buy the coffee table book created as a companion to the series. Alastair Fothergill's ‘Planet Earth: As You've Never Seen It Before’ offers as realistic a view of the Earth as still cameras can capture.”—Austin American Statesman
“The knowledge packed into this coffee table book will do you proud on a flight across the Atlantic or at neighborhood trivia night. “—Flavorwire.com/Books
“The evident commitment to the venture is admirable, and the technology behind it has been used to spectacular effect. . . . The result is that we are consumed by the spectacle while simultaneously marveling at the fact that we're actually able to witness it. . . . These images are magical.”—Seed Magazine
“This sumptuous oversize volume of color photographs accompanies a Discovery Channel 11-part documentary series . . . but stands on its own as a testament to the jaw-dropping diversity of life that is evolution's gift to wondering humans.”—Metro Newspapers
“Beautiful . . . . The creators of this book have assembled more than 400 stunning photographs of wondrous natural landscapes from around the globe.”—Education Digest
“Serves as an informative reference book, one that brings home the message that we all must work together to protect this beautiful and fragile world in the face of global warming, pollution, and other dire threats.”—Wildlife Conservation
“A spectacular journey of unknown wonders.”—Columbus Parent
Planet Earth is more astonishing and compelling than anything that can be brought from a computer as special effects. . . . An example of how marvelous program-making can be.”—A. A. Gill, Sunday Times

“It has some of the most stunning photography ever seen.”—Hermione Eyre, Independent on Sunday

“These programs should be compulsory viewing for every school child, before they start to believe that it does not matter what happens to other species on this planet.”—Philip Coggan, Financial Times

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