Personal Stories of Grandeur, Challenge and Hope

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Random House, Inc.
Both a magnificent celebration and a call for compassion, Himalaya is a panorama of the unique history and uncertain future of the world's highest region and its colorful inhabitants. The awesome beauty of these lofty peaks, including Everest, Kanchenjunga, and Annapurna, is brought to life by gifted photographers like Steve McCurry, Art Wolfe, and many more, while such notable contributors as Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, and over two dozen others share vivid personal tales of Himalayan life, recount their efforts to encourage hope and opportunity, and emphasize the urgent need to preserve the vibrant variety of these ancient landscapes and cultures as they face the mixed blessings of the modern world.

The book begins by introducing the region: its astonishing biodiversity, its mountaineering history, its rich ethnic heritage, and the interplay between two major religions, Hinduism and Buddhism. Himalaya addresses challenges to these mountainous domains: political turmoil, population growth, touristic demands, and ecological stresses. Finally, a compelling conclusion comes in the stories of doctors, conservationists, environmentalists, and volunteers of every kind, whose efforts provide a global model for practical results and lasting relief, still respecting, honoring, and protecting the magic of a place unlike any other on Earth.

Baker & Taylor
Enhanced by 150 full-color photographs, an authoritative portrait of the Himalayan region brings together essays, writings, and images by more than sixty distinguished writers, photographers, mountaineers, scholars, and humanitarians who speak out on the history, environmental diversity, ethnic heritage, and future of this mountainous realm.

Book News
The exiled Dalai Lama of Tibet introduces this volume on the gorgeous landscape, Buddhist culture, and challenges of his homeland. Former president Jimmy Carter offers his perspective on Nepal and the work of the American Himalayan Foundation, with which the editors are affiliated. Commentary on the region's ecological, political, and social problems by 40 writers, scholars, mountaineers, and humanitarians are interspersed with color photos of stunning scenery and a color map. Reference sources beyond the National Geographic are not listed. Not indexed. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, 2006
ISBN: 9780792261926
Branch Call Number: 954.96 HIM
Characteristics: 255 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 26 cm


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