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            Literature

            7 visitors recommend:
            Robert Frost's New England
            Source: Amazon
            Author: Betsy Melvin, Tom Melvin, and Robert Frost
            State: VT
            From an Amazon reader: "This book elegantly pairs Frost's poems with corresponding photos. Often the poems accompany a two page photo spread. The photography is good, although the image quality on paper isn't fabulous. It's nice to read his poems and have images of New England bring them to life." (2000)
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            3 visitors recommend:
            Around Stratford upon Avon
            Source: The Frith Book Company
            Author: Hardy
            Country: United Kingdom
            A selection of historic archive photos of Shakespeare's home town from the famous Francis Frith Collection. Includes a voucher for a free mounted print of any photo in the book. (2000)
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            History

            5 visitors recommend:
            Journey of Hope: The Story of Irish Immigration to America
            Source: Amazon
            Author: Kerby Miller and Patricia Muholland Miller
            "One of the greatest success stories ever told unfolds in the pages of this compelling, three-dimensional book. Through intimate letters, journals, and diaries of actual immigrants, Journey of Hope chronicles the Irish in America and their triumphant rise from adversity and prejudice to prosperity and prominence."
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            3 visitors recommend:
            Stonehenge Revealed
            Source: Amazon
            Author: David Souden
            "Stonehenge Revealed provides the necessary context for really appreciating the jumble of stones littering Salisbury Plain, and it does so in several ways ... these insights comprise a comprehensive but concise volume that should be a fun and informative read for everyone, and should help to kindle the imagination of everyone." --British Heritage Magazine (1997)
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            3 visitors recommend:
            England in the 1880s
            Source: The Frith Book Company
            Author: Maureen Anderson
            Country: United Kingdom
            A selection of archive photos from the famous Francis Frith Collection. Includes a voucher for a free mounted print of any photo in the book. (2001)
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            3 visitors recommend:
            Scotland: Photographic Memories
            Source: The Frith Book Company
            Author: Hardy
            Country: United Kingdom
            A selection of archive photos from the famous Francis Frith Collection. Includes a voucher for a free mounted print of any photo in the book. (2000)
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            3 visitors recommend:
            Windmills and Watermills: Photographic Memories
            Source: The Frith Book Company
            Author: Anthony Bryan
            Country: United Kingdom
            A selection of historic archive photos from the famous Francis Frith Collection. Includes a voucher for a free mounted print of any photo in the book. (2000)
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            1 visitors recommend:
            Historic Photos of Chicago
            Source: Turner Publishing
            Author: Russell Lewis
            City: Chicago, State: IL E-mail: submissions@turnerpublishing.com
            The author is Chief historian at the Chicago History Museum. The book has over 200 rare photos from their archives. There is also one on Chicago crime.
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            Urban History

            2 visitors recommend:
            Around Dublin
            Source: The Frith Book Company
            Author: Livingston
            Country: United Kingdom
            A selection of archive photos from the famous Francis Frith Collection. Includes a voucher for a free mounted print of any photo in the book. (01/99)
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            1 visitors recommend:
            Boston Then and Now
            Source: Amazon
            Author: Elizabeth McNulty
            City: Boston, State: MA
            From an Amazon reader: "Boston history lovers will enjoy this. Specific parts of Boston shown on one page in a historic photo and on the next in current day. Mostly buildings, intersections, and famous sites. Large pictures, nice descriptions that aren't too lengthy. Photo labels at the top corner of each new picture. A really nice book." (1999)
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            Nostalgia

            2 visitors recommend:
            The Soul of Vermont
            Source: Amazon
            Author: Richard W. Brown
            State: VT
            From an Amazon reader: "I was born and raised in Vermont, have lived out of the state for years, visiting annually. This book really did bring me home to the Soul of Vermont. The photographs are wonderful. They just take you in. If you want to spend some time in Vermont and can't make the trip, this is book for you." (2001)
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            2 visitors recommend:
            Autumn: A New England Journey
            Source: Amazon
            Author: Candace Mate and Ferenc Mate
            State: MA
            From an Amazon reader: "The photos in this book are exceptional. Combined with the writings of New England authors this book celebrates the wonder and spirituality of nature that we, non-writers, feel but for which cannot find the words." (2001)
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            1 visitors recommend:
            Granite and Cedar: The People and the Land of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom
            Source: Amazon
            Author: John M. Miller (Photographer) and Howard Frank Mosher
            State: VT
            "'Granite & Cedar' is set in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom; the black and white photographs (most taken between 1971 and 1976) represent a simpler time when the region was a world unto itself. Then the Interstate rolled through ... we see men and women whose lives and ways are somehow very familiar although today -- they are gone." (Aug. 2001)
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            1 visitors recommend:
            British Life a Century Ago
            Source: The Frith Book Company
            Author: Sackett
            Country: United Kingdom
            A selection of archive photos from the famous Francis Frith Collection. Includes a voucher for a free mounted print of any photo in the book. (01/99)
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            Architecture

            3 visitors recommend:
            Castles of Britain and Ireland
            Source: Amazon
            Author: Plantagenet Somerset Fry and David Lyons (Photographer)
            Country: Ireland
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            3 visitors recommend:
            Twin Towers Remembered
            Source: Amazon
            Author: Camilo Jose Vergara
            City: New York, State: NY
            "Since 1970, when the World Trade Center towers were still under construction, Camilo Josť Vergara photographed them from every possible angle. In this poignant photographic memoir their unmistakable outline rises above neighboring spires and bridges ... reminding us of how strong a presence they were, no matter where one stood." (2001)
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            3 visitors recommend:
            English Castles
            Source: The Frith Book Company
            Author: Hardy
            Country: United Kingdom
            A selection of archive photos from the famous Francis Frith Collection. Includes a voucher for a free mounted print of any photo in the book. (1999)
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            2 visitors recommend:
            Canterbury Cathedral
            Source: The Frith Book Company
            Author: Martin Andrew
            Country: United Kingdom
            A selection of archive photos from the famous Francis Frith Collection. Includes a voucher for a free mounted print of any photo in the book. (01/01)
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            2 visitors recommend:
            Scottish Castles
            Source: The Frith Book Company
            Author: Hardy
            Country: United Kingdom
            A selection of archive photos from the famous Francis Frith Collection. Includes a voucher for a free mounted print of any photo in the book. (1999)
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            1 visitors recommend:
            Chicago Then and Now
            Source: Amazon
            Author: Elizabeth McNulty
            City: Chicago, State: IL
            From an Amazon reader: "An interesting look at Chicago as it appeared in the past, compared to now. More than just a picture book, it also gives some historical perspective for each location. If you're a Chicagoan, this is a must have." (2000)
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            1 visitors recommend:
            Lost Boston
            Source: Amazon.com
            Author: Jane Holtz Kay
            City: Boston, State: MA
            From an Amazon reader: "What a treat to have this updated version of the author's classic history of Boston. The photos still resonate with the sadness of their loss and the beauty of their existence. But this isn't just a coffee table book. It remains the best history of this fascinating old, and new, city." (1999)
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            Firefighting

            1 visitors recommend:
            New York September 11
            Source: Amazon
            Author: David Halberstam (Photographer)
            City: New York, State: NY
            The horror of September 11 is now history -- in fact, one of the key moments in world history. (November 2001)
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            Merchant Marine, Fishing

            3 visitors recommend:
            Canals and Waterways of Great Britain
            Source: The Frith Book Company
            Author: Needham
            Country: United Kingdom
            A selection of archive photos from the famous Francis Frith Collection. Includes a voucher for a free mounted print of any photo in the book. (01/00)
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            3 visitors recommend:
            Victorian and Edwardian Maritime Album
            Source: The Frith Book Company
            Author: Hardy
            Country: United Kingdom
            A selection of historic archive photos from the famous Francis Frith Collection. Includes a voucher for a free mounted print of any photo in the book. (2000)
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            2 visitors recommend:
            A Maritime Album: 100 Photographs and Their Stories
            Source: Amazon
            Author: Newport News Mariners' Museum, John Szarkowski
            "A Maritime Album is a book for coffee tables and collectors, a moving testimonial to the exaltation and apprehension of human interaction with the sea. In fishermen's parlance, it's a keeper." --NY Times (1997)
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            1 visitors recommend:
            An Eye for the Coast : The Maritime and Monhegan Island Photographs of Eric Hudson
            Source: Amazon.com
            Author: Eric Hudson, W. H. Bunting, and Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.
            City: Monhegan, State: ME
            "Unless you reach for the Dramamine at the first mention of salt water, the maritime photographs of Elmer Forest ("Eric") Hudson (1862-1932) will hit you like an onshore breeze on a summer shore. ... The prints are all velvety grays and blacks of a kind impossible to coax from thirty-five millimeter film, and the extensive captions comprise histories of Monhegan, the nineteenth-century seaborne trade in fish, salt, ice, lumber, and molasses, and finally, the great diversity of wooden boats involved." --Antiques magazine (1998)
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            1 visitors recommend:
            Down the Thames
            Source: The Frith Book Company
            Author: Martin Andrew
            Country: United Kingdom
            A selection of archive photos from the famous Francis Frith Collection. Includes a voucher for a free mounted print of any photo in the book. (01/00)
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            0 visitors recommend:
            A Day's Work: A Sampler of Historic Maine Photographs, 1860--1920, Part II
            Source: Amazon.com
            Author: W. H. Bunting
            State: ME
            From an Amazon reader: "Wow! Once in a while a book comes along that is so satisfying that one wonders if you really read it. I can't praise the author enough for bringing to life the life of Maine 100 years ago." (2000)
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            Archeology

            2 visitors recommend:
            Ancient Monuments and Stone Circles
            Source: The Frith Book Company
            Author: Les Moores
            Country: United Kingdom
            A selection of archive photos from the famous Francis Frith Collection. Includes a voucher for a free mounted print of any photo in the book.
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            Sports

            5 visitors recommend:
            And the Crowd Goes Wild: Relive the Most Celebrated Sporting Events Ever Broadcast (Book and 2 Audio CDs)
            Source: Amazon.com
            Author: Joe Garner and Bob Costas (narrator)
            From an Amazon reader: "It's hard not to cry when you hear Lou Gherig's farewell speech, or when the 1980 hockey team beats the Soviets, or 'The Giants win the Pennant! The Giants win the pennant!' This book is good, but the CDs are better, because you can imagine listening to the events for the first time and getting caught up in the excitement. Some are less exciting (can you really have a tense golf moment on radio?), but all are inspirational. I got goosebumps from each one. The Stanford-Cal play is still the best piece of sports announcing ever." (2000)
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            Baseball

            4 visitors recommend:
            The World Series: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Fall Classic
            Source: Amazon
            Author: Josh Leventhal
            City: New York, State: NY
            A century of World Series in photos, stories, and statistics, from the Boston Pilgrims vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1903 to the Subway Series of 2000. (October 2001)
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            3 visitors recommend:
            Take Me Out to the Ballpark: An Illustrated Guide to Baseball Parks Past & Present
            Source: Amazon
            Author: Josh Leventhal
            From an Amazon reader: "All the stadiums your fathers and yourselfs have grown up with are all in this book like Fenway Park in Boston and the Polo Grounds in New York. With well written information and pictures that make you feel like you have grown up with this ballpark in your own hometown. This masterpiece of a book communicates with you what it takes to own a major league ballpark in todays world. From groundskeeeping to conscession sales you will truly get the idea of how a ballpark works! This is a 5-star dream come book to baseball lovers!" (2000)
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            2 visitors recommend:
            Blue Skies, Green Fields: A Celebration of 50 Major League Baseball Stadiums
            Source: Amazon
            Author: Ira Rosen
            From an Amazon reader: "This book is one of the best baseball books I have ever read. It beautifly incorporates pictures, quotes, and facts about baseball's best parks into a single rescource. This is the best book for baseball fans to learn about and enjoy America's ballparks. I would recommend it above any other baseball book. It would make an excellent holiday gift for everyone on your list." (2001)
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            Aviation

            2 visitors recommend:
            Flight: 100 Years of Aviation
            Source: Amazon.com
            Author: R. G. Grant and John R. Dailey
            A beautiful coffee table book from the Smithsonian. Five stars at Amazon. (2002)
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            Shipwrecks

            2 visitors recommend:
            Atlas Of Shipwrecks & Treasure
            Source: Amazon
            Author: Nigel Pickford
            From an Amazon reader: "A great coffee table book I've owned for a few years, this book is full of interesting facts that are put together in an interesting way. Not a hard-core history book by any means. Not really in-depth, either. Pretty pictures make it good for all ages of reading." (1994)
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            1 visitors recommend:
            Shipwrecks of Florida: A Comprehensive Listing
            Source: Amazon
            Author: Steven D. Singer
            State: FL
            From an Amazon reader: "Great reading and a fantastic reference book. Anyone interested in underwater archaeology or shipwreck recovery should read this book and keep it as part of their library." (1998)
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            Tallships

            1 visitors recommend:
            The Illustrated Longitude
            Source: Amazon
            Author: Dava Sobel
            "Dava Sobel's Longitude tells the story of how 18th-century scientist and clockmaker William Harrison solved one of the most perplexing problems of history -- determining east-west location at sea. This lush, colorfully illustrated edition adds lots of pictures to the story, giving readers a more satisfying sense of the times, the players, and the puzzle." (1998)
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            1 visitors recommend:
            Historic Sail: The Glory of the Sailing Ship from the 13th to the 19th Century
            Source: Amazon
            Author: Stephen Howarth
            From an Amazon reader: "If you are a just lover of Historic Tall Ships and especially if you are a serious Model Shipwright, this book is a must! The *large* pictures and historic details, make this book well worth the price. ... and the price here is a deal. I bought this book when it came out for the full price and don't feel I've missed out not getting it for the lower price here. I promise you, you will enjoy this book forever!" (1998)
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            Travel

            4 visitors recommend:
            Maine: The Seasons
            Source: Amazon
            Author: Terrell S. Lester, Ann Beattie, and Richard Ford
            State: ME
            From an Amazon reader: "On the recommendation of a friend, my wife and I stumbled into a photo gallery in Deer Isle, Maine, last week during our vacation (we are from New York) to see the work of Terrell Lester, not even aware Knopf had recently published this book. We were, in short, completely blown away by his photos, all of which, and more, are collected in this remarkable book." (2001)
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            3 visitors recommend:
            Seasons of Maine
            Source: Amazon
            Author: William and Jean Hubbell
            State: ME
            "If you want to know where to go, and the special places to see in Maine, this book will serve as an inspiration for the unconventional traveller. It captures with its beautiful photography and concise, evocative prose the essence of all that the state has to offer." (2001)
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            1 visitors recommend:
            The Beauty of Vermont
            Source: Amazon
            Author: Tom Slayton (editor)
            State: VT
            From an Amazon reader: "As a frequent tourist to the Green Mountain State, I found this book to be a fantastic collection of all the reasons I continue to come back year after year. Gorgeous, stunning photography of the four best reasons to visit Vermont -- summer, winter, spring and fall. Not to be overlooked, though, is the captivating and conversational prose by Vermont Life Editor, Tom Slayton." (1998)
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            War

            3 visitors recommend:
            History's Greatest Conflict in Pictures
            Source: Amazon
            Author: edited by Richard B. Stolley
            A coffee table book from Life magazine. High-quality images from the escalating tensions of the pre-war world, the German blitzkrieg, the shock of Pearl Harbor, the fighting on land, sea, and air, D-Day, the home fronts, the atom bombs, and the war's historic aftermath.
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            1 visitors recommend:
            Chronicles of the Celts
            Source: Irishop
            Author: Iain Zaczek
            Country: Ireland
            The epic stories of hero-warriors, faerie enchantresses, and magical forests, illustrated with 120 photographs of artefacts, manuscripts and landscapes.
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