Why We Are Here: Mobile And The Spirit Of A Southern City

Why We Are Here: Mobile And The Spirit Of A Southern City

  • Publish Date: 2012-10-08
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Edward O. Wilson Alex Harris
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From this historic collaboration between a beloved naturalist and a great American photographer emerges a South weve never encountered before.

Entranced by Edward O. Wilsons mesmerizing evocation of his Southern childhood in The Naturalist and Anthill, Alex Harris approached the scientist about collaborating on a book about Wilsons native world of Mobile, Alabama. Perceiving that Mobile was a city small enough to be captured through a lens yet old enough to have experienced a full epic cycle of tragedy and rebirth, the photographer and the naturalist joined forces to capture the rhythms of this storied Alabama Gulf region through a swirling tango of lyrical words and breathtaking images. With Wilson tracing his familys history from the Civil War through the Depression?when mule-driven wagons still clogged the roads?to Mobiles racial and environmental struggles to its cultural triumphs today, and with Harris stunningly capturing the mood of a radically transformed city that has adapted to the twenty-first century, the book becomes a universal story, one that tells us where we all come from and why we are here. 115 color photographs; 3 maps

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