A review by martha_w
Annals of the Former World, by John McPhee


Since I was just in Nevada, I thought I would re-read Basin & Range. Driving Highway 50 (what Nevada calls the "Loneliest Road") definitely gives you a great sense of the geology. McPhee, of course, travels I-80, but US 50 crosses similar territory.

Update: It was extremely helpful to have a picture of Nevada's landscape in my head while reading the book. Of course, in a lot of ways Basin & Range is an introduction to the field of geology. So, there ended up being a lot less about Nevada in the book than I had recalled. But, it was still very engaging.