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The Naturalist
There are myriad ways that a president can leave a legacy. Darrin Lunde’s new biography The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of American Natural History examines the life, legacy and political career of Theodore Roosevelt through the prism of his fascination with nature and valiant efforts to preserve wildlife for future generations. As Supervisory Museum Specialist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Lunde is especially interested in Roosevelt’s study of the natural world, which began at a surprisingly young age.
Wildlife of the World
Penguins pant to keep cool. The western tarsier has the largest eyes of any mammal, relative to its size; each eyeball is slightly heavier than the nocturnal primate’s brain. An orangutan’s arm span can reach seven feet. African savannah elephants are known to care for wounded relatives. From bird-eating spiders to polar bears to honeybees, DK’s Wildlife of the World introduces some of the most spectacular wildlife on the planet. This virtual safari brings readers face-to-face with the world’s most interesting animals who live in habitats as diverse as the Amazon, the Himalayas, the Sahara and the South Pole. The unique traits of more than 400 species are celebrated with an in-depth profile paired with stunning photographs.
Great Maps
In celebration of DK Publishing’s 40 years, we’re featuring Great Maps (MAP41, $25.00), a collaboration between DK and Smithsonian showcasing gorgeous maps across time and topography. Profiling 55 historical maps, this book is a lesson in history as much as it is about geography. Jerry Brotton, author of A History of the World in Twelve Maps and professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of London, marches confidently from Ptolemy’s world map to the latest maps by Google Earth, explaining how each map influenced the culture and budding science of its day.