Elvis Photography Book – A Review

Elvis Presley the King of Rock and Roll, what more can we say, he captured a generation, and embodied the spirit of America through his music. Still, it was the image that we hold on to as well.

There are still annual Elvis Impersonation contests every year across the nation, where the best of the best then go to Las Vegas to compete. No, none of these people are the King, and yet, they take us back to a time when life was much different, don’t they?

What if I told you of a book that could take you back in time to the days when the King of Rock and Roll lived with energy and essence? There is such a book you know, one I’ve certainly come to love over the years. It still sits on my shelves today. The book is:

“Elvis – A Celebration in Pictures” by Time Life Books; Editor Charles Hirshberg. Time Inc. Warner Books, New York, NY, 1995.

You will be utterly amazed at the pictures of Elvis in his youth, who looked like just an average teen ager, then you will see the transition into a young stud that put all his female followers in a deep love trance. As this book takes you throw the best years and the toughest ones of his life, you will feel as if you were there, with him every step of the way.

This book brings him alive again, and if you do not have a copy of this book for your library at home, buy one. It will bring back the memories of one of America’s greatest eras, through undoubtedly one of its greatest icons; Elvis, he lives on!

Underwater Wonders of America Told in Pictures – Photography Book Review

Most people who visit the state and federal parks in the United States are in awe of the beauty in nature that has been preserved for them and their children and grandchildren. Still, even if they go out of their way to visit most of the state and national parks they are only getting half the picture, they are seeing what is above ground and not necessarily what is under the water, where a whole new ecosystem exists.

It is for this reason that the National Park system in the United States encourages underwater snorkeling and diving in many of its parks. And what better way to learn about all you are missing than to get a book that shows you through pictures what it is all about? If this sounds good to you, then let me make a book recommendation to you of a book I personally own myself:

“Underwater Wonders of The National Parks -Diving and Snorkeling Guide Compiled by the National Park Service” by Daniel J. Lenihan and John D. Brooks; Diane Publishing Company; 1998. ISBN: 978-0756765231.

You will be amazed at all the information in this picture book, as it lists camping areas, locations, pictures of underwater spectacular scenes, and where to find them, along with all the best places to eat, stay and get supplies. Check out the coral reefs, Lake Superior, sunken ships, Hawaii’s coasts, the Channel Islands in California, in fact there are over 60-locations listed in the book.

This is perhaps the best introduction to the underwater wonders of the United States and best of all it’s all in pictures, truly incredible. I recommend this book for snorkelers, diving tourists or beginners. And even if you don’t dive or have never tried snorkeling, you’ll love this book.

See America the Beautiful in Pictures – Coffee Table Photography Book Review

How would you like to see America, I mean really see the most beautiful scenery and sights that this great nation has to offer? Well, if so, I’d like to recommend a very good book to you. It is one of the greatest collections of sights and pictures, I’ve ever seen.

In fact, after traveling around the US for 7-years and having been to most of the places in the book, I can say for certain that the photographers did an excellent job in capturing the essence and spirit of each place. The name of the book is:

“Scenic Wonders of America – An Illustrated Guide to Our Natural Splendors” by Reader’s Digest Association Books, New York, NY; 1973.

This book is one of best photography coffee table books you can own, it is fully illustrated and takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of the most beautiful places in America. For instance there are pictures of Niagara Falls, Mammoth Cave, Natural Bridge (KY), Everglades, Badlands, Devil’s Tower, Black Canyon, Painted Desert, Mesa Verde, Petrified Forest, Meteor Crater, Redwood Forest, Ross Lake, Columbia River, Bid Sur, Kilauea Crater, Death Valley, Mount Saint Helens, and Wiamea Canyon.

The colors are true to life and the team at Reader’s Digest Association did a great job in editing the work. Each picture is accompanied by a story of the area and information that is apropos for the reader or viewer to understand all there is to know about the formations and geology. You will not find a better coffee table picture book to capture your love of life and travel.