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Wow!is the first reaction readers will have on opening this big book of color photos taken on a succession of airplane and helicopter flights over the varied landscape of South America; ohhhis the unfortunate response upon closing it. Somehow, the dazzling colors and intricate patterns don't add up to the absorbing and informative tour of the southern continent that we expect. Haas (Through the Eyes of the Gods: An Aerial Vision of Africa), a talented photographer, has developed a formula for identifying a pleasing pattern of water and earth or vegetation and focusing so tightly on it as to deny all context. Printed as double-page bleeds, the photos become optical puzzles or animal trophies rather than informative pictures of what passed beneath his aircraft. The procession of 113 photos with minimal text and weak captions is overwhelming, and the excellent photos are subsumed by the weaker ones and those in which digital manipulation has created bizarre coloration or pixelation. Aimed at a general readership; purchase where there is interest.