Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

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ISBN-13: 9780761189671
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/20/2016
Series: Atlas Obscura
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 81,051
File size: 136 MB
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About the Author

Joshua Foer is the cofounder and chairman of Atlas Obscura. He is also the author of Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, a bestseller published in 33 languages, and a forthcoming book about the world's last hunter-gatherers.
Dylan Thuras is the cofounder and creative director of Atlas Obscura.
Ella Morton is a New Zealand-born, Australian-raised, Brooklyn-based writer, focusing on overlooked aspects of history and culture. After covering consumer technology at CNET she hosted Rocketboom NYC, a web show about New York’s quirkier people and places. Her most popular interview was a chat with Cookie Monster on the set of Sesame Street. Ella is now associate editor at AtlasObscura.com, where she writes about such topics as tobacco smoke enemas, Victorian streaming music services, and the etiquette of marrying a ghost.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION ... ix

EUROPE

Great Britain and Ireland . . .  2
ENGLAND / IRELAND / NORTHERN IRELAND / SCOTLAND

Western Europe . . .  22
AUSTRIA / BELGIUM / FRANCE / GERMANY / GREECE / CYPRUS / ITALY / NETHERLANDS / PORTUGAL / SPAIN / SWITZERLAND

Eastern Europe . . . 74
BULGARIA / CROATIA / CZECH REPUBLIC / ESTONIA / HUNGARY / LATVIA / LITHUANIA / MACEDONIA / POLAND / ROMANIA / RUSSIA / SERBIA / SLOVAKIA / UKRAINE

Scandinavia . . . 99
DENMARK / FINLAND / ICELAND / NORWAY / SWEDEN 

ASIA

The Middle East . . . 114
IRAN / IRAQ / ISRAEL / PALESTINE / LEBANON / OMAN / QATAR / SYRIA / UNITED ARAB EMIRATES / YEMEN

South and Central Asia . . . 125
AFGHANISTAN / BANGLADESH / INDIA KAZAKHSTAN / KYRGYZSTAN / NEPAL / PAKISTAN / SRI LANKA / TURKEY / TURKMENISTAN

East Asia . . . 145
CHINA / HONG KONG / TAIWAN / JAPAN / NORTH KOREA / SOUTH KOREA

Southeast Asia . . . 168
BRUNEI / CAMBODIA / INDONESIA / LAOS / MALAYSIA / MYANMAR / PHILIPPINES / SINGAPORE / THAILAND / VIETNAM

AFRICA

North Africa . . . 186
EGYPT / MAURITANIA / MOROCCO / SUDAN / TUNISIA

West Africa . . .  196
BENIN / BURKINA FASO / CAMEROON / GABON / GHANA / MALI / NIGER / NIGERIA / SENEGAL / SIERRA LEONE / TOGO

Central Africa . . . 206
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC / CHAD / DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO / REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

East Africa . . .  208
ETHIOPIA / KENYA / SOUTH SUDAN / TANZANIA

Southern Africa . . . 213
ANGOLA / MALAWI / NAMIBIA / SOUTH AFRICA / SWAZILAND / ZAMBIA / ZIMBABWE

Islands of the Indian and South Atlantic Oceans . . . 220
MADAGASCAR / SEYCHELLES / SAINT HELENA, ASCENSION, AND TRISTAN DA CUNHA OCEANIA

Australia . . . 226

New Zealand . . . 240

Pacific Islands . . . 245
FIJI / MARSHALL ISLANDS / FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA / NAURU / PALAU / PAPUA NEW GUINEA / SAMOA / SOLOMON ISLANDS / VANUATU

CANADA

Western Canada . . . 256
ALBERTA / BRITISH COLUMBIA / MANITOBA / NORTHWEST TERRITORIES / NUNAVUT / SASKATCHEWAN / YUKON
Eastern Canada . . . .267
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR / NOVA SCOTIA / ONTARIO / PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND / QUEBEC 

USA

West Coast . . . 276
CALIFORNIA / OREGON / WASHINGTON

Four Corners and the Southwest . . . .296
ARIZONA / COLORADO / NEVADA / NEW MEXICO / TEXAS / UTAH

Great Plains . . . 311
IDAHO / KANSAS / MONTANA / NEBRASKA / NORTH DAKOTA / OKLAHOMA / SOUTH DAKOTA / WYOMING

The Midwest . . .  319
ILLINOIS / INDIANA / IOWA / MICHIGAN / MINNESOTA / MISSOURI / OHIO / WISCONSIN

The Southeast . . . 338
ALABAMA / ARKANSAS / FLORIDA / GEORGIA / KENTUCKY / LOUISIANA / MISSISSIPPI / NORTH CAROLINA / SOUTH CAROLINA / TENNESSEE / VIRGINIA

The Mid-Atlantic . . . 353
DELAWARE / MARYLAND / NEW JERSEY NEW YORK / PENNSYLVANIA / WASHINGTON, DC / WEST VIRGINIA

New England . . . 366
CONNECTICUT / MAINE / MASSACHUSETTS / NEW HAMPSHIRE / RHODE ISLAND / VERMONT

Alaska and Hawaii . . . 376

LATIN AMERICA

South America . . . .383
ARGENTINA / BOLIVIA / BRAZIL / CHILE / COLOMBIA / ECUADOR / PERU / URUGUAY / VENEZUELA

Mexico . . . 412

Central America . . .  420
BELIZE / COSTA RICA / EL SALVADOR / GUATEMALA / HONDURAS / NICARAGUA / PANAMA

Caribbean Islands . . . 426
BAHAMAS / BERMUDA / CAYMAN ISLANDS / CUBA / DOMINICA / DOMINICAN REPUBLIC / GRENADA / HAITI / JAMAICA / MARTINIQUE / MONTSERRAT / PUERTO RICO / ST. KITTS AND NEVIS / ST. MAARTEN / TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO / ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES ANTARCTICA . . . 443

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS . . . 452
INDEX . . . 453
PHOTO CREDITS . . . 469

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Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
AndrewReadsBooks More than 1 year ago
First off, a confession. I didn't read the whole book. Normally I'd hold off on a review, but due to the unique structure of this book I feel comfortable giving my review without completing it. Atlas Obscura is a guide to the stranger things in the world. Organized geographically, it traces historical artifacts, quirky art, and cultural remains. The goal is to expose a side of the world that is normally invisible to both tourists and locals alike. The resulting book is a bit of a geographic Wunderkammer. As a reader, I found myself struggling often with this book. The writing is engaging and easy to follow, but for every fascinating entry that makes me want to learn more, there are a handful of entries that could not be less interesting. I realize that this is inevitable with a book fo this sort - everyone is fascinated by different things. But because the book is organized by the geographical location of entries rather than their content, it's hard to easily navigate to those items which are of greatest interest. For a reader attempting a cover-to-cover read, the effect is that you trudge through a lot of dull material to get to the good stuff. Perhaps more concerning, the accuracy of some entries is questionable. While some claims are presented with adequate skepticism (e.g., a rock which is supposedly home to fairies), other items are presented as wholesale truths despite considerable external discussion about their veracity (e.g., necropants). I feel that ultimately this would make for a good coffee table book - something to pick up, flip to a random page, and start a conversation with. It's definitely not well suited for a "normal" read, nor as a travel atlas or an unusual encyclopedia. I've spent a fair amount of time on the Atlas Obscura website, and have greatly enjoyed appearances on podcasts and youtube channels, but the book just doesn't capture my curiosity in the same way.
slugpuppy3 More than 1 year ago
Great book! Perfect for reading and for coffee table or guest room placement. Chock full of short articles on every unusual location and subject under the sun. LOTS of pictures and illustrations!!
-L More than 1 year ago
This is such a good book!! It's super interesting.