Why We Are Here: Mobile and the Spirit of a Southern City

Why We Are Here: Mobile and the Spirit of a Southern City

by Edward O. Wilson, Alex Harris

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Overview

From this historic collaboration between a beloved naturalist and a great American photographer emerges a South we’ve never encountered before.


Entranced by Edward O. Wilson’s mesmerizing evocation of his Southern childhood in The Naturalist and Anthill, Alex Harris approached the scientist about collaborating on a book about Wilson’s native world of Mobile, Alabama. Perceiving that Mobile was a city small enough to be captured through a lens yet old enough to have experienced a full epic cycle of tragedy and rebirth, the photographer and the naturalist joined forces to capture the rhythms of this storied Alabama Gulf region through a swirling tango of lyrical words and breathtaking images. With Wilson tracing his family’s history from the Civil War through the Depression—when mule-driven wagons still clogged the roads—to Mobile’s racial and environmental struggles to its cultural triumphs today, and with Harris stunningly capturing the mood of a radically transformed city that has adapted to the twenty-first century, the book becomes a universal story, one that tells us where we all come from and why we are here.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780871404701
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 10/08/2012
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 10.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Edward O. Wilson is widely recognized as one of the world’s preeminent biologists and naturalists. The author of more than thirty books, includingHalf-Earth,The Social Conquest of Earth, The Meaning of Human Existence, and Letters to a Young Scientist, Wilson is a professor emeritus at Harvard University. The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, he lives with his wife, Irene Wilson, in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1949, Alex Harris, acclaimed photographer, Duke University professor, and Pulitzer Prize finalist for River of Traps, lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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