Atlas Obscura

An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

by Dylan ThurasElla Morton and Joshua Foer

Hardback Publication Date: 01/10/2016

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It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.

Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India.

Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England.

Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, Atlas Obscura revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer.

Anyone can be a tourist. Atlas Obscura is for the explorer.

ISBN:
9780761169086
Category:
Reference works
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-10-2016
Language:
English
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Incorporated
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
480
Dimensions (mm):
254x178x184.15mm
Weight:
0.68kg
Dylan Thuras

Dylan Thuras is the co-founder and creative director of Atlas Obscura.

Ella Morton

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.

Joshua Foer

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.

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