Extraordinary Images of One American Week
created by Rick Smolan and David Elliott Cohen
Reviewed February 3, 2004.
DK Publishing, New York, 2003. 304 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (973.931 SMO).
This book calls to mind the words of our President: “One of
the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.”
(U.S. News and World Report, January 3, 2000, quoted in the George W.
Bushisms Page-a-Day Calendar.)
Truly, this book has fantastic pictures, taken by hundreds of photographers
all in the same week in America.
This wonderful book was created by the people behind A Day in
the Life of America
(see my review of A
Day in the Life of California.
This time, all the photos were taken digitally, since 2003 was the
first year that more digital cameras than film cameras were sold in America.
This enabled the producers to include more shots taken by amateur photographers,
as well as hundreds by professional photographers.
The images are stunning, celebrating all aspects of American life.
I was struck by (and proud of) America’s incredible ethnic diversity,
as well as the wide variety of people and places that make up this amazing
If you buy the book, you can order a copy with your own digital picture
on the cover. If you don’t want to pay the cover price, but do want
to enjoy the marvelous pictures, check it out at your local library.
Truly a magnificent book.
Copyright © 2004 Sondra Eklund.
All rights reserved.