"You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes" by Chris Hadfield

When Chris Hadfield became the first Canadian to command the International Space Station, he became a celebrity, not just in Canada but around the world, all due to his use of social media while in space.  In his downtime on the ISS, he took photographs of Earth, showing us our planet in ways we have never seen before.  

Now, Hadfield has published a book of his photographs titled You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes.  He has chosen 150 of the most striking images which have never been seen before.  

This is a stunning book and it’s not just for photography or science nuts.  Everyone will enjoy this unique view of our planet.  My husband, seven-year-old daughter, and I all read this book together, marvelling at the beauty.

The book is divided by continent and the pictures are accompanied by not just captions of where they are, but historical, scientific, and cultural explanations of how that part of the earth came to look the way it does.

I was absolutely blown away by the photos of rivers around the world.  It’s amazing to see the path that rivers actually take, the way they wind through the land and settlements.  One of the pictures that also stands out to me is of the islands in Turkey that form a perfect exclamation point.

Words cannot describe how great this book is.  Stunning, beautiful, incredible, these words come close but the beauty of this book can only be understood by reading it.  This book is not just about the photographs, it’s about history, nature, and ways that humans influence and change the landscape.  A must-have book for all.

I received a copy of this book courtesy of Random House of Canada.  The opinions expressed above are my own.


  1. I have a bit of a crush on Hadfield. It's true. And I think i will be giving this book to a lot of people at Christmas. Thanks for the review. I'm glad to hear your daughter enjoyed it as well.


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