Synopses & Reviews
“The author respectfully submits it as his firm and immovable conviction, that the United States of America, in the years to come, will govern the entire Western Hemisphere.”
These words, written by Arthur Bird in 1899, were his premonition as to the direction of the US one hundred years in the future. Not only did Bird cover the financial status of our country, but the world as a whole. While many of his predictions were quite outlandish, several were remarkably visionary and accurate—including Birds early drawing of “Aerial Navigation” before the Wright brothers ever took flight.
- Included in this book are predictions that:
- Our lunches would consist of “nutritious pellets”
- Drunkenness would be “very rare”
- Cigarette smokers would be arrested on sight
- Every American home would include a robot “valet”
- And much more!
Looking Forward is an incredible view of the world before the turn of the twentieth century. While weve come far as a country since 1899, there are many things Bird mentions to which we still aspire. He had high hopes for our civilization as a whole and as a superpower. While we have indeed accomplished a great deal, theres always room for improvement, and Birds vision of his future remains relevant in shaping our own.
When On the Origin of Species
came out in 1859, it changed the understanding of life and was the foundation of evolutionary biology. All the material that he received for this book was from the famous expeditions he took on the Beagle
during the 1830s. This is the story of that voyage.
A Naturalists Voyage Round the World follows Charles Darwin over his almost five-year journey around the world, in which he studied animals, plants, geology, and much more. From the tip of South America and the Galapagos Islands to Australia and Tahiti, Darwin set out to study geology, but ended up finding the information that would lead to his theory of evolution by natural selection.
With the original images from Darwins journal, A Naturalists Voyage Round the World is an incredible look into the past at one of the most important documentations of a sea voyage ever. The information collected by Darwin changed our world, and now you can relive every moment in his own words and illustrations.
“This is America’s destiny.” —Arthur Bird
About the Author
Arthur Bird served as vice-consul-general of America at Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He wrote his predictions on the status of the United States one hundred years in the future, of which several came true.