Publication Date: October 1995
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In an unprecedented effort, sixteen of the world’s foremost photographers traveled to thirty nations around the globe to live for a week with families that were statistically average for that nation. At the end of each visit, photographer and family collaborated on a remarkable portrait of the family members outside their home, surrounded by all of their possessionsa few jars and jugs for some, an explosion of electronic gadgetry for others. Vividly portraying the look and feel of the human condition everywhere on Earth, this internationally acclaimed bestseller puts a human face on the issues of population, environment, social justice, and consumption as it illuminates the crucial question facing our species today: Can all six billion of us have all the things we want?
Peter Menzel is a photographer known for his coverage of international feature stories on science and the environment. His award-winning photographs have been published in "Life, " "National Geographic, " "Smithsonian, " the "New York Times Magazine, " "Time, " "Stern, " "GEO, " and "Le Figaro." Together with Faith D'Aluisio, he is the co-creator of the books "Material World: A Global Family Portrait" and "Women in the Material World;" and is the co-author of "Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insects."
CHARLES C. MANN has co-written four previous books on scientific subjects including The Second Creation, selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 15 best books of the year. A four-time National Magazine Award finalist, he is a contributing correspondent for Science and for The Atlantic. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.