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Window Seat Europe
Reading the Landscape from the Air
by Gregory Dicum

Publication Date: October 1, 2006
Contact: Johanna Brown, Senior Publicist, Chronicle Books
Ordering Information: 800/722-6657

About the Author

Gregory Dicum writes about food, travel, and the environment. He has written two books: "The Coffee Book: Anatomy of an Industry from Crop to the Last Drop" (The New Press, 1999 and 2006), and "Window Seat: Reading the Landscape from the Air" (Chronicle Books; 2004), and followup, "Window Seat Europe" (Chronicle Books; 2006).

Gregory has appeared on numerous television and radio shows, Canada's CBC Newsworld and San Francisco's KRON, and NPR's "Talk of the Nation" and "All Things Considered."

Gregory has written for numerous publications including the New York Times, Harper's Magazine, Salon, Travel + Leisure, Decanter, HotWired, New York Magazine, Mother Jones, Gastronomica, and others.

Questions about Window Seat.

  • How did you get the idea for this book?
  • What is your favorite flight?
  • What are people most interested in from above?
  • How is the view from above different over Europe and North America?
  • What is the most interesting thing you've seen from above?
  • How can you figure out what you're looking at from above?
  • Why should we look out the window when we're flying?
  • What are those round things?
  • Fun Facts.

  • Most straight lines on the ground were created by people.
  • Plants grow differently on different sides of mountains.
  • In the French countryside, you can still see ancient roads that predate the Roman empire.
  • The Iron Gate is Europe's most dramatic natural feature.
  • It's easy to spot cork-producing oak woods: look for swirls of trees on Iberian hillsides.
  • The ancient salt evaporating ponds on Ibiza are often tinted red from natural salt-loving bacteria.
  • Poland's landscape of narrow, "long" lots is the same as it was centuries ago. In other Eastern European countries, Communist-era collectivization erased these patterns.
  • You can still see the Iron Curtain from the air--but it doesn't look Iron at all: look for forested areas, strange parallel roads, and cuts through the woods.
  • Piraeus, the port of ancient Athens, was the first city in the world to have its streets laid out in a grid.
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    Gregory Dicum, the author of the Window Seat books, looking out the window high above the Balkan Peninsula.

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    Gregory Dicum, the author of the Window Seat books, in San Francisco.

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    The cover of Window Seat Europe.

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    The cover of Window Seat.