'GMA's' Favorite Coffee-Table Books of 2008

Photographs by Andrew Eccles
Foreword by Anna Deveare Smith
Preface by Judith Jamison, artistic director of the company for nearly 20 years
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Price: $50

Sam Champion's Pick

The Call of the Trains

Jim Shaughnessy has pulled together a book of railroad photographs. Shaughnessy began shooting in the late 1940s, capturing the end of steam in the northeastern United States, Canada and Mexico.

He started shooting trains and the railroad environment in 1946 and is still active today at the age of 74.

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Price: $65

Planet Earth: An Illustrated History

Time presents an unrivaled portrait of planet Earth: its violent history, its vast oceans, its constantly changing geology, its life-sheltering atmosphere, its fascinating life forms and its imperiled climate.

Time joins scientists in the field, visits with indigenous people and consults with experts and shows the earth's extremes: the longest rivers, tallest mountains and driest deserts on the planet.

By the Editors of Time Magazine
Publisher: Time Inc.
Price: $29.95

The Circus 1870-1950

This book follows the history and legacy of the circus in the United States with nearly 900 color and black-and-white photos. It gives behind-the-scenes shots of the performers, cheesecake shots of starlets and "freaks" and amazing shots of the posters used to advertise the shows.

The images are from the mid-1800s to mid-1900s and show traveling circuses that performed for audiences of up to 14,000 per show, employed as many as 1,600 men and women and crisscrossed the country on 20,000 miles of railroad in one season alone.

Edited by Noel Daniel; text by Linda Granfield and Dominique Jando
Publisher: Taschen
Price: $200

Kate Snow's Pick

The New York Times: The Complete Front Pages

For the first time ever, every front page of every issue of The New York Times from September 1851 to the present has been assembled and published in one book and DVD package.

The book showcases more than 300 reproductions of the most significant front pages ranging from the Emancipation Proclamation, Nazi Germany's attacks on Poland, John Glenn's orbit of Earth to Sept. 11, 2001 to the present.

The three DVDs contain the remaining 54,267 front pages.

Edited by Bill Keller with essays by Times writers past and present
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
Price: $60

Wildlands Philanthropy: The Great American Tradition

This celebrates natural landmarks around the world and the people who invested their wealth to protect them and includes pictures of sites from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego and around globe.

The book has more than 350 pages and 170 color photographs.

Photographer Antonio Vizcaino
Writer: Tom Butler; foreword Tom Brokaw
Publisher: Earth Aware Editions
Price: $65

Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities

The book shows natural affinities that suggest parallels in their visions of both natural and human-made environment with more than 100 beautifully reproduced paintings and photographs. They are accompanied by critical essays and a biographical essay on the friendship between Adams, O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz.

Photos by Ansel Adams; paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe
Text by Barbara Buhler Lynes, Anne Hammond, Richard B. Woodward
Publisher: Little, Brown
Price: $40

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