National Geographic is, inarguably, one of the greatest publications of all time. And one of the things they do better than almost everyone else is photographic documentation. They are masters of capturing iconic moments and we are all blessed to get to enjoy images that we might otherwise never get to see. So when we found out that Fine Art book publisher Taschen was pairing up with them to put together a visual history of the United States, we were understandably thrilled.
This 700 image collection spans the entirety of the twentieth century and covers every inch of our great nation. In fact, every single state has their very own section highlighting that which makes them unique. From grainy old black-and-white to full color high definition digital, this might be the most complex and complete visual compilation of the USA ever assembled. At the very least, it promises to be the most beautiful. These books retail for $300. [Purchase]