Man and Sea
by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Brian Skerry | Abrams | $50
Here the aerial maestro Arthus-Bertrand joins forces with underwater expert Skerry to thoroughly examine humankind's tenuous relationship with our planet's oceans. While many images—shot either from the air or from under the sea's surface—are gorgeous, they tell a cautionary tale, explicating the effects of our garbage production, fishing practices, and environmental wreckage (all detailed in the book's text). Yet much of the discussion is directed toward sustainable solutions, and the gloom and doom is offset by hope. "Action is a cumulative process," advises sea navigator Isabelle Autissier. "We must act individually and influence those who govern us. The future is in action."