ATLANTA, Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Atlanta Falcons' owner and philanthropist Arthur Blank shares, along with his childhood memories, the story of how he co-founded Home Depot with Bernie Marcus and they selected Georgia to start a new retailing dynasty in his introduction to the new book from Image Publishing, Inc., My Georgia Home. The book is available online (www.imagepublishinginc.com and www.amazon.com) and in gift shops, museums and bookstores across the state in early January 2013.
"We worked with the Buckhead Coalition and Georgia's Economic Development Office to produce a vivid look at the people and places that make Georgia such a great place to live," said Gigi Phillips, publisher and CEO of Image Publishing Inc. "I have published similar books about Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, but I believe this is a special book for anyone who loves Georgia."
The coffee table sized 432-page book (ISBN: 978-0-9747037-5-6) retails for $42.95 and includes fascinating stories and incredible photographs about the state's most famous celebrities and visionaries, in addition to leading businesses throughout Georgia. Introduced by Blank, the book offers insight into the lives of more than 100 people including such stars as Olympic Gold medalist Dwight Phillips, actress Julia Roberts, musicians Alan Jackson and Tricia Yearwood, Iron Chef Alton Brown, singer Amy Grant, author Louis Grizzard, singer James Brown, Heisman winner Herschel Walker, singer Brenda Lee, media mogul Ted Turner, Civil Rights leaders Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Congressman John Lewis, World Boxing Champion Sugar Ray Robinson, television hosts Ryan Seacrest and Ty Pennington, chef Paula Deen and U.S. President Jimmy Carter. In addition to Blank and Marcus, it also covers business visionaries like Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy; former Atlanta mayors Shirley Franklin, William B. Hartsfield, Ivan Berry and Sam Massell; U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young; and Senator Sam Nunn. Sponsors include the Buckhead Coalition, Georgia Commerce Bank, Atlanta Falcons, University of West Georgia, Atlanta Fine Homes, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the City of Rome Georgia and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, among many others.
Along with celebrities, visionaries and statesmen, leading businesses and organizations are featured by region. Regional photo essays capture the natural beauty of the state and the stories capture the rich history and celebrate the diversity of today's Georgia.
Image Publishing, Inc. and Phillips have been producing high quality books since 2004.
SOURCE Image Publishing, Inc.