The World Without Us
Time #1 Nonfiction Book of 2007Entertainment Weekly #1 Nonfiction Book of 2007Finalist for the 2007 National Book Critics Circle AwardSalon Book Awards 2007Amazon Top 100 Editors’ Picks of 2007 (#4)Barnes and Noble 10 Best of 2007: Politics and Current AffairsKansas City Star’s Top 100 Books of... show more
Time #1 Nonfiction Book of 2007Entertainment Weekly #1 Nonfiction Book of 2007Finalist for the 2007 National Book Critics Circle AwardSalon Book Awards 2007Amazon Top 100 Editors’ Picks of 2007 (#4)Barnes and Noble 10 Best of 2007: Politics and Current AffairsKansas City Star’s Top 100 Books of the Year 2007Mother Jones’ Favorite Books of 2007South Florida Sun-Sentinel Best Books of the Year 2007Hudson’s Best Books of 2007St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Books of 2007St. Paul Pioneer Press Best Books of 2007If human beings disappeared instantaneously from the Earth, what would happen? How would the planet reclaim its surface? What creatures would emerge from the dark and swarm? How would our treasured structures--our tunnels, our bridges, our homes, our monuments--survive the unmitigated impact of a planet without our intervention? In his revelatory, bestselling account, Alan Weisman draws on every field of science to present an environmental assessment like no other, the most affecting portrait yet of humankind's place on this planet.
Publish date: August 5th 2008
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
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Some books that you read make you question everything. Alan Weisman's The World Without Us is definitely one of those books. The book seeks to answer the question 'What would happen to the world if humans were to disappear?' I've read books that look at it from the flip side of the coin where humans...
Brilliant. This author took me around the world and back again, deep underground and far into space, back into pre-history and far into the future. Can't recommend it enough. Yep, it's certainly depressing in parts, and often the only relief comes with the words 'in a world without us', but unlike s...
Delightfully misanthropic.Full of interesting information about the environment and a bit about ecosystems and things, but typically for me I found the human stuff the most interesting. Did you know the US Energy Department had to come up with a way of informing people ten thousand years from now th...
Aliens rapture everyone away in the first chapter, which is a catchy way to start a novel.But after that, the story fragments into separate chapters about different things pushing back human civilization after we're gone, like sharks, birds, plants, bugs, forests, and so on. Although everyone is sup...
Research envy! Seriously fascinating.