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Apocalypse 2012: An optimist investigates the end of civilization Paperback – 5 Aug 2011


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element; New Ed edition (5 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007227396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007227396
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,148,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Joseph is a lively tour guide, introducing readers to Mayan shamans and Russian scientists with equal aplomb."--Publishers Weekly

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THE END IS NIGH-ISH

Will 2012 be the year we all burn/drown/fall off the face of the planet as the solar system goes loco? The answer, frighteningly, is 'maybe'.

NASA, seismologists, paleontologists, geologists, meteorologists, vulcanologists, astronomers; the great ancient traditions, the Mayan calendar, the I-Ching and the Bible Code - it seems that people are lining up to predict that we shouldn't bother making any long-term plans.

Lawrence Joseph - journalist, science consultant and the only person who can write about potential disaster and make it funny - gets the bad news from astronomers in Siberia, observatories in South Africa, geophysicists, Mayan Shamans and psychics. Casting a sceptical if worried eye over claims of deadly solar radiation, a supervulcano under Yellowstone Park and the earth's magnetic field cracking up (among other potential dooms), he also provides fascinating insights into the science behind it all. Not to mention handy hints on what we might do to survive it, or, alternatively, where might be nicest to watch it all happen ...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SAP VINE VOICE on 28 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
It seems to me to be a bit of an untruth to subtitle this book "An OPTIMIST investigates the end of civilisation" since Joseph seems to be anything but; he subscribes to, endorses and promotes the apocalypse 2012 scenario hook, line and sinker. I was also quite disappointed with the remit of this book since it seemed to investigate only natural disasters such as volcano eruptions, solar instability, hurricanes etc., without touching on subjects like terrorism or plagues such as drug-resistant pandemics among other things that could wipe out huge numbers of us and end civilisation.

Overall, I finished this book yet to be convinced. Joseph talks a lot without really saying much. And the alleged humour in this book is misplaced (if his predictions are true) and not particularly funny anyway. Having said all that I do admire Joseph's courage to publish his convictions and beliefs because he will look awfully silly if 21 December 2012 arrives and nothing happens. However, judging from others' past predictions that failed to materialise he will explain it away somehow; probably by saying that his book helped to avert disaster by raising awareness, etc.

So, all in all, this is just an OK book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jilpip on 25 Feb. 2011
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Very well written, the authors tries extremely hard throughout the book to remain objective. Fasinating facts regarding other cultures take on the end of the world. If you are going to read this book as fact it will scare the pants of you. If however you read it as a well written, fascinating informative book you will enjoy his research and talk to your friends about it with out trying to raise money to fund the next flight to another Galaxy.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 Feb. 2009
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Apocalypse 2012: An Optimist Investigates the End of Civilization
A rivetting read, will do no harm to take a second look at the signs around you and apply your own judgements!
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