Well, Fred Pearce can write. No doubt about that. And write fast, I suppose, since this book appears very simplistic. Initially the Irish potato famine is described to set the scene. Pearce tells the story he likes to tell, but please take the trouble to read J S Donnelly (The Great Irish Potato Famine) for the real, balanced story! Pearce's presentation of concepts like biofuel and demographic transition are likewise simplistic and skewed. Downright funny is his dismissal of of Meadows and al., Limits to Growth from a. 1970: The[ir] main model run showed business continuing as usual till about 2010. After that, 'as resource prices rise and mines are depleted, more and more capital must be used for obtaining resources, leaving less to be invested for [...]'. Well, might not Peak Oil fit that prediction remarkably well? No reflection on that by Fred Pearce! - More scary is that Pearce takes for granted that the rest of the world should just give way and surrender the world to the overly fecund. Sure, a demographic collapse in a country with 8 to 12-fold population increase within just a few generations could be Hell on Earth - but need it really be the end of the world? Not living in such a country myself, I could easily see the world live through such events and emerge in better shape eventually. - For a more balanced and not so sensational, but still popular account of modern world demograhics, read 'More' by Robert Engelman instead.