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on 28 August 2003
Well not quite, but in this very readable and eye opening little book, Bill McGuire (dubbed ‘Disaster Man’ by the media), gives an scientific insight into the natural catastrophes that are lying in wait, ready to be unleashed upon the human race. His guide takes us through the various Armageddon type scenarios that may signal ‘adios’ to the human race; Super Volcanic Eruptions, Earthquakes, Tsunami’s, Asteroid Impacts, Global Warming and the reoccurrence of an Ice Age!

It is slightly alarming when we consider that the last volcanic super-eruption plunged the planet into a bitter volcanic winter some 73,500 years ago. While little more than 100,000 years ago gigantic waves caused by a collapsing Hawaiian volcano mercilessly pounded the entire coastline of the Pacific Ocean. However, most worryingly of all 65 million years ago a 10 kilometre wide asteroid crashed into the sea off the coast of Mexico, signalling the end for the mighty dinosaurs who had ruled the planet far longer than the human race!
The events that McGuire is examining have always been part of the earth’s history and will continue to be. He does well in conveying the message that it is simply a matter of time until one of these events will signal the end of the world as we know it today! McGuire examines the background to such events and considers the likelihood of any reoccurrence in the near future. ‘A Guide to the End of the World’ provides an intriguing read from start to finish, and left me with a healthy respect for the destructive potential of the earth and its surrounding space.
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on 21 August 2003
Well not quite, but in this very readable and eye opening little book, Bill McGuire (dubbed 'Disaster Man' by the media), gives an scientific insight into the natural catastrophes that are lying in wait, ready to be unleashed upon the human race. His guide takes us through the various Armageddon type scenarios that may signal 'adios' to the human race; Super Volcanic Eruptions, Earthquakes, Tsunami's, Asteroid Impacts, Global Warming and the reoccurrence of an Ice Age!

It is slightly alarming when we consider that the last volcanic super-eruption plunged the planet into a bitter volcanic winter some 73,500 years ago. While little more than 100,000 years ago gigantic waves caused by a collapsing Hawaiian volcano mercilessly pounded the entire coastline of the Pacific Ocean. However, most worryingly of all 65 million years ago a 10 kilometre wide asteroid crashed into the sea off the coast of Mexico, signalling the end for the mighty dinosaurs who had ruled the planet far longer than the human race!
The events that McGuire is examining have always been part of the earth's history and will continue to be. He does well in conveying the message that it is simply a matter of time until one of these events will signal the end of the world as we know it today! McGuire examines the background to such events and considers the likelihood of any reoccurrence in the near future. 'A Guide to the End of the World' provides an intriguing read from start to finish, and left me with a healthy respect for the destructive potential of the earth and its surrounding space.
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on 6 November 2010
Definitely recommend this book! Was advised to read it as one of our set texts (a university geology module called Natural Geological Hazards)and despite the omminous title is a thorough and exciting read. McGuire does what many writers and broadcasters are afraid to - produce media that tells it like it is - especially on this subject matter, which no matter how much the world's population try to ignore it, it will always be there. He mentions how presidents and prime ministers will rarely address the issues covered in here for fear of sounding bad and losing votes, but all they are doing is making it harder to deal with any disaster when they do arrive. So to Messrs Cameron, Obama, Sarkozy, Putin (and somebody who really shouldn't be near positions of power, but is in most need of this book - Palin)... order it on Amazon and enjoy!
I say "enjoy" because once you get into it, even with no geological or environmental knowledge background, this text as extremely accessible and as pessimistic as it can get, if you think of everyone else reading it and other such documents, latest disasters like the volcano, earthquakes and tsunami in Indonesia recently could at the very least have been - and could still be mitigated. Thank you Bill for a very fuelling read, just hope you still smile at some things! :)
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on 28 March 2005
I bought this after seeing some of his articles in the press post the Boxing Day tsunami tragedy. The book covers all of the the key natural phenomena (tsunami, asteroid impacts, global warming, etc.) and is well-written and presented. I found it fascinating and was disappointed that it was only 185 pages or so, I could have read on for much longer. But an excellent book nonetheless, and I would be surprised if there was a better introductory text to these topics available.
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on 11 June 2012
In his personal quest to frighten us to death, McGuire has penned yet another doomsday book. With its superficial air of science, it presents a quite bogus picture of nature. Disasters of natural origin are a fact of life for those who live next to a volcano, or in an earthquake zone, but neither apply to the UK, so you can relax. So he tries to spin the argument into super-volcanoes, giant landslides, forgetting that they are infrequent on a geological timescale, and infinitesimal on a human time-frame. Not to be out-done, he then spins out the familiar guff about global warming, and tries to tell us that the debate is over: "there is absolutely no doubt that the Earth is warming up". I have news for McGuire: the earth is currently cooling, and none of the disasters predicted by the IPCC and other irresponsible bodies have yet to occur. Eat your words McGuire, and can one expect an apology for your wild prognostications? He even copies the now totally discredited hockey stick curve of Mann, which was made by deliberately manipulating data to eliminate the Medieval Warm period and the little Ice Age. This is fraud on a grand scale, and McGuire sucks it up like a dummy. He should consult the many interesting emails exposed by Climategate. This book is junk science at its worst, and avoided. A much more balanced presentation is given by Ian Plimer in Heaven and Earth: Global Warming, the Missing Science, and also by Carter in Climate: the Counter-consensus (Independent Minds).
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on 10 May 2015
very good
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