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5.0 out of 5 stars good book
nice book was a chrisstmas present and it was well liked good yto read and was enjoyed by the person
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good initial overview of ways for the Earth to end - just do not expect too much analysis
Alok Jha took on the (quite possibly amusing, in a depressing sort of way) task of describing 50 ways the Earth could conceivably end - or more correctly, threats to human life and habitation. It is an interesting piece of writing, primarily, since not all of the 50 will be issues publicly discussed (at least not in the wider public). You will get everything from the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good initial overview of ways for the Earth to end - just do not expect too much analysis, 26 April 2012
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This review is from: 50 Ways the World Could End: The Doomsday Handbook (Kindle Edition)
Alok Jha took on the (quite possibly amusing, in a depressing sort of way) task of describing 50 ways the Earth could conceivably end - or more correctly, threats to human life and habitation. It is an interesting piece of writing, primarily, since not all of the 50 will be issues publicly discussed (at least not in the wider public). You will get everything from the dying of the bees (costly but not life threatening) to a deep freeze of the Earth (pretty terminal), with the more standard ones of resource depletion, polution, famine, water scarcity, nuclear war, etc. inbetween.

While the overview is good, the research is less so. The author takes three or four main sources per 'doomsday' and basically recaps the main arguments (the sources are often interviews or newspaper articles, with more credible ones, such as 'Nature' articles peppered in), without doing a real analysis. This leads to somewhat contradictory statements on the same dynamics between different doomsdays (or at least divergent numbers), and one does not have the opinion at the end of each chapter of being really completely certain of what the real risks are (some are quantified, some not, for some the debate in the book is too sparse to allow the reader to reach their own conclusions).

As a final comment, the Kindle transfer does not work seamlessly in a smartphone size format, with the highlights often being right next to the same statements in the main text, titles running across pages, etc. (not a deal breaker but could be improved).

Overall an interesting book if you want an overview, or ideas what one could be scared off, but you will probably need something more substantial, if you are interested in a real risk analysis, or if you develop a deeper fascination with the topic after reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book, 31 Dec 2012
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nice book was a chrisstmas present and it was well liked good yto read and was enjoyed by the person
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