6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
One of the most thought provoking books I've ever read,
This review is from: The World Without Us (Paperback)
This started with an interesting premise - what would happen to the Earth if humans suddenly disappeared - and leads the reader down a fascinating labyrinth of subjects. How would our buildings and bridges disintegrate? What would happen to nuclear reactors? How would other animals evolve? What evidence of humanity would last the longest? What could cause such a sudden extinction? And what can we do about it?
The answers to all these questions are well researched and well written. One can't help dwelling on the impact humanity has had on our planet (is still having!) and our failure as a species to do something about it. It's certainly made me see China's one child per family policy in a different light - and I've got two children.
All in all, a fantastic, engaging, enlightening and informative read. Top notch.