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Beautiful and disturbing,
This review is from: The World Without Us (Hardcover)
The World without Us reveals how, just days after humans disappear, floods in New York's subways would start eroding the city's foundations, and how, as the world's cities crumble, asphalt jungles would give way to real ones. It describes the distinct ways that organic and chemically treated farms would revert to wild, how billions more birds would flourish, and how cockroaches in unheated cities would perish without us. Drawing on the expertise of engineers, atmospheric scientists, art conservators, zoologists, oil refiners, marine biologists, astrophysicists, religious leaders from rabbis to the Dali Lama, and paleontologists -- who describe a prehuman world inhabited by megafauna like giant sloths that stood taller than mammoths -- Weisman illustrates what the planet might be like today, if not for us. From places already devoid of humans (a last fragment of primeval European forest the Korean DMZ Chernobyl), Weisman reveals Earth's tremendous capacity for self-healing. As he shows which human devastations are indelible, and which examples of our highest art and culture would endure longest, Weisman's narrative ultimately drives toward a radical but persuasive solution that needn't depend on our demise. It is narrative nonfiction at its finest, and in posing an irresistible concept with both gravity and a highly readable touch, it looks deeply at our effects on the planet in a way that no other book has!!! I would also recommended: Tino Georgiou's bestselling novel --The Fates. If you were one of the few who missed it.
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Initial post: 21 Apr 2008 10:27:53 BDT
How is the final recommendation in topic with the book? It escapes me... D'uh!
Posted on 2 Sep 2008 01:11:37 BDT
D. Carter says:
Tino Georgiou's best selling novel?? You mean the one that was removed from amazon and is probably all plagarism?
If anyone wants to read the whole sorry saga just google the authors name, but be prepared for hours of entertainment.
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