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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History Hardcover – 13 Feb 2014

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (13 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408851210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408851210
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A distinctive and eloquent voice of conscience ... In her timely, meticulously researched and well-written book, Kolbert combines scientific analysis and personal narratives to explain it to us. The result is a clear and comprehensive history of earth's previous mass extinctions ... "People change the world," Kolbert writes, and vividly presents the science and history of the current crisis. Her extensive travels in researching this book, and her insightful treatment of both the history and the science all combine to make The Sixth Extinction an invaluable contribution to our understanding of present circumstances, just as the paradigm shift she calls for is sorely needed (Al Gore, New York Times)

I tore through Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction with a mix of awe and terror. Her long view of extinction excited my joy in life's diversity - even as she made me aware how many species are currently at risk (Dava Sobel, author of Longitude and A More Perfect Heaven)

Elizabeth Kolbert writes with an aching beauty of the impact of our species on all the other forms of life known in this cold universe. The perspective is at once awe-inspiring, humbling and deeply necessary (T.C. Boyle)

Well-composed snapshots of history, theory and observation that will fascinate, enlighten and appal many readers (Guardian)

Compelling ... It is a disquieting tale, related with rigour and restraint by Kolbert (Observer)

Passionate ... This is the big story of our age. We are living through the historically rare elimination of vast numbers of species. And for the first time, it is our fault ... Uplifting prose about the wonders of nature. But the overwhelming message of this book is as clear as that of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring in 1962. We humans have become a geological force in our own right - and, unless we act, the consequences will be devastating (Sunday Times)

It is oddly pleasurable to read Elizabeth's Kolbert's new book, which offers a ramble through mass extinctions, present and past ... A wonderful chapter covers the North Atlantic's once-abundant, flightless great auks ... Wisely, Ms Kolbert refuses to end on an optimistic note (Economist)

Kolbert has not only grasped the enormity of what we are unleashing, but can present it in a way that even the average human with a short historical attention span can grasp. Read this book (Peter Forbes, Independent)

Kolbert is a witty, deft writer with an eye for vivid colour. She takes us from sun-blistered desert islands on the Great Barrier Reef to the sopping Peruvian jungle ... Hers is a deadly message, delivered in elegant prose, and we can't afford to ignore it (Philip Hoare, Sunday Telegraph)

a book that can be dipped into or read from cover to cover. (Biologist)

Book Description

A major book about the future of the world, blending natural history, field reporting and the history of ideas and into a powerful account of the mass extinction happening today

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